History 5 – Margaret Murray

Margaret Murray was a prominent British Folklorist, Egyptologist and Anthropologist, born in India in 1863. During her lifetime she published approximately 100 books and articles. Margaret Murray began studies at University College London in 1894 as a student of linguistics and anthropology under William Flinders Petrie. In 1899 she was appointed Junior College Lecturer, and…

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History 4 – Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley was an Occultist, and Ceremonialist Magician who founded the philosophy of *Thelema and in doing so, considered himself a prophet. Aleister Crowley was born into a wealthy English family and despite being raised a devout and conservative Christian he discovered occultism in the late 1890’s . His father spent his time as a…

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History 3 – Charles Godfrey Leland

Charles Leland was born on August 15th, 1824 to Charles Leland and Charlotte Godfrey in Philadelphia. He claimed that shortly after his birth his nurse performed a ritual on him using a bible, a knife and key among other items to ensure a long and prosperous life. After graduating from Princeton where he studied languages…

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History 2 – The Inquisition

The Inquisition Era begins in the 8th century when the Church rules Witchcraft as heresy. By the early 1200’s the Inquisition is established and the label Witchcraft is born. By the late 1400’s the Witch Trials have begun in Europe and Witchcraft is officially illegal. The 1st Witchcraft act of England was established in 1542…

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History 1 – An Introduction

Wicca and Paganism in general have many preconceptions and misconceptions regarding its actual history. In this series we will weed out what is and is not the true History of the Modern Wiccan Movement. Just how much of our modern practices and beliefs are related to ancient cultures? Which ones? What were the inquisition and…

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