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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 s 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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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 s 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

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    The Elements of Ritual, it a good book. However, I felt like the author was a bit over the top, and it came off as "this is the only way to do this". I believe the strongest magick, it the magick you create yourself. I think most of it would confuse beginners, and hold them back, or discourage them. How can a ritual be strongly effective, if your to focused on doing everything to the letter, based on someone else's work? I'd suggest using it as a tool to encourage your own ideas, and strengthen The Elements of Ritual, it a good book. However, I felt like the author was a bit over the top, and it came off as "this is the only way to do this". I believe the strongest magick, it the magick you create yourself. I think most of it would confuse beginners, and hold them back, or discourage them. How can a ritual be strongly effective, if your to focused on doing everything to the letter, based on someone else's work? I'd suggest using it as a tool to encourage your own ideas, and strengthen your knowledge. What works for one, might not work for the next. Don't let the complexity found in these pages discourage you. Instead, let it enlighten you, and let it bring your ideas to life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Letitia

    The Elements of Ritual is one of the best books I have read regarding Wicca and ritual. Unlike so many books available now, Elements not only describes a typical Wiccan ritual, it pulls apart and dissects every step, giving the myths, purpose and options for each and every step done in the circle. Elements Of Ritual utilises the elements to section each part of ritual, into a thorough description of each and every angle. Earth is how the step is performed, and balances the mystical with practical c The Elements of Ritual is one of the best books I have read regarding Wicca and ritual. Unlike so many books available now, Elements not only describes a typical Wiccan ritual, it pulls apart and dissects every step, giving the myths, purpose and options for each and every step done in the circle. Elements Of Ritual utilises the elements to section each part of ritual, into a thorough description of each and every angle. Earth is how the step is performed, and balances the mystical with practical considerations. Air covers why the step is performed, the meaning, belief and philosophy behind it. Water is the metaphorical meaning and the mythology that inspires it. Fire is the domain of the mystical, meditation, visualization and the deities involved. Each part of every step, is examined and covered through the use of these elemental assignments, making quick reference easy. This is the book I wish I had had starting out. The one book every Wiccan should read, from beginner through to advanced, I guarantee you will take something from it. Once you have read it, you will be completely versed in the practice and purpose of performing ritual, whether you work in a coven or as a solitary. The ritual scripts cover many different situations, from large festival groups and cozy covens, to solitary practice. Most all of them can be adapted to your own personal practice. The best thing about The Elements of Ritual, is that, along the way, you learn so much about why each piece of ritual is there, allowing you to adapt and develop your own personal rituals informatively. You can't do this without knowing why a certain thing is done, or done the way it is. After finishing this book, I feel confident enough to fully write my own ritual scripts, where previously, I have adapted them from various sources. Elements of Ritual is a must for the solitary practitioner. This is the stuff people join covens to learn, as it is very rare to find such complete and concise information in a book. If joining a coven is not an option for you, then you really, really need to read this book. I have read it once and I will read it time and time again. Elements of Ritual is now my declared 'ritual bible', and is one that will, no doubt, be referred to many times in the future. I can't praise this book highly enough.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Loureiro

    I can't say enough good things about how this book is presented and the material it covers. She takes one step by step through the building blocks of ritual, all the while detailing the reasons why one does this or that, and the reasons one should or should not do something else. The Elements Of Ritual is, there for, an amazing thorough investigation of advanced Wiccan ritual, an in-depth study for those who are serious about Wicca. The elements and stages of ritual are explained from several ang I can't say enough good things about how this book is presented and the material it covers. She takes one step by step through the building blocks of ritual, all the while detailing the reasons why one does this or that, and the reasons one should or should not do something else. The Elements Of Ritual is, there for, an amazing thorough investigation of advanced Wiccan ritual, an in-depth study for those who are serious about Wicca. The elements and stages of ritual are explained from several angles, i.e. the magical aspects, the mythology behind it, the philosophical and the practical. At the same time alternative and equally valid practical approaches are given. The way Lipp is able to incorporate the elementals into each step of a ritual is enlightening. I am thrilled to add this book to my collection.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    The most insightful, detailed, thorough book on ritual I have read. The author delves deeply into the subject matter and leaves the reader with the tools to craft his or her own rituals. An excellent book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Varja Askeland

    I absolutly love this book though I havn't finished it yet. She explains everything so deeply and it's very easy to understand. You become glammered from the first page and can not put it down. Deborah Lipp and also Eileen Holland, who wrote The Wicca Handbook, are the new Cunningham and Buckland!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Definitely a detailed step by step informative instruction about the Wiccan Ritual process. I was hoping the "elements" in the title was referring to the actual elements, but it's more the "elements" of each ritual step. Thorough for setting up a Wiccan group ritual, but it wasn't what I was looking for.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Readgoat

    compelling

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erth

    Helpful

  9. 4 out of 5

    Helena

    This book came highly recommended to me as a model of how Wiccan books should be written. I was assured that it provides the why in addition to the more readily available how of ritual, and thus expected an intelligent and well-researched document that enlightened its readers to the origins of Wiccan ritual practices. While The Elements of Ritual did not meet my lofty expectations, the book redeemed itself for me with the inclusion of unique and breathtaking ritual styles. Lipp establishes the to This book came highly recommended to me as a model of how Wiccan books should be written. I was assured that it provides the why in addition to the more readily available how of ritual, and thus expected an intelligent and well-researched document that enlightened its readers to the origins of Wiccan ritual practices. While The Elements of Ritual did not meet my lofty expectations, the book redeemed itself for me with the inclusion of unique and breathtaking ritual styles. Lipp establishes the tone of the book by providing a detailed, interpretative exploration to the four elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth. She further structures her chapters so that each aspect of the Circle Casting ritual of Wicca is examined from a practical (Earth), theological (Air), mythological (Water) and mystical (Fire) viewpoint. However, it does not always remain in this order. As Lipp continually reordered the sequence in which the four aspects (practical, theological, mythological and mystical aspects) were explored, the structure lacked consistency, giving the book a generally free-form, interpretative feel that renders it unsuitable for the reference guide she suggested for which it could be easily used. While some historical or cultural variations to the four elements are briefly mentioned, on the whole, it revolves around the four elements of Wiccan tradition and Lipp’s personal interpretations of them. After a short introduction, The Elements of Ritual delves into Circle Casting, from preliminary preparation through to its Closing. The attempt to structure the book with corresponding elements is symptomatic of a broader inclination to conflate disparate traditions and systems of magic. Most memorably, Lipp jarringly equates the four precepts of the Golden Dawn, adapted by Wiccans and renamed The Witches’ Pyramid—To Know, To Will, To Dare and To Keep Silent—with each of the four elements, forcing congruence and correspondence when there is none. Lipp’s preference for doing this often meant the distinct traditions and systems she attempted to match were reduced to their lowest common denominators and as a consequence, acknowledgement and appreciation of them as unique practices in their own right were lost. The Elements of Ritual is frequently praised for its exploration into the why aspects of Circle Casting, as Lipp emphasises is a predominant motivation in writing this book (see p. 1). Her attempts to provide the background on the steps of Circle Casting remained interpretive and intuitive, and having raised the “why” question so early on, the lack of explicit, background information became all the more evident. For me, Lipp fell just slightly short of achieving that ambitious, although important, goal.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    I read this book many years ago, but here's my review from the time: A very interesting and worthwhile book, albeit with a few flaws. This book is an in-depth examination of the four elements and the structure of Wiccan ritual. It could interest readers on many levels, from "beginner" to "advanced," and I really appreciated its thoroughness and depth. My main caveat is that, as indicated by the subtitle, this book is written from a specifically Wiccan perspective and may be a little frustrating f I read this book many years ago, but here's my review from the time: A very interesting and worthwhile book, albeit with a few flaws. This book is an in-depth examination of the four elements and the structure of Wiccan ritual. It could interest readers on many levels, from "beginner" to "advanced," and I really appreciated its thoroughness and depth. My main caveat is that, as indicated by the subtitle, this book is written from a specifically Wiccan perspective and may be a little frustrating for non-Wiccan Witches and Pagans (like me). Lipp clearly explains her reasoning, and her opinions are generally labelled as such, but I still found the book's attitude toward ritual a little narrow-minded. I've been to many powerful and moving rituals which did not follow the rules laid out in this book. (And don't even get me started on the athame and the chalice.) Nonetheless, this book definitely brings up a lot of questions about why we do ritual the way we do it; and even if you disagree with Lipp about a particular point, her questions and insights are still valid and intriguing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ang

    I read some positive reviews so I picked up this book but I personally do not agree with their findings. The book is an unorganized mess that insults anyone who creates sacred space different than the author. The author would have been better served to simply lay out her structure without needless commentary.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bianca Bradley

    I have found that if you like this author, then you will be more suited to going to the more traditional branches of Wicca. If you like Cunningham and feel drawn to him, then you are more suited to the non ceremonial ways. I like this author, she isn't afraid to explain why. She covers new ground, not the usual regurgitation of Llewellyn 101 stuff.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    Not a bad read for those who are into very formal or structural rituals. The author does a good job of explaining why one should be precise and detailed, which works for those who are, or who want to be. For those who don't it may come across as somewhat high-handed. However, it's definitely an interesting read and in and of themselves the rituals are very well done.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karenshaller

    for people like me who are really into elemental correspondences, this book breaks down ritual structure from the point of view" of each element. It gives you so many more angles from which to appreciate all the nuances. Quadruple your enjoyment and understanding.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Regina Hunter

    Was not ready to read it, considering the level of it. Not that it is hard comprehend, it is just that, it need a bit of experience in Wicca to work with this book, or some of the things. Also a helpful source.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    I read a sample, and just through that found out that this is a must-read book for anyone interested in Wicca / witchcraft. It explains things more in depth and why and how things are connected, explained in a really interesting way.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lilly Rose

    If you're into writing Wiccan ritual, this is a great book. It explains why you do the certain steps that you do.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Coleen

    Great basic for the beginner at Wicca. Required reading for our coven.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kosjitov

    Well thought out and in depth. Thorough. Deb'a writing style is easy to understand. The breadth of the material is just exhaustive. It can be almost overwhelming

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Not a bad book, but not to my tastes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  22. 4 out of 5

    Molly Mague

  23. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa hower

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ted

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

  28. 5 out of 5

    R. Johnson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Kline

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sirona Knight

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