The Witches (Colour Edition) by Roald Dahl Summary
THE WITCHES, Roald Dahl's most scary story for children, in a large format, full colour paperback edition. With Quentin Blake's brilliant line artwork in full colour, THE WITCHES is a must-have for children collecting all of the Roald Dahl in full-colour format including CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, FANTASTIC MR FOX, THE TWITS, GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, ESIO TROT and THE MAGIC FINGER.
Aradia by Charles Leland Summary
Its accuracy is disputed by some, while others consider it a vital resource for studying and understanding Italian witch folklore of the 19th century. What is certain is that this 1899 classic has become a foundational document of modern Wicca and neopaganism. Leland claimed his "witch informant," a fortune-teller named Maddalena, supplied him with the secret writings that he translated and combined with his research on Italian pagan tradition to create a gospel of pagan belief and practice. Here, in the story of the goddess Aradia, who came to Earth to champion oppressed peasants in their fight against their feudal overlords and the Catholic Church, are the chants, prayers, spells, and rituals that have become the centerpieces of contemporary pagan faiths. American journalist and folklorist CHARLES GODFREY LELAND (1824-1903) was editor of Continental Monthly during the Civil War and coined the term emancipation as an alternative to abolition, but he is best remembered for his books on ethnography, folklore, and language, including The Gypsies (1882), The Hundred Riddles of the Fairy Bellaria (1892), and Unpublished Legends of Virgil (1899).
The World of the Witches by Julio Caro Baroja Summary
"Dr. Caro Baroja is well known as the author of the ethnography of the Basques, whose activities in witchcraft inspired this book. Beginning with an analysis of the basic aspects of the mentality of those who have believed in magic or practised the magic arts, he launches into a study of witchcraft which upsets many popular theories about the nature and history of the subject."
The Witches of Lorraine by Robin Briggs Summary
Based on perhaps the richest surviving archive of witchcraft trials to be found in Europe, The Witches of Lorraine reveals the extraordinary stories held within those documents. They paint a vivid picture of life amongst the ordinary people of a small duchy on the borders of France and the Holy Roman Empire, and allow a very close analysis of the beliefs, social tensions, and behavior patterns underlying popular attitudes to witchcraft. Intense persecution occurred in the period 1570-1630, but the focus of this book is more on how suspects interacted with their neighbors over the years preceding their trials. One of the mysteries is why people were so slow to use the law to eliminate these supposedly vicious and dangerous figures. Perhaps the most striking and unexpected conclusion is that witchcraft was actually perceived as having strong therapeutic possibilities; once a person was identified as the cause of a sickness, they could be induced to take it off again. Other aspects studied include the more fantastic beliefs in sabbats, shapeshifting, and werewolves, the role of the devins or cunning-folk, and the characteristics attributed to the significant proportion of male witches. This regional study makes a vital contribution to historical understanding of one of the most dramatic phenomena in early modern Europe, and to witchcraft studies as a whole, as well as illuminating related topics in social and religious history.
A history of the witches of Renfrewshire, who were burned on the gallowgreen of Paisley. Publ. by the ed. of the Paisley repository [J. Millar]. by Renfrew county Summary
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Time of the Witches by Anna Myers Summary
Orphaned at the age of four, Drucilla finally has a place she can call home with her new family, the Putnams, of Salem Village. But when a new reverend and his family move into town with their servant Tituba, life takes a strange and dangerous turn as accusations of witchcraft swirl. Dru is overwhelmed by the fervor of lies and the power of groupthink among the other girls in town; reluctant to turn her back on the Putnams, she utters her own accusations. Only her best friend Gabe sees through the deceit, but it may be too late for Dru to protect the truth, and innocent people will pay the ultimate price. Guiding readers through the confusion of this frightening historical event, Anna Myers weaves a compelling story that will captivate teen readers.
Aradia – Gospel Of The Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland Summary
Indefatigable in research, Mr. Leland collects from the mouths of Italian peasants all the information still surviving concerning witches and their rites. Much of this he incorporated in his previous writings, and much more-some of it, we are glad to think, on the point of appearance-has yet to see the light. It is difficult to over-estimate the interest of these survivals in Italy of pagan faith and rite, and it is eminently desirable that so much of them as possible should be preserved. They are on the verge of disappearance, and what is not now reclaimed will inevitably perish. On this point Mr. Leland insists. There are still, however, some few people in the Northern Ramagna who know the Etruscan names of the twelve gods. Invocations to Bacchus, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, and the Lares may yet be heard, and there are women in the cities who mutter over the amulets they prepare spells known to the old Roman, and have lore which may be found in Cato or Theocritus. Aradia (Herodias), it may be said, is, according to the Vangelo of the witches, the daughter of Diana by her brother Lucifer, the god of the sun and of the moon, who for his pride was driven from Paradise. Aradia - not, Mr. Leland thinks, the Herodias of the New Testament, but an earlier replica of Lilith-is the chief patron of witches and the teacher of witchcraft. Deeply interesting is all that is said concerning her, and the book, which translates the poetic invocations, is a treasure-house to the student of witchcraft and myth.
The Malleus Maleficarum by Heinrich Kramer,James Sprenger Summary
"A handbook for hunting and punishing witches to assist the Inquisition and Church in exterminating undesirables. Mostly a compilation of superstition and folklore, the book was taken very seriously at the time it was written in the 15th century and became a kind of spiritual law book used by judges to determine the guilt of the accused"--From publisher description.
Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland Summary
If the reader has ever met with the works of the learned folk-lorist G. Pitre, or the articles contributed by Lady Vere De Vere to the Italian Rivista, or that of J. H. Andrews to FolkLore, he will be aware that there are in Italy great numbers of strege, fortune-tellers or witches, who divine by cards, perform strange ceremonies in which spirits are supposed to be invoked, make and sell amulets, and, in fact, comport themselves generally as their reputed kind are wont to do, be they Black Voodoos in America or sorceresses anywhere. But the Italian strega or sorceress is in certain respects a different character from these. In most cases she comes of a family in which her calling or art has been practised for many generations. I have no doubt that there are in stances in which the ancestry remounts to mediaeval, Roman, or it may be Etruscan times. The result has naturally been the accumulation in such families of much tradition. But in Northern Italy, as its literature indicates, though there has been some slight gathering of fairy tales and popular superstitions by scholars, there has never existed the least interest as regarded the strange lore of the witches, nor any suspicion that it embraced an incredible quantity of old Roman minor myths and legends, such as Ovid has recorded, but of which much escaped him and all other Latin writers.
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder Summary
Cats. Jessica’s never liked them. Especially not a skinny, ugly kitten that looks like a worm. Worm. Jessica wishes she’d never brought Worm home with her, because now he’s making her do terrible things. She’s sure she isn’t imagining the evil voice coming from the cat, telling her to play mean tricks on people. But how can she explain what’s happening? Witches. Jessica has read enough books to know that Worm must be a witch’s cat. He’s cast a spell on her, but whom can she turn to? After all, no one will believe that Worm has bewitched her...or worse!
The Witches Tarot by Ellen Cannon Reed Summary
The Witches Tarot Book By Ellen Cannon Reed 0-87542-668-9 $12.95 U.S. $19.95 Can.320 pp. 5 1/4 x 8Inside this companion guide to "The Witches Tarot" deck are meditations and methods of working with the Qabalistic Tree of Life that you can use immediately. You''ll learn the meaning of the mysterious pictures found in the Tart, and learn to use those symbols in your meditations and magical work. You''ll also find a new way of reading Tarot, and a complete description of "The Witches Tarot "deck, which is designed to include the Qabalistic symbolism in a way that speaks to Pagans. This guide includes complete descriptions of each card, as well as each card''s Hebrew letter, astrology, color, scent, gem and Qabalistic path correspondences. Also included in this book are magnificent illustrations of the 22 Major Arcana by artist Martin Cannon. Ellen Cannon Reed shows how each of the cards are associated with one of the paths on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. She has gathered data from multiple Qabalistic sources and combined this research with her own knowledge of Wicca. This is the first book that clearly discusses the Tarot from both the Qabalistic and the Wiccan points of view.
The Witch's Coven by Edain McCoy Summary
A practical and informative look at how modern-day covens operate, with a keen eye toward choosing the right coven to suit one's own practices and beliefs. Structures for teaching circles, as well as methods for mediating conflicts are also nicely covered in this guide. Many of the general principles laid forth apply wholeheartedly, not just to Wiccan and Pagan groups, but to organizations, clubs, and gatherings of all types and categories.
The Witches Gene by Lee Carson Summary
Betty, a middle aged woman, had been plagued with severe depression for a long time, and she had become an irritant to her husband and son. She is on several pain killers which do very little to help. She is very unpredictable, staying in her night clothes all day, but showing up at the dinner table in makeup and nicely dressed. Her doctor, realizing he can't help her, suggested she see a psychiatrist. Reluctantly she agreed. The psychiatrist realised immediately he could not help her either and suggested she see a hypnotist. Maybe there is something in her past that would shed some light on her condition; she was bothered by her grandmother's name which was "Whicher." The professional hypnotist suggested that, under hypnosis, he take her back in time to investigate this name "Whicher." Though hypnosis she came forward with many strange stories. He took her as far back as the 1700s and that found a woman named Whicher had been burned on a stake for supposedly being a witch. As she was burning she put a curse on all generations of Whicher's. The doctor realized that Betty had been infected by this curse; he believed that once she recognized this state she could overcome the depression, end the curse and live a normal life. What had Betty divulged in her trips into the past was amazing. Could the curse of the "witches' gene" be stopped at Betty?
Night of the Witches by Linda Raedisch Summary
"Spring has come to the northern forest. The evening wind blows cold as the breath of the frost giants. Just overhead, there is a sound like the rushing of crows' wings. Can it be a coven of witches has flown over these woods? "On any other night, you would probably swear that there was no such thing as a witch—at least, not the kind that streaks through the sky on a broomstick with guttering taper and billowing cloak. But this is no ordinary night; it is the thirtieth of April, the eve of May. Tonight is Walpurgis Night." The roots of Walpurgis Night reach deep into the Pagan past, and modern Europeans celebrate it with as much abandon as their ancestors. Learn about the sacred rites of spring and the "lost" holiday has changed from a lusty fertility festival to a children's night of fun and treats. Learn about brooms and how to make one, and meet a collection of old-time witches, from Ash Wives to Wolf Crones. This charming, impeccably researched book features a wealth of folklore and herb lore, plus original and traditional recipes, crafts, and activities.