Jump to content

Anyone hear of this book?


Dark Phoenix

Recommended Posts

Hey all,

 

I was searching through the Barnes and Noble website and came across an interesting book. It is called "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft" written by Christopher Penczak:

 

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Inner-Temple-of-Witchcraft/Christopher-Penczak/e/9780738702766/?itm=5

 

Anyone hear of it? Is it good or all fluff :bunny3:?

 

Thanks,

Joe

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've had this book on the shelf for a few years. Haven't read it thoroughly yet, but just flipped through. As with any book, I think there's stuff in there of some use & some stuff to discard. Seems to be broken down into a year & a day "course". I see there are "Lessons" in there & "Excercises" to do & practice, & a "Self Test" at the end. I do see a bit of "Goddess & God" stuff in there. Hmmm....doesn't appear I'm much help here! :embarrased:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hey all,

 

I was searching through the Barnes and Noble website and came across an interesting book. It is called "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft" written by Christopher Penczak:

 

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Inner-Temple-of-Witchcraft/Christopher-Penczak/e/9780738702766/?itm=5

 

Anyone hear of it? Is it good or all fluff :bunny3:?

 

Thanks,

Joe

 

I swore by this book when I was studying Wicca, and now that I've been moved on from that for a while, I think there is still a lot in these books that I feel made it worth reading.

 

There is this one, the Inner Temple, and the second one, the Outer Temple, which are just the first two books in this series of his. I own both of them. Yes, he is quite 'Wiccan-ey'.

 

As I recall, he didn't ever specifically use the word "Wicca" in the books, except in a section in Chapter three of the second book, but he does attribute a lot of Wiccan principles and stuff to the practice of witchcraft, which I always find really aggravating.

 

He does talk about how he, at first, wanted to practice the craft without any religious stuff involved, but eventually he found that his craft and spirituality were coming together more and more and he sees them as very closely related so yes, there is some God and Goddess stuff in there.

 

Anyway, kinda tired today so I don't feel like getting into a deeper analysis... just to sum it up: yup, he's quite Wiccan-ey, but I don't think he's very fluffy. I'm not sure I would describe these books quite that way, unless you wanted to apply the word "fluffy" to all Wiccans... you'll see things like the Rede, Three Fold Law, etc. But he doesn't constantly shuve it down your throat. He focuses on a lot of other stuff that I found beneficial and interesting. Perhaps you'll find it worth your read, too. Maybe not!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I had the whole series of books & cds at one time. To me it was basic beginner stuff all wrap up neat in 1 pack. Yea he admits he started out in wicca & a lot of the stuff has flavor of wicca/New age to it. I ended only keeping the shamanic temple book, left the rest behind in a house I moved out of.

 

You prob. wouldn't learn much from the books that you don't already know or would find better info here w/out the wicca/New age. Imho

 

Sapphire

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awwww.... in your aryan sweater and jeans?????? I still always see you like that, lol. Muah

 

LMAO! Yes!! Although it is a tad too hot for that this time of year...for now it's in my shorts, tshirt and boat shoes lol hahah

 

And thanks everyone I guess the more I research it, the more I realize it is a bit too wiccan for my taste!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If you're truly interested, i'd suggest buying a used copy. I bought a brand new copy and it's now collecting dust under a night table.

 

 

I actually like Penczak's writing style and find him intelligent and informative. I like how the book is divided into "lessons" and gives a lot of emphasis on what is normally given perhaps a few pages of text.

 

So, if you really want a foundational book and don't mind censoring out the Wiccan references, you might not mind this book.

 

But why is my copy under my nighttable? I have too many other books that are much more complex and attack these subjects at more intense speed, I guess. I like Penczak (prefer him over some of the fluffier Wiccan writers) but I want something that really grabs my gut.

 

So - if you check out amazon.com - you can get a glimpse of the text and perhaps get a copy used - if you want a basic reference for energy, meditation exercises, etc. I wouldn't completely write him off - his books might benefit you in some way.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hey all,

 

I was searching through the Barnes and Noble website and came across an interesting book. It is called "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft" written by Christopher Penczak:

 

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Inner-Temple-of-Witchcraft/Christopher-Penczak/e/9780738702766/?itm=5

 

Anyone hear of it? Is it good or all fluff :bunny3:?

 

Thanks,

Joe

 

I have it in fact along with the outer temple of witchcraft by him as well...and another he wrote as well.

 

I found some useful information in all three.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 months later...

I've got his book "The Witches Shield: Protection Magick and Psychic Defence". I like his writing style and think there is something there for everyone to draw from. Same with every book I read, I just take out bits that sit well with me. I got quite a lot out of this book personally.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

×
×
  • Create New...