Even in some of the most unique and inclusive cultural practices in the world, there is so much focus on heteronormativity. It feels like you can’t read about Gods and Goddesses without also reading about the importance of reproduction, male and female, and sexual union between a man and a woman. The problem is, these ideas just don’t get close to the reality of our lives.
Nature has never been cis-het, and thank goodness there are so many prominent queer authors in the magic community bringing queerness into the heart of witchcraft including Christopher Penczak, Ivo Dominguez Jr., Storm Faerywolf, Mat Auryn, Mark Horn and Cassandra Snow.
The Satyr's Kiss: Queer Men, Sex Magic & Modern Witchcraft (2022)
by Storm Faerywolf
Set to be released on June 24, Storm’s latest book The Satyr’s Kiss aims to not only champion men in a culture primarily seen as quite female-led, but queer men in all their forms; gay, trans, non-binary and everything in between. It features a number of spells and rituals that honour diverse sexualities and allow us to remove ourselves from that male/female dynamic that’s so ingrained in society.
Queer Qabala: Nonbinary, Genderfluid, Omnisexual Mysticism & Magick (2022)
by Enfys J. Book
Hermetic qabalah is one of the cornerstones of many occult practices in Western esotericism, but it’s largely been looked at in the same way for decades. Queer Qabala delves into the intrinsic queer qualities of the Tree of Life, with modern and inclusive language that allows you to understand the qabalah in the context of your own life and spiritual path. It includes a number of exercises and pathworkings to further your understanding of this mysterious occult framework, all while putting your queerness at the heart of your connection with the spiritual world.
Queering Your Craft: Witchcraft from the Margins (2020)
by Cassandra Snow
Along with her other book Queering the Tarot, Cassandra Snow introduces a new way of looking at witchcraft which involves throwing out anything that isn’t inclusive to the entire LGBTQIA+ spectrum, as well as all races, cultures, bodies, abilities and financial situations. Even if you don’t consider yourself queer, this is an amazing book which will help you really mould your craft around your true self and not what society expects.
Gay Witchcraft: Empowering the Tribe (2003)
by Christopher Penczak
The oldest book on our list by far, Christopher Penczak really paved the way for gay witches, pushing them into mainstream witchy culture while they’d previously been on the margins of an already marginalised community because they didn’t fit into the polarity so fiercely emphasized in witchcraft culture. There are spells and rituals in this book that will help any LGBTQIA+ witch find their way.
Queer Magic: LGBT+ Spirituality and Culture from Around the World (2018)
by Tomás Prower
So we’ve explored books about moulding our own witchcraft practice with queer inclusive language and actions, but what about drawing on specific cultures from around the globe? Most large spiritual cultures do centre on this cis-het normativity, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t spiritual communities that exist in the world outside of that binary. This book is full of experiences from a diverse array of cultures, and shines a big queer light on mythology we might not have considered altogether queer before.
All Acts of Love and Pleasure: Inclusive Wicca (2021)
by Yvonne Aburrow
Taking its name from a line in the classic Wiccan text Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente, Yvonne Aburrow’s book looks at wicca, primarily, and the ways in which this tradition can be made to be inclusive of people of all genders and sexualities. It explores a number of modern day issues in relation to initiatory wicca, and is the ideal handbook for any High Priest or High Priestess looking to diversify and be more inclusive to people on the margins of society.