A Note on the Creating of Religion

I know Philip Heselton hoped to find (but did not assume that he would) evidence that Gerald Gardner’s friends were practicing a rudimentary form of Gardnerian Craft in the 1930s. As he shows in Witchfather, he did not find any. He discovered quite a few people in Gardner’s circle of occultist friends who may have [Read More…]

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A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, VII: A Church for Witches

After the second Pagan Ecumenical Council meeting in June 1974, Gwydion and I continued to discuss the problem of how to organize a “church” for Witches, now that we had a reason not to have to include Pagans in general. In a way, it was like trying to set up an organization for anarchists—so that [Read More…]

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A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, VI, The Second PEC

In discussing the first Pagan Ecumenical Council meeting afterward, Gwydion, Alison, I and several others realized that we had not arrived at a specific proposal for an organizational structure because, in fact, the Pagan groups represented at the meeting did not have enough common ground to define any goals or structures. [Read more…]

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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: 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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A Brief History of the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn, Part I

Aidan Kelly gives a general overview of NROOGD to set the stage for explaining the role it played in the developments of the mid-1970s. [Read more…]

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