THE PICKINGILL PAPERS: The Origin of Gardnerian Witchcraft.
UK: Capall-Bann, 1994. A FINE NEW COPY. Quality trade paper edition. George Pickingill (1816 - 1909) was said to be the leader of the witches in Canewdon, Essex. In detailed correspondence with The Wiccan & The Cauldron magazines from 1974-1994, W.E. Liddell, under his pen name Lugh, claimed to be a member of the Hereditary Craft. The work discusses the Gardnerian Book of Shadows and Aleister Crowley's involvement. Also the relationship between the Hereditary Craft, Gardnerian Wicca & Pickingill's Nine Covens; the influence of Freemasonry on the medieval witch cult; sex magic; the use of quartz globes to strengthen power; ley lines & earth energy; the East Anglian lodges of cunning men and the difference between Celtic wise women & the Anglo Saxon cunning men. This book provides, for the first time, a chance for the complete Pickingill material to be read and examined. Edited by Michael Howard.177 pages with illustrations. (Item ID: 17051)