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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Historically significant, as this is the first book in print that discusses pre-christian pagan survivals. Aradia began to be examined within the wider context of such claims.

Leland raccolse testimonianze, pratiche folkloriche e racconti durante un viaggio in Italia: But the Italian strega or sorceress is in certain respects a different character from these.

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It was illegal in pagan Rome and a crime punishable by death. To ask other readers questions about Aradiaplease sign up. On New Years day, she handed over to him a document in her own handwriting, the Vangel, which is the core of this book.

Each of these theories has pros and cons: There aren’t even very many stories the book is very thin. The story focuses on the “witch cult” idea that was popular in the early to mid s and apparently the late s, as wellwhich tied ideas about witches sabbats common from folklore with the idea of witchcraft being a survival of pre-Christian religion, in this case, the worship of Diana.

Pagan Portals – Hekate: He organised the material to be included into fifteen chapters, and added a brief preface and an appendix. Perhaps my taste for mythology has dried up over the years or I’m too focused on the practical to enjoy it.


Of the sufferings of Mankind, and how Diana sent Aradia on earth to relieve them by teaching resistance and Sorcery–Poem addressed to Mankind–How to invoke Diana or Aradia. Also, the rituals seem much simpler than casting circles and using altars like in other Pagan rituals. Thankfully, it’s very short and I managed to read it in entirety yesterday.

The book is very simple to read filled with stories and some rather easy to do spells. This lack of cohesion, or “inconsistency”, is an argument for the text’s authenticity, according to religious scholar Chas S.

You can read Aradia in one sitting. Leland explains its inclusion by a note that Diana, as portrayed in Aradiais worshipped by outlaws, and Laverna was the Roman goddess of thievery. If this be the manner in which Italian witchcraft is treated by the most intelligent writer who has depicted it, it will not be deemed remarkable that there are few indeed who will care whether there is a veritable Gospel of Witches, apparently of extreme antiquity, embodying the belief in a strange counter-religion which has held its own from pre-historic time to the present day.

This book is considered important to modern Witchcraft from a historical standpoint. The trouble with the text is it’s not that long, and the author is not that good of a writer. I was excited to read this, but ultimately disappointed. For clarity and the option to use invocations in their original language I very much appreciate Leland giving them i I’ve read this several times and never seem to read every word.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There are also included the very curious incantations or benedictions of the honey, meal, and salt, or cakes of the witch-supper, which is curiously classical, and evidently a relic of the Roman Mysteries.

If I give one of these books anything above 2 stars, it’s a decent example of this type of book. So if you’re down with the goddess Diana, traditional magic, incantations, and using household objects in your spells, this book is for you.

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She is the Goddess of the moon, queen of the fairies goxpel protector of the down trodden. Secrets of the Old Religion. Cursing, poisoning and controlling type love spells are all advocated as a means to exact revenge on economic oppressors i.

But I don’t think anyone should read lf just because “it’s a classic. The History and Development of a Legend. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Get to Know Us. 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.

The New Edition of Leland’s Aradia “. One last thing to relate is that this “Gospel” was given to the oppressed as a means to level the playing field between them and their oppressors.

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Worst of all, most of them can’t write worth a damn. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It contains what he believed was the religious thf of a group of pagan witches in TuscanyItaly that documented their beliefs and rituals, although various historians and folklorists have disputed the existence of such a group.

One could read it on their PC kindle program, but that defeats the purpose of owning one of the kindle ereaders. It was largely what he was expecting, with the exception that he did not predict passages in “prose-poetry”.