Review: The Earth Path by Starhawk

If you love nature but don’t really know her, if you live in the city and find yourself stunned and bewildered in the countryside, or if you perhaps know a lot intellectually about ecology but have trouble integrating your knowledge with your deepest sense of joy and connection, this book can be a guide.

The Earth Path by Starhawk

Summary

America’s most renowned witch and eco–feminist offers a sequel to her bestselling classic The Spiral Dance, weaving together the latest findings in environmental science with magical spells, chants, meditations, and group exercises to create the ultimate primer on our relationship to the earth.

From the earliest times, respecting our interdependent relationship with nature has been the first step toward spirituality. Earth, air, fire, and water are the four elements worshiped in many indigenous cultures and celebrated in earth–based spiritualities such as Wicca. In The Earth Path, America’s best–known witch offers readers a primer on how to open our eyes to the world around us, respect nature’s delicate balance, and draw upon its tremendous powers.

Filled with inspiring meditations, chants, and blessings, it offers healing for the spirit in a stressed world and helps readers find their own sources of strength and renewal.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is foremost a primer on ecological activism. I learned so much about nature, how things work together, how corporations and laws are specifically destroying these environments, and the short- and long-term impacts of such greedy capitalism on society. It’s infuriating and inspires hopelessness, but Starhawk addresses that negativity with reasons for hope throughout. She provides citations and an extensive bibliography for further reading.

The book is also a wonderful guide for combining spiritualism with earth-healing practices. Starhawk’s viewpoint is mostly Wiccan, but she references many spiritual traditions and presents spiritual approaches that aren’t solely or even primarily Wiccan-based. Often they have a psychotherapist lens and are very practical. It seems like Starhawk thinks Goddess religion/Wicca has been around unbroken for millenia, which isn’t true, but it’s such an infrequent implication that it shouldn’t detract anyone from getting so much from the book.

You might like this if you like: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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