Reading Priestesses Pythonesses Sibyls

Priestesses Pythonesses Sibyls. Edited by Sorita d’Este. Published by Avalonia: BM Avalonia, London, WC1N 3XX, England, UK. November 2008. 196pp.
Reviewed by Sophie Zumm

An exploration of trance work, both historically and practically. Written by twenty-one women involved in magic and neo-paganism; this is an intriguing collection of essays and articles. There are many highpoints, and every reader will have their own favourites; mine include the history of the Delphic Oracle by Caroline Tully, and Janet Farrar’s account of her work with oracular trance techniques. Looking at visionary experience through many different eyes, I was reminded at times of Scarlet Imprint’s collection Devoted. Although a gentler collection, mental and physical challenges are confronted in this book. All in all a fascinating and inspiring insight into the interior world of modern magic through the eyes of experienced and capable female practitioners.