Britain’s Wicca Man – video about Gerald Gardner – reblogged from The Wild Hunt

Today The Wild Hunt posted a great set of news stories called Pagan Voices: Gavin Bone, Teo Bishop and Britain’s Wicca Man, the latter being a short documentary about Gerald Gardner by Professor Ronald Hutton, which i have embedded below. Though i am no great fan of Hutton’s because of his views that Wicca is a modern invention with little real pagan roots, he does do a great job in this 30 minute documentary of presenting a well rounded history of Gerald Gardner. I especially found of interest the section about a High Priest of Witchcraft who owns many of Gardner’s magickal tools and original Book of Shadows and in seeing his collection of them.

Also of great interest to me was a two part interview linked from TWH with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone. Here is Part One and Part Two with Part Three just released today 6/20. I just love to hear her and them writing and speaking about the type of Witchcraft they practice now, as evident in these interviews and in their most recent book Progressive Witchcraft, which i highly recommend.

So enjoy all the links at TWH to these recent stories about what these and other Witches, Pagans and Druids are up, and enjoy the video. Blessed Be!

Pagan Voices: Gavin Bone, Teo Bishop, and Britain’s Wicca Man – See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2013/06/pagan-voices-gavin-bone-teo-bishop-gus-dizerega-and-more.html#sthash.bflgViCi.dpuf
Pagan Voices: Gavin Bone, Teo Bishop, and Britain’s Wicca Man – See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2013/06/pagan-voices-gavin-bone-teo-bishop-gus-dizerega-and-more.html#sthash.bflgViCi.dpuf
Pagan Voices: Gavin Bone, Teo Bishop, and Britain’s Wicca Man – See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2013/06/pagan-voices-gavin-bone-teo-bishop-gus-dizerega-and-more.html#sthash.bflgViCi.dpuf

4 thoughts on “Britain’s Wicca Man – video about Gerald Gardner – reblogged from The Wild Hunt

  1. Thanks, for sharing, I found it really interesting. I think I heard somewhere that Wicca ‘only became a religion in the 1970’s’ whereas here its roots are traced back to the 1930’s with its popularisation beginning in the 1960’s. ‘When would you pinpoint Wicca ‘becoming a religion’ (if at all)? You mention you don’t agree with Hutton. Do you think earlier traditional witches would have treated their craft as a religion?

    • Yes as the video narrator says, perhaps “Wicca” is the first “religion” founded in the British Isles, though the Druids may be defined as first even though Druidry probably came over from the Continent. Ah words. I myself never liked the word “Wicca” even though it is of valid etiology meaning “wise” or “to bend” depending on your sources. Here in the states “Wicca” became a politically correct term used in the 1960s-1970s by witches to dissociate themselves from Satanism and the evil doing reputation in medieval Catholicism. At the same time here, in the Reagon years, “problems” became “issues” too, lol. I prefer the term “witchcraft” as the craft of the wise, but when i learned that “Wikka” should actually be pronounced like “Wiccha”, sounding more like “witch” i felt better about that word and use it in some instances. Ah words. I guess Wicca could be defined as a “Religion” now, especially since it has gained acceptance within the government like being able to use the pentagram on a military grave marker. The nice thing about witchcraft both there and here is that it is not highly organized or centrally ruled. Yes there are lineages and still living older priests and priestesses, and lots of people claiming to be of the purest directest lineage etc ad infinitum, but so far the practices and lineages are very independent of each other and a central authority or Pope of Witchcraft.

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