By Doreen Valiente
What's the courting of the Bible to Witchcraft? What are Fairies, and Magical Alphabets? What have been the hyperlinks among Druidism and Witchcraft? An ABC of Witchcraft covers those matters and lots of extra from the well-informed and mild point of view of practising witch, Doreen Valiente.Arranged in alphabetical order for simple reference, the publication discusses over one hundred twenty five topics which may challenge someone wishing to understand extra approximately this historical pagan faith. different subject matters comprise Atlantis, Witches' Familiars, Dancing, hearth Magic, Flying Ointments, Horses and Witchcraft, Initiations, Love Charms, Royalty and its reference to witchcraft, etc., etc., with as much as a number of pages on each one subject.Both the layman and skilled practitioner will locate this e-book relaxing and fascinating!Over 30,000 offered!
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But at Ephesus, which was a leading centre of her worship in ancient times, she appeared as a great mother, many breasted, and surrounded by figures of living creatures. The Ephesian Artemis wears a necklace of acorns, perhaps to convey her association with forests. Her crown is in the shape of a tower, like that of the great mother goddess Cybele. Altogether, she is very different from the usual conception of the virgin huntress Diana, so beloved of Elizabethan poets. Also, as Artemis Eileithyia, she was the patroness of childbirth, a characteristic which seems strange for an ever-virgin goddess.
That Leland received ; but, as mentioned above, included by him because they obviously belonged to the same body of myth and legend. Evidently not all the stories are of the same age. The beginning of the Vangelo, which I have described in detail above, seems to be the oldest part. All, however, will repay study. Leland realised the importance of what he had discovered ; but he was aware of his advancing age, and the lack of sympathy in his own day for such ideas. He appeals at the end of his book, for any who possess information confirming what is set forth therein, to communicate it or publish it in some form, so that it Artemis 17 may not be lost.
Lucifer, or Light, lay hidden in the darkness of Diana, as heat is hidden in ice. But the regenerator or Messiah of this strange doctrine is a woman-ARADIA, though the two, mother and daughter, are confused or reflected in the different tales, even as Jahveh is confused with the Elohim. Because of this feature of the Vangelo delle-Streghe, or Gospel of the Witches, Leland thought that it might have originated in the writings of "some long forgotten heretic or mystic of the dark ages". Today, however, we know that the ancient matriarchy underlies all the later religions and social structures that have grown above it, as the deep dark earth itself underlies all, whether forest or city.
An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present by Doreen Valiente