Witchcraft Today

Witchcraft Today Commemorating its th anniversary is an expanded edition of the first Wicca book by the father of the Pagan renaissance

Witchcraft Today Gerald Gardner Witchcraft Today Gerald Gardner on FREE shipping on qualifying offers An expanded edition of the quintessential Wiccan classic written by the father of the pagan renaissance First published in The Truth About Witchcraft Today Truth About Series Today, many people consider Witchcraft to be one of the fastest growing religions in the world Articles in newspapers and magazines, as well as movies and shows on television, are filled with Witchcraft. Witchcraft Witchcraft or witchery broadly means the practice of and belief in magical skills and abilities exercised by solitary practitioners and groups Witchcraft is a broad term that varies culturally and societally, and thus can be difficult to define with precision, and cross cultural assumptions about the meaning or significance of the term should be applied with caution. Wicca, the religion Religious Tolerance It seems to be necessary to preface every discussion of Witchcraft with an explanation that, no, Neo Pagan Witches aren t Satanists Otter and Morning Glory Zell Witch hunt A witch hunt or witch purge is a search for people labelled witches or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic or mass hysteria The classical period of witch hunts in Early Modern Europe and Colonial North America took place in the Early Modern period or about to , spanning the upheavals of the Reformation and the Thirty Years War, resulting in an estimated , to Wicca Witchcraft Religion and Wiccans What is Wicca Witchcraft and what are Wiccans Wicca is quite often referred to by the phrase Wicca witchcraft but this term is technically incorrect. WINNING OVER WITCHCRAFT DemonBuster Your browser does not support the audio element In the name of Jesus, I ask you to forgive me of all my sins I repent I renounce being involved in witchcraft. Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Potter Writing by J.K Rowling about Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Abortifacient Herbs Fertility Awareness, Herbal Abortion Abortifacient Herbs Herbs have been used by women since the beginning of time in an attempt to control their fertility The information was passed from mother to daughter, midwives and wise women all possessed this knowledge. Numerology Witchcraft Pagan, Wiccan, Occult and Magic Numerology is the study of numbers and the meaning associated with each number Numbers play a role in your everyday life and they all have energy, your house number, telephone number, your day

  • Title: Witchcraft Today
  • Author: Gerald B. Gardner
  • ISBN: 9780806525938
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • Commemorating its 50th anniversary is an expanded edition of the first Wicca book, by the father of the Pagan renaissance.

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    1. I'm still reading this one also (it helps my adult ADD to read more than one at at time, I guess) and so far it's quite informative. I know that Gardner was an anthropologist who studied the "witch cult" as he calls it and then became involved on a more personal level. Because of this, I'm reading with a grain of salt(?) Basically, I've done some studying myself on the "origins" of witchcraft as it is today, and what most scientific authors say on the issue is that Gardner invented it based on h [...]

    2. This book is a simplified antrhopological study of the history of wicca and how it exists today. However, the author becomes a member of some of the occult groups that he studies, and by becoming an initiate he compromises himself as an observer. The result is a conflict between the academic attempting to comment on a tradition, and the insider attempting to protect and honor sacred beliefs. By trying to walk this fine line, Gardner in the end accomplishes neither task. The reader is left with o [...]

    3. Witchcraft Today is in fact, outdated, considering the original publication date is from 1954 by Rider and Company. It was reprinted in 2004 by Citadel and includes an introduction by Dr. Margaret Murray, who passed away in 1963, proving that it hasn't been updated in quite some time. Much has changed since the 1950's, however, if a reader is expecting information from that time period they'll be greatly disappointed, as it provides primarily shoddy information from pre-Gerald Gardner eras.While [...]

    4. The most ridiculous nonsense I've ever read. Many people seem to believe that they "owe" Gardner something because he played a big role in making witchcraft in general "acceptable" (and even fancy) again - the problem with that is that the man has as much to do with witchcraft as a potato with a shovel. You'd need to engage in some serious mental gymnastics in order to find a connection there. His "interpretation" of history, what constitutes a religion, witchcraft (WITCHCRAFT IS NOT A RELIGION [...]

    5. Post Ronald Hutton's Triumph of the Moon, this sort of text is almost impossible to review. Gardiner was many things - rubber plantation manager, colonial customs officer, amateur anthropologist and much else. One approach is to take Witchcraft Today as the fascinating reminiscences and speculations of a very interesting man, an example of a now vanished species. He undoubtedly spent much time sympathetically engaging with the Dyaks and other indigenous peoples, though his book doesn't suggest t [...]

    6. I've read this book at first because it was written by the father of the Wicca and, unfortunately, it disappointed my expectation.Of course it is a good book that illustrates and shows the history of the witchcraft, from the past until the ages of past century. Very clear about who are witches, from where derives the cult and the craft by the opinion of Gardner and so on.Honestly I expected many informations going deeply inside the cult of witches and the witchcraft. Information and knowledge th [...]

    7. While I do understand and acknowledge the importance of this book in the history of Wicca this was not a super pleasant read for me. It's pretty much common knowledge nowadays that Gardner's sources about the history of witchcraft are not that valid but even putting that aside I just felt like reading this didn't really bring anything to me. The fact my craft is very different and very far from Gardnerian Wicca probably did influence my vision of this book, though.

    8. Today was 1954. This is more what-Gardner-thought-cool, than an account based on any evidence. It could also be argued that this is where Wicca started.

    9. Witchcraft TodayGerald Gardner, Citadel2004Consider that the book was written back in 1956 when the subject of witchcraft was relegated to the shadow and laws against witchcraft had recently been repealed. Gardner had been initiated into the coven in the 1930's. He writes as though he were a disinterested anthropologist yet he was a practitioner. What may have been an appropriate introduction back then is just a cursory view today. Gardner was the founder of Wicca or modern Wicca, so from that s [...]

    10. Witchcraft "Today" this book is NOT (even from the standpoint of the time it was written) It is an Anthropological "study" on the history of the craft which was pretty much all over the place. Perhaps it is because Gardner is hailed as the man who brought Witchcraft back to the masses, that I was so excited to find this book at my local used book store. But it, for me, really was a let down. It barely touches on any sort of philosophy, or, practice, there are no exercises, meditations, poetry, n [...]

    11. Such an interesting read! Gardner, who is often called "The Grandfather of Wicca" explains the historical meaning of superstitions and myths surrounding witchcraft. I was especially surprised when reading this to realize that Gardner himself was never the High Priest of a Wiccan coven. I believe that since he's so famed for bringing knowledge of the occult and Wicca into the mainstream, I assumed he was a High Priest at some point in his life, but now I can't find any sources to back that up. Of [...]

    12. In all honesty, there is a huge amount of speculation from Gardner as to the origins of English witchcraft, but he provides no sources and in some cases, provides no specifics. He claims that Voodoo and Wicca have similar practices and must therefor have a common origin, but he doesn't name which practices he's talking about. He also claims that the West African origins of voodoo were descended from Egyptian practices, but he provides no source for this, either. At one point he describes the pra [...]

    13. Important as an historical (but not necessarily historically accurate) text. Very important to seekers and practitioners of Traditional Wicca, though the initiates know more than what Gardner talks about here.Each time I read it, I come away with something new, whether that's an epiphany, idea for my practice or some symbolic association that I managed to overlook previously. Yes, Gardner was a product of his times, and he was an upper class white man with all the social connotations inherent to [...]

    14. This is the first mark on Wicca's History. Gardner, the founder and - in my opinion - creator of Wicca wrote this book in the 50s. Personally I think it's a good book for anyone starting to study Wicca. It is not one of the most historically accurate one but since it's based on Margaret Murray we'll understand. It is a bit confusing to read since most of the times it seems he's talking to himself in a monologue but still it's a book that can teach you a lot about Gardner, his thoughts and ideas, [...]

    15. it's a weird little book. part informational, part i know but can't tell you references to oath bound information, part request for more information. he seems to base his history on Murray, and she has since been debunked. i felt it important to read Gardner's books since so much of modern neo-paganism is at least a little influenced by him. and even if he didn't create the tradition himself he's certainly responsible for the spread of the religion across the world.

    16. Whether or not Gardner faithfully preserved an ancient religion´s practice, and whether or not his conjuectures about its long history are correct, the impact of this book on modern Wicca is evident. What surprised me was how easily the practices he describes align with Spiritism, and how Gardner used to be a practicing Kardecist. I didn´t know the two movements were related.

    17. I know this is the foundation of modern paganism, but now it just looks like a poorly researched, poorly written and repetitive monologue. It's a shame that it is not a stronger base for the religion.

    18. This was a really good book one of the best and first books to come to print and explain witchcraft in its true form.If your interested in witchcraft or the history of witchcraft you must read anything by Gerald B. Gardner, so you can get a better understanding from a witches point a view.

    19. I was excited to read this, as I gathered it was supposedly the "definitive" book on Wicca and Witchcraft so far it is a slipshod mess in which he loses himself, continually digresses and doesn't tell me any spells. And that is just the first 40 pages!

    20. Essential for its historical significance and to fully understand exactly what Wiccans believe in. Interesting and is a quick read, but the scholarship is abysmal.

    21. Witchcraft has been around for ages. The author explores its venue in the modern world and give some examples.

    22. I can appreciate this book as a heritage type of volume but honestly, it was slow, long-winded, off-track and lacking any sort of references to anything.

    23. Also because I was curious. Interesting, although the writing style is rather dry in places. And I couldn't help thinking it was one of Katherine Kurtz's sources for Lammas Night.

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