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Outside the Charmed Circle: Exploring Gender & Sexuality in Magical Practice Paperback – Jan. 8 2020

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Outside the Charmed Circle, misha magdalene, gender and sexuality, pagan, paganism, lgbtq
Outside the Charmed Circle, misha magdalene, gender and sexuality, pagan, paganism, lgbtq

"Every once in a while, a book comes along that is so essential and insightful you actually resent it just a little for not having been there for you at an earlier point in your development. Outside the Charmed Circle is such a book—at least for me."

—Michelle Belanger, foreword to Outside the Charmed Circle

Outside the Charmed Circle is a guide to negotiating gender identity and sexuality within Pagan and magical religious communities. It is designed to support you as you awaken to who you are, deepen your magical practice, and walk through the Pagan world successfully in an authentic way.

Author Misha Magdalene provides simple hands-on meditations, prompts, and magical workings to help you explore your identity. Whether you are straight or gay, cis or trans, witch or magician or devotee—you can use this book to develop and deepen your own magical or witchcraft practice.

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Outside the Charmed Circle, misha magdalene, gender and sexuality, pagan, paganism, lgbtq

Outside the Charmed Circle, misha magdalene, gender and sexuality, pagan, paganism, lgbtq

Outside the Charmed Circle, misha magdalene, gender and sexuality, pagan, paganism, lgbtq

llewellyn, llewellyn worldwide, llewellyn publishing, llewellyn books, new age, new age books

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"Outside the Charmed Circle can guide you outwards and inwards to expand your experience of yourself and your understanding of others. The ideas, viewpoints, and practices are offered with a proper balance of challenge and reassurance that truly engage contemplation and action. This book is for anyone who dares to know themselves and to walk the ever-growing edges of awareness."―Ivo Dominguez Jr., author of Keys to Perception

"Outside the Charmed Circle is a page-turning, thought-provoking delight from start to finish. Misha Magdalene has written a '101 and beyond' user-friendly handbook for magical and social change. As a sexologist, it's now one of my top ten gender education books. As a polytheist pagan, one of my top five magical treatises. I won't leave home without it."―Amy Marsh, EdD, DHS, CH, CI

"The depth and heart that Misha Magdalene has put into this work is a triumph for this topic. This is a voice and perspective that's not only sorely needed, but proves once and for all that the circle is truly big enough for all of us."―David Salisbury, author of Witchcraft Activism

"Absolutely filling the void, Outside the Charmed Circle is a much-needed, magical exploration into gender and sexuality that is quintessential for the times we live in. Beautifully balanced and thorough research combines with accessible exercises and rituals that are suitable for a wide variety of humans―engaging body, brain, and spirit throughout. From diving into queerness, tackling consent, and addressing body awareness to demystifying sex magic and adjusting traditions, this book smoothly tackles many complicated issues that newcomers and experienced practitioners alike will appreciate and learn from."―Laura Tempest Zakroff, author of Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft

"A gem of a book, Outside the Charmed Circle challenges us to examine and question our built-in assumptions about gender, sexuality, consent, and the power dynamics we unconsciously have about magic and the pagan community. Misha Magdalene shows us how to go beyond the masculine/feminine binary of working with magic and to adapt spellwork to our own needs whether we're men, women, both, neither, or anything in-between. From step-by-step sex magic, to the spiritual power of setting boundaries and saying 'No,' to even the politics of consent with the gods themselves, this book has it all for those seeking to expand their horizons of gender and sex within magic."―Tomás Prower, author of Queer Magic: LGBT+ Spirituality and Culture from Around the World

About the Author

Misha Magdalene (they/them) is a multidisciplinary, multi-classed, multiqueer witch. They are an initiate of three lineages of traditional witchcraft: Anderson Feri, Gardnerian Wicca, and Central Valley Wicca. They hold a degree in gender, women, and sexuality studies from the University of Washington. Misha is the recipient of the Leslie Ashbaught Feminist Praxis in Education Award. They live near Seattle, Washington.

Michelle Belanger is an occult expert, educator, media personality, and author of over thirty books on paranormal and occult topics. Founder and lead clergy of the magickal group House Kheperu, Belanger is most widely recognized for work as a psychic on A&E's Paranormal State and Osbourne Media's Portals to Hell. Consulted for numerous documentaries, books, and courses, Belanger has lectured on paranormal and occult topics at colleges and universities across North America and was a National Merit Scholar. A prolific and versatile creator, Belanger has also contributed work to projects as wide-ranging as Marvel AR, HBO's True Blood, CNN Headline News, CSI, Nox Arcana, and multiple RPGs.

To learn more about Belanger's work, start by exploring, where you'll find classes, books, music, and events at the retreat center, Inspiration House. Follow Belanger on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram under the handle sethanikeem.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Llewellyn Publications (Jan. 8 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 073876132X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0738761329
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 340 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.34 x 1.91 x 20.32 cm
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Hello, beautiful creatures! If you’re here, odds are even that you’re wondering who I am and what this is all about. So, let’s get down to it, boppers.

» Who are you?

My name is Tamsin Davis-Langley, and I write under the pen name Misha Magdalene.

I’m a multi-classed, multi-geek, multi-queer witch with a degree in gender studies and a slightly odd sense of humor. I’m an initiate of multiple lines of traditional witchcraft, including Anderson Feri and Gardnerian Wicca. I’ve also been known to dabble recklessly in both modern ceremonial magic and grimoiric goetia. I’ve been blogging since 2001, negotiating the online world since 1987, playing Dungeons & Dragons since 1981, and listening to weird music since birth. I live in Providence, Rhode Island with my polymath partner and two adorably destructive black kittens. My gender pronouns are she, her, hers, and not up for debate, though I’m always delighted to discuss the lengthy history of the grammatically correct use of singular “they” in English.

» What do you do?

I write about magic.

More specifically, I write about gender, sexuality, geek culture, pop culture, philosophy, theology, religion, history, political theory, and the ways in which all of these things intersect with the practice of hands-on, DIY spirituality. My book "Outside the Charmed Circle: Exploring Gender & Sexuality in Magical Practice" was published Llewellyn in January 2020, and deals with pretty much all of those things.

Between August 2017 and January 2021, I wrote a blog for the Patheos Pagan Channel, also titled "Outside the Charmed Circle." During it's lifespan, I wrote about the spiritual value of discernment, the inherent political nature of Pagan and polytheist practice, practicing safer sex magic, strategies for countering abuse in our communities, and the true-life story of how Dungeons & Dragons led me to witchcraft.

Like I said, I write about magic.

» What do people say about you?

Here’s some of the fulsome praise readers have heaped on my head:

“Well reasoned and unapologetic… Misha Magdalene is a treasure!”

“Educational and challenging… an excellent combination.”

“Always thoughtful pieces that critique themselves.”

“Sometimes when I’m having a bad day, I just go back through this page and read all the posts I’ve missed. It helps remind me that there are wonderful people in the world doing wonderful work and talking about the hard things in a beautiful way.”

I love my readers.

And then, of course, there are the critics:

“…pretty boring and unoriginal critique.”

“Cultural Marxism.”

“This might come as a shock to you, but you’re not actually different from anyone else just because you’re gay or into magicks.”

“Just. Shut. Up.”

I adore my critics.

Whether you’re a reader, a critic, or simply curious, I appreciate your interest in who I am and what I’m doing. Cheers!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outside The Charmed Circle even better on a second reading!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 31, 2020
I was privileged and honored to read a PDF draft in advance. When the book was published I ordered two copies, one for me and one for a family member. This is the kind of book you want to talk about, the kind you want to give to others, the kind that makes you want to shout “YES!” into the oak groves at midnight or wave at passing motorists by day.

As I re-read sections of the book, now as a paperback, to write an extensive reivew on my own blog, I realized that I was getting even more out of a second reading! I now know I'll be returning to this book again and again!

I believe this pioneering book is destined to be a classic. It is certainly one that I will take from my shelf again and again, and will continue to recommend whole-heartedly to all who are interested in such topics.

Well done, Misha Magdalene! I look forward to your next book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will be rereading this soon...
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