How brilliant! I am devotedly delighted to have two divine beings gracing my show tonight! These Mamas of Shift Consciousness are like fairy goddessmothers for our awakening consciousness—I’m so grateful to have this time chatting with them tonight about how we can culturally ‘shake the wake up’ and get this planet activated into Response Protocol – indeed in these interesting times… this is sure to be a very lively show!
8 pm pacific Monday, May 18, archived right after live show.
Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality. She is also well-known as a global justice activist and organizer, whose work and writings have inspired many to action. She is the author or coauthor of ten books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement, and the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing. Starhawk’s newest book is The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature.
Her works have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, Japanese, and Burmese. Her essays are reprinted across the world, and have been included in numerous anthologies. Starhawk’s writing is influential and has been quoted by hundreds of other authors, turning up in magazines, trade and academic press, and even inspirational calendars. Her books are often found in college curriculums. The Spiral Dance has been continuously in-print for over twenty-five years and revised twice; in 1999 HarperSanFrancisco published the Twentieth Anniversary Edition. Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery won the Media Alliance Meritorious Achievement Award for nonfiction in 1988. Starhawk’s first novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing, won the Lambda award for best Gay and Lesbian Science Fiction in 1994. Many of Starhawk’s best political essays–credited with helping the global justice movement find and define itself–were collected into her book Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising. At the Book Expo America, Webs of Power won a 2003 Nautilus Award from the trade association NAPRA.
Starhawk is perhaps best known as an articulate pioneer in the revival of earth-based spirituality and Goddess religion. She is a cofounder of Reclaiming, an activist branch of modern Pagan religion, and continues to work closely with the Reclaiming community (www.reclaiming.org). She consulted on and contributed to the popular trio of films known as the Women’s Spirituality series, directed by Donna Read for the National Film Board of Canada: Goddess Remembered, The Burning Times, and Full Circle. Starhawk and Donna Read recently formed their own film company, Belili Productions (www.belili.org). Their first release is Signs Out of Time (2004), a documentary on the life of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, the scholar made major discoveries about the Goddess cultures of Old Europe. Starhawk and Donna are at work on their next film, an introduction to permaculture.
Starhawk is a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes, and is deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism. Together with Penny Livingston-Stark and Erik Ohlsen, she coteaches EAT, Earth Activist Trainings, intensive seminars that combine permaculture design, political organizing, and earth-based spirituality (www.earthactivisttraining.org).
Starhawk has also recorded several tapes and CDs; most recently “Wicca for Beginners” (2002), “Wiccan Rituals and Blessings” (2003), and a four-CD set “Earth Magic” (2006), all produced by Sounds True. A songwriter on occasion, quite a few of her songs and chants turn up in rituals across the globe; they are included in songbooks and hymnals, covered by other artists, and recorded by the Reclaiming musical community.
Starhawk travels internationally teaching magic, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism. She lives part-time San Francisco, in a collective house with her partner and friends, and part-time in a little hut in the woods in western Sonoma County, California, where she practices permaculture in her extensive gardens, and writes. Her website is http://www.starhawk.org.
Bibliography: Starhawk’s Books and Novels:
- The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess.
San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco, 1979, 1989, and 1999 editions.
German, Danish, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and Greek editions.
- Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex, and Politics. Boston, Beacon, 1982, 1988, 1997 editions. French and German editions.
- Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery. San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco.,1988. German edition.
- The Fifth Sacred Thing. New York, Bantam, 1993. German, Italian, Polish, and Portuguese editions.
- Walking to Mercury. New York, Bantam, 1997.
- The Pagan Book of Living and Dying, cowritten with M. Macha NightMare and the Reclaiming Collective. San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco, 1997.
- Circle Round: Raising Children in the Goddess Tradition. Cowritten with Anne Hill and Diane Baker. Illustrated by Sara Ceres Boore. New York, Bantam, 1998.
- The Twelve Wild Swans: A Journey to the Realm of Magic, Healing, and Action, cowritten with Hilary Valentine. San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco, 2000. Dutch, Spanish, and German editions.
- Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising. Victoria, Canada; New Society Publishers, 2002. Essays translated into Burmese, French, and Italian.
- The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature. San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco, 2004
Caroline W. Casey is a Visionary Activist Astrologer, devoted to the principle that Imagination lays the tracks for the Reality Train to follow. Therefore the cultivation of imagination coupled with the capacity for complex story-telling is a key strategy for personal and collective change. As the late great Native American activist, Ruben Snake, used to quip, “Here’s a little bit of Native American wisdom for you – if we don’t change our direction, we’re likely to end up where we’re headed.”
A native of Washington DC Caroline is the last of five children born to an Irish-Democrat-New-Deal Congressman, and a politically active Yankee Swede. She has a degree in Symbol Systems (semiotics) from Brown University, and has studied magic, mythology and social activism all over the world.
Based in Washington DC, Caroline broadcasts her live weekly radio show, “The Visionary Activist Show”, wedding spiritual magic to ingenious social action to Pacifica station KPFA (94.1) in Northern California , replayed on L.A.s KPFK (and can be heard live on the web, by going to www.KPFA.org at 2pm PT on Thursdays).
Primary astrological consultant for Time-Life Books’ 1989 book “Cosmic Connections”, she has offered mythological-astrological news analysis on ABC”s “Nightline”, CNN’s “Crossfire”, in “People Magazine “, on Public Radio, the Mutual Broadcasting System, CBS’s “Nightwatch”, “Fox Morning News”, “Equal Time” etc.
In 1980 Caroline was a weekly astrological political analyst on Washington Metromedia TV, with Mark Shields. Subsequently her Astrological Interpretation of World News and Politics has been sought in a full-page interview in The Washington Post, a full length cover feature also in the Post’s style section (July 2000), on the front page of the Providence Journal, the New Bedford Standard Times, the London Sunday Times, the San Francisco Examiner, and in an interview with James Ridgeway for the Village Voice. She has written astrological-political essays for Washingtonian magazine as well as an astrological-political column for George Magazine (July ’98-February ’99). And covered the 2000 election for National Journal’s Hotline.
Her audio book,Visionary Activist Astrology is published by Sounds True. She is the author of Making the Gods Work For You – the astrological language of the psyche (Harmony Books/Random House or Random Harmony) The audio version, a theatrical presentation of the material in the book, is also titled Making the Gods Work for You.
She offers Visionary Activist Revivals at a wide variety of conferences all over America as well as in South Africa (presenting at the Parliament of World Religions), Sweden, England and New Zealand. A rousing and frequent keynote speaker, Caroline invites us to imagine, conjure, and implement a more lovingly ingenious world
At the change of Seasons, Caroline produces astrological-political-spiritual-ritual-lecture-theatre-council of all creation, the tapes of which are sent all over the World–the latest of which you can check out in her Catalogue.