Queer Qabala Playlist: Binah

Each week between now and the publication of Queer Qabala: Nonbinary, Genderfluid, Omnisexual Mysticism & Magick (pre-order now!), I’ll be sharing a playlist I made about one of the spheres on the Tree of Life, and will be giving you a tiny sneak preview of that sphere’s chapter in the book.

This week’s playlist is for Binah, a sphere about sorrow, compassion, and hidden mysteries. While I try to keep these playlists fairly light and full of songs to get you pumped up, there are a few “downer” songs in this playlist because they fit the vibe of Binah better than upbeat songs. I kick things off with the most viscerally-sad song I know, Aimee Mann’s “Wise Up.” But that song, along with the others on this playlist, also include flashes of the hope that can be created by first acknowledging our pain. You can listen to the Binah playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

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Queer Qabala Playlist: Chesed

Each week between now and the publication of Queer Qabala: Nonbinary, Genderfluid, Omnisexual Mysticism & Magick (pre-order now!), I’ll be sharing a playlist I made about one of the spheres on the Tree of Life, and will be giving you a tiny sneak preview of that sphere’s chapter in the book.

This week’s playlist is for Chesed, a sphere about claiming our personal power and creating a vision of who we can become. This playlist demands a personal-empowerment song to kick it off, and “Wings” by Little Mix fits the bill. One of my favorite songs for connecting with Chesed is not available on Spotify, but I will link you to the YouTube version of it here, separately: Bob Ross Remixed. You can listen to the Chesed playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

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4 Quick Q’s: Book Talk with Enfys Episode 8: Irene Glasse and Caine Dreamwalker

In 4 Quick Q’s, I ask pagan authors four questions determined at random, by rolling a D20!

This episode features Irene Glasse and Caine Dreamwalker, authors of Blackfeather Mystery School: Magpie Training (coming May 23). We talk about their favorite places to write, how they beat writer’s block, and we even have some friendly kitties briefly making an appearance on camera!

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Queer Qabala Playlist: Geburah

Each week between now and the publication of Queer Qabala: Nonbinary, Genderfluid, Omnisexual Mysticism & Magick (pre-order now!), I’ll be sharing a playlist I made about one of the spheres on the Tree of Life, and will be giving you a tiny sneak preview of that sphere’s chapter in the book.

This week’s playlist is for Geburah, the sphere most often associated with destruction, but that destruction serves to improve things by removing that which is unneeded. Dion Fortune calls Geburah the “celestial surgeon,” an apt metaphor for a painful process that ultimately serves to heal. You can also think of Geburah as a personal trainer, pushing you towards your goals, or as a protestor speaking out to create a better, more just world. It is also the sphere that stops us from being what we’re not and moves us towards a more authentic life, which inspired me to choose the song “Grace Kelly,” by MIKA as the first track. You can listen to the playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

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“Blackfeather Mystery School: Magpie Training” (review)

There are a lot of introductory magickal training books out there, but few that I would highly recommend to just about any magickal practitioner. Each has their strengths and weaknesses. Some are highly accessible, but lack depth. Others are too deep and intimidating. But Blackfeather Mystery School: Magpie Training is accessible, comprehensive, and life-changing, and I highly recommend it.

What makes this book particularly great is that it is an immersive experience. Rather than just explaining things to the reader and then offering a lightweight exercise or two, Blackfeather Mystery School: Magpie Training is a comprehensive, highly-interactive, solo curriculum built upon 20 years of magickal development and a very successful, year-long magickal training series, one with over 60 regular participants showing up in person (pre-pandemic). The very first lesson has readers building a personal altar and beginning a simple daily practice of self-reflection and empowerment. Readers are guided to create sacred space before reading each lesson, each of which has an audio pathworking structure available at blackfeathermystery.com to encompass the lesson.

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Queer Qabala Playlist: Tiphareth

Each week between now and the publication of Queer Qabala: Nonbinary, Genderfluid, Omnisexual Mysticism & Magick (pre-order now!), I’ll be sharing a playlist I made about one of the spheres on the Tree of Life, and will be giving you a tiny sneak preview of that sphere’s chapter in the book.

This week’s playlist is for Tiphareth, the sphere aligned with the sun and the concept of absolute balance on the Tree of Life. The temple in the Tiphareth pathworking has many prisms set into windows, casting rainbows all around, which inspired me to start the playlist with “Kaleidoscope” by A Great Big World. You can listen to the playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

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Queer Qabala Playlist: Netzach

Each week between now and the publication of Queer Qabala: Nonbinary, Genderfluid, Omnisexual Mysticism & Magick (pre-order now!), I’ll be sharing a playlist I made about one of the spheres on the Tree of Life, and will be giving you a tiny sneak preview of that sphere’s chapter in the book.

This week’s playlist is for Netzach, where the very concepts of gender and sexuality emerge in the Tree of Life. This is a sphere full of romantic and sexual passion, creative inspiration, and of getting in touch with our inner, primal selves—the “dirty little freaks,” if you will…which is why this playlist starts with “Raise Your Glass” by P!nk. You can listen to the playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

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Queer Qabala Playlist: Hod

Each week between now and the publication of Queer Qabala: Nonbinary, Genderfluid, Omnisexual Mysticism & Magick (pre-order now!), I’ll be sharing a playlist I made about one of the spheres on the Tree of Life, and will be giving you a tiny sneak preview of that sphere’s chapter in the book.

This week’s playlist is for Hod, one of the places where we see asexual and intersex representation on the Tree of Life. This is also the sphere where words, names, pronouns, and labels come from. This sphere got me thinking about gender identity and labels, so this playlist starts with the song “Androgynous,” specifically the version featuring trans musician Laura Jane Grace, Miley Cyrus, and Joan Jett from the soundtrack of Bad Reputation, the Joan Jett documentary. You can listen to the playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

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4 Quick Q’s: Book Talk with Enfys Episode 7: Cassandra Snow

In 4 Quick Q’s, I ask pagan authors four questions determined at random, by rolling a D20!

This episode features pagan author Cassandra Snow, author of Queering the Tarot, Queering Your Craft, and the forthcoming Lessons From the Empress: A Tarot Workbook for Self-Care and Creative Growth.

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Queer Qabala Playlist: Yesod

Each week between now and the publication of Queer Qabala: Nonbinary, Genderfluid, Omnisexual Mysticism & Magick (pre-order now!), I’ll be sharing a playlist I made about one of the spheres on the Tree of Life, and will be giving you a tiny sneak preview of that sphere’s chapter in the book.

This week’s playlist is Yesod, what I like to call the “the ultimate drag queen.” This playlist is dedicated to our imaginations, the power of the astral plane, illusions, and humanity’s collective unconsciousness. This is the sphere where we “try on” different expressions of our gender identity, so the playlist kicks off with nonbinary musician Rae Spoon’s “Do Whatever the Heck You Want.” You can listen to the playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

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