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Queer Magic: Lgbt+ Spirituality and Culture from Around the World

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Queer Magic and Mysticism in History and Today

Queer Magic provides nourishment for LGBT+ souls and their allies who are interested in learning about the significant presence and influence of queer folks throughout history. Explore fascinating insights into queer relationships and spiritual practices from different regions of the world. Learn about deities, heroes, and
Paperback, 312 pages
Published June 8th 2018 by Llewellyn Publications
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Tyler J [They/He] Gray
This book takes you through many cultures, religions and spiritual paths all over the world and through-out history. It shows queer history through-out all of them. I truly believe everyone can learn something from this book, regardless of beliefs there is something in here for everyone. It's only 4 stars because I wish the writing was a bit better in places but I will treasure my time with this book and i'm sure i'll go back to it. I hope to buy a copy since I read this from netgalley. I ...more
Dorothy Weigand
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Being an LGBT+ witch myself (shocker, I know), I felt drawn to this book. It was good. Very good. I loved how it spoke of various tribes and peoples all over the world. It gave me a lot to think about as the realization hit that 75% or better of the world's homophobia comes from Christianity with only part of it being native hypermasculinity. I with the book would have been longer, covered more, but I can always use the internet or local libraries/bookstores for information on the cultures that ...more
Mya Alexice
3 stars for the writing itself, 5 stars for the importance of the topic and the impact I think it could have on queer individuals struggling with spirituality. So, 4 stars final.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction, lgbtq
Had trouble finishing this one. There was a severe lack of female and trans coverage in this. The author seemed more interested in cis male homosexuality across cultures. And the author seemed more concerned with how cis gay men had sex historically than in the spiritual and religious beliefs of those cultures.
Maybe others would get more from this than I did. In the end, this just wasn't for me.
Summer Kurtz
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book, as the combination or queer and spiritual histories is intriguing. However, everything felt very glossed over and cis male-centric. I would have liked more in-depth history throughout, as well as leaving out some of the author's (frankly ignorant) opinions about sexuality and attraction.
Isis Piccillo
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The content was super interesting! The language used for transgender and non-conforming folks was frustrating, considering it was published this year. Lastly, I had the sneaking suspicion that this book's intended audience was not me, as I am not a gay cis man.
Jes Reaver
Jun 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fic, queer
Calling it at 70 pages. A western lens was not appropriate for a lot of this. Misgendered someone multiple times. Not worth my time.
Marie Corbitt
This was a really fascinating read and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning about how the queer and magical worlds collide.

Some interesting takeaways for me:

It seems that a lot of cultures had a more accepting view of queerness until Christianity came in and influenced their views.

"For the most part, modern followers of Qabalah are accepting of the queer community. The underlying belief is that God doesn't make mistakes; if people are born with whatever degree of queerness in
Dez Schwartz
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt-paranormal
A fantastic crash course on the world history of lgbt+ spirituality covered by regions and religions. Prower does an excellent job of exploring societal expectations, religious beliefs, and their corresponding figures and deities in regard to historical queer culture.

I feel this is a must-read regardless of whether or not the reader is a magical practitioner.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book highlights global queer figures and acceptance from every country across the world. Most of these histories have been hidden or shunned after Christianity took root. Lots of cultures today like to look at homosexuality as a western idea that was brought by the white man, but really, history dictates that queerness was largely woven into pre-Christian societies. The REAL western idea that spread was shame. The best gift I received from this book is affirmation from my ancestors. ...more
Brandon Bowen
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"This book is a fascinating trip around the world to look at Queer Magic. There are lots of mythic stories and history which suits me just fine. There are some spells and self care tips that I want to try and just a lot of positivity for LGBTQ+ people that's so needed in today's world. I loved this book, I annotated it and I will read big chunks of it again and again."
Phillip Albright
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I normally don't review Non-Fiction. It takes me a bit more to get my thoughts together. When I first came out I was young. It seems I was also young when deciding to practice magic. Coming out takes courage, let alone bursting out of two closets. As an adult my path has taken me on many spiritual reading journeys. I found Tomas Prower's "Queer Magic" book to be very educational. I get a sense that it was hard sometimes to find the right story or words for our magic traveling. The book is split ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prower's book outlines (in a comprehensive manner) the LGBT+ ties that many of the world's major religions have, which is terribly important, as the modern iterations of a number of those religions would rather you not focus on such things. We're shown the various examples by the author and not only asked to observe how natural non-heterosexual relations were at particular times with particular groups, but to look inward---to realize that LGBT+ have been here since the very beginning, and, as if ...more
Mat Auryn
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Queer Magic: LGBT+ Spirituality and Culture from Around the World by Tomás Prower is greatly needed addition to the slowly growing library of LGBTQ+ books on spirituality and magick, especially since it addresses more than just cis-gender gay men, which is great. The book is full of great exercises, spells, and rituals as well as blurbs of personal experiences of other LGBTQ+ practitioners. Among these personal experiences include Wisdom of a Welsh Druid Drag Queen and Being a Blatina Bisexual ...more
Lauren 💖💜💙 Leshley
It took me over a month to finish this book.

In my view, the magickal takeaways weaken the more interesting parts of the book. Its hard to take some of the advice seriously; the takeaways run along superficial lines and sometimes directly contradict each other. The Latin American cultural takeaway recommends consuming queer tragedies or reading up on anti-queer hate crimes in the news to fuel dark emotions. This strikes me as a very irresponsible activity to offhandedly recommend to queer
Scarlett Pulsipher
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I have so many thoughts on this book. Its definitely heavily magic based, which should have been obvious to me, but I picked it up thinking that it would be largely about how LGBT+ people interact with the religions theyve been brought up in. Theres a lot of interesting history and information in here, which is my favorite part. I think I would have liked it a lot more, though, if the author put more effort into finding a wider variety of LGBT+ people practicing their religion to talk to. ...more
Ela The Queer Bookish
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-maybe
I was so hyped for this book.

I remember how I sat on the balcony, enjoying the sun and thinking I was in for a great treat.

Well, I wasn't. Now don't get me wrong. It was interesting enough - at times. At other times I felt it was rather elitist and overall... it's just so rushed!

The book rushes through time, through culture, through continents... It's really sad, because I really enjoyed the queer eye used in Queer Magic. But I wasn't able to get into a thing because there always was the next
Find your tribe

This book is a journey through time and across lands, looking not only at queer figures in mythology and magic, but the people that revered/revere them. Prower invites you to know them, to do magic with them, to step out of your comfort zone and own your queer identity. If you're looking for in depth commentary on queer gods, this isn't the right book, but if you're looking for your tribe, this is definitely one to check out. Queer Magic is really an invitation to dive deeper into
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
In the course of my spiritual journey, I am looking at all sorts of different traditions, and specifically for queer stances and acceptance by them. This is a quick look global traditions and veliefs specifically dealing with queer people's place in them. As the title suggests, it is mostly focused on magic practitioners and traditions, but honestly, some of the ideas and prayers transfer well back and forth, or are rather made of the basic ideas that labels don't matter as,much to how they are ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Mirroring the sentiment of another reader on here, an overall 3 mostly because of the importance of the topic rather than the writing. He definitely knows his stuff but I found this book a bit "light" for me and wanted to know more about literally everything he talked about. He goes through some really important queer history but this could easily be a massive volume so I'm considering it a good place to start my own personal research. I do appreciate his bluntness and humour as well-- I just ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
The research that went into Prower's review of LGBTQ spirituality around the world was sound, though given the gaps in our history between imperialism, Christianity, and a disregard for the history of women, period, there were a few assumptions made that warranted more inflection. Regardless, this was a very enjoyable read that, whether you're here for the magic or not, is incredibly enriching for those finding their place in LGBTQ history and gaining a deeper understanding of the mutltitude of ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: witch-books
I love reading about historical/mythological queer people because I think its really affirming and this book was nice for that. For the most part everything was carefully sourced, and I like that the author made a point to bring in voices from the cultures & practices he was representing. I did end up skipping a lot of the takeaway sections because I found them annoying and preachy, so I dont think it really did much for my own practice. It was still a fun and interesting read, though. ...more
Lia Tilson
This book is rubbish that will be burnt. It contains fictional accounts of indigenous people from the authors so called "friends" in australia who have never set foot in the area his chapter refers to.... this is a fraudulent book. please those who have a copy let me know! tomas will need to refund you!
Janet Mary Cobb
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As someone born and raised in traditional Catholicism, who studied theology and practiced ministry - I found this work to be insightful. I highly recommend for anyone who is rooted in heterosexual history, one religious tradition or wanting to discover another perspective.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoughtful, engaging, very timely. A book I wish I'd had as a teenager!

Also some good meditations/journaling prompts/food for thought. Well thought out and organized.
Iskra Ryder
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
overall very good and informative - some word choices i wouldn't have made
Nicholas Pearson
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable overview of LGBTQ+ culture and spirituality across the globe.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer-nonfiction
Some genuinely interesting history here, but too "Wicca" influenced and male-focused for my taste.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-loans
Exactly halfway between fascinating and boring. Lots of good information on a topic that needs more scholarship and study. Glad this exists, but I want more, and from a wider variety of writers.
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