Queer I Stand
Sphinxes in the Library: A Review of T. Thorn Coyle's "Make Magic of Your Life"
I see many similarities in parts of the journey that Thorn's life has taken with my own: we are both people who intellectualize (and often overly so... I wonder if Thorn is likewise an Enneagram 7?), who have struggled with physical difficulties, who have lived in difficult economic circumstances, who have had non-traditional approaches to gender and sexuality, and whose lives have taken strange turns in pursuit of desire for spiritual development. The few times I've been able to interact with Thorn in person have been enjoyable and enriching, and we are kindred spirits in a variety of respects. But, we are also very different beings, and in that difference lies our strength, and the even greater importance for me—and for every reader of Thorn's book—to pursue their own journey to the fullest capacity possible. We can take great inspiration from how others have lived their lives authentically in pursuit of desire, but doing so is no substitute for pursuing our own desires.
There are no gurus in modern Paganism or polytheism who end up doing the work for us; it is up to us to enact and embody these teachings. We must each fulfill our own part in the greater cosmic schema to bring this process of universal existence further in its development. Understanding and pursuing desire as a method for furthering that process is the task this book sets out to teach the reader upon, and it does an admirable job of it. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone; in fact, it's one of very few Pagan books, or books at all, that I am recommending to my mother to read!
Watch an author video with T. Thorn Coyle and read more reactions to Make Magic of Your Life on the Patheos Book Club!
P. Sufenas Virius Lupus is a metagender and a founding member of the Ekklesía Antínoou (a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist religious group dedicated to Antinous, the deified lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and other related gods and divine figures). E is a contributing member of Neos Alexandria and a Celtic Reconstructionist pagan in the filidecht and gentlidecht traditions. Follow Lupus' work on the Aedicula Antinoi blog.