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An inspirational tome of transcendental spirituality
Midwest Book Review - April 8, 2003
The Path Of
The Priestess: A Guidebook For Awakening The Divine Feminine
by mythologist and metaphysician Sharron Rose is an impressive
and "user friendly" spiritual guidebook of exercises
and visualizations to understanding the metaphysical essence
of being female. From exploring the divine roles of women,
to the mysticism taught in traditions of Hebrew Kabbalists,
Christian Gnostics, alchemists, and more, The Path Of The
Priestess is an inspirational tome of transcendental spirituality
embracing the role model of the Great Goddess. The Path Of
The Priestess is strongly recommended reading for anyone seeking
to understand the feminine experience as spiritual teachers,
visionaries, peacekeepers, and archetypal models of the Great
Goddess in Eastern and Western spiritual traditions.
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This is a magical
book, rich with the feeling of the Great Goddess, who is within
us all, although much wounded. Sharron Rose is a masterful
teacher and writer. She manages, even through words, to communicate
the primacy, the beauty, and the majesty of the Goddess straight
to our hearts.
Consciousness is the evolutionary path of choice for the planet,"
says Penny Slinger Hills. Sharron believes this, and so do
the path of one woman, a Westerner, herself, who develops
her Goddess energy through connecting with ancient wisdom
a sacred current of light that runs throughout time and space,"
says Sharron, "the light of the Divine Feminine. It is
a continuum. It arises at the birth of creation and forms
a sacred path into the denseness of matter and back again.
This light is always present to nourish and sustain us. Flowing
through all our lives and incarnations, it is the vital and
transformative current of truth, virtue, and integrity, a
shining stream of spiritual essence that leads us along the
path of emanation to the path of return and reunion with the
primordial source." She continues: "As women, as
emissaries of the Great Goddess, it is our sacred duty and
privilege to hold this current of light in our hearts and
carry it from generation to generation. This is our essential
role as women: to hold this pure light of Divinity in our
hearts, to keep the lamp of inner freedom burning in the darkness,
to nurture and protect this light whatever the cost, and to
transmit its radiance, its exquisite beauty, to our men and
children."Throughout the ages, women know that they carry
the light and, like Vesta, keep the hearth ever-glowing. With
good reason, Vesta was the most revered of the Roman goddesses.
And she was the only one who never left the hearth to go sit
in her assigned seat on Mt. Olympus.
Over the years,
the Great Goddess has fallen from respect. In this rich and
wonderful book, Sharron lifts some of the veils which have
been obscuring her, and allows us to know, bond with, and
celebrate this great central principle of life and creativity.
Sharron was a
professional dancer in New York City. She had a variety of
experiences related to dancing which touched her with Goddess
power. But it was after a "dark" retreat that she
decided to fully pursue the path of Goddess. It was a challenge
for, as Sharron points out, we live in a society that has
almost forgotten the Great Goddess. Sharron began with her
connection with India, through dance, and systematically explored
ancient teachings and practices all over the world where the
feminine principle was esteemed. She shares her journey of
discovery with us.
is the key to unlocking the feminine power deep within us.
Sharron devotes three chapters to meditations and visualizations
designed to help with this process of spiritual awakening.
Each of these three chapters is devoted to a different aspect
of female embodiment, and Sharron includes pictures and descriptions
which give us a good idea of the goddess qualities of that
embodiment. These are powerful chapters, and do indeed bring
us home to the goddess within.
I found The Path
of the Priestess one of the most outstanding and satisfying
books Ive come across for many years. I can pick it
up, open it anywhere, and be remindedin beautiful, graceful,
heartfelt proseof the value of the feminine.
For me, the Statue
of Liberty, holding aloft the torch of freedom as a beacon
for all who enter the United States, exemplifies the destiny
of this country in returning us to the goddess.
Thank you, Sharron
Rose, for sharing your goddess wisdom with us. Reading this
book can be a big step in reclaiming our feminine heritage.
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Sharron Rose, a
Fulbright scholar, dancer, teacher and writer has led an exceptional
life, training under the tutelage of 60-year old Sitara Devi,
the foremost Kathak dancer in India. From her she learned
to embody the manifestation of the panoply of Indias
gods and goddesses like Shiva, lord of death, and Saraswati,
the goddess of learning, music, poetry, the arts, purification
and poetry. To those in the West this may sound just picturesque,
but in India it is highly monumental and means training as
the embodiment of a deity, a cultural legacy, a literary and
art repository, and becoming an everyday object of worship.
When the sacred entered her life, along with it came the awakening
and responsibility of an understanding of the hidden dimension
of dreams, visions and feelings and recognizing that they
were not just part of an overactive mythic imagination. As
a true temple dancer her responsibility was to depict the
"play of energies and forces". She had to become
the embodiment of the seductive milkmaid Radha and her beloved
lord Krishna, Mirabai the 16th century princess of Rajasthan
who became a visionary poet and saint and Durgas wild
and protective energies. Sharron managed to do this while
raising a young son (who accompanied her during this time)
and flitting back and forth in her role as wife to a increasingly
successful American entertainment lawyer.
With her marriage in shambles, she returned to the United
States and became a student of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, immersing
herself in Tibetan Tantra. Norbu taught her to face her obstacles
and she became more sensitized to the forces that "lay
at the root of both my own actions and those of others".
She also became a chod practitioner and embarked upon a 10
day dark retreat.
But Sharron didnt stop there, and the book chronicles
how she also became the student of Dr. Robert E. Lee Master
and his wife, Dr. Jean Houston, authors of "The Varieties
of Psychedelic Experience". She journeyed with Dr. Masters
to the "inner landscape of vision", ancient Egypt
to meet the Goddess Sekhmet and experience her elemental forces,
similar to what tantra would refer to as kundalini unfolding.
She learnt how to heal, belly dance, and cojoin with her tantric
consort, the hermetic scholar Jay Weidner, who furthered her
investigation into alchemy and its connection to mystic Christianity.
The Path of the Priestess discusses a history of the feminine
mysteries and offers insights on how to break away from the
"cult of consumerism", with a call to create a sacred
society with "a real desire for spiritual transformation".
Sharron includes illuminating stories of the myths of the
goddesses. The final third of the book is a step-by-step "how-to"
primer of visualizations and meditations. The first, on the
Strong and Fiery Goddess uses breath and imagery to evoke
chakra energy. Another exercise evokes the goddesses of strength
and power through guided meditations centered on self-confidence,
divine pride, the glance of penetration, amusement, majesty,
deliberation, fierceness, pacification, intoxication, determination,
playfulness and wildness and passion.
Using the Tibetan princess Mandarava as an archetype, the
book offers an entire chapter in exploring sensuality by focusing
on receptivity, dreaminess, passion, demureness, mysteriousness,
flirtatiousness, bliss, joy, enchantment, contentment, ecstasy,
and finally love.
The final chapter is on love and compassion, discussing female
deities like Isis, Mary, Kuan Yin and Tara with explanations
of each ones mythology. Sharron then instructs on how to create
an energy field of the Peaceful Goddess to evoke humility,
inspiration, gratitude, devotion, divine love, empathy, nobility,
compassion, meditative bliss, soothingness, radiance, and
And what would the world possibly be without rapture? Or this
A Cultural Arts Magazine
January 17th, 2004
In 1983, Sharron Rose left her life in the United States,
with only her young son beside her, to study sacred dance
in India. What she learned there, so at odds with what she
had been taught up until that time, changed her life.
The Path of the Priestess is partly biographical, the story
of how Rose came to the path she chose, and partly instructional,
with discussion of the place of women in the world and in
divinity and exercises to free the divine feminine in all
The book is divided into two sections. In Part I, Rose discusses
her path, her time in India, where she studied temple dance
and learned how to embody the various divinities of Hindu
culture, and what happened when she returned to the U.S.
She talks about the next phase of her training, when she
was a student of the Tibetan teacher Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Rinpoche, and learned the Tibetan ways of clarifying one's
mind. She goes on to discuss her studies of ancient Egyptian
dance and culture, and then her trainings in various healing
arts. It is a fascinating biographical study, and includes
some lovely photographs of Rose dancing.
Part II of the book is devoted to the place of femininity
in Western and Eastern cultures and how the West has suffered
by displacing the feminine energies of the goddess. It is
a section sure to provoke deep thought in any reader. This
section also includes meditations and exercises to help the
reader experience the various aspects of the divine feminine.
The Path of the Priestess is a fascinating and thoughtful
book, interesting both as biography and as an argument on
why we need to return the divine feminine to our modern lives.
written by Laurie Thayer
World Tarot Network
In our world at
this time, there is a great imbalance between masculine
and feminine energies. It goes further than that
- the Divine Feminine needs to be literally rediscovered.
The sacred energy of the Priestess needs to be put back
in place for the world to heal.
The sub-title of this book is A Guidebook For Awakening The
Divine Feminine. The Path Of The Priestess is a guidebook
in that it points to the path of the Divine Feminine. It
also acts as a workbook, in that there are meditations and
exercises that open all women to the full experience of Goddess
energy, and to their inherent sensuality and sexuality.
Because it is so important, I am going to give you Sharron
Rose's biography from the back cover of The Path Of The
Rose, an internationally acclaimed teacher, writer and
performer and Fulbright scholar in world mythology, religion,
dance, has been investigating t he wisdom of ancient cultures
for the past twenty-five years. She lives in Los Olivos,
California, with her husband and hermetic scholar, Jay
We begin our journey with Sharron, a young Jewish wife and
mother, a product of the feminist movement - a career in
dance behind her - journeying to India to study sacred dance
with the foremost Kathak dancer Sitara Devi. Journeying with
her was her three year old son, Ari. Over the next five years,
Sharron Rose would study all aspects of sacred dance and
the divine feminine. She would change her view of herself,
and of the world around her. At the end of this time, she
would return to the United States to resume her life as the
wife of a high powered music industry lawyer - a man who
was devoted to his work, and expected her to fulfill the
role of wife to a high powered executive.
Into the author's life came Tibetan Master Chogyal Namkhai
Norbu Rinpoche. She joined his community and studied Tibetan
culture with him. It was here that she met Paul Leake, who
was to become her primary accompanist and creative partner
in the venue of the sacred dance of India. It was in her
studies with Rinpoche that Rose learned to manifest what
is called the rainbow body - a tool for purifying body, mind
The Path Of The Priestess is filled with stunning pictures
of Sharron Rose in numerous Goddess and sacred dance poses,
as well as some featuring her Guruji Sitara Devi. It is filled
with the background of the Tibetan, Indian and Egyptian Goddesses,
and the nurturing role that they play in the energetic, emotional
and psychic life of those around them. Rose also speaks of
the world of the alchemist, of Hebrew Kabbalsits and Christian
Gnostics. She also speaks of the chakra's, and how we manifest
the energy within us.
The second half of The Path Of The Priestess is devoted to
exploring the three aspects of the Goddess through visualization,
meditation and personal exercises. The first aspect of the
Goddess is strength and power, as seen through the goddesses
Kali, Sekhmet and Simhamukha, and through the myth of the
warrior goddess Durga.
The second aspect of the Goddess is sensuality, as shown
through the goddesses Lakshimi, Hathor, Mandarava and Inanna.
The third aspect of the Goddess is experiencing love and
compassion, as shown through the goddess Isis, the Blessed
Virgin Mary, Kuan Yin and Tara.
For anyone who truly wants to understand Shakti energy
and the sacred historical role of Goddesses and Priestess's,
for anyone who wants a thorough background in Goddess myth
and lore, for anyone who wants to experience this energy
in their own life - I highly recommend The Path Of The
One last thought - be willing to do the work!
Written by Bonnie Cehovet, TM
New Dawn Magazine
Once, we are told,
God was a woman.
To the ancients the mystery of birth and death as expressed
in the seasons, the phases of the Moon and the movement of
the stars meant that the creator was feminine, and therefore
women, and all that is feminine, must be closest to that
essence. For millennium priestesses held the power and the
There is a universal
longing to return to this time of balance, and for author,
dancer and priestess, Sharron Rose,
her life's journey has been one of uncovering an ancient
wisdom that seems lost in this world of the Internet, telephone
banking and mobile phones.
The Path of the
Priestess takes us on a compelling journey deep into the
heart of feminine experience. It presents a
glimpse of the essential and significant role of women as
caretakers of the psychic, energetic and emotional landscape
Rose has been investigating the wisdom of ancient cultures
for the past twenty five years, and the
reader is carried with her on a delightful journey of spiritual
We first travel
back in time to the 1970s and to India where the author
spends many years under the tutelage of
her teacher and mentor Sitara Devi in India. There she learns
that she is too "boyish" and must eat more to become a round
and curvaceous woman. The jeans and T-shirts are cast to
one side as she embraces the silk and embroidered sari and
learns the ancient art of seductive dance.
Rose learns to embrace the energies of the great goddesses
of India and their wisdom for this world.
With so many young women suffering from eating disorders
and many others over-eating and facing a life of obesity,
it is interesting to look at the advice given to Sharron
by her teacher, Sitara.
In India women are encouraged to be ultra-feminine and
to wear seductive clothing, not to tantalise but to celebrate
their feminine charms.
From there she
embraces the wisdom of the Tibetan dakinis through her
teacher Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. She discovers
the many parallels between the Indian Goddesses and the dancing
Dakini spirits who are connected to nature.
The next part
of the journey takes us to ancient Egypt and the wisdom
of Hathor and Isis through her teacher Dr.
Here we discover
that even from the most ancient of times, the wise Goddesses
ruled the world.
Finally the author discovers the wisdom of the Kabbalah,
the alchemists and the Gnostics and the connection to Egypt,
Mary Magdalene and the Tree of Life.
We follow Sharron
Rose as she takes the journey of the priestess and begins
to understand her own spiritual journey
through the eyes of the Great Goddess who is everywhere and
yet always remains hidden.
The first segment
of this book takes us on a mystical journey through the
eyes of the author as she explores and rediscovers
the Goddess is indeed everywhere and in every element of
Western and Eastern spirituality.
At times the Goddess seems obscure but with focus and clarity.
Sharron Rose reveals her majesty shining brightly in everything,
including the mysterious Notre Dame cathedral.
The second part
of the book uncovers ancient ceremonies and rituals to
help women reconnect to their innate "Goddessness." The
author has discovered many secret and forgotten rituals to
help ignite the inner kundalini or chi-energies that dance
through the body.
She gently describes the techniques used in ancient Egypt,
India and Tibet through focus and visualisation. This energy
is inexorably sexual in essence and requires the adept to
focus her attention on her reproductive organs, awakening
them to their inherent spiritual powers.
There is a universal
desire to return to the ways of the Divine Feminine. We
see umpteen workshops and dozens of books
encouraging women to return to these ancient ways.
We see this also
in the many books on the secret marriage of Jesus and Mary
Magdalene. However, with much of the wisdom
lost or suspect, we need guides of the calibre of Sharron
Rose to point us in the right direction.
may still, even unconsciously, embrace puritanical and
repressive ideas of feminine sexuality, but if you are
truly going to embark upon the pathway of the priestess these
austere and unbalanced ideas must be replaced by ancient
The ancient truth,
as Sharron Rose points out, is that sexuality, when used
for spiritual growth and nurtured with
reverence and love, is a speedy and powerful pathway to enlightenment.
The author is quick to point out that this liberation of
sexual energy and sexual spirituality also liberates men.
When the Goddess unites with the God, their oneness lifts
them both from the heavy and negative energies of repression
into the ecstasy of unity. This is the heart and soul of
In the millennium
since the repression of the Goddess, women have been taught
to believe that their bodies are not
beautiful unless they fit the currently fashionable image.
Women have been
taught to put a lid on their sexual appetite because it
is un-spiritual. Women have been taught that because
of the temptation of Eve, sexuality leads to downfall. All
of this is pretty heavy stuff and therefore not an easy thought-system
Many women probably 'know' they are being manipulated to
remain powerless, and therefore non-threatening, which is
why so many are obsessed by their appearance and fear their
aging bodies. But many women also know, deep in their hearts,
there is a better way.
book sets the record straight, and in the process frees
women from this subservient archetype. However,
she emphasises that the journey must begin with self-love
and self-acceptance. From there the would-be priestess is
free to venture into the many ancient, secret and misunderstood
priestess who seriously wishes to awaken her own innate
abilities would be well advised to seriously
study this book.
The Path of the
Priestess provides contemporary women with the means to
walk this time-honoured path. It is an insightful
book that both entertains and reveals ancient wisdom through
the path of the intrepid explorer Sharron Rose.
Surely all women in this world are currently exploring
this path, and surely this book will prove to be a land-mark
text in this ever-expanding journey of awakening.
- Lesley Crossingham
Appeared in New Dawn No. 99 (November-December 2006)
Sage Woman Magazine
72 minute DVD features Sharron Rose, a dancer, artist,
philosopher, and the author of
The Path of the Priestess: a Guidebook for Awakening the
Divine Feminine. In Yoga of Light she introduces her new
creation: a feminine-based yoga practice. This gentle but
profound practice draws on ancient energetic principles
to create a series of asanas, or yoga postures designed
to cleanse, restore, and protect women's bodies and the
energy fields surrounding them.
The program is conducted entirely from a seated position, making it easy for
people of all skill levels to participate. Like any yoga practice, the stretching
and breathing techniques encourage stress reduction and relaxation. Rose explains
the breath's important role in achieving harmony and balance and how to use it
to open ourselves to possibilities.
However, Yoga of Light focuses on two specific techniques that enhance the unique
dynamics of the female energy field. The first technique involves pulling energy
from the feet up, following the path energy travels in the female body, through
the pelvis and up to the heart; in so doing opening and strengthening the life
The second technique involves using the nearly lost art of mudras - hand gestures
that mimic the flow of chi, or energy, through the body - to teach the viewer
to consciously direct her own vital forces. The lovely mudras Rose offers are
specifically attuned to a woman's energy.
Yoga of Light is a powerful program that links women to
their own vital energy, thus heightening their awareness
of the divine feminine. In it Rose draws from
ancient wisdom, making it relevant to women seeking greater self-fulfillment
Kelly Walters, Sage Woman Magazine, NO. 72, June 2007