Spiral Dance, The - 20th Anniversary: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 20th Anniversary Edition

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Harper Collins, Sep 22, 1999 - Social Science - 336 pages
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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 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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A potent mix of poetry, vision, and practical advice. - Goodreads
The reference book, with heart, soul and life. - Goodreads
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What a wonderful book! Not only great feminist literature but also very opinionated. I read Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler, and I really appreciated her way of trying to remain unbiased towards ... Read full review

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It's good to finally delve into a spirituality that has always deeply interested and mystified me, and where better to start than with "the original book that brought the Goddess tradition to the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction to the Tenth Anniversary Edition
13
Witchcraft as Goddess Religion
25
The World View of Witchcraft
41
The Coven
58
Creating Sacred Space
80
Sensing Group Energy 67 35 The Circle Visualization
94
Power Chant 68 38 Permanent Protective
100
The Goddess
102
Athame or Sword 52 Seeing the Aura
164
Trance
166
The Goddess in
187
Initiation
188
The Wheel of the Year
214
through Thirteen
263
Tables of Correspondences
283
Select Bibliography
295

The Casting of the Circle 80 and Invocation to the Queen
118
The
119
Valeries Rhyming to the God
129
Magical Symbols
137
Anger Spell 143 Spell to Know
146
For Eloquence 150 Healing Image Spell
151
The Cone of Power
154
Suggested Reading
301
Resources
309
154
316
Reclaiming Principles of Unity 6
322
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Starhawk is the author of nine books, including her bestselling The Spiral Dance, The Pagan Book of Living and Dying, and Webs of Power, winner of the 2003 Nautilus Award for social change. She has an international reputation, and her works have been translated into many different languages. Starhawk is also a columnist for beliefnet.com and ZNet. A veteran of progressive movements who is deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism, she travels internationally, teaching magic, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism. Starhawk lives part-time in San Francisco, in a collective house with her partner and friends, and part-time in a little hut in the woods in western Sonoma County, where she practices permaculture in her extensive gardens and writes.

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