Break magical polarity free from outmoded ideas of gender and heteronormativity while still celebrating polar energy. This illuminating book explores polarity from many angles, examining how the idea has evolved throughout history, why it's important in the occult, and what its relationship is to gender and sexual orientation. Deborah Lipp shows you what it means to both include polarity magic and be inclusive.
Bending the Binary takes a deep look at how to add a third perspective to polar concepts in magic, including day and night, male and female, self and other, force and form. Deborah shares rituals, journal prompts, and detailed research to support each topic. She also teaches you how to incorporate binary-bending practices into your personal magical system. This groundbreaking book encourages everyone to expand their perceptions and strengthen their magic.
"Anyone who works with polarity as a magical principle will find something of value in Bending the Binary. Deborah Lipp dismantles the notion of magical polarity, shows how it works, and then puts it back together again, all to build a richer, more powerful, more inclusive approach to magic."—Jack Chanek, author of Qabalah for Wiccans
"Deborah Lipp provides a much-needed guide to navigating the multifaceted concept of polarity in the 21st century. In this very thorough work, the author examines how polarity has all too often been reduced to an overly simplified gender binary and offers deeper insight which can be used to unlock a world of possibilities. Covering aspects of the Kabbalah, alchemy, Wicca, and more, this book not only includes philosophy but also gives practical rituals and handy tables of correspondence, making this an invaluable resource toward understanding a more complete vision of many forms of magical polarity and the gender spectrum."—Michael Furie, author of The Witch's Book of Potions
"This book made me think and take time to unpack my feelings on various topics. Deborah Lipp's tone is sometimes that of a seasoned teacher and scholar of witchcraft and at other times it is her personal voice describing her journey as a queer woman. This book is a collection of observations, insights, and suggestions on ritual practices on the topic of polarity in magick...Bending the Binary will spark many conversations and that is an excellent thing."—Ivo Dominguez Jr., author of The Elements of the Wise
"Deborah Lipp has articulated the essential insight that polarity is not synonymous with gender. The clarity of her thinking is breathtaking. The tension between opposites which is resolved in their ultimate union is central to many magical traditions, but linking this to gender has imprisoned those of us who do not fit rigid definitions. We've needed the binary to flex without destroying that kind of magic altogether. Bending the Binary accomplishes that feat. It's a long overdue exploration of polarity in its rich diversity, creating an inclusive approach to magic...This is one of those groundbreaking books that will change the way we think and practice, essential on every bookshelf."—Brandy Williams, author of Practical Magic for Beginners and The Woman Magician