When I first saw this manuscript, I couldn't help but think, "Why hasn't this been done before?" And then I realized that it seems like there is a time for everything. There have been some books that have tried to present an encyclopedic view of what some have called the fastest growing religion in the world. But the first one to really succeed in capturing the essence of Witchcraft, the truth of Wicca, is Raven Grimassi's Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft.
I think the reason for this is simple. The others were written by outsiders. Raven has been a practitioner for over a quarter of a century, the period during which the Craft has experienced its largest and fastest growth spurt. As a result, this book is an important resource for a wide variety of people.
Are you new to the Craft? In this book you'll find history and lore, personalities and places so you can become more steeped in the history, theology, philosophy, and magick of your tradition.
Are you a long-time Pagan? Here you will find pictures of famous occultists throughout history and the impact they had on the development and growth of modern Witchcraft. You'll also learn about famous modern Pagans and writers and be able to compare different traditions.
Are you a researcher? If you are looking for factual information about Pagan holidays, ancient sources, individuals, beliefs, and practices, this book can be your primary tool.
In short, if you are involved in Wicca or Witchcraft in any way, this book is a necessity for your bookshelf. This is the book everyone is going to be quoting. This is the book everyone is going to be talking about. When anyone has a question about Wicca or Witchcraft, this is the first place they'll look. Don't be left out! This is a book you will use regularly for years to come.
As above, so below.
As within, so without.
These Hermetic truisms have been embraced by Pagans from many different paths. Most of us accept that all things are connected: microcosm and macrocosm, inner and outer. We understand that the physical world is a reflection of the spiritual world, and vice versa. And yet, after the ritual is over and... read this article