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Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality Kindle Edition
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The model is new; the concept is not. However- the concept has not been very accessible for decades, and with the plethora of pagan oriented books that perpetuate the common maiden-mother-crone model, it's past time for a new voice to rise above the din and get our attention.
This is that voice. Highly recommended. It will be added to my required reading list.
Reading Jailbreaking the Goddess was like reconnecting with a long-lost friend. Every few paragraphs I found myself saying “Yes! She gets it!” or “Of course! That makes perfect sense!” The questions Lasara poses are challenging, because they require us to look deeply at our own spiritual practices and see if we are honoring or appropriating with our religious practices; if we are helping others for our own spiritual and political gain or because we are working towards a common goal.
There are many strands of feminist spirituality that have relied heavily on Maiden, Mother and Crone archetypes, but Lasara shows how this relies on the assumption that women exist to bear children for men and is deeply problematic because it deprives women of agency. The five-fold model she proposes is fluid, allowing us to move between archetypes or phases as we need to. It was great to read a book on feminist spirituality that I could recommend to any of my LGBTQI friends without a second thought.
Her emphasis on decolonizing our spiritual traditions is also something I gladly welcome. She tackles cultural appropriation head on, which is something I see a need for in the larger Pagan spiritual community. I think my favorite part was the section on intention- it reminded me of a very dear mentor of mine.
This is a book I will be rereading and referring to again and again. I am going to be incorporating the five-fold goddess model and sigils into my own spiritual practice because they matched my own experiences on such a deep level. I also loved Lasara’s term “organic magick”- now I finally have a term for what I’ve been doing all along!