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The Meaning of Witchcraft

The Meaning of Witchcraft
Gerald B. Gardner By (author)
Pam Grossman Foreword by
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5.8 X 9.0 in
288 pg

BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Witchcraft (see also RELIGION / Wicca)
RELIGION / Wicca (see also BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Witchcraft)
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A true classic from the founder of modern-day Wicca—essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the living history of the modern-day revival of witchcraft.

Often called the father of modern witchcraft, Gerald Gardner’s works were ground-breaking in opening the door for the modern revival of Wicca and neo-paganism. The Meaning of Witchcraft (first published in 1959) was the first sympathetic book written from the point of view of a practicing witch.

“The foundation of magical beliefs,” Gardner wrote, “of which witchcraft is a form, is that unseen Powers exist, and that by performing the right sort of ritual, these Powers can be contacted and either forced or persuaded to assist one in some way. People believed this in the Stone Age, and they believe it, consciously or not, today. It is now well known that most superstition is, in fact, broken-down ritual. The meaning of witchcraft is to be found, not in strange religious theories about God and Satan, but in the deepest levels of the human mind, the collective unconscious, and the earliest developments of human society.”

The Meaning of Witchcraft is an enduring and invaluable source book for witches today. This Weiser Classics edition includes a new foreword by Pam Grossman, author of Waking the Witch.

Author Bio

Gerald Brosseau Gardner (1884–1964), was instrumental in bringing the contemporary Pagan religion of Wicca to public attention, writing some of its definitive religious texts. He introduced a string of High Priestesses into the religion, including Doreen Valiente, Lois Bourne, Patricia Crowther, and Eleanor Bone, from whom the Gardnerian community spread throughout Britain and subsequently into Australia and the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s.