Editorial Reviews. Review. For anyone interested in Wicca this is the book of choice. It provides Aradia Or The Gospel Of The Witches by [Leland, Charles G. ]. Preface[edit]. If the reader has ever met with the works of the learned folk-lorist G. PitrĂ©, or the articles contributed by “Lady Vere De Vere” to the. Aradia has ratings and 61 reviews. Steve said: In Northern Italy there are vestiges of an ancient faith that maybe still practiced by the common pe.

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Their Nature and Legacy. After separating from Lucifer Diana suddenly has a longing for him. Magliocco writes that Aradia “may represent a 19th-century version of [the araadia of the Cult of Herodias] that incorporated later materials influenced by medieval diabolism: I get that they are stories passed down from generation to generation, but that doesn’t make them good.

The Charge of the Goddessan important piece of liturgy used in Wiccan rituals, [28] was inspired by Aradia’s speech in the first chapter of the book. This request spurred Nutt to accept the book, and it was published in July in a small print run.

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches

The content, however, is anything but suitable for young readers or anybody who thinks witchcraft is all white light and pretty crystals. One would think it might gospe been suspected by a man who knew that a witch really endeavoured to kill seven people as a ceremony or gkspel, in order to get wotches secret of endless wealth, that such a sorceress must have had a store of wondrous legends; but of all this there is no trace, and it is very evident that nothing could be further from his mind than that there was anything interesting from a higher or more genial point of view in it all.

Mar 20, Papertrees rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Chapter I presents the original witches as slaves that escaped from their masters, beginning new lives as “thieves and evil folk”.


Aradia was also the daugher of Diana and Lucifer not to be confused with Satan. The book has very little to do with Aradia, female savior of the Italian Witches, and seems to be a Christianized version of the history of the Streghe.

Magliocco calls Aradia “the first real text of the 20th century Witchcraft revival”, [25] and it is repeatedly cited as being profoundly influential on araida development of Wicca.

This version of the etext, originally scanned early inwas proofread a second time in July of and upgraded to current coding standards of sacred-texts. The themes in these additional chapters vary in some details from the first ten, and Leland included them partly to “[confirm] the fact that the worship of Diana existed for a long time contemporary with Christianity “.

Leland summarises the mythic material in the book in its appendix, writing “Diana is Queen of the Witches; an associate of Herodias Aradia in her relations to sorcery; that she bore a child to her brother the Sun here Lucifer ; that as a moon-goddess she is in some relation to Cain, who dwells as prisoner in the moon, and that the witches of old were people oppressed by feudal lands, the former revenging themselves in every way, and holding orgies to Diana which the Church represented as being the worship of Satan “.

Of course, it is a must read if you are into Stregarian Witchcraft. Further he believed that the majority of the information collected for him came from “oral” rather than written material.

Witchs Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Aradia is considered the foundation text for modern witchcraft, especially British Traditional Arafia.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland

If the reader has ever met with the works of the learned folk-lorist G. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Charles Godfrey Leland traveled to Italy in the Mid to late ‘s and gather all this mater In Northern Italy there are vestiges of an ancient faith that maybe still practiced by the common people.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars because the text fails somewhat in measuring up to book’s religious significance. View all 3 comments. Archived from the original on What is certain is that this classic arxdia become a foundational document of modern Wicca and neopaganism.


Wikisource has original text related to this article: Like televangelists, and snake-oil salesman, these publishers prey on the vulnerable. It’s revered by ‘some’ witches, who find inspiration in it’s poetic tale. Some are difficult to find a point to. Worst of all, most of them can’t write worth a damn. These include enchantments to win love Chapter VIa conjuration to perform when finding a stone with a hole or a round stone in order to turn it into an amulet for Diana’s favour Chapter IVand the consecration of a ritual feast for Witchew, Aradia, and Cain Chapter II.

Cursing, poisoning and controlling type love spells are all advocated as a means to exact revenge on economic oppressors i. Shouldn’t that tell you something? For those looking for a more simple magic to follow this book maybe a start to something that you are looking for.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. If you are looking for something amazing about a real Italian witch, I suggest reading this http: But I don’t think anyone should read it just because “it’s a classic.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

There aren’t even very many stories the book is very thin. The type that tospel been used throughout history and throughout the world. Four stars for the sometimes overwhelmingly exquisite poetry throughout.

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In Australian slang, it’s a bit of creative bullshit. For clarity and the option to use invocations in their original language I very much appreciate Leland giving them i I’ve aracia this several times and never seem to read every word. Gospel of the Witches on your Kindle in under a minute. Leland gives an excellent example of how a town dealt with a saint that wasn’t doing its bidding.