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Spiral Dance (edition 1999)

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Title:Spiral Dance
Authors:Starhawk
Info:HarperSanFrancisco (1999), Edition: 20th Ann, Paperback
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:non-fiction, pagan, rituals

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I found this book very inspiring and loved the practicality of it. A powerful book by a powerful woman. ( )
  Dreamofaredbird | Oct 14, 2016 |
THE book to read if you want to find out about paganism, and how to change reality through magic (yes, it really does exist). No hocus pocus here - just a primer on ritual and how it can transform your life. If you want to get the whole story on modern day witchcraft, you should contact the folks in Reclaiming or see your local Druid/Priestess. Central message in a nutshell: you create your own reality. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Pivotal for me. ( )
  Ra.Aiyana | Sep 1, 2014 |
Amazing book. Absolutely amazing. One of the best I have ever read on basics of Wicca/Paganism. ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 2014 |
Basically, I'm an atheist and thoroughgoing rationalist, but one that not only seeks to better understand spirituality but wishes I could find a way to express myself within it rationally. I thought a form of paganism might do, since it seeks to root spirituality within the earth, ie reality. So I bought this book, wanting to learn more about Neopaganism, since I had read this was the classic in the literature.

I'm afraid I found that there isn't much of a line between this kind of "spirituality" and the supernatural and just plain superstition. Invocations, herbal charms, spells? I found this was no more to my liking than mainstream Christianity.

And if was filled with its own myths, it's own distortions of reality and history. Nine million died in the persecution of witches? Reputable historians think no more than 100,000--and that's at the high end. Nor was it exclusively women--a majority condemned as witches were women, yes--but not anywhere near 80 percent. Yes, sexism and racism has had a horrible number of victims. But whether it's witch burnings or the Middle Passage of the Atlantic Slave Trade, we do no honor to those victims to so exaggerate the numbers we discredit their real suffering, and cause people who learn the truth to dismiss what they went through altogether. Similarly, I find Starhawk's claims for Modern Wicca having any continuity with a Pre-Christian past dubious.

Yet parts of The Spiral Dance called to my young self--as demonstrated by the number of lines I highlighted and pages I do-eared. The idea of the whole universe as what is sacred--and we're a part of it. Also, I've known many fine people who call themselves Pagan or Wiccan--including one of my closest friends. This book and the movement have had an influence. If only for that, to understand that phenomenon and its adherents better, this is a book worth reading. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Sep 14, 2013 |
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Lucid, appealing... a broad philosophy of harmony with nature, of human concord, sexual liberation, creativity, and health pleasure, as expressed and celebrating in a freewheeling worship of the universe.
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A very beautiful call for a worldly spirituality
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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 pride, develop their inner power, and integrate mind, body, and spirit. Starhawk's brilliant, comprehensive overview of the growth, suppression, and modern-day re-emergence of Wicca as a Goddess-worshipping religion has left an indelible mark on the feminist spiritual consciousness.

In a new introduction, Starhawk reveals the ways in which Goddess religion and the practice of ritual have adapted and developed over the last twenty years, and she reflects on the ways in which these changes have influenced and enhanced her original ideas. In the face of an ever-changing world, this invaluable spiritual guidebook is more relevant than ever.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0062516329, Paperback)

The original book that brought Goddess worship to the public eye has marked its 10th anniversary, yet it still remains an integral part of the Wiccan canon. The Spiral Dance leans heavily toward the feminist aspects of Wicca, but Starhawk's comments on the new edition make it clear that she is aware of the growing male presence in witchcraft. However, this edition is not some watered down, politically correct revision of the original. Very little is changed aside from the addition of Starhawk's observations on how the book has weathered its first decade, and what few changes she would make if she were writing it today. Readers interested in learning more about contemporary witchcraft, whether considering Wicca as a way of life or simply desiring to understand this earth-based religion, will find a wealth of information in The Spiral Dance, and will notice that it becomes one of the most frequently consulted books in their Wicca libraries. --Brian Patterson

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:00 -0400)

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"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 pride, develop their inner power, and integrate mind, body, and spirit. Starhawk's brilliant, comprehensive overview of the growth, suppression, and modern-day reemergence of Wicca as a Goddess-worshipping religion has left an indelible mark on the feminist spiritual consciousness" -- www.starhawk.org… (more)

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