Hello again! After a three year hiatus I’m cautiously dipping my toe back into the Bent Pentacle to see what it’s like, I’ve updated the About page and added an FAQ for submissions

This has been a really rough few months within the queer community and I hope that this site can do something to bring queer pagans together in love and power, and help us remember our past and move into the future. It’s my belief that working to reclaim our power spiritually is a way for marginalised folk to find the strength, sustenance and focus to continue the fight the best way we can. It can help us to vision the world we want to create and know we’re never alone when working to manifest it. It can help us learn to use both compassion and anger appropriately and productively without having to limit either. In this spirit I invite anyone reading this to submit something to the Bent Pentacle and share their magic and vision with their queer pagan sisters, brothers and others. There’s no deadline (though I’m optimistically aiming for an update every fortnight) , and no one involved is making a profit.

In love and power,

Your humble editor 

Queer Tantra & Sacred Sexuality Festival

Edit: I made a facebook group for people who might be interested in this, check it out and join here

Hello lovely people! First of all I guess I should apologise for the recent inaction, life gets in the way and all that.

Last summer I went to the tantra festival at Osho Leela in Dorset, UK. I had a good time there, but I found myself constantly reminded of the fact that I was different from everyone there, and that I didn’t fit into the overriding model of the world. I was constantly pushing buttons and challenging people simply by being in the space and being myself, which, while ok once in a while, gets bloody exhausting after a while. Thankfully I had come with a queer gang, which made it possible for me to enjoy what I could and retreat when I needed to. I have been interested in working with sacred sexuality for a long time, but I have been put off trainings and workshops because of the heterocentricism and binary nature of the majority of tantra. In the last couple of years I have found a way in, primarily through ecstatic BDSM at Sacred Pleasures and the Queer Rites events. I have met many wonderful people who feel the same way as I do and are creating communities and events where people can explore the potential of sexuality and connection without assumptions of heterosexuality and binary gender identities.

This has got me thinking about how awesome it would be to create a queer tantra and sacred sexuality festival, two or three days long with workshops and rituals created by  established teachers and workshop leaders working with queer folk, and also with space for people to bring their own magic. I would like this to be an initial call out to see if people would be interested in such a thing, and more importantly if there are other people who would like to help make it happen! (I have some experience of organising events but not anything on this scale and definitely not on my own). As far as I know nothing like this has ever happened before, and I feel sure that there would be a lot of people who would be very excited about an event like this. Realistically I think it would happen in 2014, and I think that gives enough time for it to percolate and come together.

Edited to add: I would like this to be an inclusive rather than exclusive space, and heterosexual, binary identified people would indeed be welcome, these things just wouldn’t be assumed.

If you would be interested in this, either organising or attending, please comment below!

(I have it set so I need to approve any comments posted, so if you don’t want your comment to be public you can say so, and include your email address if you want me to get back to you)

Much love to you all, and happy equinox!

Blazingsun xx

Bend Over And Think Of Baphomet I – Towards A Queer Sex Magick

Written by Frater Docet Umbra

(The title of this series is shamelessly stolen from the title of a previous work by Phil Hine. Credit where credit’s due.)

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law

The following is part of a series I wrote a few years ago whilst quite new to a thelemic order, and as I was forming a relationship to its central philosophy. How did I relate to this? Is the law really for all and if so what is the sexual ethic of a new day?

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On Desire and Will

The text says "Feel no guilt in your desire" and there is a drawing of two gender ambiguous people making out

This is a picture of a patch I got ages ago (I really need to find something to sew it onto)

Desire is something that I feel is very problematic to analyse or politicise. I had an experience when I was a teenager, when I was confused about sexuality and identity, wondering if I was feeling certain things because of this or that or the other, when I stepped back and said – “you know what? It doesn’t matter. These are my desires at the moment and that’s all I need to know”. This was a liberating realisation for me at the time and allowed me to explore my identity without going crazy with over thinking everything.

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Hello everyone, sorry this blog has been so quiet over the last few months. This has been because of me being super busy, but also because many of the things I’ve been thinking about writing have been quite personal in nature and I’ve been unsure about how much I really want to open myself up on here, especially because this isn’t supposed to be a personal blog! I’m in the process of writing something that will hopefully make it on here, so I’ll see you all soon 🙂

Littlesun xx

Queer moments in history: Of masks and masquerades

By Phil Hine (see more here)

Going to a masked ball to flounce, flaunt and flirt is a well-established feature of contemporary London life, and – whether a private or public event, does not occasion much comment. However, in the eighteenth century, when masquerades first became popular public events, it was a very different matter. Masquerades were scandalous events which, according to their detractors, threatened the very social fabric of the land.

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