Ceremonies, Spheres and the Witches’ Qabalah
Christopher Penczak

Review by Sorita d’Este for Avalonia
February 2008

I had the pleasure of meeting Christopher Penczak a few years ago and was pleasantly surprised at the time with the extensiveness of both his knowledge and his interests. The many books he has authored over the years clearly illustrate his diversity as an author and teacher, and also his own development as a magickian, witch and Priest. It often surprises friends of mine that I take an interest in Penczak’s work as they tend to judge him on some of his earlier work, some of which I have to admit to have never read, what interests me the most about his work is that it is fluid and that it shows progressive thinking based on a wide range of experience.

Some purists might moan about the way the author draws in strands of Qabalah and ceremonial magick to expand on Wicca, but any that do miss the point, which is that Penczak correctly returns to the traditions which were roots of Wicca to expand on the skeleton and flesh out the bones of practice and ritual with material which flows from the same sources. Another of his strengths is that Penczak gives a wide range of practical exercises, giving the reader the opportunity to experience firsthand and thus gain more insight into the messages contained in his writing. This is further amplified by the Meditation CD Companion, with its 4 CDs containing 16 meditations and pathworkings on the ten Sephiroth of the Tree of Life, the four elemental realms, the inner temple and rising on the planes. And of course it is always easier to listen to such meditations on a CD than read them from a book when you are working by yourself.