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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This classic of neo-Paganism is one of the few books which purports to be an actual sacred text of traditional witchcraft, in particular that of the Tuscan region of Italy. Archived from the original on Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. One last thing to relate is that this “Gospel” was given to the oppressed as a means to level the playing field between them and their oppressors.

It amazes me the importance of this book given its size. Has some beautiful ideas in it; though it is the gospel of the witches, don’t take everything in it as gospel. Hutton himself is a sceptic, not only of the existence of the religion that Aradia claims to represent, [20] but also of the existence of Maddalena, arguing that it is more likely that Leland created the entire story than that Leland could be so easily “duped” by an Italian fortune-teller. It’s like, here’s a story, here’s some more random stories in no particular order, the end.

Clifton suggests that modern claims of revealing an Italian pagan witchcraft tradition, for example those of Leo Martello and Raven Grimassimust be “match[ed] against”, and compared with the claims in Aradia.

Witchcraft in the Middle Ages. Growing up, her strict parents took her to church every Sunday. The Norwegian classical composer Martin Romberg wrote a Mass for mixed choir in seven parts after a selection of poems from Leland’s text.

As it was written quite a while ago I suppose that would explain it. So-called ‘eclectic witches’ steal aspects of other religions and mythology.

After the increase in interest in the text, it became widely available through numerous reprints o a variety of publishers, including a critical edition with a new translation by Mario and Dina Pazzaglini.


Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

All in the mountains or the meadows fair, Seeking for luck while onward still I roam, Seeking for rue and vervain scented sweet, Because they bring good fortune unto all. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Much of the Moon Goddess’s worship is the same ideology using various names depending upon the time and culture that worshiped her. Pagan Portals – Hekate: Leland was struck by this cosmogony: In Northern Italy there are Strega or Italian witches who still practice Etruscan magic and are expert in it’s ways.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland

This lack of cohesion, or “inconsistency”, is an argument for the text’s authenticity, according to religious scholar Chas S. This books is completely unreadable on a kindle ereader. If this doesn’t describe you, look elsewhere. You can read Aradia in one sitting. Chapter I presents the original witches as slaves that escaped from their masters, beginning new lives as “thieves and evil folk”.

It contains what he believed was the religious text of a group of pagan witches in TuscanyItaly that documented their beliefs and rituals, although various historians and folklorists have disputed the existence of such a group.

Leland’s claim that the manuscript was genuine, and even his assertion that he received such a manuscript, have been called into question. The spells are not at all complicated and there is no circle casting as one would find in Wicca or Ceremonial Magic. Witchcraft is known to its votaries as la vecchia religioneor the old religion, of which Diana is the Goddess, her daughter Aradia or Herodias the female Messiah, and that this little work sets forth how the latter was born, came down to earth, established witches and witchcraft, and then returned to heaven.

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But only because gopsel characters in the stories are important in the tradition. This site uses cookies: In his studies, Leland met a woman witch who allegedly became his confidant, and informant. It is a vestige left over from the ancient Etruscan religion. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

So if you’re down with the goddess Diana, traditional magic, incantations, and using household objects in your spells, this book is for you. His bias is basically shoveled into the work. In the novel to the life of I Settimani an aspirant is represented as living with a witch and acquiring or picking up with pain, scrap by scrap, her spells and incantations, giving years to it.

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The Witches gather together monthly on the full moon, their celebration a sabbat. She kissed a girl 10 years ago, and likes Katy Perry. This same union had it been understood by the Romans would have been between Diana and the Sun god Helos?


I should, however, in justice to those who do care to explore dark and bewildering paths, explain clearly that witch-lore is hidden with most scrupulous care from all save a very few in Italy, just as it is among the Chippeway Medas or the Black Voodoo. Jul 27, Patrick rated it really liked it. I am not sure what I was expecting. I wouldn’t consider this even an abstract of stregheria. Gospel of the Witches. Still, it is a must read for any Craft leader if for no other reason than to say that you’ve read it.

Books by Charles Godfrey Leland. Diana sends her daughter Aradia to them to teach these former serfs witchcraft, the power of which they can use to “destroy the evil race of oppressors “. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars because the text fails somewhat in measuring up to book’s religious significance. While I understand and agree that the Witchcraft revival may not have progressed as steadily without this publication, I do not consider it necessary reading.

Historian Ruth Martin states that it was a common practice for witches of Italy to be “naked with their hair loose around their shoulders” while reciting conjurations.

I have moved on to the Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Gardner and am much more pleased with it. Preview — Aradia by Charles Godfrey Leland.