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left: Vajra Ma; right: Ava, Presiding Priestess of Temple

Vajra Ma's
Suggested Reading List
Many women ask for recommendations on books they can read to learn more about goddess and women’s spirituality. Vajra Ma is a most respected teacher here at the Temple … she visits frequently from her home base in Oregon. Below is her suggested reading list to continue to educate yourself about Goddess. This list is by no means comprehensive, but a starter list for those who are drawn to the Goddess.

Goddess Studies:

The Spiral Dance by Starhawk
The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler
Lady of the Beasts by Buffie Johnson
The Once and Future Goddess by Elinor Gadon
The Language of the Goddess by Marija Gimbutas
The Great Cosmic Mother by Barbara Mor and Monica Sjoo


Feminist Spirituality:

Shakti Woman by Vicki Noble
The Politics of Women’s Spirituality by Charlene Spretnak ed.
The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries by Z Budapest
Women's Rites, Women's Mysteries: Creating Ritual in the Dianic Wiccan Tradition by Ruth Barrett


Feminist Studies:

Gyn/Ecology by Mary Daly



Astrology for Yourself (workbook) by Demetra George and Dennis Bloch
(out of print - hunt used-book stores and used-book web sites)



Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith


Traditional Wisdom Teachings:

Voices of Our Ancestors by Dhyani Ywahoo


Books on Tantra:

Spiritual Sex by Nik Douglas
Passionate Enlightenment by Miranda Shaw
Tantric Yoga by David Frawley
Kali's Odiyyas: A Shaman's True Story of Initiation by Amarananda Bhairavan
Tantric Quest: An Encounter with Absolute Love by Daniel Odier

"The last two books contain what I call authentic Feminine Knowledge, that is, spiritual teachings and wisdom which are not distorted or diluted by a history of male domination. The teachings are world and woman affirming, rather than world-negating "transcendence". Ironically, both are written by men. But the teachings recorded are only once-removed, these men were taught directly by women who held the Feminine Knowledge and I feel the women's teachings come through intact. I have personally met and worked with both of these male teachers."

~ Vajra Ma



Vajra Ma founded Woman Mysteries of the Ancient Future Sisterhood in 1989. She is a Priestess, educator, sacred dancer and performer and a shamanic healer. She holds ministerial credentials through the Reformed Congregation of the Goddess and Circle of Aradia.

Designing and facilitating women's ritual since 1986, she has integrated Goddess knowledge and feminist spirituality with experiential body wisdom (the conscious awareness of subtle body energies) to forge Woman Mysteries of the Ancient Future Sisterhood, a modern mystery school and Priestess lineage based in the Tantric Dance of Feminine Power.

She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Goddess Meditations and is a contributor to Daughters of the Goddess: Healing, Identity and Empowerment, an anthology of women's spiritual work in America.

Vajra Ma developed her mastery of energetic work over two decades through work such as the subtle movement explorations of Continuum and Tantric Dance and other dance studies including Middle Eastern, Sufi, folk and ballet. 15 years healing work as a bodyworker, formal study of psychic and magical skills. In addition to her BA and two years graduate work in Theatre Arts she has an extensive professional background as actress, vocalist, director, and teacher.

Vajra Ma is a compassionate and skillful guide for women and men ready to unfold into their innate power. Contact Vajra Ma at: or 541/292-6310

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