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 In The Catholic Church”.
Queer history is often suppressed and swept under the rug – especially when it comes to religion. The act of learning about the rich history of queerness around the globe is extremely empowering, especially to those who grew up being taught that its unnatural or even somehow something modern, unspiritual, and “perverted”. Prower writes that “The more I learned about my queer tribe of “others” that was spread throughout the ages and the globe in so many religious traditions and spiritual beings, the more I realized how vast and diverse our tribe is. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender are just a handful of the flavors that there are under the umbrella of queerness that have existed in our history and religious traditions on every inch of land on the Earth. And therein was the inspiration for this book.”
The book explores the history, myths, and deities of queer spirituality and religion. As the subtitle of the book suggests, the scope of this book is truly global and it covers more than just one religion or tradition and includes Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Judaism, Islam (including “the Satanic Verses”), Sufism, Sub-Saharan Africa, African Diasporic Traditions (Such as Vodou, Santeria, Candomble), Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, The Celts, The Vikings, Christianity, European Magickal Traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confusianism, Shintoism, Shamanic Traditions, Aboriginal Australia, Polynesia, Native North American, and Latin American.
More importantly, Tomás extracts various wisdom from these myths, history, and traditions that can be utilized by any queer person.