Sanctuary Seminal Books List

Books that Illuminate the Divine Feminine Archetypal Energies:

Great Mother:

  • The Mystic Spiral: Journey of the Soul by Jill Purce ISBN 0-500-81005-2
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • Her Blood is Gold by Lara Owen ISBN 0-06-250641-213
  • Zaftig: The Case for Curves by Edward St Paige ISBN 1-883211-16-6
  • 105 Ways to Celebrate Menstruation by Kami McBride ISBN: 0-9749670-1-7
  • The Wise Wound by Penelope Shuttle and Peter Redgrove ISBN: 0-9749670-1-7
  • Red Flower by Dena Taylor ISBN: 10:0714530557
  • The Shamanic Way of the Bees by Simon Buxton
  • What a Bee Knows by Stephen Buchmann
  • Womb Wisdom by Padma and Anaiya Prakasha ISBN: 978-1-59477-378-5

Goddess of Compassion:

  • Shifting Frequencies by Jonathan Goldman ISBN 1-891824-04-X
  • Sound Medicine: Healing with Music, Voice and Song by Leah Maggie Garfield ISBN 0-89087-483-2
  • Vibrational Medicine: New Choices for Healing Ourselves by Richard Gerber ISBN 0-939680-46-7
  • Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Myth and Consciousness by Lawrence Blair
  • Isbn:0-89281-320-2
  • The Missing Rose by Sedar Okan (scent priestess)
  • Damascena by Holly Payne (About anointing, holy oils and Rumi and Shams)
  • The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aroma Therapy by Valerie Ann Warwood
  • Walking Between the Worlds: The Science of Compassion byt Gregg Braden


  • Guidebook for a Modern Priest/ess by Ariel Spilsbury ~ must be ordered through Ariel
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley ISBN 0-345-35049-9
  • Messages From Water by Masaru Emoto, ISBN: 908074213-9
  • Hidden Nature by Alick Bartholonew, ISBN: 1-93188248-7 (Amazing more scientific look at the nature of water.)
  • Water Codes:The Science of Health, Consciousness & Enlightenment by Dr. Carly Nuday, Phd. ISBN: 978-0-9862684-0-3
  • Priestess Trilogy by Julien Longo ISBN: 978-1450557528 HIGHLY Recommended.
  • Priestess 3000 BCE to the Future.. Pamela Eakins
  • Priestess of Avalon, Priestess of the Goddess by Kathy Jones ~ Good reference for seasonal celebrations. ISBN 1-872983-28-6Initiation by Elizabeth Haich
  • Spiritual Bathing by Rosita Arvigo


  • Kali: The Feminine Force by Ajit Mookerjee ISBN 0-89281-212-5
  • Slow Time by Waverly Fitzgerald
  • Nature Spirits and What They Say by Wolfgang Weirauch ( Floris Books)
  • Summer with the Leprechauns by Tanis Helliwell Cygnus Books (about interfacing with the elemental kingdoms

Lady of Communion

  • Plant Intelligence by Stephen Buhner ISBN: 978-1-59143-135-0
  • Behaving as if the God in All Life Mattered by Machaelle Small Wright ISBN 0-927978-24-5
  • The Celtic Tree Oracle by Liz and Colin Murray ISBN: 0-312-02032-5
  • The Meaning of Trees by Fred Hageneder 10 08118-4898-1 * This is an excellent resource for the magical properties of trees.
  • *The Overstory by Richard Powers ISBN: 978-0-393-35668-7
  • Anastasia by Vladmir Negre ISBN: 978-9763333-0-2
  • The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire by Deepak Chopra ISBN 0-609-60042-
  • Nature Spirts and Elemental Beings: Working with the Intelligence in Nature.. MarKo Pogacnik
  • Gaia’s New DreamCoat: A Faerie Guide to Gaia’s Greening by Ariel Spilsbury
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer ISBN:978—1-57131-335-5
  • Like a Tree: How Trees, Women and the Tree People can Save the Planet by Jean Bolen
  • The Flowering Wand by Sophie Strand


  • Opal: The Journal of an Understanding Heart by Opal Whiteley adapted by Jane Boulton ISBN 0-935382-52-6
  • Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James Carse ISBN 0-345-34184-8
  • The Language of Flowers by Shiela Pickles ISBN: 0-517-57460-8
  • Fairies 101 by Doreen Virtue ISBN: 978-1-4019-0760-0
  • How to Find Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker ISBN: 978-0-72325-890-2
  • Faerie Craft Treading the Path of Faerie Magic Alicen and Neil Gesses-Ward
  • Gaia’s New DreamCoat: A Faerie Guide to Gaia’s Greening by Ariel Spilsbury
  • Pronoia by Rob Brezsny

Goddess of Love

  • The Illuminated Rumi translated by Coleman Barks ISBN 0-7679-0002-2
  • Healing with Love: A Breakthrough Mind/Body Medical Program for Healing Yourself and Others by Leonard Laskow ISBN 0-06-250513-0
  • Pronoia by Rob Brezney ISBN: 1-58394-123-1 (chapter 9) the best description of tantra I have found and the rest totally brilliant and hilarious.)
  • The Aroma Therapy Book by Jeanne Rose
  • The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aroma Therapy by Valerie Ann Warwood
  • Spiritual Bathing Rosita Arvio

Primal Goddess

  • Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes ISBN 0-345-37744-3
  • Healing Love Through the Tao: Cultivating Female Sexual Energy by Mantak Chia & Maneewan Chia ISBN 0-935621-05-9
  • Primal Energetics: Emotional Intelligence in Action by Alicia Lodgen
  • Animal Speak by Ted Andrews ( a good basic book on animals as spiritual totems)
  • Shaking Medicine by Bradford Keeney
  • The Wild Feminine by Tami Lynn Kent


  • Initiation by Elisabeth Haich ISBN 0-94335850-7
  • Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Myth and Consciousness by Lawrence Blair ISBN 0-89281-320-2
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe by Michael Schneider ~ A simple introduction to sacred geometry. ISBN 0-06-092671-6
  • Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice by Robert Lawlor ~ An advanced dive into sacred geometry. ISBN 0-500-81030-3 (advanced)
  • Cipher in the Fields Freddy Silva
  • The Last Barrier by Reshad Feild ISBN:

Wise Woman

  • Crazy Wisdom by Chogyam Trungpa ISBN 1-57062-894-7
  • The Secret Teachings of Plants in the Direct Perception of Nature by Stephen Harrod Buhner ISBN 159143035-6
  • Sacred Plant Medicine by Stephen Buhner
  • Sophia Goddess of Wisdom: The Divine Feminine Black Goddess to World Soul by Caitlin Matthews ISBN-85538-275-X
  • Gemstones of the World by Walter Schumann ( a great resource on the physical properties of crystals.)
  • Herbal Magick by Paul Beyerl ISBN: 0-919345-45-X

Weaver Dreamer

  • A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greatest Story by Jean Houston ISBN 0-06-250282-4
  • Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge & Howard Rheingold ISBN 0-345-37410-X
  • The Lineages of the Codes of Light by Jessie Ayani
  • Gemstones of the World by Walter Schumann (a great resource on the physical properties of crystals.)

Queen of Death

  • Descent to the Goddess: A Way of Initiation for Women by Sylvia Brinton Perera ISBN 0-919123-05-8
  • Mysteries of the Dark Moon: The Healing Power of the Dark Goddess by Demetra George ISBN 0-06-250370-7
  • On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross ISBN 0-684-83938-5
  • Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess and the Transformation of Consciousness by Marion Woodman ISBN: 1-57062-199-3

Alchemical Goddess

  • The Modern Alchemist: A Guide to Personal Transformation by Richard and Iona Miller ISBN 0-933999-37-2
  • Alchemy An Illustrated A-Z by Diana Fernando, ISBN 0-7137-2668-7
  • Alchemy The Art of Transformation by Jay Ramsay, ISBN: 1-855385090
  • *The Emerald Tablets by Dennis William Hauck, ISBN: 0-1401.95718 (highly recommended..clear understandable)
  • On Becoming An Alchemist by Catherine Mac Coun ( a great primer for beginning with alchemy.)
  • *Alchemy: The Medieval Alchemists and their Royal Art by Johannes Fabricius ISBN: 0-261-66545-6 (an incredibly through compendium of alchemical art)

The Magdalene

  • *The Moon Under Her Feet by Clysta Kinstler ISBN 0-685-82476-4
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd ISBN 0-14-200174-0
  • The Expected One and Book of Love and The Poet Prince by Kathleen McGowan ISBN 0-7432-9942-6
  • The Magdalen Manuscript by Tom Kenyon and Judi Sion ISBN193103205-X
  • The Passion of the Magdalen by Elizabeth Cunningham ISBN:978-0-9766843-3-6
  • Magdalen Rising by Elizabeth Cunningham
  • Redvolution by Sera Beak


  • **The Alchemy of Ecstasy by Ariel Spilsbury ~ must be ordered through Ariel SOURCE MATERIAL FOR THE 13 MOON MYSTERY SCHCOOL
  • The 13 Moon Oracle by Ariel Spilsbury ISBN 1-932771-78-6
  • The Woman’s Dictionary of Symbols & Sacred Objects by Barbara Walker ISBN 0-06-250923-3
  • The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets by Barbara Walker ISBN 0-06-250925-X
  • Fruits of the Moon Tree by Alan Bleakley ISBN 0-946551-10-3
  • Kundalini – Psychosis or Transcendence? by Lee Sannella
  • The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess by Starhawk ISBN 0-06-067535-7
  • The Hero and the Goddess by Jean Houston ISBN 0-345-36567-4
  • The Heroine’s Journey by Maureen Murdock ISBN 0-87773-485-2
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown ISBN: 0-385-50420-9
  • Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
  • *The Untethered Soul and Untethered Living Michael Singer (dealing with mind and reaction)
  • Cassandra Speaks by Elizabeth Lesser ISBN: 9780062887184
  • The Well of Truth by Elizabeth Gould ISBN: 978-1-68463-139-1
  • Home to Her by Liz Childs Kelly ISBN: 978-1-910559-80-2

General Pictorial

  • Goddess: A Celebration in Art and Literature edited by Jalaja Bonheim ISBN 1-55670-621-9
  • The Heart of the Goddess by Hallie Iglehart Austen ISBN 0-914728-69-5
  • The Song of Eve: An Illustrated Journey into the Myths, Symbols and Rituals of the Goddess by Manuela Dunn Mascetti ISBN 0-671-68890-1
  • Goddess Breath in Stone by Gloria Joy.. an exquisitely breathtaking gift of the beauty of the Goddess.. Limited Editions The Gateway Group LC 515-222-1293 ISBN: 0-9641474-0-8