Scott Cunningham, Solitaries, and Self-Initiation

Cover art by Robin Wood.

When Wicca first emerged into the public eye in the 1950s, it was strictly a initiatory mystery religion. If you wanted to be a Witch, you needed to be initiated by Gerald Gardner himself, or by someone who had been given an initiation by him. When other traditions emerged, Alexandrian, 1734, the ethos of initiation by an already initiated High Priest or Priestess remained intact. In those early years many "traditional" Witches took a dim view of "bootstrap" attempts to start new traditions, and … [Read more...]


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