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Gerald Gardner is the founder of modern Wicca. He has contributed so much that anyone, from the beginner to a veteran knows one thing or another about Gerald Gardner and has learned from him. He authored the books: Witchcraft Today and The Meaning of Witchcraft.
Both books were the basis of the growth and development of the different traditions in modern Wicca throughout the world.
Gerald Gardner was a man who had a vision. He was crazy and was not afraid to try out anything. He was a man who went against the grain. Early Life Gerald Gardner was unremarkable in his early life, even though he came from a wealthy family.
He was sent by his family to Madeira into alleviate his asthma. When he returned to England inhe became interested in history and archaeology. He was also fascinated with the local culture and its religious and magical beliefs and was also keenly interested in all things occult especially in ritual knives and daggers.
Gardner worked as a civil servant for the British government, first as a rubber plantation inspector, then as a customs official. The amount of money he made in his dealings with rubber, allowed him to indulge in his hobbies and interests, most especially archaeology. Gardner eventually became well-versed in matters of Folklore, Witchcraft, and Magic.
He also collected artifacts and materials on magical procedures and ceremonial magic. He wanted to write about his learnings and pass on the knowledge, but at that time, Witchcraft was still against the law in England.
He was advised to maintain secrecy and avoid writing anything about Witchcraft and Magic. Gardnerian Wicca Inthe public began showing new interest in the Old Religion. A repeal of the very last antiquated witchcraft laws was being enforced in England.
Gardner felt that he was finally free to go public and break away from the New Forest coven. Gardner began establishing his own Wiccan path and writing his own books.Gerald Gardner () was a renowned Wiccan and occultist.
Believed to be the father of contemporary Wicca, Gardner authored several definitive works on witchcraft and pagan rituals, including Witchcraft Today and The Meaning of Witchcraft/5(36). Gerald Gardner launched Wicca shortly after the end of World War II, and went public with his coven following the repeal of England’s Witchcraft Laws in the early s.
There is a good deal of debate within the Wiccan community about whether the Gardnerian path is the only “true” Wiccan tradition, but the point remains that it was. Gerald Gardner: Modern Pagan Witchcraft. Pop culture has inundated our brains with an endless amount of Wiccan stories, movies, and well, culture.
Much to the chagrin of most Wiccans who are under the impression that their religion was around before religions such as Christianity and that Christianity was plagarized from Wicca the truth of the matter is is that Wicca is actually a creation of Gerald Gardner who put it together in the middle s using blatant ripoffs of Aleister Crowley, .
Gerald Brousseau Gardner was an English civil servant, amateur anthropologist, writer and pfmlures.com was instrumental in founding Wicca and Neopaganism, published some of its definitive texts, and is perhaps the best known and most talked about figures in modern witchcraft, dubbed by the press as “Britain’s Chief Witch” and described by others as the “Father of Modern Wicca”.
Gardner's form of Wicca, the Gardnerian tradition, Heselton, writing in Wiccan Roots and later in Gerald Gardner and the Cauldron of Inspiration, argues that Gardner was not the author of the Wiccan rituals but received them in good faith from an unknown source.