Preface[edit]. If the reader has ever met with the works of the learned folk-lorist G. Pitré, or the articles contributed by “Lady Vere De Vere” to the. Aradia: Gospel of the Witches. Charles G. Chapter 1 – How Diana Gave Birth To Aradia (Herodius); Chapter II – The Sabbat, Treguenda Or Witch-Meeting. 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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Since writing the foregoing I have met with and read a very clever and entertaining gozpel entitled Il Romanzo dei Settimani, G. I’ve read alot of folks reviews before reading the book and after reading the work myself it just comes to me that alot of people don’t really “read” it with a view to understand it. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Preview — Aradia by Charles Godfrey Leland. Four stars for the sometimes overwhelmingly exquisite poetry throughout. Cliftonsince the text shows no signs of being “massaged Here, in the story of the goddess Aradia, who came to Earth to champion oppressed peasants in their fight against their feudal overlords and the Catholic Church, are the chants, prayers, spells, and rituals that have become the centerpieces of contemporary pagan faiths.

His goal was to tospel it readable, rhythmic, poetic, in other words he took a little poetic liberty. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Threatening of the goddess or god or any spirit is not unusual historically, and is most definitely a very ancient survival.

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

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Another great work of scholarship of Leland, this one surrounding the well-known grimoire and the revival of modern witchcraft inspired by this and related works. However, others disagree and believe these are true representations of “the old religion.

This classic of neo-Paganism is one aracia the few books which purports to be an actual sacred text of traditional witchcraft, in particular that of the Tuscan region of Italy.

The writing style certainly is easy and suitable for all reading levels. Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches Title page of the original edition. I have to admit that there’s some useful stuff in there, but I can’t really recommend it.


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As it was written quite a while ago I suppose that would explain it. The Origin of Aradia”.

I recommend this for pagans following the Witchcraft path, and I suggest you take it not as “Gospel” aka literalbut as an inspirational text. Amazon Giveaway allows you to gosel promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. See all reviews. Parts of the speech appeared in an early version of Gardnerian Wicca ritual. All of these actions bespeak of ancient tradition living up to the present.

If I give one of these books anything above 2 stars, it’s a decent example of this type of book. He further suggests that a lack of comfort with Aradia may be due to an “insecurity” within Neopaganism about the movement’s claim to authenticity as a religious revival. Leland gives an excellent example of how a town dealt with a saint that wasn’t doing its bidding. This page was last edited on 28 Januaryat However, they die slowly, and even yet there are old people in the Romagna of the Gozpel who know the Etruscan names of the Twelve Gods, and invocations to Bacchus, Jupiter, and Venus, Mercury, and the Lares or ancestral spirits, and in the cities are women who prepare strange amulets, over which they mutter spells, all known in the old Roman time, and who can astonish even the learned by their legends of Latin gods, mingled with lore which may be found in Cato or Theocritus.

Additionally, I worked for a company in this field,and had to read an ocean of this stuff to do my job. The narrative material makes up less of the text, and is composed of short stories and legends about the birth of the witchcraft religion and the actions of their gods.

With it are given the ceremonies and invocations or incantations to be addressed to Diana and Hte, the exorcism of Cain, and the spells of the holy-stone, rue, and verbena, constituting, as the text declares, the regular church-service, so to speak, which is to be chanted or witchea at the witch-meetings. There were incantations for peasants to poison their lords in their palaces and ruin their crops.

Much different from Wicca. She tries to persue him but he only succeeds in evading her.

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I just have a problem with the complete lack of continuity, or even correspondence between even the same god or goddess. If you are looking for something amazing about a real Italian witch, I suggest reading this http: If this be the manner in which Italian witchcraft is treated by the most intelligent writer who has depicted it, it will not be deemed remarkable that there are few indeed tthe will care whether there is a veritable Gospel of Witches, apparently of extreme antiquity, embodying the belief in a strange counter-religion which has held its own from pre-historic arzdia to the present day.


Historically significant, as this is the first book in print that discusses pre-christian pagan survivals.

Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. However this may be, both priest and wizard are vanishing now with incredible rapidity–it has even struck a French writer that a Franciscan in a railway carriage is a strange anomaly–and a few more years of newspapers and bicycles Heaven knows what it will be when flying-machines appear!

Global Grey June 8, Publication Date: See all Editorial Reviews. To do Stregeria all one needs is intent, invocation and then maybe the offering or spellcraft. In fact he uses gospel in quotes in his intro.

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Cavagnari,in which the author, in the form of a novel, vividly depicts the manners, habits of thought, and especially the nature of witchcraft, and the many superstitions current among the peasants in Lombardy. Just don’t take it too literally — and do look up its publication history.

The people were not strong enough to fight back so Aradia taught them magic witchcraft and the use of poison to counter the oppression. According to Mario Pazzaglini, author of the translation, the Italian contains misspellings, missing words, and grammatical errors, and is in a standardised Italian rather than the local dialect one might expect.

The type that has been used throughout history and throughout the world. It’s like, here’s a story, here’s some more random stories in no particular order, the end. What is certain is that this classic has become a foundational document of modern Wicca and neopaganism. The same is done today by many moderns making new translations of ancient material. Of all the reprints available this one illus. Worst of all, most of them can’t write worth a damn.

Though I understand the balance between lightness and darkness, I felt this moved beyond my limitations.