This in-depth investigation discovers how the ideas we have about witchcraft took shape thousands of years ago in the myths and religions of the ancient world. It also looks at why these ideas were expressed so violently during the era of the witch trials. Finally, it reveals how witchcraft has been transformed into one of the most radical and fastest growing religions of our age - a religion of equality and compassion that still has the power to unsettle even the bravest amongst us. With new analyses, fresh insights and groundbreaking material drawn from the author's doctoral research into the mysticism, magic and social meaning of Wicca, this is the first book to bring witchcraft fully out of the shadows.
"What Ruickbie has done is use real scholarship to illuminate the murky beginnings of witchcraft yet still leave us with that most precious gift of all... a sense of respect, tinged with wonder. Witchcraft out of the Shadows is an engaging book which deserves to be the benchmark for all future analyses of the Craft." – Alan Richardson, author of Priestess: The Life and Magic of Dion Fortune
"Ruickbie has written a tight overview of the history and current trends in witchcraft. I highly recommend this book to anyone with the slightest interest in the Craft." – Marty Dodge, Blogcritics.com
"This book is a sound investment and recommended reading for any witch who has not yet thought to examine the historical and sociological effects of this path." – Arin Murphy-Hiscock, High Priestess of the Black Forest Clan and author of The Way of the Hedge Witch
"Read the book, buy the book, you will enjoy it." – David Barker, Somerset Pagans
"A fascinating study, and groundbreaking in its sociological analysis." – Merry Meet Magazine
"An interesting read for anyone interested in the history of witchcraft in Europe." – Sorita d’Este, Alexandrian High Priestess and author of Wicca: Magickal Beginnings (with David Rankine)
"Ruickbie certainly proves he knows the topic. Those truly interested in witchcraft and the Wiccan religion will find it appealing." – Library Journal