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Penczak (The Inner Temple of Witchcraft; Gay Witchcraft, etc.) fills a niche need with this balanced daily approach to psychic wellness. This is a clear, accessible, and useful manual for those who wish to align their will regularly with nature's processes and elements for healthy living. Beginning with the premise that "ninety percent of all psychic attacks are not attacks, but self-created illusions," Penczak goes on to delineate the genuine need for protection from such forces as physical harm; harmful energy, judgments and projections; evil eyes; time traps; psychic vampires (drainers of energy, vitality and emotion); unenlightened gurus; past life energies and last but not least, oneself. Subsequent chapters discuss the symptoms of a person in need of psychic protection, then describe methods of diagnosis and physical, emotional and spiritual self-purification. Penczak identifies graphic protection symbols (designs, stones, etc.), as well as tools to evoke protective spirits. The book's real philosophical beauty is in the final chapter that addresses the dilemma of competitive magick. As Penczak sagely observes, "When we put our energies into fighting each other we forget we are of the same tree, same roots, nourished by the same spiritual source." This is a wise, helpful book for beginners and intermediate students of the craft.
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About the Author

Christopher Penczak is an award-winning author, teacher, and healing practitioner. He has studied extensively with witches, mystics, shamans, and healers in a variety of traditions from around the world to synthesize his own practice of magick and healing.

Formerly based in the music industry, Christopher was empowered by his spiritual experiences to live a magickal life, and began a full-time practice of teaching, writing, and seeing clients. He is the author of the award-winning Temple of Witchcraft series: The Inner Temple of Witchcraft, The Outer Temple of Witchcraft, The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft, and The Living Temple of Witchcraft Volumes 1 and 2.

His other books include City Magick (Red Wheel/Weiser), Spirit Allies (Red Wheel/Weiser), Gay Witchcraft (Red Wheel/Weiser), Magick of Reiki, Sons of the Goddess, Ascension Magick, Instant Magick, The Mystic Foundation, The Witch's Shield, The Witch's Coin, and the forthcoming The Witch's Heart. Christopher Penczak resides in New Hampshire. Visit him online at http://www.christopherpenczak.com.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1St Edition edition (July 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073870542X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738705422
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I am a witch, but until this book, I never really looked at the art of psychic self-defense. This book opened me up to a whole new world. It's fascinating and the techniques are so helpful, I wonder now how I managed to get along all these years without having this knowledge.

Mr. Penczak is a great teacher, and one of the few who writes with real honesty and simplicity. I never had questions; everything was explained in detail, and the bibliography can be used to further your knowledge on the subject.

The included CD is of excellent quality, the exercises, brilliant. I use them almost every day and I see such a difference in my life. It amazes me.

Mr. Penczak is truly a gifted person. I also highly recommend his Temple series.
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This book has truly been a revelation..having just started my spiritual journey after a life time of "visitation's" and having been too scared to deliberately seek guidance from my "visitors" I have found a way to explore my spiritual connections without feeling fear or intrepidation. This book explained so many things that I had personally experienced on my journey in such a matter of fact, down to earth way that it gave me the confidence to really stretch to my full potential...Thanks Christopher for going against convention and bringing the love and light of your experience out of the closet - great book for anyone who has experienced the dark ones during a meditation and been put off by the fear of their return...not only does Christopher give you a tool box of symbols, rituals, meditations and incantations he backs that up with a healthy wit and openness that I have found lacking in other books of the same genre..Christopher speaks of his experience whilst not allowing the door to close on how our own experiences may be interpretted...I would recommend this to anyone starting to experiment with spiritual journey's, seeking conversations with their spirit guides, wanting to know the protocols for a shamanic journey and many more traditionally secretive ceremonies...thanks for sharing the light :)
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As someone who is sensitive to energy of all kinds, I found this book to be quite useful and with plenty of common sense advice, as well as ways to protect yourself from unwanted "attacks" and energy, while letting positive energy through. Penczak is a wonderful writer who speaks with a style that is down to earth and not "new agey" in the least. While I disagreed with a couple of minor points in this book, I still found it to be highly informative.

He speaks first of why there is a need for psychic protection. Psychic attack while rare does indeed happen and there are those "energy vampires" that we all need to watch out for, however subtle they may be. It's not a bad idea to be able to "shield" ourselves from them. He then describes the various types of "dangers" around, including harmful energy, the dreaded "psychic vampires," curses and ancestral energies to name a few. He goes on to describe the symptoms of this form of attack and ways to "clear" yourself of this form of attack.

He also talks about various forms of protection you can employ, including charmed amulets, symbol magic, protection stones and herbs, grounding one's self, and setting up a "protective shield" for yourself. The book's later chapters describe angels, power animals, and guardian nature spirits you can enlist to help protect yourself. There are also several other techniques you can employ. He does have a banishing spell, but cautions this should be used mostly as last resort.

Penczak has done a great job with this book, it's one that any practicing witch should likely have.
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I am a 63 yr old and I am new to wicca. I feel as if I had been born to this. I am reading as much as I can on the subject; taking it slow and easy; baby steps. I have not quite finished reading The Witch's Shield: Protection Magick & Psychic Self-Defense, by Christopher Penczac, but I have read enough to agree with the others who have rated this book that it is, indeed, a brilliant piece of work. One thing that sticks out is that it teaches responsibility.

Even though this book is not a piece of "fluff" it *is* easy reading for the "newbie."

The CD that comes with the book is very good quality. Christoper Penczak's beautiful voice guides you through each step.

Yes, I have to give this book a five (5) star rating. I am looking forward to purchasing both his The Inner Temple of Witchcraft and his The Outer Temple of Witchcraft and the CDs that go with it.
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Christopher Penczak's books about Wicca and magick became an invaluable resource for me several years ago. Consequently, I was very excited when I was able to obtain a copy of his 2004 book "The Witch's Shield". Written in eight chapters and 191 pages (not including the bibliography and index at the end of the book), Mr. Penczak proceeds to explain not only the numerous sources of psychic dangers and attacks, but more importantly, he explains numerous methods for defending oneself, including the use of protection magick.

The typical sources of psychic dangers and attacks that he categorizes and explains include physical harm, harmful energy, harmful judgments, harmful projections, the "evil eye", time traps, psychic vampires, unenlightened gurus, unwanted spirits, curses, psychic attacks, mesmerism, prayer, ancestral energies, past-life energies and finally, one's self. Yes, at times a person's worst enemy is his or her own self. Mr. Penczak also includes descriptions of typical symptoms that harmful energies can cause. Symptoms can include adverse physical, emotional and spiritual affects. He also discusses denial and paranoia before explaining several techniques that can be used to diagnose the harmful energy.

Balanced protection from harmful energy and psychic attacks, as Mr. Penczak explains, is rooted in the four elements of air, fire, water and earth, as well as the fifth element of spirit. He then discusses one of the most important concepts, which, very simply, is that "prevention is the best medicine" in the third chapter entitled "Psychic Hygiene". Here, he uses the four elements to explain our spiritual bodies and discusses various techniques that can be used to maintain good psychic hygiene, including smudging, ritual bathing, journaling and meditation.
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