Casting A Queer Circle: Non-Binary Witchcraft
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Many people come to traditional Wicca or Witchcraft seeking the benefits of shared ritual, spiritual community, and formalized training, but the inherent sex and gender binaries that permeate modern Wicca can make anyone who exists outside of that polarity feel unimportant or excluded. Even people who identify within a gender binary but want their spiritual or religious practice to reflect a spectrum of life experiences can feel stifled and smothered in the biases of Wicca-based Paganism. Thista Minai has created an alternative. Casting a Queer Circle describes Spectrum Gate Mysteries, a new ritual system conceived as a direct answer to those of us who appreciate the wisdom and power of traditional Wicca, yet need something more inclusive. Here you'll find the fundamentals of queering witchcraft, from casting a Circle and celebrating the Wheel of the Year, to Rites of Passage and creating a coven. Bring your identity into your sacred work, and worship on your own terms.
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Aug 24, 2017Aimed at everyone who finds that binary and heterocentric approaches to witchcraft do not fit actual lived reality, this book is an outstanding guide to crafting an inclusive, non-binary approach to ritual. It contains a complete system of magic, ritual, symbolism, festivals, and ritual roles, all designed to be inclusive, safe, creative, and genuinely transformative. Thista Minai is a polytheist, which means that their rituals are designed from the ground up to be respectful to the deities and spirits of place. It also means that they dispense with the version of the Wheel of the Year where the festivals are tied to a mythical cycle of “the God” and “the Goddess”. The section on why we cast a circle is outstanding, and covered physical and psychological safety in the circle, among other things. The symbolism and magical purpose of the tools used in circle are covered in depth, with consideration of safety – which included things like consenting to sharing a cup (what with the risk of... More > sharing germs and infections), what to do to make sure recovering alcoholics are included, and the potential for incense to cause problems for asthmatics. Although the starting-point for exploring new ways of doing ritual was the need to expand concepts beyond a binary model of gender, Thista Minai has included other considerations like consent, accessibility, safety, respect for the powers, spirits, deities with whom we work, and an approach to ritual that is grounded in an embodied understanding of magic, and an awareness of the need for community, dedication, and commitment. The section on the festivals covers the Pagan/Wiccan wheel of the year from a queer and polytheist perspective, and how the festivals can be expanded and adapted to reflect queer concerns and affirm queer lives and identities. Each festival is examined for its lore and mythology, and how it specifically applies to Queer people. The practice of consent culture is central to the way the festivals are celebrated, whether it’s consent for cuddles at Beltane, or spirits and deities consenting to work with you. I will definitely be adding this book to my list of recommended reading for my students, and have already added it to the recommended reading page on the inclusive Wicca website.< Less
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- Thista Minai (Standard Copyright License)
- First Print Edition
- Asphodel Press
- August 1, 2017
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.71 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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