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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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Faustus - The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician

Secrets of a Real Magician

Do you have to sell your soul to the Devil to master the magic arts? Find out in this true-life account of the secrets of a real Renaissance magician. Set in a time of witchcraft trials and magical adventure, "a work of meticulous scholarship" and "a gripping page-turner".

Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician

Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician was read by experts in the field even before it went to print. The book so impressed two university professors and an expert on the occult that they were willing to publicly endorse it. Here is what they had to say:

Dr Ruickbie has re-evaluated and contextualised the sources of the Faust tradition from a position of authority. The result is a work of meticulous scholarship that can be read as a gripping page-turner.

Professor Osman Durrani, University of Kent
Author of Faust: Icon of Modern Culture

During the Renaissance and Reformation, in a period of major historical changes, a delicate and complicated line separated the historical Faustus from the legendary one. Investigating the lures and dangers of astrology, magic, and devil pacts, Leo Ruickbie succeeds in reconstructing the events that reflect the birth and progress of the Faustian myth, and the man behind it.

Professor Frank Baron, University of Kansas
Author of Faustus: From History to Legend

In looking at Faustus from the magical perspective Dr Ruickbie himself takes on the sorcerer's mantle as he summons up a nebulous shade from the distant past, giving it new life and making compelling reading.

Alan Richardson, occult author
Author of Priestess: The Life and Magic of Dion Fortune

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