- Series: Illustrated
- Perfect Paperback: 205 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix Publishing Inc (December 1, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0919345832
- ISBN-13: 978-0919345836
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Witchcraft for Tomorrow Perfect Paperback – December 1, 1987
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Whereas many authors spend the majority of the time describing how to work with the various techniques within witchcraft, Valiente attempts to describe the nature, purpose, and historical contexts of these techniques. For example, rather than giving extensive instructions on how to cast a circle, this author describes the occult significance that many have attributed to the circle as well as how the circle appears in various pre-Christian religious practices. In this way, she confers an understanding of the nature of the circle and its uses upon the reader. Then, in the "Book of Shadows" section, the reader is instructed how to cast a circle effectively equipped with that understanding.
The author's discussion of history of ancient pagan religion as it affects modern witchcraft is particularly noteworthy. I commend Valiente for refraining from both insisting that witches have always done things as they are done today and accusing those like Gardner from inventing modern witchcraft from whole cloth. Instead, Valiente carefully suggests historical sources of various elements from which modern witchcraft may have formed. In doing so, she draws from many varied sources, such as Hinduism, Celtic religious practices, and Greek philosophy. Often, she will draw parallels between two sources.Read more ›
The book consists of two sections, The first is divided into eleven chapters: The Old Gods (watch out for some material here that is no longer taken seriously by scholars), Witch Ethics, Witch Festivals, Witch Signs and Symbols, The Magic Circle, Witch Tools, Methods of Witch Divination, Witches' Attire, The Witches' Alphabets, The Working Site, and Witchcraft and Sex Magic.
The second section is Liber Umbrarum, A Book of Shadows. Herein will be found Casting the Circle; The Rite of Self-Initiation; The Full Moon Esbat Rite; The Sabbat Rite; Initiation into the Coven; The Coven Spell; The Seven Pointed Star; The Runes of Andred; The Spell of the Cord; Invocation of the Moon Goddess; Invocation of the Horned God; and Chants and Dances.
The book includes a broad spectrum bibliography and and a useful index. Although other authors have published material directly from traditional Books of Shadows, Lady Doreen's book presents material taht may be useufl to the solitary practitioner as well as the coven. Although this book requires more thought than a Cunningham book, I find it more solidly grounded in Wiccan tradition. Well worth the extra brain work.
She seems to have forseen the growth of the modern movement. Indeed this is the fastest growing spirituality in the world. I would say religion but that implies organization and belief. Witchcraft doesnt require either.
Had it been published by a bigger publisher, it would have indeed been a best seller. Given the time, there were still many misconceptions regarding witchcraft. As far as my spiritual developement was concerned, in 1976 I would have never considered myself a witch. Had I been given this book, things would have been different. This is not your average "teen witch" fashion statement. More like wisdom from Granny- the wisest witch to date-Thank you Lady Doreen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Needless to say quintessential masterpiece of Witchcraft writing.Published 19 months ago by Douglas E. Helvie
thumbed through it mainly bought for research not for practicing any spells so i don't really know if the spells work.Published 19 months ago by Deon Willis
Wrapped very well, no damage; was as advertised; arrived quickly. ThanksPublished 22 months ago by Ron Spolar
very good explinations for why things are done and where they came from. A little out of date, and sometimes a bit long winded.
Overall I enjoyed it.
Doreen Valiente books go in and out of print and so when I see one
I buy it cause once they are out of print, the price sky rockets. Read more
Doreen is the writer of Gardnerian Book of Shadows, is a poet and was a former HPs of Gardner himself. Read morePublished on August 9, 2006 by Roberto Quintas
IMO this book is a classic and a must read! Doreen Valiente was/is one of the brightest pioneers of "modern" Wicca as we know it today.Published on January 10, 2004