I bought this book sight unseen, believing it to be a book about pairs of goddesses worshipped in the ancient world. It could have been great--it could have dealt with double goddesses such as Demeter/Persephone, Isis/Nephthys, and Inanna/Ereshkigal. And at first, that's what it seems to be. Noble draws on Jungian ideas and talks about the "bright" ovulatory half of women's cycles, and also the "dark" menstrual side of the cycle, and how this relates to double goddesses where one governs life and the other death. So far, so good.
But Noble strays too far from the facts and wanders into pseudohistory and fanaticism. She uses statues of paired women from prehistoric times, and sometimes even statues of paired androgynous figures, to "prove" that all societies in prehistoric times were ruled by Dual Queens, one presiding over war and the other over spirituality and peace. She also posits that this should be the case again, with all peoples ruled by Dual Queens, and males reduced to something like breeding stock.
I seem to remember, in her earlier book Motherpeace, that the Emperor and the Hierophant were presented as negative images, and that the Emperor and Hierophant were like "Dual Kings" of patriarchal society, ruling respectively over war and religion. And these men oppressed women, forbidding them any important place in the world, and treated them as nothing but baby-makers. How is is any better if it's women doing the sexist oppression?
This book isn't doing me any favors as a feminist or as a pagan. I don't want women to trample all over men. I want equality. And I think I speak for the majority.