A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, Part V, 1974-1975

As I mentioned, many important changes took place in 1973 within at least half a dozen different Traditions. I’m starting with events in California in the mid-1970s, not because they were the only developments at that time, but they turned out to have national implications. [Read more…]

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A History of the Craft in America: The Council of Earth Religions and the Green Egg Yellow Pages

[I apologize to my dedicated readers. It has been rough. I plan to resume posting something almost every day.] Tim Zell’s discussions with the groups he had visited in California in August 1972 established the basis for dividing the Council of Themis into two separate organizations; hence various groups formed the new Council of Earth [Read More…]

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A History of the Craft in America: The Heartland in the Early 1970s

During the decade from the late 1960s to the late 1970s, at least half the Craft activity in America occurred in California or had direct ties to California, for reasons that might perhaps be transparent to sociologists. I will tell that story next, but first I need to cover developments in the Heartland, many of [Read More…]

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A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, 1967-1973, Part II

More modern Craft history: Fred and Martha Adler, the Psychedelic Venus Church, the Church of the Eternal Source, and Budapest Dianics. [Read more…]

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Imagine Jesus Holding Hands with the Goddess

One cannot talk about both Christianity and the Craft in the same breath IF if one defines them in such a way that they share no common ground at all. [Read more…]

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A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, 1967 to 1973, Part I

More history of the Craft in California, plus the OTO, a fraternal magickal order associated with Aleister Crowley, and the OTA, dedicated to the goddess Astarte. [Read more…]

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Post-Doctoral Witchcraft (or something like that)

I am thinking about how to teach what I actually know, which is far more than just the Craft, although I would include the advanced but non-oathbound information I have about the Craft, and about religion in general, about spiritual progress, how to reinvent oneself. [Read more…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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