Magazine article Herizons

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Magazine article Herizons

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AMAZON.

Barbara Walker has given us many a-maze-ing books: The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets; The Crone: Woman of Age; Wisdom and Power; The Secrets of The Tarot; The I Ching of the Goddess, to name a few. In this one, her first novel, we read her knowledge and her wisdom woven together, forming a vision of a possible way to Be on this earth.

Antiope is the Amazon, a clansister of a Motherclan living more than five thousand years ago; she travels in time through an unconscious trance to find herself on the edge of a freeway here in the '90s. She immediately begins to assess her surroundings, through her Warrior Woman senses: "the bad air, the ugly sky, the demonic vehicles..."

It is very clear that growing up and living in a pre-patriarchal society has instilled in Antiope deep and absolute respect, for herself, and for the sacredness of life. She is astonished at the material abundance and spiritual destitution so apparent in these times. "It was a peculiar society indeed, filled with miracles of comfort in the home, while everyone lived in anxiety and discomfort of the spirit, afraid to be close in the human way, afraid of their sexual nature, afraid of their compatriots." And, "what you call patriarchy seems to make men childish instead of truly powerful." Her observations of our society are powerfully contrasted with descriptions of her own clan life: "My people did not have your beautiful lights, your tall buildings, your miraculous stores, your wonders of communication and engineering. …

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