Embarrassed by Our Origins: Denial and Self-Definition in Modern Witchcraft


  • Cat Chapin-Bishop
  • Peter E. Bishop




Neo-Paganism, self-definition, Kabalistic Tree of Life,


The concept of polarity proceeds from the Golden Dawn's way of working with the masculine and feminine pillars of the Kabalistic Tree of Life, and the magicians absolute need for a balance between those influences in performing the Great Work.


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How to Cite

Chapin-Bishop, C., & Bishop, P. E. (2020). Embarrassed by Our Origins: Denial and Self-Definition in Modern Witchcraft. Pomegranate, 48–54. https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v13i10.48