Posted by: Nyxks | June 17, 2008

Witch School Ritual, Theory and Practice

Witch School Ritual, Theory and Practice
by Rev. Donald Lewis-Highcorrell © 2008
Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN 0-978-0-7387-1339-7
202 pages
Paperback
$19.95 (U.S.) $22.95 (Canada)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

This is the fourth, and final, book in the “Witch School” series. As the author explains, it was intended to be a part of Second Degree training in the Correllian Tradition. Indeed, within the Tradition, it still occupies that position. Therefore, certain assumptions are made about the level of experience of the reader. While you don HAVE to have read the preceding books, it would certainly be beneficial.

Unlike the Degree books, there is no glossary of unfamiliar terms at the end of each chapter, since the reader should already be familiar with the terms likely to be encountered.

This book provides a variety of rituals, many of which will be familiar to everyone and some of which are less common. They cover Esbats (both New and Full Moon) and the Sabbats. There is a short chapter on ritual theory to start the reader off and there is enough repetition of basic invocations and forms to generate a certain level of familiarity and comfort, along with reminders that they are intended as templates only.

Even if you haven’t read the preceding books (see my reviews at http://www20.brinkster.com/gleasonreview) you will find this an inspiring book. The author makes no attempt to limit the reader’s imagination. There are multiple forms of circle casting, as well as invocations, blessings, and “Acts of Power,” or central focus for each ritual, which are sure to inspire your own thinking.

Obviously, his Correllian training and orientation show through at multiple points, but that is to be expected. It is a pleasure to be able to say that he is not dogmatic in his approach. His eclecticism is of an ordered form. Although he draws from a variety of sources, he maintains a continuity within each ritual. This consistency gives a solid feel to the work being done, which is often missing in “non-traditional” rituals.

While I have no right to voice an opinion on the Correllian Tradition (I have not undergone its training curriculum), I feel comfortable in recommending this book and its predecessors. If you are interested in obtaining a solid foundation in ritual working, this book is a valuable addition to your library.


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