Warriors, Witches, Women
Mythology’s Fiercest Females
by Kate Hodge
Kate Hodge’s book, “Warriors, Witches, Women,” is a modern encyclopedia of powerful female archetypes from various world cultures.
She divides the goddesses into five main categories: witches, warriors, bringers of misfortune, elemental spirits, and munificent spirits.
Hodge re-tells stories of goddesses who are well known and introduces us to ones who are lesser known in this volume. Dividing them into distinct categories that focus on a theme helps the reader to see the different faces of the goddess clearly.
Because this is a cross-cultural work of sorts, we also see how various cultures have picked up on these particular goddess traits all around the world.
Although women will likely find themselves more attracted to some categories more than others, there is something here for anyone who is wanting to connect to their feminine aspect across the gender spectrum. And the reader may also be surprised to see parts of their own story coming through the less resonant archetypes.
The illustrations by Harriet Lee Merrion are beautifully done: reflecting at once the power and the softness of the goddess archetype in her strong lines and use of soft colours. The illustrations allow a visual movement through the book that creates a nice flow and breaks up the text. In that way, it is much more favourable to the modern visual audience than old encyclopedias used to be.
I didn’t find it to be a book I could read straight through from beginning to end. However, I can imagine this would be a good reference book to have on one’s shelf.
About the Author:
Jennifer Engrácio has been a student of shamanism since 2005. Jennifer is a certified teacher who has worked with children in many different education settings since 2001. She is a certified shamanic coach, reiki master, and lomilomi practitioner; in addition, she runs Spiral Dance Shamanics. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she now lives in Calgary, Canada with her life partner.
Engrácio participated in self-publishing three books that are now available:
“The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within”
“Women’s Power Stories: Honouring the Feminine Principle of Life”
“Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing”