The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess
The twentieth anniversary edition of The Spiral Dance celebrates the pivotal role the book has had in bringing Goddess worship to the religious forefront. This bestselling classic is both an unparalleled reference on the practices and philosophies of Witchcraft and a guide to the life-affirming ways in which readers can turn to the Goddess to deepen their sense of personal...more
This was intriguing, and covered a lot of the basic underpinnings of generic modern pagan thought, such as the mortal god/immortal goddess stuff, the maiden/mother/crone stuff, and other stuff. I enjoyed all this stuff pretty well. Mythology is fun, even if it's something new pretending to be something old.
But the last half of the book is actually a spell book, with candles and little knives and visualizing the four winds and who knows what else. This part I just couldn't read. It was just...more
Other than that this book is poetic, and an interesting and wonderful read. I wish this was one of the first books I picked...more
The thing about Spiral Dance is it defines what we now call generic Wicca. This book sparked a revolution in Women/Wymyn's spirituality so intense, we are still feeling the shock-waves. Starhaw's poetic language and inclusive eco-feminist thought still appeals to the c...more
Despite it's historical inaccuracies, there is still a plethora of wonderful information in this book. As with any book on religion or spirituality, one needs to take it with a grain of salt and a broad mind (or a shot of tequila and a slice of lemon, whatever works for you).
I always enjoy reading about others spiritual paths and t...more
The reason for this, as Starhawk explains, is that women are far more connected to the earth than their opposite gender. We give birth and, in the old days, washed the bodies of our loved ones, and prepared them for...more
That said, even if ancient goddess worship never e...more
I think I've been headed or drawn toward a Pagan path since my mid-twenties when I went through a couple years of Hakomi therapy. I feel extremely lucky to have chanced upon this kind of therapist. Hakomi is a body-centered therapy that validates the felt language and experience of the body. This seems quite in line with Pagan...more
The text of Starhawk's chapters is really good. And in the chapter text, I can totally get down with what she's talking about: a sex-positive, earth-based, power-from-within rather...more
I'm afraid I found that there isn't much of a line between this kind of "spirituality"...more
I enjoyed the 10-year and 20-year "look back" as Starhawk's own path evolved, even if some of her practices don't resonate with me and my own path. I felt "empowered" just because I am "alive on this Earth", a...more
As an introduction to Wicca with various west coast flavors, it really is hard to get better. Teh looking bakc notes are particularly rewarding to see how her appreciation of faith and craft have evolved over time. Personally I believe that is the most important part of this book, the how things change & stay the...more
Also, for someone who is singing the praises of fin...more
I like the basic structure of this book, but it was filled with too much ritual breakdown for me.
I am glad I read the 20th anniversary edition of this, because I think I got more out of the chapter notes than from the chapters themselves. And the bibliography is full of titles that will keep me busy with research for ages.
Not the best for menfolk due to that.
Look at all the reviews, 90% are from women cause the book is directed at them.
Starhawk currently lives in San Francisco, where she works with Reclaiming, a tradition of Witchcraft th...more