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Monday, February 8, 2010

Wicca For Kids - The Tradition Continues

Monday, February 8, 2010
One of the most influential High Priests of Wicca, in the early years was Alex Sanders. Initiated by Patricia Crowther, herself a student of Gerald Gardner, he did much to get Wicca covered by the media. This of course led to the growing interest in the Craft. He is responsible for creating the tradition of Alexandrianism.

All of this interest led a man, named Raymond Buckland, to fly to the U.K. from America to be trained in this new religion. After training and returning to the states he was the first in America to admit to practicing Wicca. His books helped to shape modern Wicca as we know. From making a new tradition based upon the Gardernerian teachings but with Anglo-Saxon influence.

Now up to this point to be trained in Wicca one had to find a coven willing to teach and that you got along with. But this was soon to change. Because a man named Scott Cunningham was to publish a book for Solitary Practitioners.  Although faced with much controversy, this book was probably one of the most influential books in modern Wicca/Paganism. 

There are many other famous authors that I could talk about but these are the major, with one exception, players that have helped to shape the modern face of Wicca and Paganism. From Gardner and Valiente to his students and their students. To Buckland bringing the Craft to the Americas and Cunningham opening the door and revealing the Mysteries to all that could just pick up and read his book. Stay tuned for a guest post tomorrow on the last biography of this series. 

Blessed Be!

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