The Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) has reviewed Dr. Jean Houston’s Hero and the Goddess!3d-cover



Houston stresses the idea of the journey as a process of initiation with the initiators receiving as well as giving initiations and learning. All the initiators, apart from the Cyclops, are female, a shift from the emphasis on the heroes at the center of the action of The Iliad, thus giving rise to the hypothesis of a woman author of The Odyssey. As Houston notes “Throughout The Odyssey, the earthy feminine powers — Circe, Calypso, Penelope — are seen weaving threads and wearing braided hair. They hold the powers that weave things together; they braid realities into gossamer webs that make it possible to recover something of what had been lost after the warrior-nomad invasions.” —Rene Wadlow, TOS

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