Dark Mirror: the inner work of witchcraft
Inner work is a name commonly given to the inner processes that happen in ritual. It can also mean the transformation of the psyche that comes about through engaging in religious ritual. However, the best kind of inner work also has an effect outside the individual and outside the circle. When rituals are focused only on self-development, they tend to be a bit too introspective. Ritual is about creating and maintaining relationships and connections – between body, mind, and spirit; with the Earth, Nature, the land, the spirit world, the community, and friends. It is about making meaning, weaving a web of symbolism, story, mythology, meaning, community, and love. Creating a community that welcomes and celebrates diversity. Creating strong and authentic identity to resist the pressures of consumerism and commercialism and capitalism. Weaving relationship with other beings: humans, animals, birds, spirits, deities.
The night journey: witchcraft as transformation
This book is aimed at witches who want to deepen their engagement with their Craft. It explores modes and types of ritual; how rituals work; the uses of sound and silence in ritual; the witch’s journey through life; the stages and pitfalls of the inner work. It shows how Queer Witchcraft is an inherent aspect of the archetype of the witch; how witchcraft relates to the land; witchcraft as resistance to oppression; working with ancestors; the witch’s pact with spiritual powers; the relationship between madness, shamanism, and witchcraft; and the concept of the night journey, another very old image from the history of witchcraft; how to use insights gained from the practice of witchcraft in everyday life; group dynamics; being a coven leader; teaching and learning in a coven; egregore, lineage, upline, and downline; power and authority; the process of challenging oppression; how to evaluate your Craft; the meaning and purpose of ‘spirituality’, religion, and magic; the archetype of the witch and what it means.
(edited with Christine Hoff Kraemer), Asphodel Press, 2016.
How might a Druid, a Wiccan, a Heathen, or a Polytheist understand consent? In Pagan Consent Culture, Pagans show how to ground good consent practices in Pagan stories, liturgies, and values.
Avalonia Books, 2014.
All Acts of Love and Pleasure is a companion guide to inclusive Wicca, which includes all participants regardless of sexual orientation, disability, age, or other differences, not by erasing or ignoring the distinctions, but by working with them creatively within initiatory Craft.
The Magical Lore of Animals
Capall Bann Publishing, 2000.
Folklore and mythology from all over the world is full of animal stories, and many deities have animal totems associated with them. The animals, birds, trees, and places connected with each deity link all Nature in a web of symbols, showing that everything depends on everything else. Animals represent the power of the deity at work in the world, a visible manifestation of the numinous.
A little book of serpents
Birdberry Books, 2012.
A little book of serpents - The mythology, symbolism, folklore and poetry of reptiles, including adders, asps, pythons and other snakes; crocodiles and dinosaurs; turtles and tortoises; dragons and basilisks.
Auguries and Omens: the magical lore of birds
Capall Bann Publishing, 1994.
Examines in detail the interpretation of birds as auguries & omens, the mythology of birds (Roman, Greek, Celtic & Teutonic), the folklore & weather lore associated with them, their use in heraldry & falconry & their appearances in folk songs & poetry. The book explores these areas in a general way, then goes into specific details of individual birds.
The Sacred Grove: mysteries of the forest
Capall Bann Publishing, 1994.
The veneration of trees was a prominent theme in the Paganism of ancient and classical times. Many rituals took place in sacred groves and much of their symbolism involved the cosmic tree. The mysteries of the forest can be incorporated into modern Pagan traditions.
The Enchanted Forest: the magical lore of trees
Capall Bann Publishing, 1993.
First published in 1994 and reprinted several times since then. Fascinating & truly unique - a comprehensive guide to the magical, medicinal & craft uses, mythology, folklore, symbolism & weatherlore of trees. There are chapters on trees in myth & legend, tree spirits, trees in ritual magic, trees & alphabets (runes & Ogham) & weather lore.
The Endless Knot
Birdberry Books, 2012
Poetry of place, experience, the seasons, and the sacred. Written over many years, these poems are the distillation of experiences of ritual, landscape and mythology. Lovers of landscape and nature will enjoy this collection.
Birdberry Books, 2012
A book of prayers, meditations and chalice lightings reflecting diverse understandings of the Divine, including Taoist, Pagan, pantheist, Neo-Platonic, and Unitarian perspectives.
Is it meaningful to speak of ''queer spirituality''? An examination of queer and LGBT imagery and themes in contemporary paganism and Christianity
chapter in Contemporary Christianity and LGBT Sexualities ed. Stephen Hunt, Ashgate Publishing, 2009.
The Republic of Heaven on Earth
chapter in Priestesses, Pythonesses and Sibyls, ed. Sorita d'Este, Avalonia Books, 2009
The Mirror Of The Soul: Assessing The Function Of Watery Rituals And Folk Beliefs
chapter in From a Drop of Water, ed. Kim Huggens, Avalonia Books, 2009