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review The Spiral Dance A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB ã ❮Reading❯ ➽ The Spiral Dance A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess ➶ Author Starhawk – The twentieth anniverHe 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 Spiral Dance A Kindle #180 as a Goddess worshipping religion has left an indelible mark on the feminist spiritual consciousnessIn a new introduc. 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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Tion 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 Spiral Dance A Rebirth of Epubthe 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 relevant than ever. Easily the most bogus of the three Wiccan books I've read Scott Cunningham's book does a better job of understanding that the laws of Wicca are very much made up by individuals as they go along and explains the principles behind the practices in psychological terms I guess Starhawk tries to do the same here but she also gets buried in lengthy descriptions of her own esoteric rituals and she is let's face it not an expert in any of the fields that this book touches on besides witchcraft itself so her attempts to explain her ideas with snatches of Jungian psychology were somewhat cringe worthyAnother problem with Wicca is that the whole thing has all been made up by a bunch of enthusiasts in the 20th century It is a religious movement that so desperately wants to connect itself to a tradition that undoubtedly existed in some form many centuries ago but unfortunately actual historical documents that might tell us anything about the real druids and witches and pagans of the dark ages are extinct All the knowledge and wisdom inherent in this religion has been created anew and the elements of historical tradition are based on highly speculative academia and modern mythologising Starhawk answers this point by saying something along the lines of just because the popular history of Wicca may not actually be true that does not mean that it isn't true to us in an emotional sense Well that's a fair point but it doesn't really explain why any of the rest of us should care to read about this wild speculation which she bombards us with throughout the bookI guess the function of this book is to provide us with some of her own seemingly effective Wiccan rituals examples of how the ideas can be put into practice That's a worthwhile premise but it only really justifies about 20% of the content of this book Compared to Scott Cunningham's book this is overlong and excessively subjective Compared to Margot Adler's Drawing Down the Moon it's just a bad piece of academia

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The Spiral Dance A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great GoddessThe twentieth anniversary edition of The Spiral Dance Dance A Epub #218 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 Spiral Epubthe life affirming ways in which readers can turn to t. 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