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Queer Paganism (Black and White): A spirituality that embraces all identities
Queer Paganism (Black and White): A spirituality that embraces all identities
by J J Green
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to your Queer Pagan bookshelf, 28 Dec. 2016
I found myself nodding and smiling in agreement throughout most of this book. The author's sensible and down-to-earth approach to magic and Paganism was very much in tune with my way of thinking. They also have an exceptionally clear style of writing, which makes the book a pleasure to read.

The book's subtitle is "A spirituality that embraces all identities" and the author has done their best to include everyone in the LGBTQIA+ community and heterosexuals too. This book would definitely be of interest to queer Pagans and open-minded heterosexuals. It is not only about queer Paganism, but is about inclusive practice. It is very Wicca-flavoured though, so if Wicca isn't your thing, you might not like like it.

The first chapter explores the meanings of Queer and Paganism. It explains that Paganism, Wicca, and Witchcraft are distinct but overlapping. The second chapter looks at how the standard binary thinking of many Pagans (male/female, light/dark, etc) doesn't include those of us who don't fit neatly into a cisgender and heterosexual view of the world. Each section of the discussion unfolds clearly and neatly from the previous section of the discussion. This could be very helpful for those people who still haven't understood why many (perhaps most) queer people have an issue with the deification of the "masculine and feminine principles". The next chapter goes on to explore concepts of deity and energy, and how these fit together in a worldview that is not based on the idea of a "masculine principle" interacting with a "feminine principle".

The second part of the book deals with Magic, and includes an excellent chapter on how magic works (again, very similar to my own ideas on the topic). It also looks at how magic and science interact. The section on the Hermetic principles as described in The Kybalion, which explains how they relate to a queer worldview, is outstanding. This is followed by a chapter on ethics, which was excellent on the topic of magical ethics, but would have been better if it explored the Pagan ethics of life in general.

The third section of the book deals with Pagan life, including living as a Pagan, the importance of balance, how to choose a magical name, and relationships with deities. The chapter on the festivals was disappointing, as it was mainly about the view of the Sabbats as the unfolding story of "the Goddess and the God" which I personally find unhelpful from a queer point of view. It does cover the folk customs associated with the festivals though, so you could build out from these to develop something more inclusive. It explains how to adapt the festivals for use in the Southern Hemisphere, which is good. It also mentions that you can choose to celebrate them on the day when the appropriate seasonal vegetation comes into flower, which I liked. I would have liked to see more information on how to adapt the festivals to be more inclusive of other sexualities (but this is covered in All Acts of Love & Pleasure: Inclusive Wicca, if you're interested). The chapter on the esbats and the phases of the Moon was helpful, though.

The fourth part of the book covers meditation and visualisation. This includes a technique which the author says is helpful for easing body dysphoria. I have seen this meditation before (and it's the only technique that I find actually helps me to relax) but I didn't know it was good for dysphoria, so that's really useful to know. The section on building an astral temple is also excellent, as it points out that an astral temple doesn't have to be a building, and can be a grove of trees. I had always assumed that it was supposed to be a building of some kind, and had terrible difficulty building one. I do however, have a grove of trees on the astral, and a rather nice stone circle, either of which could be my astral temple. So that section cleared up a longstanding difficulty for me! The chapter on the chakras is very good (and uses the proper Sanskrit names) but draws on the Western idea of the chakras, which is somewhat different from the Buddhist view of them.

The next section explores magical correspondences, including deities, non-binary deities, queer deities, moon phases and the menstrual cycle (but described in an inclusive way), orgasm mysteries, the four elements, days of the week, colours, and magical tools. This provides the basis of a system of magic that is properly queer-inclusive. I particularly liked the section on colour symbolism. This section also explains the difference between widdershins and deosil, and why they are different in the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.

The section on ritual was very helpful, as it goes through how to set up the circle, cleansing the space, calling the quarters, and consecrating the tools and the participants. One caveat on this section though: the author mentions that the high priestess and high priest have absolute authority in the circle (p. 128). I wouldn't go that far, as they do not have the right to ask you to do something that the vast majority of people would be uncomfortable with, such as French kissing, sex with other people in the circle, or anything massively humiliating. Some of the things that ritual involves may be slightly outside your comfort zone, but that's why it is a really good idea to have a quick chat beforehand about what is going to happen in the ritual. Other than that, this section is really great and has lots of excellent ideas like having three ritual leaders, one for the God, one for the Goddess, and one for non-binary deity (the Universal, as the author refers to it).

The final section of the book deals with divination, including gematria (finding the magical number of your name), Tarot, runes, scrying, and palmistry. This section was also very good, especially the section on the magical meaning of numbers.

All in all, a very enjoyable read. The book is well-thought-out, and it is very easy to find things again when you want to use it as a how-to guide for magical practice. There were a few typographical errors here and there, but they didn't detract from my enjoyment or understanding of the book, and they were more than made up for by the exceptionally clear writing style. The author's lovely drawings also grace the text, and help to explain the magical concepts being discussed.

The book is an excellent contribution to the literature on inclusive and queer Paganism and witchcraft, and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in making their practice more inclusive and welcoming to LGBTQIA+ Pagans.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Purpletastic, 4 Dec. 2015
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Nice sturdy case, good quality and colour. It sometimes turns my Kindle on when it is meant to be asleep though


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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 4 Dec. 2015
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What an excellent goat. Bigger than I expected, very nicely made, close to a real mountain goat in body shape, nice soft fur. Nice facial expression too
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The Last Changeling (The Enigma Wars Book 1)
The Last Changeling (The Enigma Wars Book 1)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable melange of folklore and history, 4 Dec. 2015
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Really enjoyed reading this. I liked the way it drew on recent history and older faery folklore to create a compelling read - I found it unputdownable. Can't wait for Book 2.

But it could have used a really good proofreader. There were a lot of run-on sentences (grammatically incorrect) and the author needs to learn the difference between "discrete" and "discreet".
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Sacred Gifts: Reciprocity and the Gods
Sacred Gifts: Reciprocity and the Gods
Price: £3.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read, needs a thorough proof-reading, 4 Dec. 2015
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This is a really interesting book, well-argued and thought through, and has some great suggestions for rituals to express and create reciprocity.

It is generally well-written and engaging, and worth buying.

However, it could have used a really thorough proof-reading. On the Kindle edition, the footnotes were in the middle of the text instead of at the foot of the page. And "it's" vs "its" needed checking. And there is no need to write "[sic]" after ever use of the word "colour" in quotes from English writers - that is very irritating for a reader who uses British English.


Follow Me Down
Follow Me Down
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4.0 out of 5 stars but I liked it., 20 Nov. 2015
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Well-written, but a bit slow to start. The characters are engaging though, and there's one scene that actually made me laugh out loud.

The ending was a bit confusing, but I liked it.


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5.0 out of 5 stars It's brilliant. Lightweight, 20 Nov. 2015
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It's brilliant. Lightweight, with so many more features than the old Kindle. Love the paperwhite screen and the fact that it's backlit


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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good value and nicely presented, 14 Sept. 2015
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Very good value and nicely presented


Pagan Portals - Nature Mystics: The Literary Gateway to Modern Paganism
Pagan Portals - Nature Mystics: The Literary Gateway to Modern Paganism
by Rebecca Beattie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The literary roots of the Pagan revival, 9 Sept. 2015
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This is an excellent book. It is well and clearly written in an engaging style, and it explores the spirituality and nature mysticism of some of my favourite authors, plus a few more whose books I will now look out for.

If you like JRR Tolkien, Mary Webb, WB Yeats, John Keats, E Nesbit, and Thomas Hardy, and want to understand a bit more about their ideas, their lives, and what inspired them, then this book is for you.

I think this book will appeal to both Pagans and non-Pagans, as it can be read as literary criticism as well as an exploration of the literary roots of the Pagan revival.


Like Water
Like Water
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, lyrical, realistic, contemporary, and relevant, 8 Sept. 2015
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Great book, highly recommended. Beautifully written and authentic account of a Black guy who is killed by police in Oakland, CA.

But don't let that make you think the book is depressing - this is one of the most uplifting books I have ever read. It is an exploration of human nature and building loving and beloved community as much as an evocation of a life and the ripples of love and connection that someone leaves behind them.


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