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Ersy surrounding Alex Sanders King of the Witches and many other witches whom she has known including “Dafo” Robert Cochrane Leslie Roberts and Sybil Leek She also describes the clairvoyant communications she received purporting to come from John Brakespeare an th century witch. An easier look into the history of Witchcraft then Triumph with little personal stories Interesting

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One of witchcraft's most widely known figures Doreen Valiente was a close friend of the late Gerald Gardner generally regarded as the founder of modern Wicca Initiated by him in the s and for a time High Priestess of his coven Doreen helped him rewrite his seminal Book of Shadows. Doreen Valiente is a household name among the practitioners of witchcraft She was first initiated into the craft by Gerald Gardner in the New Forrest Coven She would later rewrite almost entirely Gardner s book of Shadows taking out many of the Crowleyisms and making the speech of the craft up to dateValiente has worked with such greats as Gardner Robert Cockrane and Leslie Roberts She gives an insiders view into the rebirth and history of the craft Up until 1952 the practive of witchcraft was illegal and the most recent trial was the trial of Helen Duncan for the crime of contacting the dead This landmark case caused a landslide in popular opinion which lead to the repeal of the witchcraft acts For amny years withcraft had been an underground sort of thing mostly kept alive in family traditions or very secret covenValiente examine the role of such works gnerated by such author s as Charles Leland William Frazier and their books on withccraft and the sacrificial king Charles Lelands works bring some light onto the practive of withc craft that they worshipped the Goddess Diana and met monthly for their rite mostly skycladInterest in the occult was also simmering Aleister Crowley made a splash in the media calling himself the great beast while Dion Fortune was famous for starting The Society of Inner Light Helena Blavatzky also found THe Theosophical SocietyIncontrast to what others may think Doreen had a rather positive impression of Gerald Gardner She believes his claim that he was indoctrinated into a working coven of witches Gardner did meke changes by incorparating words and phrases used by Aleister Crowley and Leland He also incorparated some elements of Masonism and he brought in several elements from Ceremonial Magic She reports that withces used to draw their circles with wands or wooden branches rather than with athames Witches never really had a Book of Shadow hereditary kinowledge of witchcraft was passed down orally as most witches back in the day could neither read nor write Grimoires were used by Ceremonial Magicians In Doreen Valiente s view Withccraft in it s true form is most akin to Shamanism an is very simpleDoreen left Gardner s group over some sharp differences of opinioon over publicity Gerald Gardner was a very flamboyant person and this lead to a lot of negative press Doren would next work with Robert Cochrane He was very different from Gardner He worked robes as opposed to skyclad He also used hallucinogens in his work and often times came close to endangering some of his followers with these hallucinogens Cochrane has a militant attitude that was very anti Gardnerian Valiente found many instances of dishonesty and false claims in Cochrane s claims and parted company with him as wellDoreen Valiente continues to describe her experience with the likes of the reporter Robert Leslie Some one judging from her description was too good hearted and nice that people drained off of him Trends in withcraft point to an awkening of female consiusness and a shaking off of male dominated things Her mediations tell thaat practitioner can work individually and do not need the validation of the coven She cencourages practitioner to learn theoru expereience and meditation as opposed to book and other riged learning styleFor those into Witch Craft this book gives and insiders view that is rarely affored Enjoy your foray into witchdom

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And establish witchcraft's international reputation In The Rebirth PDFEPUB or this intriguing exposé Doreen provides an insider’s account of the birth and evolution of the contemporary Wicca movement She recalls her spat with Gardner that eventually split his coven the controv. A great book under the view and experiences of Doreen Valiente the valuable Doreen Valiente She examines every subject using clues evidence experience and her research The reader will see her experiences throughtout the rebirth of Witchcraft but he will also read her criticism about every subject she deals withIn chapter two she talks about the contribution of Murray Graves Leland In chapter three he describes what she had read and how she met Gardner Their first dialogues how she got influenced by him how she defied him how he got influenced by her She writes about Gardner s initiation in 1939 Later we read how she worked with Gardner to revive the Old Religion She eventually discovered his influences and writes about it but also how she noticed an ancient element in the BOS which was authentic She used that to create a new structure based in oldest teachings removing a lot of modern ones She talkes about Gardner and publicity The conflicts in the coven which split How she met Robert Cochrane and joined his coven and what was going on there How she left the coven How she met mr Leslie Roberts What he was doing and how Valiente helped him There is an interesting chapter with a communication with a coven leader of 17th century or older This chapter seems to contain authentic old teachings of Witchcraft Anyway the reader could decide She also mentions Alex Sanders and his action to bring publicity to his tradition And she has a chapter about Lugh and his claimings about Pickingill In the end she shares some of her thoughts for the new age of auarius thus the future


10 thoughts on “The Rebirth of Witchcraft

  1. says:

    Loved it It was the first book without counting ABC of Witchcraft of Doreen Valiente that I've read and my god I love this woman She presents t

  2. says:

    Doreen Valiente is a household name among the practitioners of witchcraft She was first initiated into the craft by Gerald Gardner in the New Forrest Coven She would later rewrite almost entirely Gardner's book of Shadows taking out many of the Crowleyisms and making the speech of the craft up to dateValiente has worked w

  3. says:

    This was an excellent biographical story of the founding of modern Wicca through the eyes of one of its most significant founders Doreen Valiente The text varies between scholarly research to journalism to gossip and speculation Overall it's a fascinating readI liked Valiente She had a lovable mix of scholarly intelligence and gullibility I can only assume it was due to a desire to believe the best in people

  4. says:

    A great book under the view and experiences of Doreen Valiente the valuable Doreen Valiente She examines every subject using clues e

  5. says:

    The only reason for secrecy today is when witches themselves prefer not to have their identities and their private addresses revealed Doreen Valiente The Rebirth of Witchcraft p54How worthwhile is reading THE REBIRTH OF WITCHCRAFT

  6. says:

    This is one of those books that I bought a long while ago and never got around to reading In it Doreen Valiente writes about the people involve

  7. says:

    I enjoyed this than I expected It was highly enlightening to read about the struggles women who wished to be initiated into covens had to go through That men first and foremost Gerald Gardner of course set all sorts of str

  8. says:

    If you've read this book you don't really need to invest in Prof Hutton's diatribe The Triumph of the Moon which is essentially a work of Special Pleading wrought with innumerable Logical Fallacies

  9. says:

    An easier look into the history of Witchcraft then Triumph with little personal stories Interesting

  10. says:

    I found this book in Marino library and I was glued to it for weeksIt is such a good history of Wicca and Witchcraft mainly in the UK but it is peppered with personal stories which keeps it so engagingIts like sitting in on a lecture than reading through a book and I would recommend it to anyone

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