A sustainable, regenerating, peaceful world where the Declaration of the Four Sacred Things (air, fire, water, earth) underlies society: YES! I just finished rereading The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk. Juxtapose that wonderful way of living that Starhawk promotes and the way the people of ecotopian San Francisco of the near-future uphold their society in a non-violent form of civil disobedience when they are invaded by the dominant society that surrounds them–the society controlled by corporate interests that control all water, food and medicine amidst the toxic environment–juxtapose that world with War of the Roses and Tudor era England. Why would I wish to do that?
Because of the other books I’m reading at same time: the violent conflicts that set up and strike down the royals one after the other feature prominently in Phillipa Gregory’s historical novels set in 14 and 1500’s England. Similarities? Gregory gives life to and writes from the perspective of the ruling women of that time, and through her writing we get glimpses of what emerging feminist thought might look like in those times when women were owned by men and had no right to land or property without a husband. Yet most of the leading women characters (all real historical figured) are as ruthless and violent as the men. There is no paradigm for a different way of living. Starhawk’s strong leads are women working cooperatively with men, weighing the need for violence to protect a sustainable way of life against finding new paradigms to create and protect the future they wish to see.
A lesson here?
If you can imagine it, you can make it real.
Something Starhawk and I will offer in workshop and ritual soon: Stories for the Future. Join us in creating a sustainable, regenerating future!
Weave and spin, Weave and spin,
This is how the work begins.
Mend and heal , Mend and heal,
Take the dream and make it real!
As an aside: it’s been such a long time since I published anything longer than a tweet or facebook post. I’m at the very end of the final rewrite of my novel, which has taken my focus. I plan to make more time for blogging. Hope you’ll follow me!