Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Something Wiccan This Way Comes: A Lesbian Witch? Yes, but Lexa Rosean Breaks the Halloween Stereotype by Offering Practical Advice on Spells and Shopping for Potions. (Culture)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Something Wiccan This Way Comes: A Lesbian Witch? Yes, but Lexa Rosean Breaks the Halloween Stereotype by Offering Practical Advice on Spells and Shopping for Potions. (Culture)

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A lesbian witch? Yes, but Lexa Rosean breaks the Halloween stereotype by offering practical advice on spells and shopping for potions

Lexa Rosean is a modern witch with old magic for the new millennium. Her latest book--Powerspells: Get the Magical Edge in Business, Work, Relationships, and Life (St. Martin's/Griffin)--offers rituals to catch a rich husband, kill your boss, change careers, and draw clients.

"In the '80s, love was the first question," says the attractive 43-year-old Wiccan high priestess, "but today, most people see me about work issues."

Rosean practices from her apartment in New York City's East Village, where a strategically placed broom greets visitors at the entrance and a backyard garden contains herbs for her spells. Yes, she has a black cat, a wand, a sword, altars with candies, and statues of gods, goddesses, and saints. She also has an agent and a Web site.

Raised an Orthodox Hasidic Jew in Denver, Rosean was excommunicated at 15 for studying the cabala That led her to ceremonial magic and Wicca. "Although I came out a year later, I think I was really excommunicated because I was gay," she says. "I felt this calling me spiritually, and it was very healing because I was ostracized. The idea of the goddess really attracted me, that I'm part of the divine energy."

After moving to New York in the late '70s, she joined a coven and went through a traditional learning process. She studied for a year and a day, was initiated in 1982, and then did advanced work for second and third degrees, learning the tarot, astrology, herbology, healing, crystals, and ritual magic. "I think the lesbian and the feminist movements had a lot to do with women turning toward Wicca," observes Rosean. "It's an older, more matriarchal religion."

She continues, "Historically, gay men and lesbians have been the shamans of the community. The ability to get in touch with the male-female, the yin-yang energy is very important to mystical and magical practices, and I think homosexuals are more in touch with both sides."

After her initiation, Rosean taught witchcraft for seven years while writing poetry and plays (I Married a Lesbian Witch), produced at the WOW Cafe and Dixon Place. …

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