"This is foremost an engaging textbook designed for home schooling the advancing witch, and it is encyclopedic in its rituals, charts, and even homework assignments." —Publishers Weekly Take your spiritual evolution to the next level by mastering the essentials of ceremonial magick.Read more...
"This is foremost an engaging textbook designed for home schooling the advancing witch, and it is encyclopedic in its rituals, charts, and even homework assignments." —Publishers Weekly Take your spiritual evolution to the next level by mastering the essentials of ceremonial magick. In this much-anticipated fourth volume in Christopher Penczak's award-winning series on witchcraft, he introduces the concepts of the Qabalah and the rituals of high magick, and explores the deeply interwoven relationship between these traditions and the Craft. The teachings in this book correspond to the element of Air, guiding you into the realm of creative and critical thinking, communication, knowledge, and truth. Four preliminary chapters introduce the basic concepts, history, and skills you will need for your journey. Next, twelve formal lessons, in the witches' traditional year-and-a-day format, provide instruction in the fundamentals of ceremonial magic: ·The Qabalah ·The Tree of Life ·Symbol and sigil magick ·Elemental constructs ·Qabalistic Cross ·The four worlds and their correspondences ·Middle Pillar ·Pathworking ·The Ritual of the Rosy Cross ·Invoking and banishing rituals ·Fluid condensers ·Barbarous words of power, magickal constructs, and the Goetia The book's thirteenth lesson culminates in a ritual initiation fusing the traditions of witchcraft and high magick—the creation of your own Reality Map. The cosmology you create will be based on your own spiritual experiences as well as the philosophies and practices of ceremonial magick.
- ISBN-13: 9780738711652
- ISBN-10: 0738711659
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
- Publish Date: October 2007
- Page Count: 576
- Dimensions: 9.17 x 7.47 x 1.37 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.53 pounds
Series: Penczak Temple #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 64.
- Review Date: 2007-08-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Like his other thorough guides for all things witchcraft, Penczak (The Mystic Foundation) offers fans another comprehensive, user-friendly handbook for the aspiring witch, this time for advanced practitioners—what he calls “continuing education” for followers of his Temple of Witchcraft series. According to Penczak, high witchcraft is quite different from the household magick of the everyday witch. It is known as “god magick,” involving “the use of ritual to align with the divine” and “seeking divine enlightenment while incarnated in a body.” Penczak helpfully likens learning the ceremonies and rituals of high witchcraft to a regular routine of exercise, yet instead of the body, you are “build[ing] your psychic and magical 'muscles.' ” And readers should get ready for a hefty workout. Following several introductory chapters, Penczak provides a highly technical course of 13 lessons designed to provide all the necessary tools and intellectual, academic and ceremonial background information readers need to deepen their “connection to the divine” and self-initiate into high witchcraft. Audiences looking for witchcraft history will certainly find it here, but this is foremost an engaging textbook designed for home-schooling the advancing witch, and it is encyclopedic in its rituals, charts and even homework assignments. (Oct.)