Preface[edit]. If the reader has ever met with the works of the learned folk-lorist G. Pitré, or the articles contributed by “Lady Vere De Vere” to the. Legare, the binding and paralysing human faculties by means of witchcraft.] ARADIA, or the Gospel of the Witches. CHAPTER I. How Diana Gave Birth to Aradia. 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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The Pazzaglinis who re-translated the Italian portion of Leland’s text are a mother and son with Northern Italian roots. One more hypothesis comes from Mircea Eliade, a Roman historian of religion who lived between and For those looking for a more simple magic to follow this book maybe a start to something that you are looking for.

Too disjointed for my tastes. Pythia, The Oracle of Delphi. Jul 27, Patrick rated it really liked it. In another incredible example of metamorphosis serving wish-fulfillment, a wizard who cannot win the daughter of a rich lord through normal means conjures Diana and Aradia to turn the girl into a dog at night, so that she can leave her house undetected.


Aradia, or, The Gospel of the witches

Rediscovering a Centuries-Old Paradise. They need to remember that this is not modern wicca, this is real witchcraft.

Threatening of the goddess or god or any spirit is not unusual historically, and is most definitely a very ancient survival. Hay una parte en la que habla que en los llamamientos antiguos se gsopel mucho el amenazar a la divinidad: In Australian slang, it’s a bit of creative bullshit.


There if no cohesive narrative even in the sections that Leland attributes to the Vangelo. She is the Goddess of the moon, queen of the fairies and protector of the down trodden. Magliocco identified Aradia with the legendary witch figure – who is ov a supernatural legend known in the Sardinian tradition as ”sa Rejusta”. The Phoenix Edition contains another translation more modern and according to them corrected. Mocked for this, she attempts suicide by flinging herself from a tower, but the intervention of a beautiful, unearthly woman leaves her unharmed.

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. The story of Aradia starts with her birth. 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 “.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland

Much different from Wicca. In fact, the latter all unconsciously actually contributed immensely to the preservation of such lore, since the charm of the forbidden is very great, and witchcraft, like the truffle, grows best and has its raciest flavour when most deeply hidden.

I loved the book, Really connected with it. Their Nature and Legacy. But then again I love most of Leland’s books. The book is not geared to an exclusively scholarly audience, however, and some of the contributers are identified as practicing Wiccans.


In many ways it reads like a childr Aradia is considered the foundation text for modern witchcraft, especially British Traditional Wicca. An Exotic Bloodline or Random Mutation?

He writes that “by long practice [she] has perfectly learned 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. There are alot of people who claim that the witchcraft in Aradia is to mean and evil. He instructs them to bring her to his bed, and transform her back into a beautiful girl.

In fact he uses gospel in quotes in his intro. If the world of Aradia hte itself against established social authority, it turns to supernatural authority to override both it and any other worldly or natural forces. For clarity and the option to use invocations in their original language I very much appreciate Leland giving them in both Witcches and English, though he does reference once or twice adapting pieces that are not shown in their original form.

Gospel of the Witches. The authors are mentally ill: