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Vila Spiderhawk
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8 Oct 2007
Hidden Passages: Tales to Honor the Crones, by Vila SpiderHawk, is a wonderful treasure trove of stories about older women, the crones or grandmothers of the community or tribe, helping younger women in times of difficulty. Each of the eight stories is unique, has a dynamic story line, and a marvelous ending! These stories reached in and gripped my heart and soul and just did not let go. They gave me a new vision for myself as an elder woman, and gave me new perspectives on earlier life experiences as well. SpiderHawk does word magic!

Product details

  • Perfect Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing (8 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979654564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979654565
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 21.3 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,901,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Passages 14 April 2013
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This book was made up of several individual stories. It was meant to 'Honour the Crones' but I did not think it did that
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5.0 out of 5 stars moving stories 24 Jun 2012
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Felt a little lost as one does in life at times, this book was so moving I'd read it in a day and then read it again enjoying every story and feeling lifted and restored. Brilliant book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL READ FOR ALL WOMEN 15 Sep 2010
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Vila's gift of storytelling is nothing short of superb. Her books should be required reading for all girls, women too!

Vila is amazingly gifted as a writer and a storyteller. She weaves a magic web around the reader, telling the story's so well and so vividly that you can see the places, the people and animals, hear their voices, smell the scent of every plant, every blade of grass. You taste the food, feel the texture of anything that is touched. You rejoice with the people in the book, and you also cry with them. She makes you feel that they have become your dearest friends. Once you start reading you will not be able to put any of her books down until you finish them!

This book covers time periods from ancient to current, includes many different cultures, and many different rites of passage from maiden to mother to crone.

I highly recommend ALL of her books to everyone. These are books you will savour and keep. You will not want to give them away. FIVE STARS TO MS. SPIDERHAWK

Hidden Passages: Tales to Honor the Crones
Forest Song: Finding Home
Forest Song: Little Mother
Forest Song: Letting Go
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whispers of the Goddess 6 Jan 2007
The book, "Hidden Passages: Tales to Honor the Crones" by Vila Spider Hawk, offers a journey rich in symbolic language. The stories are written with the rhythm of ancient folktales, yet any modern woman will be able to recognize the fierce and tender narrative as part of her own cycling heartbeat.

In the chapter, "Mima Po", a young girl learns to recognize love and friendship as acts of magic through the patient guidance of a wise elder. Later in the book the finger of the Goddess beckons a maiden, mother, and a crone through the labyrinth of life and death. They discover both powerful inner strength and the importance of the fine threads that bind them together as a family. "Gita's Journey" brims with grief so real and sharp it tumbles and spills in the reader's mind until the edges are worn smooth. Echoes of the Goddess, in all her aspects, whisper through every page.

Eight women; eight stories. In many cultures the number eight is sacred, denoting transformation, immortality, and the ever evolving cycles of life and death. The anthology embraces these themes with passion.

The author honors women of all ages, including the crones that mentor them. Reverence and remembrance of the three faces of the Goddess, are the keys she gives the reader to unlock the hidden passages in one's own life and discover the wisdom that dwells within.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Passages ~ Vila SpiderHawk 22 Aug 2006
There is an excess of books about women and craft on the market. To wade through the lists to find a genuine voice that speaks into the heart is a daunting prospect. That is why I find myself in joy at encouraging each true heart to read Vila SpiderHawks's Hidden Passages `Tales to Honor the Crones'.

Here are eight stories that make a journey of depth and light around the Wheel of Life each engaging the light that is the gift of wisdom from our crones. This book shows the magickal presence of the Goddess in such mundane events as "It was still dark when Mother and Grandmother and I went to the market." (Maiden, Mother, Crone Cara) which evolves into the real-dream of maturation.

Here we see and feel deep inside ourselves that where a woman walks, there comes the potential for awakening wisdom and compassion that speaks to the hidden longings that are universal hearts beating as one. We see and feel that potential for joy and love in our own heart no matter the individual path

we are on.

The Tales in Hidden Passages brought laughter and tears as I identified with each woman and felt the resonance of her journey within myself.

Vila SpiderHawk's writing is clear and articulate while creating character and mood that makes each of these stories a stand alone experience and the whole brings delight to any reader!

----------- Christine E. Fisher, Many Feathers, Crone, Shaman, Therapist, Holistic Healer
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