Preface[edit]. If the reader has ever met with the works of the learned folk-lorist G. Pitré, or the articles contributed by “Lady Vere De Vere” to the. Legare, the binding and paralysing human faculties by means of witchcraft.] ARADIA, or the Gospel of the Witches. CHAPTER I. How Diana Gave Birth to Aradia. Aradia has ratings and 61 reviews. Steve said: In Northern Italy there are vestiges of an ancient faith that maybe still practiced by the common pe.

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Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

Oct 20, Victoria Haf rated it liked it. You will, most likely, be either shocked, appalled, or bored. For brief explanation I may say that witch craft is known to its votaries as la vecchia religione, or the old religion, of which Diana is the Goddess, her daughter Aradia or Herodias the female Messiah, and that this little work sets forth how the latter was born, came down to earth, established witches and witchcraft, and then returned to heaven.

And thou shalt be the first of witches known; And thou shalt be gospe, first of all i’ the world; And thou shalt teach the art of poisoning, Of poisoning those who are great lords of all; Yea, thou shalt make them die in their palaces; And thou shalt bind the oppressor’s soul with power ; And when ye find a peasant who is rich, Then ye shall teach the witch, your pupil, how To ruin all his crops with tempests dire, With lightning and with thunder terribleAnd the hail and wind He organised the material to be included into fifteen chapters, and added a brief preface oc an appendix.

The book is also a window into the lost world of Etruscan, Roman magic and religion. Chapter I presents the original witches as slaves that escaped from their masters, beginning new lives as “thieves and evil folk”. Aradia bears the personal stamp of both Maddelena and Leland whose colorful character is outlined in the introductory materialand as a collection and synthesis of various fragments, Mathiesen points out that it should not be seen as representative of Northern Italian Wiccan practice.


Medievalist Robert Mathiesen contends that the Vangelo manuscript actually represents even less of Aradiaarguing that only Chapters I, II, and the first half of Chapter IV match Leland’s description of the manuscript’s contents, and suggests that the other material came from different texts collected by Leland through Maddalena.

In fact, the latter all unconsciously actually contributed immensely to the preservation of such lore, since the charm of the forbidden is very great, and witchcraft, like the truffle, grows best and has its raciest flavour when most deeply hidden.

It was illegal in pagan Rome and a crime punishable by death. I thd feel better witchhes there were more material even. The witchcraft of “The Gospel of the Witches” is both a method for casting spells and an anti-hierarchical “counter-religion” to the Catholic church. Web page witcjes and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches

This section, while predominantly made up of spells and rituals, is also the source of most of the myths and folktales contained in the text. Some are difficult to find a point to. Aradia’s students thus became the first witches, who would then continue the worship of Diana. For that, I think I will continue to re-read “Aradia” again and again. There are also included the very curious incantations or benedictions of the honey, meal, and salt, or cakes of the witch-supper, which is curiously classical, and wiyches a relic of the Roman Mysteries.

Book Review: Aradia

Leland describes her as belonging to a vanishing tradition of ditches. Perhaps Leland translated it, but I tend to doubt it. In Romanian culture, she was related to Diana and was a patron for a group of dancers who existed until the end of the 19th century although it’s possible that they secretly continue their work even now.

The themes in these additional chapters vary in some details from the first ten, and Leland included them partly to “[confirm] the fact that the worship of Diana existed for a long time contemporary with Christianity “. Aradia is often presented as an important deity and her character appears in many books. araeia


Their inclusion of Leland’s original translation, their own translation, and a line-by-line comparison of the original Italian with their English version allows the interested scholar to study linguistic aspects of the text in detail. The reception of Aradia amongst Neopagans has not been entirely positive.

Every year, amidst the excitement of Halloween-related fun, conversations commonly turn toward scary and unnerving talk of the mysterious world of paranormal and supernatural phenomena.

Magliocco writes that Aradia “may represent a 19th-century version of [the legend of the Cult of Herodias] that incorporated later materials influenced by medieval diabolism: The Grave That Heals: If deep discontent and chafing under the strictures of authority are common among those drawn to such material as found in this book, its rituals and chants seem to promise a remedy.

While Leland’s name is the one principally associated with Aradiathe manuscript that makes up the bulk of it is attributed to the research of an Italian woman whom Leland and Leland’s biographer, his niece Elizabeth Robins Pennellreferred to as “Maddalena”. In many ways it reads like a childr Aradia is considered the foundation text for modern witchcraft, especially British Traditional Wicca.

Only in this case the folklore is about witches. Leland reported receiving the manuscript from his primary informant on Italian witchcraft beliefs, a woman Leland referred to as “Maddalena” and whom he called his “witch informant” in Italy.

He was educated at Princeton University and in Europe.

The narrative material makes up less of the text, and is composed of short stories and legends about the birth of the witchcraft religion and the actions of their gods. It was largely what he was expecting, with the exception that he did not predict witcehs in “prose-poetry”. In other languages Add links.