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George Knowles

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An interview with Christopher Blackwell - Yule 2013

The original can be seen at: http://aren.org/newsletter/2013-yule/index.html

A friend of mine in Florida had found a Pagan website that interested her and it was she who recommended that I get to know the owner George Knowles over in England, UK.  So I put him on my friends list and set out to learn a bit about him and then asked to interview him.  He thought about it for a bit because he wasn't certain anyone would find him or his story interesting.  Often that is a sure sign of an interesting person and story.  I asked him for an interview and he was kind enough to take a chance on me.

Christopher:

Could you give a bit of background on yourself?  It would appear you did not start with much security in your life.

George: 

Thank you for your interest Christopher, I have to say I am more accustomed to writing about other people than myself, so this is a bit like getting a taste of my own medicine.  So okay, but it might get a little long-winded as I try to explain.  Let’s start with a brief bio; I shall then fill in with your questions:

I was born in Oldham, Lancashire, on the 24th July 1954.  I have an elder half-brother Stephen, a younger sister Linda and brother Phillip.  Sadly due to the instability of the family unit (my father was an alcoholic, and my mother??), we were deprived of a normal upbringing and raised in local childcare facilities.  As a family group of children we were further separated at an early age when Linda and Phillip were placed into a foster home while Stephen and I continued to be moved from one care home facility to another.

After the death of my mother in 1964 (a suicide, not that we knew it at the time), for a short time Stephen and I were allowed to stay with our grandmother Annie Edwards (my mothers maiden name), and our mother’s sister and brother Aunt Edith and Uncle Thomas.  Sadly within a year granny’s health began to deteriorate and she became bedridden, as a result she was no longer able to look after us and we returned to another care home facility.

Into our early teens, Stephen and I were sent to a foster home in Blackpool (the famous holiday resort on the northwest coast of England).  However, by this time some serious differences had developed between us.  Stephen had a spiteful and vindictive streak about him and anything and everything that went wrong (most times manufactured by him) was blamed on me.  Overtime we grew more and more incompatible until eventually I requested a return to another facility back in Oldham to finish my early education without him.

I was educated initially at Werneth Junior School in Oldham, then at the Claremont Boy’s School in Blackpool, and to finish at the Blue Coat Comprehensive School in Oldham, where I excelled in Music, Art and History.  Regrettably I choose to leave school as soon as I could (against all the advice of my teachers) and sadly missed the opportunity for further College/University education.  My main priority at that time was gaining independence from the local childcare authorises.

After leaving school at age 16, I returned to Blackpool and started work at a popular Holiday Caravan Site.  The position also came with accommodation, an old four-berth caravan complete with a pull down double bed, and boy did I make use of it.  This was in the late 1960’s early 1970’s, just about the time of the Beatles break up.  The permissive society was still growing and the spirit of freedom was in the air.  The caravan site was very busy as people from all over England came to Blackpool simply to have fun and let their hair down. 

During the day I would be driving around the site on a big old tractor, cutting grass, fitting gas and helping new arrivals with luggage.  In the evening I also worked in the Clubhouse waiting on tables and serving drinks, after which the real fun started.  I had the facilities and there was no shortage of willing participants, so over the next few years I took every opportunity to educate myself in manly pursuits.

              

I entertained on stage and also entertained the girls (circa 1972).

While life was great during this time I was still looking to better myself, so in 1974, I decided on a career in the Army and joined the Regimental Band of the 14th/20th King’s Hussars as a musician playing Cornet, Trumpet and Euphonium.  Joining the Army was the best thing I could have done, for in a way it was like finding a real home, and for the first time I had all the security, discipline and structure that had thus far been missing in my life.

Apart from basic military training in Catterick, North Yorkshire, a brief posting in Bovington, Dorset and a year long course at the Royal Military School of Music – Kneller Hall in Twickenham, London, most of my service was spent in Germany during which time in the band we toured all over Europe.  We also did two tours in Northern Ireland and two tours of Canada.

         

Kneller Hall, London  -  Band in Germany  -  President the Corporals Mess

On leaving the Army in 1985, I worked mainly as a Licensee and Manager of Pubs, Clubs and Hotels.  Then in 1989, I set myself up as a Driving Instructor operating as the Uxbridge School of Motoring.  All was good for a while; I bought a mortgage on a one-bedroom flat (with it's own garage and garden), joined a Freemasons lodge and was elected Vice-Chairman of the local Royal British Legion.  Sadly however, due to an economic recession, in 1993 I was forced to give up on my mortgage and lost everything.

Well to cut a long story short, in the end I gathered what few possessions I had left (basically the clothes on my back), bought a small tent and together with my dog Ben took a walk down the nearby Grand Union Canal headed north away from Uxbridge.

(Insert.... )

My dog "Ben"

He had a peculiar "sticky-up-ear" which enhanced his character and personality.  

"Ben" my dog had been with me since 1989, my humble friend and companion.  In all the time he was with me, through all my up's and down's,  we were never apart.  Sadly at 0400 am two days after Christmas 2001, I let him out into the garden and despite searches by myself, neighbours, police and dog wardens, he has not been seen since.  After 13 years in my company he is sorely missed and in my thoughts often, though strangely whatever happened or wherever he be, I feel sure he is well and being looked after.  

(To continue...)

Ben and I spent the next four or five weeks meandering along the canal towpath until eventually we ended up in Tamworth, a small town to the north of Birmingham.  It was tough going for a while as we had set out at the beginning of April just after the Winter’s thaw and as the season transitioned into Spring.  We had cold, cold nights and days of lashing rain, but at the same time it was wonderful to experience and be able to appreciate nature coming alive as the sun grew stronger and the days warmer and longer.

After reaching Tamworth I had enough cash left to buy an old banger (a rusty old Cortina estate) and make my way back to Blackpool.  There I found a cheap and dingy bed-sit (one room apartment) and signed on the dole as unemployed (this really was my lowest point, I hated it).  Eventually I started work again, but as a basic barman on minimum wages.  The struggle however was not quite over, for I have to say that the taxman was particularly unforgiving and it took me another five years to finally pay him off.  Gradually I was able to work my way up again and returned back south as the Club Steward at a prominent Golf Course in Berkshire.

In year 2000 fed up with the fickle nature of the general public I left the License Trade and took up employment within the Security Industry, which is where I am currently employed.  This move allowed me the solitude and time to concentrate on my new interests, writing and the history of Paganism, Witchcraft and the Occult.

Okay, that’s my bio, so over to you Christopher.

Christopher:  

When did you become curious about magic?

George:  

I think I have always been interested in magic, or more particularly folklore.  From an early age I was always treated slightly different from other children in the care homes we frequented, more like I was some kind of special fair-haired sunshine child.  I was always happy and go lucky, but also sensitive to the difficulties other people might be experiencing.  I also had the ability to make people smile despite their hardships (I now know this ability to be called empathy).  On reflection, this special attention was perhaps the root cause of my brother Stephen’s antagonism toward me??

There was one incident during my childhood which has always stayed with me.  It happened during my stay with granny Edwards.  While nothing was ever said or overtly passed on and taught, I just knew that granny was old school.  I had arrived home early from school one day and there was a car parked outside the house.  This was most unusual for ours was a very poor neighbourhood and nobody owned a car.  Inside granny and aunt Edith was sat around the coffee table in front of a roaring coal fire serving tea and biscuits in their best crockery (reserved only for very special occasions).  They were entertaining a posh Lady, or so she appeared to be by our standards.

Anyway, as I entered she up-ended her cup on a saucer and then asked me to read the tea-leafs.  I cannot recall what I read or saw, or what was said later, just that it was a test of some kind?  I was more interested in going out to play, but I have always been curious about who that posh Lady was?  Now knowing some of the history of contemporary Witchcraft, I am guessing she could have been Patricia Crowther??  She was prominent in the media at that time and lived in Sheffield, which is not that far away from Oldham??

Christopher:  

When did you develop an interest in the Freemasonry?

George:  

In 1989 after I became a driving instructor, sociably I was also a member of the local Royal British Legion club in Denham, near Uxbridge where I lived.  As an active member of the club committee a number of my acquaintances were also Freemasons about which I had always been curious.  While I was not remotely interested in religion, the concept of a “Supreme Being” as apposed to specific deities (i.e.. God and Jesus) resonated.  Their lodge name also seemed most appropriate:  “The Hope and Opportunity Lodge No. 9160. London”, so I asked to join.

After being introduced to other lodge members socially, interviewed for suitability by the lodge committee, and then duly balloted by all members, I was formally initiated into the “Entered Apprentice” grade on the 24th January 1991.  Six months later I was passed into the “Fellowcraft grade”, and then on the 02nd November 1992, I had the honour to be raised to “Master Mason” during a special ceremony held at Freemasons’ Hall, the spectacular headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England located in Great Queen St, Central London.

     

Freemasons’ Hall  -  The Grand Temple

While attending the weekly lodge of instruction, I quickly learned that Freemasonry was not really about religion, but more about teaching a moral and ethical approach to life based on self-respect, integrity, honesty and equality regardless of race, colour or creed, while at the same time promoting world peace and charity.  Today I am a lapsed member, but I still strive to honour all these values.  Freemasonry was also my first introduction into occult philosophy and ancient wisdom. 

Christopher:  

When did you develop an interest in Wicca?

George:  

That came much later.  I knew a little about it through reading, but it was not until I returned south in 1998 that I was able to dig into it properly.  While still in Blackpool and during the brief time I spent on the dole with nothing much to do, I was a frequent visitor at the central library.

Initially I had been researching the history of Freemasonry, which lead me into other magical and mystical groups such as the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn”, Blavatsky’s “Theosophical Society”, “Rosicrucianism”, and Aleister Crowley’s “Ordo Temple Orientis” (the OTO), but all this was a bit highbrow and intellectual for me.  I then began delving into Paganism and Witchcraft, which didn’t require a PhD degree to understand, but it seemed the subject had had a bad press for much of what I read was controversial and detrimental.  I determined then to have another look at it as and when I was able.

Christopher:  

When and why did you start Controverscial.Com?

George:  

I was rather late catching up with technology so it wasn’t until 1999 after I had got my life back on track that I was finally able to buy a computer and teach myself to use it.  It was then I was able to really start researching Paganism and Witchcraft.  I have to say that my initial findings were indeed controversial, but when applied to its contemporary form, none of it seemed credible.

As I delved deeper so I began writing about it and created my own website:  http://www.controverscial.com  Religion down through the ages has always caused controversy, and no less so in this day and age, so it seemed like an appropriate name.  You will notice the incorrect spelling, well that is no mistake, quite simply somebody was already using the correct spelling, so I added the letter "c" after the "s" to make it sound a like.

I am fortunate also to be based in Reading, near London, as most of UK’s major Pagan sites are within easy reach of me.  Avebury and Stonehenge are just down the road (30 miles or so), while Glastonbury and the New Forrest are only a couple of hours drive away.

London of course is home to the famous Atlantis Book Shop and popular Treadwell’s Book Shop, each of which sponsors weekly events and lectures.  The Pagan Federation UK and the Centre of Pagan Studies also hold events in and around London, and of course the UK’s largest annual Pagan event “Witchfest” is held each year in Croydon, South London.

As well buying books and researching online, I was therefore able to get out and about in the community to meet and communicate with real people who genuinely live the life and walk the talk.  While most active working covens tend to be a closed shop and exclusive, most also hold open public circles that the curious can attend.  Most also meet socially once or twice a month (called moots) in local pubs or other venues.  To find someone near you or a practicing local group go to:  http://www.witchvox.com/vn/pa/ukgb2_paa.html

Christopher:  

Don’t you also have an e-mail discussion group?  What is it about and how can people become part of it?

George: 

Yes I do its called “Email Witches” and can be found here:  http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Email_Witches/info  I started this shortly after setting up my main website.  I was receiving so many emails asking questions and seeking advice that I was literally getting swamped, so I needed a place were people of all levels of experience and knowledge could find and help each other.  As the description say’s:  “Email Witches is a pagan friendly 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/Witchcraft is a wonderfully diverse religion that meets these needs.  Email Witches is set up as a place where those of the same interest can meet, discuss, share and gain more information about their chosen paths.”

I am thankful that some of my earliest members are still with me, and some continue as moderators in the group today.  Many of our early members were based in the USA, and so as my life and financial situation improved, I started visiting the US on holidays attending various conferences and events, and sometimes meeting up with group members.  One memorable occasion happened in October 2007, when we organized an EW group meeting in Salem, Massachusetts, to attend the Official Witches Halloween Ball.  What great week that was!!  We had another meet up in 2008 at the Earth Warriors Festival in Ohio.

     

The Official Witches Halloween Ball meeting in 2007

Christopher:  

How would you describe your path now? 

George: 

I’m pretty much a solitary and eclectic practitioner with a leaning towards Druidry and Shamanism.  I’m not so much into deities (Gods and Goddesses) and feel more attuned to nature and the elements.  I revere our ancestors as the font of all knowledge, much of which can be gleaned and researched in the great libraries of the world, or if mentally attuned, from the Akashic Records of the Universal Collective Consciousness.  I also believe that wisdom is only gained through trial, error and experience.  I’m still a skeptic however as my researches continue, so I do my own thing working quietly from my caravan home I call ‘Pagan Place’.

Christopher:

I notice that you have posted a number of biographies this month.  Could you tell us a bit of why you chose those particular people.

George:

While Paganism and Witchcraft has its roots in ancient times, today it is a rapidly growing contemporary religion invented during the 19th century, but as with any new movement or religion its rise and success depended on certain personalities, those people whose courage, vision and determination helped to create the basic foundations from which growth could begin.  As well as such prominent forerunners as Gerald B. Gardner, Alex Sanders and Robert Cochrane, there are many less known unsung heroes whose contributions behind the scenes made their visions work.

If we take 1951 and the repeal of the last antiquated witchcraft laws still being enforced in England as a starting point, many of those who led the way forward are now either elderly or have already passed on.  I think it is important therefore that their names, contributions and legacies should be recorded and not left to be forgotten.  To this end I am trying to create a “Who’s Who of Paganism and Witchcraft past and present”.

So far I have compiled about 100 bios, but it is slow going and my time to write and research is obviously limited.  So I would invite any interested readers and writers to contribute and add to my growing list.

Christopher:

What are some of the other types of information that you have on your website?

George:

There is a whole slew of information on my website most of which I have written and compiled myself over the years, as well as articles contributed by friends and members of my yahoo group “Email Witches” mentioned above.  Primarily it is aimed at newcomers to the craft, and includes:  Traditional Writings, various Paths & Traditions, basic Correspondence Tables, Sabbats and Rituals, Tools of the Craft, Rocks and Stones, Trees, Animals (The Witches Familiar), Sacred Sites, and much more while not forgetting the “Who’s Who” biographies, so there is something for everyone.

Christopher: 

Do you have a Facebook page as well?

George: 

Yes I do and it can be found here at:  https://www.facebook.com/george.knowles.750 

Christopher:

Is there anything else that you would like to tell our readers about?

George:

Yes, I have a recently started a new on-going project.  For the past several years now I have been living on a privately owned 9 Hole Golf Course called the “Wessex Downs Golf Course” (in a caravan).  Situated in the beautiful countryside near Beenham, Reading in Berkshire, this parkland course is surrounded with forested trees of all descriptions and offers fantastic views of the Kennet and Avon valley.  I cannot adequately describe the quiet beauty, peace and serenity that one feels here, for it needs to be experienced to be appreciated.  But there is one particular place here (as I play a-round of golf), which I consider to be “Sacred Space”.  It is a naturally formed semi-enclosed grove (just off the fairway where it won’t interfere with Golfers), and where I have found the energy of the elements can be felt and visualized as the winds speak and rustle through the surrounding trees.

    

Home is the caravan  -  The Grove, guarded by a skeleton Oak tree

Having spoken to the family landowners (my landlord, neighbour and close friend for the last decade), and he knowing of my Pagan persuasion, he has agreed and given his consent for me to develop the grove as “Sacred Space”.  We have some genuine old “York Stone” slabs that we will use to create a stone Circle within the grove, which will also have a central fire-pit to contain a sacred fire.  Naturally it will be nothing on the scale of Avebury or Stonehenge, but I hopes in time it will become Reading’s preferred “Pagan Place” and used by local covens for regular practice and perhaps later for open Sabbat rituals.

Finally and to finish this interview on a happy note, in 2010 through a contact on Facebook, and after a separation of some 40 years, I was reunited my sister Linda and brother Philip.  We now meet and visit each other regularly.  How cool is that!!

Happy reunion at the Pub/B&B in Oldham.

Yule is now upon us, so may I wish everyone a happy Winter Solstice, and may next year be better than the last.  Thanks for listening.

Best Wishes and Blessed Be.

 

Site Contents - Links to all Pages

 

Home Page

 

A Universal Message:

 

Let there be peace in the world  -   Where have all the flowers gone?

 

About me:

My Personal PageMy Place in England / My Family Tree (Ancestry)

 

Wicca & Witchcraft

 

Wicca/Witchcraft /  What is Wicca What is Magick

 

Traditional Writings:

 

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 GodThe 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief /  The Witches Rede of Chivalry A Pledge to Pagan Spirituality

 

Correspondence Tables:

 

IncenseCandlesColours Magickal Days Stones and Gems Elements and Elementals

 

Traditions:

 

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 SatanismPow-wowThe Unitarian Universalist Association /  Numerology:  Part 1  Part 2  /  Part 3A 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 DanceShielding (Occult and Psychic Protection)  The History of ThanksgivingAuras  - Part 1 and Part 2 /

 

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:

 

Samhain / Yule Imbolc Ostara /  Beltane Litha Lammas Mabon

 

Tools:

 

Tools of a Witch  /  The Besom (Broom) /  Poppets and DollsPendulums / Cauldron Magick Mirror Gazing

 

Animals:

 

Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) /  AntelopeBatsCrow Fox Frog and Toads Goat / HoneybeeKangarooLion OwlPhoenix Rabbits and HaresRaven Robin RedbreastSheep Spider SquirrelSwansWild Boar Wolf /  Serpent /  Pig /  Stag /  Horse /  Mouse /  Cat

 

Trees:

 

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

 

Sacred Sites:

 

Mystical Sacred Sites  -  Stonehenge /  Glastonbury Tor /  Malta - The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni /  Avebury /  Cerne Abbas - The Chalk Giant /  Ireland - Newgrange /

 

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 StoneDiamond  /  Emerald / Fluorite Garnet /  Hematite Herkimer Diamond Labradorite Lapis Lazuli Malachite Moonstone Obsidian Opal Pyrite Quartz (Rock Crystal) Rose Quartz Ruby Selenite Seraphinite  /  Silver and GoldSmoky QuartzSodalite Sunstone ThundereggTree AgateZebra Marble

 

Wisdom and Inspiration:

 

Knowledge vs Wisdom by Ardriana Cahill I Talk to the TreesAwakening The Witch in YouA Tale of the Woods I have a Dream by Martin Luther King /

 

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:

 

Pliny the ElderHesiodPythagoras

 

 

Biographies

 

Witches, Pagans and other associated People

(Ancient, Past and Present)

 

Remembered at Samhain

(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders, Elders and Others)

 

Abramelin the Mage /  Agrippa Aidan A KellyAlbertus Magnus - “Albert the Great” Aleister Crowley - “The Great Beast” /  Alex Sanders - “King of the Witches” /  Alison Harlow /  Amber KAnna FranklinAnodea JudithAnton Szandor LaVey /  Arnold CrowtherArthur Edward Waite /  Austin Osman Spare /  Biddy Early /  Bridget Cleary - The Fairy Witch of Clonmel /  Carl " Llewellyn" Weschcke Cecil Hugh WilliamsonCharles Godfrey Leland /   Charles WaltonChristina Oakley Harrington Damh the Bard - "Dave Smith" /  Dion Fortune /  Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki Doreen ValienteDorothy MorrisonDr. John Dee & Edward Kelly /  Dr. Leo Louis Martello /  Edward FitchEleanor 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 HolzerHelen Duncan /   Herman Slater - Horrible Herman /  Isaac Bonewits Israel RegardieJames "Cunning" Murrell - The Master of Witches /  Janet Farrar and Gavin BoneJessie 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 ScoreJoseph John Campbell /  Karl von Eckartshausen /  Laurie Cabot  - "the Official Witch of Salem" /  Lewis SpenceMargaret Alice MurrayMargot AdlerMarie Laveau - " the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" /  Marion WeinsteinMatthew Hopkins - “The Witch-Finder General” /   Max Ehrmann and the "Desiderata" /  Monique WilsonMontague Summers /  Nicholas CulpeperNicholas RemyM. R. SellarsMrs. Maud Grieve - "A Modern Herbal" /  Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning GloryOld Dorothy Clutterbuck /  Old George PickingillPaddy SladePamela Colman-SmithParacelsus /  Patricia CrowtherPatricia Monaghan /  Patricia “Trish” TelescoPhilip HeseltonRaymond Buckland /  Reginald Scot /  Robert CochraneRobert ‘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 SteinerSabrina Underwood - "The Ink Witch" /  Scott CunninghamSelena Fox - founder of "Circle Sanctuary" /  Silver RavenwolfSir 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 LeekTed Andrews The Mather Family - (includes:  Richard Mather, Increase Mather and Cotton Mather ) /   Thomas AdyT. Thorn CoyleVera ChapmanVictor & Cora Anderson and the " Feri Tradition" /  Vivianne CrowleyWalter Brown GibsonWilliam Butler YeatsZsuzsanna 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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