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No religion is perfect, and no person that founded religion is/was perfect. Gardner came from an older time, where it was acceptable for things to be sexist/homophobic/etc. That doesn't however, define the religion. Religion is defined by its people, and much of those who practice Wicca are not sexist or homophobic, and some might be homosexual themselves. I ask that you reconsider your choice to not add Wicca to your library. It is a legitimate religion like any other.


I should rephrase that I can’t include Wicca because there isn’t any other public text to go with Wicca other than what Gardner published, and there aren’t any Wiccans (not NeoWiccans) that are publicly reinterpreting Gardner’s core texts to my knowledge. If you know of any Wiccans who are, please let me know.

Here is just this section which includes a lot of women-are-beneath-men ideology that I do not support.

Now, individual covens may differ and have since rewritten core tenants of what Gardner wrote. However, their texts are secret and I don’t know about them nor can I copy them for public consumption.

There are some religions that I’ve come across that were born out of the Gardner’s publications that I’m going to include, such as Starhawk’s Reclaiming Tradition.

I understand your conundrum. The actual practices/interpretations among covens are fairly different from the impression one might get from the Old Laws. But nobody wants to write publicly about oral interpretations and whatnot, more or less for the reasons you mentioned. (If it makes you feel any better, what the text fails to emphasize is that the High Priestess is the ultimate authority in her group, and nobody can make her do anything if she doesn’t want to. She chooses her own High Priest, chooses her own deputy/successor, chooses if/when to retire, etc. I feel comfortable sharing that since my initiators were very open with me about that stuff prior to my joining.)

I should say, I would actually recommend Michael Howard’s Modern Wicca, if by some chance you just wanted a book about the history of the religion, and how it developed. Howard is an initiate, but he’s not pushing any tenets or beliefs on the reader - it’s just some really, really fascinating research. Like, I promise that it’s 100% not boring or offensive.

Speaking of the library…


I’m really torn if I should include books on Wicca for my Polytheism Library.

Not NeoWicca but Wicca. As in, what Gerald Gardner started. Basically include his books Witchcraft Today, The Meaning of Witchcraft, and The Gardnerian Book of Shadows.

My hesitation comes from that I don’t want to support ideas that are transphobic, sexist, or racist. I’ll let slide the historical misinformation that I’m sure is part of those books (probably including a disclaimer of sorts in the library—which I plan to do for all the sections, by the by.) But if it’s going to tread or enter into the realm of hate speech or hate ideology, I don’t want that in my community center.

Has anyone read these books and can give some insight? :/ I see that The Gardnerian Book of Shadows is on Sacred Texts so I might peruse that…

Well, if you 100% don’t want to support those things, you might be better off stocking your shelf with Doreen Valiente’s work? (She’s an important Gardnerian too.) Or, maybe don’t stock Trad Wicca books at all. The Book of Shadows is all right, but there is definitely some sexist stuff on the “Old Laws” section. That’s just how it is.

About the other two books: Witchcraft Today is a bit “ehh” because of theories from his time about “primitive” pre-history. IIRC, The Meaning of Witchcraft mostly talks about the overall history of witchcraft and sorcery rather than Wicca itself. I have a copy, so I can review it properly for you, if you like.

If there’s one Trad Wicca book I’d completely recommend against, it’s Viviane Crowley’s Wicca: Old Religion in a New Age. It really goes the extra mile on gender policing, way more than any other text I’ve come across. (According to her, virgins and childless women are not ~real, ~true females.)

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Posted on 27 August, 2014
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Happy Tuesday dear friends! We are very proud to present you a new product - Pembas! We are the first online shop for English-speaking readers to offer this product, which is, of course, handmade by us! A Pemba is a sigil chalk made of clay and other powdered magical elements, coloured with powdered pigments, and bound with gum arabic. While they are more used in Afro-Brazilian religions like Umbanda, Candomble and Kimbanda, sigils are made on every religion coming from the African Diaspora, so their use and their name have crossed boundaries to all Spiritual paths of African origin. A Pemba is, besides a magical tool for writing sigils, an amulet by itself. They have always been quite expensive, and were treated as a sacred symbol of communication between humanity and Spirits. Having a Pemba in your altar, even if you are not using it, enhances communication and exchange of messages between the Spirits in your altar and you. Of course, when used for writing sigils, they are just fabulous - you can feel the energy in the room vibrate and change as you use them. There is a LOT more information in the listing page - read all details in the link below!http://caminodeyara.indiemade.com/product/pembas-sigil-chalks-write-sigils-and-open-communication-spirits

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Posted on 26 August, 2014
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Secret History of the Witches IV

I’m sure plenty of people might decry Max Dashú’s work as “too granola,” but this course does cover a number of illuminating topics. Starts Sept 1st, 2014. $31-$21/mo.

The Webs of Wyrd
Norns and Fatas. Philosophies of Time and Being
The Three Weird Sisters, over the centuries
Weordhung and weordscipe: well-weirding, and “waking the well”

The Craeft of Wycces
Women’s weaving ceremonies. Curing, measuring, and midwifery belts
Sacred cloths and banners. Weaving, prophecy, and divination
Origins of the name witch. Witch trees, and wicks, and the quick
Ligatura: Sacred Knots, healing and ceremony. Amulets and talismans
Knots in birth control and as contractual agreements

Names of the Witch
Prophetic women. Sorcery and lots. The Völur. Incantation.
Healing witches. Herb-gathering. Una / Mugwort / Name of Chernobyl.
Shapeshifters. Mascae. Wolf-riders and Night-farers.
Hagedisse, hedge-riders, and Hexen.

Mystery, Symbols, and Divination. Rune poems.
Odin versus the Völur. Women who take up the runes.
Valkyries and waelcygean. Helrunes and the Alraun.
Rites of the Dísir

The Cailleach Bhéara as ancestor, builder, harvest figure
The Hag’s Chair at Loughcrew. The House of Boand, and her name.
The Lament of Buí, and christianizing rewrites.
Scottish traditions. Hags versus heroes. More sheila-na-gigs.

The Witch Holda and Her Retinue
Regino, Raterius, and the Witches’ Goddess
Corrector Burchardi: Is There Any Woman Who?
Canon Episcopii: the Goddess Demonized. Searching for Herodias
The Witch Holda. Swanfoot Berthe, and The Time When Berthe Span
Women Who Lay Tables for the Fates

Witch Burnings
Pagans Into Sorcerers. Revelations amidst canonical fulminations
Witch laws of the Franks, italians, Spanish, English
“Witch and whore!” Of English kings and prelates. The Danelaw.
Hunts in Germany, Russia, France, Hungary

The Witch’s Prophecy. Heidh and the seidhr trance
Freyja, Vanir and Aesir
Fylgjur and ancestral protection
Utiseta: “sitting out” on the land

The course also features webcasts (live visual presentations) on these and related subjects, including more recent folk beliefs and ceremonies.

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Posted on 26 August, 2014


Nikolai Kalmakov, Woman with Serpents

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Posted on 26 August, 2014
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History of witchcraft turned out to be sort of a disappointment, it’s not a history of witchcraft (as in beginning with the so-called “primitive” cultures, whatever that racist term signifies) but the history of witch persecution in Europe (primarily France and Germany) and Salem. The professor…

College witchcraft courses unfortunately tend to either end up as this or complete New Age fluff. Mythology courses are often another matter entirely, at least in my experience.

Let this awesome lecture ease your pain.

This is a very good lecture, 10/10.

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Posted on 26 August, 2014
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Posted on 26 August, 2014
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Will Work For:

  • crystals
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Posted on 26 August, 2014

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