Editorial Reviews. Review. For anyone interested in Wicca this is the book of choice. It provides Aradia Or The Gospel Of The Witches by [Leland, Charles G. ]. 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. Preface[edit]. If the reader has ever met with the works of the learned folk-lorist G. PitrĂ©, or the articles contributed by “Lady Vere De Vere” to the.

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Comments Lawrence M Neal wrote on 16 May, – After giving birth to Lucifer, Diana seduces him while in the form of a cat, eventually giving birth to Aradia, their agadia. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings. However, there are a few wizards who copy or preserve documents relative to their art. He differs from Leland in many ways, particularly in portraying her as a witch who lived and taught in 14th-century Italy, rather than a gosel.

Regardless, Aradia is a good collection of mythology and poetry.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

Charles Godfrey Leland traveled to Italy in the Mid to late ‘s and gather all this material about the ancient Etruscan religion. 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 newcomers, nor is it extensively cited in more recent Neopagan books.

Witchcraft and the Inquisition in Venice, I have done what little it is really very little I could, to disinter something from the dead volcano of Italian sorcery. 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.

Title page of the original edition. 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.

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Paperback80 pages. This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat The text is a composite. Eliade suggested that the name Aradia comes from Arada and Irodiada – a folkloric name for the famous Queen of the Fairies. For a dangerously curious person like me such changes seem like mysteries that can never be unraveled. One more hypothesis comes from Mircea Eliade, a Roman historian of religion who lived between and The themes in these additional chapters vary in some details from the first ten, and Leland included them partly to “[confirm] the fact that the worship of Diana existed for a long time contemporary with Christianity “.

No matter what the origins of Aradia are, she is still an important part of the story of the goddess Diana. In Australian slang, it’s a bit of creative bullshit.

If I give one of these books anything above 2 stars, it’s a decent example of this type of book. Throughout recorded history witchcraft has been an illegal practice.

Archived from the original on Mar 20, Papertrees rated it really liked it. Too disjointed for my tastes. I have not seen my collector since the “Gospel” was sent to me. In Northern Italy there are vestiges of an ancient faith that maybe still practiced by the common people.

As folk stories and mythology, This book is clearly important to the history of modern paganism. This page was last edited on 28 Januaryat I wouldn’t consider this even an abstract of stregheria.

Aradia, Gospel of the Witches Index

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 off and incantations, giving years to it. That there exists in them marvellous relics of ancient mythology and valuable folklore, which is the very cor cordium of history, is as uncared for by him as it would be by a common Zoccolone or tramping Franciscan.

Nov 17, Lodane rated it did not like it. But I don’t think anyone should read it just because “it’s a classic. How were the originals different? The book has very little to do with Aradia, araia savior of the Italian Witches, and seems to be a Christianized version of the history of the Streghe. Cursing, poisoning and controlling type love spells are all advocated as a means to exact revenge on economic oppressors i. If one wants a fuller representation witfhes the Italian witch faith then one can read further in the author’s other works such as “Etruscan Roman Witcches and “Legends of Florence” Aradia who is called the Queen of Witches was sent down to help the suffering people of Italy who were oppressed by the nobility and the clergy men.


Charles Leland was an American expatriate wittches, folklorist, and author. The Journal of Pagan Studies. I just have thr problem with the complete lack of continuity, or even correspondence between even the same god or goddess. Views Read Edit View history. 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.

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Published by David Nutt, Aradoa, One example of this confusion is the legendary story of Aradia gospeo a woman afadia life has been explored in neo-pagan and folklorist accounts of ancient myths aracia legends. Gospel of the Witches. The Old Religion of Southern Europe. Ok one more thing to relate. These books are also big offenders on the the ‘cultural appropriation’ front. Having worked in this field, including sales of these exact books, I can tell you The main Goddess for the practitioners of this faith is the Goddess Diana.

A convicted double murderer has won the right to a retrial on the basis that four of the jury had used a Ouija board the night before finding him guilty.

The work could have been extended ad infinitum by adding to it the ceremonies and incantations which actually form a part of the Scripture of Witchcraft, but as these are nearly all–or at least in great number–to be found in my works entitled Etruscan-Roman Remains and Legends of FlorenceI have hesitated to compile such a volume before ascertaining whether there is a sufficiently large number of the public who would buy such a work.

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