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Commemorating its 50th anniversary is an expanded edition of the first Wicca book, by the father of the Pagan renaissance.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Citadel (first published February 1st 1970)
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Oct 15, 2007 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pagans, witches, gardnerians, interested anthropologists
I'm still reading this one also (it helps my adult ADD to read more than one at at time, I guess) and so far it's quite informative. I know that Gardner was an anthropologist who studied the "witch cult" as he calls it and then became involved on a more personal level. Because of this, I'm reading with a grain of salt...(?)
Basically, I've done some studying myself on the "origins" of witchcraft as it is today, and what most scientific authors say on the issue is that Gardner invented it based o
This book is a simplified antrhopological study of the history of wicca and how it exists today. However, the author becomes a member of some of the occult groups that he studies, and by becoming an initiate he compromises himself as an observer. The result is a conflict between the academic attempting to comment on a tradition, and the insider attempting to protect and honor sacred beliefs. By trying to walk this fine line, Gardner in the end accomplishes neither task. The reader is left with o ...more
Steve Cran

Witchcraft Today
Gerald Gardner, Citadel

Consider that the book was written back in 1956 when the subject of witchcraft was relegated to the shadow and laws against witchcraft had recently been repealed. Gardner had been initiated into the coven in the 1930's. He writes as though he were a disinterested anthropologist yet he was a practitioner. What may have been an appropriate introduction back then is just a cursory view today. Gardner was the founder of Wicca or modern Wicca, so from that s
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Witchcraft "Today" this book is NOT (even from the standpoint of the time it was written) It is an Anthropological "study" on the history of the craft which was pretty much all over the place. Perhaps it is because Gardner is hailed as the man who brought Witchcraft back to the masses, that I was so excited to find this book at my local used book store. But it, for me, really was a let down. It barely touches on any sort of philosophy, or, practice, there are no exercises, meditations, poetry, n ...more
As the first published book on witchcraft written by a practicing witch, this text deserves a reading even if the content is now widely considered outdated. Gardner outlines the history and practices of the modern witch cult and offers some suggested sources (or at least similarities) within the Knights Templar and ancient mystery religions. Yes, he presents witchcraft as an unbroken tradition originating in the Stone Age. Yes, he consistently stated that he is forbidden to give examples at prec ...more
Such an interesting read! Gardner, who is often called "The Grandfather of Wicca" explains the historical meaning of superstitions and myths surrounding witchcraft. I was especially surprised when reading this to realize that Gardner himself was never the High Priest of a Wiccan coven. I believe that since he's so famed for bringing knowledge of the occult and Wicca into the mainstream, I assumed he was a High Priest at some point in his life, but now I can't find any sources to back that up.

This was a really good book one of the best and first books to come to print and explain witchcraft in its true form.If your interested in witchcraft or the history of witchcraft you must read anything by Gerald B. Gardner, so you can get a better understanding from a witches point a view.
This is the first mark on Wicca's History. Gardner, the founder and - in my opinion - creator of Wicca wrote this book in the 50s.
Personally I think it's a good book for anyone starting to study Wicca. It is not one of the most historically accurate one but since it's based on Margaret Murray we'll understand. It is a bit confusing to read since most of the times it seems he's talking to himself in a monologue but still it's a book that can teach you a lot about Gardner, his thoughts and ideas,
it's a weird little book. part informational, part i know but can't tell you references to oath bound information, part request for more information. he seems to base his history on Murray, and she has since been debunked. i felt it important to read Gardner's books since so much of modern neo-paganism is at least a little influenced by him. and even if he didn't create the tradition himself he's certainly responsible for the spread of the religion across the world.
Whether or not Gardner faithfully preserved an ancient religion´s practice, and whether or not his conjuectures about its long history are correct, the impact of this book on modern Wicca is evident. What surprised me was how easily the practices he describes align with Spiritism, and how Gardner used to be a practicing Kardecist. I didn´t know the two movements were related.
Jul 01, 2008 Jared rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Shelby
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I was excited to read this, as I gathered it was supposedly the "definitive" book on Wicca and Witchcraft... so far it is a slipshod mess in which he loses himself, continually digresses and doesn't tell me any spells. And that is just the first 40 pages!
Also because I was curious. Interesting, although the writing style is rather dry in places. And I couldn't help thinking it was one of Katherine Kurtz's sources for Lammas Night.
Patick Kyteler
Sep 21, 2012 Patick Kyteler rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in British Traditional Wicca
Essential for its historical significance and to fully understand exactly what Wiccans believe in. Interesting and is a quick read, but the scholarship is abysmal.
Nov 14, 2008 Katrina marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I can appreciate this book as a heritage type of volume but honestly, it was slow, long-winded, off-track and lacking any sort of references to anything.
Fredrick Danysh
Witchcraft has been around for ages. The author explores its venue in the modern world and give some examples.
It is a good starting point for people interested in paganism, wicca, witchcraft
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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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