Where Witchcraft Lives 3rd edition by Doreen Valiente
- Available Hallowe'en 2011 - The ever-affordable paperback version
A classic title re-released for the third time. First printed in 1962, UK
This little gem of a book, Doreen’s first ever writing, should really be treated as an historical document. Doreen researches and presents many folklore and witchcraft practices which had hitherto been consigned to a hidden world. In the book Doreen describes herself as a ‘student of witchcraft’ though at the time of writing she was a high priestess. She never stopped investigating and honing her own craft. “I only just scratched the surface,” she said to John Belham-Payne shortly before she died.
The Centre For Pagan Studies releases this paperback edition with the help of Ronald Hutton, Brighton Museum and Sussex Archaeological Society, in support of a foundation for the Doreen Valiente Trust which will look after all her artefacts and manuscripts for future generations. Proceeds from the book go to the Trust and the future museum that will exhibit her world famous collection.
Thank you for this lovely book. I had given up any hope of ever getting a copy when I found out that it was out of print. It's a window into the life of Doreen Valiente as a seeker of knowledge. Thank you once again for the opportunity to add this book to my Witchcraft library making me a very happy, and ever studying, seeker and Witch.
- Plymounth, UK
'Where Witchraft Lives is a fine edition and a superb addition to any bookshelf. It's importance is reflected in the beautifully produced volume. The original is a rare collectors item, and this limited edition looks set to be the same. An excellent edition of a fascinating book.'
- P Pearson, Brighton UK
“Just wanted to say that my book arrived shiny new and awsometastic. i was surprised that it was a hard cover book and totally pleased. It looks just wonderful, and binding is lovely, and printing clean and tidy, and the pictures pristine and the numbering looks very classy . It is just wonderful and will make an excellent addition to my collection. thank you all for your hard work at bring this together, it is much appreciated from down here in NZ, and what’s more arrived near my birthday which made me one happy Witch!”
This has been a wonderful experience, we have posted this little book out to all corners of the earth, Japan, Brazil, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Africa Europe and Russia - all around the world this is really "Where Witchcraft Lives". Thank you everyone.
- John Belham-Payne
A wonderful reproduction of a significant work. Thank you for making something so important available again!
- Pickering, Canada
I was so happy to get the book on the Day :0) Thank you so much for giving people the opportunity to buy a piece of history. I will always treasure it.
- Mandy, UK
The paperback version is now on the way. Available by Hallowe'en 2011. A slim volume of 144 pages, it presents and preserves the revered words of Doreen Valiente, just as she first wrote, in 1962.
Here is well known High Priestess Morgana Sythove's review of the limited edition, 2010
When I bought the original publication of this book – it must have been the early 1980’s - I never imagined it would become a classic. In fact it was the first book I had read by Doreen, and inspired me when I first became involved in Wicca. It has been out of print a number of years now so it was wonderful to hear that it was being reprinted. A slim volume of only 152 pages, it looks very innocent but as you read the various chapters you begin to realise how remarkable this book really is. Using Sussex (her adopted county) as her focus Doreen writes of witchcraft as being “..strands of belief, aboriginal, Celtic, Roman and Saxon (which) will have eventually made up the fabric of witchcraft. Christian persecution and banning, as I shall show further on, drove it underground and made it into a secret society”. And indeed Doreen discusses many diverse subjects using her own personal research. Research which is still valid in understanding what modern witchcraft is today. From extracts of Sussex Witch Trials to Folk Rites we see how deeply embedded pagan worship was and still is in rural England. For modern witches the chapters on “White Witchcraft” and “Present day Witchcraft” are extremely interesting reading. From spells to charm warts away - to “modern-day practice”, according to her ‘informant’, these two chapters alone are gems. She notes that “..from what I have been told, and such scraps of information as have come my way ….. that Sussex is not the only county where witchcraft is still practiced. .. but also in Essex, the Cotswolds and Lancashire & Yorkshire. “ We now know who these “informants” could have been – for example, Gerald Gardner. The information about “The Old Religion” and “The Old Ones”, about initiations, the Sabbats and Esbats, about the working tools (including the Athamé, with accent) and the Elements, are straight from Gardnerian Wicca. Or perhaps it is the other way around! In a down-to-earth, no nonsense, manner Doreen lets us see into her “kitchen”. I can even hear her talking with her unmistakable Sussex accent. A true village witch her vision and foresight helps to put a number of things into perspective. Her words still ring true today. For anyone who wants to learn more about Wicca from the source then this book is a ‘must have’. This version contains an introduction by John Belham –Payne (who is chiefly responsible for this new edition) and a foreword by Professor Ronald Hutton.Complete with many unpublished photographs, this edition will be highly sought after. - Morgana, Gardnerian HPs
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