This volume, written by a practising witch, is intended to be not merely a guide to the many strange byways of witchcraft. The book seeks to be a serious contribution to the study of a subject long obscured by prejudice and sensationalism. The author sees witchcraft as being more than spells, charms, or even secret meetings and rituals; it is a philosophy and a way of life. It claims to be the oldest form of religion, that of nature-worship and magic. Doreen Valiente has also written "Natural Magic", "Witchcraft for Tomorrow", "The Rebirth of Witchcraft" and "Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed" (with E.J. Jones).