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Paperback Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft Book

ISBN: 1567182577

ISBN13: 9781567182576

Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft

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Craft Elder and author Raven Grimassi has revised and expanded his indispensable reference work, the award-winning Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft. The first book of its kind to be written by a practicing Witch, this guide presents Wicca/Witchcraft as a spiritual path, connecting religious concepts and spirituality to both a historical background and modern practice.

With a wealth of information on European folklore and Western Occultism,...

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The Best I've Seen

Grimassi's book is unquestionably the ultimate and definitive work on the topic of modern Wicca and Witchcraft. The author covers every relevant topic related to the Craft, and provides the reader with leads to other topics that further enhance one's understanding of Wicca and Witchcraft. No other Wiccan/Witchcraft encyclopedia in print today can match the depth and scope of this single volume.This encyclopedia is an excellent resource for both the beginner and the seasoned veteran. It is certainly a "must have" for anyone serious about the Craft today.

A Must Have for Your Reference Library

If encyclopedias were a work of art...Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft would be a masterpiece.Raven Grimassi has filled the void in wicca and witchcraft reference material. Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft is packed with 470 pages of knowledge, everything from pantheons, histories, historical and sacred sites, invocations and rites to biographies of some of the most influential practioners, past and present.You could read ten books and still not get as much information as you will find inside the covers of the Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft. This reference work would be a plus with classes, covens or a private library. Use it for reference or use it for enjoyment. Either way you go you will become enlightened. I cannot find a more useful tool then the Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft. It is a must have for personal use, reference in your practices and beliefs, covens, circles or groves. It would be a wonderful addition to classrooms and libraries.

Essential Encyclopedia

Raven Grimassi has collected together in this one volume some of the basic elements of Wicca and Witchcraft as well as some biographies of the movers and shakers within our community. Mr. Grimassi covers many areas of beliefs, such as the various Gods/Goddesses and their stories. He also covers such items as tools, books referencing Wicca and Witchcraft, trees, animals, organizations and so much more. He has entries related to history, myths, legends, shamanic material and so much more that the book becomes a text book as well as a reference book. The information is general, but covers much of what a researcher might want to know about each subject and how it relates to Wicca and Witchcraft. What I found interesting were his bios of people who have either founded or were an influence to our Spiritual paths. From Aleister Crowley to Oberon (Tim) Zell to Doreen Valiente to Carl Weschcke, he provides information as to who these people were in a brief but insightful manner. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the backgrounds of some of the people who have written our books or founded our organizations or have had some influence on what we know today as Wicca and Witchcraft. This is a good book for those who are constantly referencing this kind of material, as Mr. Grimassi has put much of what we have to usually look in many volumes for into one convenient location. This is a wonderful collection of information that will be pulled off the shelf again and again.

Solid foundation!

Raven Grimassi has created a comprehensive reference for information regarding Witchcraft and Wicca. His style of writing is clear and direct, while maintaining an adult level of interest and readability, which is too often lacking in Llewellyn published material. As with his previous works, he emphasizes the need for a solid foundation based on time honored Tradition. While there are a handful of notable modern Witches and Wiccans not included in this reference, Grimassi addresses this directly. This is an important volume for newcomers and intermediate students to own.


What I appreciated most about this book was that the author did not include topics of demons, witch-hunter biographies, nor any of the other typical entries indicative of Judeo-Christian influences. Instead this encyclopedia reflects the beliefs and practices of Wicca and Witchcraft as a religious and spiritual system of its own. This is a great book for beginners, researchers, teachers and seasoned practitioners of modern Wicca and Witchcraft.Included is everything from terminology to history, folklore and pre-Christian paganism. The book presents a wide range of practices and beliefs both ancient and modern. Also included are biographies of well-known figures along with information on a large number of traditions and organizations. No collection of books on Wicca and Witchcraft would be complete without this encyclopedia!!
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