The Spiral Dance A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the

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 consciousnessIn 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 relevant than ever


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    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 saidThis 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 the way to view the self and emotions how your every day life is magickal and how YOU are the divineI especially love in the last chapter her view of science and religion As a scientist by career I greatly resonate with her feeling that science IS religion and religion IS science when you view the entire world as mystical and powerful and you view the very processes taking place as holy there is no fightI would say this book is a must read for anyone interested in Paganism It is not a must follow most definitely not however I think it offers great insight that anyone would benefit from reading