Ruth A. Souther
Najahmara has existed in peace for over three hundred years, hidden away in a lush valley, guarded over by five tall stones that crown the plateau. Each marker carries a name written in an ancient tongue; four are dead, but the fifth: mortal priestess, or lost goddess? War seeks she who serves the Earth, certain the woman is one who ran away from him not once, but twice. Should Ares find her, vengeance will be his.
This is a novel of mythic proportions, bringing the mortal world of Najahmara, an ancient village of peaceful folk, into a battle between Love and War. Based on Greek mythology and the true reason the old gods existed, there comes a reckoning for one woman who refused her real identity. This book was originally one story but has now been broken into two volumes because of length. The second half of the story is Immortal Journey: The Surrender of Ego.
The story continues from Immortal Journey: Death of Innocence where a once-peaceful valley is invaded by a king and his legion of warriors searching for streets of gold. Instead of treasures, the foreigners encounter a shape-shifting priestess who destroys much of their ranks but in doing so, devastates her own people. In the savage chaos that ensues, Ares the Destroyer steals Niala Aaminah away, claiming she is not a simple priestess, but a goddess in disguise. He keeps her captive in his mountain fortress and seeks to force her into remembering who she really is. After Niala becomes pregnant with War’s child, she escapes Ares’ clutches but confusion clouds her mind and the truth is still uncertain. This is a novel of mythic proportions, bringing the mortal world of Najahmara, a village of peaceful folk, into a battle between Eternal Love and Endless War. Based on Greek mythology and the real reason the old gods existed, there comes a reckoning for one woman who refused her real identity.
The story continues from Immortal Journey: Surrender of Ego, Volume Two. After Najahmara is conquered by invading foreign soldiers, lives are turned upside down. As the Najahmaran priestesses conspire against King Hattusilis, another immortal creature plots against them. With their leader, Niala Aaminah, dead and entombed in the sacred caves, who has the power to fight Kulika, the Sky God? Poisoned by the dwarf Cedalion, Ares is caught in the Shadowland, drifting between the worlds. Grief-stricken, Aphrodite mourns for her beloved, allowing Love’s minions to run amuck. Anteros must find the stamina of a warrior and regain control of Love’s Realm. Deimos is forced to assume the Mantle of War, and becomes the very thing he hates most: his father. Rebellion begins from within - who will step forward to right these wrongs?
This is a novel of mythic proportions, bringing the mortal world of Najahmara, a village of peaceful folk, into a battle between Eternal Love and Endless War. Based on Greek mythology and the reason the old gods existed, many truths are not self-evident, but waiting to be discovered.
Ruth first published Death of Innocence back in 2005, now it is available again in a new format. It has been separated into Death of Innocence and Surrender of Ego. So even if you are familiar with her work, you should check out these new versions.
Ruth is passionate about both Mythology and Tarot. She is spectacular at both.
She can whisk you to ancient Greece, or help you better understand Tarot cards and their meanings. Keep an eye out for upcoming releases in both genres!
Based on the Thoth (Crowley) deck, but works well with any Tarot deck, as journaling questions or group discussion. Both the light and dark side of each card is introduced with the intention of a unique personal journey into the insights and knowledge hidden in your psyche. The questions at the end of each page are designed to invoke a thoughtful dialogue with your higher self, encourage the discovery of new perceptions and gather information to help guide deeply personal decisions. To be whole, one must examine all aspects of the psyche.
Tarot is the voice of inner wisdom with multiple layers to consider while contemplating your life path. Take your time with each meditation. Return to the cards that have had the biggest impact and then chart how the questions change as you evolve. It is not necessary to have a background in Tarot or to have studied the cards to benefit from each interpretation. Knowing Tarot is one part intellect and three parts intuition. This book is meant to access the intuitive and instinctive higher self that understands the symbolic language contained with the images of your deck. To understand the actual meanings and intention of the author and artist of a particular deck is always helpful, but accessing your personal process is, by far, the greater advantage to interpreting Tarot.