Witchcraft Today

With an introduction by Dr. Margaret Murray

Gerald B. Gardner

197 Blz., ISBN 0 8065 2593 2     
Kensington Publishing Corp., 2004     

An Expanded edition of the quintessential Wiccan classic, written by the father of the pagan renaissance.

Witchcraft Today is Gerald B. Gardner´s landmark exploration of Wicca. First published in 1954, the book inspired a passionate revival of interest in indegeous British religion and led to the rebirth of a way of life. Encompassing an explanation of Wiccan rituals and tenets, as well as a comprehensive study of occult practices worldwide and throughout the ages, Witchcraft Today is a book that "belongs on the bookshelf of every Witch and every person... interested in the whole vast field of the occult" (Raymond Buckland, author of Wicca for Life).

This special expanded edition of the historic volume, reissued in celebration of its fiftieth anniversary, includes the original introduction written for the book by Dr. Margaret Murray, former president of the British Folklore Society and the author of influential books on Witchcraft. It also includes new material by contemporary practitioners and scholars:

  • Judy Harrow, author of Wicca Covens and Devoted to You, discusses the context of the Gardner´s life and work and gives an analysis of his published sources as well as which later books carry on the major themes.
  • Ronald Hutton, eminent historian and author of Triumph of the Moon, looks at Gardner´s life and times.
  • Wren Walker, co-producer of the Witches´ Voice Website, shares her observations about Wicca today
  • Graduate student Tara Nelsen looks into the religion´s possible future

This audcacious work is a must-read for anyone fascinated by the ancient practice of Witchcraft, or by its growing influence on contemporary culture, including references to the practice of Wicca on TV and in movies, and courses that teach its principles in mainstream academic institutions. Combining an exploration of the often-secret past of Witches with a look at its current practice, Witchcraft Today is an essential tool to be used for study, reflection, inspiration, and transformative ideas.

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