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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Sep 21, GooseberryCompote rated it liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. One person found teh helpful. Hutton himself is a sceptic, not only of the existence of the religion that Aradia claims to represent, [20] but also of the existence of Maddalena, arguing that it is more likely that Leland created the entire story than that Leland could be so easily “duped” by an Italian fortune-teller.

But the Italian strega or sorceress is in certain respects a different character from these. 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.

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. There is feasting on wine, moon cakes and their is ecstatic gathering and breaking of the overly strict laws of modesty. The rest of the material comes from Leland’s research on Italian folklore and traditions, including other related material from Maddalena. The Witches gather together monthly on the full moon, their celebration a sabbat.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The History and Development of a Legend. How were the originals different? It’s a very small book, but dense in language. If you are interested in witches, witchcraft, wicca, or the history of witch craft it is an interesting read.


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Usually a spell is something as simple as making an invocation to the goddess and leaving an offering. Truly he had not got many incantations, only araria dozen or so, but a very little will go a great way in the business, and I venture to say there is perhaps hardly a single witch in Italy who knows as many as I have published, mine having been assiduously collected from many, far and wide.

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. I enjoyed the stories and the spells. There are alot of people who claim that the witchcraft in Aradia is to mean and evil.

You can read Aradia in one sitting.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Unfortunately, notwithstanding his extensive knowledge of the subject, it never seems to have once occurred to the narrator that these traditions were anything but noxious nonsense or abominably un-Christian folly. Of course, it is a must read if you are into Stregarian Witchcraft. Clifton suggests aradiz modern claims of revealing an Italian pagan witchcraft tradition, for example ardia of Leo Martello and Raven Grimassimust be “match[ed] against”, and compared with the claims in Aradia.

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Still, I suppose one of the tests is being able aradka tackle it and know that at the end. Dec 29, Witcges rated it liked it. See all Editorial Reviews. According to folklorist Roma Listera contemporary and friend of Leland’s, Maddalena’s real name was Margherita, and she was a ” witch ” from Florence who claimed a family lineage from the Etruscans and knowledge of ancient rituals.

If people not from Italy don’t understand why Christianity is mentioned so much, then I think you lack cultural understanding of the region, especially with Rome being right there. They need to remember that this is not modern wicca, this is real witchcraft.


The Journal of Pagan Studies. Ronald Hutton, in his scholarly study of the roots of neo-Paganism, The Triumph of the Moon Oxford University Press,presents three divergent theories about Aradia: At the end of Chapter I is the text in which Aradia gives instructions to her followers on how to practice witchcraft. Whatever the source of this material, it has had a profound impact on the emergence of neo-Paganism, and is required reading for anyone interested in the subject.

Growing up, her strict parents took her to church every Sunday. Vikkie Gill Share this page: It would be nice to see it reformatted to be able to actually read.

Short, somewhat interesting read. 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.

You have modern examples of this very same process today, simply look at Santeria for example.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

May 08, Molly rated it really liked it. This ignorance was greatly aided by the wizards themselves, in making a profound secret of all their traditions, urged thereto by fear of the priests. I thank thee for the happy find, Also the spirit who upon this road Hath given it to me; And may it prove to be for my true good And my good fortune I I rise in the morning by the earliest dawn, And I go forth to walk through pleasant vales.

The narrative material makes up less of the text, and is composed of short stories and legends about the birth of the witchcraft religion and the actions of their gods.