Hi! I’m Enfys J. Book.
I am queer. My pronouns are they/them/theirs.
I’m passionate about researching, writing, and teaching about queer Qabala.
I serve as Acting 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.
What is Major Arqueerna?
Major Arqueerna is a website dedicated to queerness and magick, in particular queerness and Qabala, my specialty. 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!
What is Qabala?
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:
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 Jewish Kabbalah, 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 completely different 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
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.)
From a 3-hour, interactive, introductory Tarot course, to a 90-minute intensive on the Minor Arcana, to one-on-one instruction and guidance, I teach a variety of Tarot courses for those interested in learning more about this divinatory and self-examination tool. (Ongoing presentations for smaller, local groups since 2013.)
Got any questions for me? Interested in having me teach a workshop? Want to interview me on your podcast? Drop me a line.