The Fifth Sacred Thing

  • Title: The Fifth Sacred Thing
  • Author: Starhawk
  • ISBN: 9780553095227
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Fifth Sacred Thing From the bestselling author of The Spiral Dance comes an unforgettable epic similar to The Handmaid s Tale in its brilliant dramatization of the choices we must make to insure the survival of our sel
    From the bestselling author of The Spiral Dance comes an unforgettable epic, similar to The Handmaid s Tale in its brilliant dramatization of the choices we must make to insure the survival of our selves, our society, and our planet.

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      Published :2019-02-22T11:01:54+00:00

    About Starhawk


    1. Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a prominent voice in modern Goddess religion and earth based spirituality She is the author or coauthor of thirteen books, including the classics The Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing Her latest is the newly published fiction novel City of Refuge, the long awaited sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing.Starhawk directs Earth Activist Training, earthactivisttraining , teaching permaculture design grounded in spirit and with a focus on organizing and activism Social permaculture the conscious design of regenerative human systems, is a particular focus of hers.She lives on Golden Rabbit Ranch in Western Sonoma County, CA, where she is developing a model of carbon sequestering land use incorporating food forests and savannahs, planned grazing, and regenerative forestry.She travels internationally, lecturing and teaching on earth based spirituality, permaculture, and the skills of activism Her web site is starhawk.


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    1. 11/2015 I live in the sweetness of this book, whether I am reading it or not. There are times when I need this book the way I need air. This has been one of those times. I slipped into it the way Madrone slipped into Sara's pool, unable to resist, entirely yielding myself to the narrative. It's prose that speaks to me on the deepest level, and oh, how glad I was to re-immerse myself.11/2012 I find more to love each time I come back to this book, this time being no exception. I come to this book [...]

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    2. Good Reclaiming Witch that I am, I wanted to l-o-v-e this book. But it has issues.*It honors and accepts every credal system except atheism, which is portrayed as antiquated and unenlightened.*It denigrates monofidelity and monosexuality (homo as well as hetero). EDIT 10/21/16: I want to clarify that I applaud Starhawk's elevation of bi- and pansexuality and polyamory. However, there was no need to do it while making monofidelity and monosexuality seem less sophisticated, spiritual, enlightened, [...]

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    3. So I had a lot of politics in high school, and I also lived in Wiccantown, The Bible Belt, U.S.A. Therefore, this book resonated rather a lot with me. I still love utopias, and this book is very much a utopia: an idealistic nowhere, but a nowhere that's worth talking about. Still, I haven't been able to make myself reread this, now that I'm no longer fifteen and no longer believe that 1) magic is an appropriately thorough way to deal with biological warfare 2) polyamorous pansexuality always wor [...]

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    4. This book inspired a major paradigm shift for me. Shortly after reading it, I enrolled in acupuncture school, and life has not been the same, will never be the same. I have to reread this book every so often for its crucial reminder: that nonviolence can work and must work and will work to change the worldbut we also have to workwe need to heal ourselves and others. I highly recommend this book.

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    5. This book has some good passages about nonviolent resistance and about building a community. If it could have set up those issues without depending on New Age-y "science" (e.g manipulating ch'i, using intelligent crystals for computers that are programmed through advanced visualization techniques, acupuncture, using the brain's natural electronic field to manipulate electronic devices) and magic (e.g communicating with the dead, communicating with bees, vision quests), it might have been good, b [...]

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    6. Couldn't stand it, couldn't finish it. And I usually love radical utopias+ conservative dystopias--the 2 paired together? Whhooooo! But the style was turgid and thick and the sentimentality oozed off the page. Maybe my aesthetic problems with paganism helped, too. The description of the prison and their escape from it was compelling, but that's about it.

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    7. Where to start? This book is deeply affecting and touched on so many of my passions, it is difficult to know where to start. First, it is another entry in the large (and still growing) list of what my friend Hobo Lee used to call Northern California Post-Apocalyptic fiction. Do we in Northern California have a cataclysm fetish? Or do we here in this beautiful and fragile place just wisely wish for an end to this society as we know it before it kills us all? In any case, Starhawk has taken all th [...]

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    8. I enjoyed this book (but not the sleep it cost me when I stayed up too-late reading it) -- I've heard of Starhawk, and this makes me curious to read more of her stuff. It's good to get a dose of utopia set in SF, and the writing is compelling. Her characters are complex as are the ways she's envisioned society (and threats to it), and I appreciate the way she wrestles with questions of non-violence vs armed rebellion, though at times the plot asked me to make jumps that didn't actually flow.

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    9. My first introduction to "ecofeminism." Extremely close to the end of the book so I will reserve judgement on the ending, but I am extremely impressed with Starhawk's ability to draw me into her world and keep me there. I felt attached to the characters and experienced so many emotions along with them. The description of the grandmother ripping the safety latches off her kitchen cabinets had me crying it is so true that no matter what we do to protect them, they grow up and insist on doing dange [...]

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    10. This utopian "new age" vision of San Francisco in the not-so-distant future, written in the early mid 90's by STARHAWK, could have been a series of deep eye-rolls that permanently damaged my vision; But the novel was well written and the narrative enticing enough to keep me invested.I actually found myself ready to read this type of idealistic "social-science' fiction if you willWalking around the city now, I can actually see the San francisco described in these pages in my minds eye and think, [...]

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    11. this book kind of blew me away. i finished it a couple months ago and i keep meaning to write my review of it. what i really loved about this book was the way she describes the characters' internal processes, i felt like i really knew what they were feeling, i could feel it too and travel with them in their minds. there were parts of the book that were kind of too scary for me, i felt it too much, took it on in my body, which is not good for me. i had so many things to say about it when i read i [...]

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    12. Maybe not the best writing, but this book made me think long and hard about planetary resources, our current squandering of them, and how things might be if we continue on. it takes place in 2050, and resources are few. Water is scarce and precious, oil even scarcer. In San Francisco, the people have learned how to survive, thrive, even, by cooperative community.But of course, there are greedy bastards trying to control and hoard the resources at the deprivation of everyone else. That we, the pe [...]

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    13. I am reading this book for the third time. I identify with the main character, even though I thought she was a brat the first time through.; ) Look--if you care about the Earth or your freedoms when it comes to clean water and pure food, then read this book. It's a quick read because you won't be able to put it down. The characters are likable, their relationships refreshing.It's the only fiction piece (as far as I know) by Starhawk. Research her work.

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    14. I'd give this book 2.5 stars. I was really uncomfortable with the author's special focus on penetrative sex (she really seemed to like having long discriptions of it) even to the extent that she felt like she needed to describe penetrative intercourse of bees (blagh!). I also didn't like the focus on 'group sex'. The book was interesting most of the time but wasn't compelling or very thought provoking.

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    15. It's a rare book that changes your entire world.This is one.

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    16. This is perhaps the most inspiring book I've ever read about the struggle to create a better society than the one that we have. It provides beautiful imaginings of how we might work for the healing of all, be courageous, build community where we are accountable to one another, expect things of one another, but are still compassionate and forgiving when people fail at living up to our own ideals (and thus we are encouraged to respond the same way to ourselves -- to learn from our mistakes, to lea [...]

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    17. OhCalifornia utopia! I read The Fifth Sacred Thing years ago and had forgotten so much of the woowoo embedded in the story. I remember the days when I actively shopped for Wiccan literature and paraphernalia, chanted to the Goddess a-la Charlie Murphy in the recording Burning Tmes, thought mandalas were magical symbolsI'm afraid becoming a social scientist makes me feel silly about a lot of the activities that took up my time in those days. But I DO believe that humans should do a better job hon [...]

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    18. I have never read a book like this before. Set in the mid 21th century in San Francisco, the land has been reduced to hard barren landscape. In San Francisco there are people who have learned how to survive by having a community that works together no matter races or creed. They value the four sacred, Earth, fire, water and air. Of course there are people that are bound by fascism, dictatorship, brutally and motivated by fear. Themes through out the book were a earth centred spiritually and resi [...]

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    19. I loved this story of a near future utopia based on the principles of earth based spirituality and social justice. The combination of the well thought out details of how daily life would look in a post-capitalist society, combined with the rich description of the various locations across California where I grew up, made for an emotional read for me.

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    20. Apocalyptic yet prophetic book of a very possible world. I am going to start reading it again. It was many years ago that I read it and I am seeing so much that is very much here and now.

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    21. Reading this book made me want to learn magic and to learn to heal. Starting with myself first. I want to see the weavings of ch'i. I want to learn how to mend energy or release it when it's blocked. I wish I could do it for my own body because I need it. What a gift it is to have people who are able to heal others through energy from the Source. Even though this is fiction, so many pieces of this story resonate with me. I love the communal living and the idea of loving so many--even though I th [...]

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    22. The Fifth Scared Thing might have made a pretty engaging short story or novella if it focused on and committed to examining its major themes (sustainability, non-violent resistance, etc). Instead, we get pages and pages of healing visualizations and characters going in circles in their own minds. If you like stories where you are totally in a character’s head I guess you might like this more, but generally I found it took too long for things to happen. Spoilers aheadStuff I liked:- Maya is qui [...]

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    23. So far quite interesting. Written by an eco-feminist, wiccan/pagan activist so, of course, there are alot of politics involved. This is her first fictional novel. (Sounds like your type of book, doesn't it, Aaron? hahaha)Centered in California, mid-21st century. Regarding society's lack of consciousness and appreciation of the "Mother Earth's" resources, and the "Four Sacred Things": Water, Fire, Earth, Air. The once lush California landscape has been reduced to hard, unfruitful land from fires [...]

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    24. Ever thought about tearing up the concrete and turning our streets into living gardens? How about having seven old women running things by dreaming answers from a retreat up on the hill by Stow Lake (at 8th ave in GG Park)? How about the prospect of running out of a little thing called water? Or having to blow up the bridges to stop the south from invading us for our water? All these things happen and SO MUCH MORE in this thrilling tale of the rebirth of San Francisco, in an apocalyptic world of [...]

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    25. For me, this book wasnt a 'page-turner' but I read it avidly none-the-less. What brought me back to the bookmarked page day after day was the profound ideas inter weaved throughout the book. This book heralds not only spirituality, environmentalism and mythological symbolism but also social change, civil disobedience and revolution. For this reason, this book was inherently different, and exactly my cuppa-tea. It was my scholarly and spiritual minds transformed into fiction.The characterisation [...]

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    26. Another one of my top five favorite booksThe Fifth Sacred Thing skillfully addresses issues of oppression and social justice in a rich, complex narrative that never fails to leave me hopeful and invigorated by the end. One of this book's main triumphs is that Starhawk is able to present characters' differences--in race, class, gender, sexuality, ability--without seeming disingenuous. The characters and conflicts are engaging and utterly believable--this book never slips too far into fantastical [...]

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    27. this is a favorite book of a lot of friends and acquaintances, so i think my expectations were high. the writing is pretty flat, which i was actually relieved to discover because it's a big book and so i gave myself permission to read quicker than i normally like to. also, it reeks of liberal white racism with the way starhawk idealizes inclusiveness, melting-pots, and tokenization in this multi-cultural post-apocalyptic utopia. as i've mentioned this to people, someone said that since writing i [...]

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    28. Not for the faint of heart - this is a beautiful, haunting, challenging novel about a utopia surrounded and threatened by authoritarian regimes. Written 20 years ago, some of it seems eerily prophetic - water shortages, soil depletion, global warming, monopoly/power of drug companies, government run by hypocritical "purists," assaults on women's rights. However, many of the descriptions of the utopian enclave are something to strive for - where all people are honored along with the elements whic [...]

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    29. Many years ago someone that I deeply care about recommend that I read this book (this was one of her favorite books at the time) and while it did take a long time to finally take up her recommendation, I'm glad that I did- this book reminded me so much of her: her thoughts, ideals and beliefs. I enjoyed the overall message of the book and support most of what I believe the author was trying to advocate but had a very hard time trying to see this utopia coming to fruition in real life- perhaps it [...]

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    30. I have been meaning to read this book for years. In September of 2009 I went on a personal sabbatical to Big Sur, California. I only brought a select number of books with me -- three actually. The first one on my list was this book by Starhawk. I had read the preface a month or two before I left on my sabbatical and quickly put it down. The preface to this book stunned me with its clarity, power, and heart. So, while at Tassajara Zen Center, I poured through this book whenever I got a chance. It [...]

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