Video: Primary Sources for Witchcraft

I talk about studying the history of Wicca and Witchcraft, ideas that are now outdated, and why I think it’s still worth reading the books those ideas came from so long as we contextualize them as primary sources. The five books I mention in this video:

The Secret Doctrine, H. P. Blavatsky
The Golden Bough, Sir James Frazer
The White Goddess, Robert Graves
Aradia: The Gospel of the Witches, Charles Godfrey Leland
The Witch-Cult in Western Europe, Margaret Murray

2 thoughts on “Video: Primary Sources for Witchcraft

  1. I guess with the internet, it’s easy to look back at these texts and dismiss them for how limited they are. I remember having an interest in Wicca when I was a teenager and much of the information I had was from books I found in antiquarian bookshops or other people who had books about Wicca. So for me, my information about Wicca was Scott Cunningham, the Farrers, Cassandra Eason. I studied Theology at University and found texts like the Golden Bough and other ones helpful in thinking critically about how and why these practices form the rituals they do.

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