First published in 1899, Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches is a fascinating record of Charles Godfrey Leland's view of Italian folk magic as told to him by hereditary Italian witches. Craig Spencer's Aradia is a new translation of the original Italian text and includes a full reprint of Leland's own words as well as notes, analysis, and commentary to help you better understand the classic manuscript and the magical practices within its pages. Aradia also includes hands-on instructions for a unique magical practice based on Leland's remarkable glimpse of 19th-century craft lore. This magical guide is designed to help you develop, expand, and enhance your current craft practices. With exercises and rituals inspired by the original manuscript, this book shares a wholly unique approach to witchcraft that hearkens back to authentic practices of an earlier era.
"An important document in the history of contemporary Pagan Witchcraft. Craig Spencer's innovative interpretation builds on the original text to find in it a rich source of inspiration for personal philosophy and practice."—Dr. Vivianne Crowley, author of Wicca: The Old Religion in the Modern World
"Craig Spencer offers a fresh translation and re-exploration of perhaps the most important foundation text of the modern witchcraft revival, and from it draws inspiration for the creation of a workable new system of devotional and magical Craft."—Gemma Gary, author of Traditional Witchcraft
"Craig Spencer's new translation is a valuable contribution to the expanding canon delving into Leland's profoundly influential Aradia, Gospel of the Witches, with 40 newly translated lines, a sincere argument that Leland's errors and indulgences confirm the fundamental legitimacy of the text, and evidence of the survival of the worship of Diana amongst the Witches of 'Italy.' More remains to be discovered but ultimately the deepest and most profound mysteries can only be known through experience. Spencer focuses on how practitioners can work with Aradia, and offers a heartfelt collection of personal practices so the reader will discover that it is Diana's full moon illuminating the wisdom within every seeker's heart, where the mystery of Aradia resides."—Phyllis Curott, internationally best-selling author, attorney, activist, teacher, founder of the Tempio di Ara, and creator of The Witches' Wisdom Tarot