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…

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The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg Volume 1

The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg Volume 1

J. Williams (Ab Ithel)

The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg is a collection of writings, largely forged, about ancient Welsh Bardic and Druidic beliefs. Although the author of this work is cited as J. Williams Ab Ithel, he was actually the editor, who pieced it together from manuscripts written by Iolo Morganwg (1747-1826), born Edward Williams, a native speaker of both English and Welsh, who spent his entire life collecting and transcribing mediaeval Welsh documents…

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Christmas in Ritual and Tradition

Christmas in Ritual and Tradition

Clement A. Miles

With 21 illustrations, this is a study of the origin of modern Christmas in ancient pagan traditions, how the festival was adopted by Christianity, and its evolution through history. Miles includes descriptions of folk-lore related to the Christmas season from a wide range of European countries, including an extensive collection of folk songs.

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Eanthe: A Tale of the Druids and Other Poems

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 of the Druids, in illustrating which my intention was to depict the struggle arising in the breast of…

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

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 under the dissolving influence of invasion and the introduction of foreign lingual elements…

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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…

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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…

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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 posted on the Internet in the early 90s, and quotes previously published material which was known…

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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…

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