“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, andContinue reading ““Blackfeather Mystery School: Magpie Training” (review)”

“The Four Elements of the Wise” is deeply useful for all levels of magickal practitioners

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 boredContinue reading ““The Four Elements of the Wise” is deeply useful for all levels of magickal practitioners”

Four reasons I’m squeeing about “Qabalah for Wiccans” (review)

I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Qabalah for Wiccans by Jack Chanek (it comes out December 8, 2021), and it straight-up made me shriek with joy and shout “YES!” on multiple occasions while reading it. This book was so good, it made me giddy. Chanek elegantly weaves Qabalah basics with WiccanContinue reading “Four reasons I’m squeeing about “Qabalah for Wiccans” (review)”

Queer Qabala: Soon to be a book!

You may have noticed this blog has been a bit quiet since the end of last year. I have a good excuse: I’ve been working on a book! I’m pleased to say that Queer Qabala: Nonbinary, Genderfluid, Omnisexual Mysticism & Magick is coming to bookstores July 8, 2022, published by Llewellyn. I expect it’ll beContinue reading “Queer Qabala: Soon to be a book!”

“Sexuality: A Graphic Guide” (review)

Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele knock it out of the park again with their latest book, Sexuality: A Graphic Guide. Like Gender: A Graphic Guide and Queer: A Graphic History, the newest in their collection teaches a fully-illustrated, condensed 101 course in its subject matter. Barker and Scheele tell the story of of how humanityContinue reading ““Sexuality: A Graphic Guide” (review)”

“Queering Your Craft” is a perfectly queer intro to witchcraft (review)

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of “witchcraft 101” books, to update the reading list for my coven’s new members. I’m thankful to see so many of the new books in this category are less problematic than “the classics,” and many go beyond the basics and include brief overviews of a lot of the differentContinue reading ““Queering Your Craft” is a perfectly queer intro to witchcraft (review)”

“Gender: A Graphic Guide” is a super-condensed Gender Studies course

Admittedly, I’ve been really into catching up on Meg-John Barker‘s collected works in the past few months (see previous reviews of Queer: A Graphic History and How to Understand Your Gender). What I particularly like about these texts is how clearly and succinctly they’re written, which makes them accessible for a wide audience. Gender: AContinue reading ““Gender: A Graphic Guide” is a super-condensed Gender Studies course”

“How to Understand Your Gender” should be required reading for all humans

How to Understand Your Gender: A Practical Guide to Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and Meg-John Barker was not what I expected it to be. Never before have I had a book so gently and lovingly take me by the hand and explain, in the most nonthreatening and accessible way possible, a difficultContinue reading ““How to Understand Your Gender” should be required reading for all humans”

“Queer: A Graphic History” (review)

Not everybody is interested in becoming a queer studies scholar. But everyone can benefit from having a better understanding of queerness and queer theory. Queer: A Graphic History was written by Meg-John Barker, illustrated by Jules Scheele, and published in 2016. It is a friendly, heavily-illustrated introduction to queer theory, a branch of study formedContinue reading ““Queer: A Graphic History” (review)”

“Queer Magic: Power Beyond Boundaries” (review)

As a queer magickal practitioner, Lee Harrington’s and Tai Fenix Kulystin’s anthology Queer Magic: Power Beyond Boundaries was a revelation for me. My copy of this book is so marked up with underlines and notes in the margins, it’s become a personal artifact of my own journey as a witch grappling with my gender identity.Continue reading ““Queer Magic: Power Beyond Boundaries” (review)”