The Sacred Feminine, whether viewed as an archetype, ideology or
heavenly deity, has been stripped from our cultures, religions and
psyches for several millennia. But we are starting to remember
its roots and origins. She is the missing piece of the
spiritual, cultural and political puzzle that can address the human
conditions of suffering that plagues the planet. Writing from
the heart, Tate's enthusiasm, passion for justice, and vision of
love and enlightenment is personified in the concept of the Sacred
Feminine. Thus she aids readers both new and familiar with
Goddess to reawaken this knowledge, to experience once again the
nurturing arms of the Mother, and perhaps help humankind to save
Read what scholars and practitioners have to say about
Walking An Ancient Path
an Ancient Path is a breakthrough in goddess-oriented books.
This book is truly a milestone in bridging the gap between
mainstream beliefs and the reawakening of the Goddess religion."
Rev. Denise Dumars
“Walking an Ancient
Path” should be on the reading list of anyone interested in the
divine feminine as seen through the eyes of a priestess,
practitioner or average cult attendant. Her perspective is unique
because it helps its reader to see the world through the experiences
of a follower of the Goddess herself, rather than a casual
observer of history. In doing so, it graces Tate's writing with true
authenticity; it contains a message worthy of the pagan world
itself. Her work is invigorating, and merits the praise of the very
same artists and philosophers on whom she relies for her evidence. Read More
Dr. D. C. A. Hillman, Phd
Author of The Chemical Muse: Drug Use and the Roots of Western
I warmly recommend Walking An Ancient Path by Karen Tate, to all who seek to experience the Feminine Divine. For 3,000 years the Male Archetype has prevailed. Now that our earth is in danger from male-dominated mechanistic science, the time has come for Goddess Priestesses like the Rev. Karen Tate to help restore the feminine balance of Life and Love.
Archpriestess, Co-Founder of the Fellowship of Isis
Karen Tate's writing comes from the heart, reflecting her enthusiasm and passion. She offers a vision of love and enlightenment, as well as of freedom and justice, personified in the concept of the Great Mother Goddess. This is not just another book on women's spirituality - it is a fascinating read, as the author weaves in beautifully her rich experiences from her travels around the world.
Scholar of Classical and Women's Studies Author of The Women's Olympics and the Great Goddess www.hmeenee.com
Karen Tate provides
something no other writer can do. She brings together the heart and
eye of a priestess, the expertise of a travel guide, and the point
of view of a woman who has been through all the ups and downs, the
politics and pettiness as well as the sincere and passionate
devotion in the modern day Goddess and women’s spirituality
VajraMa, Founder of the Ancient Future Sisterhood & Southern Oregon Temple of the Goddess
Throughout the world, people of all faiths are awakening to an interest in the feminine face of the divine, leading to a great hunger for information about goddesses. In Walking An Ancient Path, worldtraveler and independent scholar Karen Tate provides a rich feast to satisfy that hunger, taking the reader from mysteries of the ancient world to contemporary rituals to re-connect with the divine feminine. This book will appeal to women and men from many different religious traditions; it provides guidelines for re-introducing an important balance into our relationship to the sacred.
Sabina Magliocco, Professor of Anthropology California State University - Northridge
Moving, Inspiring and Practical!
Walking an Ancient Path is a moving, insightful and inspiring
book, filled to overflowing with experiences, anecdotes,
thought-provoking ideas and practical suggestions for making Goddess
a transformative living power in our lives and in the world. From
Karen's extensive travels to Goddess sites around the globe, to
meaningful rituals here at home, there is something for everyone in
this heart-felt book. The book includes many b/w photos from
worldwide Goddess temples as well as contemporary imagery and altars
to the Sacred Feminine by 21st Century devotees. As a
Goddess-centered, Isis-focused person, I found Karen's book to be a
healing balm for the Goddess-soul in us all - women and men alike.
If you haven't yet read it, move "Walking an Ancient Path" to the
top of your reading list! Thank you Karen! M. Smith --
Brooklyn, New York, May 30, 2008
Walking an Ancient Path takes us on a
spiritual journey by one of the foremost pathfinders of the Goddess
movement. Rosemary Clark, author of The Sacred Tradition in
I warmly recommend "Walking An Ancient
Path" by Karen Tate, to all who seek to experience the Feminine
Divine. For 3,000 years the Male Archetype has prevailed. Now that
our earth is in danger from male-dominated mechanistic science, the
time has come for Goddess Priestesses like the Rev. Karen Tate to
help restore the feminine balance of Life and Love. Olivia
Robertson, Archpriestess, Co-Founder of the Fellowship of Isis
Karen has created a wonderful book that
blends travelogue, personal reflections and shared rituals in a way
accessible to anyone. For those spiritual travelers looking for new
and old ways of experiencing the Divine Feminine, Karen's book is
the perfect resource. Tina Carey, author of God's Mesengers for
Tate's insights into the Sacred Feminine
span a lifetime of committed inquiry and a true passion for her
life's work. Reverend Karen Tate is one of the most respected voices
in the newly re-emerging field of Goddess Studies. Brad Olsen,
Publisher, CCC Publishing
Karen Tate's writing comes from the heart,
reflecting her enthusiasm and passion. She offers a vision of love
and enlightenment, as well as of freedom and justice, personified in
the concept of the Great Mother Goddess. This is not just another
book on women's spirituality - it is a fascinating read, as the
author weaves in beautifully her rich experiences from her travels
around the world. Harita Menee, scholar of Classical and Women's
Studies, author of The Women's Olympics and The Great Goddess
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"I have known Karen
Tate for several years now and she still amazes me. With her busy
life, as a radio talk host, member and priestess of two temples,
event facilitator, guest lecturer, ritualist, managing two homes and
being a wife, it’s always a surprise to me that she can be also be a
read her book, Sacred Places of Goddess, 108 Destinations (meant to
be a travel guide), I found it was so blessed with information that
I use it as a text book. Within her newly released Walking an
Ancient Path, she has given the reader a guidebook through a
spiritual pilgrimage; one which applies’ ancient wisdom to
contemporary life. She has successfully challenged the reader to
question, dialogue and incorporate the role of the divine feminine,
in all her forms, into our every day lives.
If you are a seeker,
whether spiritual, philosophical, thinking systems analyst, etc., I
highly recommend this book be on your reading list!"
Jayne Marie DeMente, MA WSE
Founder & Director
Women's Heritage Project & Cultural Arts Endowment Program
"Walking An Ancient Path might have a
subtitle of "into the modern world".Karen Tate's book reads like an
entertaining novel which is hard to put down. "Just one more
chapter" you'll think to yourself. As an experienced travel guide on
sacred sites tours, Karen is adept at describing all the interesting
small details of foreign places; the sights, sounds, fragrances, and
people of a place. I'm not a traveler so I was quite captivated to
be taken on an intimate journey to (for instance)the Goddess
Brigid's sacred well of healing water in Liscanor, Ireland and to
"see" both Pagan and Christian offerings left there by spiritual
pilgrims. She also describes the "spirit trees" that you might
otherwise just drive by, trees that are even today covered with "clooties",
which are strips of cloth representing individual prayers, and which
show us that Goddess recognition is alive and well in Celtic lands.
Joan Norton, Author
The Mary Magdalene Within
If I were asked to choose the most
powerful aspect of this book I would have to pinpoint the complete
openness and emotional honesty Tate offers the reader throughout the
entire text. Tate relates not only the good times but the bad, the
times when she felt like quitting, when she felt alone, lost and
abandoned: "While I dreamed of a supportive community valuing
sisterhood and brotherhood, all embracing ideals of Goddess
Spirituality, in reality I have at times felt lost like Dorothy and
her cohorts from the film The Wizard of Oz, maneuvering through that
forest of ghoulish trees and flying monkeys...." (p. 246).
Author of Switching to Goddess
Written in an immediately accessible and flowing style, the first
thing that struck me was the way the book was organised as it is
divided into Five sections, corresponding to Spirit and the Four
Elements. This helps to give the text an extraordinary depth and
makes all that she writes easy to incorporate in any magical system.
Magickal Light Ezine
This book is so valuable for our current
chaotic times!! Not only did I find Karen's book wonderfully
written, lucid, easy to understand, with terrific photos -- but I
have the good fortune to be one of her good friends as well. We have
known each other about 9 years and I have attended her Isis
Navigatums and some of her rituals. We are connected through several
Egyptian goddesses -- Isis, Hathor and Sekhmet. Karen has literally
lived her 2 books WALKING AN ANCIENT PATH and her first one, SACRED
PLACES OF GODDESS, transformed her life through sacred rituals,
immersed herself in sacred sites, created personal relationships
with goddesses, lives in her own Temple, etc. She walks her talk!!
Through her books one can begin (or continue) a path of Right
Action, healing oneself and the planet, and living in the Heart of
the Goddess. I cannot recommend her book more highly!!
Lauren O. Thyme, Author of The Lemurian Way
Walking an Ancient Path is a much-needed, recommended resource into a sorely neglected and often misunderstood area of study today - the crucial need for a balance between the Sacred Feminine and the Divine Masculine. Utilizing historical sources as well as practical information for modern times, Tate masterfully presents a fascinating look into the growing area of the spirituality of the Sacred Feminine. From the ancient landscape and sacred sites to meditation, prayer and ritual today....Tate shares her journey with clarity, honesty, and aplomb. Be inspired!
Dr Karen Ralls
Historian and Author of The Knights Templar Encyclopedia, The Quest for the Celtic Key, and The Templars and the Grail
The integrity, heart and wisdom of the Priestess of the Goddess we know as (Rev.) Karen Tate is once again brilliantly evident in her writing. Having been through the fires herself, and emerged on the other side whole, calm, peaceful and strong, she speaks from actual direct experience and body knowing, making her work immediate, helpful and inspiring. Tate is a foundational rock in the modern day Goddess Spirituality Community, remembering the ancient knowledge and bringing it back to us all. Thank you, Karen.
Rev. Ava Park
Founder and Director, The GODDESS TEMPLE of Orange County, California a church for women of all faiths honoring the Goddess
At last, a book about The Goddess for those of us who happily dwell in the twenty first century! Walking An Ancient Path by Karen Tate is aimed toward men and women of all faiths. This is not your grandmother’s book about Goddess worship. This is a thoroughly modern and practical look at the different aspects of goddess worship and how it can be integrated into the modern world. Karen Tate has researched her subject with unerring diligence and brought it to us with razor sharp clarity. Tate shares her vision with humility and respect for her readers, but she doesn’t pull any punches.
Walking An Ancient Path could bring about a major change in our understanding of the Goddess. Karen Tate’s book is a must have for those who seek The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names. This book deserves an important place on the bookshelves of anyone with a curiosity about the world’s oldest religion. Mrs. Tate deserves our respect and admiration for this truly stunning effort. Bravo!!!
Author of Reluctant Goddess: Kleopatra and The Stolen Throne
What a wonderful journey! Reading about Karen's long walk on this ancient path is inspiring to all. Her knowledge of ancient civilizations and her accessible writing style make this journey a treat for the intellect and the soul. A path that indeed calls to us in these times.
Dr. Anne Key
Priestess Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet
Karen Tate is fueled with passion for the return of the Goddess on this planet. She is one of the most active priestesses in the Temple of Isis, a recognized church devoted to the divine feminine, is privileged to
have. Karen has been gifted by the Goddess to make this rising concept understandable and fascinating for a wide range of readers. Her amazing energy bursts forth from each page in ways that will ignite interest in this important movement that may be the precise revelation to save our Mother, the Earth. May the Goddess bless her for all the offerings she creates.
Rt. Rev. Loreon Vigne
Author of The Goddess Bade Me Do It Director of Isis Oasis Sanctuary, Geyserville, CA
Karen Tate’s work is a literal cornucopia of Goddess material accessible to anyone seeking to learn more about the Divine Feminine and Her relevance to 21st century spirituality. This is not just a book about facts and rituals, but relationships and applications—devoted to inspiring others to follow the Goddess path.
Dr. James D. Rietveld
Professor of Religion, Archaeology and Antiquities
With stories, ritual, sacred journeys and her own life experiences, Karen Tate shows the way to a more balanced partnership world. Her engaging voice entices and encourages all seekers of the Divine Feminine to walk HER Ancient Path.
Artist/Scholar/Author, "Goddess Icons Spirit Banners of the Divine Feminine"
Karen Tate has created another intriguing look at Goddess cultures throughout the world. Combining her experiences during her extensive travels with practical information on deepening the reader's own connection with the Divine Feminine, this book is a wonderful new resource for anyone interested in the renaissance of Goddess spirituality.
Author of The Mysteries of Isis
Walking an Ancient Path is an enchanting spiritual journey into the realm of the Divine Feminine. It inspires and informs and is a welcome contribution to the growing field of Goddess Studies.
Rev. Selena Fox
Author, Priestess, Religious Freedom Activist & Environmentalist Senior Minister, Circle Sanctuary
Karen Tate bridges the gap between theory and practice by offering the reader an experiential case study that is both reflective and reflexive in style and content. "Walking an Ancient Path" is an innovative new work by Karen Tate that belongs in the library of every neo-feminist scholar. Through her unique perspective as a Neo-Pagan practioner, Karen Tate presents a personal testimonial that conveys the significance of the Goddess in contemporary times. By sharing her personal journey into the realm of the Divine Feminine, Karen Tate provides her audience with a sensory narrative that is sure to intrigue, inspire, and elucidate a deeper understanding of the Goddess Presence in everyday life.
Jaynie Aydin, PhD
World Arts and Cultures University of California,
...It is a mixture of personal experience, teachings and ideas; and most people, whether new to the Goddess, or experienced in the ways Karen Tate writes about, will find something of interest here. She writes from the experience of living Goddess within her life and manifesting Her to the outside world, and as such this book has something valuable and important to say to us all.
The author's mission is to bring the concept of the sacred feminine into mainstream understanding. The book is well researched and is structured around the influence of the four elements, with occassional small black and white photos. The author's experiences as a sacred tour organiser and as a minister in The Temple of Isis serve to enrich the more scholarly details of goddess worship. She shows how to incorporate the divine feminine attributes of inclusion, equality, reciprocity and interdependence into everyday 21st century life, whilst preserving and adapting ancient rites and rituals. There is a useful glossary, reading list and resources section…
Pilgrims Mind Body Spirit
....Writing from the heart, Tate's enthusiasm, passion for justice, and vision of love and enlightenment is personified in the concept of the Sacred Feminine. Thus she aids readers both new and familiar with Goddess to reawaken this knowledge, to experience once again the nurturing arms of the Mother, and perhaps help humankind to save itself.
I've had the honor of knowing Karen Tate for several years. The first time we met was at Isis Oasis, in the dining pavilion while attending the Fellowship of Isis Convocation in 1997. Since that time, I've watched Karen's work grow in both depth and scope within the Goddess community. She maintains a high level of professionalism and is impeccable in all she does - in other words she only gives to her Goddess work the best effort possible. If you have the opportunity to attend one of Karen's lectures please go - you will be in for a real treat. Academics have said of her lectures that if anyone could mainstream awareness of the Goddess it would be those of the calibre she produces. Her books, like her lectures, are written with detailed references, the result of painstaking research. Karen draws not only on the more usual types of references, but from a wide circle of resources in related fields, which has gained her recognition amongst scholars. You will read her books and refer to them again and again. She is a valuable asset to the Goddess community.
Caroline Wise and Linda Isles,
Mirror of Isis
A must-read for those who want to understand why we are where we are and how we can go about making things better for everyone. (Editor's choice)
Chris Erasmus, Odyssey