Witchcraft Today: An Encyclopedia of Wiccan and Neopagan Traditions (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, 1999 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 377 pages
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"Witchcraft Today" presents a concise survey of this fascinating movement, charts its development, and offers A-Z coverage of Neopagan concepts, rituals, practices, and practitioners ranging from African Religions and Celtic Tradition to Numerology and Theosophy. An excellent and thorough introduction that explains the origin and history of contemporary Wiccan and Neopagan beliefs and a chronology detail the development of these modern religions.

A documents section reprints texts important to the central belief system of Wiccans and Neopagans, including the text of "Charge of the Goddess," and a bibliography and index complete this timely source.

Consult this work whether you need to know the characteristics of Wicca; the difference between Celtic, Alexandrian, and Blue Star traditions; the meaning of "skyclad;" the work of Emanuel Swedenborg; or the origins of Tarot.

  

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An excellent resource on the contemporary practice of witchcraft and on the ancient traditions that inspired it, this book features both short entries on terminology and concepts and longer articles ... Read full review

Contents

Abramelin
1
American Tradition
7
Ankh
13
Astral Projection
19
Aurum Solis
25
Chokhmah
54
CoMasonry
60
Covenstead
66
Lithomancy
177
Magic
183
Meditation
189
Mythology
195
Nemeton
201
Norse Neopagans
207
Old name
213
Spiritualism
277

Degrees
73
Dianic WiccaGoddess Religion
79
Earth element
87
Evocation and Invocation
93
Fairies
99
Family Tradition
105
Karma
165
Levi Eliphas
171
Talismans
283
Tradition
290
Resources
313
Chronology
329
Documents
339
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365
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About the author (1999)

Prof. James R. Lewis' work has received recognition in the form of Choice's Outstanding Academic Title award and Best Reference Book awards from the American Library Association and the New York Public Library Association. Having completed his graduate work in religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Prof. Lewis has an extensive background in history, psychology, philosophy, and comparative religion, including religious cults. He is an internationally recognized authority on nontraditional religious groups and currently teaches religious studies at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.

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