The Occult Experience & Pagan Documentaries

I was somewhat shocked to discover that the 1985 Australian documentary about Pagan and occult religions, "The Occult Experience," had been posted to Vimeo (Last year!) by one of the co-producers. Up till now, if you wanted a copy, you either had to track down the out-of-print VHS, watch it in low-quality VHS-ripped pirate copy excerpts on Youtube, or obtain it (illegally) through torrent sites. But now, here it is, a very nice (legal) digital rip from a VHS copy of the master print.[iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/21956578 500 381]In it you'll see vintage clips of still-active Pagan elders like Selena Fox, Margot Adler, and Janet Farrar, in addition to some classic footage of … [Read more...]

Gerald Gardner: “Britain’s Wicca Man” and “Witchfather”

I have two Gerald Gardner-related news items for you today. First, "Britain's Wicca Man," the first documentary to focus exclusively on this foundational figure within Wicca, now has a trailer out."Britain's Wicca Man tells the extraordinary story of Britain's fastest growing religious group - Wicca - and of its creator, an eccentric Englishman called Gerald Gardner. Historian and leading expert in Pagan studies, Professor Ronald Hutton, explores the unlikely origins of modern pagan witchcraft and experiences first hand its growing influence throughout Britain today. Gardner's story and the story of Wicca itself is a bizarre one. Born of a nudist colony in 1930s Dorset, Wicca rapidly … [Read more...]

Gerald Gardner Documentary Slated for 2012

Perhaps no figure looms as large on the history of modern religious Witchcraft (and in turn modern Paganism) than Gerald Gardner, who, depending on whom you ask, introduced the heretofore underground religion of Wicca to the wider world, or simply created it from a variety of esoteric and folkloric sources. Whatever one's stance is on the providence of Wicca, all agree that Gardner played an essential role in developing what would become a world religion practiced everywhere from India to Lebanon and Brazil in less than sixty years. As historian Ronald Hutton notes in "The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft" Wicca has unique significance due to it being "the only … [Read more...]


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