This week’s playlist is Malkuth, what I like to call the “super queer queen of everything.” This playlist is dedicated to our incarnation on this plane, and expresses the joy and pain of our manifested selves, material things, and the world around us. Since Malkuth is all about manifestation, Madonna’s classic “Material Girl” seemed a fitting choice for kicking it off. You can listen to the playlist on YouTube and Spotify.
Jack Chanek and I had so much fun talking in episode 1 of 4 Quick Q’s, we decided to talk again, but dive deeper on Qabala stuff for an hour instead.
Jack Chanek (he/him/his) is the author of Qabala for Wiccans: Ceremonial Magic on the Pagan Path, and in this stream we talked about our mixed feelings about classic Qabala texts, our favorite Sephira of the moment, how and why we got into studying Qabala, pop culture correspondences with the spheres, and how we’re currently evolving our individual practices with the Tree of Life. We also ended up discussing the sex appeal of Peter O’Toole, Steven Universe on the Tree of Life, and 19th century occultism’s obsession with being DEFINITELY NOT GAY. If you’ve ever wanted to see two Qabala nerds just…nerd out for an hour, I think you’ll enjoy this stream a lot.
I had the joy of presenting a brand-new workshop to the fine folks at the Frederick, Maryland Unitarian Universalist Church CUUPS program. Whereas my previous workshop looked at the Tree of Life as a whole, this new one dives into the individual spheres and how to relate to them in a queer context.
Contact me if you’re interested in having this workshop presented for your group or event.
Qabala has historically been taught from a very cisgender, heteronormative, patriarchal perspective, but it’s actually a profoundly queer magickal tool. This workshop looks at each of the ten sephiroth through a queer lens and relates them to life experiences many queer people share in common. At the end of the workshop, there is a guided meditation and journaling opportunity to reconnect with your deeper self and claim your unique power and perspective through the Tree of Life. This workshop was presented for the Frederick, Maryland Unitarian Universalist Church CUUPS community and is being shared on YouTube with permission.
Ivo Dominguez, Jr.‘s latest book, The Four Elements of the Wise: Working with the Magickal Powers of Earth, Air, Water, Fire, achieves an extremely tricky thing: It’s a book with useful information and practical ideas for all magickal skill levels, on a widely-studied subject, without making newbies feel overwhelmed and lost, or advanced practitioners bored to the point of skimming for the new stuff. There’s something valuable on every page, for every level practitioner: hundreds of eye-opening gems and food for thought, as well as easily-implementable tips to add power to all manner of magickal workings.
One thing that surprised me the most about this book was the writing style. I’ve read three of Ivo’s other books, and they are brilliant, but incredibly densely-packed with information, such that I end up intently studying each paragraph a few times over to make sure I’m grasping it in full. By contrast, the content in The Four Elements of the Wise has a bit more room to breathe, while still providing hundreds of useful insights throughout the book. The writing style is engaging, fluid, and friendly, much like Ivo’s presentation style when he delivers workshops.