Making a Maven

Witches of Modern History

To many, witchcraft is a silly fantasy passed down through old wives’ tales and something that should be put to rest thanks to our technological society. But even as our technology has grown, the ritual and practice of craft has followed along. It may have changed as our knowledge and technology grew, but it has still found its place among us.
Witches of Modern History
While we can trace back stories and superstitions to old folk magic, it is because of the work of the following individuals that it has persistent and become prevalent in the modern world. This list is not all encompassing, but it is at least a starting point.
Also, this list does not include high-profile witches that have arose due to social media.  THAT is a post for another day.
A majority of the pagan community credit Gerald Gardner with the revival of modern witchcraft. Which I have always found interesting considering there is a perception that only women can practice. However, while he may have been the face for a time – he had a circle of highly influential individuals at his side guiding their own followers and developing their paths.
You can access a visual I’ve created of these connections here. *Please note this link may not work on tablet or smartphones.

Aleister Crowley
Carl Kellner
Theodor Reuss
Leopold Engel
William Robert Woodman
William Wynn Wescott
Samuel Liddel MacGregor Mathers


New Forest Coven

Dorothy Clutterbuck
Edith Woodford-Grimes
Ernie & Edith Mason
Rosetta Fudge
Gerald Gardner – later left the New Forest Coven to create the Bricketts Wood Coven with Doreen
Doreen Valiente

Bricketts Wood Coven

Eleanor Bone
Patricia Crowther
Monique Wilson
*Aleister Crowley joined them for a short period of time
Raymond Buckland

Other Prominent Witches

Alex & Maxine Sanders – connected to the Bricketts Wood Coven via Patricia Crowther. Many BWC members did not approve of Alex Sander’s choices and came together to publicly denounce him later as they began to part ways.

Sybil Leek – a prominent witch in the UK who eventually relocated the U.S.

Charles Leland – a U.S. journalist whose later experiences traveling Europe inspired a fascination in folklore and traditions.

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