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    Leo Ruickbie(Author)

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Today witchcraft is on everyone's lips, on television, in film and in literature, but few know, or are even able to guess at, its shadowy history. This in-depth investigation discovers how the ideas we have about witchcraft took shape thousands of years ago in the myths and religions of the ancient world. It also looks at why these ideas were expressed so violently during the era of the witch trials. Finally, it reveals how witchcraft has been transformed into one of the most radical and fastest growing religions of our age - a religion of equality and compassion that still has the power to unsettle even the bravest amongst us. With new analyses, fresh insights and groundbreaking material drawn from the author's doctoral research into the mysticism, magic and social meaning of Wicca, this is the first book to bring witchcraft fully out of the shadows.

Factual and unjudgemental… a fascinating read. I highly recommend this book to anyone with the slightest interest in the "Craft". -- Marty Dodge, Blogcritics.com, December 3, 2004 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Leo Ruickbie(Author)
  • Robert Hale Ltd; New edition edition (31 Mar. 2011)
  • English
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  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Mrs. Alice S. Franceschini on 28 October 2010

    What a great educational book on the history of witchcraft. While it is not a real page turner, it is a very interesting book to read and learn from. I am very glad to have it in my library.

  • By Peregrine on 22 February 2006

    I have read this book twice and I agree with other reviewers that Leo Ruickbie's book is a welcome addition to our library of witchcraft knowledge. But with caution. My enjoyment of the book started to wane when I noted a number of errors.His claim that witchcraft and heresy are irrefutably linked (Ch3 page67) seems to be a rather presumptious statement. His attempt to link Catharism with Witchraft is pure conjecture and extremely unlikely because the two systems of thought are completely irreconcilable. His statements about Cathar belief is straight out of the Inquisitors mouth, and is not supported by modern researchers nor indeed by any of their original scriptures that have survived to this day. Indeed the things he says the Cathars practiced are very much the same that the Catholic Church said of us during the burning times.The next dissapointment can be found in chapter 5 (page 116).Here he is showing his lack of knowledge concerning the structure of Freemasonry. He refers to the Masonic lodge that Gerald Gardiner joined in Ceylon (Sphinx Lodge -Indian Constitution)as operating "three degrees of initition called Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master. I have been a Freemason for over 30 yrs and have yet to be in a lodge which refers to the second degree has anything other than "Fellowcraft", or indeed the comment on page 118 where Leo Ruickbie incorrectly states that the Royal Arch is the highest degree in Masonry. There is no higher degree in Freemasonry than that of Master Mason.The Royal Arch degree is one of many so-called "red" degrees as apposed to the three "blue" degrees of Craft Masonry. All the so called "Red" degrees, operate under their own various constitutions and are not officially connceted to the Craft degrees although many freemasons are members of many of them. If the author had talked to a Freemason during his research for the book he would not have made such a glaring error.My concern with the book is where I see such obvious errors and presumptious statements stated as fact, on subjects with which I am conversant, that I have to doubt the integrity of the rest of the book on matters that I have to accept on trust that they are correct.On the positive side, the book is written in an inteligent way but just because it seems scholarly does not mean that it can be relied upon for sound information. I would advise caution if you are looking for a diffinitive history of Witchcraft. I think that is yet to come.

  • By Witch Dr on 23 June 2004

    This is an incredible book: once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. Leo has a great, highly readable style with which he manages to convey a lot of information. The book is divided into three sections. The first deals with the beginnings of witchcraft in the ancient world and how it developed through the Dark and Middle Ages up to the Early Modern period. There's masses of information on Hecate, for example, that I just haven't found anywhere else. The second part deals with the origins of modern witchcraft, the influence of the Golden Dawn, the role of Aleister Crowley and the part played by Gerald Gardner. The chapter on Gardner is pure genius. There's a complete break down and analysis of the Book of Shadows. Gardner is totally dissected! The third part is all about witches today: who they are, what they do and why they do it. Most of this stuff is from Leo's unpublished PhD research. He ends with an analysis of the crisis facing Christianity in the West and discusses an exciting new development that he calls re-enchantment. My favourite chapter was the one on magic. It gives you such an amazing insight into how witches define and use magic, and the effect it has on them. Finally, the book lives up to its title. This book really does bring witchcraft out of the shadows. And did I mention there is also a website to go with it. It all adds up to quite a package. I'm impressed.Witchcraft Out of the Shadows is on the reading list at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and it should be on your bookshelf too.

  • By Guest on 5 June 2016

    Excellent book looking at the history of Witchcraft, warts and all.


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