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.