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Witchcraft for Tomorrow [Paperback]

Doreen Valiente
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31 Oct 1993
Now reissued again due to popular demand, "Witchcraft for Tomorrow" answers many frequently asked questions about witchcraft including: 'How can I find a witches' coven?' and 'How can I become a witch?' Doreen Valiente tells you what the old religion of witchcraft has to offer the new age of Aquarius; how the age-old Craft of the Wise can be practised in the modern world; how to initiate yourself as a witch and found your own coven. The author, who was the leading figure in the establishment of the modern Wiccan movement, includes a new "Book of Shadows" (the witches' handbook of rituals and instructions) based upon ancient magical tradition but geared to the age of the future. There are witch songs, spells, incantations and practical advice on how to run a coven and how to acquire your own collection of magical implements; as well as methods of divination and other witch lore. The author shows how the oral traditions of witchcraft throw light not only upon the origins of the present-day witch cult and the activities of the witch leader George Pickingill and his covens, but also upon the mystery of the founding of the famous magical order, the Golden Dawn. Also discussed is the relationship between the witchcraft of Britain and Europe and the magical belief of the Far East. Do both traditions hark back to the legendary city of Shamballah and to the shamanistic practices of Asia? And, why do the secret circles of the witches resemble those of the Tantric sex-magic of India?

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd; New edition edition (31 Oct 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709052448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709052449
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"She was held by many to be the 'mother of modern paganism" . . . her most important contribution to the movement was a stream of books, including. . . "Witchcraft for Tomorrow"." --"New York Times"

About the Author

Doreen Valiente was one of the founders of modern Wicca and was initiated into four different branches of the Old Religion in Great Britain. She is the author of An ABC of Witchcraft: Past and Present, Natural Magic, The Rebirth of Witchcraft and Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed. She made many television and radio appearances, discussing witchcraft and folklore and displaying items from her collection of witchcraft objects. Doreen Valiente died in 1999.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the craft. 1 July 1999
By A Customer
I first came across this book in 1983 when I was a novice seeking out all all I could about Witchcraft with a hope to meeting witches and covens. In those days the Craft wasn't so open and neither was there the vast array of books on the subject there is now. I'd read Janet & Stewart Farrar's early books and Witchcraft for Tommorow was mentioned on the jacket of one of these. I opened it not expecting too much at the time but soon found myself quite spellbound by it. (Doreen is a respected Craft authority who was instrumental in its revival with Gerald Gardner)I did the self-initiation rite as described in the integral Book of Shadows and this was my introduction to Craft practice. In Witchcraft for Tommorow Doreen presents the "Old Religion" in a readable, exciting manner for both Craft beginners and other folk who simply wish to know more. Spells, rituals and craft history are included written an earthy style of "mirth and reverence" As a newbie, reading this book was a seminal experience which led to changes in consciousness.
Jonathan Jayne
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on witchcraft. 7 Feb 2004
By A Customer
This is probably one of the best books on witchcraft there is. Every serious practitioner should have this book on their shelves. Doreen Valiente is not only an excellent Author, she is the grandmother of modern witchcraft. She details the history of witchcraft and delves into over-looked subjects such as Old George Pickingill and his alledged nine covens, Aleister Crowley's supposed influence on the founding of Gardnerian witchcraft and compares practices with very similar eastern teachings. Throughout the book are informative chapters such as 'magical alphabets' and 'witches attire' along with illustrations and photographs. The second part of the book is a slightly simplified Gardnerian book of shadows designed not only for covens, but solitary witches aswell. Doreen's ABC of witchcraft is also a must.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on Witchcraft 13 July 2002
By A Customer
An excellent overview of Witchcraft - with hints and glimpses of other lesser known witchcraft traditions.
Highly recommended to those seeking more than modern americanised "Wicca" and insight into Witchcrafts real roots and history. Also gives tips to create and run your own covens and magical groups.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remains one of the best Witchcraft books to date 16 Jan 2009
By Ogmios
I enjoyed this book immensely, it is clearly written by someone who was involved in many occult and pagan traditions - apart from the Wiccan - Gardenerian tradition the author is someonewhat traditionally associated with.

Highly recommended, it is a real gem in comparison to some of the more modern books on the Craft that have been written by certain trashy american publishers, and others which try to 'spin a mythos'.

This author 'was a Witch... if there ever was one'
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Doreen Valiente brings the old craft into the New Age with this intense and fascinating study. Her passion for historical accuracy brings in such great figures as George Pickingill, Gerald Gardner, Dion Fortune and of course Crowley and the extent to which he may have influenced Gardner in composing certain Rites. These figures were true pioneers in the early days of British witchcraft and so there is an intimate feel to this wonderfully written, methodical handbook.
Valiente explores the origin of the craft and its practice today through eleven chapters giving insight into certain subjects such as the festivals (the Greater and Lesser Sabbats); the magic circle, tools and symbols right through to the working site. There is also a beautiful and frank chapter concerning witchcraft and sex magic which is truly enlightening.
Finally, the book ends with a Book of Shadows showing various Rites of Consecration and Invocation along with certain chants and dances etc. This is an invaluable book for anyone wishing to know more about the craft of the wise and a handy practical guide for beginners. Blessed be!
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