Every witch should read this to understand the roots of modern witchcraft and Wicca, but it's not a wellwritten book I first groaned at the whole Black Mass material in it, but I did learn a few things as a result of that which I didn't know Goes to show you the discrediting has been going on forever, too Add it to your list as a bathroom or doctor's office reader because you really should read it, but it's probably not going to be quick. Didn't make it through all of it, but it did help me write my final paper for school! Apparently a groundbreaking work, published in the 1950's and pioneering a proWicca agenda, this book does a lot to advance knowledge of the history of witchcraft, based on the evidence available The author is a member of a British coven that is said to have ties to generations of practitioners, but linking modern witchcraft to the traditions of the ancients is acomplicated story The author does a good job, in a wide ranging style, and even though it seemed like he wandered a lot, I didn't mind in the least Lots of great information and a fun read. The Inquisition is not over. I'm embarrassed that I haven't read Gardner before now, but there it is I found his voice to be conversational, humorous, and intelligent While his interpretation of history certainly suits his point, I can pretty much say that about any author obviously his bias is mine as well, so there's that I particularly loved the idea that Robin Hood and Maid Marion are forest gods—it makes sense and opens up a whole new realm of thinking for me. I'd not completely heard great things about this book, considering that the book was actually rarely spoken about I did not know it existed for a while only ever heard of Gerry's High Magic's Aid and Witchcraft Today.The history part was a bit all over the placeassumptions than facts, but I very much enjoyed the three 'Some Allegations Examined' chapters at the end noting the dramatic but pathetic behaviour of the British media in the 50s It took a while for me to start and continue with this book, I was reading other books in between it and convalescing from an operation etc, as it did not grab me straight away But I persevered. From the Father of Modern Witchcraft interesting to read it from the beginning If like to find his other book High Magics Aid Gardner wasn't called the Grand Old Man of Witchcraft for nothing I was long overdue for reading any of his work His writing style is very readable Tons of history he DID do his research Skimmed over the chapters on Some Allegations Examined Gardner looks at some sensationalist newspaper stories and tears them apart I've read too much of the similar (and some of the same stories) in other early witchcraft books. Thought to be the father of modern witchcraft, Gerald Gardner published The Meaning of Witchcraft in , not long after laws punishing witches were repealed It was the first sympathetic book written from the point of view of a practicing witchThe meaning of witchcraft is to be found, not in strange religious theories about God and Satan, but in the deepest levels of the human mind, the collective unconscious, and the earliest developments of human society It is the deepness of the roots that has preserved the tree He did a great job at the time making Wicca public, but the book (all his books in fact) is not specially brilliant He repeats the same facts over and over and makes up information with the excuse of just because there is no evidence doesn't mean it didn't happen.