Witchology, the history of Wicca & Witchcraft
by Dr Leo Ruickbie
Study and learn the history of Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, Magic and the Occult with our courses and resources
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What is Witchcraft?
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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Recommended as the "useful link" at the end of an atricle on women and prejudice featuring an interview with a Witch. (All About Eve, BBC Magazines, 2002)
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I've done A LOT of research on Wicca mainly through the internet but I also read quite a few books. I've never seen anything like it... (Emilia, 28 January 2005)
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Recommendations for Witchology
This is what newspapers and other websites have been saying about the Witchology website, our courses on Witchcraft and the other services we offer. Recommend us and we will link back to you.
From L!VE Magazine
1, 2, 3 alles keine Hexerei. Früher wurde das Wissen über Zauberei und Hexerei aus den bekannten Gründen nur in engen Zirkeln weitergegeben, aber spätestens seit Harry Potter wissen wir alle, dass es entsprechende Zauberschulen gibt. Nicht ganz so elitär, dafür aber bequem übers Internet zu erreichen ist die einzige offizielle Zauberschule im Netz. Leider auf englisch, aber ein entsprechender Zauberspruch, der die Übersetzung herbeiführt, sollte sich finden lassen...
(1, 2, 3 everything Witchcraft. In former times the knowledge was only passed on to Wizards and Witches in close circles for well-known reasons, but at least since Harry Potter we now know that there are real magic schools. This, the only official magic school on the net, is not so elitist and can be conveniently accessed over the Internet. Unfortunately in English, but an appropriate spell, which causes the translation, should be possible to find...)
Neues im Internet, 'Zaubern lernen,' accessed 25th July, 2002.
From Graduate Planet
However, it has to be www.wica.org.uk that has to be the most impressive; it is the world's only professional research and educational consultancy specialising in witchcraft. It offers a witchcraft information centre and archive, an online resource centre for the study and understanding of witchcraft, wicca, paganism and the occult and even online support through specialist tutors on online courses. All this is backed up with audio and offsite links.
Lucy Hay, 'Double, Double, Toil and Trouble,' Graduate Planet, 14th November, 2001.
From The Guardian newspaper
Presumably Buffy was born with her powers, but we are not all that lucky. Study for your diploma in witchcraft at http://www.wica.org.uk.
Ruth Rosselson, 'Halloween,' The Guardian, 25th October, 2001.
From All About Eve, a BBC Magazine
Recommended as the "useful link" at the end of an atricle on women and prejudice featuring an interview with a Witch.
All About Eve, BBC Magazines
From Worth Finding.com
Let me challenge you to see what Wicca and witchcraft are really all about and what thousands of children will discover as they investigate witchcraft further, thanks to Harry Potter, and trust me, that will happen. All you have to do is go to one of the official websites of witchcraft where those who call themselves "The Witchcraft Experts" have it all in plain view. You'll get quite an education. You'll also see Harry Potter there being put forth as good reading from their point of view. The site is www.wica.org.uk and oddly enough comes from Harry Potter's home country. Below is a copy of one of the website's opening paragraphs. It should be enough to get your attention.
This web-site is an unbiased platform for the exchange of information and the promotion of knowledge. Here you will find the most authoritative and up to date information on all aspects of Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism and the Occult.
John McWilliams, 'What the Harry is Going on Here?'
From Enchanted Forest
"Study and understand Witchcraft from its earliest beginnings through persecution and Inquisition to its modern re-incarnation as the religion of Wicca, one of the fastest growing and most radical spiritualities of the 21st Century."
Course material comes in the form of pdf files which you can download online once you are registered. This course is not free and costs money but it looks like it'w worth it. Check it out.
Kathleen Garber, Enchanted Forest, 2003.
"Zimbabwe has made witchcraft legal while prohibiting the use of magic to cause someone harm. Witchcraft has many different meanings in different countries, so we want to know if you think it's a good idea to legalise it. Here's a taste of the kind of sorcery that goes on in Zimbabwe. witchology.com is a site for western witches."
David Mazower, BBC News, World Have Your Say, 3 July 2006.
See also Yahoo! Site Explorer.