|"Courting the Lady: A Wiccan Journey," By Patrick McCollum (Book 1)
Book One: The Sacred Path
By Patrick M. McCollum
(From the Back Cover:)
"For centuries, Witches have walked the Sacred Path in order to learn the mysteries of nature and the magic of the ancients. Until recently, these mysteries were passed on through oral tradition from Witch to student through the practice of walking together in the forest and sharing the magical lore. As modern times evolved, many of these mysteries were lost to all but a few. With the revival of "Paganism and Wicca", snippets of these ancient practices have survived and been revealed through the work of many authors, who provide charts and templates that outline how to create magic circles and explainations of the rituals and paraphernalia used. But the essence of the magic itself, the underlying secrets hidden deep within the rituals, and the wisdom passed down for centuries that unlocks the deepest mysteries of the Sacred Path have not been available to the seeker -- until now.
In Courting the Lady, McCollum not only captures and shares these elusive mysteries, but reveals them in the old way, by literally placing the readers on the sacred path with him forty years ago as McCollum's own mentor serves as their guide. Courting the Lady covers new ground, while at the same time deepens understanding of common practices. Its secrets are critical, and even paramount, to understanding what the Old Religion and its practices are really about.
Patrick McCollum has walked the Sacred Path since 1965. An initiate and High Priest of one of the nation's earliest covens, Patrick has worked diligently to keep alive the mysteries and magic passed down by Witches through oral tradition for centuries. Patrick has been active as a teacher of the old ways for over forty years and is known for his prison ministry work.
In 1997, Patrick became the first government recognized Wiccan chaplain in the United States. He currently advises numerous state and federal agencies on Wiccan religious practices and is a member of the American Correctional Chaplains Association.