A History of the Craft in America: The BosWash Strip, Alexandrians and Others

Alexandrian Tradition is, in terms of ritual, a minor variant on Gardnerian Witchcraft, although its adherents now far outnumber the orthodox Gardnerians. Read more

A History of the Craft in America: The Family Tree of the New England Coven of Traditionalist Witches, Part II

The New York Coven of Welsh Traditional Witches was founded about 1970 by Edmund Buczynski (1947-1989), Herman Slater (1938-1992), and Leo Martello (1930-2000). All three were among the first to publicly defend gay rights within the Pagan movement. Read more

A History of the Craft in America: The Family Tree of the New England Coven of Traditionalist Witches, Part I

The New England Coven of Traditionalist Witches was founded in North Haven, CT, in the late 1960s by Lady Gwen Thompson (Phyllis Healey, 1928-1986). Believing that not all who are born into a family tradition are destined to follow it, she began fostering students outside the family. Read more

The Letter to Theophilus, Part III

As followers of Kharpocrates, we celebrate our bodily pleasures, unlike the heretics, and teach our initiates to do the same. We are free to enjoy all the pleasures of life that are bestowed on us by the Lord and that the foolish heretics reject. Read more

The Letter to Theophilus, Part II

Mark prayed to the Goddess Charis to drop her sacred blood into the cup that all may be inspired and empowered by it, saying, “May that Charis who is before all things, and who transcends all knowledge and speech, fill your inner being and multiply in you her own knowledge.” Read more

The Letter to Theophilus, Part I

My dear Theophilus, all the brothers and sisters send you greetings in the name of the Lord and the Lady. I will endeavor to answer your questions concerning the teachings of our founders and of all who have preserved the true mysteries of our faith. Read more

Preview of “The Letter to Theophilus”

The “Gnostics” were radically dualistic and radically ascetic, but they were not the only variety of “heresy” in the ancient and medieval worlds. Read more

Marvin Meyer, 1948-2012

Going looking for old friends on the Net and discovering that they have passed on has become all too frequent these days: mourning Marvin Meyer. Read more

The Gnostic Bible: A Review

I think it logically impossible for Rabbi Joshua (commonly known as Jesus) to have believed or taught that our sexuality is sinful rather than our most precious gift. Read more

Taking Responsibility for Feelings

I see that an all-male court in Iowa has ruled that an employer can fire a woman merely because he finds her attractive. The dentist who fired her argued that he was defending family values because she was a threat to his marriage. It is almost depressing to see here the same problem that Rabbi Joshua of Nazareth preached against 2000 years ago. Read more

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