The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

  • Title: The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
  • Author: Ronald Hutton
  • ISBN: 9780192854490
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • [PDF] Read ↠ The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft : by Ronald Hutton - The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft, The Triumph of the Moon A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft Here is a book that brings witchcraft out of the shadows The Triumph of the Moon is the first full scale study of the only religion England has ever given the world modern pagan witchcraft otherwise
    [PDF] Read ↠ The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft : by Ronald Hutton - The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft, The Triumph of the Moon A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft Here is a book that brings witchcraft out of the shadows The Triumph of the Moon is the first full scale study of the only religion England has ever given the world modern pagan witchcraft otherwise

    • [PDF] Read ↠ The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft : by Ronald Hutton
      303Ronald Hutton
    The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

    About Ronald Hutton


    1. Ronald Hutton born 1953 is an English historian who specializes in the study of Early Modern Britain, British folklore, pre Christian religion and contemporary Paganism A professor of history at the University of Bristol, Hutton has published fourteen books and has appeared on British television and radio.


    160 Comments


    1. The true history of modern Wicca Deeply academic yet totally fascinating, Ronald Hutton here turns his considerable historical expertise to unraveling the roots of Britain s only home grown religion No, it s not 30,000 years old, and yes, Gerald Gardener did fudge a lot of things But Hutton argues persuasively that Wicca s origins do go beyond Gardener, for he was influenced not only by Hinduism he d been a civil servant in India but by a diverse collection of sources Romantic literature, 17th a [...]

      Reply

    2. I can t give a clear recommendation for this book It seems to be rather fixated on refuting an absolute connection from old pagan religion towards neopaganism On the very narrow line the author follows that refutation can be justified, and for that I suppose it has some use.On the other hand it tends to ignore broader connections that are the source of some of the revivification of older religions Traditional dances, carnivals that have figures associated with pagan diety, and symbols that survi [...]

      Reply

    3. Hutton or less aproached the book as an unbiased historian instead of going out of his way to critique Wicca Although just stating the facts in itself makes wicca look silly I d recomend reading this book As much as I dislike Wicca the history and evolution of it is interesting Wiccas roots are in freemasonry, crowleyish occult b.s and well meaning but flawed writers like Yeats, Frazer and Graves Once you get past where its roots lie it gets even worse Wicca has absolutely nothing to do with tr [...]

      Reply

    4. Terribly interesting to read in it s own right, this book will level the head of any new neo pagans and aspiring witches Follow it up with Drawing Down the Moon and you ll have your spiritual cap screwed on tight enough to withstand the sea of occult books out there that seek to do little beyond part you with your money I wish this book was around when I was a teen This isn t to say I wish I hadn t become a pagan or that I regret any of my past But a scholarly shot in the arm would have prevente [...]

      Reply

    5. An interesting look at the influences and currents prior to, and their culmination in, the developments of modern pagan witchcraft In Great Britain, and somewhat in the United States.The first part I found the most interesting The Victorian writers treatment of pagan gods and goddesses How Minerva and Juno passed out of favor in poetical allusions, and while Diana and Venus kept it, they also turned into goddess of the wild Plus the addition of the Mother Earth only loosely based pagan sources H [...]

      Reply

    6. Ronald Hutton s The Triumph of the Moon A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft turned out to be a fascinating read I found the first half especially interesting, where he traced the various strands such as the revival of ritual magic, Theosophy, the increasing interest in ancient paganism, the survival of traditional magical practices like charms emerged during the nineteenth century and then came together in the 20th to form what was effectively a new religion The second half then traces the actu [...]

      Reply

    7. Well, I wrote quite a long winded and spoiler ish review here jensketch reviews 2016 3 5So in lieu of copy pasting I ll just say I loved this book not as much as Stations of the Sun which I just about revere but it s so excellent at giving an extremely rigorous account of how current WooWiccans got to where they are It also respectfully gives plenty of space for people trying to practice Paganism realistically without the Woo Which I found rather wonderful of him Gave much credence to everythin [...]

      Reply

    8. This is the near definitive account of the new religions that emerged, largely from the UK, in the last century Hutton is sympathetic but rigorously academic, and has swept away the traditionalist claims of some founders whilst ensuring respect and dignity for practitioners It is the founding text for understanding the context for any further reading in this field.

      Reply

    9. Intruigued by Mr Hutton s assertion that Wicca meaning the wiseones is the first all British religion given to the world, I approached his book The Triumph of the Moon as my first serious study of Wicca and Witchcraft with an objective attitude and without any preconceived perspectives on the matter As anyone who has read any Hutton will already know, his books are academic, copiously refferenced and invariably not a light read.Of The Origins of Modern Perspectives On Wichcraft, Wicca and Pagani [...]

      Reply

    10. The first half of the book is incredibly dry and hard to get into Things liven up comparitively anyway in the second part and this is where it becomes very interesting.I can understand why Ronald Hutton came under fire for his quite constricted presentation of the provenance of Wicca There are hints of there being much to the story, but without definitive evidence, he either sits on the fence and says maybe, or dismisses things that really deserved attention.I m torn The book is exceptionally [...]

      Reply

    11. A historical examination of modern Pagan Witchcraft I ve been reading enough non fiction in the past few years to develop strong tastes This was well suited to those tastes The author is an academic, who strives to present arguments for and against various positions as they are presented, with evidence on each side There are substantial notes Where the author knows the people he s discussing, he works to declare his bias, and still presents criticisms of the subject Similarly, when he clearly di [...]

      Reply

    12. This is an awesome book It gives the history of modern paganism, with a particular focus on Gardnerian and Alexandrian traditions, and the cultural forces that precursed them For a scholarly text, is is extremely easy to read and Hutton puts his own wry wit into numerous examples He is also extremely respectful of the beliefs of current Wiccans and Pagans, and never uses the historical fallacies or irregularities to discredit the religion His final chapter, where he synthesizes his findings with [...]

      Reply

    13. This is the most important Witchcraft book ever I mean, once you ve read all the pretty pseudo histories and herstories that this book turns into lovely fairy tales Every single religious movement, occult organization, art trend, anthropologiist mistake and that went into the Gerald Gardner creating Wicca is documented brilliantly It s worth the read for non Pagans just to learn about things such as the Freemasons The writer is an English scholar, but it s a fun read while your brain gets packe [...]

      Reply

    14. This book demands a thorough review from me at some point Suffice to say that if you re attracted to any form of Paganism, Triumph of the Moon will provide you with a framework for appreciating and engaging with the experiences those paths offer without requiring you to check your credulity at the door Not without flaws but generally wonderful.

      Reply

    15. Loved this book It puts to rest many of the false mythologies of Wicca and it s foundation More people need to read it, to stop the fluffy bunny history bs.

      Reply

    16. Excellent history of the origins of modern Wicca I highly recommend it

      Reply

    17. I am in awe of the work Hutton poured into this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.First some points to explain exactly why it is worth your time After that, I ll try to give an overview of the structure and content of the book.Here follows unapologetic gushing of complimentsSo, what made this history of Pagan witchcraft stand out, besides the fact that it is the first one on this scale and level For one, Hutton writes with a clarity and precision that is a testament to his craftmanship H [...]

      Reply

    18. If one wishes to practice the craft then it makes sense that one should learn the history of the craft Wicca was introduced by Gerald Gardener in the mid to late 1950 s shortly after Britain repealed their anti witchcraft laws Gardener claimed that he became initiated into a coven in North Forrest England His claims are subject to dispute.Prior to him introducing Wicca, Gerald Gardner was a member of the Mason and he was a member of Ordo Templis Orientales, Aleister Crowley s organization Mr Gar [...]

      Reply

    19. Holy moly This book will blow your mind Honestly All of the things that we, as Pagans, think we know you don t Discover the when s, how s, why s, and whose of Modern Pagan Witchcraft You ll laugh out loud at some of the descriptions, and find yourself nodding in agreement at Hutton s research You ll also enrich, enhance, and expand your own personal knowledge and practice Highly, highly recommended.

      Reply

    20. Hutton s book is a masterful study of the history of modern witchcraft Immensely well researched and authoritative, it also displays a thoughtful and serious attitude to the subject matter at hand, and is a treasure trove for anyone interested in world class scholarship on this topic, which is so often either dismissed out of hand or treated as a wish fulfilment fantasy Very highly recommended.

      Reply

    21. Full of fascinating information, takes a scholarly, fairly objective view of the evolution of modern pagan witchcraft, and points the way to other various reading material Would recommend to anyone interested in the subject.

      Reply

    22. A complete, comprehensive and engaging look at the strains of thought of pagan religion, mythology, ritual magic etc neccessary for the formation of modern pagan witchcraft and its development between 1950 and 1998 Unconditionally recommended to anyone with any interest in the subject.

      Reply

    23. A must read for any neo pagan interested in the historical and cultural background to the mid century revival of traditional witchcraft and the emergence of Wicca.

      Reply

    24. Though almost exhaustingly thorough in his investigation of religious and historical truth claims, Hutton has written a scholarly masterpiece and a very enjoyable read for those interested in the sociology and history of religion I ve never read a book on Neopaganism that I enjoyed .

      Reply

    25. As a scholarly book written by a professional historian, I did not expect to swallow this book whole , but I was mistaken The Triumph of the Moon exceeded its already lofty reputation for me as it wove a rich tapestry of the sociocultural context from which modern pagan witchcraft emerged Hutton presents a detailed overview of historical movements and shifts in ideology, which set the precedence for the pagan revival of the 1950 s He gently but firmly breaks down the myth that modern day Paganis [...]

      Reply

    26. the book was a mixed bag for me i knew going in it was a scholarly book, the adf website lists the reading level of the book as Late Undergraduate to Post Graduate so it s not like i was expecting flowing narrative or the tone of a memoir or anything like that some of the chapters i very much liked as they took the approach of how a concept develops it s not so much about what is right or wrong, what was or wasn t but simply what people thought at particular times and how that evolved from the f [...]

      Reply

    27. At first, I embraced the Wicca phenomenon as one smitten with infatuation I did not jump in as a practitioner, but I was floored by the possibilities of religious practice that Wicca presented I did not do a lot of reflection, however I just consumed anything I could get my hands on, and did so somewhat indiscriminately.It was fun, but somewhere in my mind I knew I wasn t getting a full picture Always in the background were the questions Where did all this stuff come from What roots are there to [...]

      Reply

    28. I slowly read this book over the course of a year and half or even MORE and honestly I still haven t read the concluding chapter This book does present a well researched and well rounded history of occult witchcraft over time mostly modern witchcraft Robert mostly talks of witchcraft from the Victorian era onward The book took me a very long time to read because it is HIGHLY academic It reminded me of reading a doctoral dissertation and very well could have been one There was a lot of frivolous [...]

      Reply

    29. I loved this book It took me quite awhile to get through it, but I thought the effort well worthwhile as an aid to any seeker inclined toward paganism or wicca Even though the book focuses on paganism as practiced in Britain and northern Europe, its reasoning is universal in nature Only the examples and history are specific.However, this book is not for everybody Hutton is an academician, a history professor to be exact, and his book is a study of paganism from a historical perspective Not only [...]

      Reply

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *