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Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects (More Crystals and New Age) [Paperback]

Barbara G. Walker
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11 Feb 1988 More Crystals and New Age
This fascinating guide to the history and mythology of woman-related symbols features: * Unique organization by shape of symbol or type of sacred object * 21 different sections including Round and Oval Motifs, Sacred Objects, Secular-Sacred Objects, Rituals, Deities' Signs, Supernaturals, Body Parts, Nature, Birds, Plants, Minerals, Stones and Shells, and more * Introductory essays for each section * 753 entries and 636 illustrations * Alphabetical index for easy reference Three-Rayed Sun The sun suspended in heaven by three powers, perhaps the Triple Goddess who gave birth to it (see Three-Way Motifs). Corn Dolly An embodiment of the harvest to be set in the center of the harvest dance, or fed to the cattle to `make them thrive year round' (see Secular-Sacred Objects). Tongue In Asia, the extended tongue was a sign of life-force as the tongue between the lips imitated the sacred lingam-yoni: male within female genital. Sticking out the tongue is still a polite sign of greeting in northern India and Tibet (see Body Parts). Cosmic Egg In ancient times the primeval universe-or the Great Mother-took the form of an egg. It carried all numbers and letters within an ellipse, to show that everything is contained within one form at the beginning (see Round and Oval Motifs).

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins (11 Feb 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062509233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062509239
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara G. Walker, author of The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, and many other books, is a member of the Morris Museum Mineralogical Society and the Trailside Mineral Club of the New Jersey Earth Science Association.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go for it !! 7 Feb 2001
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This book should never be unavailable, or out of print, because, Barbara G. Walker seems to have been everywhere, and all over the world, in her research for keys to unlock the secret of the Goddess. The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols & Sacred Objects, is simply one of the best, and vast Dictionaries, I have come across, looking for symbols of the Goddess. Not only that, it is very well Illustrated. Every word you can think of, and also all the ones you never knew, has the icon connected to it. Drawn in a clear and concise way. It has got to be a must! for any iconographic researcher, or person who looks for keys to symbols and forgotten knowledge connected to the goddess.
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Bought this book on recommendation and what a valuable book to have in your home. Great reference book.
Five star rating as so very easy to use and understand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The woman's encyclopedia of myths and secrets 6 Dec 2001
By Ann Covalt - Published on
Barbare G. Walker has done a great job with wonderful attention to detail. This book is good for the novice or more advanced people interested in Feminie/spiritual studies. Granted the information contained is contrary to what I had been brought up with my whole life, I find the information revealing and mentally inspiring. I am no historian, nor bible thumper.. I have read some of the other reviews her book has generated. That is what prompted me to write this review. I had to speak out on the books behalf. The material in her book is going to be controversial. History has long been censored and rewritten by the winners. You know, the people who only want you to know 'so much'. Show me an author who does not write with a point of view and I'll show you a phone book. So in order to wake from ignorance one must educate themselves. This book can have a nice part in that.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful encounter with symbology and mythology 20 April 2003
By Jennifer S. Murphy - Published on
Barbara Walker has superbly researched this book and its sister publication, Myths and Secrets. For those involved in meditation or spiritual development work, this book is a must and will assist in understanding that which comes to us in dreams and reflection.
As someone who teaches interpretation of symbology in spiritual work, Barbara Walker's book has been invaluable and is a major recommendation to all course participants.
I have yet to find a better book on symbology
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just get the Myths and Secrets one instead 6 Jan 2005
By Timothy Boucher - Published on
I LOVED her other book, Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, and so I snapped this one up, but was hugely disappointed by it. The content and the research in it are just not as good. And the artwork that accompanies stuff is not very good, nor is there very much of it.

Frankly, I think this book was churned out in order to cash in on the success of the Myths and Secrets book. A lot of the material in it is a re-hashing of that book, which I personally can't recommend enough. It really realigned my whole perception of all different kinds of religious and cultural stuff, and I sincerely recommend that if you're wondering whether or not to buy this book or that one, go get the Myths and Secrets one instead. I don't think this adds substantially to her work.
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BOOK OF SYMBOLS & OBJECTS TO END ALL BOOKS!!! 24 Jan 1998
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Ever wanted to know the original meanings of everyday-take-for-granted items? This is the book for you. Learn the origins of secular-sacred objects such as "broomstick", "comb", "cradle", "Egg and Dart Frieze", "Flail and Crook". Discover the true and original uses and meanings of DEITIES' SIGNS such as "Alpha-and-Omega Cross", "Shekina", "Sin", "Sophia". Read how the Christians have copied and stolen symbols from the earlier sacred earth-based religions and concepts. You will never look at things the same way again or literally believe anything in the Bible again!!! Get this book ASAP and you will be fascinated and educated all at once!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buy Barbara Walker an Etymological Dictionary! 7 Jan 2000
By Renee L. Rosen-wakeford - Published on
Someone should start the "Buy Barbara Walker an Etymological Dictionary" Fund, except that I'm sure she must be able to afford one by now from the royalties on her books. Seriously, although this book can be a fun read if you don't take it too seriously, it's filled with fallacies and fantasies, and the "research" in it is suspect to say the least.
When I first read this book about 10 years ago, I found it fascinating and quite inspiring, though I was somewhat doubtful of the "facts" contained within it. When I showed it to someone who'd studied Sanskrit, and he saw that she'd translated "swastika" as "so mote it be," he pointed out that she'd obviously made that up, as "swastika" really means "small lucky thing." Many of her other etymologies are just as made-up as the one for "swastika," such as her etymology of "Jehovah" as "I, Woman."
It's hard to believe that there are some who take this work seriously, beyond as an inspiration for non-critically thinking Goddess-worshippers. You don't have to be a "patriarchal monotheist" to realize that Walker is no scholar and that her writings do much more to discredit Paganism (Neo- or otherwise) than any fundamentalist Christian's rantings and ravings against the subject.
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