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Raven Grimassi Award-winning author Raven Grimassi is the
author of seven books on Wicca and Witchcraft, including
Wiccan Mysteries (awarded Best Book of the Year & Best
Spirituality Book 1998 by the Coalition of Visionary
Retailers), Wiccan Magick, Italian Witchcraft (previously
titled Ways of the Strega), Hereditary Witchcraft,
Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft (awarded Best Non-Fiction
Book 2001 by the Coalition of Visionary Retailers), Beltane,
and the forthcoming title The Witches' Craft (October 2002).
Raven Grimassi has been a teacher and practitioner of the
Craft for nearly 30 years. He is trained in the Family
tradition of Italian Witchcraft (also known as Stregheria),
and is also an initiate of several Wiccan Traditions,
including Brittic Wicca and the Pictish-Gaelic Tradition. He
is currently the Directing Elder of the Arician Ways. Raven
considers it his life's work to ensure the survival of
ancient witch lore and legend along with ancestral teachings
of the Old Religion.
Grimassi has worked as both a writer and editor for
several magazines over the past decade, including The
Shadow's Edge (a publication focusing on Italian Witchcraft)
and Raven's Call (a journal of modern Wicca, Witchcraft and
Titles by Raven Grimassi:
- The Well Worn Path
- Italian Witchcraft: The Old Religion of Southern
- The Wiccan Mysteries: Ancient Origins & Teachings
- Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft
- The Witch's Familiar: Spiritual Partnerships for
- The Witches' Craft: The Roots of Witchcraft &
- Hereditary Witchcraft: Secrets of the Old Religion
- Wiccan Magick: Inner Teachings of the Craft
- Witchcraft: A Mystery Tradition
- Spirit of the Witch: Religion & Spirituality in
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Encyclopedia of Wicca and
Raven Grimassi's Encyclopedia of Wicca &
Witchcraft is easily the most important book on the subject to come out
this year. It will be seen as one of the most important books on Wicca and
Witchcraft for years to come. From now on, if you want to know anything
about the history or methods of the Craft, this is the place you will
Do you need to find out about a person who has had an important impact
on Wicca: Gardner? Sanders? Clutterbuck? Valiente? It's in here.
Would you like to discover more about Wiccan holidays: Mabon?
Lughnasadh? Litha? You'll discover it in here, too.
Also in here is information on magical tools and methods, philosophy,
theology, various pantheons, Pagan traditions, herbs, and their powers and
even the flows of energy around the world called the "Tatvic
Tides." Three hundred photos and illustrations let you see what
people look like and help to amplify the information.
Perhaps you'd like to learn about Scottish Witchcraft. In this book
you'd learn that the first modern mention of it was in a book by Raymond
Buckland. "Such was the response that Ray got to his mention of this
tradition, that he had to publish full details...The information was
provided by Wiccan teacher Aidan Breac..." If you want to know more
about Breac and the PectiWita tradition, you'll find it in this book.
Many people think that Wicca has no real laws. However, there are 140
Traditional Laws of Witchcraft. You'll find them all listed here. You'll
also discover the difference between a pentacle and a pentagram, what the
Odic Force is, the eclecticism of the Ladywood Tradition, the ancient
sources of working magic "skyclad," plus lists of Pagan
publications, mail order suppliers, and so much more.
This A-Z title describes the
contemporary Wicca and witchcraft traditions. Many different groups (Black
Forest Clan, Blue Star Wicca, Church of the World Tree) have
entries ranging from a few paragraphs to a couple of two-columned pages.
Prominent figures from the history of witchcraft also have entries, as do
contemporary writers and practitioners. A number of the writers who are
covered have been published by Llewellyn Publications, which is almost
inevitable given Llewellyn's prominence in the publishing of occult and
New Age material. Entries describing the origins of various traditions and
certain historical controversies within the Wicca and witchcraft community
strive to be fair to all sides, even to outside agencies that persecuted
practitioners. This is a work by a believer for believers, although it has
something to offer those outside the various traditions who seek to
understand them. It describes various practices (although it does not
offer detailed spells and instructions) and the significance of certain
animals, plants, and objects. All of the descriptions are specific to
their Wicca and witchcraft significance. Mythological characters,
especially from British and Celtic mythology, are described, as are some
deities and legendary figures from classical mythology who are significant
in Wicca and witchcraft traditions. Appendixes provide "Classic
Wiccan Verses" and lists of relevant periodicals, organizations, and
merchants. This volume would be most useful to a public library that
serves an active Wicca and witchcraft community or an academic library
with an inclusive special interest.
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