Outside the Charmed Circle is a guide to negotiating gender identity and sexuality within Pagan and magical religious communities. It is designed to support you as you awaken to who you are, deepen your magical practice, and walk through the Pagan world successfully in an authentic way.
Author Misha Magdalene provides simple hands-on mediations, prompts, and magical workings to help you explore your identity. With thoughtful insights on embodiment, consent, and Eros, as well as guidance on exploring self-esteem, body negativity, ability, and disability, this book helps you engage with a wide range of identities in a ritual setting. Whether you are straight or queer, cis or trans, witch or magician or devotee—you can use this book to develop and deepen your own magical or witchcraft practice.
"Outside the Charmed Circle can guide you outwards and inwards to expand your experience of yourself and your understanding of others. The ideas, viewpoints, and practices are offered with a proper balance of challenge and reassurance that truly engage contemplation and action. This book is for anyone who dares to know themselves and to walk the ever-growing edges of awareness."—Ivo Dominguez Jr., author of Keys to Perception
"Outside the Charmed Circle is a page-turning, thought-provoking delight from start to finish. Misha Magdalene has written a '101 and beyond' user-friendly handbook for magical and social change. As a sexologist, it's now one of my top ten gender education books. As a polytheist pagan, one of my top five magical treatises. I won't leave home without it."—Amy Marsh, EdD, DHS, CH, CI
"The depth and heart that Misha Magdalene has put into this work is a triumph for this topic. This is a voice and perspective that's not only sorely needed, but proves once and for all that the circle is truly big enough for all of us."—David Salisbury, author of Witchcraft Activism
"Absolutely filling the void, Outside the Charmed Circle is a much-needed, magical exploration into gender and sexuality that is quintessential for the times we live in. Beautifully balanced and thorough research combines with accessible exercises and rituals that are suitable for a wide variety of humans—engaging body, brain, and spirit throughout. From diving into queerness, tackling consent, and addressing body awareness to demystifying sex magic and adjusting traditions, this book smoothly tackles many complicated issues that newcomers and experienced practitioners alike will appreciate and learn from."—Laura Tempest Zakroff, author of Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft
"A gem of a book, Outside the Charmed Circle challenges us to examine and question our built-in assumptions about gender, sexuality, consent, and the power dynamics we unconsciously have about magic and the pagan community. Misha Magdalene shows us how to go beyond the masculine/feminine binary of working with magic and to adapt spellwork to our own needs whether we're men, women, both, neither, or anything in-between. From step-by-step sex magic, to the spiritual power of setting boundaries and saying 'No,' to even the politics of consent with the gods themselves, this book has it all for those seeking to expand their horizons of gender and sex within magic."—Tomás Prower, author of Queer Magic: LGBT+ Spirituality and Culture from Around the World