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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567182577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567182576
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 7.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

This A-Z title describes the contemporary Wicca and witchcraft traditions. Many different groups (Black Forest Clan, Blue Star Wicca, Church of the World Tree) have entries ranging from a few paragraphs to a couple of two-columned pages. Prominent figures from the history of witchcraft also have entries, as do contemporary writers and practitioners. A number of the writers who are covered have been published by Llewellyn Publications, which is almost inevitable given Llewellyn's prominence in the publishing of occult and New Age material. Entries describing the origins of various traditions and certain historical controversies within the Wicca and witchcraft community strive to be fair to all sides, even to outside agencies that persecuted practitioners.This is a work by a believer for believers, although it has something to offer those outside the various traditions who seek to understand them. It describes various practices (although it does not offer detailed spells and instructions) and the significance of certain animals, plants, and objects. All of the descriptions are specific to their Wicca and witchcraft significance. Mythological characters, especially from British and Celtic mythology, are described, as are some deities and legendary figures from classical mythology who are significant in Wicca and witchcraft traditions. Appendixes provide "Classic Wiccan Verses" and lists of relevant periodicals, organizations, and merchants.This volume would be most useful to a public library that serves an active Wicca and witchcraft community or an academic library with an inclusive special interest. Those libraries that need a more general reference would probably do better with The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft [RBB Mr 1 00] by Rosemary Guiley, which is available in paperback for the same price. RBB
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When I first saw this manuscript, I couldn't help but think, "Why hasn't this been done before?" And then I realized that it seems like there is a time for everything. There have been some books that have tried to present an encyclopedic view of what some have called the fastest growing religion in the world. But the first one to really succeed in capturing the essence of Witchcraft, the truth of Wicca, is Raven Grimassi's Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft.

I think the reason for this is simple. The others were written by outsiders. Raven has been a practitioner for over a quarter of a century, the period during which the Craft has experienced its largest and fastest growth spurt. As a result, this book is an important resource for a wide variety of people.

Are you new to the Craft? In this book you'll find history and lore, personalities and places so you can become more steeped in the history, theology, philosophy, and magick of your tradition.

Are you a long-time Pagan? Here you will find pictures of famous occultists throughout history and the impact they had on the development and growth of modern Witchcraft. You'll also learn about famous modern Pagans and writers and be able to compare different traditions.

Are you a researcher? If you are looking for factual information about Pagan holidays, ancient sources, individuals, beliefs, and practices, this book can be your primary tool.

In short, if you are involved in Wicca or Witchcraft in any way, this book is a necessity for your bookshelf. This is the book everyone is going to be quoting. This is the book everyone is going to be talking about. When anyone has a question about Wicca or Witchcraft, this is the first place they'll look. Don't be left out! This is a book you will use regularly for years to come.



More About the Author

I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, to an Italian immigrant who married an American soldier at the close of World War II. My earliest training was in what I call a "peasant witchcraft" tradition, which consisted of Witchcraft and Folk Magic practices of Old Italy. Over the past four decades I have been a practitioner of several Witchcraft and Wiccan traditions. At present I am the directing Elder of the Ash, Birch & Willow tradition, which is a system of "Old Ways Witchcraft" not originating from any single region of Europe, but instead embracing what is held in common among many lands.

I currently have over 14 books in print and write on the topics of Witchcraft, Wicca and Magic. Many people seem to peg me as an author on Italian Witchcraft exclusively, but in fact only two of my books are about that specific subject. The primary focus of my work is about pre-Christian European beliefs and practices that appear in contemporary systems. In doing so I look to the commonalities of European traditions that appear in various regions instead of just one.

Customer Reviews

This wonderful book is packed full of interesting information on all subjects of Witchcraft.
Gaelan Firestorm
This book is very useful to have near by and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Wicca/Witchcraft.
Mark Chandler
Raven Grimassi has created a comprehensive reference for information regarding Witchcraft and Wicca.
TP

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
What I appreciated most about this book was that the author did not include topics of demons, witch-hunter biographies, nor any of the other typical entries indicative of Judeo-Christian influences. Instead this encyclopedia reflects the beliefs and practices of Wicca and Witchcraft as a religious and spiritual system of its own. This is a great book for beginners, researchers, teachers and seasoned practitioners of modern Wicca and Witchcraft.
Included is everything from terminology to history, folklore and pre-Christian paganism. The book presents a wide range of practices and beliefs both ancient and modern. Also included are biographies of well-known figures along with information on a large number of traditions and organizations. No collection of books on Wicca and Witchcraft would be complete without this encyclopedia!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TP on March 1, 2001
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Raven Grimassi has created a comprehensive reference for information regarding Witchcraft and Wicca. His style of writing is clear and direct, while maintaining an adult level of interest and readability, which is too often lacking in Llewellyn published material. As with his previous works, he emphasizes the need for a solid foundation based on time honored Tradition. While there are a handful of notable modern Witches and Wiccans not included in this reference, Grimassi addresses this directly. This is an important volume for newcomers and intermediate students to own.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L. Kolosky on November 10, 2000
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this book should go hand and hand with rosemary ellen guilley's encyclopedia of witches and witchcraft. this book talks more about modern wicca and witchcraft,opposed to guilley's which talks more about ancient witchcraft. this book covers alot of authors,traditions,and other important things for the beginner,intermediate,or the advanced.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M.L. Benton Publisher, Echoed Voices Magazine on January 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
If encyclopedias were a work of art...Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft would be a masterpiece.
Raven Grimassi has filled the void in wicca and witchcraft reference material. Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft is packed with 470 pages of knowledge, everything from pantheons, histories, historical and sacred sites, invocations and rites to biographies of some of the most influential practioners, past and present.
You could read ten books and still not get as much information as you will find inside the covers of the Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft. This reference work would be a plus with classes, covens or a private library. Use it for reference or use it for enjoyment. Either way you go you will become enlightened.
I cannot find a more useful tool then the Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft. It is a must have for personal use, reference in your practices and beliefs, covens, circles or groves. It would be a wonderful addition to classrooms and libraries.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2002
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Grimassi's book is unquestionably the ultimate and definitive work on the topic of modern Wicca and Witchcraft. The author covers every relevant topic related to the Craft, and provides the reader with leads to other topics that further enhance one's understanding of Wicca and Witchcraft. No other Wiccan/Witchcraft encyclopedia in print today can match the depth and scope of this single volume.
This encyclopedia is an excellent resource for both the beginner and the seasoned veteran. It is certainly a "must have" for anyone serious about the Craft today.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 4, 2001
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Raven Grimassi's Encyclopedia Of Wicca & Witchcraft deserves ongoing mention as a 'must' reference work for any regularly researching modern Wicca and Witchcraft: it is the first to be written by a Craft Elder, and provides a compendium of connections between different religious concepts and the Wiccan practice. From history to rites and rituals, this defines terminology, references Web sites, and provides an important, far-reaching gathering of details.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2001
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This book was awarded best non-fiction book for 2001 by the Coalition of Visionary Retailers, at the International New Age Trade in Denver this year. It's great to see a Wicca title receive such recognition.
The Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft is the definitive work on modern Wicca/Witchcraft, compiled by an initiated witch who has practiced the Craft for over 25 years. This is the first book to go into such a great depth of information, and is highlighted by the insights of a long term practitioner.
The encyclopedia is a must for any witch's library and will be of invaluable service to anyone researching the religion of Wicca/Witchcraft or just seeking to understand it on a deeper level. This is a complete book covering the witches' tools, beliefs and practices, connections to European paganism, deities, aspects of magick, and much, much more!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gaelan Firestorm on March 13, 2001
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Raven Grimassi's Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft has been hard for me to put down since I first received my copy of it. This book of so full of educational Pagan material that I know it will become a primary Wiccan reference tool for me for years to come. This wonderful book is packed full of interesting information on all subjects of Witchcraft. For example, from within these pages I finally learned of Alexander Sanders' admission that he fabricated the story of his grandmother initiating him into Witchcraft. Raven: this is one happy reader of your books, and I am eagerly awaiting your next addition to my library. P.S. Raven should get a raise!
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