There is feasting on wine, moon cakes and their is ecstatic gathering and breaking of the overly strict laws of modesty. For those looking for a more simple magic to follow this book maybe a start to something that you are looking for. To do Stregeria all one needs is intent, invocation and then maybe the offering or spellcraft. Many people like me get swallowed up in the long complicated rituals and lose focus of the objective. The book is also a window into the lost world of Etruscan, Roman magic and religion. Oct 12, Elizabeth rated it it was ok.
This is a book I had been meaning to read for some time. Thankfully, it's very short and I managed to read it in entirety yesterday. This book is considered important to modern Witchcraft from a historical standpoint. I, however, did not like it and consider it to be a fine example of primitive and unsubstantial folklore you could find. 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. While I This is a book I had been meaning to read for some time. 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.
You will, most likely, be either shocked, appalled, or bored. My two cents. I have moved on to the Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Gardner and am much more pleased with it. Aradia is considered the foundation text for modern witchcraft, especially British Traditional Wicca. It amazes me the importance of this book given its size. In many ways it reads like a childr Aradia is considered the foundation text for modern witchcraft, especially British Traditional Wicca. Only in this case the folklore is about witches. The writing style certainly is easy and suitable for all reading levels.
You can read Aradia in one sitting. The content, however, is anything but suitable for young readers or anybody who thinks witchcraft is all white light and pretty crystals. Aradia is hardcore. Cursing, poisoning and controlling type love spells are all advocated as a means to exact revenge on economic oppressors i. Liars and thieves are perceived in a rather favorable light as members of the lower classes forced into lives of crime for survival. Throughout recorded history witchcraft has been an illegal practice. It was illegal in pagan Rome and a crime punishable by death.
Aradia reaffirms the status of the witch as a person who lives on the edge of society: the person you go to when you are powerless and have no one else to turn to for help or justice. Aug 04, Emily rated it did not like it Shelves: non-fiction , unowned-and-read , religion.
I was excited to read this, but ultimately disappointed. Aug 17, Davin Raincloud rated it liked it.
Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches is a book composed by the American folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland that was published in It contains what he . by Charles G. Leland. Charles Leland was an American expatriate journalist, folklorist, and author. He based this book on material which he received from a woman named Maddelena, who had assisted him in collecting regional Italian folklore.
I don't see this book being very popular with many pagans. It's revered by 'some' witches, who find inspiration in it's poetic tale. Too many pagans these days are too literal to enjoy what I consider a piece of art. In Australian slang, it's a bit of creative bullshit. You get out of it what you like. The trouble with the text is it's not that long, and the author is not that good of a writer.
But people enjoy it as a bit of a heretical indulgence. It's interesting that some of the problems with I don't see this book being very popular with many pagans. It's interesting that some of the problems with the Catholic church discussed in the book still exist today. If people not from Italy don't understand why Christianity is mentioned so much, then I think you lack cultural understanding of the region, especially with Rome being right there. I recommend this for pagans following the Witchcraft path, and I suggest you take it not as "Gospel" aka literal , but as an inspirational text.
It was OK. Too disjointed for my tastes. I get that they are stories passed down from generation to generation, but that doesn't make them good. Some are difficult to find a point to. Of course, it is a must read if you are into Stregarian Witchcraft. But only because the characters in the stories are important in the tradition.
I just have a problem with the complete lack of continuity, or even correspondence between even the same god or goddess. It's like, here's a story, here's some more rand It was OK. It's like, here's a story, here's some more random stories in no particular order, the end. There aren't even very many stories the book is very thin. I would feel better if there were more material even.
There's a problem with 19th century religious studies texts is the blatant "my research is better, and oh by the way, read this other work I've written. His bias is basically shoveled into the work. I have to admit that there's some useful stuff in there, but I can't really recommend it. View all 3 comments. Sep 10, Kosjitov rated it it was ok Shelves: occult-magic-pagan , italian-witchcraft , mythology. Perhaps my taste for mythology has dried up over the years or I'm too focused on the practical to enjoy it. Regardless, Aradia is a good collection of mythology and poetry.
In my younger years, I would have loved it. Still, I suppose one of the tests is being able to tackle it and know that at the end. Oct 17, Chrissy rated it it was amazing. I loved the book, Really connected with it.. But then again I love most of Leland's books.. Four stars for the sometimes overwhelmingly exquisite poetry throughout. Nov 17, Lodane rated it did not like it. The Star Review is the total of what I have to say about this book, specifically. This was the readily available faith in my household as a child.
Additionally, I worked for a company in this field, , and had to read an ocean of this stuff to do my job. Like televangelists, and snake-oil salesman, these publishers prey on the The Star Review is the total of what I have to say about this book, specifically. Like televangelists, and snake-oil salesman, these publishers prey on the vulnerable.
The authors are mentally ill: suffering from 'magical thinking' and delusions. Worst of all, most of them can't write worth a damn. Llewellyn Worldwide is the absolute worst on both counts. These books are also big offenders on the the 'cultural appropriation' front. In fact, they're in the running for worst case ever.
So-called 'eclectic witches' steal aspects of other religions and mythology. They make it clear that they don't understand them, or feel the need to, before shitting in someone else's bed. The living Venn diagram of demographics for these books would look like this: She's a white, American woman.
Growing up, her strict parents took her to church every Sunday. She kissed a girl 10 years ago, and likes Katy Perry. To quote Holden from Chasing Amy, "Over- or underweight [people] who don't get laid - they're our bread and butter. They don't prime you to understand hermeticism.
Hermeticism, by the way, is also total bullshit. It is, at least, historic -- and seminal in almost all spooky fiction involving rituals or alchemy. If I give one of these books anything above 2 stars, it's a decent example of this type of book. It might have a redeeming feature, like reference material for fictional world-building.
Having worked in this field, including sales of these exact books, I can tell you Thus to all mysteries I shall attain, Yea, even to that at last of the grain; And when this at last I shall truly know, Firefly, freely I'll let thee go! When Earth's dark secrets are known to me, My blessing at last I will "And because thou for ever art brilliant and fair, Under a glass I will keep thee; while there, With a lens I will study thy secrets concealed, Till all their bright mysteries are fully revealed, Yea, all the wondrous lore perplexed Of this life of our cross and of the next.
When Earth's dark secrets are known to me, My blessing at last I will give to thee! I loved to read the incantantions though I prefer my magic without bad connotations to it period. No blackmailing goddesses or wishing bad things upon my enemies. The witch lore was great. I want to read more on the subject for sure. Sep 21, GooseberryCompote rated it liked it Shelves: nonfic.
Leland's random comments about Jews were terrible and dated; his theory that women rise up and re-gain power during times of social upheaval seemed relevant, and intriguing. Mar 20, Papertrees rated it really liked it. It may be a dubious work of scholarship, but from the moment I read this book years ago I was utterly charmed by it.
I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the history of witchcraft, or who might want to see possibilities beyond the Wiccan straitjacket. Feb 21, Johnn Escobar rated it really liked it. It is a work worth reading, just mere curiosity should allow any aspiring writer to read this work at least once. Jun 17, S. Saboviec rated it liked it Shelves: writing-craft , I can't get into old timey writing on a good reading day, and this is not a good reading day. Jul 27, Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: occult. This is a book of witch lore.
I enjoyed the stories and the spells. I learned a lot about Diana and her daughter. Nov 12, Eric Willeforde rated it liked it. 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. Jun 01, Ghanima rated it really liked it Shelves: mythology , witchcraft. Mar 07, Dawn Albright rated it it was amazing. Historically significant, as this is the first book in print that discusses pre-christian pagan survivals. Dec 29, Jen rated it liked it. Short, somewhat interesting read.
Recommended to me as 'necessary' reading for a deeper understanding of Trad Witchcraft. The book reads like a pamphlet or a brief essay and is anecdotal at best. I wouldn't consider this even an abstract of stregheria. Raymond Buckland's book on Gypsy Magic, much maligned over the years, has more depth regarding Roma than Leland susses out in his months of research and so-called immersion. This book is at best a five-and-dime paperback with some incantations thr Short, somewhat interesting read. This book is at best a five-and-dime paperback with some incantations thrown in to spice things up.
May 09, Isobel rated it really liked it Shelves: witchcraft-nonreview. Has some beautiful ideas in it; though it is the gospel of the witches, don't take everything in it as gospel. 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. I have alot of areas to cover so I guess I will just jump into the first thing that comes to mind.
There are alot of people who claim that the witchcraft in Aradia is to mean and evil. They need to remember that this is not modern wicca, this is real witchcraft. The type that has been used throughout history and thro 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.
The type that has been used throughout history and throughout the world. This type of "witchcraft" can still be seen in many ATR faiths even today. I also seen that many people have complained about the threatening of the goddess and how that should never be done. Threatening of the goddess or god or any spirit is not unusual historically, and is most definitely a very ancient survival.
The cadence and phrasing of the poetry presented here is replicated in many places that I have encountered. Originally published in If you are looking for authentic mythology, this isn't exactly it -- or maybe that is exactly what it is. Wicca Spells and Tools. Its first edition garnered only one review, and sank from sight like a stone cast into murky waters; it sold poorly and is now a rare book. Free access all available live streams from Haiti. Other Editions
Also one can also look into "Arcana Mundi" by Georg Luck in the introduction and find examples of statues of the gods being whipped in order to get them to do the bidding of the people. Leland gives an excellent example of how a town dealt with a saint that wasn't doing its bidding. All of these actions bespeak of ancient tradition living up to the present. Further that an ancient religious survival wouldn't be influenced a single bit by the predominant religion is ludicrous.
You have modern examples of this very same process today, simply look at Santeria for example. Now for the naysayers that Aradia was made up and couldn't possibly exist in this fashion Leland himself never claims that their is an actual written gospel. In fact he uses gospel in quotes in his intro. Shouldn't that tell you something? Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Aradia: Gospel of the Witches. Charles Godfrey Leland. Raven Grimassi. Mary-Grace Fahrun. The Book of the Holy Strega. Don't have a Kindle? Chance to win daily prizes.
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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. It amazes me the book's importance given its size. Only in this case the folklore is about witches. The writing style certainly is easy and suitable for all reading levels. You can read Aradia in one sitting. The content, however, is anything but suitable for young readers or anybody who thinks witchcraft is all white light and pretty crystals.
Aradia is hardcore. Cursing, poisoning and controlling type love spells are all advocated as a means to exact revenge on economic oppressors i. Liars and thieves are perceived in a rather favorable light as members of the lower classes forced into lives of crime for survival. Throughout recorded history witchcraft has been an illegal practice. It was illegal in pagan Rome and a crime punishable by death.
Aradia reaffirms the status of the witch as a person who lives on the edge of society: the person you go to when you are powerless and have no one else to turn to for help or justice. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars because the text fails somewhat in measuring up to book's religious significance. Still, it is a must read for any Craft leader if for no other reason than to say that you've read it. Of all the reprints available this one illus. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
This books is completely unreadable on a kindle ereader. I own a paperwhite and the formatting causes text to be in columns of just one letter. It would be nice to see it reformatted to be able to actually read. One could read it on their PC kindle program, but that defeats the purpose of owning one of the kindle ereaders.
Attached are pictures of what I mean by poor formatting. If you are looking for authentic mythology, this isn't exactly it -- or maybe that is exactly what it is. Often quoted and much loved by the Pagan and Wiccan community, this little book is often referenced by Gardnerians. Just don't take it too literally -- and do look up its publication history. Drawing Down the Moon is a good companion source. Leland was basically an Anthropologist and folklorist who began his studies of ancient witchcraft in and around Italy in about He was attempting to gain old knowledge regarding "witchcraft" and its beginnings.
In his studies, Leland met a woman witch who allegedly became his confidant, and informant. This informant, "Maddalena" supposedly assisted Leland in gathering secret writings, and incantations that had been used in "Stregheria" for hundreds, even thousands of years going back to the Etruscans of Tuscany. There has always been conjecture by historians as to the validity of the "Witch's Gospel. However, others disagree and believe these are true representations of "the old religion. From my layman's understanding of this subject matter, the information that Leland gleaned naturally parallels some of the ancient Greek, Etruscan, and Roman mythology.
Much of the Moon Goddess's worship is the same ideology using various names depending upon the time and culture that worshiped her. According to the legends provided in "Aradia", it would appear that the story line of her birth was probably based upon Roman antiquity, but developed more closely with the rise of Catholicism, and the inquisitions that followed. Aradia is the daughter of the Goddess, Diana.
This same union had it been understood by the Romans would have been between Diana and the Sun god Helos? Her role was to teach those poor individuals the art of Witchcraft in order to "set them free" from the inequities of the ruling class.