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Best-selling author of The Spiral Dance and one of the world’s leading voices in earth spirituality and feminine power, Starhawk presents us with a beautiful and reverent book about reconnecting with the magic, beauty and sheer creative force of the natural world. This book is a much-needed call to protecting and respecting the earth at a time when each day brings new headlines about environmental devastation and basic human disregard for the planet we live our lives upon.
Tapping into some of the basics of Wicca and earth religion she covered in her ground-breaking The Spiral Dance, Starhawk digs deep into her twenty-five years of experience as a Wiccan, a woman, a progressive activist and a member of the human race to offer healing for the new millennium. This primer to connecting with the natural world combines both recent environmental and scientific news with the wisdom of the ancients, along with tools and techniques that can be used by anyone to alleviate stress, isolation, powerlessness and hopelessness by focusing on the magnificent power and grandeur of nature and the rhythms of the seasons that shape and change our lives.
With personal anecdotes, insights and rituals, The Earth Path acts as both guidebook and inspirational how-to for those who seek a greater understanding of our lost part in the wholeness of existence. Few can go off and live in the middle of the Sonoma County, California, woods, as Starhawk has, but we all can benefit from her experiences, her wisdom and her activism as she struggles to live close to the earth, and to protect the planet even as our politicians and corporate leaders vow to continue their fight to decimate its resources.
This book is actually part of the solution, being printed on twenty-five to thirty percent post-consumer recycled paper with soy-based inks, and the contents include many ideas for doing our own part to heal and respect Mother Nature, even as we heal and learn to respect ourselves. As the author claims, we are connected and cannot be separated from the damage we do to the earth around us.
The rituals and grounding ceremonies and exercises are beautiful and easily performed by anyone. You don’t have to be a pagan or Wiccan to get a great deal of healing and empowerment from Starhawk’s teachings. We all have a spirit and we all seek wholeness, something this book helps to bring about in the most reverent, awe-inspiring and joyful way, even as it urges us to take on activism for progressive causes such as human rights, environmental protections, and plain old human kindness. In fact, being an active force for good is a part of the spirituality Starhawk is known for, and this book continues the quest to combine spirit with activism for the betterment of all humanity and of the earth.
The Earth Path is a book that will open the eyes of any reader anxious to live a less stressful, more meaningful life that allows for greater inner and outer peace. It is a book whose time has come. Let’s just hope it is not too late.