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. RBBCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
From the Publisher
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.