Happy birthday to author and pagan activist, Starhawk.
Starhawk was born Miriam Simos on June 17, 1951 to Jack and Bertha Simos in St. Paul Minnesota. Unfortunately, her father died when she was just five years old. Her mother was a professor of social work at UCLA and this probably helped influence many of Starhawk’s social justice movements.
She holds a BA in fine arts from UCLA and a MA in Psychology from Antioch University West. Shortly after her time at UCLA, she joined the Neopagan community in the San Francisco area. She met and trained with Victor H. Anderson, creator of the Feri tradition, and Z. Budapest, founder of Dianic Wicca.
In 1979, she published The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, which would help her become one of the prominent leaders in the revival of the Goddess religions. The Spiral Dance is now a classic resource on Wicca, modern witchcraft, and divine feminism.
From 1979 to present she has written and co-written many books and audio concerning the Goddess movement and ecofeminism. In her writings, Starhawk’s theme is working toward a harmonious blending of social justice with a nature-based spirituality. With this in mind, she co-founded an activist branch of paganism called Reclaiming, which seeks to unify spirit and politics. She also founded Earth Activist Training, which is a program designed to train people on regenerative land management.
Starhawk is still very active in the international community teaching workshops on a variety of subjects ranging from dealing with trauma to discovering tools for positive cultural evolution. Check out her website to see all the wonderful projects she’s involved with -
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Inner Circle Sanctuary
Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.