HISTORY OF THE
CORRELLIAN NATIVIST TRADITION
Correllian Nativist Tradition is based upon the teachings of
members of the High-Correll family. The High-Correll family were
descended from a line of Cherokee Didanvwisgi who intermarried with
a line of Scottish Traditional Witches, whose descendants were
further influenced by Aradian Witchcraft and by the Spiritualist
The founder of the Tradition is the blv. Orpheis Caroline High
Correll. She is said to have founded the Tradition as an entity
separate from her ancestry, on September 4, 1479 Pisces (1879
Orpheis Caroline was a practicing psychic, spiritual healer, and
herbalist, and spent many years with the traveling circus which she
owned with her husband, John Correll.
In creating Correllian Nativist Wicca, Orpheis Caroline drew upon
her Native American heritage, as well as ideas of European
Witchcraft, Spiritualism, and Hermetic thought.
The early history of the Correllian Tradition is somewhat unclear,
with familial and religious structures wholly interconnected. The
family followed a very formal, matriarchal and matrilinear
structure with its roots in Cherokee custom, from which the current
offices of the Correllian tradition derive their form.
Lady Orpheis called the Tradition simply Nativist, and this would
remain the Tradition’s primary designation until the appellation of
the term “Correllian Nativist” in 1592 Pisces (1992 AD), or as we
now more commonly call it; Correllian.
Lady Orpheis’ Nativism was a highly political and deeply synchretic
form of Pagan universalism, which stressed the need for the world’s
Native (Pagan) religions to unite in the face of colonial
Whether Correllian Nativism was originally a branch of what would
later be called “Wicca” or not is a matter of debate.
Correllianism’s claim to Wiccan status rests both upon Lady
Orpheis’ claimed Scottish Traditional lineage, and also upon her
Aradian lineage, which she acquired in 1504 Pisces (1904 AD)
through Lydia Beckett, a student of Charles Leland. We would say
that any such debate would be only a matter of semantics
have been many changes instituted in the Tradition over the years,
particularly in the Council of 1579 Pisces (1979 AD) and the
Council of 1592 Pisces (1992 AD) both of which struggled with the
necessities involved in adapting the Traditions forms to the modern
world and to the needs required for a public Tradition.
Today the Correllian Tradition has two Join-Heads designated as
First Priestess and First Priest, whose powers are represented by
the office of Chancellor. This is based upon the traditional
Cherokee clan structure which was used by the High-Correll familial
Tradition. The Tradition has always had both a Matriarchal Head (in
Cherokee the Agayv Gigagei) and what might be termed a Fraternal
Head. The Matriarchal Head of the Tradition was usually the oldest
woman, the Fraternal Head her brother or son. Below is a list of
persons who have served in this capacity during the Tradition's
existence, ending with the current Joint-Heads.
HOW THE LESSONS CAME TO
||Matriarchal Heads of Tradition
||Orpheis Caroline High Correll
LaVeda Lewis-Highcorrell (Regent)
||Fraternal Heads of Tradition
On Candlemas of 1579 Pisces (1979 AD) the Regent LaVeda, of beloved
memory, convened the Correllian Council of Elders for what would
prove to be a momentous meeting.
meeting ended the blv. LaVeda’s Regency, acclaiming her cousin
as the new Head of the Correllian Tradition. The
Elders also acclaimed Lady LaVeda’s son, Donald
, as Co-Head of Tradition.
Krystel and Don's first act as Heads of Tradition was to declare
the Tradition open to the public and to inaugurate a series of
outreach programs. One of these outreach programs was to be a
series of correspondence lessons in Correllian Wicca. Rev. Don
began work on them at once. Lady Krystel, Lady LaVeda, and Lady
Gloria -then First Elder of the Tradition- all took part in the
compilation of these first lessons.
The draft copy of these lessons was finished and approved by summer
of 1586 Pisces (1986 AD), but little was done with them. Proposed
revisions were delayed by the passing of key members of the
Tradition, as well as the success of other Tradition projects.
By the winter of 1590 Pisces (1990 AD) the revisions had been
completed and plans were made to produce both printed and
video-taped versions of the lessons. A working partnership was
established with Ed Hubbard (who had not yet entered the Tradition)
and his company, Psychic Services Incorporated, with a view toward
producing and disseminating the material. In January of 1591 Pisces
(1991 AD) filming began on the video-taped versions of the lessons,
only to be halted when Rev. Don suffered a serious accident which
would leave him bed-ridden for months and in recovery for several
the First Priest’s illness the lessons were set aside. By the time
Rev. Don was able to again turn his attention to the lessons, it
was decided that the original materials were outdated, and needed a
Work began on the revisions in 1597 Pisces (1997 AD), and the first
of the revised lessons would be presented to the Tradition in 1598
Pisces (1998 AD).
The new lessons were much deeper and more thorough, with a stronger
emphasis on the inner nature of Correllian teachings. After twenty
years, the Lessons in Correllian Wicca were finally completed early
in 1599 Pisces (1999 AD).
The first Correllian Cleric to be trained under this system was
Cweord, of Chicago’s Holy City Temple, who was initiated as a First
Degree Priest on November 11, 1599 Pisces (1999 AD). Cweord was the
last Correllian initiated in the old century, and it is fitting
that he should have been the first to come in under the long