Sometimes a touch of inspiration is just what we need to transform our mundane reality and infuse us with the energy of the Sacred. Karen Tate’s new book, Goddess Calling: Inspirational Messages & Meditations of Sacred Feminine Liberation Thealogy, does precisely that—and a lot more. Going through its almost 200 pages was a powerful and uplifting experience. I felt profoundly touched by the thoughtful and empowering views in this book: it calls out to everyone supporting the ideals of the Sacred Feminine to come out and make a difference in the world. In Karen’s own words, it is time to “find our sacred roar” and “wage peace.”
The author is an ordained minister who regularly talks and writes about the Lady of Ten Thousand Names, as well as the ideals and values embodied by Her. She is also a radio show host and an independent scholar, who has written two more books, Sacred Places of Goddess and Walking an Ancient Path. Last but not least, she is social justice activist, who does not mince her words when it comes to politics.
In Goddess Calling, Karen speaks out against corporate greed and Republican conservatism. At the same time, she also clearly denounces capitalism as a system of exploitation and discrimination, harming both humanity and the whole of the planet. We need such courageous voices, which urge us to take action:
“We are coming armed with ideals of the Sacred Feminine. We are carrying with us the archetypes of not just Mary and Kwan Yin but Kali, the Morrighan, Libertas and Sekhmet. (…) No more will we tolerate a world of injustice and inequality. No more will we allow the destruction of Mother Earth. No more will be sit quietly and obediently as our dignity is stripped from us and our futures stolen. (…) We want partnership. We want accountability. We want dignity and freedom. We want reverence for the earth and all of humanity. We want a world of compassion and empathy where we recognize our interconnection and practice caring and sharing for the 99%. There is enough for us all if it is equitably distributed.”
While the author acknowledges and uses the power of ritual and meditation, she also challenges us to reexamine our old ways of thinking and break out of restricting patterns so that we can make our ideas heard in the world. One of the book’s main strengths is that it draws on a great variety of sources: Karen’s personal experiences and her travels around the world; feminism and ecology; social movements; even popular science fiction creations like Star Trek and Avatar.
Over the years, the author has successfully shared the messages and meditations in the book with a large number of people, presenting papers in academic conferences or leading services in festivals, Goddess temples, and Unitarian Universalist congregations. Through Goddess Calling, Karen has made her inspiring, transformational work available to all of us.
Goddess Calling: Inspirational Messages and Meditations of Sacred Feminine Liberation Thealogy
Rev. Dr. Karen Tate
John Hunt Publishers/Changemakers Imprint, 2014
Review by Harita Meenee, scholar of classical studies, author