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The knowledge transfer in history and comcepts of wicca is invaluable as it helps to understand the foundation and the purpose of the craft. Starhawk provides detailed information on reuniting with nature and learning inner harmony. This reading could have rated five stars if Starhawk hadn't awkwardly ad-libbed so many times.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
Starhawk presents meditations and ritual for connecting with the natural world with an easy voice, tone and manner. Story mixed with guided meditation, song and drum, this highly interactive writing had you experiencing, practicing, doing the work now!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I loved this audio, dispite being put off by what I thought might be Starhawk's over-emotional American style presentation. However, I was delighted to find this a very down to earth (!) and practical 'lecture' of her own pagan world view. This is a talk which makes so much sense when you consider what she has to say: we are of the Earth, and from her we take, and to her we must return, as part of the universal cycle of life. As creatures of the Earth, we are potentially wholly immersed in the magic of the world around us, and Starhawk shows us why and how we can tap into that magic for our own and for the planet's benefit. I gained so much from this Audible purchase, that I just know I will listen again, many times.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
I was disappointed to find that although this audiobook has many potentially interesting facets, the author cites too many references to gender politics and at one point uses the word history, then corrects it to 'herstory'. This is the type of silliness that peaked in the 70's/80's and has now matured and become mainstream. It has little relevance to the seeker of spirital truths in the here and now. I want to know how to further my spiritual development using pagan principles. I know it was very very wrong to burn witches who were mainly women, I know men have unfairly dominated many institutions through history. Whilst I'm broadly sympathetic to her grievances, I purchased the audiobook to learn about Earth Magic and should I wish to learn more about the history of gender politics, I will look elsewhere. I suspect that dominion rather than equality is what she really covets. There is also mention of green politics. This is also fine, but the book doesn't seem to credit it's readers/listeners with the intelligence to connect love of Mother Earth with behaving in a respectful manner towards her and voting for/participating in the parties who most reflect these views. The author makes the decision for the reader. This book should be renamed to reflect the political threads running through it. I now need a book on pure wiccan/pagan beliefs/traditions to fill the void left in my collection by this volume. Any recommendations?
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