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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books,U.S.; Expanded edition edition (11 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835608018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835608015
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 828,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello! I'm Caitlin Matthews. I live in Oxford, England with my partner, John Matthews. If you want to know more about our courses, events and forthcoming books, you are cordially invited to visit us at

Here I am in a stone-built farmhouse on Orkney that uses a similar construction for beds and cupboards as the Stone Age village of Skara Brae. The peat fire is smoking and the saithe herring are curing nicely. Time for a little dusting of the dresser. Why don't you come over for a cup of tea?

I'm primarily known for being the author of many books including Singing the Soul Back Home, Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain, Psychic Shield, and Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom. I write in the fields of metaphysical non-fiction, poetry, fiction, folkstory and myth, as well as writing books for children. I'm known for my research into the Celtic and ancestral traditions, and the ways in which I provoke exploration of the creative metaphysical field, and how we can apply it to our spiritual path.

With John Matthews, I've written the Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom, the Arthurian Tarot and Walkers Between the Worlds. Our latest collaboration is the StoryWorld series of cards and books for storytellers of all ages, which now has seven packs - two more titles to come in Autumn 2010.

Although I'm the author of over sixty books, most of my work is oral rather than written. As a teacher of ancestral, shamanic and metaphysical traditions, I go all over the world, working with communities and spiritual institutions. With John Matthews, and my dear colleague Felicity Wombwell, I co-founded The Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies, which is dedicated to the mythic, oracular and sacred arts. Our FiOS shamanic training programme teaches students the ancestral wisdom and healing arts as living sacred traditions in which we still engage.

As a singer, I play Celtic & medieval harps, sruti and psaltery. My CDs include Deep Well in the Wild Wood: Songs from the Place Beyond and the latest, Earth's Own Heart: Songs from the Faery Hills appears soon. I was the Pictish language originator and song-writer of Song of the Exile for the 2004 Jerry Bruckheimer film King Arthur and I appear frequently on international radio and television.

For the last 20 years, I've had a shamanic practice in Oxford dedicated to healing soul sickness and ancestral fragmentation. I use my voice to help open the way between the worlds, to sing the soul's essential nature, tracking it through the client's story and bringing it homeward, with the help of spirit allies who have chosen to work with me.

I'm currently working on Rekindling Ancestral Hearths: a book to help us come into good relationship with our ancestors. I believe that being in communion with our ancestors and gifting spirits is essential for the wellbeing of our world, and lies at the root of war and peace. I'm also completing the Celtic Ancestor Oracle and going on to a book on Celtic Seership and Vision.

For new readers of my work, there is no 'one book' that conveys all that I teach, but the following practical books may be a helpful guide for you to begin somewhere:

Walkers Between Worlds - for a grounding in where our spiritual traditions arose.
Singing the Soul Back Home - for a guide on how we come into come relationship with our gifting spirits
Celtic Devotional - for a post-denominational way of spiritually acknowledging each day and season
Psychic Shield - for those who need a friendly guide to how the universe and ourselves rub off each other and how we can do it more harmoniously with attention to the care of the soul.

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'Sophia – Goddess of Wisdom' takes the reader on a journey from pre-Christian spirituality to the present day, seeking out the presence of the Goddess – the divine feminine power of wisdom. Drawing mainly on sources from the Western tradition, the many faces of the Goddess are revealed: she is the primeval Black Goddess of the earth, the Saviour Goddess, the Gnostic Sophia, the World-Soul, the Apocalyptic Virgin, the Mother of God. We see how the foundation mysteries of the Goddess underlie the esoteric currents of orthodox religions, and trace her hermetic presence in Quabala and alchemy through to her emergence in the realms of Goddess religion, feminist theology and the New Age Movement. This definitive work gives Sophia a voice that will be welcomed by all who seek to reaffirm the Goddess as the central pivot of creation and as the giver of practical and spiritual wisdom.

"In this tour-de-force Caítlin catalogues the many manifestations of Sophia. Those seeking to understand Goddess spirituality will find this book invaluable."

"This wondrous and exciting book by one of our finest authors on the ancient wisdoms…awakens the Goddess in our hearts and gives us the tools of knowledge and inspiration we need to give birth to the Sophianic Millennium."
DAVID SPANGLER, author of 'Revelation' and 'Emergence'

"Caítlin Matthews…is a fount of wisdom and knowledge. A very interesting book full of information that is not commonly known."
MONICA SJÖÖ, co-author 'The Great Cosmic Mother'

Caítlin Matthews is the author of 26 books on Celtic traditions, practical spirituality and shamanism. She has a busy shamanic practice dedicated to soul-work in Oxford where she lives with the writer John Matthews.

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About the Author

Caitin Matthews has written nearly twenty books on many aspects of Western Spirituality and is an acknowledged expert in the field. An ordained priestess in the Fellowship of Isis, she is married to the author John Matthews, with whom she has written and taught worldwide.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov 2001
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This is a very in depth book, about almost any aspect of the Divine Feminine, from Black Goddess to World-Soul. Caitlin chases the many manifestations of Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom, across history right up to the present day. I go back to this book again and again, it is so packed with information. This is not a light read, but it is a superb reference text, and a fascinating journey.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Salmons on 12 Oct 2012
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Reviews are positive. But holding back to read during the winter (TV is useless).
The subject covers an area of study that I'm a little uninformed about so will be interesting.
I have several books on the 'Goddess' some out of print so this publication may bring me up to date.
Book came quickly and well packed.
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Food for Woman's Spiritual Journey 14 Nov 2005
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This book treats the Divine Feminine in various guises in many cultures. I found this book extremely uplifting and inspiring. The subject was treated in a profound manner, affording many deep spiritual insights. I was especially interested in what she had to say about the divine feminine in the Hebrew tradition. Ample annotations are given for further study.
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Take a look at the feminine face of God 15 Mar 2004
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Have an interest in the re-emergence of the Goddess energy in our world? Caitlin Matthews has done an incredible job of connecting the aspects of ancient scriptural writings and the modern day Women's Movement to bring about a look at the sacred through what has been missing in our religious culture for centuries -- a feminine aspect. I have been totally fascinated by this book.
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Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God 10 Feb 2006
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I am so sorry I didn't read this book sooner. Caitlin Matthews has more information on Sofia than I could of hoped for. Bless her for sharing her knowledge. An excellent read, destined to be a classic if not already. Truly a book for all women. Thank you Caitlin Matthews.
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The book is loaded with good information regarding the proper role of Sophia in relationship to God and to the earth. Filled to perfection of truths, that one would not have to study further. It is written very well, and very easily understood. It is remarkable how much truth she gathered with the world trying to suppress the female deity of the Godhead. All efforts to abolish the authority of Sophia were defeated upon the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran. The writings of Jesus in the "Pistis Sophia", G.R.S.Mead, would never be accepted by churchs because they told the whole world "Jesus never wrote a book". Please read "She Who Is", Elizabeth Johnson, and "Prayers to She Who Is", William Cleary. Also, The Goddess Re-awakening" Shirley Nicholson. Of course, the writings at Qumran are in the book "The Nag Hammadi Library", James Robinson, don't skip the writing "Sophia of Jesus Christ" in this book. The woman Sophia is the Bride of God, only Bride.
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An Atrocity in the Guise of Academics 19 Oct 2012
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A friend asked me to read this book so we can discuss it. If it weren't for my promise, I would have stopped midway through the first chapter. The author is passionate about her topic; this is clear. But she opens her research files and drops everything she has ever learned or discovered in our laps, helter skelter. The chaotic river of names--in particular multiple names for one supposed entity--from a variety of ethnicities and legends is enough to drown the best swimmer. She makes adamant statements, some of which are merely her opinion yet presented as historic truth. This books cries out for an editor, a substantial glossary of proper names, and a team of proofreaders (one example will suffice: on the title page, the publisher's location is missing the closing parenthesis). Sloppy, narcissistic work. Freshman college English students learn what this writer needs to be told: don't let your sources write the paper for you, and be sure to introduce every person you quote, explaining why the reader should care what the source has to say. Matthews has filled this book with lengthy quotations from other sources without introduction or explanation, merely the requisite endnote.
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