Hi! I’m Enfys J. Book.
I am queer. My pronouns are they/them/theirs.
I’m passionate about researching, writing, and teaching about queerness and magickal practice.
I’m the author of the Gold COVR Award-winning Queer Qabala: Nonbinary, Genderfluid, Omnisexual Mysticism & Magick (Llewellyn, July 2022) and co-author (with Ivo Dominguez, Jr.) of the forthcoming Sagittarius Witch (Llewellyn, 2024).
I serve as High Priest of the Fellowship of the Ancient White Stag (FAWS), and am based in the Washington, D.C/Baltimore metro region. FAWS is one of 14 covens of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a syncretic Wiccan tradition based in the mid-Atlantic.
I’ve taught workshops at Paganicon (2022), ConVocation (2023), the Goddess Conference (2022) Fall Magick (2021), Sacred Space Conference (2019 and 2023), for Frederick, MD Pagan Pride Day (2019), and I’ve taught classes for small groups and covens.
I’m also a web project manager and a performer/singer/songwriter/comedian/marketing-and-logistics-manager in the Misbehavin’ Maidens, a bawdy, nerd-folk comedy band.
- Upcoming speaking and signing events
- What is Major Arqueerna?
- What is Qabala?
- Classes I teach
- Let’s talk!
Upcoming speaking and signing events
November 2-5, 2023 I will be the guest of honor at Hallowed Homecoming in Prince Williams Forest Park, Virginia.
What is Major Arqueerna?
Major Arqueerna is a website dedicated to queerness and magick, in particular queerness and Qabala. On the blog, I often write about queerness in general and magick in general as well. I love to read, so I also write a lot of book reviews and have a page of recommended reading about queerness, magick, and Qabala! I also have a very weird, dice-based, pagan author interview podcast called 4 Quick Q’s: Book Talk With Enfys.
What is Qabala?
Hermetic Qabala is a framework for understanding and experiencing “life, the universe, and everything”—to quote sci-fi author Douglas Adams wildly out of context. It is a tool for elevating one’s consciousness, for deepening one’s understanding of oneself, and for discovering and embracing the whole of manifested and unmanifested reality, through the Tree of Life glyph:
Hermetic Qabala’s roots are in Jewish devotional practice of Kabbalah. Over the past several hundred years, multiple, distinct branches of study of the Tree of Life emerged as a result of collaboration between and among Jews, occultists, and others. Qabala, spelled with a Q rather than a K, and often referred to as Hermetic Qabala, is not the same study or practice as the Kabbalah within the context of Judaism, though the two practices do share some elements in common: the Tree of Life glyph, Hebrew names of spheres, and Hebrew letters on the paths. Qabala is the path of the occultist or mystic, and focuses on levels of consciousness, magickal systems, and the inner and outer landscapes. Hermetic Qabala is a unique approach to the study of the Tree of Life, with its own symbols, correspondences, and uses.
Want to learn more? Mosey over to my Queer Qabala page.
Classes I teach
If you’ve been to one of my workshops, you’ll find the slide decks and handouts on the class materials page. If you’d like to check out one of my workshops, you can find recordings of a couple of them under the “workshop” tag on my blog.
Queering Your Magickal Practice
A highly interactive, 45 or 120-minute course designed to challenge the mindsets of gender binaries within magickal practice, and making your magick both more powerful and authentic, regardless of your gender or sexual identity. (Presented at Frederick, Md. Pagan Pride Day 2019.)
The Genderqueer Tree of Life
A 75-minute, lecture-oriented course analyzing the Hermetic Qabala through a queer lens, revealing complicated, fluid, and multi-faceted gender and magickal polarities within. (Presented at the 2019 Sacred Space Conference and Spring Magick 2021. Check out a recording here.)
A 90-minute class including a guided meditation and journaling experience, looking at each of the sephiroth from a queer perspective and how they relate to experiences in the queer community.
Got any questions for me? Interested in having me teach a workshop? Want to interview me on your podcast? Drop me a line.