Deborah Lipp’s most recent books include The Beginner’s Guide to the Occult and Magical Power for Beginners. Her earlier works include: Tarot Interactions, The Study of Witchcraft, The Elements of Ritual, The Way of Four, Merry Meet Again, and The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book. One of these things is not like the other.
Deborah has been teaching Wicca, magic, and the occult for over 30 years. She became a Witch and High Priestess in the 1980s, as an initiate of the Gardnerian tradition of Wicca. She’s been published in many Pagan publications, including new Witch, The Llewellyn Magical Almanac, Pangaia, and Green Egg, and has lectured on Pagan and occult topics on three continents.
As an active “out of the closet” member of the Pagan community, Deborah has appeared in various media discussing Wicca, including Coast-to-Coast radio, an A&E documentary (Ancient Mysteries: Witchcraft in America), television talk shows, and the New York Times.
As a pop culture writer, she’s perhaps best known as the co-founder of Basket of Kisses, the premiere Mad Men blog. She is also a contributor to Mad Men Carousel by Matthew Zoller Seitz.
In “real life” Deborah is a Senior Business Analyst. She lives with her spouse, Melissa, and an assortment of cats in Jersey City, NJ, three blocks from a really great view of Freedom Tower. Deborah reads and teaches Tarot, solves and designs puzzles, watches old movies, hand-paints furniture, and dabbles in numerous handcrafts.
Here is a list of Deborah's workshops for Phoenix Phyre 2023:
The Structure of Spellcasting
Both for beginners to magic and to those who wish to fine-tune their craft. What makes a spell work? What impedes its progress? What are the preconditions for a spell to succeed? How do the magician, the target, the goal, and the Gods affect a spell? Magic is an integral part of many of our lives, yet much of the magic we do is left unanalyzed. By looking closely at what does and doesn’t work, we can improve our spells. Based on material in my books, Magical Power for Beginners, and The Way of Four Spellbook.
Part One: Magical Power
(1 1/2 or 2 hours)–Covers the nature of magic, sources of power, and raising power. Different power-raising techniques are covered.
Part Two: The Structure of Spellcasting
(1 1/2 or 2 hours)–Covers constructing spells to take advantage of power sources, the basic outline of spells, building spells around an outline, deciding when to do spells and when not to do spells, and disposing of spells.
Part Three: Putting Spells Together
(1 1/2 or 2 hours)–When Part Three is scheduled at an event, Part Two will close with homework, allowing students to come back to Part Three with their own proposed spells. We’ll go over various spells brought by students for discussion and figure out what will work and why, and how to tinker to improve spells. (Prereq.: Part 2)