The Twelve Wild Swans: A Journey to the Realm of Magic, Healing, and Action
by Starhawk; Hilary Valentine
AVAILABILITY: Active Record (Readily Available)
Publication Date: October 2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Binding: Trade Paper
Topics: HEALING; MAGIC; NEW AGE MOVEMENT; WITCHCRAFT
Description: A practical workbook of self-discovery and a rich resource of rituals, exercises, and methods of earth-based spirituality.
A fairy tale about twelve wild swans is transformed by the authors into a set of instructions for an initiatory journey into the world of magic and witchcraft. Continuing the lessons and deepening the knowledge first set out in The Spiral Dance, this book is the first to provide advanced magical training. A sourcebook for circles, covens, and groups, this volume instructs on three levels - the craft of magical training, inner-spiritual development, and outer work in the greater world. It will be a required resource for all students, teachers, and leaders in the growing Goddess movement.
In Starhawk's own words: "...You can work through the book chapter by chapter, or choose one path and follow it through, or simply use the exercises and meditations that call to you. And if you're in one of the circles that has devolved into a group where you eat and talk and can't quite get around to doing magic (yes, I've been in them too!) and are looking for ideas, this book could keep you occupied for years!"
Review(s): "Just as 'The Spiral Dance' became the handbook for pagan social activism, so 'The Twelve Wild Swans' is destined to become the training manual for pagan philosophical thought..." - Wren Walker, the Witches' Voice
"Continuing the important work begun by 'The Spiral Dance', 'The Twelve Wild Swans' is a treasure trove of wisdom and techniques destined to become a classic of Wiccan literature. Beautifully written, it is an invaluable guide to the Reclaiming Tradition of spiritual transformation and empowerment, and an inspiring reminder that there is far more to magic than potions!" - Phyllis Curott, Wiccan Priestess, attorney and author, 'Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess'
"The long-awaited and much-anticipated Reclaiming workbook is here, and worth every page. This is a treasure. The ore is an old folk tale, mined for its basic magical Elements, refined with deep personal work, and set as brilliant stones in shining precious metals for the World to see, admire, pick up, enjoy, wear, and use. The wealth that has arisen from the work, insights and creativity of many women and men all over the country that has contributed to what has emerged as Reclaiming tradition Witchcraft fills me with gratitude for our unique and diverse community." - M. Macha NightMare, co-author, 'The Pagan Book of Living and Dying'
"Starhawk's magic is the ultimate realism for our times. No teacher better combines the inner and the outer paths to creating a sustainable future. She shows how the journey to personal wholeness and the steps to social revolution are indivisible, one reinforcing the other. This marvelous book, majestic in its sweep and tender in its details, will become a well-thumbed manual, indispensable to staying sane and effective in this time of crisis." - Joanna Macy, author, 'Coming Back to Life'
"Starhawk has done so much for the goddess movement it's hard to think of how she could top previous contributions, but with 'The Twelve Wild Swans' she has taken the Reclaiming Tradition to new heights - with creativity, wisdom, and experience as a guiding beacon to follow. Built on a solid foundation of looking within, manifesting without, and truly living the magick, Starhawk takes us on a bardic journey to rediscover, reclaim, and revive what has been lost or set aside - in ourselves, our world, and our magick, and then reminds us to honor and celebrate that awakening." - Patricia Telesco, author, 'Magick Made Easy'
"In our depth is our connection to the sacred; it lies within us like a blossom waiting to unfold embracing the sun. Within these covers are keys to manifesting our intention of the sacred into the unfolding of our lives." - Julia Butterfly Hill, activist and author of 'The Legacy of Luna'
"Engagingly written...should be wildly and deservedly popular with neo-pagan readers and other seekers." - Library Journal