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This indispensable reference work provides both a historical and cultural foundation for modern Wicca and Witchcraft, and is the first to be written by a Craft Elder. It presents Wicca/Witchcraft as a spiritual path, connecting religious concepts and spirituality to both a historical background and modern practice.
Along with a storehouse of information on European folklore and Western Occultism as related to modern Wicca and Witchcraft, you will find entries that are relevant to any culturally based path or Tradition. Use this book to research any aspect of the Craft, including:
-- Theology -- pantheons, Wiccan Rede, Three-Fold Law
-- History -- Craft roots and influence
-- Places -- historical and sacred sites
-- Verses, rites, and invocation
-- Ritual objects and tools
-- Influential practitioners -- past and present
The Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft also contains terminology; book references; Craft web sites, organizations and magazines; magickal alphabets, runes, correspondences, symbols; and 300 illustrations. It is the first book of its kind to present Wicca and Witchcraft from the perspective of those who actually practice it.
Raven Grimassi is the author of "Hereditary Witchcraft" and "Wiccan Magic".
Raven Grimassi is a Neo-Pagan scholar and award-winning author of more than eighteen books on Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-Paganism. He has been devoted to the study and practice of witchcraft for over forty years. Raven is co-founder and co-director of the Ash, Birch, and Willow tradition. Grimassi's background includes training in old forms of witchcraft as well as Brittic Wicca, the Pictish-Gaelic tradition, Italian Witchcraft, and Celtic Traditionalist Witchcraft. Raven was also a member of the Rosicrucian Order, and studied the Kabbalah through the First Temple of Tifareth under Lady Sara Cunningham. Raven currently lives in New England with his wife and co-author Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi. Together they direct The Fellowship of the Pentacle, a modern Mystery School devoted to preserving pre-Christian European spirituality.