Many books may tell you how to cast a Wiccan circle, but none really bother to explain why. When you finish reading The Elements of Ritual , you'll know what each step of the circle-casting ceremony means, why it's there, and what it accomplishes. You'll learn several alternative approaches to each step, and you'll be empowered to write your own effective ceremonies using sound magical, theological, and pragmatic principles.
- Advanced, sophisticated Witchcraft philosophy and practice
- Delves further into the theology and theory of every phase of ritual, along with practical how-tos and how-not-tos, and much esoteric, hard-to-find information
- Every step of ritual has at least two sample scripts, including an avant-garde example
- Provides detailed instructions for writing your own ritual
- Includes meditations on the deeper meanings of each phase of ritual
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About the Author
Deborah Lipp was initiated into a traditional Gardnerian coven of Witches in 1981, became a High Priestess in 1986, and has been teaching Wicca and running Pagan circles ever since. She has appeared in various media discussing Wicca, including the A&E documentary Ancient Mysteries: Witchcraft in America , on MSNBC, in The New York Times , and in many smaller TV and print sources.
Deborah has been published in many Pagan publications, including The Llewellyn Magical Almanac, Pangaia, Green Egg, The Druid's Progress, Converging Paths , and The Hidden Path , as well as Mothering Magazine . She has lectured at numerous Pagan festivals on a variety of topics.
Deborah is a technical writer with a variety of skills. She lives in Rockland County, NY, with her son, Arthur, who tap dances, and two cats. Deborah reads and teaches Tarot, designs wire-and-bead jewelry, solves and designs puzzles, watches old movies, hand-paints furniture, and dabbles in numerous handcrafts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thorough, interesting, useful, funny. A terrific book about Wicca.
Elements of Ritual is a beginning-to-end study of casting a Wiccan circle. It delves into all the nitpicky little details that most books leave out. It is very practical, like giving 'stage directions' and reminders about shopping, but it is also mystical, with a list of recommended meditations for each phase of ritual. It gets into psychological, interpersonal, and theological factors, all structured by the four elements. This is a wise book. It is also refreshing to see something that isn't another Wicca 101.
This book is one of the best books I have read on the the subject of witchcraft and the elements. Many authors only discuss this as a paragraph or at most a chapter. Ms. Lipp covers all the aspects in detail with clarity and concise descriptions. She leaves enough for you to individualize it, yet doesn't gloss over any part of the elements. If you truly want to know why you are doing the ritual or what the symbolism is, this is the book for you. Not a beginners book in witchcraft, but if you have gotten beyond the basics and want more than a "recipe" book, this is for you.