Disclaimer I am not a pagan, I am Catholic And I didn t read this book thoroughly, but rather skimmed it Also, I am not familiar with the author or her previous books.I picked this book up at the library because I am curious about earth based spirituality.I find that I feel closest to God in nature, and wanted to read another s perspective on it I find that a lot of the sentiments expressed in the book are not incompatible with my faith, if only expressed differently i.e instead of a spel Disclaimer I am not a pagan, I am Catholic And I didn t read this book thoroughly, but rather skimmed it Also, I am not familiar with the author or her previous books.I picked this book up at the library because I am curious about earth based spirituality.I find that I feel closest to God in nature, and wanted to read another s perspective on it I find that a lot of the sentiments expressed in the book are not incompatible with my faith, if only expressed differently i.e instead of a spell, a prayer, and instead of to nature itself, to God, in thanksgiving for nature Not expecting anyone to agree or disagree with me I looked at this book for personal reasons, and found much that was interesting and useful The rest, I left To Christians who think a Christian should not look at such a book, I say that anything good and true is of God, and with discernment, an intelligent adult can find the good without being influenced by what is contrary to their own beliefs I think this book has much to recommend it From time immemorial, artists and poets, prophets, and shamans have drawn strength and inspiration from walking the earth In The Earth Path, bestselling author Starhawk takes the reader on a journey into the heart of the natural world, showing how we can have a intimate connection with the world that surrounds usInstitutionalized religions have sacred texts messages written in holy books that are the inspiration for their beliefs and rituals But the sacred texts for Wicca, like other ancient native or indigenous traditions, are written in nature in the magic circle of the elements air, fire, water, and earth With The Earth Path, Starhawk, an activist, ecofeminist, and leader in the women s spirituality movement, places you in the center of that magical circle As you become attuned to the rhythms of the earth, your thinking will shift from focusing on isolated objects to marveling at the multitude of interconnecting patterns and relationships in nature These patterns and connections can hold the key to your own spiritual renewal and restore your sense of responsibility for preserving this world that nurtures and sustains usFilled with awareness exercises, inspiring meditations, and magical rituals, The Earth Path not only teaches the reader to respect the ecology of our natural world, but shows how to spiritually connect with and channel the powers inherent in nature If I could truly rate this, I would perhaps give it three and a half stars Maybe I have Starhawk fatigue from being forced to re read Spiral Dance recently Maybe I would have gotten a lotout of this book if I read it at the start of my spiritual path But this gets a bit of a yeah it was pretty okay from me but I m generally underwhelmed.Starhawk offers some really useful tools for meditation, grounding and observation and connection to one s natural environment in The Earth Path I di If I could truly rate this, I would perhaps give it three and a half stars Maybe I have Starhawk fatigue from being forced to re read Spiral Dance recently Maybe I would have gotten a lotout of this book if I read it at the start of my spiritual path But this gets a bit of a yeah it was pretty okay from me but I m generally underwhelmed.Starhawk offers some really useful tools for meditation, grounding and observation and connection to one s natural environment in The Earth Path I did have some nice moments when I stopped to engage in some of the awareness meditations that she offers throughout the chapters, which are structured around the elements I found, though that I relate to the elements in slightly different ways to her and I have quite different associations so I felt slightly detached from this technique of chapter structuring If you know her work you would be familiar with her lyrical writing which now just grates on methan anything Also, she says some really dumb things about vegetarianism such as people not getting enough protein GROAN that really put me off side It made me question how much of the rest of her wisdom could possibly not be researched at all and simply a collection of anecdotal observations Anyone who knows anything about vegetarian eating knows that worrying about protein deficiency is the last of our problems I think it was quite slack and careless of her to make a comment like that.Don t get me wrong, I respect Starhawk and would certainly recommend her work to readers who want to reconnect with nature or those who are new to the pagan path and are interested in different techniques to get in touch with the elements It would be pretty cool to participate in circles run by her something I doubt I ll be able to do living in Australia However, I found the way she structured this text repetitive and I got tired of her journal observations where she s wandering around her cottage in the redwood forest noticing how degraded the environment is and how she puffs a bit when she walks up a hill Her description of the shitty way modern humans have treated the land is sort of depressing and a reminder of things I notice myself anyways But again I think I expected to get a littleout of this book than I did.Read if you are new to pagan spirituality and want something a little less fluffy, and a littlegrounded in nature with plenty of useful tools for connection and meditation Skip this one if you are a seasoned pagan have read The Spiral Dance and got sort of annoyed Okay, so I ve been reading this book for a long time Starhawk goes through the elements with all these awesome awareness practices, etc It combines permaculture, wilderness awareness, and paganism in a super nummy way Just read the soil visualization and you ll be in love Meditations, mantras, activities, ritual and musings by Starhawk always will do the soul good Healing and connecting with the Earth is the focus and the book is written in an incredibly accessible way Funny to think permaculture was so cutting edge as how we understood earth systems even 15 years ago For anyone open to witchy ideas who longs to move away from grieving the destruction of our home to amindful awareness and healing practice. I ve come to feel that one aspect of our nature based religion that too often gets neglected is our actual relationship with nature To be a Witch, to practice magic, we can t simply honor nature s cycles in the abstract We need to know them intimately and understand them in the physical as well as the psychic world One of the most rewarding aspects of my own journey over the past decades has been a gradual process of deepening my aesthetic appreciation of nature into real knowledge and tru I ve come to feel that one aspect of our nature based religion that too often gets neglected is our actual relationship with nature To be a Witch, to practice magic, we can t simply honor nature s cycles in the abstract We need to know them intimately and understand them in the physical as well as the psychic world One of the most rewarding aspects of my own journey over the past decades has been a gradual process of deepening my aesthetic appreciation of nature into real knowledge and true understanding I love these quotes because I have noticed modern paganism focuseson rituals like tarot and other aspects instead of the actual foundation, which is a close relationship to nature Pros I love Starhawk s voice in her writing She uses a rational, straight to the fact voice which I feel is needed when she is combining spiritual and political environmental issues A lot of people will struggle to understand the combination of a spiritual lens with science, so Starhawk is taking the right approach Her writing here is enough to get her points and perspective taken seriously by those who do not understand the connection of spirituality with science My favorite part of this book is Starhawk s passion about permaculture and that she spreads awareness of it.Cons I dislike the entire chapter devoted to Darwinian theory and why it is important I completely disagree Darwin was a sexist misogynist and a racist I think Darwinian theory is completely wrong not only because of Darwin s morals but also because I do not think it is scientific nor true I won t getinto it but will stop there as my personal critique with this book Otherwise I loved this book A real relationship with nature is vital for our magical and spiritual development, and our psychic and spiritual health It is also a vital base for any work we do to heal the earth and transform the social and political systems that are assaulting her daily I found this book educational, inspiring, compelling, and full of beautiful liturgy The book starts with discussions of permaculture, earth centered values, and the miracle and beauty of evolution There are some basic practice exercises, and I found her discussion of observation and awareness to listen to birds in the woods, to connect with a home base that you observe and relate to over time to be especially insightful She then discusses the five elements air, fire, water, earth, and sp I found this book educational, inspiring, compelling, and full of beautiful liturgy The book starts with discussions of permaculture, earth centered values, and the miracle and beauty of evolution There are some basic practice exercises, and I found her discussion of observation and awareness to listen to birds in the woods, to connect with a home base that you observe and relate to over time to be especially insightful She then discusses the five elements air, fire, water, earth, and spirit or center in great detail what a healthy system looks like, why soil bacteria is important, the environmental impacts of human behavior, and what we can do to restore balance A spiritual perspective on the earth and how one can develop practices to connect with nature, and make a difference in the balance of things I didn t finish reading this I really have liked many of starhawk s books, but i m not so into the paganism What i especially liked about this book was how it addresses the idea that the world would be better off without humans, which really is marginalizing to the native peoples of the earth s past and present Gary Nabhan s book Cultures of Habitat also addresses this withstats and such They argue that we can live in on the earth without destroying living beings everyday, but we hav I didn t finish reading this I really have liked many of starhawk s books, but i m not so into the paganism What i especially liked about this book was how it addresses the idea that the world would be better off without humans, which really is marginalizing to the native peoples of the earth s past and present Gary Nabhan s book Cultures of Habitat also addresses this withstats and such They argue that we can live in on the earth without destroying living beings everyday, but we have to respect what s around us and change the way we interact with everything around us Some of the exercises in the book were useful, but again, the paganism only does so much for me This is the best Starhawk book I ve read It connects the dots between environmentalism and earth based spirituality in a way that feels holistic and authentic I guess in some ways, all spiritualities have an element of woo woo magic about them What I liked about this book was that it seemedpractical and this magic than her others Ritual was still there, but as a way of creating space for change I feel like her own definition of what it means to be a witch has changed. Starhawk does such a great job of speaking in the voice of the Northern California earth centered cosmology I came to call home when we were living and studying there It just feels comfortable and straight forward to me I love that her magic is so practical we learn from observation, we use what we have at hand Common sense witchcraft and activism.