Monday, February 26, 2007

Gerald Brosseau Gardner

This is the first of what will be many posts on Gerald Brosseau Gardner (1884-1964), founder of the Wicca (or modern witchcraft) movement.

I will start with a few useful links. For a short history of the rise of Wicca and the role of Gardner, see the excellent paper (here) given by Julia Phillips at the Wiccan Conference in Canberra, 1991. For more information on Gardner, see the excellent, and recently revamped, GeraldGardner.com. It is worth looking, in particular, at the Gerald Gardner Archive (here) for press clippings, many from the collection of Melissa Seims of www.thewica.co.uk. I hope to add to these clippings in time. For the complete text of Witchcraft Today (1954) as a pdf click here.

Finally, here is a great, and an uncommon, photo of Gardner. It was published in Arthur Moore's Manx Scene in 1973.

[See here for a larger image]

3 comments:

Caroline Tully said...

Dear me, that is a great pic - it must be the demon of plasticine... yesss, I've heard of him, very flexible...

~Caroline.

Trystn said...

Demon of polyesther if you ask me. The doll and Gerald look oddly similar. *Chuckle*

Christophe said...

Where is the photo ?
I can't see it :(