The Fifth Sacred Thing

Praise for The Fifth Sacred Thing “This is wisdom wrapped in drama.”—Tom Hayden, California state senator “Starhawk makes the jump to fiction quite smoothly with this memorable first novel.”—Locus “Totally captivating . . . a ...

Author: Starhawk

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307477657

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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An epic tale of freedom and slavery, love and war, and the potential futures of humankind tells of a twenty-first century California clan caught between two clashing worlds, one based on tolerance, the other on repression. Declaration of the Four Sacred Things The earth is a living, conscious being. In company with cultures of many different times and places, we name these things as sacred: air, fire, water, and earth. Whether we see them as the breath, energy, blood, and body of the Mother, or as the blessed gifts of a Creator, or as symbols of the interconnected systems that sustain life, we know that nothing can live without them. To call these things sacred is to say that they have a value beyond their usefulness for human ends, that they themselves became the standards by which our acts, our economics, our laws, and our purposes must be judged. no one has the right to appropriate them or profit from them at the expense of others. Any government that fails to protect them forfeits its legitimacy. All people, all living things, are part of the earth life, and so are sacred. No one of us stands higher or lower than any other. Only justice can assure balance: only ecological balance can sustain freedom. Only in freedom can that fifth sacred thing we call spirit flourish in its full diversity. To honor the sacred is to create conditions in which nourishment, sustenance, habitat, knowledge, freedom, and beauty can thrive. To honor the sacred is to make love possible. To this we dedicate our curiosity, our will, our courage, our silences, and our voices. To this we dedicate our lives. Praise for The Fifth Sacred Thing “This is wisdom wrapped in drama.”—Tom Hayden, California state senator “Starhawk makes the jump to fiction quite smoothly with this memorable first novel.”—Locus “Totally captivating . . . a vision of the paradigm shift that is essential for our very survival as a species on this planet.”—Elinor Gadon, author of The Once and Future Goddess “This strong debut fits well against feminist futuristic, utopic, and dystopic works by the likes of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ursula LeGuin, and Margaret Atwood.”—Library Journal

City of Refuge

Amidst the ruins of the violent, desperate world of 2048 stands a green and flourishing city where four things are sacred-Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.

Author: Starhawk


ISBN: 9780996959506

Category: Utopias

Page: 684

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Amidst the ruins of the violent, desperate world of 2048 stands a green and flourishing city where four things are sacred-Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. When the ruthless Stewards of the Southlands invade, the people of Califia defeat them using nonviolence and magic. But they'll be back, unless the northerners can liberate the Southlands first..

Women Writers and the Occult in Literature and Culture

Her written works attempt to create a new feminist spirituality and focus on political concerns such as pacifism and ecology.11 The novel The Fifth Sacred Thing presents a utopian society in an ecologically devastated twenty-first ...

Author: Miriam Wallraven

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317581393

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Examining the intersection of occult spirituality, text, and gender, this book provides a compelling analysis of the occult revival in literature from the 1880s through the course of the twentieth century. Bestselling novels such as The Da Vinci Code play with magic and the fascination of hidden knowledge, while occult and esoteric subjects have become very visible in literature during the twentieth century. This study analyses literature by women occultists such as Alice Bailey, Dion Fortune, and Starhawk, and revisits texts with occult motifs by canonical authors such as Sylvia Townsend Warner, Leonora Carrington, and Angela Carter. This material, which has never been analysed in a literary context, covers influential movements such as Theosophy, Spiritualism, Golden Dawn, Wicca, and Goddess spirituality. Wallraven engages with the question of how literature functions as the medium for creating occult worlds and powerful identities, particularly the female Lucifer, witch, priestess, and Goddess. Based on the concept of ancient wisdom, the occult in literature also incorporates topical discourses of the twentieth century, including psychoanalysis, feminism, pacifism, and ecology. Hence, as an ever-evolving discursive universe, it presents alternatives to religious truth claims that often lead to various forms of fundamentalism that we encounter today. This book offers a ground-breaking approach to interpreting the forms and functions of occult texts for scholars and students of literary and cultural studies, religious studies, sociology, and gender studies.

Thou Art a Woman Other Poems

Dream after reading Starhawk's The Fifth Sacrea' Thing I had been reading Starhawk's The Fifth Sacred Thing, staying up till nearly midnight, my heart 86 mind so engaged it took forever to let go to sleep. I woke at 7:30 on the far edge ...

Author: Karen Ethelsdattar

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469104075

Category: Poetry

Page: 216

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Here are poems that wrestle with angels, that ask Who is holy, What is sacred? These are womens poems that speak also to men. Poems that honor friend and family and lover. Poems that honor both God and Goddess, as well as the human creature, the beauty of nature, the precious small gifts and actions of everyday life. Poems that honor other artists. Poems that cry out the insanity of war and speak for peace: inner peace, peace between you & me, peace among nations. Plaudits for Ethelsdattars first book, Earthwalking & other poems, Xlibris. Thank you for your most amazing and beautiful poem, Earthwalking. Thank you for receiving and writing it, and for sending it to me. The gift of receiving words for my own half-conscious experience. Your book of poems is absolutely exquisite, a joy to read, a pleasure for the soul and the senses. I cannot thank you enough for sending it to me. I have enjoyed sharing it among my friends, and they thank you, too. Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self Thanks so much for Earthwalking. I love the poems and their spirits. The work is an inspiration to me. Shaun McNiff, author of Earth Angels

Goddess as Nature

56 Starhawk , The Fifth Sacred Thing , p . 207 . 57 Starhawk , The Spiral Dance , p . 244 . Long , ' The Goddess Movement in Britain Today ' , p . 17 . 59 Starhawk , The Spiral Dance , p . 36 . 60 Spretnak , States of Grace , p . 110 .

Author: Paul Reid-Bowen

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754656272

Category: Philosophy

Page: 200

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Goddess as Nature makes a significant contribution to elucidating the meaning of a female and feminist deity at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Bridging the gap between the emergent religious discourse of thealogy - discourse about the Goddess - and a range of analytical concerns in the philosophy of religion, the author argues that thealogy is not as incoherent as many of its critics claim. By developing a close reading of the reality-claims embedded within a range of thealogical texts, one can discern an ecological and pantheistic concept of deity and reality that is metaphysically novel and in need of constructive philosophical, thealogical and scholarly engagement. Philosophical thealogy is, in an age concerned with re-conceiving nature in terms of agency, chaos, complexity, ecological networks and organicism, both an active possibility and a remarkably valuable academic, feminist and religious endeavour.

The Bible echo ed by W Kellaway

The fifth , Sacred Things , the first - born , and the measureThe word “ Talmud " means simply “ doctrine . ” There ments of a temple which Maimonides expected to see in are two Talmuds , or rather Gemaras , of Babylonian vain .

Author: W Kellaway





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Love and Politics

I read Starhawk's The Fifth Sacred Thing (in conjunction with a number of other utopian texts, including Ursula LeGuin's Always Coming Home and Kim Stanley Robinson's Pacific Edge). The depiction of this utopian, flawed, ...

Author: Jeffery L. Nicholas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000391922

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

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In, Love and Politics Jeffery L. Nicholas argues that Eros is the final rejection of an alienated life, in which humans are prevented from developing their human powers; Eros, in contrast, is an overflowing of acting into new realities and new beauties, a world in which human beings extend their powers and senses. Nicholas uniquely interprets Alasdair MacIntyre’s Revolutionary Aristotelianism as a response to alienation defined as the divorce of fact from value. However, this account cannot address alienation in the form of the oppression of women or people of color. Importantly, it fails to acknowledge the domination of nature that blackens the heart of alienated life. Alienation must be seen as a separation of the human from nature. Nicholas turns to Aristotle, first, to uncover the way his philosophy embodies a divorce of human from nature, then to reconstruct the essential elements of Aristotle’s metaphysics to defend a philosophical anthropology based on Eros. Love and Politics: Persistent Human Desires as a Foundation for Liberation presents a critical theory that synthesizes MacIntyre’s Revolutionary Aristotelianism, Frankfurt School Critical Theory, and Social Reproduction Theory. It will be of great interest to political theorists and philosophers.

Religion and American Cultures Tradition Diversity and Popular Expression 2nd Edition 4 volumes

In The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk juxtaposes two very different worlds. ... by representative consensus, and a multicultural, multiethnic community where no one but no one owns the four sacred things—earth, air, fire, and water.

Author: Gary Laderman

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610691105

Category: History

Page: 1766

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This four-volume work provides a detailed, multicultural survey of established as well as "new" American religions and investigates the fascinating interactions between religion and ethnicity, gender, politics, regionalism, ethics, and popular culture. • Comprises contributions from more than 100 top scholars covering a breadth of topics such as Día de los Muertos, Heathenry, Islam, Pentecostalism, roadside shrines, Sufism, Wicca, and Zen from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives • Provides thought-provoking insights into religion's interactions with cultural backdrops throughout America, including in education, entertainment, the Internet, the environment, politics, and at home • Contains photographs and illustrations depicting a wide range of religious figures and activities as well as significant religious sites in the United States • Supplies an entire volume of primary source documents illustrating the religious diversity in American culture, including Cecil B. DeMille's essay "The Screen as Religious Teacher" as well as more conventional materials on Christian Science, the New Age, and Buddhism

Ecofeminist Literary Criticism

A long - term effect of the EVE study group was to sharpen participants ' ability to critique with an ecofeminist eye . For example , in reading The Fifth Sacred Thing the two of us recalled the study group's 1992 discussion of Woman on ...

Author: Professor Greta Gaard

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252067082

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 257

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Ecofeminist Literary Criticism is the first collection of its kind: a diverse anthology that explores both how ecofeminism can enrich literary criticism and how literary criticism can contribute to ecofeminist theory and activism. Ecofeminism is a practical movement for social change that discerns interconnections among all forms of oppression: the exploitation of nature, the oppression of women, class exploitation, racism, colonialism. Against binary divisions such as self/other, culture/nature, man/woman, humans/animals, and white/non-white, ecofeminist theory asserts that human identity is shaped by more fluid relationships and by an acknowledgment of both connection and difference. Once considered the province of philosophy and women's studies, ecofeminism in recent years has been incorporated into a broader spectrum of academic discourse. Ecofeminist Literary Criticism assembles some of the most insightful advocates of this perspective to illuminate ecofeminism as a valuable component of literary criticism.