Sorrowful Mysteries, 1991 is currently out of print. This first collection of stories was the winner of the 1991 Bumbershoot Publication Award. Contest readers described these dozen Southern stories as "quirky, but not quite bizarre."
"Normandi Ellis is to literature what the Allman Brothers and Little Feat are to music. Culture and tradition are woven together with grit and realism as beans and rice find their place together on the plate." – Steve Oleshewsky
Normandi Ellis brings her rich understanding of Egypt's sacred past to the first book to recover from original sources the history, myths, and pageantry of ancient festivals to Isis, Hathor, and other Egyptian goddesses. Full of folk history, vivid recreations of Egyptian goddess mysteries, and contemporary activities we all can use to mark life's seasons and passages, Feasts of Light will delight lovers of ancient Egypt and of the Goddess in her many guises.
"At once, Feasts of Light is an informed history of ancient Egypt and an engaging telling of its stories. With the same wonder that all of nature---the
The Egyptian Book of the Dead is one of the oldest and greatest classics of Western spirituality. Until now, the available translations have treated these writings as historical curiosities with little relevance to our contemporary situation. This new version, made from the hieroglyphs, approaches the Book of the Dead as a profound spiritual text capable of speaking to us today. These writings suggest that the divine realm and the human realm are not altogether separate; they remind us that the natural world, and the substance of our lives, is fashioned from the stuff of the gods.
Drawing on her travels in modern-day Egypt and her lifelong study of Egyptian mythology and art, Normandi Ellis takes us on a moving autobiographical journey through the sacred sites and rituals of Egypt's past, revealing their restorative and transformative power for contemporary women like herself. Ellis's spell-binding prose weaves a tapestry of the personal past and the spiritual eternal in this exploration of the secret wisdom of ancient Egypt.
"Eloquent. With vivid prose and a deeply spiritual intellect, Ellis has created a work of three elements: a lively, scholarly text of Egyptian myth and tradition; a moving account of a personal struggle to transformation; and, as witness to her transformation, a collection of insights into the human experience and psyche. ..A work worth reading." --- Parabola
This collection of fiction draws on the realm of myth, dream, and magical realism to create very short stories that seem to expand after you’ve read them. The stories are centered on the inner lives of women and creators of various types. The book was a 2007 Kentucky Book Award Fiction Finalist.
"These quirky, Brautiganesque-little stories are as spring-loaded with comic and tragi-comic surprises as a room full of jack-in-the-boxes, and Normandi Ellis, the prankster in residence, is a genius at concealing the most startling revelations within the most ordinary moments of everyday life. Do come in . . . but watch your step!" --- Ed McClanahan, author of Famous People I Have Known.
1991 Bumbershoot Book Award; Northwest Booksellers Assn.
3-time CASE Kentucky Award for Feature Writing
1990 Colorado Federation for the Arts Innovation Award
1990 Colorado Book Award Finalist
2006 Green River Writers Poetry Award
2000 Ky Ed. TV Book Club Pick; Sorrowful Mysteries
1992 YMCA Writer's Voice; Writer in Residence Fellowship Grant
2-time recipient Ky Found. for Women Artist Enrichment Grant
bluebonnets, every elm tree leaf, a raindrop---stirred in her as a child, Normandi Ellis unlocks the mysteries of the Egyptian calendar and its festivals and leading characters, and brings them fully to life. She brings forth the spiritual richness and lessons to be learned, and offers prescriptive suggestions to bring these rituals to life, in and for one's own life." --- Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., author of Women Who Run with the Wolves.
“The esoteric tradition has long held that the initiate is a temple; and thus the purpose of initiation is to prepare that human temple for a greater influx of the Divine. The Union of Isis and Thoth teach us how to make that initiatory temple real within ourselves. The inner journeys through which they lead us are beautiful and visceral. The magic is potent. The Mysteries are revealed by experienced teachers. Let this book help you realize the union of heaven and earth in the place where they have always met: the sacred temple of the self.”
M. Isidora Forrest, author of Isis Magic and Offering to Isis
“These bountiful and timely teachings bring the ancient mysteries into modern day relevance. When we see divinity as a way of life, all of the natural world becomes a part of divine consciousness. The rites of passage and initiations provide direct access to new dimensions that are just now being articulated in physics and cell biology.”
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of 13 books including the bestselling Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
“I believe Normandi Ellis is incapable of writing a dull, ordinary tome. Every one of her books has caused something within me to be startled, surprised; turning each page is like entering a new country and finding an astonishing and completely unexpected landscape. The Union of Isis and Thoth, co-written with the equally talented Nicki Scully, is yet another gem which causes me to stop every few pages and think with delighted envy: I didn’t know that!”
Alan Richardson, author of The Inner Guide to Egypt
“The Union of Isis and Thoth is a fine distillation of Nicki Scully and Normandi Ellis’ work defining the essential characteristics of the neteru, and they share their guidance for building temples and the invocation of these divine beings. This excellent book with beautiful photos and illustrations offers their shared path for housing the divine in the world, amazingly in a pure and simple text that comes from very high places.”
Barbara Hand Clow, author of The Mind Chronicles: A Visionary Guide into Past Lives and Revelations of the Ruby Crystal
“The Union of Isis and Thoth is a treasure. It begins with cautionary information about metaphysical practice and proceeds through a sweeping overview of the gods of ancient Egypt revealing that the origin of the ancient word for a divine being—Neter—and the root of the Coptic word netjer, meaning “god,” etymologically becomes the English word nature. This book is a rich resource destined to become a classic.”
Hank Wesselman, PhD., anthropologist and coauthor of Awakening to the Spirit World
“Post-modern Priestesses, Nicki and Normandi have crafted a book for temple builders of the future. To teach us the Ancient Mysteries and open the gates of wisdom embedded in the living Gods and Goddesses of Egypt. Thoth and Isis have offered this vision to these authors who share with our desecrated world a vision of planetary renewal.”
Alex Grey and Allyson Grey, artists and coauthors of Net of Being
“The Union of Isis and Thoth is a unique gift to all those questing for the essence of mystical Egypt. It is the essential guide of practical wisdom delivered from the mind of Thoth to a waiting world.”
Naomi Ozaniec, author of The Breath of Isis
“The authors have written a rich shamanic tapestry that eloquently weaves the sacred threads of Thoth’s wisdom into the high magic and love of Queen Isis. Enter and explore the initiations presented in this book through the union of these two amazing energies and watch in wonder as the inner temple of your heart, (the Adytum), opens wide enough to connect your spirit to the Egyptian pantheon and your own sacred lineage to the ancient ones.”
Linda Star Wolf, Ph.D., founder of Venus Rising Association for Transformation and coauthor of Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt
“…an invitation to forge a deep, meaningful and direct relationship with the pantheon and your inner sanctuary from a place of equanimity, eye-to-eye, peer-to-peer, divine-to-divine. Perhaps your best friend, divine partner and staunch ally resides within these pages, once you are reunited your life is forever changed.
Danielle Rama Hoffman, author of The Temples of Light and The Council of Light
“Normandi and Nicki’s combined and deep wisdom of ancient Egypt and its pantheon weave a portal of initiation through magic and ritual. These women have long served the traditions in loving integrity for Ma’at and the restoration of cosmic order. This book is a must have!”
Kathryn Ravenwood, author of How to Create Sacred Water
Here’s what reviewers are saying about Normandi and Nicki’s new book, The Union of Isis and Thoth:
“… skillfully interweaves ancient wisdom and spiritual healing into a practical plan to help people actualize their highest potential and sacred purpose. This highly readable book offers valuable insights and simple practices that enable readers to move beyond misperceived limitations and create lives overflowing with love, peace, and happiness."
Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., Epigenetic scientist and author of The Biology of Belief, Spontaneous Evolution and The Honeymoon Effect