Ronald Hutton modestly calls this "an exploratory and tentative" history of
modern pagan witchcraft, but "The Triumph of the Moon" may well stand the test
of time as the definitive work on the subject. Hutton exhaustively--but
never exhaustingly--parades a colorful cast of characters before the reader,
profiling British occultists from the Victorian and Edwardian eras to the
present. He focuses on the development of Wicca, arguing that practitioners of witchcraft were not bizarre,
fringe eccentrics, but the more visible (and audible) vocalizers of larger issues of
concern in the nineteenth century.
The book closes with the author's
fascinating personal view of modern witchcraft. Hutton
claims that witchcraft is appealing because it celebrates the divinity within
human beings, embraces mystery, and is ritually creative and eclectic.
Hutton's exploration of witchcraft from the nineteenth century to the present
sheds light on the historic emergence of neo-pagan spirituality, and dispels
many pervasive myths about its practitioners. A perfect gift for your favorite witch--or for your parents when you tell them you've joined a coven...