Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Joseph Wilson: A Craft Pioneer's Life

Joseph Wilson published one of the first American Pagan newsletters, The Waxing Moon, in the 1960s and through his correspondence with Robert Cochrane, established the "1734" tradition or current or call-it-what-you-will in American Craft. (Another version of 1734 history is here.

His spiritual autobiography is now appearing serially in The Cauldron, but you may read the whole thing online here at his Toteg Tribe site. I recommend it. American Paganism suffers from too much how-to in relation to the what-happened.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know, I never knew Joseph Wilson was quite so involved in the British Pagan movement. I always thought Tony Kelly was there - it certainly brings a refreshing angle after reading his autobiography.


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Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...

Both Joe Wilson and Tony Kelly, along with Susan Roberts (author of WITCHES U.S.A), and others, helped create the "Pagan Way" as an outer court for initiatory Craft in the early 1970s. The work was mostly done through correspondence; it's my impression that Kelly and Wilson, for instance, never met face to face.


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