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 bospel of Italy.

Charles Leland based this book on material which he received from a woman named Maddelena, who had assisted him in collecting regional Italian folklore. On New Years day, she handed over to him a document in her own handwriting, the Vangel, which is the core of this book. Maddelena then reportedly went missing, and never contacted Leland again. The aradiaa of Aradia has always been in question.

Ronald Hutton, in his scholarly study of the roots of neo-Paganism, The Triumph of the Moon, presents three divergent theories about Aradia: Each of these theories has pros and cons: Whatever the source of this material, it has had a profound impact on the emergence of neo-Paganism, and is required reading for anyone interested in the subject.

Global Grey editions are fully formatted gospep always have linked table of contents and cover page. Footnotes and illustrations are included when applicable. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.

Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Pagan Portals – Hekate: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: Editorial Reviews Review For anyone interested in Wicca this is the book of choice. It provides some information about magic but this is primarily the book about “La Vecchia Religione”, The Old Religion that wicca is based on.

This book is a main textbook in many wicca courses and justly so.

Witchcraft is known to its votaries as la vecchia goxpelor the old religion, of which Diana is the Goddess, her daughter Aradia or Or 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. With it are given the ceremonies and invocations or incantations to be addressed to Diana and Aradia, the exorcism of Cain, and the spells of the holy-stone, rue, and verbena, constituting, as the text declares, the regular church-service, so to speak, which is to be chanted or pronounced at the witch-meetings.


There are also included the very curious incantations or benedictions of the honey, meal, and salt, or cakes of the witch-supper, which is curiously classical, and evidently a relic of the Roman Mysteries See all Editorial Reviews.

Product details File Size: Global Grey June 8, Publication Date: June 8, Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. See all araia images. Read reviews that mention doreen valiente charles leland gerald bospel gospel of witches charge of the goddess northern italy must read goddess diana modern witchcraft old religion sun god etruscan roman original text required reading aradia gospel wiccan traditions easy read years bospel nineteenth century charles godfrey.

Showing ot reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. 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.

Leland, Charles Godfrey : Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

The content, however, is anything but suitable for young readers or anybody who thinks witchcraft is all white light and pretty crystals. 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 aradis death. Aradia reaffirms the status of the witch as a person who lives on gospdl edge of society: 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 aradla the reprints available this one illus. 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. Gospel of Witches” was written by Charles Godfrey Leland in 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.

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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. Many of the “spells” and “incantations” were marvelous works of rhyming poetry that could have been written long ago as was popular with the Bardsor at the time the information was being given to Leland.

It is however, apparent that this initial study of “Witchcraft” is important.

I studied this closely and reworded the prose and poetry to make it more understandable to this period in time. If this is truly an accurate representation of ancient practices and spells thr witchcraft, it is very valuable.

Seems to tie into some of modern Witchcraft very well. This was very different.

I am not sure what I was expecting. As it was written quite a while ago I suppose that would explain it.

If you are interested in witches, witchcraft, wicca, or the history of witch craft it is an interesting read. There aren’t a lot of historical books on magic and I gsopel there’s a lot of debate about this being a historic book on magic, but that’s true of every historic book on magic that give you spells that are easy to do.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

This one definitely does, witcyes because it was possibly passed down through an oral tradition. So if you’re down with the goddess Diana, traditional magic, incantations, and using household objects in your spells, this book is for you. Perfect for ths worshipping pagans looking for some saints and Madonna references in with their cool old incantations. If this doesn’t describe you, look elsewhere.

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