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From Amazon.co.uk - Rated Five Stars

The first book to bring witchcraft out of the shadows

This is an incredible book: once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. Leo has a great, highly readable style with which he manages to convey a lot of information. The book is divided into three sections. The first deals with the beginnings of witchcraft in the ancient world and how it developed through the Dark and Middle Ages up to the Early Modern period. There's masses of information on Hecate, for example, that I just haven't found anywhere else. The second part deals with the origins of modern witchcraft, the influence of the Golden Dawn, the role of Aleister Crowley and the part played by Gerald Gardner. The chapter on Gardner is pure genius. There's a complete break down and analysis of the Book of Shadows. Gardner is totally dissected! The third part is all about witches today: who they are, what they do and why they do it. Most of this stuff is from Leo's unpublished PhD research. He ends with an analysis of the crisis facing Christianity in the West and discusses an exciting new development that he calls re-enchantment. My favourite chapter was the one on magic. It gives you such an amazing insight into how witches define and use magic, and the effect it has on them. Finally, the book lives up to its title. This book really does bring witchcraft out of the shadows. And did I mention there is also a website to go with it. It all adds up to quite a package. I'm impressed.

Witchcraft Out of the Shadows is on the reading list at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and it should be on your bookshelf too.

Witch Dr, Amazon.co.uk, posted 23rd June, 2004. http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0709075677/

From Bloomsbury (publish the Harry Potter books)

I found your material engaging.

Personal communication, 11th June, 2003.

Other Reviews

Witchcraft Out of the Shadows is based on Leo Ruickbie's highly successful course, which has been favourably reviewed by major newspapers, websites and others.

From L!VE Magazine

1, 2, 3 alles keine Hexerei. Früher wurde das Wissen über Zauberei und Hexerei aus den bekannten Gründen nur in engen Zirkeln weitergegeben, aber spätestens seit Harry Potter wissen wir alle, dass es entsprechende Zauberschulen gibt. Nicht ganz so elitär, dafür aber bequem übers Internet zu erreichen ist die einzige offizielle Zauberschule im Netz. Leider auf englisch, aber ein entsprechender Zauberspruch, der die Übersetzung herbeiführt, sollte sich finden lassen...

Neues im Internet, 'Zaubern lernen,' accessed 25th July, 2002. http://www.live-magazin.de/rubriken/hotspot/inet.htm

From The Guardian newspaper

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