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Wicca Magickal Beginnings - A Study of the Possible Origins of the Rituals and Practices Found in This Modern Tradition of Pagan Witchcraft and Magick

Wicca Magickal Beginnings A Study of the Possible Origins of the Rituals and Practices Found in This Modern Tradition of Pagan Witchcraft and Magick The origins of the Wiccan Tradition have long been a subject of debate amongst practitioners and scholars alike Did Gerald Gardner invent the tradition Is Wicca a survival of a British folk magick sys

  • Title: Wicca Magickal Beginnings - A Study of the Possible Origins of the Rituals and Practices Found in This Modern Tradition of Pagan Witchcraft and Magick
  • Author: Sorita d'Este
  • ISBN: 9781905297153
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • The origins of the Wiccan Tradition have long been a subject of debate amongst practitioners and scholars alike Did Gerald Gardner invent the tradition Is Wicca a survival of a British folk magick system Could it be a continuation of a European tradition of Pagan Witchcraft Might it be that it evolved from Victorian ceremonial magick, or perhaps it is the modern manifeThe origins of the Wiccan Tradition have long been a subject of debate amongst practitioners and scholars alike Did Gerald Gardner invent the tradition Is Wicca a survival of a British folk magick system Could it be a continuation of a European tradition of Pagan Witchcraft Might it be that it evolved from Victorian ceremonial magick, or perhaps it is the modern manifestation of the medieval Grimoire Tradition In this book the authors explore the possible beginnings of the tradition by examining the practices in the context of magickal and spiritual thought spanning thousands of years Through setting aside the endless debates about initiatory lineages, they look beyond the personalities of the people and instead focus on what they consider to be at the heart of the tradition the practices Evidence from many previously uncredited and unconsidered sources is examined This clearly shows how all the significant component parts of Wiccan ritual and practice have roots reaching back, in some instances thousands of years, before its public emergence at the hands of Gerald Gardner in 1950 s England They explore the sometimes surprising antecedents for key practices such as initiation, magick circles, ritual tools, the invocation of the Guardians of the Watchtowers, Drawing Down the Moon and The Great Rite The precedents for the Book of Shadows, Wiccan Rede and Charge of the Goddess are also considered as part of this groundbreaking work Wicca Magickal Beginnings may well answer as many questions as it creates about the true origins and nature of what is probably the most influential of the Western Esoteric Traditions today Through combining scholarly research with practical knowledge, the authors clearly illustrate that the future of the tradition lies in utilising the rich diversity of its past, through the appreciation of its magickal origins and the untapped potential inherent in it This book will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in the history, practices and beliefs of the Wiccan Tradition and its links to Paganism, Witchcraft, the British Folk Traditions and Ceremonial Magick.

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    1. Do you want to get down to the roots of Wicca and understand the magic behind behind the religion that Gerald Gardner introduced/ invented in the early 1950's. If the answer is yes then this awesome over view is for you. Since the emergence of what is what is called "Wicca" in the 1950's there has been much controversy as to whether Gerald Gardner invented this religion or was initiated into it. The book covers the magical history of all the practices contained in Wicca, offering a different app [...]

    2. What makes the Wicca, the Wicca?It isn't the personalities. It isn't the subculture that has grown around it. It isn't any particular interpretation as to why we do what we do. What links the Wicca is in our practices. This is where commonality is found among us.They are also the steadiest part of Craft. While a plethora of Wicca-derived practices are flourishing, the practices mentioned in this book are still part of the practice of many.It's important that people have looked, and continue to l [...]

    3. Do you want to get down to the roots of Wicca and understand the magic behind behind the religion that Gerald Gardner introduced/ invented in the early 1950's. If the answer is yes then this awesome over view is for you. Since the emergence of what is what is called "Wicca" in the 1950's there has been much controversy as to whether Gerald Gardner invented this religion or was initiated into it. The book covers the magical history of all the practices contained in Wicca, offering a different app [...]

    4. This for me is simply the best book ever written on Wicca! I bought it when it first came out but was told by a Gardnerian priestess to avoid reading it as it was rubbish; but subsequently many people have recommended it and I checked out the reviews on where there are loads more recommendations and thorough reviews going into detail of why this is a great book, so I became curious. I found my copy, dusted it off and started reading.Wow. Not only is this a well written book, it displays somethi [...]

    5. Wicca Refreshed; Likely Lineage RevealedThis book entails a refreshing and objective overview of the plausible origins and developments of many magickal aspects and their development into modern Wiccan traditions. Chapter by chapter the authors examine individual practices and their developments over time such as the Magick circle, Wiccan Rede and Witches Athame for example.Having recently read Ronald Hutton's research in The Triumph of the Moon, which seems to demonstrate that despite the histo [...]

    6. This book entails a refreshing and objective overview of the plausible origins and developments of many magickal aspects and their development into modern Wiccan traditions. Chapter by chapter the authors examine individual practices and their developments over time such as the Magick circle, Wiccan Rede and Witches Athame for example.Having recently read Ronald Hutton's research in The Triumph of the Moon, which seems to demonstrate that despite the history of Cunning Folk, Wise Women and many [...]

    7. Very entertaining and informative.I certainly learned things that I was not aware of before.I recommend that every Wiccan read this. It's a very succinct exploration of a multitude of various sources. D'este and Rankine have already taken care of the Herculean task of sifting through those various sources, and we get to reap the benefits. Far more accessible than Triumph of the Moon, though I still advise any Pagan to pick that work up and have a look. Hutton's work is referenced more than a few [...]

    8. These days it is always a delight to read something about the history of Wicca that is appears to be actually researched (and thoroughly at that) and without the usual assumptions and "bitch wars" resulting from hidden agendas and basically sour grapes that unfortunately seems to appear in such books.Instead of pre-judging Gardner as simply "a silly old man", or even as a bit of a perv, the authors of ths book set about analysing various key aspects within the Wicca belief in an attempt to deter [...]

    9. This is a really neat book that deals with the history of the Pagan faith. It considers the whole and then evaluates lots of little facets and where they came from: Book of Shadows, "do as ye will," skyclad, athame, circles, draw down the moon, etc. An enormous bibliography with many books I'd like to read. This is a great reference book.

    10. There are not much to say. The book is well documented, with very nice conclusions, small chapters, easy to follow and challenging sometimes. The reader will surely broader his/her spiritual horizons. The main subjects of Wicca are well presented and many comparisons are made with medieval grimoires, Golden Dawn techiques, O.T.O. rituals and sometimes with references to ancient civilizations.

    11. The authors do extensive research into the histroy and development of the modern day (Post Garnder) Wicca. Searching through occult societies, grimories and writings, the show the history or Wiccan tools and ritual elements. A very interesting read.

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