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. Legare, the binding and paralysing human faculties by means of witchcraft.] ARADIA, or the Gospel of the Witches. CHAPTER I. How Diana Gave Birth to Aradia. 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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Nov 12, Eric Willeforde rated it liked it. It’s a very small book, but dense in language. Parts of the speech appeared in an early version of Gardnerian Wicca ritual. In fact, festivals and celebrations marking the Shouldn’t that tell you something?

Oct 12, Elizabeth rated it it was ok. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us.

In the novel to the life of I Settimani an aspirant is represented as living with a witch and acquiring or picking up with pain, scrap by scrap, her spells and incantations, giving years to it. Leland wrote that he had “learned that there was in existence a manuscript setting forth the doctrines of Italian witchcraft” inand had urged Maddalena to find it. Aradia or Herodiaswho is the daughter of the goddess Diana, and her brother the Sun or Lucifer.

Recommended to me as ‘necessary’ reading for a deeper understanding of Trad Witchcraft. Skip to main content.

Who Was the Mysterious Aradia – Italian Goddess or Wicked Witch?

Jul 28, Steve Cran added it. In Northern Italy there are Strega or Italian witches who still practice Etruscan magic and are expert in it’s ways.

This is the account of the discovery witfhes a skull that has the potential to change what we know about human evolution, and a suppression and cover-up which followed. Chapter I presents the original witches as slaves that escaped from their masters, beginning new lives as “thieves and evil folk”.


Leland worked o journalism, travelled extensively, and became interested in folklore and folk linguistics, publishing books and articles on American and European languages and folk traditions.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

Hermeticism, by the way, is also total bullshit. The book is also a window into the lost world of Etruscan, Roman magic and religion. The Journal of Pagan Studies. Still, I suppose one of the tests is being able to tackle it and know that at the end.

Aradia, or, The Gospel of the witches

He was not aware at the time that “there might exist a Western path of transformation rather than transcendence” 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. Leland was struck by this cosmogony: What is certain is that this classic has become a foundational document of modern Wicca and neopaganism.

Various measures have been taken to counter the negative effects, with some providing better results than others. 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.

This book is considered important to modern Witchcraft from a historical standpoint. These publications sound very convincing and assert that they describe the real legend of the goddess, however, their information is still uncertain because most of the texts are based on the book Leland published in Has some beautiful ideas in it; though it is the gospel of the witches, don’t take everything in it as gospel. I have to admit that there’s some useful stuff in there, but I can’t really recommend it.

Iconic myths about the American White Bison are scattered among the oral tradition of various Native American tribes stretching from Canada to Mexico.

The book is very simple to read filled with stories and some rather easy to do spells. However, they die slowly, and even yet there are old people in the Romagna of the North who know the Etruscan names of the Twelve Gods, and invocations to Bacchus, Jupiter, and Venus, Mercury, and the Lares or ancestral spirits, and in the cities are women who prepare strange amulets, over which they mutter spells, all known in the old Roman time, and who can astonish even the learned by their legends of Latin gods, mingled with lore which may be found in Cato or Theocritus.


But I don’t think anyone should read it just because “it’s a classic.

I loved the book, Really connected with it. Published by David Nutt, London, The remaining five chapters are clearly identified in the text as representing other material Leland believed to be relevant to the Vangeloacquired during his research into Italian witchcraft, and tge while working on his Etruscan Roman Remains and Legends of Florence.

These include enchantments to win love Chapter VIa conjuration to perform when finding a stone with a hole or a round stone in order to turn it into an amulet for Diana’s favour Chapter IVand the consecration of a ritual feast for Diana, Aradia, and Cain Chapter II. They adored forbidden deities and practised forbidden deeds, inspired as much by rebellion gospek Society as by their own passions.

Leland gives an excellent example of how a town dealt with a saint that wasn’t doing its bidding. Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches is a book composed by the American folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland that was published in The text apparently corroborates the thesis of Ggospel Murray that early modern and Renaissance witchcraft represented a survival of ancient pagan beliefs, and after Gerald Gardner ‘s claim to aeadia encountered religious witchcraft in 20th-century England, [26] the works of Michelet, Murray, and Leland helped support at least the possibility that such a survival could exist.

Its fifteen chapters portray the origins, beliefs, rituals, araria spells of an Italian pagan witchcraft tradition. According to Charles Godfrey Leland, an American folklorist, his book Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches qradia a text which is based on the old knowledge of pagan witches from Tuscany, Italy.