Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
Advanced Search
NATURE-BASED & PAGAN
Almanacs & Calendars
Animals & Mythical Creatures
Book of Shadows
Celtic & Druid
Cooking & Crafts
Coven
Faeries & Elementals
Family
Folklore & Natural Magic
Goddess & God Worship
Green Spirituality
Healing
Herbalism
History & Biographies
Home & Garden
Pagan
Practical Techniques
Rites of Passage
Ritual
Sabbats & Seasons
Santeria
Shamanism
Solitary Path
Spells
Wicca
Witchcraft
World Paganism

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.


The Outer Temple of Witchcraft
The Outer Temple of Witchcraft
Circles, Spells and Rituals

By: Christopher Penczak
Series: Penczak Temple Series #4
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738705316
English  |  448 pages | 8 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: April 2004
Price: $21.95 US,  $25.50 CAN
In Stock? Yes, ready to ship
Qty:

PUBLICITY REVIEWS
MORE INFORMATION
Product Summary
Excerpt
Publicity Reviews
Table of Contents
Browse Inside
(You must be logged in to recommend a product)
   Not yet recommended

Penczak, a New Hampshire-based witch and teacher, is one of the most prolific and esteemed authors in the Wiccan community. In The Inner Temple of Witchcraft, he helped readers go inward-mastering the interior state of consciousness needed to create magick. This sequel is a logical follow-up, with Penczak teaching readers how to bring the sacredness of the inner world into the outer, visible world. As he did with Inner Temple, he organizes this guidebook into a 12-part lesson plan, designed to be completed month-by-month over the course of a year. (Traditional training in witchcraft lasts a year and a day.) Whether or not readers follow the monthly time line, this still makes an excellent grimoire of spells, recipes and rituals. Lessons include an extensive discussion of the gods and goddesses of witchcraft that helps practitioners understand why it's important to honor and work with them. Consistent with the nature-based foundation of witchcraft, Penczak devotes a lesson to the elements, explaining how to integrate them into rituals and cleansings. Like any good reference book, this one offers an abundance of exercises and visual examples throughout. But what makes this an exceptional resource is Penczak's ability to offer deeper philosophical discussions while simultaneously giving practical advice. One doesn't have to relate to the word "witch" to appreciate this guidebook; all it takes is willingness to create through intention, honor the cycles of nature and be ready to take personal power and responsibility over one's life. Once again Penczak proves himself to be a gifted teacher and a witch of the highest order. --Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.




Watkin's Review, Winter Issue, 2004-05
Building the Outer Temple of Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak
So many aspiring witches start with spell books, formulas and recipes. They have great success, but don't really understand what they are doing, or why they are doing it. All they know is that it works. I know that's how I got started. A spell that worked beyond my wildest dreams inspired me to pursue a deeper study of witchcraft. But I was lucky to study with those who looked beyond just the recipes, and gave me an understanding into the spirituality of the craft.
As my first Llewellyn book is called The Inner Temple of Witchcraft, people have asked me what's the difference between these inner and outer temples. Both follow the same philosophy, understanding the powers of magick and partnering with the spiritual forces to improve your life. Both are set up as year-long courses of initiation, but can also be used for specific exercises, depending on your needs and experience.
The Inner Temple of Witchcraft  focused on the techniques of inner change, such as developing inner psychic skills and creating a sacred space through meditation that we called the Inner Temple. The second book in this five book series, The Outer Temple of Witchcraft, focuses on taking a sense of inner sacred space and using that to create an outer sacred space in the world around you, to do magick through ritual, spell craft and celebration.
The difference between this approach and a traditional spell book is two-fold. The first is understanding the components of the ritual. Rituals have specific purposes. There is nothing wrong with changing them to suit you, but many witches either follow traditions by rote without understanding why, or change things randomly, without rhyme or reason. Neither approach helps you progress very far in your magick. Intuition must be coupled with understanding. If you are going to create rituals, understand the foundations.
The second difference is building a relationship with the magical powers you call. Before doing ritual and spell work, build a relationship with the four elements. Build a relationship with the goddesses and gods. And don't forget to build a deeper relationship with yourself, so you can truly know what you want to manifest. If you don't, it's like knocking on the doors of strangers asking for help, but not taking the time to get to know them and build a relationship. Magick is all about relationships.
I often compare magick to cooking, which is funny because cooking is not my strong suit. So many people think of magick like chemistry. All they have to do is mix the right things together, say the magick words and poof, instant success. Just as two parts of hydrogen to one part oxygen is the formula of water, those who have not experienced magick think it's simply about mixing two parts rose petals to one part vervain and poof, instant love spell. It can appear that way, but the forces are much subtler. Just like cooking, the time, effort, style and love you put into it matter with the final result. Food made with both love and skill simply tastes better than food that is technically perfect, but is lacking the energy of a loving cook. Magick performed with Perfect Love and Perfect Trust of the witch, with skill and understanding, along with intuition and creativity, just works better than all those quick recipe spells. I can follow a recipe, but the subtle nuances of cooking are not yet mine, so I would not consider myself a chef. Those who understand the principles of cooking, understanding their ingredients and tools, can not only improve upon a given recipe, to suit their own tastes, but make things from scratch that are just as good.



Grave minding and grave decorating traditions run hand in hand with the season of Samhain, and perhaps nowhere is this as apparent as in Central and South America during Dias de los Muertos. However, elements of this practice are easily incorporated into modern Pagan traditions and offer a subtle yet powerful method of honoring the dead. It is... read this article
On Wings of Change: The Dragon in Celtic Magic
Leaves and Caps: 5 Ways to Honor The Sacred Remains of Plants and Fungi
Reclaiming the Goddess of the Sun




The Temple of High Witchcraft Meditation CD Companion
The Temple of High Witchcraft Meditation CD Companion
Christopher Penczak
$26.95 US,  $30.95 CAN | Add to Cart

 
Garden Witchery
Garden Witchery
Magick from the Ground Up
Ellen Dugan
$17.95 US,  $22.95 CAN | Add to Cart

 
Tarot for the Green Witch
Tarot for the Green Witch
Ann Moura
$14.95 US,  $22.95 CAN
$7.48 US,  $11.48 CAN On Sale! | Add to Cart

 
The Path of a Christian Witch
The Path of a Christian Witch
Adelina St. Clair
$15.95 US,  $18.50 CAN | Add to Cart

 
Witchcraft
Witchcraft
A Mystery Tradition
Raven Grimassi
$16.95 US,  $19.50 CAN | Add to Cart