Witchcraft & Wicca Magazine UK Review
Beltane to Lammas 2005 Issue
The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft
By Christopher Penczak
Reviewed by Andromakie
Christopher Penczak makes an interesting assumption in this book: that his readers will be familiar with Witchcraft, but unfamiliar with Shamanism. This is indicated by the immediate definition of the latter, and the brief, yet informative history of its various practices without a similar breakdown of the former. This means it is an ideal introduction for most readers of this magazine. A good portion of the book is given over to practical exercises and sample rituals, which are laid out in a simple set by step format. There are also list of definitions for animal, crystal, herbal and magical correspondences throughout the text. Penczak continually relates Shamanism to Witchcraft, but never equates them. He is both sensitive and non-demanding with his views, writing in a manner that invites his readers to consider his ideas impartially. An interesting and informative text, offering far more than the cumbersome title suggests.
With its focus on fun and frivolity, it's no wonder Beltane is one of the most festive Sabbats of the year for many modern Pagans. Held each year on or around May 1st, Beltane is a celebration of vitality, fertility, strength, and growth reflecting a blending of many traditions. It gets its name from the pre-Christian Celtic Bealtaine, which... read this article