WitchcraftToday tagline WitchcraftToday tagline We re crafting this thing We believe all humans long for freedom Those tired from being told what to think, how to behave, what to dream, can find here a common place where to dive into countercultural knowledge Witchcraft Today Wikipedia Witchcraft TodayYears On GreenfieldNotRetrouvez Witchcraft TodayYears On et des millions de livres en stock surAchetez neuf ou d occasion Witchcraft TodayYears On ebook ePub TrevorIn the sixty years following the publication of Gerald Gardner s Witchcraft Today, new paths have appeared, and older ones emerged out of the shadow of repression and illegality, to express with a new andconfident voice their beliefs and practice, and share, with a steadily growing audience, their knowledge, their certainties, their questions and their vision Witchcraft TodayYears On English Edition eBookAchetez et tlchargez ebook Witchcraft TodayYears On English Edition Boutique Kindle MagicWitchcraft Today by Gerald B Gardner Goodreads Witchcraft Today is in fact, outdated, considering the original publication date is fromby Rider and Company It was reprinted inby Citadel and includes an introduction by Dr Margaret Murray, who passed away in , proving that it hasn t been updated in quite some time

10 thoughts on “Witchcraft Today

  1. Passenger B. Passenger B. says:

    The most ridiculous nonsense I've ever read.
    Many people seem to believe that they owe Gardner something because he played a big role in making witchcraft in general acceptable (and even fancy) again - the problem with that is that the man has as much to do with witchcraft as a potato with a shovel. You'd need to engage in some serious mental gymnastics in order to find a connection there.
    His interpretation of history, what constitutes a religion, witchcraft (WITCHCRAFT IS NOT A RELIGION BUT A PRACTICE IN VARIOUS RELIGIONS!!!) or an unbroken line of practicing it is ridiculous, delusional...or...perhaps just willfully ignorant, I have no idea.
    Many of his facts are dead wrong. I have serious doubts about many of his claims pertaining to how he was taught and by whom... keep your eyes open when reading, many of it just makes no sense or is later contradicted by other claims.
    In any case this book is a joke and so was Gardner himself.

  2. Mary Mary says:

    I'm still reading this one also (it helps my adult ADD to read more than one at at time, I guess) and so far it's quite informative. I know that Gardner was an anthropologist who studied the witch cult as he calls it and then became involved on a more personal level. Because of this, I'm reading with a grain of salt...(?)
    Basically, I've done some studying myself on the origins of witchcraft as it is today, and what most scientific authors say on the issue is that Gardner invented it based on his personal, non-objective interpretations of what he learned from his mysterios sources and historical texts.
    It is nice to get the viewpoint of the person who heavily contributed to if not personally authored Paganism/Wicca as we know it.

  3. Evelyn Backer Evelyn Backer says:

    An old book and topics jump around a lot. Loved first chapter and last chapter but everything inbetween i had to be patient as I read through.
    As one of the first books written publically about the truth of witches and the magick they work and religion they believe, Gardner starts a new era and if he were alive today would likely be astounded by how many Gardnerian Wiccas there claim to be. A historical read for those interested in modern witchcraft and occult of the modern age.

  4. Dani Dani says:

    Such an interesting read! Gardner, who is often called The Grandfather of Wicca explains the historical meaning of superstitions and myths surrounding witchcraft. I was especially surprised when reading this to realize that Gardner himself was never the High Priest of a Wiccan coven. I believe that since he's so famed for bringing knowledge of the occult and Wicca into the mainstream, I assumed he was a High Priest at some point in his life, but now I can't find any sources to back that up.

    Of course, Gardner was an anthropologist, which makes him an ideal candidate for cataloguing the craft. I really like his historical insights, like the possibility that what we've come to know today as mythological faeries were at one time pre-celtic pygmy people who were eventually bred out of existence by marrying into the line of people from the heaths (heathens). I also like his take on magic as what we now know as science. Makes perfect sense!

  5. Marli Marli says:

    This book is a simplified antrhopological study of the history of wicca and how it exists today. However, the author becomes a member of some of the occult groups that he studies, and by becoming an initiate he compromises himself as an observer. The result is a conflict between the academic attempting to comment on a tradition, and the insider attempting to protect and honor sacred beliefs. By trying to walk this fine line, Gardner in the end accomplishes neither task. The reader is left with only a cursory understanding of wicca as a movement in society and an even less satisfying peek at the practice. However, this book does contain a detailed bibliography on all topics of the occult and could thus be a valuable resource.

  6. AndrewP AndrewP says:

    A well known 'classic' of the occult.

  7. Midwest Witches Midwest Witches says:

    Witchcraft Today is in fact, outdated, considering the original publication date is from 1954 by Rider and Company. It was reprinted in 2004 by Citadel and includes an introduction by Dr. Margaret Murray, who passed away in 1963, proving that it hasn't been updated in quite some time. Much has changed since the 1950's, however, if a reader is expecting information from that time period they'll be greatly disappointed, as it provides primarily shoddy information from pre-Gerald Gardner eras.

    While I'll admit it was a quick and interesting read, the constant references to the author's own opinions (I think, I believe, etc.) makes any tidbit of information within questionable. It seems as though instead of fact-checking historical events or customs he half-heartedly assumes that what he's heard through the grapevine is the end-all-be-all. Perhaps this was the case though, since there weren't many books about witchcraft available in the United States at that time.

    However, the fascination with this book within the Pagan & Wiccan communities today is astounding considering that Gerald Gardner provides no basis for any of his 'factual' claims. He provides no bibliography (again, perhaps understandable) or index, and is vague at best when explaining where information was obtained. In regards to format, the chapter subheadings are often confusing, at least in the copy I read where the first 'paragraph' was a breakdown of what would be discussed in each chapter in half-sentences. Basically, this book seemed more like a breakdown of what Gardner thought about topics and less about what is factually known today about those topics.

    An updated book with footnotes of where his thoughts could be either proven or disproven, complete with index, bibliography, and recommendations for further reading on topics that are glossed over would be a nice idea for the next reprint that is sure to happen.

    Reviewed by SidheSidhe

  8. Anastasija Anastasija says:

    The origins of modern witchcraft. The first voice to speak up as a witch. Obviously, it makes an interesting reading.
    And drawing from the book, you can see how much research was put into modern media (obviously, of course, but for me it always a revelation to find possible sources where one gets inspiration from). Blood magic from Dragon Age games for invocations - here you go, described as a possibility in the book. The sorceresses having power in political affairs and diplomacy, as in the Witcher world - check, described by Dr. Murray.
    It is an immensely interesting area of study, largely misunderstood and mostly unknown. Learning more about witchcraft of the old and of today is learning about ourselves.
    It is, however, important to note that much of what Gardner says might not be completely correct. He stresses the importance of covens and complete couples, while many witches practice alone. He makes a clear stress on witchcraft being a religion, while it is not necessarily so.
    Concepts change over time and it's normal. It is still the origin, though. History, which helps understand the path that led us to where we are now.

  9. Gabriel Clarke Gabriel Clarke says:

    Post Ronald Hutton's Triumph of the Moon, this sort of text is almost impossible to review. Gardiner was many things - rubber plantation manager, colonial customs officer, amateur anthropologist and much else. One approach is to take Witchcraft Today as the fascinating reminiscences and speculations of a very interesting man, an example of a now vanished species. He undoubtedly spent much time sympathetically engaging with the Dyaks and other indigenous peoples, though his book doesn't suggest that he ever transcended his own Western frame of reference (particularly telling is his speculation that African Witchdoctors might have acquired their frame of reference through contact with European refugees from with trials). Perhaps best seen through two distinct perspectives - that of foundation myth for one stream of Wicca and (important this) through remembering that Gardiner constantly reminds us that witches are dreadful leg pullers.

  10. Andrea Casarotto Andrea Casarotto says:

    I've read this book at first because it was written by the father of the Wicca and, unfortunately, it disappointed my expectation.
    Of course it is a good book that illustrates and shows the history of the witchcraft, from the past until the ages of past century. Very clear about who are witches, from where derives the cult and the craft by the opinion of Gardner and so on.
    Honestly I expected many informations going deeply inside the cult of witches and the witchcraft. Information and knowledge that I did not find in this book that gives you few, basically things that most books give.
    Maybe in past years this book was a very simple milestone of witchcraft, but today is quite overcome. The Today of the title is just not our today, but the today of Gardner ages.
    Despite this it remains a must-to-read book for everyone is interested in occultism and witchcraft.