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The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess
Starhawk (Miriam Simos)
Shows how Goddess religion can become the means of expanding awareness, tapping creativity, and encouraging community.

1 "All things are interdependent and interrelated and therefore mutually responsible. An act that harms anyone harms us all."

2 "We are each a part of the interpenetrating, interconnecting reality that is All."

3 "The myths and stories that have come down to us are not dogma to be taken literally….they are poetry, not theology – meant, in Joseph Campbell's words, 'to touch and exhilarate centers of life beyond the reach of vocabularies of reason and coercion.'"

4 "Oneness is attained not through losing the self, but through realizing it fully. Honor the Goddess in yourself, celebrate your self, and you will see that Self is everywhere."

5 "Love is the glue that holds the world together."

6 "The center of the circle is the point of transformation. It corresponds to pure essence, to timelessness, to transparent light."

7 "Justice is an inner sense that each act brings about consequences that must be faced responsibly."

8 "God is within and without. Like the Goddess, He in invoked in many ways: singing, chanting, drumming, dancing, a whispered poem, a wild shout. However we call Him, He awakens within us."

9 "The Goddess is manifest in the physical world, and the more we understand its workings, the better we know Her."

10 "Wake up! You are it. You are a part of the circle of the Wise. There is no mystery that has not already been revealed to you. There is no power you do not already have. You share in all the love that is."

11 "Awareness of energy is awareness of the great dance of the universe. Seemingly intangible, it underlies all that we can touch….Awareness of your own energy is the awareness that flesh and spirit are one, that thou art Goddess, eternally linked, connected, at one with the moving spirit of All."

12 "The Goddess is not separate from the world – She IS the world, and all things in it: moon, sun, earth, star, stone, seed, flowing river, wind, wave, leaf and branch, bud and blossom, fang and claw, woman and man."

13 "The Goddess has infinite aspects and thousands of names – She is the reality behind many metaphors. She IS reality, the manifest deity, omnipresent in all of life, in each of us."

14 "Everything is connected to everything else." Barry Commoner, 'The Closing Circle'

15 "The All-That-Is-One is not now and never has been separate from this existing physical world. She is here, now, IS each of us in the eternal changing present; is no one but you, is nowhere but where you are – and yet is everyone."

16 "The laws of ecology are the laws of energy. Everything is interconnected; every action, every movement of forces, changes the universe."

17 "The Goddess is manifest in the food we eat, the people we love, the work we do, the homes in which we live."

18 "The universe is a fluid, ever-changing energy pattern, not a collection of fixed and separate things. What affects one thing affects, in some way, all things: All is interwoven into the continuous fabric of being."

19 "She [Goddess] is the ship, on which we sail the waters of the deep self, exploring the uncharted seas within. She is the door, through which we pass into the future. She is the cauldron, in which we who have been wrenched apart simmer until we again become whole."

20 "The Goddess awakens in infinite forms and a thousand disguises. She is found where She is least expected, appears out of nowhere and everywhere to illumine the open heart. She is singing, crying, moaning, wailing, shrieking, crooning to us: to be awake, to commit ourselves to life, to be a lover in the world and of the world, to join our voices in the single song of constant change and creation."

21 "We are fish caught in a magic net – imagenetic – because our genes remember, our cells remember, the source, the origin, the beginning – imagenesis – creation out of image – creation of the image – from the image all is born – all is magic – imagnosis – this, through what we imagine, we know."

22 "The Goddess is continually revealing Herself."

23 "Life and the world are not separate from Godhead; they are immanent divinity."

24 "The Goddess says, 'If that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without. For I have been with you from the beginning.'"

25 "We are already one with the Goddess – She has been with us from the beginning. So fulfillment becomes…a matter of self-awareness."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite