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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water & Earth in the Wiccan Circle

The Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water & Earth in the Wiccan Circle
by Deborah Lipp



Wicca 202: Advanced training by an experienced High Priestess 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.

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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

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.

> Paperback: 312 pages
> Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 1, 2003)
> Language: English

Making Your Wicca Rite, May 20, 2005
Reviewer: Anubis RainHawk "arg89" (San Bruno, Ca United States)


With so many beginner books on the market, there is a dire need for a book that goes deeper into the theory, theology, and magick of Wiccan ritual. The Elemets of Ritual by Deborah Lipp is that book, taking you deeply into each phase of ritual. This is not a beginner's Wicca 101. This is Wicca 202, advanced training by an experienced High Priestess.

'The Elemets of Ritual' begins by explaining the elements and their qualities and associations. The remainder of the book is divided into six chapters, by the ritual sequence. Each individual step is also divided by it's elemental quality. From beginning to end, Lipp gives great advice about what to do and what to avoid. She gives at least three examples for each step in ritual, so that the reader may eventually be able to write his or her own rituals.

Lipp also gives an interesting and thought provking disscussion on the gods. She describes Their importance in Wiccan, so They must be the center of every ritual. She uses the "Honored Guests Metaphor" to describe how to act and worship in the presence of the gods. She gives her own ritual sequence, based around the gods. Unlike most books, Lipp actually gives gives structure to Wiccan ritual.

'Elements of Ritual' is the first of it's kind becuase Lipp actually tells you the WHY of ritual. Many books tell you how to cast a circle, this book tells you why. Many books give you the ritual for Cakes and Wine, this book tells you when, why, and how. In addition, this book gives you valuble information nessecery to proform a truly effective ritual.

The author truly knows her subject well, as seen in her writing. In addition to the other great material, Lipp gives meditaions to create a deeper and more profound ritual experience. Out of all the books I've read on Wicca, 'The Elements of Ritual' has to be one of my favorites. 'The Elements of Ritual' completely outshined all of my expectaions. Buy it or regret it later.

Impressive book!, December 25, 2004
Reviewer: Larry M. Smith (USA)


Ms. Lipp is a very good writer. She has a very good flow into her words and great knowledge. I have to admit, i was sucked into her pages. Many were wonderful chapters that were written in ways i never heard of, but, well understood. Some topics were advanced (not a lot though), but, her "explaining" was very well detailed and her book didnt read like every other pagan or wiccan author. This book shouldnt be passed up and would have to say its one of the better books on the self this year.

The Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water & Earth in the Wiccan Circle

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