THE SPIRAL DANCE by Starhawk. Thanks and acknowledgements. Introduction. Chapter 1. Witchcraft as Goddess Religion. Chapter 2. The World View of. Read "The Spiral Dance A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 10th Anniversary Edition" by Starhawk available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today. The twentieth anniversary edition of The Spiral Dance celebrates the pivotal role the To read e-books on the BookShout App, download it on: Format:E-book.
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The book has been translated into other languages, including German and Danish. Background[ edit ] The Spiral Dance is Starhawk's first and most famous book.
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After a failed attempt to become a fiction writer in New York City, she returned to California, and became active in the Neopagan community in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She decided to try her hand at nonfiction and wrote a book on Goddess religion, which she finished in but was unable to publish at first. 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.
This was not the norm for all over the world. Her first This book by far is the most influential book on Witchcraft to date. Her first chapter gives over a history that most society with exceptions with matriarchal and worshiped the goddess.
After all she was the one who gave birth.
The earth or the womb of the planet was where we returned to when we died in order to be reborn. She basically recycles or restates Margarette Murry's thesis albeit with simpler words. Her mythos, which she readily states is just that mythos meant to convey a truth.
It is not fact per se. This too me is a strong point in the book. The use of mythos used as a tool to get the witch into a proper frame of mind. According to Starhawk and Murray, life in Europe and all over the world was matriarchal.
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Everything was peaceful and fine with absolutely no violence. Men hunted and magic was discovered by dancing in circle and visualizing success in the hunt, as drawn by pictures in caves. This gave the hunters better success. As humankind grew older they domesticated animals and became farmer.
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Their rituals became agricultural and fertility oriented. They developed rituals for the solstices and equinoxes. Then came the Indoeuropean invaders from the east. As they stormed across Europe they brought with them a militaristic way of life and worship of male warlike gods. The original inhabitants fled to the hills and stayed hidden.
They would have their rituals in secret. In time there would be some intermarriage between the conquerors and the conquered.
The conquered people became known as faeries or Pixies after the people name thee Picts. A complimentary mythos which I have never seen written anywhere else before was penned by Starhawk.
Miria the star goddess is the primal creator she sees her reflection and falls in love with it and decides to create an other. The others starts out close and then slowly moves away. First he is the God of the hunt and then god of the crops. His intention is to reunite with the stargoddess. Miria has many connections.
Marian is the sea goddess in Robert grave's work " White Goddess" There are a few other connections as well. Leaving aside the myths and pseudo history this book has some great practical information for the beginning witch or magician.
There are a gazillion exercises for both covens and solitaries to use. The range is from meditation, trancework, rituals, spells and group bonding exercises. These alone make the book very valuable to the beginner. Starhawk also traces her own development she started of like most of us reading books and doing it from there. She formed her own group , The Compost Coven. As leader she really got into the leadership role and sort of hogged it all.
But she learned and grew out of it.She decided to try her hand at nonfiction and wrote a book on Goddess religion, which she finished in but was unable to publish at first.
This too me is a strong point in the book. This was not the norm for all over the world. The truth, clearly, is that nobody knows exactly how many people died in the persecutions.
Leaving aside the myths and pseudo history this book has some great practical information for the beginning witch or magician.
The view of witchcraft is one of a transformational model. Since she has been collaborating with Starhawk through their film company Belili Productions. These small groups are intimate, cozy, nourishing and involved.