Today there are a number of primers on the market, but back when I started studying Wicca as a preteen there weren’t so many. I remember having to piece together bits of information I gleaned from different outdated books at the library and thinking, there’s got to be more than this. Enter Cunningham’s masterpiece.
If you’re interested in learning a little bit about the goddesses of the world, Patricia Telesco’s daybook, 365 Goddess, is a great book to dive into. Each day introduces you to a new goddess, following a theme of daily goddess festivals and observances.
For example, today’s goddess is actually a group of goddesses, the Ratna Dadinis of India. Telesco chose these goddesses because today is traditionally the Hemis Festival, which celebrates the battle of good and evil. In Tibet, the Ratna Dadinis rule over gestures of good and compassion. Coordinating the place and festival with matching goddesses, Telesco provides a peek into both culture and deity.