History 7 – Gerald Gardner (The Early Years)

Gerald Gardner was born in Lancashire England to William Robert Gardner and Louise Burgelew Ennis on Friday 13th, June 1884, and spent most of his childhood travelling. Due to the amount of time spent travelling, Gardner did not attend school and was never formally educated. He spent most of his time reading and learning about…

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History 6 – Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

The first Golden Dawn temple (Isis-Urania Temple – 1888) was founded by William Robert Woodman, William Wynn Westcott and Samual Liddell MacGregor Mathers who were originally Free Masons and members of the Rosicrucian Society of England. It is considered to be the largest influence on 20th century occultism. The Golden Dawn was an initiatory magical…

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Palo Santo – Endangered

Palo Santo Trees are found only in South America and nowhere else on the planet. The wood is known for it’s sweet scent and smoke that is believed to be medicinal and therapeutic. Palo Santo is Spanish for “Holy Wood”. It has been used by Shamans for centuries in prayer and healing ceremonies. It’s smoke…

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The Rose of Jericho

The Rose of Jericho is a much sought after plant for it’s properties of resurrection. It can seemingly die, lay dormant for up to fifty years, and miraculously come back to life with nothing more than a bit of water. This plant is also known as the Dinosaur Plant, Resurrection Plant and Flower of Saint…

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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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The Pagan Family 2 – Altars

Children’s Altars: Altars are an easy way to include children in everyday practice. An altar can be anything from a formal set up with all the bells and whistles to a simple table that is left empty with nothing on it at all. I have always encouraged my children to have their own altar in…

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The Pagan Family 1 – Where to Begin

Whether you were already Pagan when you started your family or became Pagan later, after you had children and want to include them in your practice (and they want to be included) the biggest question is: “Where do we start?”  The best and most comfortable place to start is at home with what you already…

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