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  • Biography

Born a dreamy Piscean with a head for science, it is no great surprise that the mystical and magical sides of life had attracted me for as long as I can remember. As a teenager, my first ventures into practical magic were experienced through the likes of the 'Ritual Magic Workbook' by Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki. After dutifully constructing my own personal temple on a white bed-sheet, I started to find this path a little lonely and naturally gravitated towards Witchcraft, which seemed far more gregarious. I subsequently set up a small Pagan/eclectic group in Cambridgeshire. I was, however, eager to find a real Gardnerian or Alexandrian Coven.

 

A short while later, a peculiar twist of fate meant that I ended up having the good fortune to meet a previously unknown Craft High Priest, Charles Clark, who had been friends with Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente and several other early Elders. I was subsequently initiated and trained by Charles and went on to start my own Coven with my then-partner and fellow initiate David Johnson.

 

In my mid-twenties various life circumstances had meant that I had moved several time and I felt that I needed to spend some time exploring the feminine, so I started a women's mysteries group in Nottingham, out of which was born the Nottingham Goddess Camp. Having felt that I had sufficiently explored my anima, I returned to the middle pillar, revived my Coven, and started writing.

 

Currently I am involved with various Witchcraft and Magical groups both in the real world and online. I am also involved in writing academic papers with Dr Stuart Whomsley, about transpersonal psychology, Esoteric Orders and Pagan Paths.

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  • Articles on the history of Modern Witchcraft

Here is my first article about Charles Clark, a little-known, early High Priest of the Wica who made it his mission to spread the Craft in Scotland. (Published in Circle Magazine Issue 93 Spring 2005, The Cauldron No. 116 May 2005, Wiccan Rede Beltane 2005, G.B.G.'s Family and Friends Autumn/Samhain 2005.)

 

Here is an article I wrote about the 'Weschcke Documents' in which I used original documents to explore how the casting of the circle developed and changed throughout the 1950s. (Published in The Cauldron, No.120 May 2006, The Cauldron - Brazilian version Edition IX.)

 

Here is an article about The Scottish Wica and Gardner detailing the rise of the Witch Cult, in Scotland, in the 1950s and early 1960s.(Published in Pagan Dawn Beltane 2006, G.B.G.'s Family and Friends Samhain/Yule 2006, The Cauldron No,12, August 2006, The Cauldron - Brazilian version Edition XI.)

 

Here is an article about Doreen Valiente and her Golden Dawn notebooks! (Published The Cauldron no.124 May 2007, G.B.G.'s Family and Friends Spring 2007)

 

Here is an article about Charles Cardell, Raymond Howard and the Coven of Atho. (Published The Cauldron no.126 November 2007.)

 

Here is an article about the use of the words 'Wica' and 'Wicca' (Published The Cauldron no. 129 August 2008)

 

Here is an article written from a Transpersonal Psychology point of view. Written with Dr Stuart Whomsley and published in the journal of Transpersonal Psychology.

 

 

  • General Magic and Witchcraft

'Who Will Plow My Vulva?' - An article I wrote about Inanna as an insatiable Goddess of Love. (Published in Pagan Dawn, Samhain 2007)

 

Here is a brief introduction to the main branches of modern Witchcraft. This was written as a handout for the annual British Transpersonal Psychology Conference held in 2005.

 

  • Ritual Magic and the Golden Dawn

Here you can find my article 'Old Magic, New Witchcraft'  written whilst I was looking at The Golden Dawn and it's influence on the Wica.

 

Here you can find an article about the psychology behind Esoteric Orders co-written with Dr Stuart Whomsley and published in the journal of Transpersonal Psychology.

 

My writings on Ritual Magic, Hermeticism and the Golden Dawn can be found on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in Britain website here and are often published in Hermetic Virtues.

 

Picture by Dave Johnson

 

   

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