Ian Corrigan

Ian Corrigan has been teaching, learning, singing and playing in the American Neopagan movement since 1976. Having received his 3rd degree initiation in Celtic Traditional Wicca in the early 80s, Ian has led eclectic study groups, a traditional Wiccan coven and a Druid Grove. For the past 30 years Ian's primary path has been Celtic polytheism and especially Neopagan Druidism. Ian has been a primary author and teacher in Ar nDraiocht Fein, having been recruited by Isaac Bonewits in the mid 80s. While Druidry is Ian's primary path, his magical and religious studies interests include Western Tradition magic and Hermetics, world polytheisms and tribal magical systems, Tarot, Runes and the history and development of our modern Pagan ways. Ian is the author of Sacred Fire, Holy Well - A Druid's Grimoire, The Book of Summoning - Pagan Evocation, Draiocht; A Book of Celtic Sorcery, The Portal Book - Teachings & Works of Celtic Witchcraft, and The Book of the Dragon - Pagan Ceremonial Magic. Along with his partner Liafal he is part of "Awen", a folk duet. His CD Once Around the Wheel has been in print for many years.

Summoning Spirits - Ancient Magic for Modern Paganism

Ancient Pagan magic was primarily about working with spirits. From the Gods and Goddesses through the daemons and elementals to the spirits of the dead, magical ritual was about contacting and making alliances with powerful beings. Some of this Pagan lore has been preserved in the so-called grimoires - medieval and early modern textbooks of magical practice. Though re-clothed in Christian theology these manuals use techniques that can be traced directly to Pagan times and cultures. This talk will outline the basics of classical spirit-arte, and discuss how they can be applied in a modern Pagan spirituality and magic. Several practical techniques will be discussed, and the methods will be placed in context for a polytheistic, nature-centered path.

















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