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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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About Leo Ruickbie's Books:

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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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. Recommended by author Alan Richardson and Marty Dodge of Blogcritics.com.

Witchcraft from Hecate to Gardner

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Today witchcraft is on everyone's lips, on television, film and in literature, but few know, or even guess at, its shadowy history. My in-depth investigation spans the centuries to survey the dark-side of the human psyche, and discovers it to be more often directed against, than evident in, what we call witchcraft.

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I just finished your superb book "Witchcraft out of the Shadows". It was a very informative read. (Merrick, 7 January 2006)

Discover how the ideas we have about witchcraft took shape thousands of years ago in the myths and religions of the ancient world, why they were expressed so violently during the era of the witch trials and how today they have become completely 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.

Amazon.co.uk:
Dr Leo Ruickbie is to be congratulated on undertaking such an extensive work and on the skill with which he condenses millennia and simplifies complex historical processes into an understandable and readable book.

This complete history of witchcraft from Ancient Greece to the present day charts the rise and development of witchcraft and the modern witchcraft religion of Wicca. With new analyses, fresh insights and previously unpublished material drawn from my doctoral research into the mysticism, magic and social meaning of Wicca, this is the first book to fully bring witchcraft out of the shadows.

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