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Name:  Patricia Monaghan  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946 in Brooklyn, New York

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Patricia lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Monaghan is an author and poet whose work revolves around the intersection of myth and everyday life. She has published three books of nonfiction and two of poetry. ''The Book of Goddesses and Heroines'', a comprehensive dictionary of the world's goddesses, has been considered the definitive work in its field since its first publication in 1980; it has just been reissued in expanded form as ''The New Book of Goddesses and Heroines''. O Mother Sun: A New View of the Cosmic Feminine examines sun-goddess myths from around the world; Working Wisdom is a book on the application of spiritual teachings to the workplace. ''Winterburning'', Monaghan's first book of poems, is set in her native Alaska; ''Seasons of the Witch'' is a cycle of poems comparing a woman's life to the seasons of the year. She lectures widely on women and spirituality. Monaghan teaches at DePaul University's School for New Learning. Her current work involves exploring the intersections of spirituality and contemporary science, especially chaos theory. She can be reached by email at [].

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The Book of Goddesses & Heroines
ISBN: 0875425739

Llewellyn Publications. 1990

This popular reference work contains alphabetical listings of 1,533 mythological female deities. This is the only complete, one-volume recitation of their legends in any available source. Also contains an index of associations and groupings of goddess "families". With photos from the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.

Winter-burning: Poems (New Alaskan poets series)
ISBN: B0006EQ46Y

Fireweed Press. 1991

Seasons of the Witch: Poetry & Songs to the Goddess
ISBN: 0738701807

Llewellyn Publications. 2002

Listen to the Voices of Goddesses

With poetry and prose, litany and song, Seasons of the Witch measures the turning of a year, the cycles of the natural world, and the seasons of a woman's life.

Lyrical and literate, much- loved and sought-after, the award-winning Seasons of the Witch is back in print. Written by Patricia Monaghan, one of the founding mothers of the women's spirituality movement, the original version of this classic book received the Friends of Literature award for poetry. Its poems and music are frequently used in both private and public rituals, and the poem "Burials" was selected as the invocation for the Worldwide Goddess 2000 Project.

This edition features twenty-eight pieces of prose and poetry for each of the four seasons. While the original drew heavily from Greek mythology, this revised and expanded edition includes many new pieces from Celtic mythology.

Each section features a song for the goddess of light, a litany for the associated elemental creature, poems inspired by tarot cards, and love spells in the ancient poetic form of the charm. A four-part Goddess Instruction Manual is woven throughout the book, with lessons drawn from each season. Twenty-five of the poems have been set to music in an evocative and powerful CD that accompanies this book.

O Mother Sun!: A New View of the Cosmic Feminine
ISBN: 0895947234

Crossing Pr. 1994

Working Wisdom: A Guide to the Art and Strategy of Success at Work
ISBN: 0062510843

Harpercollins. 1995

Magical Gardens: Myths, Mulch and Marigolds
ISBN: 1567184669

Llewellyn Publications. 1997

Attune with the deep spirituality of the Earth as you learn to plan, create, and enjoy the fruits of your very own magical garden. Your garden can be a magical place and you can be a "magical gardener," a person who takes a soulful approach to tending green things. In Magical Gardens by Patricia Monaghan, you'll discover how to listen for the spiritual messages your garden offers and consciously nurture your connection between the soil and your soul.

Magical Gardens is a book that will inspire the garden in your heart as well as the one outside your door. Sixteen perennial garden plans with easy-to-follow schematic drawings will help you create spaces that enrich your senses, engage your imagination, and entwine your self with your spirit.

Being a magical gardener is more than just planting certain herbs, edibles, and flowers. Included in this beautifully illustrated book are myths and legends that will put meaning and life back into your connection with the Earth. You'll discover how to use meditations, rituals, and even how to work with your dreams so you can create not just a garden, but a truly magical garden. Among the models that will help you plan your own growing area are:

- The Angel Garden
- The Fairy Garden
- Kuan Yin's Garden of Mercy
- The Witch's Garden
- The Sorcerer's Secret Garden
- Bast's Cat Garden

All the ingredients for magic are here. Just add a rich mulch of the garden myths and rituals and seed with the meditations from this book―you'll soon reap the spiritual benefits of tending your own enchanting magical garden.

The Goddess Path: Myths, Invocations, and Rituals
ISBN: 1567184677

Llewellyn Publications. 1999

Now you can find more meaning and joy in your life, journey inward, find the divine, and become transformed, when you read The Goddess Path by Patricia Monaghan.

The Goddess Path can be your guide to speed you on your spiritual quest. Think of this book as a signpost on your spiritual travels, designed to help you nurture your own connection to the goddess and share in her boundless wisdom. Call her into your life with beautiful and ancient invocations. Create your own rituals to honor the lessons she has to teach. As you ponder life-changing questions and venture on brave new experiments, you fan the divine spark into flame―and, in that fire, you are transformed.

The Goddess Path includes myths, symbols, feast days, ancient invocations, and suggestions for connecting with the following goddesses for these purposes and more:

  • Amaterasu for clarity
  • Aphrodite for passion
  • Artemis for protection
  • Athena for strength
  • Brigid for survival
  • The Cailleach for power
  • Demeter and Persephone for initiation
  • Gaia for abundance
  • Hathor for affection
  • Hera for dignity
  • Inanna for inner strength
  • Isis for restorative love
  • Kali for freedom
  • Kuan-Yin for mercy
  • The Maenads for ecstasy
  • The Muses for inspiration
  • Oshun for healing love
  • Paivatar for release
  • Pomona for joy
  • Asule and Saules Meita for family health

In The Goddess Path, Monaghan presents a means to work with the goddess, using ancient and modern techniques that will thrill and amaze you.

The New Book of Goddesses & Heroines
ISBN: 1567184650

Llewellyn Publications. 1997

They come out in your dreams, your creativity, and your passion. They represent you in all your glory and complexity, and you represent them. They are the goddesses and heroines that form your true history. Now let these mythic stories nourish your soul as they speak to you on a level as deep and mysterious as the source of life itself.

Goddesses and heroines exist in virtually every culture and every time. Now you can discover their secrets in The New Book of Goddesses & Heroines (an expanded edition of The Book of Goddess and Heroines) by Patricia Monaghan.

The third edition of this classic reference offers a complete collection of goddess myths from around the globe and includes over fifty photographs from the world-famous Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. And now there is a section on "Cultures of the Goddess", which provides information on the major religious systems detailed in the myths.

Discover more than 1,500 goddesses from Australia, Africa, North and South America, Asia, Europe-and experience her as she truly is. This new edition also adds hundreds of new entries to the original text-information found only in rare or limited editions and obscure sources.

Never before has such a vast panorama of female divinity been recorded in one source-this fascinating book is a testament to the great diversity of her power.

Winner of the 1998 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award for best Non-fiction book



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