Aradia and the Revival of Modern Witchcraft


  • Chas S. Clifton University of Southern Colorado



Neo-Paganism, Wicca, Witchcraft


Writing the history of religion often means simply writing a history of text, of holy books. Yet Neopagan Witchcraft, or Wicca, has no defined holy books; the nearest approximation, the Book of Shadows, is more "a concept than an object". Wicca is a religion without scripture - and proud of it.

Author Biography

Chas S. Clifton, University of Southern Colorado

Chas S. Clifton has been practicing the Craft for twenty years and writing about it almost that long. He published Iron Mountain: A Journal of Magical Religion in the mid-1980s, is a contributing editor of Gnosis, and writes an irregular column, “Letter from Hardscrabble Creek,” which appears in several Pagan magazines. He is the author of Ghost Tales of Cripple Creek (Little London Press, 1982), The Encyclopedia of Heresies & Heretics (ABC-Clio, 1992), and edited Nine Apples: A Neopagan Anthology (Artemisia Press, 1979) and four volumes of Llewellyn Publications’ Witchcraft Today series: The Modern Craft Movement (1992), Modern Rites of Passage (1993), Witchcraft & Shamanism (1994), and Living Between Two Worlds (1996). His collaboration with Evan John Jones, Sacred Mask, Sacred Dance, is forthcoming from Llewellyn. He teaches at the University of Southern Colorado.



How to Cite

Clifton, C. S. (1997). Aradia and the Revival of Modern Witchcraft. Pomegranate, 1(Winter), 2–22.