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Gerald Gardner before the Witches

Gardnerian Wicca - History and Biography with Philip Heselton

What did Gerald Gardner's life involve before his days in witchcraft? Tonight biographer Philip Heselton explores the man's earlier life. Gardner left England at 16 for South Asia and did not return to live here until his 50s. The fact that his adult life was spent not in England but in Asia made his fundamental outlook more cross-cultural: his time in Borneo, Malay and West Africa and New Orleans made him perceive similarities between non-Western tribal religions and an imagined European pagan witchraft cult. This talk puts the wider, non-white world into modern Wicca. We also encounter Gardner's freemasonry, mystical Goddess experience, and his extraordinary childhood travelling the world under the tutelage of his disciplinarian Irish nanny.

Philip Heselton, independent historian and doctoral researcher, is working on the comprehensive biography of the man and his milieu. He is coming down to Treadwell’s from the North of England to share his most recent (still unpublished) findings. His previous publications include Wiccan Roots: Gerald Gardner and the Modern Witchcraft Revival (Capall Bann, 2000) and Gerald Gardner and the Cauldron of Inspiration: An Investigation into the Sources of Gardnerian Witchcraft (Capall Bann, 2003).


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Date and Time:

10 September 2008 at 7:15 pm


2 hours



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