From the opening chapter of the preface I was drawn in by Tate’s
analogy of a wounded world in the absence of the Sacred Feminine - ‘much
like a child growing up without a mother’- . An endearing start to a heart-
warming story of a deeply personal journey with the feminine face of god.
Walking an Ancient Path is a re-awakening of the female aspect
of the divine that stirs something within the reader to rethink and embrace Goddess consciousness as the missing piece of our spiritual, cultural and political lives that can address the many influences on human conditions around the planet today.
Aimed at both men and women of all faiths, the essence of the writing reaches out to all those who have grown disillusioned with mainstream religions and reaffirms that a patriarchal and male dominated religious system is out of balance with the needs of humanity and has been since the suppression of the Goddess aspect in spirituality. Tate gives carefully researched reasons for this and explains why.
The structure of the chapters, beginning with ‘how to use the book’ and the explanation of the elemental themes of earth, air, fire and water sections provide a comprehensive guide to the reader seeking to incorporate practical and creative ways of expressing the Goddess in their lives.
The author spans her life from a catholic upbringing growing up in the bible belt of New Orleans to becoming a Goddess advocate and eventually a Priestess of the Sacred Feminine. Her spiritual quest (shared by her husband of twenty years) includes her love and associations with the Egyptian Goddess Isis, leading to her sacred tours and travels including Egypt and Ireland where she was ordained; and her continual calling to help mid-wife the rebirth of the Divine Feminine in contemporary society.
Photographs throughout the book, meditations, prayers and ordination rituals are included which give a real insight into the depth of the author’s faith and commitment to Goddess.
Concluding the work and particularly useful are recommended resources and glossaries of the many multicultural Goddesses and the values and principles for spirituality of the Sacred Feminine. The author makes it clear that her view of Goddess consciousness is about the balance of both feminine and masculine principles - an integral point as harmony is always achieved through a balance of opposites.
Conclusively, this is a book to inspire and empower anyone who resonates with Goddess energy and wants to expand their knowledge. Karen Tate’s love and passion for her subject shines through and I defy anyone to say that she has not achieved her aim to bring the Sacred Feminine into the mainstream.
Personally, I think she’s done a grand job.