A City Unmasked

Discovering Urban Witchiness on Halloween

Reality, Lily Tomlin declared, is a collective hunch. Witches rethink and reshape that hunch every day, and Penczak and Gleason would agree that an open, disciplined mind is witchcraft's greatest implement. "Ultimately, it's always about your perception of things," says Gleason. "You can always change your mind."

Which Book Is Witch?

illustration: Jessica Mazurkiewicz

BEING A PAGAN: DRUIDS, WICCANS, AND WITCHES TODAY, by Ellen Evert Hopman and Lawrence Bond, Destiny Books, 337 pp., $19.95. Interviews with some of the modern Craft's most influential elders, including Isaac Bonewits, Selena Fox, Starhawk, and Z Budapest.

CITY MAGICK: URBAN RITUALS, SPELLS, AND SHAMANISM, by Christopher Penczak, Weiser Books, 302 pp., $16.95. Penczak's upcoming books as well as New York-area talks and private tarot appointment dates will be announced at christopherpenczak.com.

THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO WICCA AND WITCHCRAFT (SECOND EDITION), by Denise Zimmerman and Katherine A. Gleason, Alpha Books, 359 pp., $16.95, katherinegleason.com.

THE DARK ARCHETYPE: EXPLORING THE SHADOW SIDE OF THE DIVINE, by Denise Dumars and Lori Nyx, New Page Books, 221 pp., $13.99. An often cheeky exploration of fierce pagan deities such as Hekate, Kali, Loki, Dionysos, Set, and Lilith with symbols and rituals for the brave of heart, because sometimes you really do need to go there. Not recommended for neophytes or the ethically challenged.

INNER TEMPLE OF WITCHCRAFT: MAGICK, MEDITATION, AND PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT, by Christopher Penczak, Llewellyn Publications, 337 pp., $17.95. A liberating guide to ritual and the unfolding of your inherent psychic abilities.

NEWWITCH: NOT YOUR MOTHER'S BROOMSTICK, newwitch.com. A cool quarterly with articles like "Beyond Pink & Blue: Gender Bending and Transgender Realities in Pagan Culture."

THE VIRTUAL PAGAN: EXPLORING WICCA AND PAGANISM THROUGH THE INTERNET, by Lisa McSherry, Weiser Books, 192 pp., $14.95. A guide to cyber-world basics and how to find and nurture a safe, supportive community on the Net.

WHERE TO PARK YOUR BROOMSTICK: A TEEN'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT, by Lauren Manoy, Fireside Original/Simon & Schuster, 311 pp., $13. A well-designed volume stuffed with everything young seekers want to know about the pagan way.

A WITCH'S BOOK OF ANSWERS, by Eileen Holland and Cerelia, Weiser Books, 384 pp., $19.95. Spunky opinions and motherly warnings for Craft wannabes and newbies. Repetitious and much too breezy to be a proper primer but often highly motivational.

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