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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578632064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578632060
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christopher Penczak is an author, teacher, and healing practitioner. Rooted firmly in the traditions of modern Witchcraft, he draws from the timeless wisdom of many cultures in the creation of new techniques and traditions.

Christopher is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning six-volume Temple of Witchcraft series (Llewellyn) and the Three Rays of Witchcraft (Copper Cauldron Publishing). Other works include Ascension Magick, Instant Magick, and the Witch's Shield (Llewellyn) and City Magick, Gay Witchcraft, and Spirit Allies (Red Wheel/Weiser). He has been a featured columnist for newWitch magazine and publications such as Genre, InnerSelf, and Kaleidoscope.

Christopher is a co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft tradition and not-for-profit religious organization, and teaches and travels extensively teaching Witchcraft. He also offers a variety of online classes and lectures. For more visit www.christopherpenczak.com and www.templeofwitchcraft.org.

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My Highest Recommendation!!
Brian E. Erland
A wonderful Gift for my husband for our first Christmas/Yule Together This Year Tank You So Much For The Grate Item...
MrsZunino
It will help alleviate the notion that magic can only be effective in a natural setting.
"quillmistress"

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "quillmistress" on June 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
One of the most relevant and timely books out today, Christopher Penczak's City Magick serves to prove that natural spirituality and paganism can be practiced and enjoyed deep in the rush of the urban jungle. Penczak has taken city life and opened it to the energies and rhythms of a "different" way of life for practitioners of magic.
With simple language and rich tones of personal experience, Mr. Penczak explains sources of energy, symbols and details of a magical life surrounded by concrete. He teaches us how to use limited space more efficiently for temples, altars and magical storage. Drawing on details from urban life, we're shown how the simple uses of tools, herbs, stones and graffiti sigils can bring us closer to a co-relationship with our environment. He introduces the reader to "Neon Devas and Electric Gods", beginning a new and refreshing open dialogue for those pagans who must or by choice, reside in cities.
Covering such subjects as "metropolitan spirits, urban magic, tools, language of the street, techno temples" and much more, this book delves deep into the heart of the city to unearth the powers that lurk there, waiting to be summoned. Included in the volume are twenty-three good illustrations and twenty-seven practical and simple exercises to enhance your magic and spirituality, while making your home within the steel and glass of an urban environment.
If you reside in a city, this book is a must-have. It will help alleviate the notion that magic can only be effective in a natural setting. Feel "at-one-ness" with the beat of the urban heart. Connect with your surroundings. Use the energy around you to strengthen and enhance magic. Practice urban magic and embrace the pulse of city-life.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "earthmyst" on November 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have been practicing and studying Wicca/Paganism, Tarot and many other tools of Divination for seven years now and this is by far the best book I've laid my hands on. Maybe it's because of the way he writes, the fresh new look and the way of thinking he has on the subject. I am getting very, very irritated from all the fluffy commercialized books I keep seeing and the tacky stuff people do like teen spell kits, velour covered love spell books and whatever else they can think of to take advantage of the fact that Wicca/Paganism is a fast growing path. Anyway, enough of that. Sorry but I had to say it but to let you know his book is not like that at all. It is clear (to me) that this book is not for beginners but for intermediate to more experienced practitioners of the Craft but it's not hard to digest at all. Excellent!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Felis Panthera on March 2, 2002
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This book is a phenominal piece of craft lierature. It brings paganism from the forest into the concrete jungle. As an avid Techno-mage, I have found it informative, useful, and pleasing. I would recommend this book to any practitioner who lives in the city, and can't always get to a forest or a stream to perform their rituals. I have already tried many of the exercises in the book and have found that they have really opened my eyes to the spirit of the city. I look forward to reading this book many, many times in the future.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
...and beat me to it also LOL! Honestly folks, he could not put it better and I know I can't but wanted to second that review wholeheartedly. I am still reading City Magick and could not agree more with his review. This book is what I have been looking for, both consciously and subconsciously, for some time. It is useful, practical, and above all- REAL LIFE for most of us living in cities. I no longer feel guilty that I can't go out and do the things in "A Witch Alone" by Marian Green or many of the "get back to nature or you are not a 'real witch'" type of thought process books, sorry but I have to work and live and cannot just pick up and move to the country, that just does not work for me and is not likely to anytime soon. I've always hated to hear or get the idea from other books or teachings that my Craft is less "worthy" or respectable or whatever as compared to others who are able to live differently than I by choice or chance. I really appreciate the author's support and change in tactic, thought, etc. This book poses none of that country-dweller-necessity garbage and truly empowers us city witches and magick users. If you live in the city or feel disconnected from your Path because of it, get this book now. I've learned more and had my eyes opened more in the first half of this book alone than in a dozen of the other "witchy" or otherwise magickal books I own. Simply wonderful, thank you Christopher Penczak!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
'City Magick' by Christopher Penczak is one of the most enjoyable, original and inventive books on witchcraft/magic that I have read in quite sometime. In clear, concise terminology Penczak walks us through the urban landscape finding magical potential in all we encounter, proving once and for all that the three R's; Reality - Rapture - Ritual, applies to the bright city lights of the concrete jungle just as much as the moonlit natural surroundings of our quickly disappearing rural habit.

Spirit is everywhere, we only have to learn to discern its presence and make the connection. Embrace the metropolition spirits and the new urban temples where they dwell. Penczak is wonderfully adept at pointing the way, as well as providing the tools of the trade to make sure we're successful in this magical journey of discovery!

My Highest Recommendation!!
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