Panmankey.com

The internet home of Jason Mankey

I have dreamed of being a writer since I was eighteen years old. Back then I thought I'd write fantasy novels. I have no talent when it come to writing fiction (I've tried and I'm just not good with stories), but I've evolved into a pretty fair scribe when it comes to Witchcraft, Wicca, and Pagan related topics.  

The Witch's Athame
was my first book, and in many ways remains my favorite. I love the rituals in it, and while writing it I got to go on a fun little journey documenting the history of knives and swords and their place in magickal practice. I started writing that book in 2014 and in the middle of writing it I went to Great Britain with Ari. While we were poking around the British Museum in London I found myself taking pictures of the knives on exhibit there wondering if I'd need them in my book. Turns out I did, there's a citation in the book from our adventure that day.  

After a six-month hiatus from book writing I proposed writing The Witch's Book of Shadows to Llewellyn, and they accepted rather quickly. There are some really great pieces of history in the book, including a history of the Book of Shadows in print, and I'm very proud of those bits. It's hard to write a book about books, but I think I did OK with this one.  After originally being printed with a rather cartoony cover, both Shadows and Athame got new covers in 2017.  They look so much better now!

In 2016 I started writing what would become Transformative Witchcraft: The Greater Mysteries, which is the work I'm most proud of. The book weaves together history, practice, and ritual in a unique way, discussing little discussed corners of Witch-lore, including the Cone of Power, the Great Rite, Drawing Down the Moon, and Initiations and Elevations. The book kind of came about by accidents, I was looking for something to write and started converting notes from a workshop on Drawing Down the Moon into something resembling a book. I later added some history about Gerald Gardner being initiated (or not) to it and before you know it I had a rough outline of a book.

Not wanting to be rushed I worked on it at a rather leisurely pace (and to be honest writing about history with all the footnotes involved is rather exhausting). I eventually told Laura Tempest Zakroff what I was working on and she told me to send it to Llewellyn. Somewhere in the middle of that she also suggested I write a book with her. The co-writing project became The Witch's Altar, with me doing a lot of the history and stuff, and Tempest doing a lot of the magickal heavy lifting. 

This meant I ended up spending the last half of 2017 chained to my desk, writing both The Witch's Altar and Transformative Witchcraft concurrently. (And Tempest had to do the same thing, since she was writing her great new book Weave the Liminal.) That wasn't a fun process, but we both got our work done.

Sometime in the Fall of 2019 Llewellyn will be releasing The Witch's Wheel of the Year: Rituals for Solitaries, Circles, and Covens,  which is exactly what it sounds like. It's a book of sabbat rituals, but with three rituals for every sabbat!  Can't wait for you all to read it.  

My books are all through Llewellyn and are available wherever books are sold, and of course online.