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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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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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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.

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Witchcraft Out of the Shadows by Leo Ruickbie

Witchcraft History 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 Contains new analyses, fresh insights and previously unpublished material from the author's PhD research.

Wicca in the context of historical witchcraft from Ancient Greece to the Witch Hunts.

"Witchcraft out of the Shadows is an engaging book which deserves to be the benchmark for all future analyses of the Craft." - Alan Richardson

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Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician

Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance MagicianThe 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

Open Source Wicca 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.
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Histories of the Barbarians edited by Leo Ruickbie

Histories of the Barbarians"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.

Histories of the Barbarians: Vandals, Goths and Franks

Beowulf edited by Leo Ruickbie

Beowulf"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.

Beowulf in Anglo-Saxon and English Translation

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Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Kafka's Metamorphosis"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.

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka in German and English

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