Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery


“The spirituality of Truth or Dare is rooted in the wisdom of common people, sustained by the courage of the oppressed, and applied with a concern for all of creation. Starhawk not only confronts patriarchal domination, but provides us with rituals and exercises that will help us reclaim our power and suggests balanced ways to apply that power in our defense. Starhawk has dared to speak truth to power. She has spoken in a woman’s voice — poetic and clear.” –Luisah Teish, author of Jambalaya

Personal Notes:

In this book Starhawk invites ancient tales to the current day political structures developing and explaining a series of rituals that can be used as tools for collective freedom and liberation. By drawing from ancient wisdom and creating an innovative method (ritual) to bring forth solution to current problems, she reminds us that art, life, politics and history can be integrated into direct action for change. This book was one of my first references to creating ritual as social, political and educational act. Starwahk’s methodologies for the creation of ritual and community were crucial to my understanding of how to facilitate space and introduce ideas to a group of people in a creative, open and non hierarchical way.


Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery. (1989). HarperOne.