What Thou Wilt

What Thou Wilt The Publication From 1954 Of Gerald Gardner S Non Fiction Works On Witchcraft Has Led To The Current Public Existence Of Two Different Trends Of Religious And Magical Belief And Practice, Both Which Identify Themselves As Wicca One Form Places A Strong Emphasis Upon The Transmission Of Traditional Practices And A Form Of Initiatory Lineage Similar To That Practised By Gardner Himself The Other Covers A Wider Range Of Views On Each Of These Aspects, But With The Most Common Position Being A Strong Distance Between The Traditional Practices Giving A Greater Importance To Innovation And A Complete Or Near Complete Abandon Ment Of The Concept Of Initiatory Lineage Both Trends Often See Themselves And Each Other As Being Within A Wider Religio Magical Stream Of Post Gardnerian Pagan Witchcraft Of Which The Innovative Form Is A Larger Part, Though In Different Ways The Traditional View Of The Innovative Form Typically Labels That Form Eclectic Even In Cases Where The Practitioners Would Understand Eclectic Differently, And Considers It To Be Something Outside Of What It Terms Wicca The Innovative Form Generally Labels All Post Gardnerian Pagan Witchcraft, Or Beyond, As Wicca , And As Such Recognizes All Traditional Practitioners As Wiccan But Does Not Generally Make Signi Fi Cant Distinctions Between The Various Schools The Traditional Stream Considers The Differences Between The Two Streams As Significant To The Point Of Typicality While The Innovative Stream Considers The Differences As Much Less Important This Book Examines The Differences And Offers Insights Into Both. Wicca was introduced to the world by Gerald Gardner since then it has grown and new traditions have sprung up around it This has given some rise to debate The debate stems over new practices versus old practices Traditional Wiccans don t change much and look askance at some of the new practices Check out some of the book and websites the debate is raging This book covers the debate and does a thorough job to boot Some of the ground is covered in other such books as Drawing Down the Moon and Triumph of the Moon.While Traditional Wiccans may keep to the way Gardner has done it, the Innovative Witches are putting together their own tradition and practice This has some unique causes and consequences Let us look at causes Most innovative will study books and pull their practice form those books They may also pull from different strains of witchcraft and other religions to put their practice together Innovative may also just come up with stuff from Unverified personal Gnosis Let us not forget that public lectures, workshops and rituals are now becoming the norm as opposed to traditional covens Take a look at witchvox and the number o books available Some Tradtional Wiccans have crossed the line and become Innovative Witches.Finding covens is rather hard, so if you cannot join a coven you have to learn this stuff and practice this stuff on your own That means if a witch or wannabe wants to practice the craft they
This is an excellent overview and history of traditional craft No nonsense, filled with facts and solid background research This is one of my go to books for people asking for information on the craft. This reads like a summary if the discussions on amberandjet in mid 2000s, albeit in formal The Wiccan world has changed, and I d be happy to read an essay like this written in this decade. Lots of food for thought Needs some editing to eliminate some spelling issues.