The Fifth Sacred Thing

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: 9780307477651

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Walking to Mercury

Walking to Mercury

Walking to Mercury takes readers back to the 20th century and powerfully dramatizes the forces that shaped this extraordinary woman.The book opens and closes with the middle-aged Maya struggling with a profound personal and spiritual crisis ...

Author: Starhawk

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780307808929

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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In The Fifth Sacred Thing, readers fell in love with Maya Greenwood, the 98-year-old writer who led Northern California's successful 21st century rebellion against a racist, totalitarian regime of the South. Walking to Mercury takes readers back to the 20th century and powerfully dramatizes the forces that shaped this extraordinary woman.The book opens and closes with the middle-aged Maya struggling with a profound personal and spiritual crisis. The culminating factor has been her mother's death, and now Maya embarks on a trek in the Himalayas, intending to sprinkle her mother's ashes at the base of Mt. Everest and finally lay to rest her tumultuous past. At rest stops in tiny Tibetan villages, she reads diary pages her lover Johanna has tucked into her bag—the diary Johanna kept throughout their shared youth during the Vietnam era.In vivid flashbacks to those radical days, we accompany the young Maya as she awakens to the summer of love, joins the anti-war movement, and enters into a relationship with the abusive, alcoholic Rio. She finally gathers the strength to break free and seek her own true path, which takes her from the streets of Manhattan to the mountains of Mexico. Eventually she emerges, stronger and wiser, infused with the wisdom of the earth and the spirit of the goddess. Traveling through the landscape of memories helps Maya reclaim her past and foreshadows the miraculous events readers of The Fifth Sacred Thing know her to be capable of in the future. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Categories: Fiction

Ecofeminist Literary Criticism

Ecofeminist Literary Criticism

We shall elaborate on this through a comparative analysis, but first a brief
summary of The Fifth Sacred Thing. When an anti-nuclear peace activist who is
also a green witch decides to write a novel, you can bet the story will involve a
heavy ...

Author: Greta Claire Gaard

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252067088

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.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Utopian Fantastic

The Utopian Fantastic

... age guru who uses the pseudonym Starhawk, has written a delightfully
imaginative utopia entitle The Fifth Sacred Thing. ... the Earth Mother,
worshipping the four sacred things — earth, air, fire, and water — and the fifth
sacred thing, spirit, ...

Author: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE FANTASTI

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 031331635X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 157

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Analyzes utopian and dystopian political systems through works of fantastic literature.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Journey a Reckoning and a Miracle

A Journey  a Reckoning  and a Miracle

Yet when the librarian held it out, The Veiled Kingdom flew into his hands.
George held the books uncomfortably as another volume appeared. “The Fifth
Sacred Thing by Starhawk.” Mother Nature looked respectfully at the other
woman.

Author: K. J. Fraser

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781846942068

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 436

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Set in America after 2008, A Journey, a Reckoning and a Miracle follows the stories of Lucy, a seventeen year old Rapture believer who travels on a pilgrimage to honor the dead but finds the living; George, a former leader, who through suffering, finally acknowledges his tragic mistakes and begins atonement; and Judith, a severely wounded Iraq War vet who recovers her identity, voice and sense of humor with the help of her loved ones.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Hope and Feminist Theory

Hope and Feminist Theory

The article puts this reading of The Fifth Sacred Thing (1993) in dialogue with
Jessica Benjamin's work on intersubjectivity and Vivian Sobchack's work on
interobjectivity to argue that the working through of intersubjective and
interobjective ...

Author: Rebecca Coleman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317981770

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

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Hope is central to marginal politics which speak of desires for equality or simply for a better life. Feminism might be characterised as a politics of hope, a movement underpinned by a utopian drive for equality. This version of hope has been used, for example in Barack Obama’s phrase ‘the audacity of hope’ – a mobilisation of an affirmative politics which nevertheless implies that we are living in hopeless times. Similiarly, in recent years, feminism has seen the production of a prevailing mood of hopelessness around a generational model of progress, which is widely imagined to have ‘failed’. However, as a number of feminist theorists have pointed out, the temporality of feminism cannot be conceived as straightforwardly linear: feminism can only be imagined as having failed if it is understood as a particular set of relations and things. This collection grapples with the question of hope: how it figures and structures feminist theory as both a movement towards certain goals, and as inherently hopeful. Questions addressed include: Does hope necessarily imply a fantasy of perfectibility, a progression to a utopian future? Might it also be conceived in other ways: as an attachment?A lure? Does life tend towards hope, happiness, optimism? And, if so, what are the consequences when hope fails? Who decides which hopes are false? What is the cost of giving up hope? This book was published as a special issue of the Journal for Cultural Research.
Categories: Social Science

At the Crossroads

At the Crossroads

BOOK REVIEWS " The Fifth Sacred Thing : A Review " by Ruth Geiger The Fifth
Sacred Thing bytom The Fifth Sacred Thing Womar murdered before he The Fifth
Sacred Thing by easy leap to the conclusion that derives from a repressed need
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ISBN: UOM:39015078407106

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The Cornhill Magazine

The Cornhill Magazine

The fifth , Sacred Things , the first - born , and the measurements of a temple
which Maimonides expected to see in vain . The sixth , Purifications , various
levitical and hygienic laws and supposed impurities . The first four orders are
from ...

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THE CORHILL MAGAZINE VOL XXXII

THE CORHILL MAGAZINE   VOL XXXII

The fifth , Sacred Things , the first - born , and the measurements of a temple
which Maimonides expected to see in vain . The sixth , Purifications , various
levitical and hygienic laws and supposed impurities . The first four orders are
from ...

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Feminist Foremothers in Women s Studies Psychology and Mental Health

Feminist Foremothers in Women s Studies  Psychology  and Mental Health

Reclaiming the Sacred Starhawk Jennifer Connor Growing up in the United
States, even those of us not part of any official religion are likely to be raised ...
Her first novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing, was published by Bantam Books in 1993.

Author: Ellen Cole

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317764335

Category: Social Science

Page: 566

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Feminist Foremothers in Women’s Studies, Psychology, and Mental Health is by and about the more recent wave of feminist foremothers; those who were awakened in the 1960s and ’70s to the realization that something was terribly wrong. These are the women who created the fields of feminist therapy, feminist psychology, and women’s mental health as they exist today. The 48 women share their life stories in the hope that they will inspire and encourage readers to take their own risks and their own journeys to the outer edges of human possibility. Authors write about what led up to their achievements, what their accomplishments were, and how their lives were consequently changed. They describe their personal stages of development in becoming feminists, from unawareness to activism to action. Some women focus on the painful barriers to success, fame, and social change; others focus on the surprise they experience at how well they, and the women’s movement, have done. Some well-known feminist foremothers featured include: Phyllis Chesler Gloria Steinem Kate Millett Starhawk Judy Chicago Zsuszanna Emese Budapest Andrea Dworkin Jean Baker Miller Carol Gilligan In Feminist Foremothers in Women’s Studies, Psychology, and Mental Health, many of the women see in hindsight how prior projects and ideas and even dreams were the forerunners to their most important work. They note the importance of sisterhood and the presence of other women and the loneliness and isolation experienced when they don’t exist. They note the validation they have received from grassroots feminists in contrast to disbelief from professionals. Although these women have been and continue to be looked up to as foremothers, they realize how little recognition they’ve been given from society-at-large and how much better off their male counterparts are. Some foremothers write about the feeling of being different, not meshing with the culture of the time and about challenging the system as an outsider, not an insider. These are women who had few mentors, who had to forge their own way, “hit the ground running.” Their stories will challenge readers to press on, to continue the work these foremothers so courageously started. Throughout the pages of Feminist Foremothers in Women’s Studies, Psychology, and Mental Health runs a sense of excitement and vibrancy of lives lived well, of being there during the early years of the women’s movement, of making sacrifices, of taking risks and living to see enormous changes result. Throughout these pages, too, sounds a call not to take these changes for granted but to recognize that feminists, rather than arguing over picayune issues or splitting politically correct hairs, are battling for the very soul of the world.
Categories: Social Science

The Kingdom of the Occult

The Kingdom of the Occult

Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing) and seminar speaker. ... Unity in all
things amongst a fiercely independent following was impossible, so leaders
settled for semi-unity in the form of the following statement: “We could not define
what ...

Author: Walter Martin

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 9781418589837

Category: Religion

Page: 752

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The Kingdom of the Occult delivers the timely followup to Dr. Martin's best-selling The Kingdom of the Cults This book takes Dr. Walter Martin's comprehensive knowledge and his dynamic teaching style and forges a strong weapon against the world of the Occult-a weapon of the same scope and power as his phenomenal thirty-five year bestseller, The Kingdom of the Cults (over 875,000 sold). Chapters include: Witchcraft and Wicca, Satanism, Pagan Religions, Tools of the Occult, Demon Possession and Exorcism, Spiritual Warfare, etc. Features include: Each chapter contains: Quick Facts; History; Case Studies; Theology; Resources
Categories: Religion

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

The fifth sacred thing. New York: Bantam. Stone, Kay. 1975. The misuses of
enchantment: Controversies on the significance of fairy tales. In Claire R. Farrer,
ed., Women and folklore: Images and genres. Prospect Heights, 111.: Waveland.

Author: Cheris Kramarae

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135963156

Category: Reference

Page: 2050

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For a full list of entries and contributors, sample entries, and more, visit the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women website. Featuring comprehensive global coverage of women's issues and concerns, from violence and sexuality to feminist theory, the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women brings the field into the new millennium. In over 900 signed A-Z entries from US and Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania, and the Middle East, the women who pioneered the field from its inception collaborate with the new scholars who are shaping the future of women's studies to create the new standard work for anyone who needs information on women-related subjects.
Categories: Reference

Healing Magic 10th Anniversary Edition

Healing Magic  10th Anniversary Edition

Among other things, this was one way a mother could keep an eye (psychically)
on her loved ones, especially when they were ... As Starhawk writes in her novel,
The Fifth Sacred Thing, “Working Magic is the craft of remembering how to align ...

Author: Robin Rose Bennett

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781583948385

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 264

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Filled with stories, songs, rituals, recipes, meditations, and trance journeys that outline more than 100 ways to practice the art of magical healing, this guidebook to conscious living by renowned herbalist Robin Rose Bennett makes it easy to follow the path to physical and spiritual health. In the tradition of natural witchcraft, Healing Magic, 10th Anniversary Edition presents step-by-step instructions for conducting earth-centered rituals, preparing herbal remedies, and casting spells to enchant and heal as well as advice on cooking everyday meals incorporating health-enhancing herbs and home remedies. • Find out how to reconnect with the earth and draw on its energy • Interact with the power of the seven chakras of the body • Build an altar • Make use of moon magic and women's wisdom • Prepare herbal infusions and baths • Work with the medicine wheel • Cast spells for love and wealth No matter what your beliefs, this guidebook will open your heart and mind to everyday magic and the joys of living in tune with the energies of nature. Table of Contents Foreword by Susun S. Weed, author of the Wise Woman Herbal series Introduction 1. Reconnecting with the Earth 2. Engaging Mystery 3. Moon Magic and Women's Wisdom 4. Herbal Magic 5. The Medicine Wheel of Magic 6. Spells 7. Rituals Epilogue: A Final Story Afterword
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Violence and New Religious Movements

Violence and New Religious Movements

2004. “New Religious Movements in the New Russia.” In New Religious
Movements in the 21st Century, ed. Phillip Charles Lucas and Thomas Robbins,
99–116. New York: Routledge. Starhawk (Simos, Miriam). 1999. The Fifth Sacred
Thing.

Author: James R. Lewis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199831319

Category: Social Science

Page: 456

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The relationship between new religious movements (NRMs) and violence has long been a topic of intense public interest--an interest heavily fueled by multiple incidents of mass violence involving certain groups. Some of these incidents have made international headlines. When New Religious Movements make the news, it's usually because of some violent episode. Some of the most famous NRMs are known much more for the violent way they came to an end than for anything else. Violence and New Religious Movements offers a comprehensive examination of violence by-and against-new religious movements. The book begins with theoretical essays on the relationship between violence and NRMs and then moves on to examine particular groups. There are essays on the "Big Five"--the most well-known cases of violent incidents involving NRMs: Jonestown, Waco, Solar Temple, the Aum Shunrikyo subway attack, and the Heaven's Gate suicides. But the book also provides a richer survey by examining a host of lesser-known groups. This volume is the culmination of decades of research by scholars of New Religious Movements.
Categories: Social Science

Peace Never Tasted So Sweet

Peace Never Tasted So Sweet

... including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great
Goddess, long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement, the
now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing, and a picture book for
children, ...

Author: Codepink

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780557451944

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Hallelujah Crocodile

Hallelujah Crocodile

The Fifth Sacred Thing, the novel quoted at the beginning of this chapter, gave
me a whole new world for spiritual conjecture. The main characters — both
women and men — are witches, practitioners of magic as a component of
goddess ...

Author: Julie Stevens Manson

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781587218330

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 128

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Hallelujah Crocodile Blue Boogie for Ellen is the story of a short life and a long one. It is a sad story but not always a gloomy one. In these pages, bereavement becomes a pilgrimage for the reader, as it was for the author. In 1989, the author's older daughter was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. After a four-year remission the cancer returned. Ellen Manson died April 8, 1994. At the time, mainstream media was almost routinely covering stories of angel sightings and near-death experiences. Says the author, "I wanted to be in touch with Ellen, but this seemed to presuppose very specific beliefs in a spiritual reality. How did one enter such a reality without adopting the tenets of traditional religions and philosophies?" In contemplating her daughter's death, the author began to think about her own: What does it mean that we all physically die? What is death? She asks age-old questions and looks for answers in her own direct experience. After three years of trying on evenings and weekends to write this memoir-tribute-song, Manson realized that such a book required her best energies; she needed to make some life changes. The first was to leave her job. In August 1997 she went home to her computer and began to write full time. Hallelujah Crocodile Blue Boogie for Ellen is the result. Part biography, part philosophical exploration, it is a work of discovery. Says Manson, "As I 'found' Ellen, I began to find myself."
Categories: Family & Relationships

Globalize Liberation

Globalize Liberation

She is the author of Webs of Power , The Spiral Dance , Truth or Dare , and The
Fifth Sacred Thing , among other books . Among its other faults , global corporate
capitalism oppresses women . Women make up the bulk of the world ' s poor ...

Author: David Solnit

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 0872864200

Category: Political Science

Page: 487

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A post-9/11 look at the new radicalism that has captured the imagination of activists worldwide.
Categories: Political Science

The Earth Path

The Earth Path

ALSO BY STARHAWK The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the
Great Goddess Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex and Politics Truth or Dare:
Encounters with Power, Authority and Mystery The Fifth Sacred Thing Walking to
 ...

Author: Starhawk

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062125200

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

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America's most renowned witch and eco–feminist offers a sequel to her bestselling classic The Spiral Dance, weaving together the latest findings in environmental science with magical spells, chants, meditations and group exercises to create the ultimate primer on our relationship to the earth. From the earliest times, respecting our interdependent relationship with nature has been the first step toward spirituality. Earth, air, fire and water are the four elements worshiped in many indigenous cultures and celebrated in earth–based spiritualities such as Wicca. In The Earth Path, America's best–known witch offers readers a primer on how to open our eyes to the world around us, respect nature's delicate balance, and draw upon its tremendous powers. Filled with inspiring meditations, chants, and blessings, it offers healing for the spirit in a stressed world and helps readers find their own sources of strength and renewal. Will appeal to Starhawk's traditional Pagan, New Age, and feminist readership. Young women newly interested in magic and witchcraft. A new and growing generation of those involved in ecology
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Feminist Rhetorical Theories

Feminist Rhetorical Theories

27 Starhawk ' s novel The Fifth Sacred Thing ( 1993 ) is a work of fiction that
chronicles the lives of Madrone , Bird , and Maya as they struggle to live in life -
sustaining , nonviolent ways amid tremendous violence and environmental
abuse .

Author: Karen A. Foss

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: UCSC:32106015011403

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 390

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Providing fully developed rhetorical theories from feminist perspectives, this book offers coherent, systematic overviews of complex, large bodies of work and ideas relevant to rhetoric and communication. The book presents theories developed from the work of nine feminist theorists, each from diverse standpoints demonstrating the diversity of both feminism and feminist rhetorical theories - Chris Kramarae, Bell Hooks, Gloria Anzaldua, Mary Daly, Starhawk, Paula Gunn Allen, Trinh T Minh-ha, Sally Miller Gearhart and Sonia Johnson. The resulting theories differ substantially from traditional rhetorical theories, and will encourage scholars to rethink many traditional rhetorical constructs.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Neo colonialism Post colonial Ecology and Ecofeminism in the Works of Native American Chicano A and International Writers

Neo colonialism  Post colonial Ecology  and Ecofeminism in the Works of Native American  Chicano A  and International Writers

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 ... Only in freedom can that Fifth sacred
thing we call spirit flourish in its full diversity . --Starhawk , The Fifth Sacred Thing
.

Author: Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105022801539

Category: American literature

Page: 560

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Categories: American literature