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Starhawk

  • There are two kinds of power. One is power over, which is always destructive, and the other is power from within, which is a transcendent and creative power.

    • Starhawk
  • Any action, like any act of magic, is in some sense an act of faith ... I've seen the desert bloom, the flower that emerges from the barest hint of water, and I know the power of life will rise, stubborn and persistent to be renewed. May our actions be the wind that brings the rain.

    • Starhawk
  • Sexuality is a sacrament.

  • Creations, whether they are children, poems, or organizations, take on a life of their own.

  • Magic is the craft of shaping, the craft of the wise, exhilarating, dangerous — the ultimate adventure. The power of magic should not be underestimated. It works, often in ways that are unexpected and difficult to control.

  • Spirituality leaps where science cannot yet follow, because science must always test and measure, and much of reality and human experience is immeasurable.

  • If we are to reclaim our culture, we cannot afford narrow definitions.

  • The test of a true myth is that each time you return to it, new insights and interpretations arise.

  • ... panic is not an effective long-term organizing strategy ...

  • What we name must answer to us; we can shape it if not control it.

  • Only those who must bear the consequences of a decision have the right to make it.

  • To choose is also to begin.

  • Any ritual is an opportunity for transformation.

  • Spirituality promotes passivity when the domain of spirit is defined as outside the world. When this world is the terrain of spirit, we ourselves become actors in the story, and this world becomes the realm in which the sacred must be honored and freedom created.

  • Each being is sacred — meaning that each has inherent value that cannot be ranked in a hierarchy or compared to the value of another being.

  • Ritual and myth are like seed crystals of new patterns that can eventually reshape culture around them.

  • Only by transforming our own economy to one of peace can we make possible economic democracy in the Third World or our own country. The present economy generates wars to protect its profits and its short-term interests, while squandering the future. Unless we transform the economy, we cannot end war.

  • The healing of our relationship with place begins with the preservation of the natural environment. We cannot go to the wild for renewal if no wilderness is left.

  • Without a vision human beings are nasty creatures.

  • Identifying as a Pagan, feminist, Witch, and anarchist is possibly a way to alarm great segments of the general public, but at least it keeps me from sinking into a boring and respectable middle age.

  • 'Another world is possible!' ... Another world is also necessary, for this one is unjust, unsustainable, and unsafe. It's up to us to envision, fight for, and create that world, a world of freedom, real justice, balance, and shared abundance, a world woven in a new design.

  • From a magical point of view, the term 'nonviolence' doesn't work well. Every beginning Witch learns that you can't cast a spell for what you don't want — that the deep aspects of our minds are unclear on the concept of 'no.' If you tell your dog, 'Rover, I can't take you for a walk,' Rover hears 'Walk!' and runs for the door. If we say 'nonviolence,' we are still thinking in terms of violence.

  • ... a lot of people have been telling me how brave I am. I've always thought it was a mistake to get a reputation for courage, on the grounds that if you acted bravely once, people would expect you to act courageously again, and you might be having an off day.

  • [On 9/11:] ... those towers represented human triumph over nature. Larger than life, built to be unburnable, they were the Titanic of our day. For them to burn and fall so quickly means that the whole superstructure we depend upon to mitigate nature and assure our comfort and safety could fall.

  • Only poetry can address grief.

  • Despair breeds fundamentalism, fanaticism, and terrorism. A world of truly shared abundance would be a safer world.

  • Patriarchy values the hard over the soft; the tough over the tender; punishment, vengeance, and vindictiveness over compassion, negotiation, and reconciliation. The 'hard' qualities are linked to power, success, and masculinity — and exalted. The 'soft' qualities are identified with weakness, powerlessness, and femininity — and denigrated.

    • Starhawk,
    • "Feminist Voices for Peace," in Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, Stop the Next War Now ()
  • Force, punishment, and violence are patriarchy's answer to conflicts and social problems. Patriarchy finds its ultimate expression in war.

    • Starhawk,
    • "Feminist Voices for Peace," in Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, Stop the Next War Now ()

Starhawk, U.S. writer/lecturer on feminine spirituality

(1951)

Real name: Miriam Simos.