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The Book of St Cyprian, The Sorcerers Treasure

Hail Saint Cyprian, Patron of Mages, Sorcerors, and Necromancers!


Gospel of the Witches; Pagan Gospel

Excerpt from Wiki


Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches is a book composed by the American folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland that was published in 1899. It contains what he believed was the religious text of a group of pagan witches in Tuscany, Italy that documented their beliefs and rituals, although various historians and folklorists have disputed the existence of such a group. In the 20th century, the book was very influential in the development of the contemporary Pagan religion of Wicca.

The text is a composite. Some of it is Leland’s translation into English of an original Italian manuscript, the Vangelo (gospel). Leland reported receiving the manuscript from his primary informant on Italian witchcraft beliefs, a woman Leland referred to as “Maddalena” and whom he called his “witch informant” in Italy. The rest of the material comes from Leland’s research on Italian folklore and traditions, including other related material from Maddalena. Leland had been informed of the Vangelos existence in 1886, but it took Maddalena eleven years to provide him with a copy. After translating and editing the material, it took another two years for the book to be published. Its fifteen chapters portray the origins, beliefs, rituals, and spells of an Italian pagan witchcraft tradition. The central figure of that religion is the goddess Aradia, who came to Earth to teach the practice of witchcraft to peasants in order for them to oppose their feudal oppressors and the Roman Catholic Church.

Leland’s work remained obscure until the 1950s, when other theories about, and claims of, “pagan witchcraft” survivals began to be widely discussed. Aradia began to be examined within the wider context of such claims. Scholars are divided, with some dismissing Leland’s assertion regarding the origins of the manuscript, and others arguing for its authenticity as a unique documentation of folk beliefs. Along with increased scholarly attention, Aradia came to play a special role in the history of Gardnerian Wicca and its offshoots, being used as evidence that pagan witchcraft survivals existed in Europe, and because a passage from the book’s first chapter was used as a part of the religion’s liturgy. After the increase in interest in the text, it became widely available through numerous reprints from a variety of publishers, including a 1999 critical edition with a new translation by Mario and Dina Pazzaglini.


The Bones of a Hellhound?

Do you guys believe in monsters? Why is it that we have legends of such creatures, and why do we speak of them to this day? Hmmm…

Monsters and Magic

I ran across this wonderful story in a web search the other day and just had to share. I am almost as fascinated by the Black Dog phenomenon as I am by shape shifters.

Now, first of all, let me say that I imagine that had the discovery of this dog’s bones occurred anywhere else in the British Isles, the archeologists would have shrugged, cataloged the find and gone on. Since the find occurred in proximity to the churches at Blythburgh and Bungay, however, the legend of Black Shuck almost had to raise its head. This is the sort of find that sends debunkers and so-called skeptics into paroxysms of delight since now they can point to a “real” cause for the “overwrought” stories of that day in 1577.

For those of you unfamiliar with giant breeds, yes, a dog that stands seven feet tall on its hind legs and…

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Excerpt from the Goetia of Doctor Rudd

The Conjuration of Caspiel as followeth

We Conjure thee 0 thou mighty & potent Prince Caspiei, who is a great & chief
Emperor, ruling in the South, who bears rule by the power of the supreme God EI,
over all Spirits both Superior & Inferior of the Infernal Orders &c: We Command you
by the especial & truest Name of your God, and by that God you worship & obey, &
by the  Seal of your Creation, & by the  most mighty & powerful name of God
Iehovah Tetragrammaton, who cast you out of Heaven, with all other [of]  the
Infernal Spirits & by the most powerful & great Names of God, who created Heaven,
Earth & Hell, & all things contained in them, & by their powers & virtues, & by the
Name Primaumaton who commandeth the  whole Host of Heaven, that  thou  0
Spirit Caspiel, forthwith come forth & appear unto me here before this Circle, do not
delay, do not linger, what needs any more words, Move (we say) move we say, show
your self & appear affably courteous friendly,  in a fair  & comely form  & shape,
without doing any harm, to us or any other Creature in this place, or any other part
or place in the World, & answer truly & faithfully to all our Requests That we may
accomplish our Wills or desires, in knowing or obtaining any matter or thing, which
by Office you know, if belonging to your Orders, or proper for you to accomplish or
perform, through the power of God EI, who created & disposeth of all things,  both
Celestial, Aerial, Terrestrial & Infernal.

-Dr Rudd’s Goetia