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Starhawk (born Miriam Simos in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 17, 1951) is an American writer, activist, anarchist and Witch. She is well known as a theorist of Paganism and is one of the foremost voices of ecofeminism. Starhawk lives in San Francisco, where she works with Reclaiming, a tradition of Witchcraft that she co-founded in the late 1970s. June 17 is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Activism, in a general sense, can be described as intentional action to bring about social or political change. ... Anarchism is a generic term describing various political philosophies and social movements that advocate the elimination of hierarchy and imposed authority. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Look up pagan, heathen in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Ecofeminism is a social and political movement which unites environmentalism and feminism, with some currents linking deep ecology and feminism. ... Reclaiming (formerly known as Reclaiming Collective) is an international community of women and men working to combine earth-based spirituality and political activism. ...

She is internationally known as a trainer in nonviolence and direct action, and as an activist within the peace movement, women's movement, environmental movement, and anti-globalization movement. She travels and teaches widely in North America, Europe and the Middle East, giving lectures and workshops. Nonviolence (or non-violence) can be both a political strategy or moral philosophy that rejects the use of violence in efforts to attain social or political change. ... Direct action is a form of political activism which seeks immediate remedy for perceived ills, as opposed to indirect actions such as electing representatives who promise to provide remedy at some later date. ... A peace movement is a social movement that seeks to achieve ideals such as the ending of a particular war (or all wars), minimize inter-human violence in a particular place or type of situation, often linked to the goal of achieving world peace. ... Feminism is the name of a number of social, cultural and political movements, theories and moral philosophies that are concerned with cultural, political and economic practices and inequalities that discriminate against women. ... The environmental movement (a term that sometimes includes the conservation and green movements) is a diverse scientific, social, and political movement. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...

She is currently working with United for Peace and Justice, the RANT trainers' collective, Earth Activist Training, and other groups. United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) is a coalition of more than 1,300[1] international and U.S.-based organizations opposed to what they describe as our governments policy of permanent warfare and empire-building. ...



Starhawk is the author of numerous non-fiction best-selling works: The Earth Path (2004), The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (1979, 1989, 1999), Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex, and Politics (1982, 1988, 1997), Truth or Dare (1988), Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising (2003). She is the author of a widely read essay, “How We Shut Down the WTO" as well as her web writings. The Spiral Dance: a Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess is a best-selling book about Pagan belief and practice by Starhawk. ... Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex, and Politics is a book by Starhawk on magic, spirituality, politics, ethics, and sex. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

With Hilary Valentine she wrote The Twelve Wild Swans: A Journey Into Magic, Healing and Action (2000) a resource book for Pagans. With M. Macha NightMare [1] and Reclaiming Collective, she wrote The Pagan Book of Living and Dying (1997). Circle Round: Raising Children in the Goddess Tradition (1998) was co-written with Anne Hill and Diane Baker.

Starhawk's fiction includes The Fifth Sacred Thing (1993), and Walking to Mercury (1997). The Fifth Sacred Thing (ISBN 0553373803) is a post-apocalyptic novel by Starhawk written in 1993. ...

Films, music, etc.

Starhawk has contributed to the films Signs Out of Time: The Story of Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas[2], Goddess Remembered, The Burning Times, and Full Circle. She participated in the Reclaiming CDs Chants: Ritual Music, and recorded the guided meditation Way to the Well. Marija Gimbutas by Kerbstone 52, at the back of Newgrange, Co. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Goddess Remembered Goddess Remembered is a 1989 Canadian documentary on the Goddess movement and feminist theories surrounding Goddess worship in Old European culture according to Marija Gimbutas, and Merlin Stones When God Was a Woman. ... The Burning Times is a 1990 USA feminist documentary about witchcraft, and the witchcraft trials that swept Europe in the 15th-17th centuries. ... Full Circle is a 1993 Canadian documentary, third and last of the Women and Spirituality series, focusing on womens spirituality in the Western World at the end of the 20th century, the Goddess movement and feminist Wicca new religious movements, as the preceding Goddess Remembered and The Burning Times...

Early life

Starhawk's father, Jack Simos, died when she was 5. Her mother, Bertha Claire Goldfarb Simos, was a professor of social work at UCLA. Both her parents were the children of Jewish immigrants from Russia. While a film student at UCLA in 1973, Starhawk won the Samuel Goldwyn Award for her novel, "A Weight of Gold," a story about Venice, California, where she then lived. Starhawk married Edwin Rahsman in 1977. She is currently married to David Miller.


  • Salomonsen, Jone (2002). Enchanted Feminism: The Reclaiming Witches of San Francisco. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-22392-X
  • Vale, V. and John Sulak (2001). Modern Pagans. (Interview with Starhawk). San Francisco: Re/Search Publications. ISBN 1-889307-10-6

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Starhawk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (454 words)
Starhawk (born Miriam Simos in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 17, 1951) is an American writer, activist and Witch.
Starhawk lives in San Francisco, where she works with the Reclaiming tradition of Witchcraft she helped found, through classes, workshops, camps, and public rituals in earth-based spirituality, with the goal to "unify spirit and politics".
Starhawk's father, Jack Simos, died when she was 5.
Ocean's Meeting with Starhawk (423 words)
Starhawk came to town and was doing a presentation to be followed by a ritual.
Starhawk is a very strong proponent of sign language and interpreters - in fact, I remember at this presentation that she was up on a small platform stage in front of the audience.
During the ritual, Starhawk began to lead the chant - "the earth, the water, the fire, and the air...return, return return." My interpreter began to sign the chant, using the signs "land, waves, burn, wind..again, again, again." It was pretty simple signing.
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