An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present

This is the only book of its kind on witchcraft that has been written by a practising witch.

Author: Doreen Valiente

Publisher: The Crowood Press

ISBN: 9780719826917

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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This is the only book of its kind on witchcraft that has been written by a practising witch. It is intended to be not merely a history, but a guide to the many strange byways of a vast and fascinating subject. Witchcraft is as old as the human race, and it is actively practised today, by people of all classes. To its devotees, witchcraft is more than spells and charms, or even secret meetings and rituals; it is a philosophy and a way of life. It claims to be the oldest form of religion, that of nature-worship and magic. Since the last Witchcraft Act was repealed in 1951, the revival of public interest in witchcraft has been the subject of continuous controversy. This book is a serious contribution to the study of a subject too long obscured by prejudice and sensationalism.

The Rebirth of Witchcraft

Doreen Valiente took part in many witchcraft rituals and had strange psychic experiences as a result. Described here are the clairvoyant communications she received purporting to come from 'John Brakespeare', an eighteenth-century witch.

Author: Doreen Valiente

Publisher: The Crowood Press

ISBN: 9780719826931

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

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Since 1951, when the last of the Witchcraft Acts was repealed, many books have been written about the reappearance of witchcraft and the development of a pagan theology. Churchmen have denounced it. Sociologists have wondered at it. Journalists have penned sensational stories about it. But until the publication of this book, no one had told the real story of it from the inside as frankly as it is told here. Doreen Valiente, one of witchcraft's most widely known figures, was a close friend of the late Gerald Gardner, generally regarded as the founder of present-day witchcraft. Initiated by him and for a time High Priestess of his coven, Doreen Valiente helped him rewrite his seminal Book of Shadows. She records the break with Gardner that split his coven, the controversy surrounding Alex Sanders, 'King of the Witches' and memories of many other witches whom she has known, including the lady called 'Dafo', Robert Cochrane, Leslie Roberts and Sybil Leek. Doreen Valiente took part in many witchcraft rituals and had strange psychic experiences as a result. Described here are the clairvoyant communications she received purporting to come from 'John Brakespeare', an eighteenth-century witch. The Rebirth of Witchcraft traces the lineage of the present-day witchcraft from its forerunners through to modern feminist neo-paganism and the new wave of interest in ecology and holistic medicine.

Witchcraft for Tomorrow

Witchcraft for Tomorrow answers many frequently asked questions about witchcraft including: 'How can I find a witches' coven?' and 'How can I become a witch?

Author: Doreen Valiente

Publisher: The Crowood Press

ISBN: 9780719826955

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 208

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Witchcraft for Tomorrow answers many frequently asked questions about witchcraft including: 'How can I find a witches' coven?' and 'How can I become a witch?' Doreen Valiente tells you what the old religion of witchcraft has to offer the new age of Aquarius; how the age-old Craft of the Wise can be practised in the modern world; how to initiate yourself as a witch and found your own coven. The author, who was the leading figure in the establishment of the modern Wiccan movement, includes a new Book of Shadows (the witches' handbook of rituals and instructions) based upon ancient magical tradition but geared to the age of the future. There are witch songs, spells, incantations and practical advice on how to run a coven and how to acquire your own collection of magical implements; as well as methods of divination and other witch lore. The author shows how the oral traditions of witchcraft throw light not only upon the origins of the present-day witch cult and the activities of the witch leader George Pickingill and his covens, but also upon the mystery of the founding of the famous magical order, the Golden Dawn. Also discussed is the relationship between the witchcraft of Britain and Europe and the magical belief of the Far East. Do both traditions hark back to the legendary city of Shamballah and to the shamanistic practices of Asia? And why do the secret circles of the witches resemble those of the Tantric sex-magic of India?

Natural Magic

There are chapters on the secrets of sex magic, and on the use of traditional spells. If you want to learn to charm warts, to cast a love spell, or to plant a magical garden, this book will tell you how.

Author: Doreen Valiente

Publisher: The Crowood Press

ISBN: 9780719826924

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 184

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Magic is all around us - in stones, flowers, stars, the dawn wind and the sunset cloud. All we need is the ability to see it, understand it, and apply it. Natural Magic explains how to practise the age-old white magic that village wise women have used for centuries. It deals with the magic of herbs and flowers, of the four elements, of numbers and colours, amulets and talismans, how to read cards, how to interpret dreams, and much more. There are chapters on the secrets of sex magic, and on the use of traditional spells. If you want to learn to charm warts, to cast a love spell, or to plant a magical garden, this book will tell you how. An essentially practical treatise, which sets out to show how magic can be for everyone, and how, indeed, it has always been inherent in human life and nature. Both those who are new to the practice of magic and those with experience will find it delightful reading and an informative handbook for use in daily life.

An Outline of the Original Witchcraft

196 DionFortune, The Mystical Qabalah, Ernest Benn Ltd., London, 1935, p.12, #10 197 Doreen Valiente, An ABC of Witchcraft Past & Present, St. Martin's Press, Inc., New York,1973. p.284 198 All the heavenly bodies symbolically represent ...

Author: Joe Pelaez

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781496940780

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 126

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An Outline of the Original Witchcraft introduces the writings of various writers ‘rejecting their contention that it evolved from a fertility cult. Instead, it contends it emerged from the Goddess religion of ancient times It shows how the Roman authorities closed the temples, forcing the craft to continue its practices in hiding. It also presents the view that the three degrees correlate with the three sections of the Tree of Life

Truth and Error

“One of the objects of present-day witches' rites is to contact the spirits of those who have been witches in their past lives on earth” (Valiente, ABC of Witchcraft, 157). “I always encourage children to have dreams ... in which they ...

Author: Zondervan,

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310534921

Category: Religion

Page: 96

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This book is not only an introduction to the entire Zondervan Guide to Cults and Religious Movements series, but also a quick-reference guide to the groups and movements discussed in the series. Truth and Error brings together in one volume the charts from the various guides that show how the groups and movements differ theologically from historic orthodox Christianity. Each chart is introduced by the general editor, Alan Gomes. The books in the series that do not have comparison charts are introduced and summarized. Each book in the series includes - A concise introduction to the group or topic - An overview of the group's or movement's theology -- in their own words - A biblical response - Tips for witnessing effectively to members of the group - A bibliography with sources for further study -- Most books also include a comparison chart that shows the essential differences between biblical Christianity and the group. The charts from these books are reproduced in Truth & Error.

Witchcraft Today

“Left-Hand Path Ritual Magick: An Historical and Philosophical Overview. ... “Towards a Sociology of the Occult: Notes on Modern Witchcraft.” In Zaretsky and Leone, 1974. ... An ABC of Witchcraft: Past and Present.

Author: James R. Lewis

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781576071342

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 377

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A clear, concise overview of the origins and history of the Wiccan and Neopagan movements, with A–Z coverage of concepts, rituals, practices, and practitioners. * Thorough introduction explains the origin and history of contemporary Wiccan and Neopagan beliefs * Provides A–Z coverage of Neopagan concepts, rituals, practices, and practitioners ranging from African Religions and Celtic Tradition to Numerology and Theosophy * A documents section reprints texts important to the central belief system of Wiccans and Neopagans, including the text of Charge of the Goddess * Thorough chronology detailing the development of these modern religions

Witchcraft

In her 1973 book An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present, Valiente sets out her views. “There is no doubt that [Gardner's] action was a complete break with the whole witch tradition of silence and secrecy ... Today, many persons inside ...

Author: Michael Streeter

Publisher: White Lion Publishing

ISBN: 9780711252257

Category: History

Page: 256

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Witchcraft unravels the myth from the mystery, the facts from the legends, in this bewitching introduction to witchcraft’s lesser-known history. Spanning several centuries and comprising unbelievable facts and little-known legends, meet all the witches of your imagination and learn why, where and how it all began. Uncover the meanings of their rituals and rites, their lore, and their craft Discover the significance of their sabbats and covens, their chalices and wands, their robes and their religion. Unlock the secrets of the legendary witches of mythology and folk talesand find out how these early stories influenced the persecutions and witch hunts of the Middle Ages. Learn about the people who inspired the pagan revival and how their work in literature and magic rekindled the fires of the sabbats across Europe and the New World today. Features spell-binding historic and contemporary pictures that perfectly capture the key characters, events and wonders of this captivating, colourful and controversial history.

The Encyclopedia of Witches Witchcraft and Wicca

An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present. 1973. reprint, Custer, Wash.: Phoenix Publishing, 1986. maleficia malicious acts attributed to witches and sorcerers (see sorCery) in times past that caused harm or death to humans, ...

Author: Rosemary Guiley

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438126845

Category: Electronic books

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Witchcraft practices around the world and from many periods in history are defined and explained.