Gay Witchcraft: Empowering the Tribe

March 15, 2015 - Comment

When Christopher Penczak was introduced to Witchcraft, he found a spiritual path that hononred and embraced his homosexuality. Now he has written a book of clearheaded theory and practice that is bound to become a classic. With Gay Witchcraft, Penczak joins the ranks of his forebearers in spirit, gay writers who have taken a tradition

When Christopher Penczak was introduced to Witchcraft, he found a spiritual path that hononred and embraced his homosexuality. Now he has written a book of clearheaded theory and practice that is bound to become a classic. With Gay Witchcraft, Penczak joins the ranks of his forebearers in spirit, gay writers who have taken a tradition and made it home. This is a complete book of theory and spiritual practices of Witchcraft for the gay community. Penczak’s writing will make it much easier for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people interested in practicing any form of Witchcraft. Exploring the history of Paganism and offering a compendium of spells, meditations, ceremonies, and affirmations that will enrich both the novice and the experienced practioner seeking out new views of myth, ritual, and healing.Author and “gay shaman” Christopher Penszack created an outstanding and groundbreaking resource for the gay Wiccan community in this thorough and heartfelt guidebook. Despite the fact that homosexuals often found spiritual nurturance and respect within the Wiccan cultures of the past, modern day practitioners usually avoid any discussion (or even acknowledgement) of gay witchcraft. Thankfully, Penszack not only breaks the silence, he does it with grace, clarity, and enormous integrity. When speaking to spell-casting ethics and the laws of magick, Penszack emphasizes the Wiccan Rede: “We believe in the Rule of Three, meaning all you do comes back to you three-fold, or three times as strong as your original intent,” he explains. “As a result, all your intentions, even if directed at someone else, eventually return to you, so keep your intentions with the highest of morals.” From this foundation of causing no harm, Penszack gets down to the nitty-gritty of gay witchcraft, such as meditation techniques, animal totems, altar-building, auras, spells, and invocations. His writing stays tasteful yet candid as he delves into the tantra-like section on “Sex Magick” where he suggests spells and activities to encourage connection and healing (including a “soul baring” exercise of massaging and/or licking a partner’s chakra path and then maintaining eye contact during orgasm). Penszack sprinkled many fascinating facts into this magick manual. For instance, he offers a list of “queer positive deities,” including Adonis (often invoked for lesbian love spells) and the Native American/Inuit goddess Sedna (a gynandromorphous creation deity). He also provides an extensive bibliography and list of online resources. –Gail Hudson

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T. Jackson says:

Don’t Miss This Book! This is the best book I have ever read on Wicca and the key to unlocking this spirituality for me. I have been interested in Wicca and paganism for a long time and just sort of dabbled, but never got too involved. I even had pagan friends and went to pagan events, which were beautiful, but I could never seem to find my own connection. Most of the books I would pick up on paganism just didn’t speak to me or seem too interesting, even though I felt Wicca to be closest to my own spiritual nature…

"whitecranejournal" says:

Empowering His Gay Brothers In this volume, Christopher Penczak synthesizes his personal gay life experience with his knowledge of Wicca tradition, but as he clearly states in the introduction, this is not a scholarly book just for reading. His intent is to empower his gay brothers and he encourages us to experiment with and to try the dozens of meditations and exercises he presents throughout the book.The book is divided into three parts. In Part One, History and Mythology, Penczak presents an account of pagan…

Amazon Customer says:

Promising – but not, essentially, delivering. I was quite excited when I saw this book – hey, a book about wicca that specifically adresses gay people. Sadly, the issues that I expected to see in this book (Gay deities? Polarity, or not? Specific handfasting rituals? Politically inclined gay/lesbian pagans, and how this affects their faith?) were not really present, or only skimmed over.This is a fantastic book for a gay or lesbian person who is new to Wicca, and wants the basic facts. It welcomes into the religion, and takes into…

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