Witchology, the history of Wicca & Witchcraft
by Dr Leo Ruickbie

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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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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 ArchiveWitchcraft Archive

A major part of our work at Witchology.com is the development and maintenance of an archive cataloguing the people, places and practices of witchcraft. This is also one of the key areas in which you as a member or visitor to this website can help us by submitting your own material.

Witchcraft News Archive

Our news archive holdings go back to 1984 and include thousands of press cuttings covering witchcraft, Wicca, paganism, Satanism and the occult. Since 2000 we have been maintaining a primarily digital archive, which was available free online at the website from 2000 to 2003. This was an expensive resource to develop and maintain and since 2004 the archive has been offline, but is still a live project.

Witchcraft Chronicles 2000 to 2001

From 2001 to 2002 we produced our own news digest in the form of the The Witchcraft Chronicles. After publication of volume II in 2002 work on this project was suspended.

Cached News Listings 2006 onwards

From early 2006 witchology.com started taking a monthly snapshot of our live news listings. You can access these files from the current news page here.

We are still accepting submissions to this archive as part of our on-going mission to document modern witchcraft in all its forms.

Witchcraft Research Archive

The research archive is our repository of investigative studies into specific aspects of witchcraft, Wicca, paganism, Satanism and the occult. Leo Ruickbie has been conducting academic level research into witchcraft since 1994. For most of that time effort has been directed towards doctoral research at King's College, London, in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

This archive contains externally commissioned as well as self-commissioned research and development projects. In addition, we have also been soliciting the input of our members and are pleased to include some of their research here.

Member Submitted Research

We encourage members and visitors to our site to submit their own research work. For people without access to other means of publication (print or digital) this is an important community service and one that we undertake at no charge.

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Visit Witchology's research pages to find out more about our work and how you can take part.

Witchcraft Photo Archive

The photo archive is an ongoing documentary project to record the people and places involved or associated with witchcraft, Wicca, paganism, Satanism and the occult. The project has been running intermittently since 1993. From 1993 to early 2005 the primary medium was 35mm stills photography. The consequence of this is a large repository of non-digital, physical material. Since early 2005 we took the decision to move to digital photography using the latest professional grade technology to reduce development and storage costs, and hopefully produce a more accessible archive.

We now have an enormous collection of images exploring ancient pagan sites as well as current practices. The principle geographic focus has been Western Europe, spanning Scotland, England, Germany, France and Belgium.

Material from the archive was used to illustrate Leo Ruickbie's Witchcraft Out of the Shadows (Robert Hale, 2004).

Getting Involved

It takes an enormous amount of our time to document, collate and publish our archival material, and we currently have a considerable backlog. However, you can actively participate in this project to document and research witchcraft by submitting your own news cuttings, magazines, photographs, research pieces, personal essays and other documents that you think our archive should have.

Please contact us using the form here to submit your material for the archive.

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