Historical Wicca Figures provide very interesting reading, so please enjoy! There are numerous sources available for researching the ways of Wicca, so please don’t stop here! It would be impossible to fit all there is to know about Witchcraft in this website, so I have listed many names which can be researched.
Although Witchcraft has been around for centuries, Wicca is actually a new arrival. There are several Historical Wicca Figures to credit for this. The only way to truly understand exactly what these Historical Wicca Figures have provided us with, is to read their books. They are filled with an amazing amount of information!
Gerald Gardner is one of the most well known figures that we recognize today as one of the founders of modern Wicca & Witchcraft. He started what we know today as Wicca in England in 1939.
Gardner was English and studied religion, Magick and Witchcraft. He was considered to be an Anthropologist. He retired in 1937, then he was initiated into the New Forest Coven. Old Dorothy Clutterbuck was said to be the high Priestess of the coven.
In 1947 Gardner created what is known as the first Book of Shadows which marks the beginning of Wicca. In 1949 He wrote “High Magic’s Aid” based on the New Forest Covens-“Ye Book of Ye Art Magical” their Book of Shadows.
In 1953 he bought The Museum of Witchcraft and then met Doreen Valiente. In 1954 he published “Witchcraft Today” and became very popular.
Another important figure in Wicca is Doreen Valiente. She was brought into Gerald Gardner’s coven in 1953. She and Gardner worked well together and helped establish what is today the most often used traditions in Wicca.
Doreen Valiente lived a long life contributing largely to everything we know and use in Witchcraft today. She left this life on earth in 1999. Please take the time to read her talented and enlightening work, as she has publications of great value and respect in Wicca. Doreen became Magickal at a very young age, when she helped her mother ward off someone who treated her poorly by making a doll for her, which was very successful!
There is much wonderful History of Wicca that originates with Gerald Gardner. I strongly suggest reading his works to further understand the beginnings of Wicca and how it has changed. We lost Gerald Gardner in 1964, but his beliefs and Witchcraft traditions continue to intrigue and mesmerize all, in the books he left with us that are still bestsellers.
Below please see a list of other Historical figures’ names to research as you will find their history most interesting indeed!
Witchcraft itself has been around for a long time, and actual Wicca is really quite new and is a variation of Old World Witchcraft and Paganism. There is much to know about the History of Wicca and I will only touch lightly on this, as I would have to write a complete set of novels to share all there is to know about it.
Wicca has changed quite a bit since it began, and continues to change as we speak. The History of Wicca is actually quite diverse. Most of it’s traditions are based on ancient Paganism and pre-Christian religion mixed with modern day interests and enlightenments. Wicca has also formed other branches of very closely related beliefs as it is a very flexible system, and easy to include with the changes in society and modern lifestyles.
Some Wiccans practice in a coven (a group of 3 to 13 people) while some prefer to remain Solitary and practice alone. This is a personal preference as some like the privacy of working alone and others feel that their power is stronger within a group. Either way is acceptable. For we do not bicker about the differences that there are between covens or solitaries and there is no right or wrong way to practice Wicca.
Other religions have attempted to dismiss the importance of the rich and important history surrounding the past of Witchcraft and some of the wise old ones. If you look carefully, there are numerous amounts of knowledge to be gained in which there is not space here to display, although we continue to grow with what we share!
Other historical figures to research:
* Aleister Crowley
* Alex Sanders
* Dion Fortune
* Margot Adler
* Victor Henry Anderson
* Scott Cunningham
* Vivianne Crowley
* Old Dorothy Clutterbuck
* Dorothy Morrison
* Helen Duncan
* Sybil Leek
* Charles Walton
* Janet Farrar
* Gavin Bone
* Robert Cochrane
* Philip Heselton
* Raymond Buckland
* Matthew Hopkins