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Raven Grimassi

Raven Grimassi Award-winning author Raven Grimassi is the author of seven books on Wicca and Witchcraft, including Wiccan Mysteries (awarded Best Book of the Year & Best Spirituality Book 1998 by the Coalition of Visionary Retailers), Wiccan Magick, Italian Witchcraft (previously titled Ways of the Strega), Hereditary Witchcraft, Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft (awarded Best Non-Fiction Book 2001 by the Coalition of Visionary Retailers), Beltane, and the forthcoming title The Witches' Craft (October 2002).

Raven Grimassi has been a teacher and practitioner of the Craft for nearly 30 years. He is trained in the Family tradition of Italian Witchcraft (also known as Stregheria), and is also an initiate of several Wiccan Traditions, including Brittic Wicca and the Pictish-Gaelic Tradition. He is currently the Directing Elder of the Arician Ways. Raven considers it his life's work to ensure the survival of ancient witch lore and legend along with ancestral teachings of the Old Religion.

Grimassi has worked as both a writer and editor for several magazines over the past decade, including The Shadow's Edge (a publication focusing on Italian Witchcraft) and Raven's Call (a journal of modern Wicca, Witchcraft and Magick).

Titles by Raven Grimassi:

  • Beltane
     
  • The Well Worn Path
     
  • Italian Witchcraft: The Old Religion of Southern Europe
     
  • The Wiccan Mysteries: Ancient Origins & Teachings
     
  • Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft
     
  • The Witch's Familiar: Spiritual Partnerships for Successful Magic
     
  • The Witches' Craft: The Roots of Witchcraft & Magical Transformation
     
  • Hereditary Witchcraft: Secrets of the Old Religion
     
  • Wiccan Magick: Inner Teachings of the Craft
     
  • Witchcraft: A Mystery Tradition
     
  • Spirit of the Witch: Religion & Spirituality in Contemporary Witchcraft
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Hereditary Witchcraft
Secrets of the Old Religion

HEREDITARY WITCHCRAFT, by Raven Grimassi, explores the beliefs and practices of Witches who have passed their ancient Craft from generation to generation.   This book provides sound evidence for the existence of Family Traditions still thriving in the late 19th century, and up into modern times.  The book also clearly demonstrates that the Old Religion is not something that began with the writings of Gerald Gardner.  Of special interest is a section comparing the various aspects of Gardnerian Wicca with the earlier tenets of Italian Witchcraft revealed by Charles Leland.   Here one discovers that almost every aspect of modern Wicca appeared over half a century earlier in Leland's works on Italian Witchcraft.  This is a ground breaking book with a lot of material and symbols never before seen in print.  As an added   bonus the book reveals a runic divination system based on the Tuscan peasant Witch tradition.

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