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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It amazes me the book’s importance given its size. On New Years day, she handed over to him a document in her own handwriting, the Vangelwhich is the core of this book. Published by David Nutt, London, Much of the Moon Goddess’s worship is the same ideology using various names depending upon aravia time and culture that worshiped her. 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.

It is a vestige left over from the ancient Etruscan religion. The Charge of the Goddessan important piece of liturgy used in Wiccan rituals, [28] was inspired by Aradia’s speech in the first chapter of the book.

Oct 20, Victoria Gowpel rated it liked it. So my friend the late M. Andrews to Folk-Lore [1]he will be aware that there are in Italy great numbers of strege, fortune-tellers or witches, who divine by cards, perform strange ceremonies in which spirits are supposed to be invoked, make and sell amulets, and, in fact, comport themselves generally as their reputed kind are wont to do, be they Black Voodoos in America or sorceresses anywhere. The published version also included footnotes and, in many places, the original Ot that Leland had translated.

Aradia is considered the foundation text for modern witchcraft, especially British Traditional Wicca. Only in this case the folklore is about witches. The Norwegian classical composer Martin Romberg wrote a Mass for mixed choir in seven parts after a selection of poems from Leland’s text.


Still, I prefer to just enjoy it as a story, and not as a historical document, so it was a somewhat amusing product of the 19th century.

His goal was to make it readable, rhythmic, poetic, in other words he took a little poetic liberty. From that union came Aradia. I’ve read this several times and never seem to read every word. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. With it are given the ceremonies and invocations or incantations to be addressed to Atadia 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.

The content, however, is anything but suitable witcbes young readers or anybody who thinks witchcraft is all white light and pretty crystals. For brief explanation I may say that yhe craft is known to its votaries as la vecchia religione, or the old religion, of which Diana is the Goddess, her daughter Aradia or Herodias 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.

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It’s like, here’s a story, here’s some more rand It was OK. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. A Guide to Hoodoo Folk Magic. Diana sends her daughter Aradia to them to teach these former serfs witchcraft, the power of which they can use to “destroy the evil race of oppressors “.

Still, I suppose aradiz of the tests is being able to tackle it and know that at the end. Leland’s final draft was a slim volume. Aradia reaffirms the status of the witch as a person who lives on the edge of society: All in the mountains or the meadows fair, Seeking for luck while onward still I roam, Seeking for rue and vervain scented sweet, Because they bring good fortune unto all.


Charles Godfrey Leland was an American author and folkloristand spent much of the s in Witchse researching Italian folklore.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland

This one definitely does, probably because it was possibly passed down through an oral tradition. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. View all 3 comments. See all customer images.

Another great work of scholarship of Leland, this one surrounding the well-known grimoire and the revival of modern witchcraft inspired by this and related works.

Retrieved from ” https: Global Grey June 8, Publication Date: Clifton writes that Aradia was especially influential for leaders of the Wiccan religious movement in the s and s, but that the book no longer appears on the “reading lists” given by members to gospe, nor is it extensively cited in more recent Neopagan books. Preview — Aradia by Charles Godfrey Leland.

Aradia, or, The Gospel of the witches

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches. Aradia was also the daugher of Diana and Lucifer not to be confused with Satan. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In fact the small amount that she provided in the “Gospel” would only be a tiny fragment of the information that he had published in “Etruscan Roman Remains” and “Florentine Legends” as well as a large amount of unpublished material he had collected over the years from other sources.

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Leland, Charles Godfrey : Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

His bias is basically shoveled into the work. You will, most likely, be either shocked, appalled, or bored. I have not seen my collector since the “Gospel” qradia sent to me.

Want to Read saving…. Worst of all, most of them can’t write worth a damn.