Author: Christopher Penczak
Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publication date: 2005
List: US$15.95, C$21.50
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Okay, I will state it right here at the start. This is a "Wicca 101" book.
That does not, however, mean that it is run-of-the-mill in any way, shape,
or form. Christopher approaches the needs of young men who are trying to
find their niche in a religion which is, in many ways, dominated by Goddess
worship. Yes, he covers al the basics - three-fold return, the Wiccan Rede,
rituals, ethics and holidays - but with an unexpected slant. He is the
author of several other books, including The Inner Temple of Witchcraft, The
Outer Temple of Witchcraft, and Gay Witchcraft among others.
There are meditations and exercises in each chapter designed to help young
men get in touch with both their personal inner world and the mythic world
which serves to connect all of mankind. There are no elaborate rituals in
here; nor are there "secrets". This book can serve as a good basis for the
beginner who is open-minded enough to accept the fact that there is work
involved in getting involved in Wicca.
As in all of the books I have read previously by Christopher, the
information and exercises contained in this book come across clearly and
without fanfare. There is no hyperbole, and plenty of reassurances that
anyone can walk this path if they are willing to put in the effort. All of
this is accomplished without the use of a condescending attitude.
"Wicca 101" books often seem to be a dime a dozen, with nothing to
distinguish one from another. That is not the case with Christopher's
books. Perhaps it is his background. It may be an influence from his
teachers. Or it may just be his natural penchant. The source isn't
important. The important thing is that he manages to connect with his
readers and to inspire them to achieve what they desire.
I don't always like his choice of words or imagery, but that doesn't detract
from the value of what he is saying. His ideas come across with clear
intent and that is a joy to read. There is no intent to obscure or impress,
simply to convey information.
Christopher urges both experimentation and restraint for his readers. You
need to experience things, but shouldn't allow yourself to become
overwhelmed by the experiences. This is in relationship to both magickal
experiences and mundane things such as sexual experiences.
Unlike many authors of basic books, Christopher devotes nearly fifteen pages
to the background and foundations of casting a circle before actually giving
the ritual itself. The ritual itself covers two pages with each step
Overall, this is an excellent presentation, aimed at an often forgotten
segment of newcomers to Wicca. Is it indispensable? No it isn't. It is,
however, a worthwhile addition to a growing library of teaching materials
for both solitaries and those looking to join up with a tradition.
Reviewed by Mike Gleason