Helps teenage girls make direct contact with their inner Goddess energy. • Includes guided meditations, visualizations, journaling exercises, Goddess games and rituals. • Represents a culturally diverse selection of Goddess personifications including Egyptian, Afro-Cuban, Asian, North American, Greek, and Roman. • Complete astrological tables for Sun, Moon, Venus, and Mars enable girls to find their personal goddess allies. • Written by the author of Love Planets (more than 50,000 sold) and Teen Astrology . In The Goddess in Every Girl , M. J. Abadie teaches teens to get in touch with their own personal Goddess energy and allies. To the young woman seeking external inspiration for her journey of self-definition, gaining a "big-picture" perspective from the feminine divine can be an incredibly validating experience. To date, though, no book on the market relates these myths of female power to the teen experience. In The Goddess in Every Girl , complete astrological tables for Sun, Moon, Venus, and Mars let girls look up their own personal goddess allies in the areas of life purpose, emotions and body awareness, love nature, and energy and passion. With more than 50 activities, such as a guided journey to the Goddess center, directions for keeping a Goddess journal, breathing exercises, meditations, and instructions on how to create a sacred ritual space, The Goddess in Every Girl shows teens how to build a personal pantheon for their own empowerment and self-transformation.
M. J. Abadie was a professional astrologer and psychotherapist, who did archetypal research with mythologist Joseph Campbell for over 20 years. She authored the bestselling Love Planets and Teen Astrology, and her Everything Tarot Book was placed on a Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list by the Young Adult Library Services Association.
I am on page 11. I do not know how much more of this book I can stand. Let me show you what I mean.
from page 3: "The Goddess is ready to return. She is waiting for you to open the door that was locked against her centuries ago." Okay, if you want to anthropomorphize the shift in certain cultures and demonize that movement, yes, I can kind of agree with that statement. "The time is NOW. It is YOUR time." True. "And it won't come again." What? I'm not 13 anymore and my time's still coming. "You must act as if your life depended on it, for in truth all our lives depend on each and every girl recognizing the Goddess in herself." Then why aren't we all dead already? Okay, this may be an idea that frequently comes in a package with ideas that prevent peak oil, and maybe a bunch of us will die in the worst peak oil scenarios, but there's no necessary connection, and a lot of added drama, in that statement. Teenagers are already prone to black and white thinking. Why stoke the flames?
from page 6: "These modern conveniences, collectively known as 'progress,' are the result of linear thinking, which is a male invention." Hold on a minute, lady. I happen to think in a perfectly straight line when that is what is called for, and despite my vagina, I can do it without any man's help.
from page 11: "Women were -- and in fundamentalist countries still are -- hidden under heavy veils..." I believe you wanted to say that in believing homes they still are. 'Cause if you're not a fundamentalist Wiccan, I don't know who is. ". . . from the age of eleven on . . . no doubt this age coincides, more or less, with puberty and the beginning of menstrual periods." So you're writing a book for teenage girls about being a teenage girl and you're going to imply guesswork about the average age of the onset of menses? I know, GoodReaders, it's just a stylistic complaint, but by this time I was wondering what was wrong with the person who wrote this book.
I left out the long sections of Big Three bashing. Teaching girls Paganism, even Dianic Wicca, I can get down with. I love me a good imaginary-matriarchal-culture-goddess ritual, I actually do. Bashing other people's beliefs against the wall and saying, "That's how to do it, girls! Bash 'em like your lives are at stake!" is beyond what I am willing to get down with.
Thankfully exposition seems to be rare in this book. Most of it is exercises. They look good, simple and much more appropriate than what I'm reading. So I'm going to have to suffer through the entire book before I know for sure that I want to find some unsuspecting Alibris shopper to take it far far away from my children.
My review may be biased because this book is aimed for teenage girls and I'm 30. So while some of the ideas might have felt a bit too dreamy for my liking, I did find a lot of interesting points on how patriarchy has influenced present day religions and why they're biased towards suppressing women. Reading the book felt like healing parts of myself that I wasn't kind to as a result of the upbringing and notions I'm surrounded by even today. The book helped me connect better to my feminine self, feel loved and powerful and I feel better prepared to help other women or girls who might be having conflicting or unhelpful thoughts which could arise as a result of the patriarchal system. If I were to recommend this book to a teenage girl, I'd ask to keep in mind that while the book can come across like its resentful towards the opposite sex, its actually just pointing out the injustices caused by patriarchy and seeks to restore balance among both the sexes.
The Goddess in Every Girl: Develop Your Feminine Power by M.J. Abadie is a book for girls trying to figure out who they are, and where they stand in a changing world. It is scheduled for release on August 13 2013. The book inspires girls to understand that they are worthwhile and valued people, even though society and peers might not always make them feel that way. Beginning with a basic outline of how religion and society changed from being nature and mother focused to what we see in current society, the book offers ideas and encouragement for girls to trust in themselves, and to be exactly who they want to be. Pagan roots and ideas, such as the astrological charts that are intended to help girls find their own personal Goddess ally, might make more main stream minded individuals turn away from this book, the theme that each and every one of us is precious and has a bit of the divine within ourselves and the tools to connect with that spark is something most spiritual people can build upon in their own way.
The Goddess in Every Girl: Develop Your Feminine Power drives home the point that "It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, what you look like, how much you weigh, what your parents do, whether you are rich or poor, popular or not—you have the power of the Goddess within you. You only have to set it free!" Whether you believe in the Goddess, or a different form of the divine, the idea that we are each special and carry some of the divine with us is important. Christianity teaches that Jesus, and God, is always with you- so I easily made the connection between the aspects of God and the aspects of the Goddess being within each of us. The book endeavors to make each girl going through the trials of childhood, particularly the tween and teen years, a little more bearable and empowering for those that might otherwise feel alone or adrift. Every young woman can use the tools of keeping a journal, breathing exercises, meditation, and creating a special space of their own to help them find their own healthy path to self discovery and expression in all aspects of their lives.
I need to add the disclaimer that I have always connected the trinity with the multiple aspects of the Goddess and other pagan figures and the way many dates and stories match up due to the efforts to 'convert' others. So I have always understood the attraction to earth-based religions and done my fair share of research, despite still being a practicing Lutheran. I am just open minded and accepting of other points of view that way. I can see that this book might bother or offend those that are not open to other religions or paths, but I do not think that most individuals that fall into that category would bother picking up a book with the word Goddess in the title expect in the desire to find something to be offended by.
I would recommend The Goddess in Every Girl: Develop Your Feminine Power to all girls, and mothers, with either an open mind or a learning towards earth based religion. The tools and affirmations that females are powerful and beautiful in their own right, regardless of what our size, shape, color, language, or economic standing. Even if you want to substitute aspects of your own religion for some of the move towards the Goddess, the larger message and the tools offered can help most girls find a healthy attitude about themselves and the world around them.
The Goddess in Every Girl by M.J. Abadie champions a matriarchal culture. While I agree that women’s voices and wisdom are tragically missing from recorded history, I think in the 21st century we need to break free from the matriarch/patriarch duality. Sure there are often HUGE politics involved in patriarchal religion and mythology—who’s in charge—but there is also much spiritual wisdom embedded in the stories. AND, although matriarchal societies are traditionally peaceful ones, I believe that they are not exempt from power struggle. I do not want to swing the other way and raise a man-hater. Although it seems to be the human tendency to be reactionary, I think it is essential in our time to break free of that pendulum and exercise our free will—to create what we dream.
I love the spirit and wisdom in M.J. Abadie’s writing. And, even though the book is one-sided, I still think it’s an empowering read—for the older, discerning teen. Hopefully more books like this will be written to empower ALL young people, regardless of gender. Maybe that’s why I really liked The Thundering Years by Julie Tallard Johnson; I highly recommend it.
Every 13 year old girl should read this. The scholarship may be faulty and the reader needs to be warned that this is not all proven fact - but then again neither is a lot of what she's learning in school! So start her questioning everything.
Self esteem will rise and rise. I would have loved this book's meditations, journaling, art projects, astrological information, body image work so much at age 11 or 15. I loved it now so much at age 37 that I have read it three times in one year. I wish I could give it to all my friends who have a teenage daughter. It's just wonderful.
This book is aimed at teens, but it did have some interesting history and tips for empowering ourselves as women. I did feel it was a bit negative toward males, albeit mostly historically. I think this is a good read if you can take all the information with a grain of salt.