Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Book Review: The Dance of the Mystai by Tinnekke Bebout

The Dance of the Mystai is an experiential and magickal journey for those wishing to discover the Lunar Mysteries and the ways of Hekate. The book is an organic outgrowth of the work of the author and her Sisters as they have grown and rediscovered the ancient goddess and her rites. Within these pages are a collection of essays, poetry, goddess lore, and practical ideas for growing and living a personal Path based on the Lunar Mysteries.

Where to Buy

 You can find Dance of the Mystai on Amazon and Smashwords.

About the Author

 Born and raised in the midwest, Tinnekke Bebout grew up slowly finding her voice as a writer. Her first non-academic assays into the art involved poetry she created while still in high school as well as her first attempt at a novel. Since leaving academia as a young woman, she has found her creative voice mostly through the genres of poetry and essays. She has recently made a foray back into the short fiction realm and is planning a novel, which she hopes to have ready by the middle of summer 2013.

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My Thoughts

I have been a practicing  pagan for close to ten years, and while I don't follow any one path, I enjoy learning about all different traditions. Dance of the Mystai is about a pagan path called the Mystai that stemmed from the Dianic tradition but has since become something unique and beautiful in its own right. Their patron Goddess is Hecate, though other Goddesses are honored as well. This book is an assortment of essays, poetry, artwork and rituals that are spiritually fulfilling as well as a beginner's look into the mysteries of the Mystai.

Dance of the Mystai resonated with me for several reasons. I love their focus on woman and the sisterhood. The Mystai have created a group that focuses on the needs of all woman from all around the world. It doesn't matter if they are gay, straight or transgender--all woman can find a place with this group. There focus is on strengthening the woman in mind, body, and spirit. Their ideas on feminism were enlightening and thought provoking.  I also love that they don't place any one woman above the others. The more experienced members are called "mentor sisters". They guide the new generation in the path but never place themselves on a pedestal.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who follows the path of the Goddess. Whether you are new to the Craft or have been practicing for decades, this book has something for everyone. The essays are often heart warming, the poetry is beautiful, and the rituals are empowering. Every pagan woman should have the Dance of their Mystai on their spiritual bookshelf.


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