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High Magic's Aid

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The standard work on Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism by "The Father of Wicca" Gerald B. Gardner is available again!

Set in mediaeval times and told as an exciting adventure story in the manner of "The Lord of the Rings", "High Magic's Aid" takes the reader on a quest to uncover the ancient, lost and forbidden secrets of Magic and Witchcraft.
The word "wicca" comes from the Ol

Paperback, 236 pages
Published March 28th 1996 by Godolphin House (first published December 1st 1975)
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High Magic’s Aid is Gardner’s fictitious attempt to portray witchcraft and magic as he supposed they were practiced in the Middle Ages. This was Gardner's first published book on witchcraft, before the Witchcraft Laws were repealed and he could publish openly as a witch. The plot follows three male characters who seek the Witch of Wanda to help restore the eldest brother’s inheritance, after consulting with a spirit in a ceremonial circle. The story outlines some of the differences and similarit...more
Ham-fistedly told story that is only interesting for it's role in the development of Wicca.
Steve Cran
Gerald Gardner was the founder of Modern Wicca. Prior to his releasing the knowledge of Wicca he wrote a book under the pseudonym "Scire" which was supposedly his magical name or craft name. The book convers primarily Ceremonial or Solomonic ritual in a fictional context. It may not be the highest form of literature but it was a quick entertaining read which I found inspiring and pleasurable.

THe story starts off with Olaf Bonder bound in a triangle just outside a circle. Since he is a virgin he...more
Celestial Elf
Greatly enjoyed this unexpected treasure of a book and in retrospect im not sure why but I had anticipated a darker and more foreboding story and style. By contrast then, this book was very engagingly and brightly written, providing an interesting insight into Gerald Gardner's mythologized background of Modern Wicca as well as into the orientation views and attitudes of Mr.Gardener himself. It is said of Gerald Gardener that he was a light, cheery and inspirational character and this book portra...more
Interesting to anyone that would like to know more about what kind of person Gardner was.
Not the best novel but not that bad
A fairly interesting piece of historical fiction with some interesting views at witchcraft and ceremonial magick that are reasonably accurate.
Alexandra Chauran
A great piece of history. I find that reading this book again at different points in my life makes it more meaningful.
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Gerald Brousseau Gardner was an influential English Wiccan, as well as an amateur anthropologist and archaeologist, writer, weaponry expert and occultist. He was instrumental in bringing the Neopagan religion of Wicca to public attention in Britain and wrote some of its definitive religious texts. He himself typically referred to the faith as "witchcraft" or "the witch-cult", its adherents "the Wi...more
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