Alex Sanders (Verbius) (1926-1988)
Although Alex Sanders did not really know Gardner, his contribution to the survival of Witchcraft can not be denied. Initiated into the Wica in 1962, his enthusiasm, magical knowledge and approach, attracted many people seeking initiation. Alex, along with his onetime partner Maxine Sanders, were highly flamboyant and their Craft activities created some of the more sensationalist headlines of the 1960s and 70s. Today, initiates tracing their lineage back to Alex are usually referred to as 'Alexandrians'.
◉ Stewart Farrar, a writer who was later to become associated with the Craft, first met Alex when he had been sent by his newspaper to interview him. You can read the articles that Stewart subsequently wrote here:-Reveille (Jan 10th 1970) and Reveille (Jan 17th 1970)
◉ A recording entitled 'A Witch Is Born' was made of the initiation of Janet Farrar (nee Owen) by Alex and several others in 1970. It was reissued in 1994, listen to it below. Buy it from Amazon here.
◉ Watch 'Secret Rites' - a 1971 documentary which Sanders appeared in.
◉ Watch Luigi Scattini's 1970 film 'Witchcraft' featuring Alex and Maxine Sanders.
◉ The Occult Experience was a 1985 program featuring various occultists including Sanders. Watch it below.
◉ A video clip from a 1970 documentary about Alex Sanders
◉ Watch a video clip of Alex Sanders doing a Fire Spirit ritual
◉ Alex is featured in this 1989 video 'Earth Magic'