The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft:
Shadows, Spirits and the Healing Journey

by Christopher Penczak

Llewellyn Publications. Paperback. 480 pages.

Brief Description:

Is shamanism all that different from modern witchcraft? According to Christopher Penczak, Wicca's roots go back 20,000 years to the Stone Age shamanic traditions of tribal cultures worldwide. A fascinating exploration of the Craft's shamanic origins, The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft offers year-and-a-day training in shamanic witchcraft. Penczak's third volume of witchcraft teachings corresponds to the water element - guiding the reader into this realm of emotion, reflection, and healing. The twelve formal lessons cover shamanic cosmologies, journeying, dreamwork, animal/plant/stone medicine, totems, soul retrieval, and psychic surgery. Each lesson includes exercises (using modern techniques and materials), assignments, and helpful tips. The training ends with a ritual for self-initiation into the art of the shamanic witch - culminating in an act of healing, rebirth, and transformation.

 

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Table of Contents:
"Contents
List of Exercises . . . xi"
"List of Figures . . . xiii"
"Introduction: What Is the Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft? . . . xvii"
Chapter One
Witchcraft and Shamanism . . . 1
Chapter Two
Opening the Veil . . . 19
Chapter Three
Making Sacred Space . . . 39
Chapter Four
The Role of the Shamanic Witch . . . 57
Chapter Five
Lesson One: The Worlds of the Shaman . . . 79
Chapter Six
Lesson Two: The World Aside . . . 123
Chapter Seven
Lesson Three: The Underworld Path . . . 151
Chapter Eight
Lesson Four: The Starry Road . . . 183
Chapter Nine
Lesson Five: Walking with the Spirits . . . 207
Lesson Six: The World of Dreams . . . 249
Chapter Eleven
Lesson Seven: Rites of the Shaman . . . 269
Chapter Twelve
Lesson Eight: Animal Spirit Medicine . . . 285
Chapter Thirteen
Lesson Nine: Plant, Stone, and Song Medicine . . . 311
Chapter Fourteen
Lesson Ten: Past-Life Healing . . . 357
Chapter Fifteen
Lesson Eleven: Shamanic Healing . . . 373
Chapter Sixteen
Lesson Twelve: Mastering the Three Worlds . . . 415
Chapter Seventeen
Lesson Thirteen: Shadow Initiation . . . 431
"Bibliography . . . 447"
"Index . . . 453"
Chapter Ten Exercises
Entering a Meditative State . . . 30
The Inner Temple . . . 32
Emotional Body Training . . . 73
Shadow Promise Ritual . . . 76
Finding Your World Tree . . . 85
Tree Breathing . . . 106
Introductory Journey . . . 118
Building Your Own Witch Bag . . . 138
Eating Heavy Energy . . . 143
Earth Mother Journey . . . 146
Lower World Journey to Meet a Power Animal . . . 164
Shapeshifting Journey . . . 169
Faery Contact . . . 176
Underworld Offering . . . 179
Upper World Journey . . . 191
Angelic Journey . . . 194
Higher-Self Connection . . . 200
xii ? Exercises: Upper World Energy . . . 204
Invocation . . . 226
Ancestor Ritual . . . 238
Clearing a Haunting . . . 244
Dream Ritual . . . 266
Journeying the Wheel of the Year . . . 276
Meeting the Spirits ofthe Seasons . . . 277
Animal Spirit Medicine Retrieval Journey . . . 304
Plant Spirit Communication . . . 316
Plant Spirit Medicine Retrieval Journey . . . 328
Stone Spirit Medicine Retrieval Journey . . . 347
Sacred Sound . . . 353
Ritual to Revoke Past-Life Contracts . . . 367
Healing Past-Life Regression . . . 369
Spirit Body Journey . . . 391
Healing Chambers . . . 392
Hands-on Healing . . . 395
Soul Retrieval . . . 407
Distilling the Shadow . . . 409
Elemental Journey . . . 417
Sending . . . 419
Distant Spirit Medicine Retrieval . . . 420
Cosmic River and Witch Star Journey . . . 423
Healing Chamber to Release Unhealthy Spirit Attachments . . . 426
Journey to the Dark Goddess/God . . . 428
Figures
Inhibitory and Exhibitory Techniques . . . 23
Equal-Armed Cross in the Circle . . . 40
Banishing Pentagram . . . 43
Directional Spirit Wheel . . . 49
Smudge Bundles . . . 52
Invoking Pentagram . . . 55
Ogham Alphabet . . . 82-84
Names ofthe World Tree/World Mountain . . . 84
Shamanic World Tree and the Vesica Pisces . . . 87
Fionn's Window . . . 91
Ogham and the Other Worlds Diagram . . . 92
Ogham and the Other Worlds Chart . . . 93
Norse World Tree . . . 102
Tree Breathing . . . 105
Gundestrup Horned Figure . . . 114
Egyptian Sitting Pose . . . 115
Shaman Lying Facedown . . . 116
xiv ? Figures: Standing Statue Pose . . . 117
Middle World Names . . . 125
Silver Branch . . . 135
Spectrum of Energies . . . 141
Names for the Earth Goddess . . . 146
Lower World Names . . . 159
Upper World Names . . . 189
Higher-Self Contact--Individual and Group . . . 201
Infinity Loop . . . 209
Infinity Loops with the World Tree . . . 210
Invocation of the Horned One . . . 220
Healing Solar Cross . . . 263
The Wheel of the Year and the World Tree . . . 272
Stone Age Dog Image . . . 292
Poem of Nine Woods . . . 326
Five-Petalled Flowers--Nightshade, Datura, Vinca, Cinquefoil . . . 333
Flower Essence Creation . . . 337
Gundestrup Cauldron--Cauldron of Resurrection . . . 393
Celtic Cities . . . 417
Building a Shield . . . 436
Figures 38A and 38B: Shield Design . . . 437

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