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Feminine Mysteries in the Bible: The Soul Teachings of the Daughters of the Goddessby Ruth Rusca
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An exploration of the repressed, esoteric feminine mysteries in the Bible through the lives of four women, all archetypes of the sacred prostitute
• Shows how these four archetypal women represent the four stages of development of soul consciousness
• Reveals how the fear of the power of the sacred prostitute led to a rejection of female sexuality and a destructive dualistic notion of men and women
• Explains how the dogma of the Immaculate Conception represents the repression of the divine feminine in Christianity
In Feminine Mysteries in the Bible, Ruth Rusca unveils sacred mysteries of the feminine and the alchemical relationship of the male and female forces at the heart of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Drawing on over 30 years of research, she explores four archetypal women in the Bible: Tamar, the sacred prostitute; Rahab, the meretrix; Ruth, who redeems the soul; and Bathsheba, the daughter of the Goddess. These women--sacred prostitutes one and all--represent the indestructible feminine life force, the wisdom of the Goddess, and the transformative power of the soul, and they symbolize the four stages of the development of soul consciousness.
Mary, mother of Jesus, is the quintessence of these four women, but Rusca shows that the dogma of the Immaculate Conception has repressed the significance of Mary and subverted the divine feminine in Christianity due to the church’s fear of women and their life-giving energy. These women pass an imperishable feminine life force from generation to generation, and understanding their lives creates a path to overcoming the destructive tendencies of dualistic “male-female” thinking--a duality that profanes feminine sexuality and mysteries rather than revering and celebrating them.
Feminine Mysteries in the Bible explores repressed, feminine mysteries in the Bible through the lives of four archetypes of the sacred prostitute. These women represent the stages of development of soul consciousness. The book explains the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
Four archetypal women in the Bible--Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba--represent the transformative power of the feminine life force, and Mary, mother of Jesus, is the quintessence of these four women. This book exposes the Immaculate Conception to be a male invention that has subverted the divine feminine in Christianity.
Ruth Rusca explores how four archetypal women in the Bible--Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba--represent the transformative power of the feminine life force and the four stages of soul consciousness. She shows that the dogma of the Immaculate Conception symbolizes a feminine mystery in men and women, allowing us to recognize a holy daughter within ourselves, realized by Mary Magdalene as a sacred counterpart to Jesus, the son of God.
About the Author
Ruth Rusca was born in Switzerland in 1929. She began her quest for knowledge of the feminine mysteries in the Bible in 1969, and her research has taken her on spiritual and initiatory journeys from Guatemala to Crete. For 15 years (from 1985 to 2000) she presented the workshop “Soul Teachers in the Bible.” She lives in Switzerland.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Christine Downing
Introduction How This Book Came to Be
Mythic Dimensions of the Historical Periods of the Four Women
One The Patriarchs
Two The Judges
Three Prophets and Kings
Four The Feminine Divine and the Reclaiming of Wholeness
The Stories of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba: A Symbolic Interpretation
Five Tamar, the Sacred Prostitute
Six Rahab, the Meretrix
Seven Ruth, Redeeming the Soul
Eight Bathsheba, the Unfinished Story of the Daughter of the Goddess
The Conception of Mary: A Symbolic Interpretation of the Apocryphal Legend
Nine The Parents of Mary
Epilogue Mary Magdalene--The Soul-Teacher in the New Testament: Addition and Completion to Feminine Mysteries of the Bible
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