The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great 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
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'The Spiral Dance' is a decent read if you're more interested in immersing yourself further into the community. There are some good meditative practices (I felt) and it does go into greater detail into one style and practice of neopaganism than Adler's book, which is more of a collective overview.
Be warned, however - Wiccans can be as elitist as any other community when it comes to evaluating styles. I've noticed that some communities can be a bit 'stand-offish' if they feel you're not asking the right questions.
(Disclaimer - I don't prescribe to Wicca per se - I'm a pantheist. Hope I could be helpful anyway! ;-)(less)
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
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
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
Her words and lessons seem to come to her as naturally as breath~ peaceful. It was insightful, and helped to answer some of the mysteries in my mind surrounding this ornate ancient tradition. In my exploration, details of rituals and meditation seem to differ from every source, which made m ...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
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
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
RITUALS-INVOCATIONS-EXERCISES-MAGIC. Original copyright, 1979 by Miriam Simos
The one down side to this book is that it does focus heavily on the femi ...more
Her views on feminism and the patriarchy were incredibly enlightening, even if it was published back before m ...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
I'm afraid I found that there isn't much of a line between this kind of "spirituality" ...more
Starhawk directs Earth ...more