Forbidden Rites – an excerpt

May 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Articles, Books, Books for Witches / Wiccans

Forbidden ritesForbidden Rites deals with the subject of traditional rather than Wiccan Witchcraft, though it can be used by anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge. It takes the reader on a journey through an initiates period of self assessment, with visualisations, practical work, anecdote, ritual and power control. It teaches the reader about the Goddess, God, the festivals and tools that you will need. It suggests the best way of making them, and details the use of gems, herbs and oils, runes, amulets, formularies, and familiaries. Forbidden Rites is very comprehensive, packed with well-researched information and can serve as a reference work when the initiation period has ended.

Here’s an excerpt:

What are the differences between our form of Witchcraft and

I am not setting out to prove that our branch of witchcraft is better than Wicca, just different. All branches are equal. Due for the need for secrecy in the past, covens across the country lost contact with each other and developed in their own ways, and like Chinese whispers small differences arose. In modern times I find more and more that the sharing of information is beginning to standardize all branches.

Wicca: There are two traditions within Wicca, Gardnerian and Alexandrian.

Gardnerian– Taught to Gerald Brosseau Gardner by Dorothy Clutterbuck, High Priestess of the New Forest Coven. He wrote the first book on Witchcraft disguised as a story, “High Magic’s Aid” under the name of Scire. In 1951 the Witchcraft Act was repealed and this allowed him to write the first book on Witchcraft legally. At this time Witchcraft was a dying religion with only a few practitioners and would have quickly sunk into oblivion. To Gerald we owe the revival and the start of the acceptance of Witchcraft in England and the world.

Alexandrian– Alex Saunders was initiated by Pat Kiminiski a High Priestess in Manchester before coming to London. He worked  with, amongst others Janie Robertson (Janie became Artingstall on marriage) who was originally initiated into a Scottish coven, of neither the Alexandrian nor Gardnerian lines in 1946, well before it became legal in England to be a Witch. The Alexandrian form of Witchcraft is more formal than Gardnerian tradition and with more Cabala (a Judaic-Christian form of magic) taught in Alexandrian Witchcraft. Alex was a Ceremonial Magician before being initiated as a Witch and this flowed into his teachings.

Wicca means Witch and so all Witches can call themselves wiccan, but in England Gerald Gardner was the first to write about Witchcraft, the name of Wicca has attached itself to people initiated
into Gardnerian and Alexandrian lines. Now Wicca forms a title of their combined form of Witchcraft. To claim to be Wiccan and not be initiated into a Wiccan coven by a person ordained to do this, is claiming something you are not entitled to. This would equally be true in our own Coven. Wicca was the main form of Witchcraft to cross the Ocean from England to America, and so became the norm there. Gardener himself visited America in 1936, for a short time. But Wicca did not catch the imagination of America until 1963 when Raymond Buckland, the granddaddy of American Witchcraft, initiated several Priestesses who went on to start Covens of their own. In America, most think of Wicca as Witchcraft. Although Wicca even in America, has splintered into many sects and many would not be recognized as such in England.

Hedgewitch – A Hedgewitch is a lone witch, who chooses to practice without a coven. Hedgewitch or solo witches have the freedom to choose how to worship and when, making their own rules
for how they work and what they believe. This can give you a great deal of freedom; but if you lack the discipline to celebrate full moons and other important festivals by yourself after a hard days work, you may need the structure of a coven to provide the incentive.

Traditional Witchcraft – There many forms of traditional Witchcraft from Britain and Europe. This is only one. It is said that Wicca is a religion and Witchcraft is more centered on spellcrafting. But I can not agree with this, as all the traditions come from the same source, including Wicca. Possibly some traditions have developed with less emphasis on religion than others.
Both Witchcraft and Wicca are an amalgam of different practices; you can trace the influences from Ancient Egypt, Rome and Norse quite easily. Each civilization has added to the potion of
enchantment, within the cauldron that was to become Witchcraft.


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