The 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
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.
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.
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.
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 Christianity.
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 anyway.
We would say that any such debate would be
only a matter of semantics anyway.
The Correllium, symbol of the Correllian Tradition, was originally a personal symbol which came to be used as a familial crest by Lady Orpheis' Cherokee ancestors.
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.
Matriarchal Heads of
Orpheis Caroline High Correll
LaVeda Lewis-Highcorrell (Regent)
Fraternal Heads of
HOW THE LESSONS CAME TO BE
meeting ended the blv. LaVeda’s Regency, acclaiming her cousin
Krystel High-Correll as the new Head of the Correllian Tradition. The
Elders also acclaimed Lady LaVeda’s son, Donald
Co-Head of Tradition.
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.
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 second revision.
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
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 awaited lessons.