The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/2/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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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.

"A very beautiful call for a worldly spirituality." - New York Times Book Review

Author Biography

Starhawk is a Witch, peace activist, ecofeminist, and author of several books, including The Pagan Book of Living and Dying, The Fifth Sacred Thing, and Truth or Dare. She is the cofounder of the Bay Area Reclaiming Collective, and she teaches and lectures in the U.S., Canada, Central America, and Europe.

Table of Contents

Thanks and Acknowledgments ix
Introduction to the Twentieth Anniversary Edition 1(12)
Introduction to the Tenth Anniversary Edition 13(12)
Witchcraft as Goddess Religion
The World View of Witchcraft
The Coven
Creating Sacred Space
The Goddess
The God
Magical Symbols
Energy: The Cone of Power
Moon Rituals
The Wheel of the Year
Creating Religion: Toward the Future
Ten Years Later: Commentary on Chapters One through Thirteen
Twenty Years Later: Commentary on Chapters one through Thirteen
Tables of Correspondences 283(12)
Select Bibliography 295(6)
Suggested Reading 301(8)
Resources 309(2)
Index 311

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Wonderfully Done June 19, 2011
This textbook challenges the reader to take their spiritual path more seriously and can be a truly life-changing and mind-expanding experience. It is an excellent textbook and definitely belongs on the bookshelf of any Wiccan or new-age Goddess-worshipper. I highly recommend it to those seeking information on what it _means_ to be a witch.
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