I have completed many years of study in the Correllian Tradition. Most of you may not now about the Correllian Tradition, I will do my best to explain. They also offer online courses now. I have learnt a great deal from this course and I believe that I have developed greatly. I have studied, have devoted myself to the Tradition, have taken the examinations, I practice devotedly.
So you want to be a Witch?
You want to be a Wiccan.
To be a Wiccan is to move at one with Deity.
To be a Wiccan is to honor Nature and all that is in Her. To acknowledge the life in all things, and be in harmony with it.
To be a Wiccan is to work with the seen and the unseen. To learn the magical secrets of stones, of plants, and animals - to speak to the faeries and the spirits and to hear their replies.
To be a Wiccan is to use every tool available to grow, to learn, to become the best that you can be. To use magic, meditation, and ritual to overcome all limitations, all fears, all imperfections, and to move always in harmony with Deity, always to the good, always in accordance with your highest self.
This is what it is to be a Wiccan.
If knowing these things you still want to be a Wiccan, then these lessons will help you make a good beginning.
Correllian Tradition was not always called that, but its original name was Correllian Nativist Wicca, which was founded by Orpheis Caroline High-Correll in 1379 Pisces (1879 AD). A woman of Scotts-Cherokee ancestry Orpheis Caroline is claimed by some members of the High-Correll Family to have been a Scottish Traditional Witch. She was also a practising psychic, spiritual healer, and herbalist, who spent many years with travelling with her husband, John Correll.
In creating Correllian Nativist Wicca, Orpheis Caroline drew upon her Native American heritage, as well as ideas of European Witchcraft, Spiritualism, and Hermetic thought.
The early history fo teh Correllian Tradition is somewhat unclear, with familial and religious structures wholly interconnected. The family followed a very formal, matriachal and matrilinear structure with its roots in Cherokee custom, from which the current offices of the Correllian Tradition dervie their form.
One of the most sacred pieces of Correllian Wiccan literature is the Vangelo delle Streghe. This is a collection of legends preserved and passed down through generations of the Italian witches of Italy. A little over a century ago the Italian witch Maddalena gave a copy of the Vangelo to the famed folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland, on the understanding that he would publish it. Publish it he did, in 1899, under the title 'Aradia: The Gospel of the Witches'. The stories in the Vangelo are meant to be understood as allegory, that is to say that they represent their subject symbolically. Only by understanding that Vangelo’s human characters actually represent the timeless forces of Nature and the Universe, and their actions portray the cosmic processes, can you hope to get anything out of it. Maddalena did not bother to explain this. She was willing to let people know more about the ancient Italian traditions, but she didn’t want them to know to much. She knew that people who understood allegory would be able to read between the lines, and appreciate what they found there.
The Correllian Nativist Tradition is based upon the teachings of members of the High-Correll family. The High-Correll family were descended from a line of Cherokee Didanvwisgi who intermarried with a line of Scottish Traditional Witches, whose descendants were further influenced by Italian Witchcraft and by the Spiritualist Church.
The leading bodies of the Correllian Tradition include; The Witan Council, which is made up of all Temple Heads, Elders, and Officers of the Tradition; The Correllian Directorate which is responsible for the legal and financial standing of the Tradition; And the Correllian Council of Elders which includes the Heads and Officers of the Tradition, and its most respected members.
The chief administrator of the Tradition is the Chancellor, who represents the Tradition’s leadership. Rev. Donald Lewis-Highcorrell is First Priest and Paramount High Priest of the Correllian Tradition, and Chancellor of the Tradition as well. As Chancellor of the Tradition Rev. Don is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Tradition, and all matters affecting it. Don is the son of the blv. Lady LaVeda, former Regent of the Correllian Tradition. Don is the head of the Mabelline branch of the High-Correll family. He has been an initiated Priest of the Correllian Tradition since 1976, and a Third Degree High Priest since 1979. Don is a co-founder and officer of the Pagan Interfaith Embassy, serving as Pagan Interfaith Ambassador to the U.S. Don is well known both as an artist and as an author. Don’s writing or artwork has appeared in numerous Pagan ‘zines, including Circle Network News, Green Egg, Panegyria, Harvest, Covenant of the Goddess Newsletter, Gerina Dunwich's Golden Isis Magazine, and Silver RavenWolf's PWPA Newsletter. Don is well known as a professional psychic. He has been a professional clairvoyant since 1983, and is a well-known astrologer. But Don is best known as a Tarologist, and the designer of the Tarot of Hekate (1982). A prominent member of the Fellowship of Isis, Don has been involved Chicago’s Isian Mystery Conferences since the first one in 1993, and moderates an Isian email list on the internet.
Rev. Krystel Neuman High-Correll is First Priestess and Paramount High Priestess of the Correllian Tradition and Chief Priestess of the Correll Mother Temple. Lady Krystel is the hereditary Head of the Correllian lineage, and all living Correllians trace their lineage back through her. The First Priestess is responsible for maintaining the sanctity of the Correllian Tradition and its connection to Spirit and the Beloved Ancestors. The initiation of all Priesthood, Temples and Orders ultimately derive authority from this sanctity, and thus from the First Priestess. The First Priestess also acts as chairperson for the Correllian Council of Elders. Lady Krystel received her Correllian initiation from the blv. LaVeda Lewis-Highcorrell, former Regent of the Correllian Tradition, and by the mid seventies was serving as Maiden Priestess of the Correll Mother Temple, under the blv. Lady LaVeda’s imperium. In 1979 Lady Krystel was acclaimed First Priestess and Paramount High Priestess of the Correllian Tradition.
Rev. Ed Hubbard is the First Director of the Correllian Tradition. As such he co-ordinates the activities of the Correllian Directorate, which is responsible for the Tradition's financial and legal dealings, and for the implementation of it's ecumenical policies. Ed has been an initiate of the Correllian Tradition since 1990. Ed is co-founder of Chicago's Holy City Temple, of which he has been Chief Director since its inception in 1991. Ed was made First Director of the Correllian Tradition in 1991.Ed founded the Pagan Interfaith Embassy after being involved in the second Parliament of World’s Religions, held in Chicago in 1993.
WitchSchool.com offers as its first basic on-line service a First Degree Wicca Course. This is a series of 13 on-line lessons covering a broad range of skills and philosophies of modern Wicca. There are 12 lessons and an essay final. At WitchSchool.com you will be assigned a Mentor to guide you thru the Lessons. Your Mentor holds First Degree or higher in the Correllian Tradition. Your Mentor is there to answer questions and concerns and to track your progress. I, personally, hold First Degree in the Correllian Tradition, am a member of the Correllian Clergy and am a Mentor at WitchSchool.com. As a Mentor, I have instant messanger so my students can contact me; an email addy at WitchSchool; an on-line Study Group for my students; and chat sessions on Monday nights. Most Correllian Mentors subscribe to this policy of availability. This is what sets WitchSchool.com apart from other on-line learning facilities.
If you complete this course of 12 lessons and essay final, you will be eligible for initiation into the First Degree of Correllian Nativist Wicca. If you choose to take the First Degree initiation -and you are not obligated to- you will become a Priest/ess of the Correllian Tradition. The Correllian Tradition is a synchretic and highly philosophical Tradition of Wicca, which stresses the inherent unity of all Pagan traditions and the synchronicity of all spiritual paths. We believe that Deity is in all things, therefore all paths can lead to Deity.
Wicca is not primarily about magic, though it does use it. Wicca is about your place in the Universe and your evolution as a spiritual being. Wicca is about moving forward on your personal spiritual journey - about learning, growing, and becoming the most you can be.Wicca is a religion. Wicca is a way of understanding and interacting with Deity and the Universe. It is a life-affirming path of growth and expansion.Wicca is based on reverence for Nature and Her cycles, respect for the Earth and all Her creatures. Wicca reveres the natural forces of the Universe and sees them reflected in the world around us, and in every person and thing.
Because the Correllian Tradition believes all paths lead to Deity, we do not believe that one must belong to any given faith or tradition to be a good person or to grow spiritually. Nor is it necessary to belong to only one. Being a Correllian initiate does not mean you can not also be an Isian, Druidic, or Dianic initiate as well -or any other Tradition you might wish to study or join. You must however respect our tradition as a member and follow Correllian practices in Correllian temples -but what you do other places is your own business.
Each first Degree lesson will have several parts:
- The Lesson itself
- Exercises -to develop your psychic and magical skills.
- God of the month -to acquaint you with Wiccan ideas of Deity and some of Deities many forms.
- Spell of the month -to help you learn a variety of useful magical techniques and rituals.
- Test Questions -to make sure you understand before you move on to the next lesson.
May you find all you seek and more;
Good health and Blessed Be!