[[ Ebook ]] ➠ The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess Author Starhawk – Realestatelawcenter.us

The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great GoddessThe 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 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 Wiccan LibrariesBrian Patterson

[[ Ebook ]] ➠ The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess Author Starhawk – Realestatelawcenter.us
  • Paperback
  • 218 pages
  • The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess
  • Starhawk
  • English
  • 27 October 2018
  • 9780060675356

    10 thoughts on “[[ Ebook ]] ➠ The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess Author Starhawk – Realestatelawcenter.us


  1. says:

    The worst thing about this book is Starhawk s version of herstory which she does admit, in her 20th anniversary notes in the index, that it is a modern myth and should be taken as such I still think this leads to a lot of misconceptions among the fluffier pagans today and only serves to continue to propagate the oldest religion myth and all that burning times rubbish.Other than that this book is poetic, and an interesting and wonderful read I wish this was one of the first book...


  2. says:

    I borrowed a 1970s copy of this book from a friend It belonged to his mother complete with notes in the margins I absolutely loved this book Yes, it is in part a product of its time describing the God as rape fighter, heavily peppered with social justice statements, heavily feminist oriented I would be very excited to read the 20th anniversary edition in which the author comments on how things have changed since then I also know the history presented here is a little romanticized, but that being said.This is the religion I wish to follow almost Some of the rituals suggested are a bit theatrical for me, and I do not think I would ever want to be naked in front of coven members, and I disagree when she says magick is best worked with a group However, the basic outline she provides here is fabulous and empowering The mythology to follow...


  3. says:

    Huh.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 visualizi...


  4. says:

    This book by far is the most influential book on Witchcraft to date I would venture that every Pagan has a copy Which is one reason why I hesitated to read it It is highly feminist which was something I was not looking for History and archaeology show that most of man s history was patriarchal Man was in charge, he wanted to control the womb thus control the future I must say that there were matriarchal societies in the Mediterranean This was not the norm for all over the world 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 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 Their r...


  5. says:

    I first read The Spiral Dance when I was 15 or 16 and practicing with a group of awesome older pagan ladies In the 15 or 16 years since then, I moved away from this book and the ladies that I practiced with I forgot about this book Or, rather, what I remembered about this book was very much a misremembering of it 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 than power over spirituality, recognizing our oneness with nature and each other, and valuing that oneness as sacred She presents the Goddess religion as a feminist religion And, on the whole, in the body of the chapters, I love the presentation.Where she loses me is the description of the rituals Some of the meditative practices I have used and found very effective i.e., grounding and centering, the tree of life meditation, focused breathing meditation Others, however, seem kind of forced and false to me There s a lot of invoking this goddess or that god and although she s careful to point out that she doesn t actually believe in gods and godde...


  6. says:

    Ok so who s in on the coven If you read this book, I highly recommend getting the 20th anniversary edition This allows you to read how Starhawk s thought has developed in the decades since the book was published The two introductions were some of my favorite parts, highlighting her changed thinking on gender, political engagement, and other issues I love to see a wise old witch remain open to learning new things, queering her old ...


  7. says:

    I struggled most with the historical presumptions of this book I realize that, at the time the first edition was written, Starhawk was referencing history as proposed by other authors However, I read the 20th anniversary edition and I was disappointed that glaring historical inaccuracies were not called out until the last two chapters of the book, which were appended with later editions Her version of events paints a pretty story but it s painfully incorrect.I honestly found the majority of this book to be a bit of a slog I felt like it wandered all over the county from mortifying herstory to romanticized personal accounts of rituals, back and forth through various feminist perspectives, occasionally touching on environmental activism Sometimes it read like a manual, sometimes it read like a personal journal, sometimes it read like a fairytale I just got lost with it and, unfortunately, not in a good way.I was going to give this book one star But I enjoyed some of Chapter ...


  8. says:

    This book is by far the very best book for those interested in pursuing Wicca Starhawk writes from a strictly Dianic view basically, emphasis in placed on the Divine Feminine There are many men involved in Wicca, but for the most part, they are Gardnerians Ceremonial Magicians The reason for this, as Starhawk explains, is that women are far 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 burial.The Spiral Dance itself is as old as time I would unhesitatingly recommend this book to anyone who does not have a fellow Wiccan around, to answer some of the many questions that quite naturally occur First, read Scott Cunningham s Wicca a Guide For the Solitary Practitio...


  9. says:

    I read the original back in grad school in the 90 s Even then it was dated I think there s good information here but it s biased by an assumption that is not known to be true The ancient religion of the goddess is just a hypothesis by anthropologists based on artifacts There is no proof that such a thing ever existed Modern witchcraft is very much that modern These things are important to keep in mind when studying about modern paganism.That said, even if ancient goddess worship n...


  10. says:

    It seems that part of my journey is not only reading this book, but admitting I am a person who read this book This is doubtless character building, since I was initially embarrassed to borrow it, apparently on the theory that its owner would think my desire to read it laugable than its presence on her own bookshelf I may hold onto a copy to reference for ideas Fair warning some passages hating on porn, sex work, and kink, and quoting Mary Daly, and ...

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