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2003 Library:
Celtic Astrology: How the Mystical Power of the Druid Tree Signs Can Transform Your Life
by Phyllis Vega

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Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft
by Raven Grimassi

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

Hawaiian Magic & Spirituality
by Scott Cunningham

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Pagans and the Law: Understand Your Rights
by Dana D. Eilers

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Time Travel: A New Perspective
by J. H. Brennan

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

Never Say Goodbye: A Medium's Stories of Connecting With Your Loved Ones
by Patrick Mathews

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Spirit of the Witch: Religion & Spirituality in Contemporary Witchcraft
by Raven Grimassi

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How to Communicate With Spirits
by Elizabeth Owens

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

How to Be a Ghost Hunter
by Richard Southall

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Incense: Crafting and Use of Magickal Scents
by Carl F. Neal

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My Proof of Survival: Personal Accounts of Contact With the Hereafter
by Andrew Honigman

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Overshadows: An Investigation into a Terrifying Modern Canadian Haunting
by Richard Palmisano

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Future Prospects of The World According to the Bible Code
by Joseph Noah

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New Daughters of the Oracle: The Return of Female Prophetic Power in Our Time
by Virginia Adair

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Conversations With Eternity: The Forgotten Masterpiece of Victor Hugo
by Victor Hugo, John Chambers, and Martin Ebon

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Dunwich's Guide to Gemstone Sorcery: Using Stones for Spells, Amulets, Rituals, and Divination
by Gerina Dunwich

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The Song That Never Ended: A Jazz Musician's Journey to a Love Beyond Life
by John Novello

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Wicca for Life: The Way of the Craft-From Birth to Summerland
by Raymond Buckland

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Origins of Modern Witchcraft: The Evolution of a World Religion
by Ann Moura

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The Ghosthunter's Guide Book
by Troy Taylor

Author interview.  

Our Haunted Planet
by John A. Keel

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Crop Circles: Signs of Contact
by Colin Andrews with Stephen J. Spignesi

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The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca and Neo-Paganism
by Raymond Buckland

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Hans Holzer's the Supernatural: Explaining the Unexplained
by Hans Holzer

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Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings Across America
by Leslie Rule

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Ghost: Investigating the Other Side
by Katherine Ramsland


The Holy Grail Mystery Solved
by Frank C. Tribbe

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True Tales of the Paranormal
by Kimberly Molto

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Investigating the Paranormal
by Tony Cornell


The Forgotten
by Tamara Thorne

Author interview.  





July 15, 2003

Origins of Modern Witchcraft: The Evolution of a World ReligionOrigins of Modern Witchcraft: The Evolution of a World Religion
By Ann Moura
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (October 2000)
Pages: 282 - Price: $14.95

Review by Lee Prosser - leep@ghostvillage.com
Ghostvillage.com review

Ann Moura, also known by her Wiccan name of Aoumiel, is the respected author of several books including her Green Witchcraft series. She has been an active practitioner of Green Witchcraft for over thirty-five years and is a historian with both a BA and an MA degree in history. With her nonfiction work, Origins of Modern Witchcraft, she reveals the roots of Witchcraft and what has come about in its development. 

It should be mentioned that Witch, and Witchcraft are capitalized at the beginning of each word, in the same manner that Christian and Christianity are capitalized at the beginning of each word. By doing so, Wiccans and Witches of all types have realized they are not so easily dismissed as a religion.

What makes Origins of Modern Witchcraft a standout historical document is that it goes back to the roots of Witchcraft and shows the actual development of Witchcraft. The book contains a well-written introduction with a note on dating, an author's note, and an interesting "Where Do Pagans Fit In?" There are eight chapters to the book.

Chapter One sets the stage and openly establishes the early connection of Witchcraft to India. Moura's research is impeccable. 

What got started and what developed in India is important reading for all those who would like an honest approach to how and what Witchcraft is. Chapter Two discusses the foundational deities of pagan and non-pagan religions. Many themes and topics are covered in the first two chapters, such as the Vedic writings of Ancient India, Durga, Shiva, Parvati, and other deities of India. Ancient Egypt is mentioned for its contributions as are the contributions of groups such as the Celts.

As the book unfolds its documented and illustrated facts, other religions are discussed including Christianity and Buddhism. Dravidian and Dravidic topics are detailed. The Kabbalah and Islam are discussed. The Bible of the Christians is discussed and ceremonial magic is discussed for its importance. An important section on gypsies is included which will answer some questions about their origin and beliefs.

Clearly written, with a straight-ahead approach, factual, documented, and written by a Witch who knows of what she speaks, Ann Moura has put together an informative history. It is entertaining reading.

For those who are interested in other writings by credible Witches with strong research credentials, the reading audience should look into these authors: Gerina Dunwich, Sybil Leek, Raymond Buckland, and Scott Cunningham, Raven Grimassi, among others. Origins of Modern Witchcraft by Ann Moura will go a very long way towards dispelling the myths concerning Witchcraft, and Witches.

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