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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 illuminate 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. For Her law is love unto all beings, and She is the cup of the drink of life.
—  The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, by Starhawk
In new-age circles, I often hear people say ‘I don’t want to go protest because it’s so negative.’ 'I don’t want to give that thing energy by opposing it.’ 'What you resist, persists.’ But those slogans reflect only partial truths. What you don’t resist does not cease to persist. On the contrary, it generally gains momentum from its lack of opposition.
—  Starhawk, The Empowerment Manual
Today, I don’t use the terms female energy or male energy. I don’t identify with femaleness or maleness with specific sets of qualities or predispositions. While I have found images of the Goddess empowering to me as a woman, I no longer look to the Goddesses and Gods to define for me what woman or man should be. For any quality that has been assigned to one divine gender can elsewhere be found in its opposite. If we say, for example, “Male energy is aggressive,” I can easily find five aggressive goddesses without even thinking hard. If we say “Female energy is nurturing,” we can also find male gods who nurture.
—  Starhawk, The Spiral Dance

“The Old Religion, as we call it, is closer in spirit to Native American traditions or to shamanism of the Arctic. It is not based on dogma or a set of beliefs, nor on scriptures or a sacred book revealed by a great man. Witchcraft takes its teachings from nature, and reads inspiration in the movements of the sun, moon, and stars, the flight of birds, the slow growth of trees, and the cycles of the seasons.”

- Starhawk
The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess
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“Today, I don’t use the terms female energy or male energy. I don’t identify with femaleness or maleness with specific sets of qualities or predispositions. While I have found images of the Goddess empowering to me as a woman, I no longer look to the Goddesses and Gods to define for me what woman or man should be. For any quality that has been assigned to one divine gender can elsewhere be found in its opposite. If we say, for example, “Male energy is aggressive,” I can easily find five aggressive goddesses without even thinking hard. If we say “Female energy is nurturing,” we can also find male gods who nurture.”

— Starhawk
The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess
http://amzn.to/1GaB7sR

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Love of self, for self, is the creative force of the universe. Desire is the primal energy, and that energy is erotic: the attraction of lover to beloved, of planet to star, the lust of electron for proton. Love is the glue that holds the world together.
—  Starhawk, The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religions of the Great Goddess

“Magic might also be called the art of opening our awareness to the consciousnesses that surround us, the art of conversing in the deep language that nature speaks. And magic teaches us also to break the spells, to shatter the ensorcellment that keeps us psychologically locked away from the natural world.”

― Starhawk
The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature
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We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been - a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.
—  Starhawk