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That's what this website is here to find out. Witchology.com is the website of WICA - the Witchcraft Information Centre and Archive - founded in 1999 by Dr Leo Ruickbie as a research and education provider specialising in the areas of Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, Magic (Magick) and the Occult. We have been online continuously since 2000.

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The Supernatural"The Supernatural is the perfect introduction to the world of all things eerie, inexplicable and otherworldly." - Jason Karl, Most Haunted
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Witchcraft out of the Shadows: A Complete History"Witchcraft out of the Shadows: A Complete History is an engaging book which deserves to be the benchmark for all future analyses of the Craft." More

Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician"Dr Ruickbie has re-evaluated the Faust tradition from a position of authority. A work of meticulous scholarship that can be read as a gripping page-turner." More


Open Source WiccaHistories of the Barbarians: Vandals, Goths and FranksBeowulf in Anglo-Saxon and English Translation


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Yule (Winter Solstice)

Known as Yule or Winter Solstice, the end of December is a traditional Pagan holy day and Witches' Sabbath. Explore the following links to find out more about this magical time of year.

What is Yule (Winter Solstice)?

The Real Meaning of Christmas

What is the Pagan secret that Christianity has tried to keep from you? The truth about Christmas is that it is not Christmas at all. It is the Winter Solstice, a Pagan holy day observed around the world and since time imemorial from the Native American tribes, to the Norsemen, to the ancient Romans, and today by modern Pagans, Witches and Wiccans.

The Winter Sabbat

One of the eight Sabbats of Witchcraft, this season, known as Yule, the great annual festival of Saturn, the Saturnalia, of Pagan Rome, Dies Natalis Solis Invicti of the Mithras cult, the Winter Solstice is a sacred time in the Pagan calendar. But what does it mean and how is it celebrated? Witchology.com explores the ancient festivals, folklore and mythology, and publishes complete texts of modern Wiccan rituals and recipes.

The Christmas Secret

What is the Christmas secret? What are the facts Christians would rather you did not know. We set our clocks by it, we celebrated a Millennium because of it, but the shocking truth is it did not happen. The birth of a boy under remarkable circumstances to humble parents in a stable in Bethlehem did not happen on the 25th December, 1 A.D. Witchology.com reveals the dark secret of Christmas.

Yule Spells and Traditions

Why do we hang up mistletoe and holy, and decorate pine trees? Do you know what divination spells are traditionally cast at this time of year, or how to test for true love? Do you know how to read the winter solstice omens, cast a Christmas Pudding wishing spell, or protect your home against evil spirits? Find out more about the old folk traditions of Yule and Winter Solstice.

Yule in Modern Witchcraft

How was the original Wiccan Yule Sabbat first performed by Gerald Gardner's coven? How do Witches today celebrate Yule? What are the words of the Winter Solstice Invocation? [See also Open Source Wicca]

Learn the Solstice Secrets

Witchology.com brings together the ancient Pagan lore of the Winter Solstice. Here are just a few of things you will learn:

  • The Pagan origins of Christmas.
  • The original Wiccan Sabbat performed by Gerald Gardner's coven.
  • A new Dianic Witchcraft solstice rite.
  • Seasonal recipes to celebrate the Sabbat.
  • Why the sun stands still on the day of the solstice.
  • The meaning of Yule.
  • The secret of the mistletoe.
  • 3 divination spells.
  • How to test for true love.
  • The Christmas Pudding wishing spell.
  • How to protect your home against evil spirits.
  • The words of the Winter Solstice Invocation.
  • The truth about Father Christmas.
  • How to read the Winter omens.

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Read The Winter Sabbat and Celebrate the Season

We have put together everything you need for this magical time of year in a free e-book, The Winter Sabbat.
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Yule: The Real Meaning of Christmas

Pagan ChristmasWhat is the real meaning of Christmas? Find out the pagan secret behind the most popular of holy days.
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Yule Near You

Want to go to a Winter Solstice party or a Yule ritual? The Witchology event guide brings together the best destinations across the world. Find out where the nearest magical Yule event to you is with one click here. [In preparation]

Yule Gift Ideas

Need some seasonal gift ideas? You won't find these unique designs in the shops. [Gifts]

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Witchcraft Out of the Shadows A Complete History

History of Witchcraft Rewritten

If you knew that there was one book that would change the history of witchcraft would you want to read it? Rated Five Stars on Amazon. Highly recommended by author Alan Richardson, Marty Dodge of Blogcritics.com and Merry Meet magazine.

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