Monday, January 12, 2009

The Pentagram in 1964

I have more reviews coming, but for now, here is a PDF download of the first issue of The Pentagram, August 1964, price two shillings.

As far as I know, it was the first attempt to create a publication for the various branches of British Witchcraft, then only about fifteen years old, and it lasted but a short time.

Consider the paucity of the reading list on page 3.

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Anonymous Pitch313 said...

And we think that Craft is small these days!

Back when I was young and eager for any resources about magic and witchcraft, I turned to several of the books listed--Summer. Michelet, Robbins--(ones available in the USA). Not so much that they were good or practically useful as that they were what I could find.

At that time I got that I was no Christian and never would be. The more or less countercultural--I also got that I was countercultural and would be--alternatives were witchcraft, Zen (thanks to Alan Watts and KPFA), Hinduism/Tantra (thanks mostly to vague intuitions and curiousity), and building on what occulture I already could practice.

Thanks for putting up the scan.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Peg A said...

This is wonderful, thanks!

4:38 PM  

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