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Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches Paperback – May 21, 2008
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Obviously, Aradia greatly influenced the creators of the modern Wicca religion. It is the first time the Charge appeared in print. (It was later taken by Gardner for his covens and rewritten by Doreen Valiente.) There is a lot of negative magick in this book. Then again, it is thought that Maddalena either belonged to a group of witches who were called "Malandanti" (evil witches) or she was purposely feeding Leland false information. However, the roots of the witchcraft are evident. They were descendants of Etruria, still living in the ancestral homeland of Tuscany. They were still worshipping their ancient Goddess of Light, Diana and Her other half, Dianus called Lucifer or Light Bringer.
I highly recommend this book for historical purposes.Read more ›
Besides the invocations, spells & rituals Aradia also offers a fair portion of witch mythology or witch-lore. There is the standard mother/moon goddess & father/sun god story. They differ from typcial Wiccan myth in the fact that their union produces a divine daughter instead of a divine son.Read more ›
Modern Wiccans will find this view of magic and craft interesting. Some practices, such as "forcing" deities to do the bidding of mortals, seem to be radically less prevalent now. Although some Wiccan traditions (Reclaiming, for one) espouse political activism, the violent class-war material presented here also will seem out of place.
An interesting bit of reading, showcasing a very different view of the world than most currently Wiccans share. More important reading than the latest "tradition" of the day to hit the shelves. A more scholarly, expanded edition has recently been published. I look forward to reading it and seeing what light it casts on this material.
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Suposedly one of those must reads for a witch, I was not impressed. Its easy to read and difficult at the same time.Published 2 months ago by Nce59
I didn't just dislike the style of the text, but it was full of editorial blunders. There are much better versions of the Vangelo, however limited or advanced your familiarity... Read morePublished 3 months ago by EJConroy
I though the book was going to be longer but its full of information. I had no idea of the information included in the psychi of a witch such as myself.Published 4 months ago by DivineFem666