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Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism

Thomas Inman

A beautifully illustrated book, Ancient Pagan And Modern Christian Symbolism describes how ancient symbolism from ‘pagan’ religions, came to be used by Christianity. One thing to bear in mind here is that the author is using the term ‘paganism’ very loosely; including Hindu, Greek and Ancient Egyptian symbolism.

Aradia Or the Gospel of the Witches

Aradia Or the Gospel of the Witches

Charles G. Leland

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 region 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, 1897 she handed over to him a document in her own handwriting, the Vangel, which is…

The Book of Hallowe’en

The Book of Hallowe'en

Ruth Edna Kelley

This book looks into the customs of that most scary of nights – Halloween. From the Preface: ‘THIS book is intended to give the reader an account of the origin and history of Hallowe’en, how it absorbed some customs belonging to other days in the year,–such as May Day, Midsummer, and Christmas. The context is illustrated by selections…

The Book of Witches

The Book of Witches

Oliver Madox Hueffer

Chapters include: On A Possible Revival Of Witchcraft; A Sabbath-General; The Origins Of The Witch; The Half-Way Worlds; The Witch’s Attributes; Some Representative English Witches; The Witch Of Antiquity; The Witch In Greece And Rome; From Paganism To Christianity; The Witch-Bull And Its Effects; The Later Persecutions In England…

Celtic Mythology and Religion

Celtic Mythology and Religion

Alexander Macbain

Considered one of the greatest of the Scottish Celtic scholars, Macbain really delves into the beliefs of the Celts. A short but informative book.

Druidism: The Ancient Faith of Britain

Druidism: The Ancient Faith of Britain

Dudley Wright

Chapters include: Origin of Druidism; Creed of Druidism; The Initiatory Ceremonies and Priesthood; Bards and Vates; Druidism and Magic; Druidical Festivals and Customs; and, The Affinity of Druidism with other Religions.

Eanthe: A Tale of the Druids and Other Poems

Sandford Earle

Taken from the Preface: ‘The period when the events narrated in the following Poem happened, or are supposed to have happened, was soon after the introduction of Christianity into Britain and its neighbouring Isles. The frame-work of the Poem, if I may be permitted to use the expression, is composed of three of the principal ceremonies…

An Essay on the Druids, the Ancient Churches and the Round Towers of Ireland

Richard Smiddy

Despite the fact that this book is over 300 pages long, it only has 4 chapters; The Druids; The Druids Continued; The Ancient Churches Of Ireland; and The Round Towers Of Ireland. ‘This ancient tongue is now on the point of dying out, even in Ireland which was its last resting place, just as, centuries ago, it disappeared in other countries…

Etruscan Roman Remains in Popular Tradition

Etruscan Roman Remains in Popular Tradition

Charles G. Leland

Fully illustrated. This is essentially an ethnography of what neopagans term a ‘family tradition’: that is, practical magic–but with an Italian flavor. We meet the Goddess of Truffles, learn the details of divining by oil, fire and molten lead; how to bring back the dead, and coerce nature spirits into performing favors. Leland carefully documents…

The Four Ancient Books of Wales

The Four Ancient Books of Wales

William F. Skene

This is William Skene’s anthology of dark-age Welsh Bardic poetry. Often cited, but difficult to obtain, this book contains every remaining piece of Bardic poetry known. The poems are translated from four manuscripts: the Black Book of Caermarthen, the Red Book of Hergest (which is also the source of the Mabinogion), the Book of…

The Gardnerian Book of Shadows

The Gardnerian Book of Shadows

Gerald B. Gardner

In one sense, this is the central sacred text of the Wicca religion. However, it is important to point out that there is no ‘official’ Book of Shadows. Typically each coven has a hand-written copy of a Book of Shadows, sometimes in cypher or code, which reflects its own practices and knowledge. This particular text is derived from a file…

The Hidden Church of the Holy Graal

The Hidden Church of the Holy Graal

Arthur Edward Waite

A. E. Waite gets to the core of the Grail legend, an interwoven mass of narratives which started with seeds of pagan folklore and grew into a massive allegorical Christian epic. This 700 page book will satisfy both the academic reader who wants a survey of the Grail literature, and the more mystically inclined who seek the Grail itself. Waite examines in great detail every known source text for the Grail legend. His literate style makes…

Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions

Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions

James Bonwick

This scholarly, but very readable, book covers what was known about Druids and Irish Paganism at the end of the nineteenth century. It discusses many of the concepts which later would be utilized by the Wiccan movement to construct Celtic Neo-Paganism.

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