on 1 July 1999
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.
on 7 February 2004
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.
on 16 January 2009
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'
on 18 June 2011
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!
on 13 March 2014
Every book the legend that was Doreen Valiente wrote, is not only extremely informative, impeccably researched, thoroughly interesting and the focus is always on the good, real and natural side of magic.