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Christopher Penczak

Christopher Penczak

Christopher Penczak is the co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft, a system, tradition and religious nonprofit organization focused on magickal education and building community. He is an award winning author of over twenty books, including The Inner Temple of Witchcraft, The Three Rays of Witchcraft and Ascension Magick and a co-owner of Copper Cauldron Publishing, a company dedicated to producing inspirational products of magick and art for the evolution of consciousness for individuals and the world. Based in New England, he travels internationally to teach magick and healing.

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Hello Lovelies! 

I join up on Wiches & Pagans Pagan Square Blog, and then I disappear! I have to admit that blogging is not necessarily the best format for me. I have lots of projects in the works, some writing, some not, and they often distract me. Since my last post, the Temple of Witchcraft has obtained land with a few buildingsg and in order to help support and caretake this space, I've moved from my home to it and trying to settle in. No sooner did I move, then went to teachin Seattle. Came home and had a bit of a fender-bender. Thankful for good shields and reflexes, but still a lot of car damage, insurance companies and car rentals. All this led into the seven day a week vortex of Samhain, and my November and December are not particularly light this year with a trip to St. Louis to teach at Pathways ( , Faerycon ( and Between the Worlds Conventions (  

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If you keep any kind of regular spiritual practice over a long period of time, you'll find that you can hit a wall. The tried and true technique just doesn't do it for you like it once did. In my experience its not so much that the technique is at fault, or that you are at fault, as you've been sincerely using it as a part of your practice with regular frequency, but that you've hit a plateau or even made a permanent shift. 

If you are going strong enough, our spiritual practice can open us to new levels of consciousness. Our first experience with these levels is a “peak” experience. When you enter into this peak often enough, it starts to level out and become a more regular normal level for us, creating a plateau of consciousness. When you maintain this plateau for a period of time and use it as a base to establish new peaks, you are making a permanent shift of consciousness. 

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Scavenge & Synthesize

©2012 Matthew Venus

Recently I was talking to someone I respect as a mentor and teacher, and he wondered why Witches of later generations used Eastern terminology with their Craft. They were talking about magickal gestures and hand positions as mudras, a term from Hindu traditions. I do the same thing. My own background mixes Witchcraft and Wicca with modern occultism, Theosophy, Qabalah, kundalini yoga, shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism. So I gave his question a lot of thought.

My initial answer is that we are looking for verification. Many of us in modern Witchcraft broke away from our birth religions, often with great difficult. We face fear, anger, peer pressure and ostracism from our families and friends. We usually leave our birth religion because we feel there is something false about it, either in the theology or the dogma. It doesn't ring true. It's not organic. While all religions are going to have some inorganic aspect, in the sense that it was human made, some are more synthetic, more unnatural than others. Most of go towards Paganism and Witchcraft because there is a feeling of being more authentic, more natural.

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  • Christopher Penczak
    Christopher Penczak says #
    Thanks. I just met some lovely Swamp Witches in North Carolina and was reminded of them with your Gumbo Witch Comment. My husband'
  • Karen Hall
    Karen Hall says #
    Thank you, Christopher, for an exceptionally clear and concise explanation of this common experience. This tendency to amalgamate

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