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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You never fail to keep me up to date of the forthcoming sabbats! And on top of all the little remimders, there is always a boat load of info just to remind me of why I need to remember such ancient traditions! (Jo, 29 January 2006)
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Most people want to read books written by an authoritative expert. Our director Dr Leo Ruickbie has written a series of expert books to give you the best information on witchcraft, Wicca, paganism, magic and the occult covering the fields of history, anthropology and sociology.
Dr Ruickbie's high standards ensure the quality of our books. Many of these books are only made available to you, the user of this website.
Witchcraft Out of the Shadows by Leo Ruickbie
If you knew that there was one book that would change the history of witchcraft would you want to read it? Contains new analyses, fresh insights and previously unpublished material from the author's PhD research.
Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician
The seeker after forbidden knowledge is lured into signing a pact with the Devil. He enjoys the fruits of his deal in wild adventures, riotous high-living and in the arms of the most beautiful woman who ever lived, but cannot escape his end in the clutches of Satan. That is the story according to the legend. But is it the real story? Discover the secret in Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician.
Books on Wicca
Open Source Wicca: The Gardnerian Tradition
Gardner's original ritual documents, sometimes referred to as the Gardnerian Book of Shadows, covering Wicca's formative years from 1949 to 1961. Contents include: Casting the Circle, Drawing Down the Moon, Lift Up the Veil, Initiation, The Sabbat Rituals, and more.
Pagan Studies Books
Histories of the Barbarians edited by Leo Ruickbie
"And the barbarians, finding that they had no hostile force to encounter them, became the most cruel of all men. For they destroyed all the cities which they captured..." - A valuable sourcebook for students and teachers containing the scholarly editions of Procopius's History of the Wars translated by H. B. Dewing, Jordanes's The Origin and Deeds of the Goths translated by Charles C. Mierow, and Gregory of Tours's History of the Franks translated by Ernest Brehaut, compiled and edited by Dr Leo Ruickbie. -- Contents include: * Introduction with biographies of the authors; * Procopius, The Vandalic Wars and The Gothic Wars; * Jordanes, The Origin and Deeds of the Goths; * Gregory of Tours, The History of the Franks.
Beowulf edited by Leo Ruickbie
"LO! Praise of the prowess of people-kings of spear-armed Danes, in days long sped, we have heard, and what honour the athelings won!" - The Old English epic of Beowulf in the original Anglo-Saxon and with an English translation, plus introductory material and appendices. Based on the scholarly editions of Klaeber and Gummere with a full list of names and detailed notes. A dramatic account of the hero Beowulf's battle against the monsters Grendel, Grendel's Mother and the dragon. And an important source for English literature and historical pagan culture.
Books that I just happen to want to read - and then share...
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
"One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin." - Kafka's classic tale in German and English translation with Vladimir Nabokov's famous lecture.
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