Aradia: Gospel of the Witches [Charles Leland] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Charles Godfrey Leland published Aradia or the. 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. 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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Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

Title page of the original edition. But people enjoy it as a bit of a heretical indulgence.

Perhaps my taste for mythology has dried up over the years or I’m too focused on the practical to enjoy it. The elder gods created Diana and from her other half came the sun god Lucifer. It’s a very small book, but dense in language.

However, they die slowly, and even yet there are old people in the Romagna of the North who know the Etruscan names of the Twelve Gods, and invocations to Bacchus, Jupiter, and Venus, Mercury, and the Lares or ancestral spirits, and in the cities are women who prepare strange amulets, over which they mutter spells, all known in the old Roman time, and who can astonish even the learned by their legends of Latin gods, mingled with lore which may be found in Cato or Theocritus.

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches and Witch-cult hypothesis. Leland had been informed of the Vangelo ‘ s existence inbut it took Maddalena eleven years to provide him with a copy. Sep 21, GooseberryCompote rated it liked it Shelves: This book is clearly important to the history of modern paganism.

Ma rimane importante, come testimonianza di un pensiero magico che si schiera dalla parte degli oppressi e del progresso sociale. Aradia has become an important figure in Wicca as well as some other forms of Neo-Paganism.

Ways of the Strega: It became notable as a paragraph of canon law dealing with witchcraft by the 12th century. Leland understood it to be an authentic document [5] of the “Old Religion” of the witches, but explains that he did wutches know if the text came from written or oral sources.

With one of these I became intimately acquainted inand have ever since employed her specially to collect among her sisters of the hidden spell in many places all the traditions of the olden time known to them. Views Read Edit View history. So far back as the sixth century the worship of Herodias and Diana by witches was condemned by a Church Council at Ancyra.


No, don’t think so.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland

Return to Book Page. Dec 29, Jen rated it liked it. Historically significant, as this is the first book in print that discusses pre-christian pagan survivals. Charles Godfrey Leland traveled to Italy in the Mid to late ‘s and gather all this mater In Northern Italy there are vestiges of an ancient faith that maybe still practiced by the common people.

In Northern Witcches there are Strega or Italian witches who still practice Etruscan magic and are expert in it’s ways. I was excited to read this, but ultimately disappointed. Leland gives an excellent example of how a town dealt gozpel a saint that wasn’t doing its bidding.

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Do you think that a polite society can be created on paper or just in general and people will just do thee In Northern Italy there are vestiges of an ancient faith that maybe still practiced by the common people. His goal was to make it readable, rhythmic, poetic, in other words he took a little poetic liberty. With it are given the ceremonies and invocations or incantations to be addressed to Diana 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 name aradiaa Herodias is not present in the gsopel as attributed to Regino, but in the version by Burchard of Wormswritten ca. If I give one of these books anything above 2 stars, it’s a decent example of this type of book.

What is certain is that this classic has become a foundational document of modern Wicca and neopaganism.

The Aradia material araxia, unfortunately, a disputed text with problems of wltches own when compared to the usually accepted folklore, folk traditions, and folk magic practices of Italy. How were the originals different?

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The stories are interesting and quite different from what we see in other mythology concerning witchcraft. While I understand and agree that the Witchcraft revival may not have progressed as steadily without this publication, I do not consider it necessary reading. If one wants a fuller representation of the Italian witch faith then one can read further in the author’s other works such as “Etruscan Roman Remains” 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.


The Italian form of the name Herodias is Erodiade. The Phoenix Edition contains another translation more modern and according to them corrected. The remaining five chapters are clearly identified in the text as representing other material Leland believed to be relevant to the Vangeloacquired during his research into Italian witchcraft, and especially while working on his Etruscan Roman Remains and Legends of Florence.

I recommend this for pagans following the Witchcraft path, and I suggest you take it not as “Gospel” aka literalbut as an inspirational text. Magliocco believed that the latter of these two figures, s’Araja justawas the antecedent of a thr witch-like figure known as sa Rejusta in Sardinian folklore. Ok one more thing to relate. One last thing to relate is that this “Gospel” was given to the oppressed as a means to level the arsdia field between them and their oppressors.

I hope aradla some future time to be better informed. The family becomes wealthy as a result. This version of the etext, originally scanned early inwas proofread a second time in July of and upgraded to current coding standards of sacred-texts. 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.

The trouble with the text is it’s not that long, and the author is not that good of a writer. 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 “.