Posts Tagged ‘Wicca’

Sex, Kids, and the Witch’s Bible

In mid-20th-century America, the public face of anthropology was Margaret Mead (1901–1978). As her Wikipedia biography states, “Her reports detailing the attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures influenced the 1960s sexual revolution.” Her distinctive cape and long walking stick became part of her public persona, which as we now crassly […]

Passing of Gavin Frost

I learned this morning that S. Gavin Frost, co-founder of the Church (and School) of Wicca and someone whom I counted as a friend, died early this morning. He was born in 1930 in Staffordshire. Jo, his daughter, posted on Facebook: In our family, we do not believe in grieving too much, so today, raise […]

Kicked Back in Time

I was contacted a couple of months ago by family members of  the two defendants in a Wicca-related murder case. It was big news in the American Craft network1)I prefer that word to “community”—especially for that era. circa 1977–80. If you remember it, fine. If not, I am not going to summarize it now because […]

It’s Because Texans Make Good Witches

Yes, “Wicca Grows in Austin“! And beyond! Californians may recognize a familiar name in this Austin group too. The headline was a youthful pronouncement of mine, because it seemed that if you peeled off the Baptist conditioning, Texans were craz-eee. (Catholics? Maybe so, maybe no.)

Pentagram Pizza from the Godmother’s Recipe

• The archaeologist Margaret Murray played a key part in the origins of Wicca — and she was occasionally a magic-worker herself, by her own admission in her memoir My First Hundred Years (1963). Ethan Doyle White examines her role in a guest post at Adventures in History and Archaeology, noting, “Murray’s interest in magic […]

Renn Faire: “Disneyland for Rednecks”

“Wiccan, as well as satanic, symbolism was in nearly every gift shop.” — from a Yelp.com review of the Georgia Rennaisance Faire, quoted in Well Met (237). Rachel Lee Rubin’s Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture is, obviously, not about contemporary Paganism, but the two topics cross paths occasionally, as the quote above […]

A Wicca Center in Thailand

There is a long tradition of metaphysical bookstores and occult-supply shops serving as the public face of Pagan groups. “Owner Wine Kongsorn said he opened the café in a bid to unite the community of Wiccans in Bangkok.” And exactly how is “Wiccan” defined in Bangkok? The source is the (UK) Daily Mail, which is […]

Strange Doings in Hagley Woods

This “cold” English murder case caught my attention because of the involvement of Professor Margaret “Grandmother of Wicca” Murray, who apparently injected herself into it, somewhat after the fact, with tales of witches. (Never mind that “wych elm” does not mean “witch elm.”) Some British writers have attempted to cast the geographically close murder of […]

Wicca Again as the “Designated Other”

Pasque flowers blooming in a thin layer of pine duff atop a boulder. I love them for their precarious and improbably habitat. Spring is slowly coming to the forest, and within it the offer of new chances, a feeling that you might get it right this time. Travel and editorial crises have killed my blogging […]

How to Ruin the Mysteries, or Religion is not Moral

In retrospect, I was lucky that the high priest of my first coven (mid-1970s) was something of a scoundrel. He was always tapping people for money and favors (“Could you fix my truck’s clutch? Oh, you’re a welder? I have some projects . . .”) — all for the good of the Craft, of course. […]