Finding the City of Light

City Witch

©2012 Holly Golightly

Finding the
City of Light

by Christopher Penczak

“Cities are not natural. Cities are not magical. Cities are not sacred.” So we often hear, but I don’t believe it for a minute.

As modern pagans, witches, sha-mans and mages, we have been conditioned to long for a techno-free utopia, a garden of paradise. Many of us look to the matriarchal Stone Age cultures, claiming that these societies possessed a perfect paradise without violence, war, crime or any social ills.

It is because of this anti-urban attitude that I wrote my first book, City Magick: Urban Rituals, Spells and Shamanism. Mythic cities abound in pagan mythology, and if we look to such stories for guidance and inspiration, how can we claim cities are not magical?

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