- Series: Penczak Temple Series (Book 1)
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738702765
- ISBN-13: 978-0738702766
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 166 customer reviews
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The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation and Psychic Development (Penczak Temple Series) Paperback – March 3, 2012
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Explore Your Inner Temple—Your Personal Sacred Space
The Inner Temple of Witchcraft is a thorough course of education, introspection, meditation, and the development of the magickal and psychic abilities that are the birthright of the witch. Four introductory chapters present the history, traditions, and principles of witchcraft, followed by thirteen lessons that start with basic meditation techniques and culminate in a self-initiation ceremony equivalent to the first-degree level of traditional coven-based witchcraft.
As you progress, explore a wide range of topics:
- Ancient and modern magickal philosophy
- Modern scientific theories supporting a new definition of reality
- 'Instant' magick techniques for protection, healing, and serenity
- Energy work and anatomy, including chakras and auras
- Astral travel, dreams, and spirit guides
- Healing techniques for body, mind, and spirit
From Library Journal
These two new titles from Llewellyn focus on witchcraft, or Wicca, a cluster of religious rituals and beliefs deriving from ancient European polytheisms or paganisms. The author of seven books on witchcraft, Grimassi is a practicing Italian witch (a strega) who has researched the history and theory of witchcraft back to antiquity, with a view to recovering and preserving teachings and lore. As a result, the book is primarily a historical study of various European witchcraft traditions. Even when considering magickal techniques for the focusing of natural power or discussing methods of psychic development, the author takes pains to cover their historical development. While Grimassi's book will appeal more to scholars of religion, Penczak's book will appeal to believers and interested casual readers. An active witch and teacher of modern neo-Paganism, Penczak teaches classes (mainly in New England) on witchcraft and various other New Age practices such as reiki, shamanic journeying, and past-life regression. His book aims at using Wiccan techniques (generally termed "Magick") to aid in personal growth. Accordingly, after a brief history and some basic theory of Wiccan spirituality comprising four chapters, there follow 13 lesson-chapters on techniques of spiritual growth, each followed by appropriate exercises. A minor criticism: some of the material discussed, while probably hermetic or occult in origin, is not ordinarily considered Wiccan but pertains to other religious traditions. Astral travel, for instance, is more often a feature of Shamanism, while chakras are a part of yoga. Both books provide a useful introduction to modern witchcraft and are recommended for both academic and public libraries, particularly those with substantial religion collections.
James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Winner of the 2003 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award for Best Magic Book
"4 stars. Exceptional!"―Today's Books
"...accessibly written, user-friendly, and enthusiastically recommended for Wiccan, New Age, or Magick Studies reference libraries."―Wisconsin Bookwatch
"An active witch and teacher of modern neo-Paganism, Penczak teaches classes on witchcraft and various other New Age practices such as reiki, shamanic jouneying, and past-life regression. His book aims at using Wiccan techniques (generally termed "Magick") to aid in personal growth. Accordingly, after a brief history and some basic theory of Wiccan spirituality comprising four chapters, there follow 13 lession-chapters on techniques of spiritual growth, each followed by appropriate exercises."―Library Journal
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So many other books gave instructions on how to perform spells and rituals but not really how to make them work. I always felt like I was just going through motions and saying words without actually connecting to any real power. I have a fairly logical scientific mind so when I didn't see results I got discouraged. This book is amazing. It explains how and why magick works in a clear, informative, and accessible way.
Not only does it contain alot of great information, but whats great about this book (and Penczak's Temple Series in general) is that provides structure, it breaks everything down into specific lessons and execises which when you're a solitary practitioner really helps you get into a routine practice schedule. I know I sound corny, but the idea of being a solitary practitioner has always felt lonely to me. I've always wished I had a teacher to guide me and I feel like I found one with this book (again, corny). I'm even considering taking the online course through Penczak's templeofwitchcraft.org
He has a couple off diagrams, for instance, the Witch's Pyramid diagram has different elements attributed to each point compared to every other place I've ever seen it, with no explaination why he sees it that way. Overall, just try and cross-reference when you read books; no work is perfect.
It was really unfortunate to see him reference Native American stories in his books without attributing the tribe it came from. Something I consider due common courtesy.
Chapter two actually made me want to yell at the book. He seems to be a perpetuator of unproven theories of history. ( Like many authors it unfortunately seems he is influenced by the thoroughly discredited Murray thesis of the primitive witchcraft religion.) Weaving it in with tid bits of generally accepted 'truths', it seemed presented as historic reality on the whole. It would have been better presented as over all theory. I don't feel the two words "For me" at the begining were enough of a 'disclaimer' if you will for multiple pages of historical presentation, after which those two words are easily forgotten. The page prior appears to have been an attempt at a disclaimer but reads to me as more of a justification along the lines of 'no one can agree and too many people are inclined to discredit things that don't fit their idea of reality.' Incidentally, if most people agree that historic theory without apparent basis is less credible, one might think there is something to that, wouldn't you say?
Penczak says "Many of the early books and stories used as a foundation by Wiccans have been somewhat discredited by later scholars"
'Somewhat' an understatement...
Do not be deceived by it’s appearance as a 101 book. While it is an intro and foundational book, there is extreme depth here. It’s strength is in returning to the basics and bringing depth to it. Not only is it just a study of witchcraft, psychic ability and energy manipulation, but Christopher teaches how to actually do these things. There’s also a CD companion for this book in which Christopher leads you through most of the exercises within the book. Some of the psychic exercises are adaptations from what he was taught when studying under Laurie Cabot, who is known worldwide for her psychic ability, including accurately finding missing bodies for the police. However, some think that if they’ve read or studied under Laurie Cabot then they pretty much know everything in this book – this is definitely not true, as Christopher brings so much more to the table.
One of the superpowers that Christopher has is not only the fact that he’s a living occult encyclopedia – but he’s able to take very complex topics and break it down in such an easy to understand manner and with such a clear and simple writing style. From building a relationship with deity and spirits, understanding how energy works and how to manipulate it, how to harness the Hermetic Principles to your advantage, diagnosing people from a distance, healing others, to astral projection and remote viewing – Christopher lays out a strong foundation for anyone’s metaphysical or occult practice. The book sets you up to develop an internal temple from which you can not only access information unavailable by external means, but also a place to perform magick and commune with the gods. I think anyone who overlooks this book is committing an act of foolishness.
So in short, if you don't follow a Wicca path or if you don't work in a group setting then this may not be the book for you. HOWEVER, the information it holds is useful and I thought it was a good read.