Rebirth of Witchcraft

Rebirth of Witchcraft By Doreen Valiente, Rebirth of Witchcraft One of witchcraft s most widely known figures Doreen Valiente was a close friend of the late Gerald Gardner generally regarded as the founder of modern Wicca Initiated by him in the s and for a
  • Title: Rebirth of Witchcraft
  • Author: Doreen Valiente
  • ISBN: 9780919345393
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rebirth of Witchcraft By Doreen Valiente, One of witchcraft s most widely known figures, Doreen Valiente was a close friend of the late Gerald Gardner, generally regarded as the founder of modern Wicca Initiated by him in the 1950s and for a time High Priestess of his coven, Doreen helped him rewrite his seminal Book of Shadows and establish witchcraft s international reputation In this intriguing expos , DoreenOne of witchcraft s most widely known figures, Doreen Valiente was a close friend of the late Gerald Gardner, generally regarded as the founder of modern Wicca Initiated by him in the 1950s and for a time High Priestess of his coven, Doreen helped him rewrite his seminal Book of Shadows and establish witchcraft s international reputation In this intriguing expos , Doreen provides an insider s account of the birth and evolution of the contemporary Wicca movement She recalls her spat with Gardner that eventually split his coven, the controversy surrounding Alex Sanders, King of the Witches, and many other witches whom she has known, including Dafo, Robert Cochrane, Leslie Roberts, and Sybil Leek She also describes the clairvoyant communications she received purporting to come from John Brakespeare, an 18th century witch.
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    1. Doreen Valiente

      Doreen Edith Dominy Valiente was an influential English Wiccan who was involved in a number of different early traditions, including Gardnerian Wicca, Cochrane s Craft and the Coven of Atho Responsible for writing much of the early Gardnerian religious liturgy, in later years she also helped to play a big part in bringing the Neopagan religion of Wicca to wider public attention through the publication of a string of books on the subject.Having been born in south London, she first became involved in the Craft after being initiated into the Gardnerian tradition in 1953 in a ceremony performed by Gerald Gardner Subsequently becoming the High Priestess of his Bricket Wood coven, she helped him to produce many important scriptural texts for Wicca, such as The Witches Rune and the Charge of the Goddess , which were incorporated into the early Gardnerian Book of Shadows Splitting off to form her own coven in 1957, she went on to work with Robert Cochrane in his coven, the Clan of Tubal Cain, till the mid 1960s when she began working as a solitary practitioner Throughout the 1970s and 1980s she penned a number of books on the subject of Wicca which she always called witchcraft including An ABC of Witchcraft 1973 and Witchcraft for Tomorrow 1978 , as well as being an early proponent of self initiation into the Craft.Having had a significant influence in the history of Wicca, she has been referred to as the mother of modern Witchcraft and is today is widely revered in the Wiccan and wider Neopagan community.

    154 thoughts on “Rebirth of Witchcraft”

    1. Loved it It was the first book without counting ABC of Witchcraft of Doreen Valiente that I ve read and my god, I love this woman She presents the History of Wicca from her point of view based on her experiences in life in such a way that we can clearly understand how it all happened We can understand the social environment and all the trouble and confusion that needed to occur for Witchcraft to be where it is today From Gardner to Crowley with Sanders in the middle and people you might haven t [...]

    2. Doreen Valiente is a household name among the practitioners of witchcraft She was first initiated into the craft by Gerald Gardner in the New Forrest Coven She would later rewrite almost entirely Gardner s book of Shadows taking out many of the Crowleyisms and making the speech of the craft up to date.Valiente has worked with such greats as Gardner, Robert Cockrane and Leslie Roberts She gives an insiders view into the rebirth and history of the craft Up until 1952 the practive of witchcraft was [...]

    3. This was an excellent biographical story of the founding of modern Wicca through the eyes of one of its most significant founders Doreen Valiente The text varies between scholarly research to journalism to gossip and speculation Overall it s a fascinating read.I liked Valiente She had a lovable mix of scholarly intelligence and gullibility I can only assume it was due to a desire to believe the best in people and willingness to take them at their word, which came through in her writing She obvio [...]

    4. A great book under the view and experiences of Doreen Valiente, the valuable Doreen Valiente She examines every subject using clues, evidence, experience and her research The reader will see her experiences throughtout the rebirth of Witchcraft but he will also read her criticism about every subject she deals with.In chapter two she talks about the contribution of Murray, Graves, Leland In chapter three he describes what she had read and how she met Gardner Their first dialogues, how she got inf [...]

    5. The only reason for secrecy today is when witches themselves prefer not to have their identities and their private addresses revealed Doreen Valiente The Rebirth of Witchcraft, p.54 How worthwhile is reading THE REBIRTH OF WITCHCRAFT by Doreen Valiente I learned about the true history of Wicca in the first five chapters than all the other books on modern witchcraft that I ve read to date.As for the content Doreen Valiente gives a compelling first person account of Wiccan history from its earlie [...]

    6. This is one of those books that I bought a long while ago and never got around to reading In it, Doreen Valiente writes about the people involved in the beginnings of the modern Craft movement Most of what she writes about is from her own experience This is an excellent book The chapters are laid out in progressive manner, from the forerunners of the Craft, to Gerald Gardner and her work with him, Robert Cochrane, and Alex Sanders It goes on to explore the then new development of Feminist Witchc [...]

    7. If you ve read this book, you don t really need to invest in Prof Hutton s diatribe, The Triumph of the Moon , which is essentially a work of Special Pleading wrought with innumerable Logical Fallacies.

    8. I enjoyed this than I expected It was highly enlightening to read about the struggles women who wished to be initiated into covens had to go through That men first and foremost Gerald Gardner of course set all sorts of strange and restrictive rules for women and monopolized as well as abused spirituality the way that men have since monotheist times even declaring that the Goddess only received power through the God, hence was of lesser importance and worth This is as absurd to me as some modern [...]

    9. Although a brief text this is a laborious read with a lot of repetition Scattered throughout there are some genuine insights into magical practise and human nature, however many of Valiente s experiences seemed to quickly devolve into a rather dull case of deja vu.Ultimately, this is little than a brief history of a small part of Pagan practise from an even smaller part of the world, with no real links to broader experiences of time or place.

    10. Doreen Valiente s autobiography is a firsthand account of the origins of modern witchcraft by somebody who was not only there, but who put a lot of it together Her no nonsense, down to earth approach to the Craft endears her to many like me who are fascinated by earthiness of Wicca and yet repelled by the woolliness of the New Age movement A fine introduction to the field.

    11. Delightful history of British witches witchcraft in the years following WWII As a fan of Ben Aaronovitch s Rivers of London series, I was fascinated to learn about the work of a coven to ward off an invasion by Hitler during the war and of the deleterious effect on its members Highly readable.

    12. This is one of the essential go to texts that founded Gardenerian Wicca It is well written, comprehensive and accessible If you are interested in the modern Neopagan movement then this is an essential text.

    13. I ve come to the conclusion I don t get along with the modern books by Pagans Again she just succeeded on getting on my nerves, breaking rules and trying to justify it Doesn t work.

    14. Fascinating, in both social and magical terms Essential reading alongside the recent biography If I was to choose one of them, I d go with this.

    15. Interesting look at the beginning of the witchcraft revival in Britain Not my favorite Doreen Valiente book but a good read nonetheless

    16. A bit in depth and interesting that this authors other books Highly recommended for anyone interested in learing about witchcraft from the leading author.

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