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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738732990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738732992
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gede Parma (Fio) is a Witch and Priest. He is an initiate of the WildWood and Anderean traditions of contemporary and traditional Witchcraft and has spent most of his life in Australia. Gede is also an Anderson Faery Witch and a Reclaiming teacher and loves to sing, play and dare with the Spirits. He is an ecofeminist, a devotee of Kali Maa and dedicated to Persephone, an activist, vegan and queer non-gender attached wonder-being; call him a her, a ze, a pudding. His books include Ecstatic Witchcraft, By Land, Sky & Sea and Spirited. Gede lives in Bali, teaches internationally and is enthused by radical revelation of the Divine upon the Living Earth. His website is www.gedeparma.com

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I recommend the experiential over the intellectual pursuit of continuous reading of a subject.
J. S. Warren
I have to admit to being one of those readers of occult books that had a preconceived opinion about a publisher.
L. G. Morgan
Gede Parma has a solid experience of wholeness that I sense he is able to help others also experience and love.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Warren on July 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Gede Parma is a gifted witch, shaman, mystic, and author. He is a poet, who uses his gifts to see truths and bring them to us in a magical bypass of our critical intellect. And he is the teacher you may have been waiting for.

The book is intended for mature individuals who are experienced in their spiritual path. It is intended for deepening one's experience. First read these words from the book: 'Many of the topics withing these pages are deeply confrontative and can be dangerous. To read on is to acknowledge Witchcraft as a true wisdom tradition abiding only by the precept of TOTAL FREEDOM EQUALS TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY. I shall leave the ethics to the deeper selves of all of you.'

If you don't understand the above paragraph, you are not ready. RESPONSIBILITY IS KEY. And maturity. That said the actual review follows.

ECSTATIC WITCHCRAFT brings a new vision of what mysticism, witchcraft, or shamanism can be. Gede Parma brings to mind sayings of avatars and seers of old who spoke, 'You may have heard it said..., but I say...' In other words his insights are fresh. They may surprise. But, you may be inspired to read parts of this book, if not the whole book, over and over. And you may be inspired to learn some of the experiential practices he offers. I recommend the experiential over the intellectual pursuit of continuous reading of a subject. Try the practices he describes.

The author takes us through an explanation of ecstasy in the shamanic sense. Lifted out of one's ordinary perception of reality and slipped into a new perception of non-ordinary reality. Finding there new truths or a new connection with the divine by whatever name or names you may call the living energy universe.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Andrew on July 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
"...if we have undergone the elemental purification of walking life's path in honour and integrity, we partake of the holy mystery that says, "Here lies the way to ascension (the road to God), here lies the way to decadence (the road to oblivion), here lies the road to the Faerie country (the road to magick)." The Witch, honouring his or her spiral nature, will often simply walk in the direction of the middle way (the Faerie Road), because he or she will know intimately that a road or path is never one-dimensional and will eventually turn and twist and bend - the crooked path."

And that is only in the preface, before we even hit the introduction.

The chapters move in a familiar pattern: beginning with Circle-casting, then elemental work, then invocation of divinity, and then moving on to subjects such as spirit-allies, trance-possession and spell-work. He balances nicely between theory, practical, and the personal - although to be honest the personal stories were so interesting that I would have liked more of them, and in greater detail. His musings on the relationship between humanity and the gods, and their expressions within our own psyches, are quite profound, and worth the price of the book.

His central argument is that modern witchcraft is an ecstatic earth-based Mystery religion - although I don't agree that witchcraft is one single thing, he argues very convincingly that its essence lies in techniques that allow the practitioner to commune with divinity through altered (ecstatic) states of consciousness. Hence his use of the term `shamanic'.

I would have liked a greater emphasis on primary sources - Gede tends to reference other Pagan authors when he could easily cite scholars - and he can be a bit inconsistent with footnoting.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. G. Morgan on August 19, 2012
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I have to admit to being one of those readers of occult books that had a preconceived opinion about a publisher. It's been many years since I read anything put out by Llewellyn, but I still thought I had a pretty good idea of what material to expect. So I will pay Gede Parma's book one of the largest compliments I can in saying that it single-handedly improved my opinion of its publisher! This book is both smart and poetic, it explores dimensions of witchcraft practice and philosophy that you don't get in the typical rehashed, 'how to cast a circle and call the quarters 101' book. What is most inspiring about this book is it doesn't just discuss the 'ecstasy driven' dimension of witchcraft, but it positively breathes and exudes that quality, so that simply reading it alone seems to alter consciousness like reading a good invocation. This for me is the litmus test for an inspired writer, and Gede passes this test with flying colours. I believe this to be the work of a spiritual teacher of great importance who we will hear a great deal more of in the future, and one that should not be missed by any serious student of witchcraft.
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