Draiocht: Rites of Celtic Sorcery
by Ian Corrigan
(Tredara Hearth; 2011) 132 pages
Ian Corrigan is no stranger to the worlds of the Occult and to Paganism. He has been involved in Celtic Paganism for nigh 30 years now which gives him a solid advantage in that he has skated between both worlds as both a Priest in the Druidic clergy of Arn Draiocht Fein as well as a seasoned Magician.
I first met Ian back in 1991 after I had relocated back to northern Ohio. He was involved with Stone Creed Grove an approved ADF Druidic grove located in Cleveland. What struck me about Ian other than his 6'4" height, barrel chest & his deep rumbling voice was that he was like me, a scholar who liked to investigate various aspects of the Occult but also enjoyed practicing Sorcery. Over the 20+ years I’ve known Ian he has been my go-to-guy for all things Celtic since that is his desired area of study.
What Ian has offered in Draiocht: Rites of Celtic Sorcery is a manual of practical Sorcerous Occultism that will have you delving into the murky world of Celtic Magic & Mysticism. In the beginning of the book, he takes time to explain the complex world of Celtic mythology in a scant few pages. Now mind you he does this in a very concise fashion and even tells you this is merely the crib notes since Celtic mythology is a deep and intricate type of myth.
What makes up much of these background pages are his chapter on “The Five Invasions” and the succeeding chapter on “Concerning The Noble Ones”. While you may be think you don’t need to read these chapters, I can assure you reading them WILL HELP you understand more of why Ian has his spells and charms laid out the way they are. After the background pages, there is a centering charm Ian has used for years in Druidry & when performing Open Circle groups to help you tune out the world and tune into the Spiritual awareness you are about to embark upon.
Another thing you will discover is how the author is big into attuning yourself prior to trance work. This is something few practitioners bother to do and even fewer authors bring up which is often one of the best practices you can partake in. You are led word by word into a deep, relaxing trance that will help facilitate the flow of Magical power. In fact all of the centering charms & trance state prep work is to help you as a practitioner build power and work with it responsibly. This is something you also don’t find in many books on Magic.
One of my favorite chapters was his “Book of Fire & Water: Using the Two Powers For Sorcery”. Learning this rite helps the practitioner to learn to utilize the powers of fire for manifestation and water for flowing energy. This thought pattern reminded me somewhat of how Franz Bardon used the electric & magnetic principles in his “Initiations Into Hermetics”. However what this ritual really does is culminate in the Cahi Draoi or the "Druid’s Sanctum" which is the invisible chapel of the Druid’s power. This is something that has to be experienced and I cannot do this justice with mere words.
The next useful section is the one for the “Daily Shrine Charm” which is an excellent daily devotional that you can utilize in your practice if you do not have any sort of daily devotions going on. Plus you learn things like Hallowing an area, sanctification of the elements, and so on. There are also several pages devoted to a “Simple Rite of Offering” which is a fantastic ritual that could be used in almost any Spiritual work as it is both tasteful and polite to the Spirits.
You’re shown various sample offerings to the Celtic Gods as well as a charm for seeking an omen or an answer to your query. You’re given 9 powerful herbs and 9 stones to use in your Celtic Sorcery. The real fun begins with “A Cauldron Spell for Calling A Servitor” and here we begin basic Spirit work. He also teaches you other cauldron spells so that cast iron cauldron you sent away for and paid a small fortune to have shipped to you can finally be put to good use! We're talking solid spells here folks that the author has used repeatedly over the years not made up McWiccan nonsense.
More Spirit work is found when he gives you the rite for “Encountering An Ancestral Teacher” which is something I have yet to experiment with but is on my to do list. The book goes on & on with practical Sorcery rites as they relate to the Celtic pantheon but can be easily assimilated into your regular Sorcerer’s daily routine if you should so desire. There is far more tot his fantastic modern grimoire than what I have laid out here. You get 132 total pages of beautifully laid out material by a scholar, author, artist and bard.
All in all I give this book 5 out of 5 stars for completeness, layout and material that is both usable as well as adaptable. If you’re practicing with a so-called Celtic Wiccan coven and are NOT getting the results from the magic they’re teaching you but you don’t want to give up the Celtic system, give this book a definite try. You won’t be sorry you did. If you’re interested at all about the Celtic pantheon and how modern Celtic scholars do things, then THIS is a book you want to have on your shelf as a reference.