The Bent Pentacle

         Queer Paganism.  Who knew that that was a ‘thing,’ an issue, a community?  I certainly didn’t aside from a vague recollection that the one drag queen I know back home might be Wiccan.  Editor Kris Wombat of The Bent Pentacle writes that she intends this zine as a place to build the community for those of a Queer Pagan mentality, and the zine reveals that there is a definite, if small, community there.  One entry tells of the author’s experience at the world’s only Queer Pagan Camp.  Others focus on the connection between pagan spirituality and a queer mentality, personal stories of discovering paganism in the UK, and the problematic gender role assignment in some pagan communities.

                   I love the fact that this Zine exists because it takes the ideology and issues of a small number of people and puts them together in a sort of meeting place of ideas, a niche community where people of a specific core identity can share ideas with others of a similar belief system.  Furthermore, the mere existence of The Bent Pentacle brings this community to light and invites the world at large to explore these ideas and issues.


2 thoughts on “The Bent Pentacle

  1. This is too cool, I would’ve never guessed that queer pagans had their own micro-community! I think the title of this zine is a especially clever – “bent” invokes the nature of being queer (and not necessarily “straight”) while “pentacle” suggests a pagan/magical symbol. I think it’s also unique that in his/her letter to the reader, the editor writes: “Though I know that many people who read this will be involved in some way with QCP, I’m hoping that there will also be many people who have never been and possibly never will.” This zine serves two main purposes: 1) as a space for QCP identifiers to express themselves and get published 2) for non-QCP idenitifiers to learn about and appreciate the community of queer pagans

  2. This is super interesting, but actually not that surprising! Wicca/Paganism is known for the most part as a feminist religion due to its emphasis on a female goddess, rather than a god. I think because of that mentality of challenging patriarchy, Wicca is an attractive religion to anyone who might feel like they can not identify with mainstream patriarchy and patriarchal religions. I also think it’s awesome that any religion would use zines, rather than, for example, pamphlets, because it uses technology and the internet to produce views and beliefs in a way that makes the material available to anyone, without demanding attention from any masses.

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