Discover historical writings and hands-on rituals that show how the Goddess became such an important component in today's Pagan, Witchcraft, and Wiccan practices. Jack Chanek explores the development of her mythology using nine well-known texts written between the 1800s and the 1970s by famous practitioners and historians. He offers insights on The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer, The Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley, The White Goddess by Robert Graves, Witchcraft Today by Gerald Brosseau Gardner, and others. By presenting these titles alongside each other, Jack shows how the Goddess movement progressed with each text building upon previous ones, leading to the core themes we recognize today. Every chapter of Queen of All Witcheries includes a solitary ritual, a group ritual, and an exercise to provide you with a richer devotional experience.
"Jack Chanek gives readers a simple, clear, and spiritually-informed biography of the Goddess. As he reviews the works of key innovators in the modern Goddess movement—people like Margaret Murray, Robert Graves, and Gerald Gardner—Chanek sorts the wheat from the chaff, finding interesting and useful religious themes while discarding problematic scholarly and/or ethical materials. Anyone curious about how the history of the Goddess in the modern West can interact with contemporary devotion to her will find this book a rich resource."—Cynthia Eller, author of Living in the Lap of the Goddess and The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory
"Jack Chanek offers a brand new understanding of a goddess we all thought we knew. Both historical and modern, both scholarly and intimate, Queen of All Witcheries takes the reader on a journey that encompasses the past, present, and future of goddess worship. Replete with exercises and rituals to make it all personal and real, this book will open your eyes and deepen your knowledge. An impressive feat and an instant must-have in any witch's library."—Deborah Lipp, author of Bending the Binary
"An important exploration of the modern historical roots of Goddess tradition in the West. Tracing the first early mention of the Goddess in the 1860's through to the feminist Goddess worship in the 1990's, Chanek's book skillfully weaves three threads of wisdom: his own personal experiences with the Goddess, his thorough scholarship of the transformation of Goddess traditions, and Goddess rituals for both group and solitary practicioners. A wonderful guide for those seeking to know the ever-changing path of the Goddess in modern times."—HeatherAsh Amara, author of Goddess Warrior Training
"An outstanding book about the history and transformation of the Mother Goddess. A literary journey to take you through the myths - and books - historically used to build and shape the face of the goddess cult, but it does not end there. Jack Chanek takes the assignment of analyzing and deconstructing the sources of these cults, leading the reader to understand their origin and the deep connection between them. Jack gives you everything you need to know in a very well-researched book filled with stories, folklore, and marvelous rituals."—Elhoim Leafar, author of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags