Witchcraft Today by Gerald B. Gardner


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New York: The Citadel Press, 1955. First American edition. Introduction by Dr. Margaret Murray. 160 pages. Light wear to jacket with slight fade to spine, binding strong, text clean and unmarked. A near-fine copy.

'A definitive book on Gardnerian Wicca, Witchcraft Today went on to influence the witchcraft revival and contemporary paganism in Britain and overseas.  

Gardner adopted much of Margaret Murray's witch-cult hypothesis, in her introduction she writes;

"He has shown in his book how much of the so-called "witchcraft" is descended from ancient rituals, and has nothing to do with spell-casting and other evil practices, but is the sincere expression of that feeling towards God which is expressed, perhaps more decorously though not more sincerely, by modern Christianity in church services."

Further chapters discuss the origin of the broomstick in witchcraft rites, the use of ointment when the rites take place in open air, and the worship of The Horned God and The Moon Goddess.
Also, the infamous account of Witches combining to raise the cone power against Hitler, in a attempt to stop an invasion and further atrocities. 
Gardner goes on to deal with affinities between the ritual and belief of the witchcraft cult and the Greek Mysteries as revealed at Pompeii.'