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Mother Redcap

In Influential Witches, Pagan Witches, Superstition by PaganGreen

Mother Redcap A name applied to English ale-wives, wise women and witches. It was also given to familiar animals. One Mother Redcap was an elderly woman who lived in a village about 14 miles from Cambridge, England, who was known as a witch. She said she was endowed with her witch powers in circumstances reminiscent of the Devil’s pact legends …

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Morgan le Fay

In Influential Witches by PaganGreen

Morgan le Fay A sorceress or fairy who possessed the art of magic herbal healing and who was either the sister or half-sister of the legendary King Arthur. According to some legends, Morgan le Fay (“Morgan the Fairy”) was the mistress of Merlin, who taught her magic. Malory said she learned her arts in a nunnery. Morgan plotted against Arthur …

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Leek, Sybil  (1923–1983)

In Influential Witches, Pagan Witches by PaganGreen

Leek, Sybil  (1923–1983) English witch and astrologer who moved to America in the 1960s and gained fame by publicizing the renaissance of witchcraft in the Western world. Her trademarks were a cape, loose gowns and a jackdaw named Mr. Hotfoot Jackson who perched on her shoulder. She always wore a crystal necklace, passed on to her, she said, by her …

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Grimassi, Raven (1951– )

In Influential Witches by PaganGreen

Grimassi, Raven (1951– ) American witch with a heritage and expertise in Italian Witchcraft. Raven Grimassi is the author of several books on the Craft, including the Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft. Grimassi’s mother came to the United States in 1946. Grimassi says one of his ancestors is a Neapolitan witch, Calenda Tavani, and that Italian Witchcraft absorbed elements of …

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Gardner, Gerald B(rousseau) (1884–1964)

In Influential Witches by PaganGreen

Gardner, Gerald B(rousseau) (1884–1964) English Witch and founder of contemporary Witchcraft as a religion. As much myth as truth surrounds Gerald B. Gardner. Some of the truth about his motivations and actions may never be known. The posthumous assessment of him is that he was a con man and an artful dissembler, yet he had great vision and creativity and …

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Frost, Gavin (1930– ) and Yvonne (1931– )

In Influential Witches by PaganGreen

Witches, authors and founders of the Church and School of Wicca, located in Hinton, West Virginia. The Frosts have steadfastly followed their own path in the Craft, and whenever that took them out of mainstream views, they have weathered much criticism from others in the Wiccan/Pagan communities. Though the Frosts are Witches, they do not consider themselves Pagans, because they …

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Foxwood, Orion

In Influential Witches by PaganGreen

Foxwood, Orion Wiccan, author and cunning man in the Faery Faith. Orion Foxwood is founder of the Foxwood Temple of the Old Religion, a legal church in Maryland dedicated to the Elder Gods. He is well known for his teachings in Wicca, ritual, practical magic and psychic development and the Faery Faith, a spiritual path of seership attunement with the …

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Selena Fox

In Influential Witches by PaganGreen

Fox, Selena (1949– ) American Wiccan high priestess, Pagan scholar, ecospiritual minister and ritual artist. Selena Fox is renowned for her leadership role in the international Wiccan-Pagan community and for founding Circle Sanctuary, a legally recognized Wiccan church with a worldwide Pagan ministry. Born October 20, 1949, in Arlington, Virginia, Fox was raised in a fundamentalist Southern Baptist family. As …

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Fortune, Dion (1891–1946)

In Influential Witches by PaganGreen

The magical name of Violet Mary Firth, British occultist and author whose books continue to have an impact on modern witchcraft and Paganism. Considered one of the leading occultists of her time, Dion Fortune was an adept in ceremonial magic and was perhaps one of the first occult writers to approach magic and hermetic concepts from the psychology of Jung …

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Farrar, Janet (1950– ) and Stewart (1916–2000)

In Influential Witches by PaganGreen

Farrar, Janet (1950– ) and Stewart (1916–2000) En­glish witches whose “progressive witchcraft” work has had a major influence on the Craft. Janet and Stewart Farrar were initiated by the flamboyant Alex Sanders but were able to transcend the showmanship that surrounded Sanders and his coven, and went on to form their own covens in England and Ireland. Their Craft is …