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Welcome to my website. Most of you will no doubt note the incorrect spelling of my tile for this site "Controverscial.com?" Well no it is not a mistake, quite simply somebody was already using the correct spelling, so I added the letter "c" after the "s" to make a sound-a-like. Okay with that out of the way, for ease of navigation I have included all the "Site Contents" with links to all pages at the bottom of each page, so if you haven't been here before or are looking for something in particular, this would be a good place for you to start. If you have any questions or quires, you can contact me personally at the email address below the Site Contents. In the meantime here's just some of the things you will find here:
These pages contain all my personal details and include: A brief biography featuring "Ben" my dog, my past friend and companion. The place where I live and my family history (some of these may take a little time to load):
These pages contain information about "Wicca", "Witchcraft" and Paganism. Religion down through the ages has always caused controversy, no less so in this day and age. It was my intention on these pages to write an exposé on the evils associated with Wicca/Witchcraft, Paganism, Satanism and the Black Arts, but like many misinformed people, I had a preconceived view of the subject. I had expected to be writing about Ritual Sacrifices, Sexual Orgies and Evil Spells etc. How wrong I was.
I am now taking an active interest in "Wicca", "Witchcraft" and "Paganism", and while I don't necessarily consider myself a "Witch", I do practice some elements of the craft that I feel benefits my beliefs and personal circumstances. Take a look and experience some true facts about witchcraft as I strive learn about it myself.
This was how I started some years ago and then after starting this website, due to the amount off comments being made in my Guest Book, I decided to set up a place were people could go to discuss, ask questions, share opinions, seek further information and share their own experiences with other like minded people. Indeed it is also be a place were people can submit their own articles for inclusion in this website, and by doing so help to make this website a truly interactive one by expanding its knowledge base to include all aspects of Wicca/Witchcraft/Paganism and Magick.
Formed in July 2001, Email Witches is my pagan friendly email group attracting people from all walks of life, from all spectrums of society and from all around the world. Most are individuals seeking a personal practical religion that can be adapted to their own needs and criteria, and Wicca is a wonderfully diverse religion that meets most of these needs. Email Witches is set up as a place were those of same interest can meet, discuss, share and gain more information about their chosen paths. All visitors to this website are welcome, so why not join us today and make new friends?
The members and moderators of Email Witches are proud to present their public digital Newsletter.
The Controversial Cauldron
Inbolc - Candlemass
(02nd February 2009)
Sadly due to time restrains and other work pressures this newsletter is now suspended. We hope to resume it's publication again sometime in the future. In the meantime and while they are now dated, the information contained within each issue is still more than relevant today. I shall therefore continue to feature individual PDF issues here, while other PDF issues can be downloaded free from this website here:
Litha (June) 2008 / Lammas/Lughnasadh (August) 2008 / Mabon (September) 2008 / Samhain (October) 2008 / Yule (December) 2008 / Imbolc (February) 2009 / Ostara (March) 2009 / Beltane (April) 2009 / Litha (June - not published) 2009 / Lammas/Lughnasadh (August) 2009 / Mabon (September) 2009 / Samhain (October) 2009 / Yule (December) 2009 / Imbolc (February) 2010 / Ostara (March) 2010 / Beltane (April) 2010 / Litha (June) 2010 / Lammas/Lughnasadh (August) 2010
Updates & Additions
Greetings one and all, time for an up-date.
08th of February 2016
Born today on the 08th of February 1810 - Eliphas Levi is the pseudonym of Alphonse Louis Constant, a French occultist and author whose works greatly influenced the growing numbers of esoteric and magical Orders of the 19th century, most particularly groups such as the S.R.I.A. (Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia), the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Madame Blavatsky’s Theosophical Society. Interestingly the infamous Aleister Crowley was born the same year Levi died and later claimed to be his reincarnation.
07th of February 2016
Book review: "Doreen Valiente Witch" by Philip Heselton
(Book publishing date due 22nd February 2016)
Written by George Knowles
For anyone interested in the history of contemporary Wicca/Witchcraft this book "Doreen Valiente Witch" by Philip Heselton is a must have for your library collection. While Gerald B. Gardner is commonly considered the founder and "Father" of contemporary Witchcraft, perhaps more than anyone else before and after his death in 1964, it was Doreen Valiente (sadly this brief now needs a serious update when time allows), who nurtured his vision and helped to changed and shape it into the acceptable recognised religion and spirituality it is today. Meticulously researched and written by the author of "WitchFather: A Life of Gerald Gardner", here Philip expands his knowledge from that biography into the fascinating life of Doreen Valiente, now considered the "Mother" of contemporary Witchcraft.
While much of the broad and basic history of Doreen's life was already known, in this new biography Philip dig's much deeper and interviews many of the people she had known and worked with over the years. Amply noted and quoted throughout the book (the list of contributors reads like a veritable Who's Who of Contemporary Paganism), they reveal many personal details about her life previously unknown and brings us all the more closer to understanding her as a normal regular person with common everyday interests, wants and needs. For instance it is interesting to learn that during the late 1950's Doreen had more than a passing interest in Horseracing and betting, and even created her own unique methods of studying form. Philip states: "An example in her notebook for August 1958 was very technical and involved various methods and partial methods, such as which courses had been best over the previous ten years for non-handicap favourites. She also notes that 3 Year-old handicaps are very difficult to forecast, form is likely to be upset by soft going caused by rain."
Philip also reveals that her interests were not just limited to Horseracing, but also included Football. Quoting from an interview with Janet Farrar in 2013 (who with her husband Stewart share a special relationship with Doreen), Janet states: "There was one part of the year when nobody, and that included Stewart and me, was welcome at Doreen's house. When the World Cup was on, that was it! The door of the flat was locked and nobody got inside until the World Cup was over. She was a football fanatic. We knew that was the one time you 'did' not disturb Doreen Valiente..."
Perhaps the most intriguing part of Doreen's life for me was her time and working occupation during WWII, the years 1939-1945, much of which is still clouded and shrouded in mystery. Despite having left school early and without the advantages of a higher education, Doreen appears to have become more than proficient in languages, as such and throughout the duration of the war, she became employed as a linguist/translator by the MOD (Ministry of Defence). Sadly I have been cautioned by the publishers not to reveal to much about this, so you will need to purchase the book to find out more.
"Doreen Valiente Witch" was commissioned by John Belham-Payne, the founder of the Centre for Pagan Studies in 1995 to which Doreen Valiente became Patron, and in association with the Doreen Valiente Foundation, officially formed on the 6th March 2011 as charitable trust with the objective to preserve her extensive collection of historical books and manuscripts, as well as her personal notebooks, other writings, copyrights and artefacts bequeathed to him after her death in 1999. Philip therefore was given unprecedented access to their archives to begin his research, and his researches did indeed bear fruit. As he retraces her life and path as a witch, this book goes a long way in clearing up issues that over time have become clouded, such as her initial meetings with Gerald Gardner and Dafo in 1952 and the real reasons for her split with him in 1957, her association with and the conspiracies surrounding Charles Cardell circa 1958, and later her meetings and workings with Robert Cochrane and his Clan of Tubal Cain.
Doreen was a life-long book-a-holic, a credible researcher on esoteric subjects, and a prolific writer and contributor to many of the associated news media/magazine's during her time. As an author her first book "Where Witchcraft Lives" was published in 1962 and was followed by "An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present" in 1973, since then both these books have became classic best sellers. She was also a prolific and outstanding poet, and perhaps her most famous poem "The Charge of the Goddess" has become the basic liturgy for initiation into Witchcraft used all around the world. Throughout this new biography, Philip give us a detailed breakdown view of most all of Doreen's published work's and poetry.
Throughout the book Philip is also careful to point out that he doesn't have all the answers, and for the benefit of future researchers generously indicates those area's were he has made assumptions or simply didn't know the answer.
One final comment before I close this brief review, and for me as a ex-serving member of the British Armed Forces (Army), something I found particularly interesting, in Chapter 18 (Pg 254-255) entitled "Correspondence, Visitors and Friends in High Places", Philip reveals that Doreen was a friend and confidante of the Queen Mother. Well I certainly didn't know that before!! There are many other surprising and interesting snippets of information to be found in this book, but you will need to read it yourself to find them.
As stated at the beginning of this review "For anyone interested in the history of contemporary Wicca/Witchcraft this book "Doreen Valiente Witch" by Philip Heselton is a must have for your library collection."
Buy it, read it and enjoy it
07th of February 2016
Departed today on the 07th of February 2000 - Stewart Farrar was a journalist and prolific author of contemporary fiction and non-fiction books and articles about Witchcraft. Through his books, Farrar with his seventh wife Janet did much to explain the workings of modern witchcraft to the curious. Initiated into the craft in 1970 by the flamboyant Alex Sanders, over the following 30 years until his death in 2000, Stewart Farrar became the UK’s leading voice and expert on matters pertaining to Witchcraft.
30th of January 2016
Born today on the 30th January 1940 - Zsuzsanna Budapest is a hereditary witch of Hungarian descent, an American author and media personality who writes predominantly on women's spirituality. In 1971 she founded the Dianic Wicca tradition of witchcraft, which led to the formation of the “Susan B. Anthony Coven Number One”. She is also the director of the "Women’s Spirituality Forum" located in the Bay Area of San Francisco.
26th of January 2016
Born today on the 26th January 1920 - Dr. Hans Holzer, PhD. was one of the early American writers to play a prominent role in the spread of contemporary Witchcraft, Wicca and Paganism during the late 1960’s and early 70’s. A prolific writer of over 145 books, mainly on associated Occult, Paranormal and Supernatural subjects, his early books on Witchcraft, namely: The Truth about Witchcraft (1969), The New Pagans: An Inside Report On the Mystery Cults of Today (1972) and Inside Witchcraft (1980) were written when few other books on witchcraft were available. As such he did much to boost and pave the way for many future contemporary writers to follow him.
And Finally ....
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Site Contents - Links to all Pages
A Universal Message:
Let there be peace in the world - Where have all the flowers gone?
Wicca & Witchcraft
The Wiccan Rede / Charge of the Goddess / Charge of the God / The Three-Fold Law (includes The Law of Power and The Four Powers of the Magus) / The Witches Chant / The Witches Creed / Descent of the Goddess / Drawing Down the Moon / The Great Rite Invocation / Invocation of the Horned God / The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief / The Witches Rede of Chivalry / A Pledge to Pagan Spirituality
Traditions Part 1 - Alexandrian Wicca / Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) / Ár Ndraíocht Féin (ADF) / Blue Star Wicca / British Traditional (Druidic Witchcraft) / Celtic Wicca / Ceremonial Magic / Chaos Magic / Church and School of Wicca / Circle Sanctuary / Covenant of the Goddess (COG) / Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) / Cyber Wicca / Dianic Wicca / Eclectic Wicca / Feri Wicca /
Traditions Part 2 - Gardnerian Wicca / Georgian Tradition / Henge of Keltria / Hereditary Witchcraft / Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (H.O.G.D.) / Kitchen Witch (Hedge Witch) / Minoan Brotherhood and Minoan Sisterhood Tradition / Nordic Paganism / Pagan Federation / Pectic-Wita / Seax-Wica / Shamanism / Solitary / Strega / Sylvan Tradition / Vodoun or Voodoo / Witches League of Public Awareness (WLPA) /
Other things of interest:
Gods and Goddesses (Greek Mythology) / Esbats & Full Moons / Links to Personal Friends & Resources / Wicca/Witchcraft Resources / What's a spell? / Circle Casting and Sacred Space / Pentagram - Pentacle / Marks of a Witch / The Witches Power / The Witches Hat / An esoteric guide to visiting London / Satanism / Pow-wow / The Unitarian Universalist Association / Numerology: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / A history of the Malleus Maleficarum: includes: Pope Innocent VIII / The papal Bull / The Malleus Maleficarum / An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum / The letter of approbation / Johann Nider’s Formicarius / Jacob Sprenger / Heinrich Kramer / Stefano Infessura / Montague Summers / The Waldenses / The Albigenses / The Hussites / The Native American Sun Dance / Shielding (Occult and Psychic Protection) /
Sabbats and Festivals:
The Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lammas/Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Rituals contributed by Crone:
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat
In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar. For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder
Rocks and Stones:
Stones - History, Myths and Lore
Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin:
Apophyllite / Amber / Amethyst / Aquamarine / Aragonite / Aventurine / Black Tourmaline / Bloodstone / Calcite / Carnelian / Celestite / Citrine / Chrysanthemum Stone / Diamond / Emerald / Fluorite / Garnet / Hematite / Herkimer Diamond / Labradorite / Lapis Lazuli / Malachite / Moonstone / Obsidian / Opal / Pyrite / Quartz (Rock Crystal) / Rose Quartz / Ruby / Selenite / Seraphinite / Silver and Gold / Smoky Quartz / Sodalite / Sunstone / Thunderegg / Tree Agate / Zebra Marble
Wisdom and Inspiration:
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murdered by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Old Masters of Academia:
(Ancient, Past and Present)
(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders, Elders and Others)
Abramelin the Mage / Agrippa / Aidan A Kelly / Albertus Magnus - “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley - “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders - “King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Amber K / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Biddy Early / Bridget Cleary - The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / Carl " Llewellyn" Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christina Oakley Harrington / Damh the Bard - "Dave Smith" / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Doreen Valiente / Dorothy Morrison / Dr. John Dee & Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone - “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake / Fiona Horne / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gerald B. Gardner - The father of contemporary Witchcraft / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater - Horrible Herman / Isaac Bonewits / Israel Regardie / James "Cunning" Murrell - The Master of Witches / Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone / Jessie Wicker Bell - “Lady Sheba” / Johannes Junius - "The Burgomaster of Bamberg" / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman - "Pow-wow" / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave and the Kibbo Kith Kindred / John Michael Greer / John Score / Joseph John Campbell / Karl von Eckartshausen / Laurie Cabot - "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Marie Laveau - " the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Matthew Hopkins - “The Witch-Finder General” / Max Ehrmann and the "Desiderata" / Monique Wilson / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellars / Mrs. Maud Grieve - "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning Glory / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Paracelsus / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Philip Heselton / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and the "The White Goddess" / Rosaleen Norton - “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Ross Nichols and the " Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids" (OBOD) / Rudolf Steiner / Sabrina Underwood - "The Ink Witch" / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox - founder of "Circle Sanctuary" / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer and the " The Golden Bough" / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - (includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather and Cotton Mather ) / Thomas Ady / T. Thorn Coyle / Vera Chapman / Victor & Cora Anderson and the " Feri Tradition" / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest /
Many of the above biographies are briefs and far from complete. If you know about any of these individuals and can help with additional information, please contact me privately at my email address below. Many thanks for reading :-)
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