Gay Witchcraft: Empowering the Tribe

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Weiser Books, Jun 1, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 265 pages
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When Christopher Penczak acknowledged that he was Gay, he felt betrayed by the Catholic Church of his childhood and turned away from any religious expression. When he was introduced to Witchcraft, he found a spiritual path that honored and embraced him. 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 forebears in spirit, gay writers who have taken a tradition and made it home for queer folk. Penczak has gathered all he's learned in his studies of Wicca from a homocentric perspective and created Gay Witchcraft, a book of theory and spiritual practices of witchcraft for the gay community. Chapters include - Good Witch of the West, The Secret History, Queer Myth, Animal Language, Love Magick, Turning the Wheel of the Year, and Rites of Passage.
 

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Contents

The Good Witch of the West
2
The Secret History
9
Before the Pen and the Plow
10
The First Urban Cultures
12
The Rise of the Roman Empire
17
The Rise of the Christian Empire
19
The Modern Age
23
QueerPositive Deities
30
Healing with Love
161
Soul Mates
163
Rekindling Passion
166
Love and Astrology
168
Lust Magick
171
Sex Magick
174
Tantra
179
Combining Sex with Spell Work
184

In the Beginning Creation Myths
32
QueerPositive Deities
36
Tools of Our Tribe
55
Going Within
56
Meet the Divine Couple The Goddess and the God
63
Inner Divinity
66
Animal Wisdom
70
Animal Instincts and Sexuality
74
Animal Medicine
75
Building Your Temples
86
The Altar
87
Gathering and Arranging Your Magical Tools
88
Your Home
92
Your Body
93
Your Aura and Chakras
94
Purifying Your Outer and Inner Temples
97
The Magick of Being Your Own Priest or Priestess
102
Key Concepts in Ritual
104
The Magick Circle Ritual
107
Invocation Welcoming the Gods and Goddesses Within
119
The Charge of the Goddess
122
Empowerment Love Sexuality Healing and Ritual
125
Make a Wish Spells and Magick
126
Basic Components of Spell Work
127
Spellcasting Ethics and Laws of Magick
130
Working with the Moon
133
Petition Spells
134
Candle Spells
137
Natural Magick
138
Charms
143
Potions
144
Making Your Own Spells
147
Love Magick
148
Perfect Love and Perfect Trust
149
The Energy of SelfLove
150
The Ethics of Love Magick
152
Choose Your Love Spell Carefully
153
Getting What You Wish ForHow Love Spells Really Work
154
Intention
155
Love Magick Tools
156
Healing Sexuality
186
Exploring the Taboo
189
Safe Sex and Magick
191
Goal vs Experience
192
Magick for Healing
193
Chakras and the Roots of Disease
195
Healing Others
198
Psychic Healing
199
Energy Healing
202
Crystal Healing
204
Some Stones and Their Healing Properties
205
How to Work with Crystals
207
Ritual Healing
209
Healing Addictions
212
Healing Homophobia
214
Freedom from Past Abuse
215
PastLife Healing
217
Other Healing Modalities
218
Turning the Wheel of the Year
219
SameSex Imagery in the Wheel
222
Transgenderism and Magick
225
Rituals of Celebration
227
Ideas for Celebrating Seasons
230
Honoring the Ancestors
232
Rites of Passage
234
The Ritual of Rebirth
235
The Awakening
240
The Handfasting
242
Rites of Dissolution
246
Heterosexuality
249
Elderhood
250
The Rites of Death
252
The Beginning
256
Partners and Friends
257
Embracing Yourself
258
Magick and Activism
259
Age of Aquarius
260
Bibliography
262
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Christopher Penczak (New Hampshire) is an award-winning author, teacher, healing practitioner, and eclectic Witch. His practice draws upon the foundation of modern Witchcraft blended with the wisdom of mystical traditions from across the globe. He has studied extensively with renowned Witch Laurie Cabot and other Witches, shamans, yogis, and healers in the New England area which have influenced his eclectic path of personal Witchcraft. Penczak is an ordained minister of the Universal Brotherhood Movement, is a certified flower essence consultant, and is a certified Reiki Master (Teacher) in the UsuiTibetan and Shamballa traditions. A popular public speaker, he tours extensively throughout the year at bookstores and major gatherings. Penczak is the author of City Magick (Red Wheel;Weiser), Spirit Allies (Red Wheel;Weiser), and Gay Witchcraft (Red Wheel;Weiser'nominated for a Lambda Award). A columnist for newWitch magazine, his work has also been featured in publications such as Genre, InnerSelf Magazine and Kaleidoscope, and his writing appears in the recent book I Do, I Don't: Queers on Marriage. Penczak is a faculty member at the North Eastern Institute of Whole Health and a founding member of the Gifts of Grace Foundation, a nonprofit organization in New Hampshire made up of individuals from diverse spiritual backgrounds dedicated to service to the local communities.

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