What is the relationship of the Bible to Witchcraft What are Fairies, and Magical Alphabets What were the links between Druidism and Witchcraft An ABC of Witchcraft covers these subjects and many from the well informed and gentle viewpoint of practicing witch, Doreen ValienteArranged in alphabetical order for easy reference, the book discusses oversubjects that may concern anyone wishing to know about this ancient pagan religion Other topics include Atlantis, Witches Familiars, Dancing, Fire Magic, Flying Ointments, Horses and Witchcraft, Initiations, Love Charms, Royalty and its connection with witchcraft, etc etc with up to several pages on each subjectBoth the layman and experienced practitioner will find this book enjoyable and fascinating Over , sold


10 thoughts on “An ABC of Witchcraft: Past and Present

  1. David David says:

    A dictionary of witchcraft that doesn t give enough information to be all that worthwhile to anyone However, it is one of your earlier examples of such For the Wiccan book collector, Doreen s name will likely draw you in despite its shortcomings Looking back on it, I m not sure whether the brief nudity on the cover was supposed to be an eye catcher or not.


  2. Alexia Moon Alexia Moon says:

    In this book Doreen Valiente gives us a list of several concepts and ideas that are essential for study inside Witchcraft and Paganism The explanations are very clear and simple and the way it is written is very interesting I would advice reading this book to anyone starting their path in Paganism and Witchcraft.


  3. Eve Eve says:

    I have a first 1973 edition printing of this book with the original paper jacket which does not have any nude lady on it by the way lol it s a photo of an altar The 1970s was a great time of emerging Pagan authors who would make valuable contributions to Paganism Despite the jibber jabber of negative reviews from present day witches, keep in mind the era and social climate this book was written This book is a priceless addition to any magickal library Take what you can from it and leave I have a first 1973 edition printing of this book with the original paper jacket which does not have any nude lady on it by the way lol it s a photo of an altar The 1970s was a great time of emerging Pagan authors who would make valuable contributions to Paganism Despite the jibber jabber of negative reviews from present day witches, keep in mind the era and social climate this book was written This book is a priceless addition to any magickal library Take what you can from it and leave what doesn t suit you


  4. Heather Adkins Heather Adkins says:

    Great compendium of craft related terms i learned a lot about the history of witchcraft that I didn t know However, it is just a bit dated, written in the 60s 70s It d be cool for someone to update it and new stuff theories people.


  5. Tyler J Gray Tyler J Gray says:

    great book with info about a lot of different subjects, from A Z like it says Not in depth about one particular topic but has lots of great information on a lot of topics I recommend it.


  6. Nyctea Nyctea says:

    Fantastic book the original edition is superior to the later revision.


  7. Beth Beth says:

    The information in this book is very easy to undertand and very informative Recommended for anyone wishing to learnabout witchcraft The best author of all time on this subject.


  8. Chromium Kitty Chromium Kitty says:

    This book is packed with extremely interesting history and information about witchcraft over the course of humanity s existence Or what we have any surviving record of, as of the time of the book s original publish date, anyway.The book does show its age in a few ways Some of the places it mentions are much different now than they were when the book was written Some ideas and attitudes are changed, too Such is the nature of human evolution Regardless of the book s age, it still holds up wel This book is packed with extremely interesting history and information about witchcraft over the course of humanity s existence Or what we have any surviving record of, as of the time of the book s original publish date, anyway.The book does show its age in a few ways Some of the places it mentions are much different now than they were when the book was written Some ideas and attitudes are changed, too Such is the nature of human evolution Regardless of the book s age, it still holds up well, in my opinion.The author s purpose seems to have been to tell the story of witchcraft in the lives of ancient cultures and how the common people worshipped Nature in the form of various gods This isn t a book that tells you anything about how to cast spells or how to be a witch, but the history given is still very valuable to a serious pagan who wants to know all that can be known about this spiritual path.Even if you are not a pagan, witch, or interested in being such, I still recommend this book If you have an interest in religion and want to learnabout paganism in general, this book is good for that.This is a heavy read, though Unlike many books I ve read that involve witchcraft or paganism, this book is DENSE I ve read through most books of this nature in a day or two Not usually muchthan that, but this one took me a couple weeks, even though I read past my bedtime some nights Yes, I found it that interesting I didn t want to put it down If you want a fast read, this is definitely not it


  9. M G M G says:

    Super informative, but dry Read in bits and pieces.


  10. Ashley Ashley says:

    a very helpful guide