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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:07 am    Post subject: Gerald Gardner Reply with quote

I saw an amazing documentary about British Witchcraft last week. It was of course mainly focused on the life of Gerald Gardner, the founder of Wicca. Several things about it just struck me as amazing, he was a true daring visionary.
Firstly that he singlehandedly revived old pagan beliefs through extensive research, witchcraft in those times was a thing of history pretty much and you would find zero real books on witchcraft.
Secondly how careful he had to be, at that time in the 1930s and 40s the old medieval laws against witchcraft were still in place so he had to be very careful about using the word "witchcraft" (hence using Wicca) and couldn't call himself a witch in public. His first book on witchcraft had to be disguised as a fictional narrative to even get published.
Thirdly, as World War 2 raged his coven decided to fight the Nazis with magic, raising a cone of power bigger than they had ever managed before, directing it to protect England and hinder the Nazis and Hitler himself. The ritual was so draining that a number of the coven, who were all quite old, died a couple of days later.

Also in the documentary it said about a woman during the war who people would go to see to find out if their loved ones who were off fighting were dead or alive. The war council took notice and arrested her under the witchcraft laws judging that her divinations were "too accurate".
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting. I knew about the 'Cone of Protection', but didn't know they'd died afterwards. didn't know about the rest of it, neither - thanks!
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