Welcome to the Home of The Wica

This is a website about the people behind the resurgence of interest in modern day Witchcraft. Gerald Gardner (right), who is often considered to be the Father of Modern Day Witchcraft, would refer to its early members as being of 'The Wica' - hence this site's name.

 

I've always thought it important that you should look at things in their historical context. To aid in this, on here you can find brief bio's, old documents, newspaper clippings, photos, pictures and  the odd mp3 which all help to fill in the pieces of the historical jigsaw of what is probably the only 'religion' that Britain has given to the world - Witchcraft!

This is a large website with lots of information

Please read below for an overview

Gerald Gardner 

You will find information and articles about this 'Father of modern-day Witchcraft' and an image of his final resting place in Tunis. A glimpse into Gardner's Museum of Magic and Witchcraft and links to pictures of items that were once part of its collection. Who was this charming white haired man with a vision?

◉ Read several newspaper articles from the 1950s & 60s, about Gardner and The Wica. 

Download some books, including Gardner's seminal work 'Witchcraft Today' and Margaret Murray's 'The Witch Cult in Western Europe.'

◉ View some of the items that were once in Gardner's Museum collection.

Gardnerian Witchcraft 

You will find information, newspaper clippings and other resources that tell you more about this branch of modern day Witchcraft and its subsequent evolution and proliferation. I think it's really important to understand something in the context of its time and the resources here, should help you get a truer feel of Craft history.

◉ What is Gardnerian Witchcraft and how is it different to other forms of Witchcraft?

◉ Why I think the spelling 'Wica' is preferable to 'Wicca'.

◉ Read a newspaper article featuring Margaret Murray, folklorist and influential friend of Gardner's.

◉ Find some information about Charles Cardell who published Gardner's 'Book of Shadows' in 1964.

◉ Download copies of the Witchcraft Research Association's 1964 'Pentagram' magazine which was probably the first Witchcraft magazine in the world.

◉ Information on initiatory lineages including my attempt to create an early 'Gardnerian' family tree.

Gardnerian History 

Find links to further information and resources about the history of the Wica. First, be sure to check out all of this website as it contains lots of historical documents and information.

 

Charles Clark 

You can learn about this Craft Elder who organised and led the early Scottish Wica.

 

◉ Read an article I wrote about this Craft Elder.

◉ Listen to audio MP3's of Charles talking about his experiences with the Wica.

◉ Look at Images of Charles' working tools, many of which he received from Gardner.

◉ Read a transcript of a letter Doreen Valiente sent to Charles when the Wica were trying to pull together in the face of Cardell's hostilities, in 1964.

The Scottish Wica 

You can find information about the Crafts early members in Scotland and how the lineage spread to the USA.

 

◉ Find out more about the two most well-known Scottish members - Monique and Campbell Wilson.

◉ Discover what happened to the contents of the Isle of Man Witchcraft Museum which Monique inherited from Gardner.

Elders of the Wica 

Read brief bios about some of the other, early Elders of the Wica. There are old newspaper articles, writings, audio and video links.

 

◉ Doreen Valiente

◉ Patricia Crowther

◉ Eleanor Bone

◉ Fred Lamond

◉ Lois Bourne

◉ Alex Sanders

◉ Edith Woodford-Grimes

 Jack Bracelin

◉ 'Dayonis'

◉ Monique and Campbell Wilson

◉ Donna Gardner

◉ Barbara Vickers

Other 1950s Witches 

You will find information about other Witches from the 1950s and early 60s such as Sybil Leek, Charles Cardell and Rosaleen Norton.

Charles Cardell

Mary Cardell

Ray Howard

Cecil Williamson

Robert Cochrane

Sybil Leek

Rosaleen Norton

Anton Miles

Charles Pace

Ruth Wynn Owen

 

The Wica and the USA

In this section, you will find information about the Crafts export to the USA where it proved to be a key influence in the resurgence of interest in modern Witchcraft.

 

◉ Read a 1960s American article about the Craft's arrival in the U.S.A.

◉ Find out about Raymond Buckland who was pivotal in this process.

◉ In Gardnerian History you will find links to further information and resources about the history of the Wica. First, be sure to check out all of this website as it contains lots of historical documents and information.

 

'My Articles'

◉ From Plowing vulvas to strange antics in the woods. I have written several articles on Craft history, the Golden Dawn and Magic.  You can find them and a little bit more about me here.

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