For centuries, women who emerge as mystic leaders have played vital roles in American culture. For just as long, they have been subjugated and ridiculed. Today, women and others across the nation are once again turning to their mystic powers to #HexThePatriarchy and help fight the forces that seem bent on relegating them to second-class citizenry.
Lucile Scott is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor. She has reported on national and international health and human rights issues for over a decade. Most recently, she has worked at the United Nations and amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, and has contributed to such publications as VICE and POZ magazines.
Amid this tumult, Lucile Scott looks to the past and the stories of five women over three centuries to form an ancestral spiritual coven: Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans; Cora L. V. Scott (Hatch, Daniels, Tappan, and Richmond-4 times married); nineteenth-century Spiritualist superstar; Helena Blavatsky, mother of Theosophy; Zsuzsanna Budapest, feminist witch and founder of Dianic Wicca; and Marianne Williamson, presidential candidate and preacher of the New Age Gospel of Love.
Each, in their own ways, defied masculine preconceptions about power.
Zsuzsanna Budapest, feminist witch and founder of Dianic Wicca
Helena Petrovna Blavastsky
A scathing queer feminist history and a personal quest for transcendence, An American Covenant opens our eyes to the paths forged by women who inspired the nation in their own times—and who will no longer be forgotten or silenced in ours.
“Journalist Lucile Scott writes the way Van Gough painted; with swirling use of vivid, colorful prose lavished onto a canvas of dreamy sequences, American Covenant culminates into a gorgeous work of art worthy of its own exhibition. Scott escorts us along her time-traveling journey, breathing new life into pathways long since forgotten, while showcasing five spectacular women—all mystics, whose influence on our history and inroads into dismantling the patriarchal power structure have never been fully honored. Until now. An absolutely enchanting and enlightening read.”
– Victoria Laurie, New York Times
What a lovely review, a painting of words that draw you in. It’s why I write and why I tell the stories of strong women. We have always been The story. We’ve always been strong and capable. We’ve always been the foundation of societies throughout millennium. As long as there are untold stories, there will be those like Lucile Scott to tell them and those like myself to uncover them.
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