I felt the need for this book in 1999, when I started practicing magic while living in a middle – sized city. I was certainly one of those who could tune in much better when I was around trees and green hills, or around natural waters. I gradually learned to sort out some signals from the overwhelming noise, generally by insulating myself from most of it in a dedicated space.
Chris Penczak took a different, braver approach. This book is about diving into the urban energy blast face-first and thriving in it. I doubt that anyone reading this needs an introduction to this author or his work, but there are the links if you do. I do not quite know how he has been able to pursue as many practices or write as many books as he has, but since I have had the pleasure of attending one of his classes when he visited Birmingham, I can happily endorse him as the real deal.
This is actually a general introduction to magical practice with specific applications for city dwellers. It was the author’s first book, so it is a bit less polished than his later efforts.
Some people might be put off by the fact that City Magick starts off with fundamental theory and basic exercises for meditation, trance work, casting circles, and so on. I have decided that basics are so important that I will always give attention to someone’s new or different approach to them (although I doubt I would buy another book with nothing beyond that to offer).
Beyond the basics of meditation and journeying, urban-style, there are a lot of suggestions for how to use the sights and symbols of urban and office life in a personalized system of magic. There is almost a Chaos Magic feel at times. This is really the heart of the book: a jumping-off place for a lifetime of experiments (or at least until you give up and move to a farm).
Among the basics covered, you will find some oil recipes. The method given uses essentially culinary amounts of common herbs steeped in oil. I think there are more effective methods, and probably better recipes. This is the only part of the book I would caution the reader about.
The present edition has new cover art and one of the coveted forewords by Judika Illes.
In general, this is good inspiration and reference for the urban magician, and highly recommended.
Spells, Rituals, and Symbols for the Urban Witch
Christopher Penczak, Foreword by Judika Illes
Replaces ISBN 9781578632060
6 x 9
August 1, 2012