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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The folklorist presents Aradia as a female messiah who came to Earth to support witches in their fight against the Catholic Church.

His bias is basically shoveled into the work. Rebuttals by Raven Grimassi. In my younger years, I would have loved it. This book is considered important to modern Witchcraft from a historical standpoint.

Who Was the Mysterious Aradia – Italian Goddess or Wicked Witch?

Paperback80 pages. Andrews to Hte [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.

Magliocco writes that Aradia “may represent a 19th-century version of [the legend of the Cult of Herodias] that incorporated later materials influenced by medieval diabolism: Leland wrote that “the witches even yet form a fragmentary secret gowpel or sect, that they call it that of the Old Religion, and that there are in the Romagna entire villages in which the people are completely heathen”.

So my friend the late M.

How were the originals different? This classic of neo-Paganism is one of the few books which purports to be an actual sacred text of traditional witchcraft, in particular that of the Tuscan region of Italy. This section, while predominantly made up of spells and rituals, is also the source of most of the myths and folktales contained in the text. Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Aradia reaffirms the status of the witch as a person who lives on the edge of society: I don’t see this book being very popular with many pagans.


As benevolent spirits, the Domovoi would Leland understood it to be an authentic document [5] of the “Old Religion” of the witches, but explains that he did not know if the text came from written or oral sources.

The Journal of Pagan Studies. Aradia is often presented as an important deity and her character appears in many books. How old is the Tarot?

The book has very little to do with Aradia, female savior of the Italian Witches, and seems to be a Christianized version of the history of the Streghe. His book, in fine, belongs to the very great number of those written on ghosts and superstition since the latter has fallen into discredit, in which the authors indulge in much satirical and very safe but cheap ridicule of what to them is merely vulgar and false.

The people were not strong enough to fight back so Aradia taught them magic witchcraft and the use of poison to counter the oppression. Major characters in the myths include the Roman goddess Dianaa sun god called Luciferthe Biblical Cain as a lunar figureand the messianic Aradia.

That was only one of the problems with this, and one that could easily have been noticed by contemporary critics. The trouble with the text is it’s not that long, and the author is not that good of a writer.

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches – Wikisource, the free online library

It may be a dubious work of scholarship, but from the moment I read this book years ago I was utterly charmed by it. Aradia is composed of fifteen chapters, the first ten of which are presented as being Leland’s translation of the Vangelo manuscript given to him by Maddalena.

Short, somewhat interesting read.


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 Witches gather together monthly on the full moon, their celebration a sabbat. 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.

But only because the characters in the stories are important in the tradition. The text apparently corroborates the thesis of Margaret Murray that early modern and Renaissance witchcraft represented a survival of ancient pagan beliefs, and after Gerald Gardner ‘s claim to have encountered religious witchcraft in 20th-century England, [26] the works of Michelet, Murray, and Leland helped support at least the possibility that such a survival could exist.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

He organised the material to be included into fifteen chapters, and added a brief preface and an appendix. A farmer in Burkina Faso looked to his ancestors and came up with an innovative solution. Leland had been informed of the Vangelo ‘ s existence inbut it took Maddalena witcches years to provide him with a copy. For example take the family that is poor and is in need of money. Regardless, Aradia is a good collection of mythology and poetry.

The type that has been used throughout history and thro I’ve read alot of folks reviews before reading the book and after reading the work myself it just comes to me that alot of people don’t really “read” it with a view to understand it.