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  • Title: Witchcraft Today
  • Author: Gerald B. Gardner
  • ISBN: 9780806525938
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback

  • Commemorating its 50th anniversary is an expanded edition of the first Wicca book, by the father of the Pagan renaissance.
    Gerald B. Gardner
    Gerald Brousseau Gardner was an influential English Wiccan, as well as an amateur anthropologist and archaeologist, writer, weaponry expert and occultist He was instrumental in bringing the Neopagan religion of Wicca to public attention in Britain and wrote some of its definitive religious texts He himself typically referred to the faith as witchcraft or the witch cult , its adherents the Wica , and he claimed that it was the survival of a pre Christian pagan Witch cult that he had been initiated into by a New Forest coven in 1939.Gardner spent much of his life abroad in southern and south eastern Asia, where he developed an interest in many of the native peoples, and wrote about some of their magical practices It was after his retirement and return to England that he was initiated into Wicca by the New Forest coven Subsequently fearing that this religion, which he apparently believed to be a genuine continuance of ancient beliefs, would die out, he set about propagating it through initiating others, mainly through the Bricket Wood coven, and introduced a string of notable High Priestesses into Wicca, including Doreen Valiente, Lois Bourne, Patricia Crowther and Eleanor Bone He also published two books on the subject of Wicca, Witchcraft Today 1954 and The Meaning of Witchcraft 1959 , along with a couple of novels, and ran the Museum of Magic and Witchcraft on the Isle of Man, which was devoted to the subject For this, he has left an enduring legacy on the modern Wiccan and Neopagan movement, and is frequently referred to as the Father of Wicca.


    I'm still reading this one also (it helps my adult ADD to read more than one at at time, I guess) and so far it's quite informative. I know that Gardner was an anthropologist who studied the "witch cult" as he calls it and then became involved on a more personal level. Because of this, I'm reading with a grain of salt(?) Basically, I've done some studying myself on the "origins" of witchcraft as it is today, and what most scientific authors say on the issue is that Gardner invented it based on h [...]

    Ezmyrelda Andrade
    It was trash.

    This book is a simplified antrhopological study of the history of wicca and how it exists today. However, the author becomes a member of some of the occult groups that he studies, and by becoming an initiate he compromises himself as an observer. The result is a conflict between the academic attempting to comment on a tradition, and the insider attempting to protect and honor sacred beliefs. By trying to walk this fine line, Gardner in the end accomplishes neither task. The reader is left with o [...]

    A well known 'classic' of the occult.

    Midwest Witches
    Witchcraft Today is in fact, outdated, considering the original publication date is from 1954 by Rider and Company. It was reprinted in 2004 by Citadel and includes an introduction by Dr. Margaret Murray, who passed away in 1963, proving that it hasn't been updated in quite some time. Much has changed since the 1950's, however, if a reader is expecting information from that time period they'll be greatly disappointed, as it provides primarily shoddy information from pre-Gerald Gardner eras.While [...]

    Ren Rabbit
    The most ridiculous nonsense I've ever read. Many people seem to believe that they "owe" Gardner something because he played a big role in making witchcraft in general "acceptable" (and even fancy) again - the problem with that is that the man has as much to do with witchcraft as a potato with a shovel. You'd need to engage in some serious mental gymnastics in order to find a connection there. His "interpretation" of history, what constitutes a religion, witchcraft (WITCHCRAFT IS NOT A RELIGION [...]

    Gabriel Clarke
    Post Ronald Hutton's Triumph of the Moon, this sort of text is almost impossible to review. Gardiner was many things - rubber plantation manager, colonial customs officer, amateur anthropologist and much else. One approach is to take Witchcraft Today as the fascinating reminiscences and speculations of a very interesting man, an example of a now vanished species. He undoubtedly spent much time sympathetically engaging with the Dyaks and other indigenous peoples, though his book doesn't suggest t [...]

    Andrea Casarotto
    I've read this book at first because it was written by the father of the Wicca and, unfortunately, it disappointed my expectation.Of course it is a good book that illustrates and shows the history of the witchcraft, from the past until the ages of past century. Very clear about who are witches, from where derives the cult and the craft by the opinion of Gardner and so on.Honestly I expected many informations going deeply inside the cult of witches and the witchcraft. Information and knowledge th [...]

    While I do understand and acknowledge the importance of this book in the history of Wicca this was not a super pleasant read for me. It's pretty much common knowledge nowadays that Gardner's sources about the history of witchcraft are not that valid but even putting that aside I just felt like reading this didn't really bring anything to me. The fact my craft is very different and very far from Gardnerian Wicca probably did influence my vision of this book, though.

    Today was 1954. This is more what-Gardner-thought-cool, than an account based on any evidence. It could also be argued that this is where Wicca started.

    Steve Cran
    Witchcraft TodayGerald Gardner, Citadel2004Consider that the book was written back in 1956 when the subject of witchcraft was relegated to the shadow and laws against witchcraft had recently been repealed. Gardner had been initiated into the coven in the 1930's. He writes as though he were a disinterested anthropologist yet he was a practitioner. What may have been an appropriate introduction back then is just a cursory view today. Gardner was the founder of Wicca or modern Wicca, so from that s [...]

    Abraxas Abrasaxtes
    Witchcraft "Today" this book is NOT (even from the standpoint of the time it was written) It is an Anthropological "study" on the history of the craft which was pretty much all over the place. Perhaps it is because Gardner is hailed as the man who brought Witchcraft back to the masses, that I was so excited to find this book at my local used book store. But it, for me, really was a let down. It barely touches on any sort of philosophy, or, practice, there are no exercises, meditations, poetry, n [...]

    Such an interesting read! Gardner, who is often called "The Grandfather of Wicca" explains the historical meaning of superstitions and myths surrounding witchcraft. I was especially surprised when reading this to realize that Gardner himself was never the High Priest of a Wiccan coven. I believe that since he's so famed for bringing knowledge of the occult and Wicca into the mainstream, I assumed he was a High Priest at some point in his life, but now I can't find any sources to back that up. Of [...]

    In all honesty, there is a huge amount of speculation from Gardner as to the origins of English witchcraft, but he provides no sources and in some cases, provides no specifics. He claims that Voodoo and Wicca have similar practices and must therefor have a common origin, but he doesn't name which practices he's talking about. He also claims that the West African origins of voodoo were descended from Egyptian practices, but he provides no source for this, either. At one point he describes the pra [...]

    Important as an historical (but not necessarily historically accurate) text. Very important to seekers and practitioners of Traditional Wicca, though the initiates know more than what Gardner talks about here.Each time I read it, I come away with something new, whether that's an epiphany, idea for my practice or some symbolic association that I managed to overlook previously. Yes, Gardner was a product of his times, and he was an upper class white man with all the social connotations inherent to [...]

    Alexia Moon
    This is the first mark on Wicca's History. Gardner, the founder and - in my opinion - creator of Wicca wrote this book in the 50s. Personally I think it's a good book for anyone starting to study Wicca. It is not one of the most historically accurate one but since it's based on Margaret Murray we'll understand. It is a bit confusing to read since most of the times it seems he's talking to himself in a monologue but still it's a book that can teach you a lot about Gardner, his thoughts and ideas, [...]

    it's a weird little book. part informational, part i know but can't tell you references to oath bound information, part request for more information. he seems to base his history on Murray, and she has since been debunked. i felt it important to read Gardner's books since so much of modern neo-paganism is at least a little influenced by him. and even if he didn't create the tradition himself he's certainly responsible for the spread of the religion across the world.

    Whether or not Gardner faithfully preserved an ancient religion´s practice, and whether or not his conjuectures about its long history are correct, the impact of this book on modern Wicca is evident. What surprised me was how easily the practices he describes align with Spiritism, and how Gardner used to be a practicing Kardecist. I didn´t know the two movements were related.

    Dev Sodagar
    I know this is the foundation of modern paganism, but now it just looks like a poorly researched, poorly written and repetitive monologue. It's a shame that it is not a stronger base for the religion.

    This was a really good book one of the best and first books to come to print and explain witchcraft in its true form.If your interested in witchcraft or the history of witchcraft you must read anything by Gerald B. Gardner, so you can get a better understanding from a witches point a view.

    I was excited to read this, as I gathered it was supposedly the "definitive" book on Wicca and Witchcraft so far it is a slipshod mess in which he loses himself, continually digresses and doesn't tell me any spells. And that is just the first 40 pages!

    Patick Kyteler
    Essential for its historical significance and to fully understand exactly what Wiccans believe in. Interesting and is a quick read, but the scholarship is abysmal.

    It is a good starting point for people interested in paganism, wicca, witchcraft

    Fredrick Danysh
    Witchcraft has been around for ages. The author explores its venue in the modern world and give some examples.

    Mills College Library
    133.43 G2269 2004

    I can appreciate this book as a heritage type of volume but honestly, it was slow, long-winded, off-track and lacking any sort of references to anything.

    Also because I was curious. Interesting, although the writing style is rather dry in places. And I couldn't help thinking it was one of Katherine Kurtz's sources for Lammas Night.

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    Osvaldo Amaro lebron
    It's a classic for those who are interested in learning the roots of Wicca

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