There are times when you want to improve your craft and spiritual practice, you feel the need to change and add something else, yet don’t know what it is for sure. It is a dead end I know many of us have encountered many times in the past. I have been feeling like this for some time until recently, and, as usual, the universe gave the answer when I really needed it. After reading The Ritual of Writing: Writing as Spiritual Practice, by Andrew Anderson, I knew what was lacking.
I was already writing for spiritual purposes, yet had completely forgotten about it, and this book reminded me why I started doing it in the first place and how to improve my process. The Ritual of Writing makes you consider writing not only a job, as a mundane process or even a hobby, but also as a way of devotion, an option for offerings, festivities and even as a form of meditation. I thought there weren’t many people who saw writing like that, but now I’m sure there are many other witches that do.
Andrew Anderson not only explains how to develop you spiritual connection trough writing, but also makes you work on different little tasks that will help have a piece of devotional writing. Be it fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even script writing, he makes sure you have enough details to get started in the process and feel as comfortable as possible, but also challenging you to break with preconceived ideas.
You don’t need to attend a creative writing workshop or course, or even be a writer of any kind. The Ritual of Writing only requires you to have interest and discipline, and a pen and paper or a computer, in case it isn’t obvious, to do the exercises. It also comes with several of the author’s experiences to serve as examples and illustrate the most important ideas explored in it, such as writing for a deity, the ancestors, as a form of meditation, writing prayers, or even a whole ritual script for a festivity either for you alone, a coven or a community.
The Ritual of Writing is definitely one of the books I will be recommending for a long while. Not only useful, but it is short enough for newcomers, filled with just the right amount of information, and is easily finished. You can take your time with it, though. The author has a beautiful way of blending description with storytelling, giving you several lessons as he tells you how he came to write eight devotional stories, one for each of the festivities that compromise the Wheel of the Year.
I was doing exactly this, but working with poetry. It is a genre I find myself pretty comfortable with when writing for spiritual purposes, but Andrew Anderson encourages us as readers, writers and witches to try different approaches. I know I will be writing a spiritual story soon enough following his instructions, and I like to think I’m already doing it. He has a friendly, professional tone that motivates you to do all he speaks about, and I like how it acts.
I wouldn’t say this is a book for everyone and that all witches should read it, although it has a bit of everything for everyone, but instead recommend it for any witch and pagan that wants to blend writing and magic in their practice. Even if they are doing so, The Ritual of Writing: Writing as Spiritual Practice, by Andrew Anderson will be more useful than they may think at first.
About the Book:
The Ritual of Writing: Writing as Spiritual Practice
Print Length: 128 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (June 1, 2019)
Publication Date: June 1, 2019
About the Author
After trying a number of spiritualties, Andrew discovered Druidry in 2013. He is currently studying the Ovate grade with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. Andrew is a freelance English and Creative Writing teacher, and is training to be a celebrant. His passion lies in working with the spirit of place, and he spends a lot of time in the nearby Cotswolds. Andrew lives in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.
About the Reviewer
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and solitary, eclectic witch interested in the darker side of magic and divination. Besides reading and writing, Bader also enjoys studying the Gothic subculture, which he belongs to, learning new languages and making endless lists of movies, music and the like. He can be found on Instagram as @saab.bader.