Among the most respected figures in Wicca and contemporary Earth-based spirituality, Starhawk was born Miriam Simos, to parents of Russian-Jewish descent. She studied film at UCLA and won early recognition as a novelist. A long-time political activist, she has devoted herself to encouraging nonviolence, environmental awareness, world peace, and anti-globalization, and is considered one of the foremost voices of ecofeminism.
A practicing witch, Starhawk is best known as the author of the classic text on Goddess-centered religion,
“Unless I have enough personal power to keep commitments in my daily life, I will be unable to wield magical power. To work magic, I need a basic belief in my ability to do things and cause things to happen. That belief is generated and sustained by my daily actions.” — Starhawk
Starhawk helped found the Reclaiming tradition of witchcraft, whose goal is to “unify spirit and politics.” To this end, she lectures internationally, gives classes and workshops, and conducts public rituals in Earth-based spirituality. She lives in California, where she continues to write, teach, and promote understanding of contemporary witchcraft, magic, and pagan spiritual paths.