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"What does it mean to reclaim the feminine?  It means to honor our sacred connection to life that is present in every moment." -- Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee


Walking An Ancient Path has been named an award finalist in the USA National  Best Books of 2008 Book Awards in the spirituality category.

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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 itself.
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Walking An Ancient Path

Walking 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 Civilization
 


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 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 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 movement.
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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 Ancient Egypt


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 Today's Women


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 prolific writer.

 When I 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.
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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).
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Jeri Studebaker, 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.
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Pino Longchild, 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!!! Dharma Windham, 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.
Lydia Ruyle 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.
deTraci Regula 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,
Los Angeles


* ...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.

Goddess Alive

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

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