Starhawk was born Miriam Simos. She was a child of the '60s, when, while attending UCLA she hitchhiked, took courses in anthropology, and became interested in witchcraft. She founded a coven in the mid-'70s in San Francisco, and wrote about it in her breakthrough book THE SPIRAL DANCE. She is a prominent figure in goddess-worship, and has helped write films on that topic (THE GODDESS REMEMBERED and THE BURNING TIMES). Starhawk has taught witchcraft, ecofeminism, and goddess spirituality at a collective in San Francisco called Reclaiming. TRUTH OR DARE, a collection of writings on spirituality and politics, shows how she merges a feminist/Wicca theoretical base with a practice of activism and community.
"[Starhawk] engages readers' spirits and minds through her illustrative , offering ways to communicate more fully with the world and suggesting ways to act."
From the Publisher
The wiccan ecofeminist author of The Spiral Dance shares insight into how to develop a greater awareness of the natural world, protect the balance of nature, and draw on its significant powers; in a primer that draws on earth-based spiritual practices and offers group exercises, meditations, and spells. 20,000 first printing.
Nature is sacred for Wiccans and other Pagans, and like the sacred books of later believers, it holds many truths for those who can "read" it. In THE EARTH PATH, Starhawk helps us (re)learn how to "read" and experience nature--to see it, hear it, breathe it, feel it, and gradually discern its life-giving patterns and pulse. As an ecoactivist, Starhawk has participated in many demonstrations and education programs; this book, in a somewhat different way, grounds her work at its most basic rationale. Through her journal-like reports on her direct contact with nature, Starhawk conveys a sense of detail and a sense of the variety of nature, as well as a connectedness to something larger.