Book Review: The Earth Path by Starhawk

Let’s put my bias out front right away; I adore Starhawk’s writing. There hasn’t been a book of her’s that I haven’t enjoyed, yet. The focus on actively working with nature, with politics, with permaculture and with the Divine Feminine really works for me. The Earth Path was a fantastic read and holds up as well as the rest of Starhawk’s writing.

This book weaves personal memories and journal entries with explanations about the natural world and concrete methods to connect with our world. The author provides insight into her own connection with the world and her activist work. These insights serve to enhance the reading experience and make what the author asks of readers seem more realistic and possible. Sometimes an author says “Take a walk every day” but gives no evidence of doing that themselves. Starhawk, on the other hand, points out where she succeeds and fails in following her own advice. It’s refreshing but might be tedious for some readers.

Much of the book is focused on educating the Pagan reader with how our natural world actually works. There are bits about the science of seeds, evolution, and cycles. The science is well researched and references are provided. The left leaning bias is evident but the author makes no apologies for her politics. In fact, the author would rather like the reader to take a closer look at their own politics. The book makes it clear that readers should reflect on own our beliefs and their affect on our politics and actions. There are no couch Pagans here! Action, mess, and real work is called for. It reminds me a bit of the Ms. Frizzle saying “Take chances. Make mistakes. Get Messy.”

If you are looking for a book to kick your practice into gear, this might be an excellent choice for you. You’ll be encouraged to dig a little deeper and work for the change Pagans claim we want to see in the world.

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