Famous Wiccans, Witches & Pagans
Margot Adler , “The Witches Witch”, author of “Drawing Down the Moon” and regular commentator
on National Public Radio NPR as host of the weekly Justice Talking where she deals with key
cases in current American justice that effect our nation as a democracy including: the death penalty,
affirmative action, the debate over family values, the complexities of the right-to-die movement,
and the response of intellectuals to the war in Kosovo, the digital divide, geek culture.
Isaac Bonewits Considered by many to be America’s leading Druid expert on witchcraft and Neopaganism.
Raymond Buckland is the man most responsible for bringing Gardnerian Wicca to America.
He is also the founder of a Craft school called Seax-Wica based on his Saxon heritage.
Z. Budapest Founder of the Susan B. Anthony feminist coven,
star of the San Francisco cable TV show “13th Heaven” and
leader of the Woman’s Spiritual Forum.
Laurie Cabot “the Official Witch of Salem” Founder of the WLPA (Witches’ League for Public Awareness)
an anti-defamation group that seeks to educate the public of the true nature of witches
and the Cabot Tradition of the Science of Witchcraft. Laurie is everyone’s big sister
and has been practicing longer than most of us have been alive.
Cecylyna and Dagonet Dewr Founders of The Pagan Pride project
the Thalia Clan an “Eclectic Mystery Tradition of NeoPagan Wicca”.
Chas S. Clifton Editor “The International Journal of Pagan Studies”
Deidre and Andrew Corbin, Founder of the Earth Spirit Community
one of the co-authors of the Earth Religion Ant-Abuse Act of 1988
Aleister Crowley “The Great Beast” His most famous book, “Liber Legis, the Book of Law” is where “The whole of the law” derives, that “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” and later “Love is the Law, Love under Will”, which we now uphold as: “Do what you will long as it harm no one”, or words to that effect. Warning: approach Crowley’s works with great caution. He embraced the left-hand path and is largely responsible for much of the negative image witches have to this day.
Vivianne and Chris Crowley Their work has been influential
in bridging the gap between Wicca and mainstream religion.
Scott Cunningham “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner”
Scott is the author of over thirty books, mostly on the practice of the solitary witch.
Pete “Pathfinder” Davis Founder of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church
and regent of The Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary.
Janet and Stewart Farrar Author of the historically significant British book,
“What Witches Do” Janet is now with Gavin
Bone where both continue to be influential
forces in the Wiccan movement.
Selena Fox Founder of the Circle Sanctuary.
Along with Margot Adler has done much to
reform the negative image of witches in America.
Gavin and Yvonne Frost Authors of more then 22 books, of which the most famous are
“The Magic Power of Witchcraft” and “Pagans of Stonehenge” the latter an account
of his lifelong fascination with ancient stone circles. The Gavins are often credited
with founding the first officially recognized Wiccan church in America.
Ronald Hutton If you really want to know the facts about ancient,
medieval and modern Paganism read Hutton’s books.
Donald Michael Kraig Another Southern California
Wiccan, he is the author of several popular books
including, “Modern Magick” and “Modern Sex Magick”
Sybil Leek Author of over 60 books on Astrology, Numerology and
Reincarnation her biography “Diary of a Witch” is a fascinating glimpse into
the early British Witchcraft scene from the same area of England as Crowley
and Gerald Gardner’s Old Dorothy Clutterbuck’s coven.
Dr. Leo Louis Martello Was the first witch in American to go public. Along with already noted Margot Adler and Selena Fox he has done much to reform America’s view of witchcraft. An early activists and a championing civil rights for witches, Gay and Lesbian, as well as the rights of animal, he is probably best remembered for his $500
million dollar suit against the Roman Catholic Church and $100 million against Salem, Massachusetts for
atrocities committed against our people in the Burning Times and for the famous Central Park “Witch In”
Samhain Eve 1970, where over a thousand people attended.
S.L. MacGregor Mathers Along with the Dr. William Woodman was a
co-founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and holder of
high office in the S.R.I.A. (Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia)
Anne Newkirk Niven Pagan publisher, head of BBI Media Inc
which publishes Sage Woman, PanGaia and NewWitch magazine(s).
Diana Paxson Founder of the Fellowship of the Spiral Path and
an Elder in the Covenant of the Goddess and of the Troth.
Her novel “The Shield Between the Worlds: The Second
Chronicle of Fionn Mac Cumhal” is a great summer read.
Silver RavenWolf Widely read author largely responsible opening
the Craft to “normal” folk. Not that we aren’t all normal but before
her witches baked children not cookies. She is also the director
of the Circle Seminary and the Black Forest Clan.
Alex Sanders “King of the Witches” founder of the Alexandrian Tradition.
Along with his high priestess Maxine stirred the caldron of controversy.
Some maintain that he came under the shadow of the left-hand path as did Crowley.
Starhawk Highly active and progressive, she too is a powerful force
in bringing contemporary Wicca to the fore. Her must-read book is
“The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess”
Doreen Valiente was Gerald Gardner’s High Priestess
and is responsible for much of what we now know as Gardnerian Wicca.
Founders of “The Witches Voice”
longtime Witches and civil rights activists.
Marion Weinstein Author of several books including
“Positive Magic: Occult Self-Help and Earth Magic: A
Dianic Book of Shadows.” She is a lecturer
and comedienne, no less.
in the world. Himself a Wiccan High Priest and Magician
he has been most influential in
in the rise of Wicca today.