The finale in a series of books exploring Italian magical folklore, charms and sorcery written towards the close of the nineteenth century, Charles G. Leland’s Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches would become one of the primary source-texts for the witchcraft revival. It is not without justification that Leland has been called ‘the grandfather of modern witchcraft’.
Aradia, the ultimate fruit of a working relationship between Leland and the enigmatic ‘Maddalena’ presents a beguiling collection of magical cosmologies; rites for the worship and adoration of Diana, Queen of the witches; evocations of her powers and those of her daughter Aradia; conjurations, spells, and charms of operative magic; and tales featuring Diana, witches and night spirits. All said to have been drawn from the peasants and witches of Romagna and the Tuscan Mountains by Maddalena; Leland’s chief informant.
A controversial book, celebrated by some, questioned by many and scorned or even avoided entirely by others, Aradia is the object of diverse, sometimes vividly opposing theories, such is its mystery.
This new edition of Aradia is accompanied by a foreword by Gemma Gary, balancing a tight-rope path through the various theories and possibilities surrounding this work and its origins, and exploring the impact of Aradia upon the reemergence of witchcraft.
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Available in the following editions:
Paperback Edition: to follow.
Standard Hardback Edition: bound in a burgundy faux leather binding with black endpapers and burgundy and gold head and tail bands. 90gsm cream paper stock.
Size: Royal format 234 x 156mm
Pagination: 120 pages with B&W photo plates.
FOREWORD by Gemma Gary
How Diana Gave Birth to Aradia (Herodias)
Of the sufferings of Mankind, and how Diana sen! Aradia on earth to relieve them by teaching resistance and Sorcery—Poem addressed to Mankind — How lo invoke Diana or Aradia.
The Sabbat—Treguenda or Witch-Meeting
How to consecrate the supper—Conjuration of the meal and of Salt — Invocation to Cain — Conjuration of Diana and to Aradia.
How Diana Made the Slats and the Rain
The Charm of the Stones Consecrated lo Diana—The Incantation of Perforated Stones—The Spell or Conjuration of I he Round Stone ….
The Conjuration of the Lemon and Pins-
Incantation to Diana ……..
A Spell to Win Love………
To Find or Buy Anything, or to Have Good
To Have a Good Vintage and Very Good Wine By
the Aid of Diana………
Tana and Endamone, or Diana and Endymion
A Legend of Celtardo, and how Diana appeared with ten Bridesmaids to give away a Bride Incantation to Diana for a Wedding.
The House of the Wind……..
Showing how Diana rescued a Lady from Death at the House of the Wind in Vol terra.
Tana or Diana, The Moon-Goddess
Diana and the Children……..
The Goblin Messengers of Diana and Mercury
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