Circle Round

Circle RoundCircle Round: Raising Children in the Goddess Tradition. (New York, Bantam, 1998) Co-written with Anne Hill and Diane Baker. In our rushed, stressed society, it’s sometimes difficult to spend meaningful time as a family. Now Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill offer new ways to foster a sense of togetherness through celebrations that honor the sacredness of life and our Mother Earth.

Goddess tradition embraces the wheel of life, the never-ending cycle of birth, growth, love, fulfillment, and death. Each turn of the wheel is presented here, in eight holidays spanning the changing seasons, in rites of passage for life transitions, and in the elements of fire, air, water, earth, and spirit. Circle Round is rich with songs, rituals, craft and cooking projects, and read-aloud stories, as well as suggestions for how you can create your own unique family traditions. Here are just some of the ways to make each event in the cycle of life more special:

  • Mark Summer Solstice by making sweet-smelling herb pillows for good dreams
  • Send a teenager off to college with the Leaving Behind and Carrying With rituals
  • Comfort an injured child with the Tree of Life meditation
  • Commemorate a loved one by planting or donating a tree

As a one-of-a-kind resource for people of many faiths and beliefs, Circle Round will be a beloved companion in your home for years to come. For lots of detailed information, check out the Circle Round website (note — the site will open in a new browser window). Also included are details on the audio recording Circle Round and Sing! by Anne Hill and friends, with songs by Starhawk, Anne and others.

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“A bountiful harvest…Families will find in this book…an enduring friend and reliable adviser.” –NAPRA ReView

“Wonderful…With the term ‘family values’ so carelessly tossed about these days, it’s nice to read a book which so thoroughly demonstrates them.” –The Roanoke Times

“Clever, inspiring, and jam-packed with ideas.” –Sonoma County Independent

To read extended excerpts from Circle Round visit this excerpt page.