Art of Ritual, The

Art of Ritual, The

Hand fastings, baby namings, Goddess rites, Celtic tree celebrations, and other elemental rituals from a kitchen hedge witch.


The Art of Ritual takes you through every step of ritual format from the basics to the more unusual. What ritual is, how to create it, work with it and all the different aspects and stages of putting a ritual together and how to get the best out of it whether you are a solitary or within a group. From set up through the entire process including the cake...this book covers just about all you should need to know to give you the best ritual experience. Drawn from the author's own teachings and experiences this book also shares a variety or different ritual scripts and suggestions along with those from members of her coven.


Loved it no nonsense with a sense of humour... lots of room to adapt things to your own liking ~ Angel, Amazon

This is a fantastic starting point for anyone who wants to take the bold step of creating their own rituals. Everything you need to know about creating and practicing ritual is covered, from the basics of language to excellent examples of ready-created ones that need little adaptation. Included is pretty much every type of ritual you may come across, or ever need to know, such as hand-fastings and rites of passage. I was particularly impressed with the Celtic tree celebrations and Wheel of the Year rituals and Patterson's practical ideasfor crafting and cooking. ~ Vate Pathfollower, Amazon

“The Art of the Ritual” by Rachel Patterson is absolutely a must-read book for anyone who is interested in learning what commonly goes into writing, planning, and performing a Pagan ritual, or someone who would like to learn more about rituals of various traditions. In the first half of the book, Patterson has carefully explained the various elements of what one should know about a ritual and the many elements that are typically included in rituals in terms that are easy to understand without any prior knowledge about witchcraft or paganism. These details are accompanied by examples from the Kitchen Witch Coven that illustrate the points being made. The second half of the book is filled with actual rituals written and used by various members of the Kitchen Witch Coven that cover most of the common occasions for which one might use a ritual. What I particularly appreciate about this book is that there are suggestions for many different paths that one might follow, and has been presented in a way that gives the reader the background information, but avoids a prescriptive “you have to do it this way” approach. The book is easy to read, well explained, and couched in humor that makes reading the book a pleasure. She gives the novice enough information to start writing rituals and the more experienced practitioner ideas for new and different approaches to writing and performing rituals. This is definitely a resource that I have turned to already on numerous occasions. This is a fantastic addition to your library, and anyone who is familiar with Patterson’s books will find the quality of this volume to be of the same high standard found in her other works. ~ Paul Miller, Amazon

A great book, makes ritual understandable, as well as stimulating the reader to bring these practices into everyday life. ~ Heather Dewhurst, Amazon

"This is my go to ritual book. It is full of all kinds of rituals, from some basic to full on ritual with dancing and drumming. A varied selection with lots of information definitely one of the best ritual books I have! I love the rituals added by Coven members" ~ Willowmoon, Amazon

I really enjoyed this book because it was a innovative step by step guide for setting up family rituals. So many great ideas to chose! This book is definitely a labor of love! Thanks for such a helpful book. ~ Michele, Amazon

The Art of Ritual by Rachel Patterson is a much-needed book in my humble opinion. Terms such as ritual Sabbats, and even kitchen witch can be misleading to a novice Wiccan or an outsider. Ms. Patterson starts the book by introducing herself and her background. This is so important because too many people penned books about subjects they know nothing about and deepening the divide between knowledge and misinformation. Author Patterson explains that our lives are composed of everyday rituals demystifying the word itself. Our intentions and visualization breathe life into our actions. The Art of Ritual explains the basics in a conversational style, and at times, both practical and humorous too. This is an easy read that not only walks the reader through setting up altars and a ritual, but includes sections for specific events or high holidays. This is an excellent book for someone who is mildly interested in learning about the Wiccan faith in an intellectual capacity. It’s a must have for a novice practitioner and can serve as a reference book too. I’d highly recommend it for your metaphysical bookshelf. ~ Silverwolf, Amazon

Written by a self-described “Kitchen Witch,” The Art of Ritual is a simple handbook for the concept and practice of Pagan rites. It’s perhaps one of the most satisfying books I’ve read on ritual thus far in terms of how much is covered. Patterson has thought of everything: Typical altar tools, how to prepare for ritual, working with deities, spellwork, and of course a selection of ritual scripts for the reader themselves to use. What I found particularly impressive about The Art of Ritual was the wide range of rituals and celebrations included. In addition to the usual Wheel of the Year celebrations and handfastings, there are other rituals covered that aren’t particularly common in Pagan ritual books, such as male/female coming-of-age ceremonies, croning/sagings, and, something I’d never heard of before, Hand Partings (the Pagan equivalent of an annulment). Unashamedly eclectic, Patterson goes into rituals for a variety of different Pagan paths, including Hellenic, Celtic and Asatru. I especially liked her “Faery Ritual” for midsummer, incorporating bubbles and a lovely guided meditation; I can imagine this creating a really magical atmosphere. Patterson writes in a chatty, laid-back style, which is somehow fitting for a Kitchen Witch. More scholarly Pagans may find this not to their taste, but for the novice Pagan (which I feel is the intended audience) it’s friendly and welcoming. This down-to-earth approach, together with the breadth of practical information presented and the easy-to-understand explanations, makes The Art of Ritual a great choice for beginners getting into the basics of ritual, before progressing on to more formal works. ~ Megan Manson,

It’s a must have for a novice practitioner and can serve as a reference book too. I’d highly recommend it for your metaphysical bookshelf. ~ Rayna Noire,

The word ‘ritual’ is enough to frighten people off if they immediately conjure up images of a full-blown Golden Dawn affair with all the trappings of high drama. In The Art of Ritual, Rachel Patterson has stripped away all the myth and reduced ritual down to its lowest common denominator - simple and effective. As someone whose magical training has been at both ends of the scale - from the formal, intense rituals of the Egyptian Mysteries to the informal, spontaneous elements of traditional British Old Craft - it was refreshing to read a book that covers the middle ground in a sensible and highly informative manner. An idle introduction to the practice of ritualised magic Melusine Draco: Coven of the Scales ~ Melusine Draco, Coven of the Scales

This is a really useful reference book for anyone who is wanting to create their own pagan rituals. The first part explains all the terminology and techniques you need to know, while the second part is full of ready-to-run examples. These include rites of passage such as hand fastings and baby namings, Wheel of the Year rites, Celtic tree celebrations, elemental rituals and rites to honour various Goddesses. ~ Lucya Starza, author of Pagan Portals - Candle Magic

Rachel Patterson
Rachel Patterson Rachel is a witch, and has been for a very long time. Not the green skinned warty kind obviously... the real sort, but she is also a working...

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