Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft

Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft is an award winning book for the best in a  non-fiction category by the New Age Retailers.

Craft Elder and author Raven Grimassi has revised and expanded his indispensable reference work, the Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft. When first released this book was one of the only of its kind to be written by a practicing Witch, this guide presents Wicca/Witchcraft as a spiritual path, connecting religious concepts and spirituality to both a historical background and modern practice. With a wealth of information on European folklore and Western Occultism, and material relevant to any tradition, you can use this book to research any aspect of the Craft, including:

• Theology-pantheons, Wiccan Rede, Three-Fold Law
• History-Craft roots and influence
• Places-historical and sacred sites
• Verses, rites, and invocations
• Ritual objects and tools
• Influential Witches-past and present

The Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft also contains a glossary of terminology; book references; Craft web sites, organizations, and magazines; magickal alphabets, runes, correspondences, symbols; and 300 illustrations.

Many people think that Wicca has no real laws. However, there are 140 Traditional Laws of Witchcraft. You’ll find them all listed here. You’ll also discover the difference between a pentacle and a pentagram, what the Odic Force is, the eclecticism of the Ladywood Tradition, the ancient sources of working magic “skyclad,” plus lists of Pagan publications, mail order suppliers, and so much more.

Editorial Reviews
From Booklist:
“This A-Z title describes the contemporary Wicca and witchcraft traditions. Many different groups (Black Forest Clan, Blue Star Wicca, Church of the World Tree) have entries ranging from a few paragraphs to a couple of two-columned pages. Prominent figures from the history of witchcraft also have entries, as do contemporary writers and practitioners. A number of the writers who are covered have been published by Llewellyn Publications, which is almost inevitable given Llewellyn’s prominence in the publishing of occult and New Age material. Entries describing the origins of various traditions and certain historical controversies within the Wicca and witchcraft community strive to be fair to all sides, even to outside agencies that persecuted practitioners. This is a work by a believer for believers, although it has something to offer those outside the various traditions who seek to understand them. It describes various practices (although it does not offer detailed spells and instructions) and the significance of certain animals, plants, and objects. All of the descriptions are specific to their Wicca and witchcraft significance. Mythological characters, especially from British and Celtic mythology, are described, as are some deities and legendary figures from classical mythology who are significant in Wicca and witchcraft traditions. Appendixes provide “Classic Wiccan Verses” and lists of relevant periodicals, organizations, and merchants. This volume would be most useful to a public library that serves an active Wicca and witchcraft community or an academic library with an inclusive special interest.”
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