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Pagan Bookshelf: Witchcraft History

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There are lots of books about the history of witchcraft. Many do not even mention modern practitioners, let alone witchcraft religions like Wicca. Some do mention modern practitioners but fail to fact-check claims resulting in some of the worst speculations being reported as fact. Here are some books about the history of witchcraft, ancient and modern, that tend towards being… Read more »

Pagan Roots in the North

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Throughout history the British Isles have been swept by waves of new inhabitants and ideas. Some came as invaders and others as settlers from other lands. As each new ethnic group became established and eventually assimilated into British culture their unique qualities were absorbed too. One of the notable influences on the British Isles and therefore on English occultism and… Read more »

Pagan Roots in the West

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Pagan religions are living traditions that have evolved over time and continue to change today.  Occult practices and religions such as Wicca in particular have drawn from inspiration around the world including sources originating in the Americas.  The West has had a very noticeable impact on the development of occult philosophy that is easy to see when we look for… Read more »

Pagan Roots in the South

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Isis and baby Horus

“Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who was of old also called Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Dana, Arianrhod, Bride, and by many other names…” This opening passage from the Charge of the Goddess used by Wiccans around the world is familiar to many, but how many realize that this introductory statement was inspired by the ancient… Read more »

Pagan Roots in the East

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Ganesh

Paganism and occultism in the English-speaking community today owes a lot to the East. Sure, most of the borrowed Eastern ideas have been adapted and changed over the years by various English practitioners but the basic ideas themselves are from Eastern sources. We don’t have to look very hard to find things that come from the Middle East, from India,… Read more »

The Core of Wicca

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Wicca is a pretty diverse religion today with assorted different denominations (usually called “traditions”), independent covens, and thousands if not millions of solitary practitioners around the globe. What exactly makes all of these practitioners Wiccan? Historically the religion of Wicca traces to Gerald B. Gardner who first promoted and taught a form of religious witchcraft as far back as the… Read more »

The Principles of Wiccan Belief

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Way back in the Spring of 1974 during a Pagan conference called “Witchmeet” in Minneapolis, MN USA a diverse group of 73 witches, representing a range of groups as well as solitary practitioners, formed what they decided to call the American Council of Witches. The group held only a single meeting before they chose to disband. At that meeting they… Read more »

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches (EPUB)

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Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland was published in 1899, and is now in the public domain. It documents what Leland believed was a surviving witch cult in Italy.  While its historical claims are disputed, it was influential in the development of modern Witchcraft and Wicca.  This EPUB edition was formatted by Ben Gruagach.

Some Truths About the Wiccan Rede

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The Wiccan Lord and Lady

“Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill: An’ it harm none, do what you will.” There are a lot of half-truths told about the Wiccan Rede: ☆ it’s an ancient rule ☆ it’s mandatory for all Wiccans ☆ it’s a long poem, with a short-form phrase that is commonly quoted ☆ it makes it impossible for Wiccans to curse Here’s the truth…. Read more »

The Inner Mysteries: Progressive Witchcraft and Connection with the Divine by Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone

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The Inner Mysteries by Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone

Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone have updated their 2004 classic, “Progressive Witchcraft” and given the new second edition a fresh title: “The Inner Mysteries: Progressive Witchcraft and Connection With the Divine.” This is an important book for Wiccans and is a must read for a number of reasons.