Witchfather - A Life of Gerald Gardner Vol2. from Witch Cult to Wicca

Witchfather A Life of Gerald Gardner Vol from Witch Cult to Wicca A Life of Gerald Gardner Volume From Witch Cult to Wicca by Philip Heselton From the author of the highly acclaimed Wiccan Roots this is the first full length biography of Gerald Brosseau Gardner

  • Title: Witchfather - A Life of Gerald Gardner Vol2. from Witch Cult to Wicca
  • Author: Philip Heselton
  • ISBN: 9781870450799
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Life of Gerald Gardner Volume 2 From Witch Cult to Wicca by Philip Heselton From the author of the highly acclaimed Wiccan Roots, this is the first full length biography of Gerald Brosseau Gardner 1884 1964 a very personal tale of the man who single handedly brought about the revival of witchcraft in England in the mid 20th Century From Gerald s birth into an oldA Life of Gerald Gardner Volume 2 From Witch Cult to Wicca by Philip Heselton From the author of the highly acclaimed Wiccan Roots, this is the first full length biography of Gerald Brosseau Gardner 1884 1964 a very personal tale of the man who single handedly brought about the revival of witchcraft in England in the mid 20th Century From Gerald s birth into an old family of wealthy Liverpool merchants, through an unconventional upbringing by his flamboyant governess in the resorts of the Mediterranean and Madeira, it tells how, having taught himself to read, his life was changed by finding a book on spiritualism During a working life as a tea and rubber planter in Ceylon, Borneo and Malaya, he came to know the native people and was invited to their secret rituals But it was only on his retirement to England, settling on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire, that destiny took him firmly by the hand Through various twists and turns involving naturist clubs and a strange esoteric theatre, he became friends with a group of people who eventually revealed their true identity they were members of a surviving witch coven One evening in 1939, as the hounds of war were being unleashed, he was initiated into the witch cult by these people, who called themselves the Wica Gardner was overwhelmed by the experience and was determined that the witch cult should survive This book chronicles his efforts over the remaining quarter century of his life to ensure not only that it survived but that it would become the significant player on the world religious stage that it now is the only religion that England has ever given the world, in the words of Ronald Hutton, Professor of History at the University of Bristol, who calls it a very fine book humane, intelligent, compassionate, shrewd, and based upon a colossal amount of primary research Born in 1946, Philip Heselton is a geographer and retired local government officer who has written extensively on Earth Mysteries and our spiritual relationship with the landscape He has also carried out extensive research into the story of the modern witchcraft revival, chronicled in his books, Wiccan Roots and Gerald Gardner and the Cauldron of Inspiration Hutton has described him as being the most interesting, valuable and enjoyable author who has yet written on what is becoming one of the greatest riddles in the history of modern religion the origins of pagan witchcraft Nobody has ever done than Philip Heselton to reveal the world of magic, paganism, naturism and faerie that lay behind the garden gates of inter war English suburban villas and perhaps only he could have done it at all.
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    • Steve Cran says:

      Philip Heselton is an authjor that cuts to the chase and get's down to the core of everything. He has written some fascinating books on Wicca and more importantly it's sources. Now he has written a thorough biography and has done his research into related sources. His biography relies a lot or has taken a major beginning from Bracelin's earlier work and Gerald Gardner's writings. He has taken the various claims and investigated their veracity. Not an easy thing to do.Gerald Gardner was born in B [...]

    • Yvonne Aburrow says:

      More exciting than volume one. Really enjoyed it.

    • Merri-Todd Webster says:

      One thing I learned from this book that I had not understood before was that Gardner did not really become involved in "the witch cult", as he initially called it, until he was retired. He spent most of his adult life living and working abroad due to his asthma; he only settled in England and began getting in touch with people doing "witchy" things when he was in his fifties (hence, no doubt, his widespread nickname of "Old Gerald"). Once again I urge readers interested in modern witchcraft and [...]

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