“Queering Your Craft: Witchcraft From the Margins” by Cassandra Snow is one of the most necessary publications in witchcraft this year.
I don’t think I’m exaggerating, though that sentence may appear hyperbolic. The reason I believe so firmly in this book is because it is something that I myself have been looking for for years.
There have been many books published recently about queer witchcraft, and I will always read them. Some of my favorites include “Queer Magic” by Tomás Prower and the essay collection “Becoming Dangerous.” However, neither of those books is a good way to start practicing witchcraft. “Becoming Dangerous” is more … personal essay meets witchcraft. “Queer Magic” would be more aptly titled “Queer Myth,” as it is a journey around the world and deep into mythology to find queer practices and deities.
“Queering Your Craft” is part introduction to witchcraft, part theory on DIY witchcraft, and part grimoire. Cassandra Snow (they/them or she/her) writes from an inclusive perspective, making no assumptions about the experience you have with witchcraft, but they also have plenty to chew on for the seasoned practitioner. This is a perfect place to start if you are brand new to practice, and it’s also a great book to read if you want to bring more queer stuff into your practice. There is something in this book for you, no matter your level of experience.
I particularly appreciated Cassandra’s approach to spell creation and DIY witchcraft. I am a huge proponent of DIY witchcraft – the first ever public witchcraft class I taught was called “DIY Witchcraft.” I think that creating spells that work for us is not only essential, but it’s the most effective method I’ve found of doing magic. This also gets away from the capitalist notion that you have to buy a pre-fixed candle, or have the perfect altar setup, or any other more expensive tools. Sometimes, the tools we use can actually detract from the magic. They get us thinking that we have to do things a certain way, and we get precious, and that can distract from our power.
Cassandra and I both believe in working with what you have, now. And that runs throughout the book.
The thing that I’m most excited about though? The grimoire in the back of the book. This is an incredible resource of spells and rituals that are perfect for specific issues that queer witches often deal with. Love spells for polyamorous babes, spells to strengthen ourselves for activism, hanky code enchantments, and anticapitalist money spells abound.
I don’t want to say too much about this book, because I think that if you are interested, you should absolutely just go read it. Don’t wait.
If you want to hear an in-depth interview between Cassandra and I, listen to this episode of the Heathen’s Journey Podcast.
If you’d like to order a copy of this book, you can do so at IndieBound here.