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Authors: Christopher Penczak, Andrea Neff
ISBN-13: 9780738705316, ISBN-10: 0738705314
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Date Published: April 2004
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Christopher Penczak

Christopher Penczak is an eclectic witch, writer, and healing practitioner. His practice draws upon the foundation of modern Witchcraft blended with the wisdom of mystical traditions from across the globe.

Formerly based in the music industry, Christopher was empowered by his spiritual experiences to live a magickal life, and began a full-time practice of teaching, writing, and seeing clients. His books include the The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation, and Psychic Development, The Inner Temple of Witchcraft CD Companion set, City Magick (Red Wheel/Weiser), Spirit Allies (Red Wheel/Weiser), Gay Witchcraft (Red Wheel/Weiser), the award-winning The Outer Temple of Witchcraft: Circles, Spells, and Rituals, The Outer Temple of Witchcraft CD Companion Set, The Witch's Shield, Magick of Reiki, Sons of the Goddess, and the new Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft.

Book Synopsis

2005 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) tied Winner for Book of the Year and Winner for Best Magic/Magick Book!

As you enter the heart of witchcraft, you find at its core the power of sacred space. In Christopher Penczak's first book, The Inner Temple of Witchcraft, you found the sacred space within yourself. Now The Outer Temple of Witchcraft helps you manifest the sacred in the outer world through ritual and spellwork. The book's twelve lessons, with exercises, rituals, and homework, follow the traditional Wiccan one-year-and-a-day training period. It culminates in a self-test and self-initiation ritual to the second degree of witchcraft-the arena of the priestess and priest.

Publishers Weekly

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. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Exercises . . . ix List of Figures . . . xi

Introduction: What Is the Outer Temple? . . . 1

Chapter One Sacred Space and the Circle . . . 7

Chapter Two Foundations of Magick . . . 23

Chapter Three The Ethical Witch . . . 33

Chapter Four The Role of a Priestess and Priest . . . 43

Chapter Five Lesson One: Who Are the Gods? . . . 51

Chapter Six Lesson Two: The Elements . . . 91

Chapter Seven Lesson Three: Fire and Water . . . 121

Chapter Eight Lesson Four: Air and Earth . . .143

Chapter Nine Lesson Five: Tools of the Craft . . . 163

Chapter Ten Lesson Six: Divination of True Will . . . 191

Chapter Eleven Lesson Seven: The Witch's Circle . . . 219

Chapter Twelve Lesson Eight: The Science of Spellcraft . . . 249

Chapter Thirteen Lesson Nine: The Art of Spellcraft . . . 293

Chapter Fourteen Lesson Ten: Turning the Wheel . . . 353

Chapter Fifteen Lesson Eleven: Weaving the Web . . . 383

Chapter Sixteen Lesson Twelve: Coven Working . . . 393

Chapter Seventeen Lesson Thirteen: Second Initiation . . . 403

Appendix I: Self-Test . . . 413
Appendix II: Chants . . . 419
Bibliography . . . 423
Index . . . 427

List of Exercises

Exercise 1: Entering an Altered State . . . 13
Exercise 2: The Inner Temple . . . 15
Exercise 3: The Circle of Protection . . . 20
Exercise 4: Motivation . . . 42
Exercise 5: Intention Ritual . . . 48
Exercise 6: Meditation with the Goddess and God . . . 86
Exercise 7: Opening Elemental Gateways . . . 110
Exercise 8: Elemental Cleansing Meditation . . . 112
Exercise 9: Spirit Attunement . . . 118
Exercise 10: Spirit Meditation . . . 119
Exercise 11: Wand Quest . . . 125
Exercise 12: Fire Attunement . . . 126
Exercise 13: Journey to the Realm of Fire . . . 128
Exercise 14: Invoking/Banishing Fire . . . 130
Exercise 15: Grail Quest . . . 135
Exercise 16: Water Attunement . . . 136
Exercise 17: Journeying to the Realm of Water . . . 138
Exercise 18: Invoking/Banishing Water . . . 140
Exercise 19: Blade Quest . . . 146
Exercise 20: Air Attunement . . . 148
Exercise 21: Journeying to the Realm of Air . . . 150
Exercise 22: Invoking/Banishing Air . . . 152
Exercise 23: Stone Quest . . . 156
Exercise 24: Earth Attunement . . . 156
Exercise 25: Journeying to the Realm of Earth . . . 159
Exercise 26: Invoking/Banishing Earth . . . 161
Exercise 27: Consecrate Altar Tools . . . 184
Exercise 28: Altar Devotionals . . . 189
Exercise 29: Divination . . . 217
Exercise 30: Home Cleansing & Protection . . . 225
Exercise 31: Magick Circle . . . 247
Exercise 32: Create and Cast Your Own Petition Spell . . . 292
Exercise 33: Materia Magicka . . . 326
Exercise 34: Create and Cast a Spell . . . 351
Exercise 35: Turn the Wheel . . . 381
Exercise 36: Web Weaving . . . 392
Exercise 37: Astral Temple . . . 396

List of Figures Figure 1: Extended Wiccan Rede . . . 37-39
Figure 2: Diamond of Divinity . . . 56
Figure 3: Yin-Yang . . . 63
Figure 4: The Divine Through the Cycles of Life . . . 64
Figure 5: Pentagram of Divinity . . . 65
Figure 6: Archetype Chart . . . 80-81
Figure 7: Elemental Triangles . . . 102
Figure 8: Tattvas . . . 103
Figure 9: Spirals . . . 104
Figure 10: Basic Invoking and Basic Banishing Pentagrams . . . 106
Figure 11: Elemental Pentagrams . . . 107
Figure 12: Invoking and Banishing Pentagrams . . . 108
Figure 13: Wands . . . 124
Figure 14: Altar . . . 174
Figure 15: Wheel, Seasons, and Times of Day . . . 177
Figure 16: Wheel and Qualities . . . 179
Figure 17: Tarot Layout . . . 202
Figure 18: “The Charge of the Goddess” . . . 232-233
Figure 19: “Witch's Rune” . . . 233-234
Figure 20: Chant . . . 234
Figure 21: Goddess Position . . . 236
Figure 22: God Position . . . 237
Figure 23: Cutting a Door . . . 244
Figure 24: Levels of Reality . . . 253
Figure 25: Pentacle . . . 255
Figure 26: Moon Quarters . . . 261
Figure 27: Planetary Hours Chart . . . 268
Figure 28: Aspects . . . 280
Figure 29: Astrological Calendar . . . 282
Figure 30: Ritual Record Sheet . . . 288
Figure 31: Potions . . . 300
Figure 32: Rune of Protection . . . 304
Figure 33: Rune Tinne of Protection . . . 305
Figure 34: PROTECTION Translated into Runes . . . 305
Figure 35: Bindrune . . . 305
Figure 36: Sigil 1 . . . 306
Figure 37: Sigil 2 . . . 306
Figure 38: Sigil 3 . . . 306
Figure 39: Witch's Wheel . . . 307
Figure 40: Sigil on Witch's Wheel . . . 308
Figure 41: Complete Sigil . . . 308
Figure 42: Witch's Cords . . . 310
Figure 43: Plant Card . . . 325
Figure 44: Stone Card . . . 326
Figure 45: Protection Symbol . . . 330
Figure 46: Healing Symbols . . . 336
Figure 47: Prosperity Symbol . . . 341
Figure 48: Invisibility Charm . . . 349
Figure 49: Wheel of the Year . . . 364
Figure 50: Altar with Crystals . . . 399

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