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Sons of the Goddess
Sons of the Goddess
A Young Man's Guide to Wicca

By: Christopher Penczak
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738705477
English  |  216 pages | 8 x 9 IN
Pub Date: April 2005
Price: $19.99 US
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Reviewed 2005-02-28

As women search for feminine inspiration in male-dominated religions, so Penczak seeks a place for men in Wicca, a largely female-centered tradition. Penczak, a practitioner of the craft and author of many books about Wicca and magick, explores masculine images, wisdom and practices within witchcraft to help men walk the "path toward empowerment as a son of the Goddess." Readers interested in the masculine side of Wicca will enjoy not only a succinct cataloguing of gods and male ritual but also general rituals and spells associated with witchcraft (including an intriguing spell for binding bullies) and a detailed code of Wiccan ethics. Each chapter includes helpful sidebars that detail everything from the devil to the story of the god Horus, as well as a series of practical exercises, reflections and guided meditations designed to help the reader explore and develop his identity as a witch (the term Penczak prefers to warlock or wizard). Penczak draws from his personal journey of finding Wicca to shape his discussion, sometimes successfully, and at other times reveals biases (in particular about feminism) that may be off-putting to women readers. For men already interested in Wicca, yet who associate witchcraft exclusively with women, Penczak offers answers and a new angle for men to embrace the masculine side of this tradition. (Apr.)


Christopher Penczak approaches Wicca from the standpoint of the young man first finding his footing on this spiritual path. As he states in his opening Indroduction, Wicca is a religion with images of women and learned Sages for teachers and sometimes the younger man may find it hard to relate or find imagery with which he can relate.
Christopher Penczak is very well equipped to tackle this job as well. He is a young man with many book credits to his name on the topic of Wicca. His series on the Inner and Outer Temples of Witchcraft is well known and admired, as well as his books on various types of Magick.  
The book is divided in to nine chapters covering a variety of beginners topics on Wicca, including starting on your path, stories Mothers and Sons from mythology, and Men's Mysteries. Each of these chapters focuses on the young man approaching Wicca for the first time. From basic Wiccan beliefs to mythologies that focus on the relationship between the Goddess and her sons, to the man's place in Wicca, the topics focus on the young man, giving him place in a religion that can sometimes seem very Divine Feminine.
There is a chapter on Meditation Magick, something Mr. Penczak is very expert on and it focuses on basic meditation practices and once you have mastered this you can use this practice to work some of his basic magick exercises, such as his “Protection Shield”, a very good shielding practice, and also opening up yourself to speak with spirits of all kinds.
Throughout the book, there are little “dialogue boxes” scattered in the margins of the book. These boxes discuss some questions you may have when reading the various chapters. From “The Burning Times” to questions about different Deities or stone properties or “Voodoo Dolls”. Mr. Penczak anticipates questions the reader may have and very expertly and directly answers them in a clear and concise manner.  
The book also provides illustrations on various topics discussed in the book. The Chakra system is illustrated, poppets, wands, various symbols and tarot cards, all laid out as examples to compliment the discussions.
Further reading will provide you with “Roles and Responsibility”, a discussion on the “Wiccan Rede” and a “Code of Honor” that Mr. Penczak includes as a basic guide to personal ethics. There is a discussion on taking your choice of religion public, how to approach your family with this decision you have made, and what is right for you! This is an excellent chapter and I found it to be very clear and some very good, solid advice for any beginner starting on this path.


Winner of the 2006 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) "Book of the Year" Award


Winner of the 2006 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award for Best Book on Wicca/Paganism



Before I met Merlin Stone I was blind. It took her a little time; she gave me a strong dose of love, and from then on I could see—see the world as a feminist, that is. Merlin converted me, so if you haven't yet read her work, be prepared to bring the Goddess into your own life as well. I'm Lenny Schneir. Shortly after meeting Merlin in 1976,... read this article
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