Wicca Magickal Beginnings - A Study of the Possible Origins of the Rituals and Practices Found in This Modern Tradition of Pagan Witchcraft and Magick
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Wicca Magickal Beginnings - A Study of the Possible Origins of the Rituals and Practices Found in This Modern Tradition of Pagan Witchcraft and Magick

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The origins of the Wiccan Tradition have long been a subject of debate amongst practitioners and scholars alike. Did Gerald Gardner invent the tradition? Is Wicca a survival of a British folk magick system? Could it be a continuation of a European tradition of Pagan Witchcraft? Might it be that it evolved from Victorian ceremonial magick, or perhaps it is the modern manife...more
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Published May 1st 2008 by Avalonia
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Steve Cran
Do you want to get down to the roots of Wicca and understand the magic behind behind the religion that Gerald Gardner introduced/ invented in the early 1950's. If the answer is yes then this awesome over view is for you. Since the emergence of what is what is called "Wicca" in the 1950's there has been much controversy as to whether Gerald Gardner invented this religion or was initiated into it. The book covers the magical history of all the practices contained in Wicca, offering a different app...more
Steve Cran
Do you want to get down to the roots of Wicca and understand the magic behind behind the religion that Gerald Gardner introduced/ invented in the early 1950's. If the answer is yes then this awesome over view is for you. Since the emergence of what is what is called "Wicca" in the 1950's there has been much controversy as to whether Gerald Gardner invented this religion or was initiated into it. The book covers the magical history of all the practices contained in Wicca, offering a different app...more
Jon
What makes the Wicca, the Wicca?

It isn't the personalities. It isn't the subculture that has grown around it. It isn't any particular interpretation as to why we do what we do. What links the Wicca is in our practices. This is where commonality is found among us.

They are also the steadiest part of Craft. While a plethora of Wicca-derived practices are flourishing, the practices mentioned in this book are still part of the practice of many.

It's important that people have looked, and continue to l...more
Celestial Elf
Wicca Refreshed; Likely Lineage Revealed



This book entails a refreshing and objective overview of the plausible origins and developments of many magickal aspects and their development into modern Wiccan traditions. Chapter by chapter the authors examine individual practices and their developments over time such as the Magick circle, Wiccan Rede and Witches Athame for example.

Having recently read Ronald Hutton's research in The Triumph of the Moon, which seems to demonstrate that despite the histo...more
Celestial Elf
This book entails a refreshing and objective overview of the plausible origins and developments of many magickal aspects and their development into modern Wiccan traditions. Chapter by chapter the authors examine individual practices and their developments over time such as the Magick circle, Wiccan Rede and Witches Athame for example.

Having recently read Ronald Hutton's research in The Triumph of the Moon, which seems to demonstrate that despite the history of Cunning Folk, Wise Women and many...more
Narrowearth
This for me is simply the best book ever written on Wicca! I bought it when it first came out but was told by a Gardnerian priestess to avoid reading it as it was rubbish; but subsequently many people have recommended it and I checked out the reviews on Amazon where there are loads more recommendations and thorough reviews going into detail of why this is a great book, so I became curious. I found my copy, dusted it off and started reading.

Wow. Not only is this a well written book, it displays s...more
Frances Billinghurst
These days it is always a delight to read something about the history of Wicca that is appears to be actually researched (and thoroughly at that) and without the usual assumptions and "bitch wars" resulting from hidden agendas and basically sour grapes that unfortunately seems to appear in such books.

Instead of pre-judging Gardner as simply "a silly old man", or even as a bit of a perv, the authors of ths book set about analysing various key aspects within the Wicca belief in an attempt to deter...more
Hepzibod
This text examines the history of core aspects of the Wiccan Tradition, illustrating how the claim that Gerald Gardner “made up” Wicca is unfounded in light of the long history of these practices within magical history. The authors present a few alternative theories, emphasizing the likelihood that Gardner pieced together already present practices to form his own style of witchcraft that came to be known as Wicca. This text, as well as many of their others, should be on every Wiccan’s reading li...more
Terri
The authors do extensive research into the histroy and development of the modern day (Post Garnder) Wicca. Searching through occult societies, grimories and writings, the show the history or Wiccan tools and ritual elements. A very interesting read.
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