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The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess Paperback – Import, 1997
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The tenth 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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some people commented that it should be more "updated". I was worried about that when buying it. I live in Italy (am italian) and very new to these topic, and to American writers on this topic. I have been reading Vicky Noble, Marija Gimbutas, Jean Bolen... wicca only read blogs online and so on. But only recently heard about Starhawk. So I was worried about buying "an old book" that was not enough "updated" to women's situation all over the world. It's absolutely not the case!
This book is a lot more than simple "common sense". It's clear and comprehensive. It makes sense! even today. If you want to read something that speaks to a woman's soul, then read this book. It's timeless! It reminds me a bit of Pinkola Estes kind of writing, you have to read with spirit soul and brain all together, both sides of your brain, right and left. If you are new to the topic be open, don't be harsh judging.
And I am so happy about reading it that I want to read her other books, because I'm interested in Permaculture and that's the way to go... Starhawk is very very up to date! check her blogs and activities, her commitment to the Earth and you'll see what I mean.
This book is very well-written. The magical exercises and the magical world-view is very well explained.
As for the historical veracity, I am not too concerned, as people will make up their own minds.
It's also particularly relevant for the new practitioner including some get-your-toes-wet guidance and exercises for practice and crafting. I won't lie, it has a bit of feminist bent on occasion, however, considering the initial release was what, 38, nearly 40 years ago, it's more than understandable given what was going on back then. Gender equality plus the right for one to freely worship in their belief or what feels most natural and sincerely connecting have all advanced light years in the past 40 years in most parts of the world; of course, there's still ample room before we reach the point of needing to not have the discussion concerning human rights any longer. I didn't mean to digress - the point I am trying to make is that this is by far my favorite book on the subject and it's become my preferred reference and go-to-guide time and time again and it's more than a worthy and pertinent source, still.