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Welcome to my website. Most of you will no doubt note the incorrect spelling for the title of this site "Controverscial.com?" Well no it is not a mistake, quite simply when I purchased the domain name somebody was already using the correct spelling controversial, so I just 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, simply scroll down to the bottom of any page. 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 a few of the things you will find here:
These pages contain my personal details and include: A brief biography featuring "Ben" my dog, my past best friend and companion. The place where I lived - have moved since and needs updating, and my family Ancestry:
My Personal Page / My Place in England / My Family Tree (Ancestry)
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, Evil Spells and Pacts with the Devil 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 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
Samhain - Halloween
(Celebrated this year on the 31st October 2020)
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 / Mabon (September) 2010
Updates & Additions
Greetings one and all, time for an up-date:
11th December 2020
Born today on the 11th December 1708 - Sir Francis Dashwood
And departed today on the 11 December 1781 - Sir Francis Dashwood
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 deeds, rituals and
orgies, many of which in today’s more enlightened times, few if any people
would even raise an eyebrow. He was
an aristocrat and a man of influence but also the rogue of his day, who 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 “The
Order of the Friars of St. Francis of Wycombe”.
1708 during the reign of Queen Anne, Sir Francis Dashwood was born on the 11th
December at Great Marlborough Street in London into a
wealthy family of landed gentry. He
was the only son of Sir Francis
John Bateman Dashwood and his second wife of four,
Lady Mary Fane the eldest daughter of the “Baron Le Despencer”.
Sir Francis John
Bateman Dashwood was a wealthy businessman who had
the “1st Baronet Dashwood of West Wycombe” (1658-1724) and built
the family fortune from his dealings with the Ottoman Empire trading in Turkey
and China. When young Sir Francis
was two years old his mother Lady Mary died, and his father promptly remarried.
Not much is
known of Sir Francis during his formative years except that he was educated at
Eton. There he became associated
with “William Pitt the Elder” (later the Great Commoner) and being of
the same age, the two became good friends and retained a deep mutual respect for
each other. In 1724 his father died
and Sir Francis just turned 16 inherited his baronetcy, the family estate at
West Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, and a vast family fortune.
In 1726 Sir
Francis started out on his first “Grand Tour” of Europe.
It was customary during those times for the sons of nobles, and those of
wealth Englishmen, to finish their education visiting the Royal courts of
Europe, normally accompanied by a personal tutor (his was said to have been a
Catholic Jacobite their family having mild Jacobite leanings). While traveling around Europe they could sample the
intellectual arts and other such treasures that the continent had to offer.
Sir Francis being a young man of high spirits and lascivious inclinations
roistered his way from Royal court to Royal court creating a stir wherever he
went. He duly visited the art
galleries and museums, but spent just as much time in bawdy alehouses and risqué
brothels and bordellos generally indulging in the delights that would shape and
characterize his life thereafter. One
of his favorite phrases at the time was: “To taste the sweets of all things”.
This first trip to Europe lasted eight months and took him to France and
Switzerland then back through Germany.
During 1729 Sir
Francis took another tour this time starting in Italy, and it was here that the
future Dashwood of legend was formed. Italy
at that time was a hotbed of occultism and Sir Francis reveled in his study of
the forbidden arts and particularly the “Eleusinian mysteries”.
He was also greatly influenced by the work of “Francois
and his fictional “Abbey of Thélème”.
One story that became legend tells of his rakish sense
of humour particularly in relation to his mockery of religion.
His tutor the Catholic Jacobite ever disdainful of his promiscuous
behavior insisted on taking Sir Francis to the Sistine Chapel, hoping to instill
some form of respect for Christianity. Sir
Horace Walpole (the 4th Earl of Orford) witnessed the event and
was on Good-Friday when each person who attends the service in the Sistine
Chapel, as they enter they take a
small scourge from an attendant at the door.
The chapel is dimly lighted and there are three candles which are
extinguished by the priest, one by one: at the putting out of the first, the
penitents take off one part of their dress; at the next, still more; and in the
darkness which follows the extinguishing of the third candle, lay on their
shoulders with groans and lamentations. Sir
Francis Dashwood thinking this mere stage effect, entered with others dressed in
a large watchman’s coat, demurely he took his scourge from the priest and
advanced to the end of the chapel, where, on the darkness ensuing, he drew from
beneath his coat an English horsewhip and flogged right and left quite down the
chapel and made his escape, the congregation exclaiming Il Diavolo! Il Diavolo!
And thinking the evil one was upon them with a vengeance.
The consequences of this frolic might have been serious to him, had he
not immediately left the Papal dominions.”
The title “Il
Diavolo! Il Diavolo!” Would remain with Sir Francis for most of his life.
For more see link above: Sir Francis Dashwood
09th December 2020
Born today on the 09th December 1958 - Ivo Domínguez Jr.
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.
Ivo Dominguez Jr. was born Ivo Dominguez Barrueco in Palma Soriano, Cuba on the 09th December 1958. During skirmishes between rebel forces led by Fidel Castro against government troops from Santiago, in the middle of a raging fire-fight close to their home Ivo’s devout aunt Lydia ran out into the street with a kerosene lamp to ask the rebels and soldiers to stop shooting as her sister was having difficulties in childbirth. The gunfire was stopped and Ivo’s mother was taken to hospital where she gave birth via c-section under lights powered by hand cranked generators turned by his father and uncles. Three years later in 1961 his family fled Castro’s communist Cuba and moved briefly to Madrid in Spain, before moving on to New York City in the USA. Not happy there, they moved again to Florida where they lived in various cities before finally settling in the State of Delaware in 1971.
In Delaware, Ivo attended the Newark High School where in 1974 he began researching occult and esoteric subjects, he explains in an interview with the TWPT: “As a child I had a number of undeniable psychic and spiritual experiences so that by the time I was in High School I was already seeking magickal knowledge. I read “The Secret Lore of Magic” by Idries Shah when I was a sophomore, which was quickly followed by every book that I could find. My father was a professor of Spanish literature at the University of Delaware so I had access to a real library. Nonetheless, the selection of books available to me was somewhat limited and tended towards the ceremonial magick end of things.”
Ivo’s initial contact with the Wiccan/Pagan community came through the fencing club of the University of Delaware where he met an Alexandrian practitioner who put him in contact with the “Keepers of the Ancient Mysteries” (KAM). KAM was founded in the early 1970’s by Elders from five different craft traditions and was led by Morganna Davies an American Alexandrian High Priestess. Through them he became involved in several early Pagan networking groups and attended gatherings throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Although he professes to be primarily self-taught, he acknowledges Dolores Ashcroft- Nowicki (b.1929-) and Shakmah Winddrum (1931–2010) as physical, practical teachers who had a deep impact upon his own future work and teachings. Other influences included the writings of Idries Shah (1924-1996), Dion Fortune (1890-1946) and Israel Regardie (1907-1985).
For more see link above: Ivo Domínguez Jr.
09th December 2020
Departed today on the 09th December 1999 - Cecil Hugh Williamson
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.
Williamson was born into a fairly well to
do family on the 18th September 1909 in Paignton, South Devon.
His father was an influential career officer in the Fleet Air Arm of the
Royal Navy. Williamson’s interest in witchcraft and the occult was
aroused by an incident that occurred in 1916, which he describes as “a major
public act of witchcraft”. In
December of that year he witnessed an old woman (reputed to be a witch) being
striped of her clothing and beaten. Young
as he was (six years old) he ran to her defence and for his efforts was beaten
himself. The old woman later
befriended young Williamson and taught him all she knew about witches.
Some years later around 1921, Williamson
confided to another old woman that he was being bullied at school.
She allegedly showed him how to cast a spell against the bully. A short while later the bully had a skiing accident, leaving
him crippled and unable to return to school.
This had a dramatic effect on Williamson, and began a lifelong quest for
knowledge and research into witchcraft and occultism.
Williamson was educated at Malvern College
in Worcester, and spent the summer holidays in Dinard, France, visiting with his
grandmother and her medium friend Mona Mackenzie.
From Mona he learnt about clairvoyance and divination.
After graduating from college, his father sent him to Rhodesia to learn
about tobacco farming. While living
in Rhodesia, he had a houseboy called “Zandonda”, a retired voodoo
witchdoctor who taught him about African magic.
Williamson returned to London in 1930 and
started a career in the film industry working as a production assistant for
several studios. In 1933 he met and
married the niece of film director and producer, Herbert Wilcox.
Gwen Wilcox was working as a makeup artist for Max Factor of Hollywood.
Williamson continued his interest and study
of the occult and witchcraft. He
began to accumulate vast amounts of knowledge and a substantial collection of
artifacts on folklore, witches and their craft.
From his interest grew an impressive network of contacts, among whom
there was: E.A.Wallis Budge the Egyptologist, Montague
Summers the historian, Margaret
Alice Murray the anthropologist and Aleister
Crowley the occultist.
For more see link above: Cecil Hugh Williamson
08th December 2020
Departed today on the 08th December 1691 - Richard Baxter
Richard Baxter was a prominent Puritan church leader, poet, hymnodist, theologian, and controversialist who influenced 17th century English Protestantism. Known as a peacemaker he sought unity among the clashing Protestant denominations, and was at the centre of nearly every major controversy in England during his time. He was the author of some 200 works covering some of the most controversial church subjects of his time including Witchcraft.
Baxter was born on the 12th November 1615 at the house of his maternal grandfather in a small village called Rowton, Shropshire. He was later baptised in the local parish church at High Ercall. In February of 1626 his parents’ returned with him to there own home (now called Baxter’s House) located in Eaton Constantine, Shropshire.
Baxter’s House as it
still stands today
Baxter’s early education was poor, provided
mainly by the local clergy who themselves were virtually illiterate.
He was helped by John Owen, a master of a nearby free school at Wroxeter,
where he studied from 1629 to 1632, during which he showed a growing propensity
for languages. On Owen’s advice he did not go to Oxford (which he
afterwards regretted), but instead went to Ludlow Castle and studied with
Richard Wickstead, chaplain to the Council of Wales and the Marches.
Under the patronage of Sir Henry Herbert, the then Master of the Revels, Baxter worked for a short time at his court in London, but soon returned home to care for his mother who was seriously ill. After the death of his mother, which deeply affected him, he resolved to change his studies to theology and divinity. In the meantime he worked with his old tutor John Owen as a teacher at the free school in Wroxeter, while at the same time studying theology with Francis Garbet, a local clergyman. In about 1634, he met Joseph Symonds and Walter Cradock, two Nonconformists who sowed the seeds of his early doubts regarding current Church of England episcopacy, doubts that would characterise the rest of his life causing conflict and persecution.
In 1638 Baxter received ordination into the Church of England from John Thornborough, the Bishop of Worcester, and was made master of the free grammar school at Dudley, in Worcestershire, where he commenced his initial ministry. His success as a preacher was at first small; but he was soon transferred to Bridgnorth, in Shropshire, where as an assistant to a Mr Madstard, he established a reputation for vigorously discharging the duties of his office.
Baxter remained at Bridgnorth for nearly two years, during which time he took a special interest in the controversy relating to church nonconformity. He soon became alienated from the Church on several matters; and after the requirement of the “et cetera oath”; he rejected episcopacy in its English form. He became a moderate nonconformist; and continued as such throughout his life. Though he was regarded as a Presbyterian, he was not exclusively tied to Presbyterianism, and often seemed prepared to accept a modified Episcopalianism. He regarded all forms of church government as subservient to the true purposes of religion.
One of the first measures of the Long Parliament (first summoned in November 1640 by King Charles I) was to reform the church’s clergy; to which a committee was appointed to receive complaints against them. Among the complainants were the clergy of St Mary and All Saints’ Church in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. The then vicar George Dance agreed that he would give £60 a year, out of his own income of £200, to a preacher chosen by the church trustees. Baxter was invited to deliver a sermon before the people, and was unanimously elected as the new church minister.During his ministry at Kidderminster (1641–60) he accomplished many reforms turning the town and local neighbourhoods into a model parish. The Church he preached at was enlarged to accommodate the crowds that he drew, and he formed the ministers in neighbouring churches into an association, uniting them irrespective of differences such as Presbyterians, Episcopalians or Independents. Pastoral counselling was as important to him as preaching, and his parish program came to serve as a pattern followed by many other Church of England ministers. His book “The Reformed Pastor - 1657” was published to promote his general ministerial efforts.
For more see link above: Richard Baxter
08th December 2020
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 the 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
Bennett was born in London in on
08th December 1872. His father, a civil and
electrical engineer, passed away while he was still young and so he and a sister
were raised by his mother, a strict Roman Catholic.
From a very early age Bennett suffered frequently with acute asthma, an
affliction that would leave him debilitated for weeks on end, during those
periods while his mother worked and struggled to support the family, his sister
would stand in for her taking care for him.
His sister later emigrated
and went to live in California, USA.
early educated began at the Colonial
Bay, Suffolk, then later continued in
Bath, Somerset, where he showed a marked propensity for scientific
particularly in the fields of electricity and chemistry.
After leaving school he first trained as a chemical analyst and later in
1894 was employed briefly by Dr. Bernard Dyer, an
International Analyst and Consulting Chemist based in London who worked as an
official analyst to the London Corn Trade.
That same year Bennett was invited to participate in a scientific
expedition to Africa, but this he declined to do, due mainly to his continuing
chronic asthma that had plagued him throughout his life also prevented him from
holding down permanent jobs, as half of the time he was heavily doped up on a
rotation of prescribed drugs, such as: opium,
cocaine, morphine and chloroform, courses of which often left him debilitated
recovering in bed. While he was
also an accomplished research electrician and conducted experiments on a variety
of his own electronic inventions, none of which proved successful enough to
provide an adequate living. This
meant that for most of his early adult life he lived close to poverty living in
London’s cheap and dingy slum districts of Southwark and Lambeth.
his youth and into his teens Bennett had been raised a devout Roman Catholic,
but at the age of 16 as his keen scientific mind and quest for new
research expanded, so to did he seek to expand his growing sense of
spirituality. He therefore rejected Catholicism as incompatible with science in favour of
the more arcane philosophies and theologies of the Western occult traditions and
Eastern mystical religions
of Hinduism and Buddhism. He
also studied Spiritualism and other esoteric practices.
To quote from Aleister Crowley his later friend and student, at the age of 18 Bennett read Edwin Arnold’s poem “The Light of Asia” (published 1897, an early translation of a Buddhist text), which had a profound influence on his later life, for at that time Buddhism was little known in the West. He had also made a study of Hinduism, and once while practising a yogic form of breath control and trance meditation, he gained “Shivadarshana”, which Crowley describes as: “.... an extraordinarily high state of yogic attainment.” During the trance he is said to have experienced a blissful communion with Shiva, the Hindu god of Yoga, and resolved to dedicate the rest of his life to recapturing similar states of communion.
For more see link above: Allan Bennett
That's all for now, have a nice day.
George Knowles (Man in Black)
Best wishes and Blessed Be
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A Universal Message:
Let there be peace in the world - Where have all the flowers gone?
My Personal Page / My Place in England / My Family Tree (Ancestry)
Wicca & Witchcraft
Wicca/Witchcraft / What is Wicca / What is Magick
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
Incense / Candles / Colours / Magickal Days / Stones and Gems / Elements and Elementals
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
esoteric guide to visiting London / Satanism
Unitarian Universalist Association / Numerology: Part 1
/ Part 2 / Part
3 / A
history of the Malleus Maleficarum: includes: Pope
Innocent VIII /
papal Bull /
Malleus Maleficarum /
An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum
/ The letter of approbation
Nider’s Formicarius /
Heinrich Kramer /
/ Montague Summers /
/ The Albigenses
The Hussites / The
Native American Sun Dance
/ Shielding (Occult
and Psychic Protection) /
History of Thanksgiving / Auras - Part
1 and Part 2 /
Valiente Witch” (A Book Review) / Max Ehrmann
and the "Desiderata" /
The History of Thanksgiving / Auras - Part 1 and Part 2 / “Doreen Valiente Witch” (A Book Review) / Max Ehrmann and the "Desiderata" /
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 of a Witch / The Besom (Broom) / Poppets and Dolls / Pendulums / Cauldron Magick / Mirror Gazing
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar and Totem Animals) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Unicorn / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat / Rats / Unicorn
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
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 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:
Knowledge vs Wisdom by Ardriana Cahill / I Talk to the Trees / Awakening / The Witch in You / A 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 Elder / Hesiod / Pythagoras / Paracelsus / Abramelin the Mage / Archimedes / Agrippa / Socrates / Aristotle / Albertus Magnus - “Albert the Great” /
A "Who's Who" of Witches, Pagans and other associated People
(Ancient, Past and Present)
(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders, Elders and Others)
Pioneers: Founders, Elders, Leaders and Others
Aidan A Kelly / Aleister Crowley - “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders - “King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Allan Bennett - the Ven. Ananda Metteyya / Allan Kardec (Spiritism) / Alphonsus de Spina / Amber K / Ann Moura / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Praetorius / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Balthasar Bekker / Biddy Early / Barbara Vickers / Bridget Cleary - The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / Carl " Llewellyn" Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christopher Penczak / Christina Oakley Harrington / Cornelius Loos / Damh the Bard - "Dave Smith" / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Donald Michael Kraig / Doreen Valiente / Dorothy Morrison / Dr. John Dee & Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Edain McCoy / 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 / Hermann Löher / Herman Slater - Horrible Herman / Heinrich Kramer and the “Malleus Maleficarum” / Idries Shah / Isaac Bonewits / Israel Regardie / Ivo Domínguez Jr. / Jack Whiteside Parsons - Rocket Science and Magick / James "Cunning" Murrell - The Master of Witches / James Sprenger and the “Malleus Maleficarum” / Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone / Jean Bodin / Jessie Wicker Bell - “Lady Sheba” / Johann Weyer / Johannes Junius - "The Burgomaster of Bamberg" / Johann Georg Fuchs von Dornheim - the “Hexenbrenner” (witch burner) / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman - "Pow-wow" / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave and the Kibbo Kith Kindred / John Michael Greer / John Score / Joseph “Bearwalker” Wilson / Joseph John Campbell / Karl von Eckartshausen / Lady Gwen Thompson - and "The Rede of the Wiccae" / Lambert Daneau / Laurie Cabot - "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Lodovico Maria Sinistrari / Ludwig Lavater / Madeline Montalban and the Order of the Morning Star / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Michael Howard and the UK "Cauldron Magazine" / Margaret St. Clair - the “Sign of the Labrys” / Marie Laveau - " the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Martin Antoine Del Rio / Matthew Hopkins - “The Witch-Finder General” / 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 / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Paul Foster Case and the “Builders of the Adytum” mystery school / Peter Binsfeld / Philip Heselton / Raven Grimassi / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Richard Baxter / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and the "The White Goddess" / Rosaleen Norton - “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Rossell Hope Robbins / 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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