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Re: Aradia?
By: / Novice
Post # 6
I'd love to learn more about her. She may have been the reason witchcraft madd it through the ages of the Catholic Church, and people don't acknowledge her very much. Is there any thing you think about the legend of Aradia that may be fact or at least part of the original mythology?
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Re: Aradia?
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 7
An Italian woman gave the author a handwritten book called the Vangel that is what he based the Gospel of the Witches on. That would be the most accurate form of the mythology, but I've never found a copy of this book, apparently it was never published and I don't know what the author did with it.
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Re: Aradia?
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 8
If you actually find it, please let me know.
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Re: Aradia?
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Post # 9
Is there a link to "Gospel of the Witches", or do you know where I could find this? This is the first I have heard about it but would love to learn more about it after what I have read in the forum :)
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Re: Aradia?
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 10
http://www.sacred-texts.com/pag/aradia/index.htm
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Re: Aradia?
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 11
First of all I want to comment on the statement that Aradia is the Goddess worshiped in Gardnerian Wicca. The names of the God and Goddess in Gardnerian practice are oathbound and only given to those who have been properly initiated into Gardnerian practice. So if one makes a claim to know the names of the God and Goddess in Gardnerian practice who has not been initiated then it is likely that they are mistaken. Or if they have been properly initiated and taken oaths to never reveal the names of the God and Goddess they must be oathbreakers.

In addition, Lucifer was not a sun god. He was the God of the morning star and considered to be the brother and then consort of Diana.

That being said, Aradia is the central Goddess figure both in forms of Italian traditional Witchcraft and also in "Stregheria" which is a mishmash of Italian folkloric Witchcraft and Wicca created by Raven Grimassi.

On a more academic note, it appears likely that Aradia is not a single Goddess figure but rather a composite of a number of mythological and historical individuals drawn from both pre-Christian and post-Christian Italian folklore. You can find an excellent article about her at http://www.jesterbear.com/Aradia/Aradia.html
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Re: Aradia?
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 12
The idea that her supposed father was Lucifer is perfectly valid. Lucifer is a Roman personification of light specifically the morning star (Venus).

In Stregheria you see Aradia venerated a lot as the witch hero you described. Also the "Witches Bible" (Gospel of Aradia) is the book written by Leland that describes her. The practices of the stregha are heavily dependent on that book.

In my opinion Aradia is a character made up by Leland. There is no historical reference to her not even by the Church. Generally the Inquisition kept records of "witches" and the like.
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Re: Aradia?
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 13
Also the female who gave Leland the book has never been proven to even exist. Lastly Stregheria has hints of Catholicism as well as Wicca and faux Religio Romana.
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Re: Aradia?
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 14
Thank you for the link Lark. I've bookmarked it and plan to read it when I have time to relax and take it in. =)
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Re: Aradia?
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Post # 15

Though this thread is old there are a few relevant points I would like to bring up.

  1. Lucifer is not a Sun God, he is the dawn bringer and God of the evening star.
  2. Lucifer and Apollo are not the same God.
  3. Diana, Apollo, and Lucifer are Roman Gods using their Roman names.
  4. Diana is a virgin in Roman and Greek Mythology.
  5. Apollo is her slightly younger twin brother.
  6. Many Greek Gods had incesteous relationships, they however did not.
  7. Diana and Lucifer are a part of Stegaharian religion. However, this suggests they are either different Deities with the same name or that Diana gave up her chastity for Lucifer.

Sources:

  • http://www.theoi.com/Titan/AsterEosphoros.html
  • http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/Artemis.html
  • http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/Apollon.htm

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