In my early years I was called father although I had not fathered. I then left this rocky prominence to descend to a rich fertile land in which I became a priestess and parent, investigative journalist and filmmaker.On my journey I learnt about my nature, changed gender-roles, brought up children, survived male violence, wrote articles and books with the Aborigines among whom I lived and worked as well as producing films shown on Australian, American and British television and testified to the US Congress on Blood Diamonds. During that time I did not speak publicly of my own unusual path for I wished to protect my children from being teased. But the children grew up, and into my life came a critical illness. I had no time to lose. I returned to what was most sacred to me.In this book I use my gender-journey as a metaphor for our societys journey out of patriarchy. I thus weave in many stories of gender and sexuality from Australian Aboriginal and other ancient cultures, of magic and menstruation, circumcision, and childhood gender-typing, on how martyrdom became a route to heaven, of the suppression of the Gnostics and the Beguine women, on the witch-hunts, European shamanism, meditation and mysticism, child-welcoming and Wiccan initiation rituals, the Final Rites and much else. I hope you will find this a rich and rewarding book.
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Today, after spending most of my adult life living as a woman, my previous time in the male role seems as unreal as if a previous lifetime’s experience – yet it has provided me with a rich experience of life in both the male and female roles..
It has particularly given me with an appreciation of the ancient tradition of alchemy which found wisdom in the acceptance of the female and male aspects that we each have.
I previously lived in a male-only archaic religious community in a cliff-top castle on the edge of the New Forest where I studied for the Catholic Priesthood,. This same castle owned the house in which the famous author of witchcraft studies, Gerald Gardner, is said to have been initiated into a gender-balanced mystical religion now known as Wicca - so it was a most interesting time.
Since then I have spent years working on civil rights issues with Australian Aborigines. I am also, as you will discover, as an historian and investigative writer published in mainstream, well used to having to analyse and re-assess history and theories and to produce well-sourced proof for my conclusions. This is a work close to my heart and is thus written with all I can bring to it. I hope you will find it a rich and rewarding book.From the Inside Flap:
This book is dedicated by the author as a tool in the hope that will help others conquer the fear of rejection, make them proud of crossing gender-lines or simply help them accept as good and sacred both the male and female aspects of their personalities
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