Witchology, the history of Wicca & Witchcraft
by Dr Leo Ruickbie
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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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History of Witchcraft & Wicca
Witches and Witchcraft are no longer what they were thought to be. Now we find a vital religion practising spiritual equality and seeking the improvement of the world. This new religion finds fertile soil for its rapid and increasing growth in today's social climate of post-Christianisation and re-enchantment.
Extract from Leo Ruickbie's Witchcraft Out of the Shadows
Conclusion: Old Ways, New Directions: Evaluating Witchcraft from its Earliest Beginnings to its Future Potentialities
'The Old Religion of the past is growing and changing into the New Religion of the future. It will be a happy, constructive religion, and what we now call magic will be a part of it. It will be involved in communication with Mother Earth and with the changing seasons and the elements of life. It will take its stand against greed, cruelty and social injustice. It will help every man to be his own High Priest and every woman to be her own High Priestess. It will be part of the Aquarian Age.'
From the Birth-Place of All Sorceries to East of Midgard, from Pagan Goddesses to anti-Christian Satanists from South of Heaven we have traced the trajectory of the Witch across the European imagination. As Celtic Twilight turned to night and Golden Dawn brightened into day we have charted the emergence of the modern religion of Witchcraft as a Craft of Invention born out of the imagination of one man, the Wicca man, Gerald Gardner. We have seen how that idea jumped Out of the Cauldron and landed in the Fire, a fire both of enthusiasm and antagonism, and that once out of Gardnerís cauldron grew and mutated into new forms. Now this Society of Witches has been studied and understood, we have seen how and why they call down the moon and how and why they draw the magic circle. These Old Ways, of religious engagement with the natural world, have met with new ways, of gender equality and a religion called Witchcraft, to move in New Directions.
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