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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: O Books (31 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846941571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846941573
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.8 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Kissing the Hag is a wonderfully intelligent, earthy, cosmic diary of the feminine life. I love the way it walks the edge between personal and collective, physical and poetic, highly ethical and thick in the uncertainties. While many writers fall into spiritualizing and intellectualizing the feminine, this life-soaked book remains close to the fluids of body and soul, even as it gives birth to one trusted insight after another. It's an obvious gift-book for women going through a life passage, but it could also be important for men, who are closer to the mysteries presented here than they might wish to be. --Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and A Life at Work

Kissing the Hag tracks the initiatory phases of womanhood through the titles that women get cat-called throughout time. Here the raw reality of the Dark Goddess speaks her honest truth, going beyond the bad-mouthing and the sweet-talking fantasies surrounding women, to the compassionate heart of female identity. --Caitlin Matthews, author of Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and In Search of Woman's Passionate Soul

I will one day give my daughter Kissing the Hag and hope she has less need of it than I do ... Kissing the Hag demands your full attention, it calls passionately to something deep inside, something that will not be denied. The book is both devastating and life affirming and there is no doubt in my mind that it will change the life of every person brave enough to read it. Embrace your hag or she will bite you ... --Shannon Smy, free spirit and singer/songwriter in award-winning protest band, Seize the Day

About the Author

Emma Restall Orr (aka Bobcat) is one of the most well-known Druids worldwide. She worked for the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, was Joint Chief of the British Druid Order for nearly ten years, and in 2002 created the international Druid Network. She is a practising priest and teacher, celebrated for her uncompromising views on ethics, environmentalism and personal responsibility. She regularly lectures at universities and within the Pagan community, and works as a media spokesperson for Druidry.


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Very good book .
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I have learned much from Emma Restall-Orr's more recent books. She appears to have moved from a spirituality built around worship and ritual to an experiential nature-centred world view. Her recent books have thus offered no ready-made path but have challenged the reader to find their own through their interractions and their just "being" part of nature. Nevertheless, she acknowledges that, in being part of nature, we move through phases in our life and cycles in our lives. As a man, I found this book exciting and, personally, ground breaking. The book is "dense" in parts and one can almost feel the author struggling with a multitude of ideas and wondering what to put in and leave out. To get the best from the book then, I found it important to read it more than once - although this may be because I am not a woman! But as a journey through life's changes and a framework in which to make sense of things I was impressed. I have bought two copies, one to lend and the other to make sure I am not without one on my shelf. Read it, ask your partner to read it and then sit down and just talk. Amazing what you learn.
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I am not a fan of this book. I felt that the archetypes were portrayed in very narrow terms, not allowing for any crossover of types. I felt that the chapter on Virgins almost excused mans occasional urge to rape as being a very understandable one. Having gone through all the phases in the book in my own life, I didn't really recognise their various attributes except as extreme examples. The virgin described seemed to be a knowing minx, the mother completely absorbed in motherhood to the exclusion of all else, the bitch only apparently like that because of some sort of trauma in early life, never mind natural inclination. Some of the information, like the origin of the word damn, were wrong, and that always makes me a sceptical reader. The anecdotal stories in each chapter were written in the worst sort of cheap magazine style. I had expected great things of this book, but instead I got airy fairy notions disguised as great insight.
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This is the most fantastic book I have ever read, so true to life and down to earth. When I first picked it up there was no way I could put it down. Each and every page leaves you wanting to read more. I have recommended this to all my like-minded fiends as well as my Mum. It is a book every woman should read wether they are Druid, Pagan, Christian, whatever. A well read book that is impossible to put down.
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The hag is the wild soul of a woman. One must understand this wild soul to really be intimate with a woman. In this book one finds a thoroughness lacking in a book of facts. Emma speaks here very poetically about how it is to be a woman. We can learn here from examples, experiences, first hand accounts- all wrapped into a package sealed with confidence and the joy of a woman talking about women.

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This book resonated with me on a deeply profound level, and I found it strangely liberating. I am now in the process of re-reading it, a little slower this time round, to allow myself the luxury of finding the subtle concepts and insights that make this a very special book. I would recommend it to any woman, and to any man who wants to begin to understand the nature of Woman.
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This has got to be one of the best books I've read. I can identify with many of the points/issues. It made me laugh out loud in places because I just KNOW what she's saying. I've bought several copies for friends and would recommend it to anyone - including men......
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A strong, quite different view, on women's nature, balanced, profound, often witty, honest and down to earth. Emma Restall-Orr confirms once more the beauty of the Universe she holds inside and the incredible point of view she has. A great book by a great author.
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