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Free read The Spiral Dance A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess 109 ê ❂ [EPUB] ✺ The Spiral Dance A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess By Starhawk ➛ – The original book that brought Goddess worship to the public eye has markedEd in learning about contemporary witchcraft whether considering Wicca as a way of life or simply desiring to understand this earth based religion will Spiral Dance A Rebirth of Epubfind a wealth of information in The Spiral Dance and will notice that it becomes one of the most freuently consulted books in their Wiccan libraries Brian Patterson. 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 incorrectI 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 wayI was going to give this book one star But I enjoyed some of Chapter 13 the last original chapter and the notes added with later editions So I thought I'd give it an extra star for thatAll that being said I'd strongly recommend reading Adler's Drawing Down the Moon Witches Druids Goddess Worshippers and Other Pagans in America instead of or before Spiral Dance

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Le 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 Spiral Dance A Kindle #180 book has weathered its first decade and what few changes she would make if she were writing it today Readers interest. 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 MagiciansThe 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 burialThe 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 uestions that uite naturally occur First read Scott Cunningham's Wicca; a Guide For the Solitary Practitioner then if this appeals to you follow with The Spiral Dance

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The Spiral Dance A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great GoddessThe original book that brought Goddess worship to Dance A Epub #218 the public eye has marked its th 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 The Spiral Epubnew edition make it clear that she is aware of the growing ma. 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 goddessAfter 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 mindAccording 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 rituals became agricultural and fertility oriented They developed rituals for the solstices and euinoxes Then came the Indoeuropean invaders from the east As they stormed across Europe they brought with them a militaristic way of life and worship of male warlike gods The original inhabitants fled to the hills and stayed hidden They would have their rituals in secret In time there would be some intermarriage between the conuerors and the conuered The conuered people became known as faeries or Pixies after the people name thee PictsA complimentary mythos which I have never seen written anywhere else before was penned by Starhawk Miria the star goddess is the primal creator she sees her reflection and falls in love with it and decides to create an other The others starts out close and then slowly moves away First he is the God of the hunt and then god of the crops His intention is to reunite with the stargoddess Miria has many connections Marian is the sea goddess in Robert grave's work White Goddess There are a few other connections as wellLeaving aside the myths and pseudo history this book has some great practical information for the beginning witch or magician There are a gazillion exercises for both covens and solitaries to use The range is from meditation trancework rituals spells and group bonding exercises These alone make the book very valuable to the beginner Starhawk also traces her own development she started of like most of us reading books and doing it from there She formed her own group The Compost Coven As leader she really got into the leadership role and sort of hogged it all But she learned and grew out of it She then went on to learn the Feri tradition from Victor and Cora Andersen This is her primary model of spirituality Starhawk would later found the Reclaiming movementThere are several views of magic Several magicians put forward the view that magic is causing a change in reality in accordance with ones will Dion Fortune posited that magic is altering consciousness at will Starhawk subscribes to Dion Fortune's view of magic In the spell section and through out the book she gives techniues on raising energy and directing towards a magical goal She gives techniues on making poppets and how to charge them Starhawk is realistic about what magic can do It will will not work miracles for you Magic has limitations Limitations are based on how much energy is reuired to reach a goal Other energy currents which may hinder the reaching of a goal Magic used as a transformation agent which forces our evolution seems to be the most realistic and effective magicWitchcraft is also about making things work for you Tweeking it to meet your individual and group needs Practical down to Earth leaving no room for a central or absolute authority to come in and tell you how to do things Most witches work in covens or circles These small groups are intimate cozy nourishing and involved Witchcraft is not a passive religion Gaining access to the divine is based on reaching states of ecstasy to alter your consciousness Speaking of the mind Starhawk uses a modified FreudianJungian view of things There is the Talking Mind which is our everyday conscious the younger mind or our unconscious and Deep mind which functions as our higher self or connection to the divine Accessing the deep mind via the unconscious mind is what magic is aboutThe view of witchcraft is one of a transformational model We transform our selves our environment and our worldStarhawk is a staunch feminist and environmentalist She uses her magic to change the situation This comes through as she traces through the autobiographical elements of her life The beginning witch or just the casual reader should enjoy reading this book If you wish to go further I would advise reading the back and delve into the bibliography and suggested reading