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The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft: Shadows, Spirits and the Healing Journey (Penczak Temple) [Paperback]

Christopher Penczak
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4 Aug 2005 Penczak Temple (Book 6)
Penczak's third volume of witchcraft teachings corresponds to the water element - guiding the reader into this realm of emotion, reflection, and healing. The twelve formal lessons cover shamanic cosmologies, journeying, dreamwork, animal/plant/stone medicine, totems, soul retrieval, and psychic surgery. Each lesson includes exercises, assignments, and helpful tips. The training ends with a ritual for self-initiation into the art of the shamanic witch - culminating in an act of healing, rebirth, and transformation.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (4 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738707678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738707679
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 19.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
If you're new to shamanism and shamanic techiques then this is a great book to start with. Penczack, being an eclectic witch, blends shamanic teachings with the prinicpals and beliefs of witchcraft to create a harmonious partnership. For those who already practise the Craft of the Wise this book is non-invasive on already established pagan and wiccan beliefs and shows how you can incorporate shamanic teachings into your current working tradition.

The book is set out to last for a year and a day with each chapter being a lesson to last a month, and the final chapter concluding with a self-initiation into shamanic witchcraft.

This is also a great book for any on a more spiritual path who are trying to contact their spirit guides and higher selves and have been struggling. I'd had no success contacting my animal guide until I read this book, now I'm building a relationship with my spirits so that we may work together harmoniously.

Definately reccomended to all Witches and those new to shamanism
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5.0 out of 5 stars The way witchcraft was intended to undertaken 20 July 2014
By Dez
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Now this is what I call witchcraft! This industry is full of would be theorist, who seem to have a never-ending list of critiques concerning work such as this. This author is extremely gifted and has given me the tools to forge a direct personal relationship with my spirit companions. Coming from an African pagan tradition, there are almost no literary sources pertaining to such paths, but this books served as a launch path for helping me to work directly with Yoruba deities, who's secrets have been fiercely guarded, although such beings were never directly addressed in this work. This book is a very informative primer for creating spiritual relationships with any force or pantheon known to humanity! 100 stars would not be enough to rate this treasure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Penczak does it again! 1 July 2005
By Elizabeth Walter - Published on
"The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft" was highly anticipated by myself, and I got it the day it was released. My only thoughts right now are: whatever the fourth book will be in the series, I am there.

Once again, Christopher Penczak hits the nail on the head. He starts off with an in-depth cultural history of shamanism, more than I was ever aware of. After that, he's off and running. Sacred space, ethics, cosmology, tools, power animals, the Underworld, the Angelic world, countless journeying...I can go on and on. Just about everything, almost every concept, is illustrated with diagrams and/or tables.

This is more information than I have ever seen before altogether in one book about shamanism. Although I have studied this practice myself and have some wonderful teachers, this book will be invaluable to me. As always, Mr. Penczak brings my spirit to that place of wonder, excitement, and awe in the natural world. I am now impatiently awaiting his fouth book in the Temple series. Whatever it is, I am so there. Thanks, Christopher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing! 6 Sep 2005
By E. Cantrell - Published on
I had not read anything by this author before, but I am a Hellenic Shaman, so I thought I'd give it a read. I was absolutely blown away by the care and research that Christopher put into this book. He includes Shamanic techniques from all around the world. There was even some Greek information, which I enjoyed immensely.

I like Christopher's focus on healing, as I am in the process of retrieving soul pieces myself. It is obvious that this man has dedicated his life to helping and healing others. After reading this, I just had to run out and get a copy of Spirit Allies, which I'm enjoying just as much.

Basically, this author is fantastic. You've GOT to read him.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Third "Temple" Book 30 Oct 2007
By hmv - Published on
This is the third in Penczak's Temple of Witchcraft Series. I actually read it out of order, after the Inner Temple. I don't think I missed much by skipping the Outer Temple, but he did reference material and exercizes in both books frequently. As with the others, this book is laid out as a year-long lesson plan, with a few introductory chapters, then 12 lessons, one per month, with exercizes culminating in an initiation ritual.

All the Temple books are long, 400+ pages, and packed with information. It took me a long time to get through this one, but I'm glad I finished it. I've decided I don't really care for Penczak's writing - he tends to be verbose and repetitious, but not excessively so - but I do like his books.

This book describes the first lessons of a potential shaman. There are chapters on animal spirits, plant medicine (he even explains the poisonous ones), healing, and traveling in the three spheres, the upper, middle and lower worlds. The ultimate exercize at the end of the book is called "distilling the shadow," where you really get in touch with yourself. I haven't done any of the exercizes myself yet, in fact I am just starting the first book's exercizes, because I like to read it first to get an idea of what's in store. In fact, I recommend that, because even Penczak says the shamanic path is not for everyone. Even if you don't follow the lessons, this is still a good book full of information.

Being initiated into shamanism is no easy task. It takes a lot of hard work and you really have to be willing to put the time and effort into it. He said the distilling the shadow experience can make you not your usual self for weeks.

I highly recommend this book and the series. They are good guides for solitary practitioners.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to All things Shamanism 15 Jun 2006
By BibliophilePagan - Published on
This book was an excellent compilation of studies from all shamanic taditions, not rejecting or favoring any one culture. I loved the use of the World Tree as a journeying tool, and definitely benefitted from it. It also is a collection of herbal associations and totem animal meanings, and has a great layout that guides the reader through various exercises that strengthen their work in the shamanic realms. I really don't have anything to complain about with this book, I felt it covered at least all of the most important bases, and helps a person grow through use of various meditations and exercises.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Exercises and Information for the Aspiring Shaman-Witch 9 Nov 2005
By Dana A. Wolf - Published on
Penczak does two things really well in his book. First, he integrates Wicca and Shamanism into a concept that makes sense. Although the newbie should learn one or the other in more depth first, those of us who have studied for a few years or more can benefit from the expanded perspective he offers.

Second, there are useful exercises. My only caveat is that I have been told by some shaman practitioners that journeying without a teacher at first can be dangerous, so caution should be utilized. Shamanism, like any other path, takes discipline and discretion. If you read the book and want to pursue some of the techniques listed (such as journeying or soul retrieval), you may benefit even more from a teacher who is well-trained in shamanic practices. Trust your intuition.

Either way, Christopher Penczak will give you the ideas and tools for a more fulfilling path.
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