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.
WICA Recommended by:
Leo is an expert in the field and is known for his interesting insight into the world of the occult. (Dodgeblogium.com, 2004)
From Witchology.com Visitors:
The best organised, most authoritative site on Occult Studies that I have found. (Emil, 23 March 2003)
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Free ebooks, screensavers, movies on witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, Magic (Magick) and the Occult to download and keep.
Download some witchcraft into your life. Here you will find free witchcraft themed wallpapers for your computer and free e-books to read or give to your friends.
Free Witchcraft Downloads by Project
Witchcraft Out of the Shadows: A Complete History
Dr Leo Ruickbie's first book tracing the history of witchcraft from earliest times to the present day, exploring the development of Wicca. Illustrated with never before published photographs and charts. [Find out more]
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.
Free Witchcraft Downloads by Type
Free Witchcraft Ebooks
Free e-books to download and keep. An e-book, also written as ebook, is an electronic book, a data file that has been specially structured and digitally bound together. This increases the file's usability and through encryption can also preserve its integrity. This makes the e-book an ideal way to deliver high quality-controlled content again and again.
To download right click on the title you want and select Save Target As, or left click to open the document in your browser window.
Witchcraft Information Sheets
Free information sheets (typically one-page pdf documents) to download, print and re-distribute. You can hand these out to your friends, at festivals, post on forums and upload to your own website. Terms and conditions apply.
Hallowe'en / Halloween / Samhain
Find out about the history and meaning of Hallowe'en (Halloween) and Samhain. Based on a Press Association interview with Dr Leo Ruickbie in 2008. [Download (format: pdf, 540kb)]
Hallowe'en / Halloween Spells
Hallowe'en is traditionally a time of spells and magic. Learn more about these old seasonal charms and modern Wiccan spellcraft for Samhain.
Yule: The Real Meaning of Christmas
What is the real meaning of Christmas? Find out the pagan secret behind the most popular of holy days.
Imbolc: Festival of the Goddess Brigid
Valentines vs Lupercalia
Valentine's Day has got nothing to do with a Christian saint, but everything to do with kinky Pagan sex rituals. Get the free history download: Valentine's Day origins in Lupercalia.
Free Witchcraft Video and Movies
Witchcraft Out of the Shadows - The Movie is a free movie file (wmv) for you to download, keep, upload to your own website, send to your friends and give away to strangers.
The wmv format means that you can view the movie file on most computers. If you are using Windows, Internet Explorer or any of the most popular and widely supported systems, then the file will be easily viewable.
Download Times The file is 7.33mb in size and has been streamlined for internet download, but the time it takes to download onto your computer will depend on the speed of your internet connection.
Free Witchcraft Wallpapers
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This work is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 UK: Scotland Licence.
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