Honoring Darkness - Exploring the Power of Black Madonnas in Italy  

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Exploring the Power of Black Madonnas in Italy
by Mary Beth Moser (Edition Three, June 2008)

A scholarly and spiritual exploration into the history, traditions, images, and miracles of the Black Madonnas in Italy



• Over thirty color images of Black Madonnas in Italy
• Analysis using leading-edge feminist theories
• Personal stories from on-site experiences
• Survey of American women travelers
• Detailed references and bibliography for further study


  “The immense power of Black Madonnas, rooted in the primordial past, and evident in the present, is an active Source available to all. By honoring her dark image, we honor the power of darkness. By acknowledging her full power we can receive it for ourselves and move forward, not only in the holiness of her presence but in the wholeness of our being.” (excerpt from book)  
  Mary Beth Moser's thesis is a bright example of scholarship in Women's Spirituality. She brings passion, an acute awareness of the power of black madonnas, wide learning, and first hand experience to this study. Brava!  
    Dr. Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, Professor of Women’s Spirituality, California Institute of Integral Studies, Author of Liberazione della Donna, Black Madonnas, and Dark Mother  

  I ate up every word and gained a deeper appreciation for the Black Madonna and her dark, courageous power, her lineage in the long line of the Feminine Divine. I love how you shared what other women and men also felt about their own experiences/ encounters with the Black Madonna.  
    Mary Saracino, Author of No Matter What, Finding Grace, Voices of the Soft-bellied Warrior, and The Singing of Swans  

  It was FANTASTIC and we felt really in communion with you and your journey. I am humbled by your work and willingness to share and be open to where she takes you. I can't put it down.  

Laura Scaccia Beagle, Italian American

  I want to send you a long-overdue thank you for your absolutely wonderful work and scholarship. I'm delighted that my work made a difference and has been helpful to you. We need to build on what each of us is doing and what we've done!  

China Galland, Author of The Bond Between Women, Longing for Darkness , and Love Cemetery

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Honoring Darkness:
Exploring the Power of Black Madonnas in Italy
(Edition Three, June 2008)
By Mary Beth Moser

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    Mary Beth Moser holds a Masters Degree in Women’s Spirituality and is currently a Ph.D. student at the California Institute of Integral Studies in Philosophy and Religion in San Francisco. Mary Beth is passionate about her ancestral home of Italy where she has traveled widely doing research for the last 25 years. She is the author of “Hidden No More: The Black Madonna Adonai of Sicily” published in the anthology of feminist writings She Is Everywhere (iUniverse 2005); and "Blood Relics: Menstrual Roots of Miraculous Black Madonnas in Italy" published in Metaformia: A Journal of Menstruation and Culture, www.metaformia.com. When Mary Beth is not traveling the back roads of Italy, she resides among the natural beauty and tall trees of the Northwest.  

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