by Mary K. Greer
What does sacred dance have to do with Tarot? Try assuming the position
of the figures on each of the Major Arcana cards and then moving as they
would move. Although Stewart doesn't talk about Tarot you will find the
Moon card from Alexandra Genetti's Wheel of Change Tarot in the chapter
on "Moon Dance."
This book is about gaining direct access to women's spiritual wisdom through
dance, and it will certainly convince you of its truth. Arising from Stewart's
own awakening to Middle-Eastern dance, she began a search for the earliest
records of women's dance, mostly preserved in ancient art, of which some
wonderful examples grace this full-color, illustrated work. She cites
hymns to Hathor praising her as "queen of leaping," the role
of dance in the Mystery Schools, and introduces the Dancing Priestess.
Di you know that women's dance was once part of the Judeo-Christian tradition
and is being revived today? Learn how Tara is currently being worshipped
through dance. Explore dance for both birth and death, and the power and
symbolism of costume and jewelry.
Some of the most famous dancers of the 20th century felt they were touching
eternity through sacred movement, which is beautifully illustrated in
rare photographs. Then the author moves on to the importance of circles,
labyrinths, serpents, and rhythm-beats and concludes with a wealth of
resources for further exploration. Each chapter features a "Now Let
Us Dance" section in which Stewart leads you through dance and movements
that let you experience their power and sacredness for yourself. I don't
know of another book like this __don't miss it.