Aradia: Gospel of the Witches - Charles Leland
The 1899 work on Tuscan witchcraft, purportedly relating rites of an underground old religion
Aradia was the first book in English to portray witchcraft as a secret religious cult surviving from pagan times. It relates the rites and words allegedly from witches worshipping Diana and her daughter Aradia, and the magic rites for effective spells. It was an influence on Gardnerian witchraft, and in the 1950s, Wiccan priestess Doreen Valiente incorporated some of its passages into her famed 'Charge of the Goddes.' It is a classic of modern pagan witchcraft, which should sit on every witch's bookshelf.
This attractive affordable edition modernises the format and typography while keeping the text unchanged. At the back are short essays on Aradia at the back of the book, including one by Treadwell's founder, Christina Oakley Harrington.
Newport, RI: The Witches Almanac, 2010. Paperback, 178 pages. New.