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Is this book any good? (Maiden, Mother, Crone...)
« on: October 13, 2016, 05:18:03 pm »
I was trying to find more info on the Dark Mother, and happened on this book. Anyone know if it's any good?

Maiden, Mother, Crone: The Myth & Reality of the Triple Goddess by D.J. Conway
« Last Edit: October 13, 2016, 06:06:13 pm by Morag »
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Re: Is this book any good? (Maiden, Mother, Crone...)
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2016, 05:38:28 pm »
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I was trying to find more info on the Dark Mother, and happened on this book. Anyone know if it's any good?

Maiden, Mother, Crone: The Myth & Reality of the Triple Goddess by D.J. Conway
Haven't read it, but I've read Conway's other books and I wouldn't consider her a reliable source.
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Re: Is this book any good? (Maiden, Mother, Crone...)
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2016, 05:40:36 pm »
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Haven't read it, but I've read Conway's other books and I wouldn't consider her a reliable source.


Well dang. How come?
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Re: Is this book any good? (Maiden, Mother, Crone...)
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2016, 05:43:50 pm »
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Well dang. How come?
She peddles a lot of outdated pseudohistory and discredited theories. She's not the only one who does it by any means, but her ideas of history are just plain wrong.
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Re: Is this book any good? (Maiden, Mother, Crone...)
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2016, 05:57:16 pm »
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I was trying to find more info on the Dark Mother, and happened on this book. Anyone know if it's any good?

Maiden, Mother, Crone: The Myth & Reality of the Triple Goddess by D.J. Conway

 
*vomits repeatedly*
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Re: Is this book any good? (Maiden, Mother, Crone...)
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2016, 06:22:22 pm »
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Re: Is this book any good? (Maiden, Mother, Crone...)
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2016, 06:33:19 pm »
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I was trying to find more info on the Dark Mother, and happened on this book. Anyone know if it's any good?

Maiden, Mother, Crone: The Myth & Reality of the Triple Goddess by D.J. Conway

 

Terribad book. I bought it cheap from the used rack, still a massive waste of money. Basically the author retells various myths the way she thinks they should have been to begin with, and tries to say that's the way the myths were told before the big bad patriarchal religions took over.
Bad book if you're hoping to learn something, excellent if you need a cynical laugh.

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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2016, 06:37:03 pm »
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*vomits repeatedly*

 
As Castus points out, it's also useful if you eat something poisonous and need to purge your system. Read an excerpt and save a trip to the ER.;)

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Re: Is this book any good? (Maiden, Mother, Crone...)
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2016, 08:09:53 pm »
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As Castus points out, it's also useful if you eat something poisonous and need to purge your system. Read an excerpt and save a trip to the ER.;)

 
Lol.. Welp, I already spent money on it, dang. I'll just pretend that never happened. Guess I'll look around on here for info on the Dark Mother.
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Re: Is this book any good? (Maiden, Mother, Crone...)
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2016, 08:57:55 pm »
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I was trying to find more info on the Dark Mother, and happened on this book. Anyone know if it's any good?

Maiden, Mother, Crone: The Myth & Reality of the Triple Goddess by D.J. Conway
Stay away from DJ Conway!
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« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2016, 06:11:00 pm »
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Stay away from DJ Conway!

 
I had one of her books in the 90's. I think it was "Oak, Ash, and Thorn." I don't remember much about it, but I enjoyed the meditations. She did preach an anti-Christian viewpoint, but that didn't bother me because it was my mindset at the time. I was a teenager and was bullied by Christian students.

We should read everything with a grain of salt. Even Cunningham's "Magical Herbalism" has old propaganda about cannabis because it was written back in the time before the information was corrected.

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« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2016, 07:19:32 pm »
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I had one of her books in the 90's. I think it was "Oak, Ash, and Thorn." I don't remember much about it, but I enjoyed the meditations. She did preach an anti-Christian viewpoint, but that didn't bother me because it was my mindset at the time. I was a teenager and was bullied by Christian students.

We should read everything with a grain of salt. Even Cunningham's "Magical Herbalism" has old propaganda about cannabis because it was written back in the time before the information was corrected.

I had a couple of Conways books; one was "Dancing with Dragons".
It was a cute fiction that she tried to pass off as fact and the only reason I bought it was because I adored dragons and still do.

Her supposed "knowledge" of dragons was so ludicrous that it makes one wonder how she can expect anyone to accept it as fact after a point in time.

I suppose it is true one can learn something from most any book even if it is to learn how to be more discriminating with what information you take in.

I had a lot of books in the past that left me wondering how anyone could take it so seriously but then again many people seem to think that just because someone wrote a book that they therefore must be experts; that couldn't be further from the truth.

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« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2016, 02:47:17 pm »
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I had a couple of Conways books; one was "Dancing with Dragons".
It was a cute fiction that she tried to pass off as fact and the only reason I bought it was because I adored dragons and still do.

Her supposed "knowledge" of dragons was so ludicrous that it makes one wonder how she can expect anyone to accept it as fact after a point in time.

I suppose it is true one can learn something from most any book even if it is to learn how to be more discriminating with what information you take in.

I had a lot of books in the past that left me wondering how anyone could take it so seriously but then again many people seem to think that just because someone wrote a book that they therefore must be experts; that couldn't be further from the truth.

 
I almost got that book when I was going through my dragon obsession.

I found a used copy of "The 21 Lessons of Merlin." Yes, I know it's imagined/revised history. The only reason I have it is because my old copy disappeared years ago when my dad went from stalwart atheist to crazy Christian. I wanted it for the meditations, exorcises, recipes, and the interactive mythology.

I also got Phil Hines' "Condensed Chaos" and "Prime Chaos" even though the Hines no longer practices that way and now follows a traditional practice (as far as I know since I never met the man, this info comes from an author disclaimer in one of the books). I wanted the books to fill in for my lost copies from the 90's. I haven't used these in my practice, but I did use them for my writing class.

D.J. Conway is the only author I haven't replenished because of advise from this site. I may eventually get "Oak, Ash, and Thorn" if I find it cheap because of the meditations. I remember them being really well written. I could be mistaken, since I read that about 20 years ago. Besides, she could've lifted it from "21 Lessons."

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Re: Is this book any good? (Maiden, Mother, Crone...)
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2016, 06:34:16 am »
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I was trying to find more info on the Dark Mother, and happened on this book. Anyone know if it's any good?

Maiden, Mother, Crone: The Myth & Reality of the Triple Goddess by D.J. Conway


You'd probably have much better luck with Invoking the Morrigan: Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess, by Stephanie Woodfield. It's a lot broader in scope than the title suggests. Let's just say I checked it out of the library and ended up having to renew it because the initial three weeks were not enough for me to process everything in it.
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« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2016, 08:07:06 pm »
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You'd probably have much better luck with Invoking the Morrigan: Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess, by Stephanie Woodfield. It's a lot broader in scope than the title suggests. Let's just say I checked it out of the library and ended up having to renew it because the initial three weeks were not enough for me to process everything in it.

 
I've had that book in my amazon cart for a long time. I didn't want to get it until I got some feedback since I wasn't sure how much of it was researched material and how much was the author's gnosis.

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