This week we’re reissuing this magical conversation with Starhawk, one of the most respected voices in modern Earth-based spirituality, that originally aired in 2017. A veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes, Starhawk is deeply committed to applying the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism. She is the author or coauthor of twelve 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, Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising, a call to re-conceive our political and economic systems at the very deepest levels, and the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing.
Starhawk’s call to bring together tools of spiritual empowerment with activism, asks us to critically examine systems of control and domination and our responses to them – including areas where we may be giving our power away unknowingly to so-called authority figures and/or systems and where sources of spiritual power may have been forcibly removed. During this global moment where governments are under pressure to uphold their end of the implicit social contract, it may behoove us to examine areas where fear may continue to dominate our thinking, and how we can reclaim our personal power during times of uncertainty by reclaiming a relationship to ritual, intuition, healing and nurturing power within.