If Christianity and capitalism are both based on controlling nature desires, forests, whatever then its no wonder Starhawk doesnt go in for either one. The worlds most famous witch (we think; if you know a more famous witch, tell us) thinks more or less the opposite. Humans, she thinks, might instead look to the wild for guidance. Almost like if we didnt fight with nature so much, we might feel better and stop raping the planet? Its so hard to understand! As a permaculture expert with a couple of books out on the subject, and as a columnist for The Washington Post and Newsweeks On Faith Web arm, Starhawk is a respected voice of Wicca, paganism, peace activism, and a bunch of other stuff that gives the Rush Limbaughs of this world apoplexy. Shes been witching it up for about three decades, intelligently and patiently repeating things like Generally, if you hear of somebody making a dramatic public display of being a Witch with evil powers, that person is not accepted by real Witches as a sincere and responsible member of the religion. Most real Witches are embarrassed by such people. (Thats from the FAQ on the Reclaiming Web site; Starhawk is a co-founder.) We wonder what she thinks of local author Frank Portmans new young-adult novel, Andromeda Klein, whose protagonist is a teenaged occultist especially since her own latest publication is The Last Wild Witch, a childrens book.
Tue., Nov. 17, 7 p.m., 2009