Return to the Goddess - Bibliography and Timeline

Sufi mystics - Ahmad al-Ghazzali 1100s / farid al-Din 'Attar 1200s / Ibn 'Arabi 1200s / Shams al-Din Hafiz 1300s / Jala al-Din Rumi 1207-

King Arthur romances 500s, 1100s - troubadours (Provence) + Cathars & Waldensians,
love mystics within the Christian church: St. Bernard of Clairvaux, died 1153 AD age 63 - human soul as bride, Christ as bridegroom. / Hildegard of Bingen 1098-1179 - beguines (and some male beghards) lived unmarried together in small communities with prayer and caring for the broken. Movement spread from Fllanders to Germany & France / St. Mechthild of Magdeburg (c. 1207 - 1297 AD) / Hadewijch of Antwerp mid-1200s /

1300s - 1600s - THE INQUISITION
The Malleus Maleficarum [1486], translated by Montague Summers [1928] - the best known witch-hunt manual.
St. John of the Cross 1500s
Theme of love and bridal mysticism in writings: Richard and his brother Hugh St. Victor 13th century - Julian of Norwich 15th century - Teresa of Avila and Thomas a (\) Kempes 16th century

Dæmonology by King James the First. [1597] With Newes from Scotland [1591] - Two texts, one an essay on demons and other denizens of the night, the second a broadside with an account of a famous witch trial from the same period.

1610: Execution of Witches in the Netherlands ceased, probably because of Weyer's 1563 book.
1630: The last witch burning in England.
1684: The last accused Witch was executed (by hanging) in England.
1690's: Nearly 25 people died during the witch craze in Salem, Massachusetts.
1722: The last recorded witch burning in Britain in Scotland.
1745: France stopped the execution of Witches.
1775: Germany stopped the execution of Witches.
1782: Switzerland stopped the execution of Witches.
1792: Poland executed the last person in Europe who had been tried and convicted of Witchcraft.
[Partly from: The Burning Times -]

Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights Of Woman [1792]

The Magus by Francis Barrett, London, 1801 -
The Magus is one of the primary sources for the study of ceremonial magic, and for a long time was one of the rarest and most sought after of the 19th century grimoires. Barretts' magnum opus embodies deep knowledge of Alchemy, Astrology, and the Kabbalah, and has been cited by the Golden Dawn and other occult and esoteric movements as source material. Written in 1801 in the middle of the 'Age of Reason', sandwiched between Newton and Darwin, this was possibly the last epoch that a work like this could be composed.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) - ca. 1809-1815 Portugal, Spain, Greece -

Jackob and Wilhelm Grimm, Fairy Tales, 1812 & 1814 - Kinder- und Hausmärchen ("Children's and Household Tales")
M. Macmillan’s Globe-trotter in India, 1815

Taylor, Thomas, The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus: translated from the Greek and demonstrated to be the Invocations which were used in the Eleusinian Mysteries. (Walworth, 1824) <<<<<<<<<<
the Mahâ-Bhârata - International Review, vol. x., pp. 36, 297; Oriental Magazine, Dec., 1824, March, Sept., 1825, Sept., 1826.

1829 Rev. Robert Taylor: The Diegesis - made the case that the entire Gospel story was already in existence long before the beginning of the Common Era and was probably composed by the monks at Alexandria called "Therapeuts" in Greek and "Essenes" in Egyptian, both names meaning "healers." This theory has stemmed in part from the statement of early church father Eusebius, who, in a rare moment of seeming honesty, "admitted . . . that the canonical Christian gospels and epistles were the ancient writings of the Essenes or Therapeutae reproduced in the name of Jesus." Taylor opined that "the travelling Egyptian Therapeuts brought the whole story from India to their monasteries in Egypt, where, some time after the commencement of the Roman monarchy, it was transmuted in Christianity."

HH Wilson wrote essays on the religious sects of the Hindus which appeared from 1828 to 1832

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature 1836?

Extracts from The World Congress of Religions papers, Chicago, 1893: Oriental scholars, who had begun their researches in the domain of Indian literature at the beginning of this century, were put to great perplexity of thought at the discovery of the existence of a religion called after Buddha in the Indian philosophical books.  Sir William Jones, H.H. Wilson and Mr. Colbrooke were embarrassed in being unable to identify him.  Dr. Marshman, in 1824, said that Buddha was the Egyptian Apis, and Sir William Jones solved the problem by saying that he was no other than the Scandinavian Woden.  The barge of the early orientals was drifting into the sand banks of Sanskrit literature, when in June, 1837, the whole of the obscure history of Indian and Buddhism was made clear by the deciphering of the rock-cut edicts of Asoka the Great in Garnar, and Kapur-da-gini by that lamented archaeologist, James Pramsep, by the translation of the Pali Ceylon history into English by Turner, and by the discovery of Buddhist manuscripts in the temples of Nepal Ceylon and other Buddhist countries.  In 1844 the first rational scientific and comprehensive account of the Buddhist religion was published by the eminent scholar, Eugene Burnouf.  The key to the archives of this great religion was also presented to the thoughtful people of Europe by this great scholar. -

The Great Mother - Horace H. Wilson [HH Wilson] (London: Oriental Translation Fund 1840)
The Vishnu Purana —A System of Hindu Mythology & Tradition by H. H. Wilson - An encyclopedic account of the creation of the universe with the geneology of the gods, along with a goodly portion of Krishna's life. In Sanskrit and English. This is Joseph Campell teritory. A staff favorite and a real find.

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was started in 1848 (& continued painting until 1900+) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt. Other artists working in the Pre-Raphaelite style in the 1850s included Ford Madox Brown, Arthur Hughes, Henry Wallis, Robert Braithwaite Martineau and William Windus. Later, Rossetti inspired a new, younger generation of artists: Edward Coley Burne-Jones, William Morris, Simeon Solomon and Evelyn de Morgan. Several illustrators, such as Henry Justice Ford (who illustrated the Andrew Lang 'Fairy books') and Evelyn Paul were drawing in the Pre-Raphaelite style well past the turn of the century. -

1848-1858 Helena Blavatsky traveled the world, including two years in Tibet -

Henry David Thoreau, Walden; or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854.
The Ramayana -
F. Max Müller’s Ancient Sanskrit Literature, 1859

The Veil of Isis or Mysteries of the Druids By W. Winwood Reade [1861] - fairly typical of the mid-19th Century literature about Druidry, which had some romantic misconceptions about the Druids. For instance, we now know that the builders of Stonehenge preceded the historical Celts by many centuries.
Campbell, J.G., Popular Tales of the West Highlands. Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1862.
Bachofen, J. J.; Introduction by Joseph Campbell, MYTH, RELIGION, AND MOTHER RIGHT: SELECTED WRITING OF J. J. BACHOFEN (1861,1926 & 1954) Princeton: Princeton Univ. 1973 & 1992 {An early theorist whose ideas are being widely supported by some & not supported by others}
H. H. Wilson’s Introduction to the Mahâ-Bhârata and a Translation of three Extracts (in his Works, vol. iii.); Westminster Review, 1868, vol. xxxiii.
The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill. [1869]
Aryan Mythology : The Mythology of the Aryan Nations - Sir George W. Cox
"The first edition of this book appeared in 1870 and was established immediately as one of the classical works on comparative mythology. It received appreciation and criticism in equal measures due to the very controversial nature of the conclusions drawn that were labeled as "momentous". However great scholars like Grimm, Max Muller, Breal, Kuhn, Preller, Welcker, H.H. Wilson, Cornewall Lewis, Grote and Thirlwall fully supported all the important findings of this work which came to be recognised as a masterpiece on Aryan mythology.

J. C. Oman’s Great Indian Epics, 1874
Translations of episodes from the Mahâ-Bhârata, in Scribner’s Monthly, 1874, vol. vii.

The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviours: Christianity Before Christ - Kersey Graves (1813-1883) (an Indiana Quaker) - 1875
(about the sixteen messiahs before Christ. Links between astrology and Christianity.) - (Stars pointed out the time and birthplace of the various saviors; the 25th of December is a common birthday attributed to these men; the 346 striking analogies between Jesus and Krishna; the stories of Appollonius, Osiris, and Magus; previous virgin mothers and virgin-born gods; prophecies by the figure of a serpent; the Holy Ghost of an oriental origin; Christ as a spiritual medium; the rival claims of saviors; and messianic prophecies) <<<<<<

Rink, Johannes, Tales and Traditions of the Eskimo. London: W. Blackwood and Sons, 1875.
J. T. Wheeler’s History of India, 4 vols., 1876, vol. ii.
Madame Blavatsky (1831-1891) - Isis Unveiled 1877 -
Madame Blavatsky, one of founders of the Theosophical Society- a modern day Gnostic movement . . . that took its inspiration from Hinduism and Buddhism. Madame Blavatsky claimed that all religions were both true, in their inner teachings, and false or imperfect, in their external conventional manifestations.
Albrecht Weber’s History of Indian Literature, 1878
T. Goldstuecker’s Hindu Epic Poetry; the Mahâ-Bhârata Literary Remains, 1879, (vol. ii.)
John Dowson’s Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology, Religion, Geography, History, and Literature, 1879
Nala and Damayanti and other Poems, Tr. from the Mahâ-Bhârata by H. H. Milman, (with notes by Monier Williams, 1879)
Metrical translations from Sanskrit writers by John Muir, 1879

C. J. Stone’s Cradle-land of Arts and Creeds, 1880
G.W. Cox’s Mythology and Folklore, 1881
J. Peile’s Notes on the Tales of Nala, 1882
The Mahâ-Bhârata, Selections from the, Tr. by Sir Edwin Arnold, in his Indian Poetry, 1886; in his Indian Idylls, 1883
The Mahâ-Bhârata, an English Prose Translation with notes, by Protap Chandra Roy, Published in one hundred parts, 1883-1890
Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Sir Walter Scott [1885] - by the 19th Century novelist - covers much of the same evidence as Murry (albeit in a more popular style). Scott draws few conclusions other than that our ancestors were extremely superstitous.
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn - London 1888-1903 -
Clothed With The Sun by Anna Kingsford [1889] -

The Garden of Eden; or The Paradise Lost & Found by Victoria Claflin Woodhull [1890]
Erdmann's "Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie"= History of Philosophy 1890
Sir James Frazer (1854-1941) - The Golden Bough 1890 (abridged into a single book 1922)
First published in 1890, The Golden Bough was eventually issued in a twelve-volume edition (1906-15) which was abridged in 1922 by the author and his wife. That abridgement has never been reconsidered for a modern audience. In it some of the more controversial passages were dropped, including Frazer's daring speculations on the Crucifixion of Christ.
Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling by Charles G. Leland [1891]
E. A. Reed’s Hindu Literature, 1891
Woman, Church, and State by Matilda Joslyn Gage [1893]
William Butler Yeats, The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore 1893/1990 Prism - title refers to the pre-dawn hours, when the Druids performed their rituals / originally published in 1902
Etruscan Roman Remains in Popular Tradition by Charles G. Leland [1893] - These books describe Stregheria, or Italian traditional witchcraft. These are considered historical source documents of the Wicca movement. Some contemporary scholars have questioned the authenticity of Lelands' scholarship. Recent publications by Raven Grimassi have also added a great deal of depth to the subject of Italian witchcraft. See
James Bonwick, Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions. London: Griffith, Farran & Company , 1894 - a scholarly perspective on the Druids. It ties together many strands of mythology and anthroplogy to shed light on Irish Paganism.
The Woman's Bible by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. [1895]
Billson, Charles J., County Clare Folklore. Volume I: Leicester, Rutland London: David Nutt, 1895.
THE EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD, translated by E.A. Wallis Budge, 1895; 1967.
The Witch-Persecutions, Edited by George L. Burr [1896] - A short collection of translations of historical descriptions of the witch craze.
Frothingham, A., "Medusa, Apollo and the Great Mother." American Journal of Archaeology: The Journal of the Archeological Institute of America. New York: Macmillan Co., 1897.
William Butler Yeats, Fairy & Folk Tales of Ireland (originally published as Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry, 1888, and Irish Fairy Tales, 1892; republished Touchstone Books, 1973, 1998) (Yeats died 1939 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France)
Pausanias, Description of Greece. tr. Frazer, J. G. (London, 1898) [Eleusian Mysteries]
Aradia, Gospel of the Witches by Charles G. Leland [1899]

The Times of March 27 to April 8, 1895, describe the incident in Clonmel, Tipperary, believed to be the last “witch burning” in Ireland. (Bridget Cleary)

Showerman, Grant, The Great Mother of the Gods. Bulletin of the University of Wisconsin, #43, Philology and Literary Series, Vol. 1 #3, 1901. [Anatolia]
William James, Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature ??1902??
Paving the way for all modern spiritual thought, The Varieties of Religious Experience was revolutionary in its view of religious life as centered not within the Church, but solely within the person. James was the first to define spirituality as "the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual men in their solitude." It had influence on the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous and on launching the American pastoral counseling movement, and a role in spawning the psychology of religion.
Harrison, Jane Ellen, Prolomena to the Study of Greek Religion (1903) - London: Merlin 1980
Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) - mystical experience 1904 led to his founding Thelema (Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law). The word Thelema finds its origins in the Bible, but was first brought into common usage by Rabelais, who wrote of the Abbey of Theleme, and had the motto "Do what you will." This theme echoed St. Augustine's "Love and do what you will" and was a part of the emerging philosophy of humanism. The Equinox (journal) was published ca 1919. Volume III Number 6 was The Book of Thoth: The Egyptian Tarot. Liber Aleph Vel CXI: The Book of Wisdom or Folly - Written in New York City at the end of the First World War, this has been described by Crowley as "an extended and elaborate commentary on The Book of the law, in the form of a letter from the Master Therion to his magical son".
Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942) - created Rider-Waite Tarot Deck 1909 -

The Burden of Isis by James Teackle Dennis [1910] - Hymns to Isis, translated from the Egyptian
The Amazons by Guy Cadogan Rothery. [1910]
Arthur Edward Waite, The Book of Ceremonial Magic 1911
The Religion of the Ancient Celts by J. A. MacCulloch [1911] - an authoritative study of ancient Celtic religion, including extensive material on what is actually known about the Druids.
The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans-Wentz 1911/1977 Colin Smythe Ltd.
Religious Cults Associated with the Amazons by Florence Mary Bennett. [1912]
Irish Witchcraft and Demonology by St. John D. Seymore [1913] - study of the witch-persecutions in Ireland
Pagan Prayers by Marah Ellis Ryan [1913]
Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns and Homerica, tr. Evelyn-White, Hugh G. (Cambridge, Mass., 1914) [Eleusian Mysteries]
The Book of Hallowe'en by Ruth Edna Kelley [1919] - Halloween and its pagan roots.
Krause, Ernst ("Carus Sterne.")+, "The Northern Origin of the Story of Troy." Open Court. August, 1918. P.449-ff. <<<<<<

The Witch Cult in Western Europe - Margaret Murray 1921/1970 Oxford University Press. - AND - God of the Witches [1933] - Were there ever real witches? If not, what were all the witch trials about? Murray tries to answer these questions objectively with plenty of documentary evidence. She is often cited as a primary source for Gerald Gardners' ideology.
The Golden Bough - Sir James Frazer, 1922 (Macmillan). (abridged to one volume)
Plato, The Dialogues of. tr. Jowett, Benjamin (New York, 1927) (Eleusian Mysteries)
Briffault, R. - The Mothers (1927). 3 vol. (London: Allen & Unwin 1959. Abridged / New York: Harper 1977)

Goldberg, B. Z., The Sacred Fire: The Story of Sex in Religion (1930), New York: Grove Press 1962 (Eleusian Mysteries)
Diodorus of Sicily tr. Oldfather, C. H. (Cambridge, Mass., 1933) 10 volumes. (Eleusian Mysteries)
Frazer, James George, The Golden Bough Part IV Adonis Attis Osiris Vol. II. (New York, 1935) (Eleusian Mysteries)
Frazer, James George, The Golden Bough Part IV Spirits of the Corn and of the Wild Vol. I. (New York, 1935) (Eleusian Mysteries)
Durant, Will, The Life of Greece. (New York, 1939) (Eleusian Mysteries)

THE MABINOGION: PRINCE OF ANNWN (1974); CHILDREN OF LLYR (1971); SONG OF RHIANNON (1972); ISLAND OF THE MIGHTY (1936; 1964), Evangeline Walten, 1971-74. The Welsh national epic in novelized form.

Carl Jung's main writings were1919-1944.

Persson, Axel W., The Religion of Greece in Prehistoric Times. Berkely: University of California Press, 1942.
Essene library at Nag Hammadi, Egypt, including The Gospel of Mary, was discovered 1945. AND
The Thunder, Perfect Mind -
-------------The Nag Hammadi Library, ed. James M. Robinson 1977 (complete English translations)
Carpenter, Rhys, Folk Tale, Fiction and Saga in the Homeric Epics. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1946.


The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth - Robert Graves 1946 - revised 1966. Exploring the depth and scope of True Poetry as Muse-inspired, underpinning Druidic teachings and the Celtic Tree Calendar.
Dead Sea Scrolls were found 1947
Jung, C. G. & Kerenyi, C., Essays on the Science of Mythology: The Myth of the Divine Child and the Mysteries of Eleusis (1949) Princeton: Princeton Univ. 1963 & 1969
The Hero of a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, New York: Bollingen Foundation, 1949.
Mircea Eliade - Le Mythe de liternal retour: architypes et ripitition, Paris: Librairie Gallimard, 1949. / The Myth of the Eternal Return, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1954. 1991 Princeton University Press. Research and theory on death and rebirth mythology by one of the world's greatest scholars of myth and ritual.
The Gardnerian Book of Shadows - distributed by Gerald Gardner 1949 to 1961

Mircea Eliade - Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy - original French edition 1951 (apparently not in his native Romanian) / 1964 Bollingen Series LXXVI.  New York:  Pantheon.
Kerenyi, C., The Gods of the Greeks. (London, 1951) (Eleusian Mysteries)
The Myth of the Birth of the Hero by Otto Rank, trans. by F. Robbins & S. Jellife, Robert Brunner, New York, 1952.
The Once and Future King T.H. White 1952 Collins, London.
Grant, Frederick C., Hellenistic Religions: The Age of Syncretism. (Indianapolis, 1953)
Jung, C. G., Collected Works. Bollingen series XX., Princeton: Princeton Univ. 1953-79 {No other psychologist of the 20th century has done more to articulate the psychology of The Goddess and Her relationship to the rest of reality.}
Taylor, G. Rattray, SEX IN HISTORY, New York: Ballentine 1954 {His terms "matrism" and "patrism" is useful in the tangled debate over matriarchy, patriarchy, and partnership models. Happily, Reiser picks up this terminology.}

Bettelheim, Bruno, Symbolic Wounds: Puberty Rites and the Envious Male. London: Thames and Hudson, 1955.
Erich Neumann, The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype, Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, 1955. (1974) 1972 (extremely well illustrated; the first well-illustrated book on the Goddess} (Eleusian Mysteries)
Graves, Robert, Adam's Rib and Other Anomalous Elements in the Hebrew Creation Myth (1955), New York: Yoseloff 1958
Graves, Robert, The Greek Myths (1955) . 2 vols., New York: Penguin 1979 & 1982 {Widely considered the best general survey of Greek mythology, including previously neglected Goddess traditions} / 1959 Penguin Books.
The Mysteries, (Papers from the Eranos Yearbooks, 2; ed. Campbell, Joseph) (New York, 1955) (Eleusian Mysteries)

Neumann, Erich, Amor and Psyche: The Psychic Development of the Feminine. (New York, 1956) (Eleusian Mysteries)
Casavis, J. N., The Greek Origin of Freemasonry. (New York, 1956) (Eleusian Mysteries)
In 1956 Marija Gimbutas presented her "Kurgan Hypothesis" at an international conference in Philadelphia. With this theory, she was the first scholar to bring together linguistic and archaeological knowledge to solve the problem of the origins of Proto-Indo-European speaking peoples (whom she named "Kurgans" after their distinctive burial mounds) and to trace their migrations into Europe. This hypothesis, and the act of bridging the disciplines, has had a significant impact on Indo-European research.

Linda Fierz-David, Woman's Dionysian Initiation: The Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii (1957) - Dallas: Spring 1988 / Linda Fierz-David, Nor Hall. - Dreaming in red : the women's Dionysian initiation chamber in Pompeii - Putnam, Conn. : Spring Publications, 2005.
Crawford, O.G.S. - The Eye Goddess (1957) - Oak Park, Illl.: Delphi Press 1991 {a classic work} Tracing the spread of an ancient Goddess cult through its iconography.

Mircea Eliade, Rites and Symbols of Initiation: The Mysteries of Birth and Rebirth, (New York, Harper, 1958) {Eliade was the 20th-century's most widely respected historian of religions. His many books on offer important insights into the nature of The Goddess around the world.}
The Celts by T.G.E. Powell 1958 Thames and Hudson.

Mircea Eliade, The Sacred & the Profane: The Nature of Religion, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, San Diego, 1959.
James, E. O., The Cult of the Mother-Goddess: An Archaeological and Documentary Study. (New York, Barnes & Noble 1959) [Anatolia]
McNeill, P. Marion, The Silver Bough. Volume 2: A Calender of Scottish National estivals, Candlemas to Harvest Home. Glasgow: William Maclennan, 1959. / The Silver Bough F. Marian McNeill 1989 Cannongate.

The Golden Ass, Lucius Apuieius, Translator Jack Lindsay Indiana University Press. 1960
Von Cles-Reden - In The Realm of the Great Goddess (London: Thames & Hudson 1961)
Celtic Heritage Alwyn and Brinley Rees 1961 Thames & Hudson.
Mylonas, George E., Eleusis and the Eleusinian Mysteries. (Princeton, 1961) (Eleusian Mysteries)
Schuré, Edouard, The Great Initiates. (New York, 1961) (Eleusian Mysteries)

Myth and Reality by Mircea Eliade, trans. by Willard R. Trask, Harper & Row, New York, 1963.
Harrison, Jane Ellen, Mythology (New York: HBJ 1963
Levy, G. Rachel - Religious Conceptions of the Stone Age and Their Influence Upon European Thought (1948) New York: Harper 1963. [Formerly The Gate of Horn] {Harrison & Levy are the most important women of the early 20th century to write about The Goddess. All Harrison's books are brilliant surveys & a continuing inspiration to anthropologists and cultural historians.}
Marija Gimbutas, The Balts. Ancient Peoples and Places, Vol. 33. London: Thames and Hudson; New York: Praeger, 1963.

Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy by Mircea Eliade, trans. by Willard R. Trask, Bollingen Series LXXVI, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1964.

Mothers and Amazons: The First Feminine History of Culture by Helen Diner, Julian Press, 1965.
Stonehenge Decoded by Gerald S. Hawkins, Doubleday, 1965, isbn 0-385-04127-6.
Dionysus: Myth and Cult - Walter F. Otto 1965/1993 Spring Publications. (OOP)
Pomeroy, S. (1965) Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves.

The Druids: A Study in Keltic Prehistory, T.D. Kendrick, 1966.
Rohde, Erwin, Psyche: The Cult of Souls and Belief in Immortality Among the Greeks Vol. I. tr. Hillis, W. B. (New York, 1966) (Eleusian Mysteries)
Kerenyi, C., Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter. tr. Manheim, Ralph (New York, 1967) (Eleusian Mysteries)
Mackenzie, Norman ed., Secret Societies. (London, 1967) (Eleusian Mysteries)

Myth, Religion, and Mother Right by Johann Jacob Bachhofen, Princeton University Press, 1967.
THE EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD, translated by E.A. Wallis Budge, 1895; 1967.
Patai, Raphael. Foreword by Merlin Stone. The Hebrew Goddess (1967 & 1978), Detroit: Wayne State Univ. 1990 {The definitive book on the popular Goddess in early Judaism, whose reality is a surprise for most Jews and Christians today.}
Mellaart, James, Catal Huyuk: A Neolithic Town in Anatolia. New York: McGraw Hill, 1967.
The Celtic Realms - Myles Dillon and Nora Chadwick. Cardinal 1967 / Phoenix, 2000 [Kathy Jones references]
In their masterly survey of the history and culture of the Celtic peoples, Dillon and Chadwick cover the whole period from the Celts' pre-historic origins to the Norman invasion of Britain. Though few really understand Celtic art, the authors demonstrate the peculiar genius of the Celts in their religion, literature, and visual arts.
Doesn't say a whole lot about the Druids, but match this up with Ellis' "Celtic Empire", "The Celts" and "The Druids"; Gregory's "Complete Irish Mythology"; Guest's "The Mabinogion"; and Hutton's "Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles", and you have an excellent all-round introduction to the Celts in general and to the Druids in particular. <<<<<<

The Druids - Stuart Piggott 1968 Thames and Hudson.
Carl Jung - Man and his Symbols 1968
Castaneda, Carlos.  1968.  The Teachings of Don Juan:  A Yaqui Way of Knowledge.  Berkeley:  University of California Press.

Jung, C. G., The Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious. (Princeton, 1969)
Twitchell, Paul, Eckankar: The Key to Secret Worlds. (New York, 1969)
The Great Mother of the Gods by G. Showerman, Univ. of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1969.
Sex Songs of the Ancient Letts, Bud Berzing, trans. 1969. 1,000 annotated short songs from the Pagan Latvians, some going back 4,000 years. Important historical material on some of the last Europeans to be Christianized. <<<<<<

Deena Metzger - Re-Vamping the World: On the Return of the Holy Prostitute - sometime during the sixties

Celtic Mythology , Proinsias MacCana, 1970. Paul Hamlyn series.
The Crystal Cave (1970); The Hollow Hills (1974); The Last Enchantment (1979); The Wicked Day (1983), Mary Stewart. Novelization of the whole Arthurian mythos, seen through the eyes of Merlin.

Marija Gimbutas, The Slavs. Ancient Peoples and Places, Vol. 74. London: Thames and Hudson; New York and Washington D.C.: Praeger, 1971.
Elaine Morgan - The Descent of Woman (Bantam 1971)
Witt, R. E., ISIS IN THE GRECO-ROMAN WORLD, London: Thames & Hudson 1971
Isaac Bonewits - Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Magic - [coined term "Paleo-pagan"] 1971 /1989
Harding, M. Esther, Woman's Mysteries, Ancient and Modern: A Psychological Interpretation of the Feminine Principle as Protrayed in Myth, Story, and Dreams, New York: Harper & Row 1971 & 1976

The Feminine in Fairy Tales AND Creation Myths by Marie-Louise von Franz 1972/1995 Shambhala.
Jeffrey Burton Russel, Witchcraft in the Middle Ages, Cornell University Press, Ithaca (1972).
Michael Dames, The Avebury Cycle. Thames and Hudson, 1972 [Kathy Jones references]
The Hero and the Goddess: The Odyssey as Mystery and Initiation - Jean Houston 1972 (Dr. Houston was the protégé of the late anthropologist Margaret Mead, who instructed her in the workings of organizations and power structures in many different cultures. With the late mythologist Joseph Campbell, Jean Houston frequently co-led seminars and workshops aimed at understanding interrelationships between ancient myths and modern societies.) -

Rawson, Philip, The Art of Tantra, London: Thames & Hudson 1973 {well illustrated} {the best-known Western author on this subject.}

Marija Gimbutas, The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe: 6500-3500 BC, Myths and Cult Images (1974) - Berkeley & Los Angeles: Univ. of California 1982 {Essential reading; a paradigm-shifting book. Eastern & southeastern Europe, which she names "Old Europe", is shown to have been Goddess-oriented during the paleolithic and neolithic eras, before the invasion of male-oriented tribes. Her excellent interdisciplinary mind did not prevent her from over-interpreting some of the data, and from not always being clear if her statements are thin theories based on slim data or solid theories based on a wide body of evidence.} <<<<<<<

Evelyn Reed, Woman's Evolution from Matriarchal Clan to Patriarchal Family (NY: Pathfinder Press, 1975)
Sjoo, Monica, & Mor, Barbara - The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (1975) - San Francisco: Harper 1991 {well illustrated with traditional & contemporary Goddess art}
Celtic Myth & Legend, Charles Squire, 1975. (The most comprehensive compilation of Celtic legends and poetry ever written.)
The Celts, Gerard Herm, 1975. Germany's best-seller, translated into English.

Merlin Stone, When God was a Woman 1976 Dial Press.
Jean Markale, The Celts: Uncovering the Mythic and Historic Origins of Western Culture (Inner Traditions, 1993; originally published in French, 1976)
The Gods Abide, Thomas Burnett Swann, 1976. Swann's final novel, telling of the retreat of the Pagan gods and all their retinue.
Dames, Michael - The Silbury Treasure: The Great Goddess Rediscovered (London: Thames & Hudson 1976)
Graham, Lanier, Sacred Visions: A Survey of World Art & Architecture (1976-77). 2 vols., Pasadena, Ca.: World Art Press 1991-92 {A systematic survey of sacred visual symbols, both esoteric and exoteric, in the cultural context of Shamanism, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity; a university study-guide}

Mookerjee, Ajit, The Tantric Way: Art, Science, Ritual, London: Thames & Hudson 1977 {well illustrated} [Mookerjee is the best-known Asian writer today on Tantra]
A History of Religious Ideas, Mircea Eliade, 1977. (3 volumes non-fiction)
Ochs, Carol, The Myth Behind The Sex of God: Toward A New Consciousness - Transcending Matriarchy and Patriarchy, Boston: Beacon 1977

Susan Griffin, Woman and Nature, Woman's Press (1978).
Gyn/Ecology: The Meta-Ethics of Radical Feminism Mary Daly 1978 Beacon Press.

Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels, New York: Random House 1979 {Important new data on male-female thinking in early Christianity}
The Celtic World, Barry Cunliffe, 1979. (non-fiction)
Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood by Merlin Stone 1979 Beacon Press.
Starhawk, The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, Harper & Row, San Francisco (1979).
Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon 1979 Viking (reissued by Beacon Press).
Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth James Lovelock 1979 Oxford University Press.

The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries by Z. Budapest, 1980

Thompson, William Irwin, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality, and the Origins of Culture, New York: St. Martin's Press 1981
Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon, 1981 Bantam Del Rey. (Arthurian legends retold from the point of view of the women behind the throne. Morgaine (Morgan Le Fay) and Gwenhwyfar (a Welsh spelling of Guinevere) struggle for power, using Arthur as a way to score points and promote their respective worldviews. Camelot politics and intrigue take place at a time when Christianity is taking over the island-nation of Britain; Christianity vs. Faery, and God vs. Goddess are dominant themes.)
Charlene Spretnak, Lost Goddesses of Early Greece, Beacon Press, Boston (1981).
Lady of the Beasts: Ancient Images of the Goddess and Her Sacred Animals by Buffie Johnson, Harper and Row, New York, 1981. 1988. Inner Traditions International, Vermont (1994).

Padraigin McGillicuddy (producer of radio program: A Terrible Beauty, on KPFK/KPFA in the 1980s): The Pat'ri-arch Revealed: A Feminist View of St. Patrick (with Robert Kelly, Bob Callahan, Ann Connally and Sharon Devlin) - The Institute of Celtic Studies, Oakland 1981- Role of women in early Celtic society: relative equality, marriage customs, fosterage, and more [on the Brehon Laws]

Starhawk, Dreaming the Dark 1982 Beacon Press.
Preston, James J., ed., Mother Worship: Theme and Variations, Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina 1982 {An outstanding survey of the nature of "Goddess studies" today}
The Way of the Shaman, Michael J. Harner, 1982. Accurate, comprehensive, and readable book on the shamanic path.
Katherine Bradway, Pompeii’s Villa of Mysteries, C.G. Jung Institute (1982) - Villa of Mysteries: Pompeii Initiation Rites of Women.

The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets Barbara Walker 1983 Harper & Row.
Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth, Diane Wolkstein, Joseph Noel Kramer, 1983. Mytho-poetic, readable reconstruction of most ancient Sumerian scriptures of the Goddess that still speak to us today. Beautiful poetry, good scholarship. <<<<<<
Deena Metzger - The Women Who Slept with Men to Take the War Out of Them 1983 (reprinted in Utne Reader 1985)
Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln <<<<<<

Jean Shinoda Bolen, Goddesses in Everywoman: A New Psychology of Women, Harper & Row, San Francisco (1984).
Downing, C. (1984) Ariadne, Mistress of the Labyrinth. In J. Hillman (Ed.), Facing the Gods, pp135-149

The Underworld Initiation: A Journey Toward Psychic Transformation - R. J. Stewart 1985 Aquarian Press.
R.J. Stewart stands alone as the premiere voice and exponent for the profound inner teachings and "mysteries" of the faery tradition. All others before have not had the capacity or ingenuity with which to speak so clearly; all others after him will forever have to refer to his astonishing work in this book. Where the finite limitations of speech and the constrictions of cultural conditioning governed the likes of the late Scottish seer, Rev. Robert Kirk, R.J. Stewart has presented an energetic blueprint for understanding this empowered tradition, which lies like a subterranean kingdom beneath the ordinary reality. I found this work, and all of R.J.'s works involving what he calls the UnderWorld tradition, to be refreshing, potent, and also a relief at one point, as his section on the purgative and cathartic process of an awakening seer was quite validating. In essence, I recommend R.J.'s other two books in order (Earth Light and Power Within the Land), and then stepping into this astonishing work. Frank MacEowen, author of The Mist-Filled Path: Celtic Wisdom for Exiles, Wanderers, & Seekers. <<<<<<??? hmmm

The Mystic Life of Merlin - R. J. Stewart 1986 Arkana.
The Prophecies of Merlin - R. J. Stewart 1986 Arkana.
Gerda Lerner, The Creation of Patriarchy, Oxford University Press, New York (1986).
Allen, Paula Gunn, The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions. Boston: Beacon Press, 1986.

Pele, Goddess of Hawaii's Volcanoes, Herb Kawainui Kane, 1987. Beautifully-illustrated myths of the Volcano Goddess.
Riane Eisler, The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future, Harper & Row, San Francisco (1987). {A brilliant survey that does not romantically posit "a primal matriarchy" but rather the ideal of partnership. This book was described by Ashley Montegu as "The most important book since Darwin...".}
Goddesses in Everywoman - Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D. 1987 HarperPerennial.
The Book of Merlin - R.J. Stewart 1987 Blandford Press, Poole.
The Witches' Goddess: The Feminine Principle of Divinity, Janet & Stewart Farrar, 1987. Overview of Goddess from ancient Near East, Western Europe, Celtic and Meditetrranean, with rituals to invoke each one, and a list of Goddesses of the world.
Michele Jamal. 1987. Shape Shifters: Shaman Women in Contemporary Society. London: Routledge. / Penguin Books. - Joan Halifax, Lynn Andrews, Luisah Teish, Tsultrim Allione, Rowena Pattee, Ruth-Inge Heinze, Larissa Vilenskaya, Petey Stevens, Vicki Noble, Starhawk, J. Ruth Strock, Sandy Ingerman, Susan Eger Valadez, and Brooke Medicine Eagle.
Mircea Eliade, editor. The Encyclopedia of Religion, 16 volumes, Macmillan 1987. Among the well-known female authors are Downing, Gimbutas, Christ, and Stone.

The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell, Doubleday, 1988. Conversations with Bill Moyers, transcribed from the six-hr. PBS TV series.
The Aquarian Guide to British and Irish Mythology John and Caitlin Matthews 1988 Aquarian Press.
Pagan Grace: Hermes, Dionysus and Apollo - Ginette Paris 1988 Spring Publications, Inc. (OOP)
Pagels, Elaine, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson 1988
Qualls-Corbett, Nancy, The Sacred Prostitute: Eternal Aspect of the Feminine, Toronto: Inner City Books 1988
Mookerjee, Ajit, Kali- The Feminine Force, New York: Destiny Books 1988 [Mookerjee is the best-known Asian writer today on Tantra] [Kathy Jones references]

Nagar, Shanti Lal, The Universal Mother, New Delhi: Atma Ram 1989 {a global survey; 2/3rds devoted to Southeast Asia}
The Celtic Tradition - Caitlin Matthews 1989 Element Books.
The Witches' God, Janet & Stewart Farrar, 1989. Companion to The Witches' Goddess, with invocations and list.
Condren, Mary, The Serpent and the Goddess. Women, Religion and Power in Celtic Ireland. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1989. <<<< [Kathy Jones references]
Gadon, Elinor W. - The Once and Future Goddess: A Symbol for Our Time - San Francisco: Harper 1989 {extremely well illustrated with both traditional & contemporary art}
Goodrich, Norma Lorre, Priestesses, New York & Toronto: Franklin Watts 1989 {The first general suvey of this subject in the ancient west}
Women of the Celts by Jean Markale (Paperback 1989)
Mellaart, James, et. al., The Goddess from Anatolia, Milan: Eskenazi 4 volumes 1989 {Mellaart excavated Catal Huyuk where The Goddess was a very important figure.}
The Sun and the Serpent - Hamish Miller and Paul Broadhurst, Pendragon Press, 1989 <<<<<<<<<<<< [Kathy Jones references]
Marija Gimbutas, The Language of the Goddess: Unearthing the Hidden Symbols of Western Civilization, San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1989. Foreword by Joseph Campbell XXXXXXXXXX

The Green Man: Archetype of Our Oneness with the Earth, William Anderson, photos by Clive Hicks, 1990. Very complete examination of the archetype.
The Heart of the Goddess, Hallie Eagleheart, 1990. Brief, well-told myths of the Goddess in all her aspects from around the world. Profusely-illustrated coffee table book.
Adele Getty, Goddess: Mother of LIving Nature, London: Thames & Hudson 1990 {Perhaps the best short introduction} Profusely illustrated coffee-table book of Goddess imagery.
The Hebrew Goddess, Raphael Patai, 1990. Essential work on Middle Eastern Goddesses: Ashera, Shekhinah, etc.
Galland, China - Longing for Darkness: Tara and the Black Virgin - New York: Viking 1990 {a contemporary Catholic-Buddhist pilgimage}
Monaghan, Patricia, The Book of Goddesses & Heroines (1981 & 1990), St. Paul, Minn.: Llewellyn Publications 1993 {a dictionary illustrated with art from the Field Museum, Chicago}
The Household of the Grail - John Matthews, editor 1990 The Aquarian Press.
Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses - R. J. Stewart 1990 Blandford. Beautifully-illustrated legends and lore of Celtic mythology.
The Goddess in Glastonbury - Kathy Jones. Ariadne Publications 1990 <<<<<<<<< $37.06 !!!!
Eclipse of the Sun - Janet McCrickard. Gothic Image Publications 1990 (fiction) (sun goddesses) [Kathy Jones reference]
Caitlin Matthews, Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom: The Divine Feminine from Black Goddess to World Soul, London: Unwin 1990. London: Mandala/HarperCollins 1991

The Way of Merlin R. J. Stewart 1991 Aquarian Press.
Rufus, Anneli S. & Lawson, K. { M. Gimbutus, consulting ed.}, Goddess Sites: Europe, San Francisco: Harper 1991 {a travel guide}
Joseph Campbell & Charles Musés, eds., In All Her Names: Explorations of the Feminine in Divinity, San Francisco: Harper 1991. Brilliant essays on the Goddess by Joseph Campbell, Charles Musés, Marija Gimbutas & Riane Eisler. (essays)
Marija Gimbutas (1921-1994), The Civilization of the Goddess: The World of Old Europe - San Francisco: Harper 1991 {well illustated} XXXXXXXXX
Venceslas Kruta, Celts
- (companion to a unique, major exhibition ("The Celts, the Origins of Europe," Palazzo Grassi, Venice, March-December 1991) involving over 200 European museums. Composed of more than 100 well-written short articles by various scholars covering all aspects of Celtic civilization including recent studies on specific aspects of Celtic art, history, archaeology, and culture. It begins with the ancient, prehistoric origins of the Celts in Central and Eastern Europe, continues by covering their expansions throughout history as far as the Iberian peninsula and the British Isles, and ends with articles on the modern Celts and the vestiges of the ancient civilization with us today.)
Vicki Noble, Shakti Woman: Feeling Our Fire, Healing Our World - The New Female Shaminism
, Harper Collins. 1991 - 831-786-8810.  Santa Cruz
Celebrating the Male Mysteries - R.J. Stewart Avon, Eng., Arcania, 1991
Anne Baring & Jules Cashford, The myth of the goddess.  Evolution of an image. NY: Penguin/Arkana. Foreword by Laurens Van Der Post. 1991, 1993.
Paris, G. (1991) Pagan Graces: Dionysos, Hermes, and Goddess Memory in Daily Life.
Whitmont, E. (1991) The Symbolic Quest.
Kathy Jones, The Ancient British Goddess: Her Myths, Legends and Sacred Sites, Glastonbury: Ariadne 1991.

David Ulansey - The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries (Oxford University Press, 1991) - on decoding Mithra. Ulansey now claims that Mithra didn't represent the visible Sun but rather a second "unconquered" Sun - beyond the solar system. This being responsible for zodiacal precession. In this regards there is a new theory being proposed that Precession is caused by a red dwarf binary star to our sun. This resolves many anomalies with the current mainstream lunisolar view of the cause, which is actually very old. It is now considered fact that most stars have binary twins instead of being singular.
Also, under this scheme, data from the US Naval Observatory causes one to see that the length of the precession cycle may really be 24,000 years due to non-constant year to year acceleration showing an elliptical progression, rather than circular. Thus yielding 2,000 year average age periods.

Franz Cumont, French Mithraic researcher  Les Mystères de Mithra

Rachel Pollack, Shining Woman Tarot, Aquarian Press (1992).

The Hymns of Orpheus - R. C. Hogart 1993 Phanes Press. (OOP)
The Avalonians Patrick Benham 1993 Gothic Image Publications (Glastonbury)
Otto, W. F., Dionysus: Myth and Cult (1993)
The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail - Margaret Starbird - - (A major source for: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.)

King of the Celts - Jean Markale 1994 Inner Traditions.
Vicki Noble, Motherpeace: A Way to the Goddess Through Myth, Art, and Tarot, HarperSanFrancisco, San Francisco (1994).

The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom - John and Caitlin Matthews 1995 Element.
Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece - A. R. Hope Moncrieff 1995 Gramercy.
The Well of Remembrance - Ralph Metzner, 1995. (Rediscovering the Earth Wisdom myths of Northern Europe.)

Kerényi, K. (1996) Dionysos: Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life
Baker, Carolyn, Reclaiming the Dark Feminine: The Price of Desire. (Challenges political feminism and the renewed fascination with the goddess, saying they are inadequate to restoring wholeness to the feminine psyche. Mythopoetically weaves together the symbolic and the literal, developing solid ground on which men and women can join in their quest for union with both the feminine and masculine energies within themselves and with each other.) New Falcon 1996 - mythology books for men
Carolyn Baker, Ph.D., has contributed several articles to M.E.N. Magazine. M.E.N. Magazine editor Bert Hoff phoned her to talk about her just-released book, Reclaiming the Dark Feminine: The Price of Desire (Tempe, AZ: New Falcon Press, 1995). She is a storyteller, consultant, educator and Director of The Fourth World Institute, which offers education and healing processes for cross-cultural awareness, gender reconciliation, ecopsychology, ritual and sacred space. e-mail:
"I work with a lot of women, helping them to discover and honor the positive masculine within themselves. Without it, a woman is like the woman in the fairy tale "The Handless Maiden." We need that positive masculine energy within ourselves to put ourselves out into the world, to empower ourselves. If we can’t distinguish the different kinds of masculine energy, then we project negative masculine energy out into the world."
Marion Woodman, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness 1997
Robert and Marion Woodman, Malidoma and Sobonfu Somé, and Michael Meade - initiating young men
I end my book with the theme that no work is more important at this time than the initiation of young people.
I am also co-facilitating workshops for men and women with John Shanteau of the Tri-Valley Men’s Network of San Ramon, California, on the Sacred Feminine and the Sacred Masculine.

Peter Kingsley, Ancient Philosophy, Mystery and Magic (1997) - the Pythagorian tradition, with particular focus on Empedocles. Modern scholarship imposes an artifical distinction between "rational" and "mystical" elements in these thinkers. Suggests that for the presocratics, science and religion were a unified whole which can be properly understood only when we grant as much importance to the mythic or metaphoric mode of presocratic thought. Major change in thought occurred with Plato and Aristotle, eliminating many of the mythical aspects. Kingsley ties Pythagoreanism and Orphism to Plato, and suggests a cultural whole that would have formed the background for Plato's thought. Excellent scholarship, easy to read.

From the Realm of the Ancestors: An Anthology in Honor of Marija Gimbutas. Joan Marler, editor. Manchester, CT: Knowledge, Ideas & Trends, Inc., 1997.
Warrior Women of the Eurasian Steppes: Archaeology - Jeannine Davis-Kimball, archaeologist, director of the Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads, and founder of the Kazakh/American Research Project, 1997

Baan, N. (1998) Semele's Tale. Parabola, 23 (2)
SAHARASIA: The 4000 BCE Origins of Child Abuse, Sex-Repression, Warfare and Social Violence, In the Deserts of the Old World - James DeMeo (Orgone Biophysical Research Lab 1998)

The Great Goddess: Reverence of the Divine Feminine from the Paleolithic to the Present - Jean Markale (Paperback - 1999)
Leonard Shlain, The Alphabet Versus the Goddess : The Conflict Between Word and Image, Arkana (1999)
Julian Cope - The Modern Antiquarian: A Pre-Millennial Odyssey Through Megalithic Britain 1999
Islands of Women and Amazons: Representations and Realities by Batya Weinbaum, U of Texas Press. 1999

On the Trail of the Women Warriors: The Amazons in Myth and History - Lyn Webster Wilde 2000 eh?
The Isle of Avalon Sacred Mysteries of Arthur and Glastonbury - Nicholas R. Mann; Green Magic (August 1, 2001) - Nicholas Mann, who has a degree in ancient history and anthropology, lived on the Isle of Avalon in 1983. He conducted original fieldwork, led tours and wrote guidebooks to the area. He is the author of ten books, including The Dark God (Llewellyn, 1996), The Silver Branch Cards (Druidway, 2000), Druid Magic (Llewellyn, 2000).

The Christ Myth by Nicholas Carter (ppb 2001) (For most of the two hundred years after the death of Christ, contemporary literature contained no reference to him whatsoever. Then came the four gospels in the middle of the second century. With the failure of the administration of the Roman Empire, there was widespread distress. Partly under the influence of Eastern religions, there was a craving for a saviour. Christ was thus imported into an ever-extending religious revival. Assurance of an afterlife in heaven or hell. Somewhere in the chaos, around the sixth or seventh centuries, the despair crystallized in a movement, which became the Catholic Church. The founders sought authority. They borrowed phrases from eastern religions, from Plato and from the Jewish Talmud. The average man knew only of one mile around him, in the robber-baron age of 600 to 1400 AD.)

Magic Mushrooms - Clark Heinrich 2002 (Good on entheogens and Hinduism, but not on Christianity and Alchemy. Read Acharya S., (Jordan Maxwell), Manly P. Hall, Kersey Graves, (Ernest Busenbark), David Fideler, (G.A. Wells). Christ "himself" as well as Moses is indeed the mushroom, as John M. Allegro: The Dead Sea Scrolls : A Reappraisal 1956. For the Song of Solomon is a mycology guide for Amanita Muscaria, but also for Stropharia Cubensis. References of Jonah miss the ups and downs of the Amanita experience. For the book of revelations misses the many references to Cubensis. Better than Dan Merkur's weak explanations of everything in the Bible being ergot/entheogens.)
Acharya S, "The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold" and "Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled"
David Fideler, Jesus Christ, Sun of God: Ancient Cosmology and Early Christian Symbolism (Quest Books,1993) and "Alexandria: The Journal of Western Cosmological Traditions" ( ( <<<<<<

Rosemarie Taylor-Perry, The God Who Comes; Dionysian Mysteries Reclaimed 2003
Alexei Kondratiev, The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual, Citadel Press (July 1, 2003)
Julian Cope - The Megalithic European: The 21st Century Traveller in Prehistoric Europe 2004 -

Holy Blood, Holy Grail / The Messianic Legacy - Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln, and Richard Leigh - spent over 10 years on quest into the secretive history of early France. It is the story of the Knights Templar, and a behind-the-scenes society called the Prieure de Sion, and its involvement in reinstating descendants of the Merovingian bloodline into political power. Why? The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail assert that their explorations into early history ultimately reveal that Jesus may not have died on the cross, but lived to marry and father children whose bloodline continues today.
Glastonbury: Myth and Archaeology by Philip Rahtz (Paperback)
Glastonbury by Dion Fortune, Weiser Books (February 1, 2000) - A description of Glastonbury that remains one of the most evocative and poignant accounts of this wild yet holy place; a power center polarizing with distant Jerusalem and linking and harmonizing the Christian way with the primeval and pagan past of England.
In the Nature of Avalon by Kathy Jones (Paperback - September 2000) $44.15 !!!
Avalon Within : Inner Sovereignty and Personal Transformation Through the Avalonian Mysteriesby Jhenah Telyndru
Traditions of Glastonbury by E. Raymond Capt, archaeologist
Glastonbury - Maker of Myths by Frances Howard-Gordon, published by Gothic Image of Glastonbury.
King Arthur and the Goddess of the Land: The Divine Feminine in the Mabinogion by Caitlín Matthews

Virginia Beane Rutter, The Eleusinian Mysteries: Vision into the Abyss of the Seed, 2 tapes (11/9/01)
Jean Shinoda Bolen, Dionysus: Ecstatic God - Archetype of the Conflicted Man, 2 tapes
Robert Johnson, Dionysus, the Forgotten God, 2 tapes
Craig San Roque, Dead Drunk, Good God: The Myth of Dionysus, 3 tapes (11/14/98)

Additional Recommendations
Robert C. Koettel, Archetypal Analysis of the Myth of Dionysus 1996