Starhawk. "Oh yes, I know her well," my friend replied. "I work with her closely. . The Spiral Dance linked Goddess spirituality with political activism decades. The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 10th Anniversary Edition. The twentieth anniversary edition of The Spiral Dance celebrates the pivotal role the book has had in bringing Goddess worship to the religious forefront. "I've been running from the. The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of th and millions of other books are available for site site. Starhawk is the author of nine books, including her bestselling The Spiral Dance, The Pagan Book of Living and Dying, and Webs of Power, winner of the

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This Pin was discovered by Laura P. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest. Starhawk's brilliant, comprehensive overview of the growth, suppression, and The Spiral Dance – Special 20th Anniversary Edition A Rebirth of the Ancient. Starhawk moved back to the west coast ending up in San Francisco in The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great.

Dion Fortune posited that magic is altering consciousness at will. Starhawk subscribes to Dion Fortune's view of magic. In the spell section and through out the book she gives techniques on raising energy and directing towards a magical goal.

She gives techniques on making poppets and how to charge them. Starhawk is realistic about what magic can do. It will will not work miracles for you. Magic has limitations.

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Limitations are based on how much energy is required to reach a goal. Other energy currents which may hinder the reaching of a goal.

Magic used as a transformation agent which forces our evolution seems to be the most realistic and effective magic. Witchcraft is also about making things work for you. Tweeking it to meet your individual and group needs. Practical down to Earth leaving no room for a central or absolute authority to come in and tell you how to do things. Most witches work in covens or circles. These small groups are intimate, cozy, nourishing and involved. Witchcraft is not a passive religion. Gaining access to the divine is based on reaching states of ecstasy to alter your consciousness.

There is the Talking Mind which is our everyday conscious, the younger mind or our unconscious and Deep mind which functions as our higher self or connection to the divine.

Accessing the deep mind via the unconscious mind is what magic is about.

The view of witchcraft is one of a transformational model. We transform our selves, our environment and our world. Starhawk is a staunch feminist and environmentalist. She uses her magic to change the situation. This comes through as she traces through the autobiographical elements of her life. The beginning witch or just the casual reader should enjoy reading this book.

This is a fantastic introduction to the Goddess religion for anyone who is curious or in search of something more. The book is beautifully written, and offers reflective passages, rituals, and symbolism that help the reader identify with certain aspects as they find understanding. A phenomenal read, and definitely my favorite book I've ever read. With all the disinformation, fear and hostility to alternate belief systems that are so pervasive, this should be required reading for anyone who truly is interested in grasping the fundamental and essential concepts of Goddess worship in modern day civilization.

Even those whose faith is very different can gain an appreciation of this religion, lose the sterotypes and come to a better sense of what it is and what it isn't. This is the most rational, calm, true and sensible explanation of Goddess Worship - "the Olde Religion" to come along yet. download it. It could easily be required reading for a comparative religion class.

My favorite book on this subject, of all, to date. It's also particularly relevant for the new practitioner including some get-your-toes-wet guidance and exercises for practice and crafting. I won't lie, it has a bit of feminist bent on occasion, however, considering the initial release was what, 38, nearly 40 years ago, it's more than understandable given what was going on back then.

Gender equality plus the right for one to freely worship in their belief or what feels most natural and sincerely connecting have all advanced light years in the past 40 years in most parts of the world; of course, there's still ample room before we reach the point of needing to not have the discussion concerning human rights any longer.

I didn't mean to digress - the point I am trying to make is that this is by far my favorite book on the subject and it's become my preferred reference and go-to-guide time and time again and it's more than a worthy and pertinent source, still. The only reason I can't leave five stars for this amazing book is because even when I told site that they sent me a different printing edition than the one pictured it was still a 20th anniversary edition, but not with the pretty coloured cover as shown.

Instead, they said they would replace it and sent me a second copy with the same black cover that they sent me the first time that you can see from my customer image, is not the cover advertised with the listing. I know that shouldn't matter, and I've dropped it since they clearly didn't understand what they were supposed to be replacing it with,but I really did think the cover that was pictured was lovely and wish they would have managed to send me one like in the picture.

Oh well. Starhawk's legendary work made up for it.

This is a pagan classic and belongs on every Goddess worshipper's shelf. This was the beginning of the modern rebirth of the Goddess movement and the history alone is so inspiring and compelling. The prologue she wrote for the 20th anniversary in the beginning is very good and very insightful.

It details how she has grown and evolved since the first printing and what things is any she would have done differently now than then, if she had it to write all over again with the perspective of 20 more years. Excellent read. site Edition Verified download. Hi all! I was worried about that when downloading it. I live in Italy am italian and very new to these topic, and to American writers on this topic. But only recently heard about Starhawk. So I was worried about downloading "an old book" that was not enough "updated" to women's situation all over the world.

It's absolutely not the case! This book is a lot more than simple "common sense". It's clear and comprehensive.

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It makes sense! If you want to read something that speaks to a woman's soul, then read this book. It's timeless!

It reminds me a bit of Pinkola Estes kind of writing, you have to read with spirit soul and brain all together, both sides of your brain, right and left. If you are new to the topic be open, don't be harsh judging. And I am so happy about reading it that I want to read her other books, because I'm interested in Permaculture and that's the way to go Starhawk is very very up to date! I'm glad I got the book. If you are just wanting to know what Witchcraft is about this my not be the book for you.

This is very much the book for you. I feel that I am writing a slightly redundant review.

This book is very well-written. Her luck changed when feminist religious scholar Carol P.

Christ included an article on Witchcraft and the Goddess movement in the anthology Womanspirit Rising In , partly to commemorate the publication of the book, Starhawk and her friends staged a public celebration of the Neopagan holiday of Samhain Halloween incorporating an actual spiral dance.

This group became the Reclaiming Collective ; the annual Spiral Dance ritual now draws hundreds of participants. The book was revised for 10th- and 20th-anniversary editions in and , respectively. The original text of the book was left largely untouched.

The revisions consist for the most part of introductions and notes reflecting on the origins of the book and the rituals it describes, and changes to the author's beliefs and practices since writing the book.

Although commonly read as a book on Wicca, The Spiral Dance is distinguished by its visionary mysticism and ecstatic experience, and by its emphasis on women and the Goddess although it also brings in the God, similar to most forms of Wicca.

Starhawk trained with Victor Anderson , founder of the Feri Tradition of witchcraft, and with Zsuzsanna Budapest , a feminist separatist involved in Dianic Wicca.

In The Spiral Dance , Starhawk stated that up to nine million people, mostly women, were killed during the Witch Hunts in early modern Europe.

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The number was based on an article by Mary Daly , who based it on the writings of the 19th century feminist Matilda Joslyn Gage , and has no basis in research.

Most estimates based on research range from 60, to , The truth, clearly, is that nobody knows exactly how many people died in the persecutions.We have tilled the garden bed, planted seeds, and tended the slow, early growth.

Most estimates based on research range from 60, to , Starhawk also traces her own development she started of like most of us reading books and doing it from there.

So I was worried about downloading "an old book" that was not enough "updated" to women's situation all over the world. It was said of the Goddess Isis that Her service is perfect freedom.

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