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About this website
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
2008 - 2009
Yule (The Winter Solstice)
(22nd December 2017)
Sadly due to time restraints 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 listed 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:
11th December 2017
Departed today on the 11th December 1781 - Sir Francis Dashwood is one of those colourful characters from our past whose life was shrouded in controversy, half-truths and gossip. During his day it was widely rumoured that he and his group were evil Devil worshippers, Satanist’s up to all sorts of diabolical doings, rituals and orgies, many of which in today’s more enlightened times, few if any people would even raise an eye brow. He was an aristocrat and a man of influence but also the rogue of his day, he reveled in his indulgences living his life to the full and not giving a damn for the consequences. As such his name and that of his order was just the stuff on which legend was founded. This is the life story of Sir Francis Dashwood and the “Order of the Friars of St. Francis of Wycombe”.
09th December 2017
today on the 09th December 1958 - Ivo
Domínguez Jr. is a professional
Astrologer and the author of several books on various esoteric
disciplines. He is a founding
member of the “Keepers of the Holly
Chalice”, the first
coven of the “Assembly of the Sacred Wheel” (ASW) a Wiccan tradition
based in Delaware, USA, to which he currently serves as an Elder.
Aided by members of the ASW, he is one of the main driving forces in the
creation of the “New Alexandrian Library” (NAL), a modern
state of the art library facility located in the State of Delaware dedicated to
preserving the history of esoterica, spirituality, magick and religion.
Ivo has been active in the Wicca and Pagan community since 1978 and
teaching since 1982. He is also a noted ritualist and travels regularly to teach and present
workshops at gatherings, conferences and venues across the United States.
09th December 2017
Departed today on the 09th December 1999 - A lesser known figure whose work and knowledge of occult matters was instrumental in the formation and build up of the new and present day Wicca/Witchcraft movement, was the work and dedication of Cecil Hugh Williamson. He was the Founder of the Witchcraft Research Center during the war, and the Museum of Witchcraft in Castletown on the Isle of Man.
08th December 2017
Born today on the 08th December 1872 - Allan Bennett. The name of Charles Henry Allan Bennett is little known today, but during his time he was an accomplished highly regarded British occultist. He was an early member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and a one time friend, teacher and mentor to the infamous Aleister Crowley. Allan Bennett later abandoned Western occult traditions in favour of Eastern mystery traditions. In the early 1900’s he travelled to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) then on to Burma (now Myanmar) where he became ordained a Buddhist Monk. He founded the International Buddhist Society in 1903, and did much to introduce and promote Buddhism to the West, particularly here in the United Kingdom.
07th December 2017
Departed today on the 07th December 1985 - Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves was a noted English poet, a classical scholar, novelist and critic, a prolific writer who during his life produced more than 140 books including: fifty-five collections of poetry, fifteen novels, ten classical translations, forty works of non-fiction, an autobiography and many literary essays. Among his best selling books were his autobiography: ‘Good-Bye to all That’ (1929), and two historical novels: ‘I, Claudius’ (1934) and it’s sequel ‘Claudius the God’ (1943), both of which continue their commercial success through the popularity of BBC television adaptations. His most controversial best seller was his study of the myths and folklore of religion, called: ‘The White Goddess’ (1948).
THE WHITE GODDESS
Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves
06th December 2017
Departed today on the 06th December 1985 - Walter Brown Gibson was a stage magician, prolific author, and creator of The Shadow character for a fictional detective/crime series of which he wrote some 283 out of 325 novels. Gibson also wrote more than 187 books on such diverse subjects as: magic, psychic phenomena, hypnotism, spiritualism, astrology, mind games, true crimes, mysteries, judo and ju-jitsu, paper-craft, rope knots, yoga and more...
05th December 2017
Departed today on the 05th December 1979 - Rosaleen Norton was an Australian visionary artist, mystic and witch, daubed by the popular press of the time as “The Witch of Kings Cross”. At the peak of her artistic fame just before the rise of contemporary witchcraft in the 1960’s, her work was little known outside the confines of Australia. As such her contribution to pagan art was in many ways diminished by the likes of Austin Osman Spare. I hope here to bring her name back to the fore, as one of the most outstanding originators of contemporary pagan art.
01st December 2017
Born today on the 01st December 1952 - Anodea Judith is an American author, spiritual teacher, poet, artist, songwriter and musician, an expert on the Chakra system, mind and body integration and somatic therapy, a Yoga therapist and a Reiki master. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Rosebridge Graduate School of Integrative Therapy, a Doctorate in Health and Human Services from Columbia Pacific University, and has done additional doctoral work in Systems Theory at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. She is a past president of the Church of All Worlds (CAW) and a founder of Sacred Centers, a school for the study of sacred principles and transformative arts.
01st December 2017
today on the 01st December 1947 - Aleister
Crowley was perhaps the most controversial and misunderstood personality to
figure in the new era of modern day witchcraft.
Known by the popular press of his time as “The Great Beast” and
“The Wickedest Man in the World”, Crowley was a powerful magician, poet,
prophet and famed occultist. He was
also a one-time witch, though most of the elders of the craft would discredit
him the title.
Crowley like many great men before him, was a man before his time. He lived in a society that could little understand him or appreciated his latent genius. His writings so shocked the peoples of his era that he was robbed of the praise that it merited, and as a poet he never received the recognition he deserved.
And Finally ....
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this site please say so by using the Guest Book or my personal email link at the bottom of this page. Your comments are particularly welcome for without your help I couldn't hope to improve this site. Please don't be shy, be bold and have your say, above all please be critical, even controversial, I promise not to take offence :-)
All for now have a nice day.
George Knowles (Man in Black)
Best wishes and Blessed Be
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)
Pioneers: Founders, Elders, Leaders and Others - Passed and Present.
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 / Allan Bennett - the Ven. Ananda Metteyya / 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 / Frederick McLaren Adams - Feraferia / 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 / Ivo Domínguez Jr. / Jack Whiteside Parsons - Rocket Science and Magick / 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 / Lady Gwen Thompson - and "The Rede of the Wiccae" / 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" / Michael A. Aquino - and The Temple of Set / 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 / Olivia Durdin-Robertson - co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis / 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 / Walter Ernest Butler / 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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