1. Witches Mill Airline Postcard

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    September 30, 2014 by weekiwitch

    Gerald was a pretty snazzy illustrator. This postcard advertises British European Airways. It’s kind of a weird connection, I wonder how it came about.

    "Up to date witches fly B. E.  A." “Up to date witches fly B. E. A.”

  2. Witches Mill Poster


    June 25, 2013 by weekiwitch

    One of my amazing commenters, Cloven Hoofed, has sent me a remarkable copy of an advertising poster for the Witches Mill.

    witches mill poster 1

    Wouldn’t it be something to go back in time & dance with Gardner at the Witches Mill?

    witches mill poster 2

    He has this to say:

    “I have a friend who lives on the Isle of Man, he’s a bookseller and knows a lot of local people – he also knows that I’m interested in acquiring Witches Mill / Gardner-related items. A contact of his on the island has a large collection historical documents of all kinds relating to the history of the place and she gave him a photo-copy of the poster to give to me…….

    I guess most of us know the standard GBG drawing of the witch flying over the tower – but I haven’t seen this drawing before.

    It’s undated, the writing is clearly in a ‘calligraphic’ style (could it be by GBG?).”

    There are several questions that arise:

    Did Gerald have a hand in it’s making?
    If not, then who commissioned it? Gerald, Monique Wilson?
    Was the dancing at the Mill during Gerald’s lifetime?
    Could the phone number a reliable indicator of the date?

    We have our own theories. What do you think?


    Side note: Speaking of Witches Mill, I managed to get my hands on an original Witches Mill booklet. It’s so tiny, less than 5 inches tall! This is a later edition, published by the Wilsons. You can see scans of an excellent earlier version at the invaluable geraldgardner.com


  3. J.F.C. Fuller and the Black Arts


    June 24, 2013 by weekiwitch


    Recently, I was doing some light research on the history of the classic “Eko, Eko, Azarak” chant. After some digging, I finally found a copy of it’s original source and thought I’d share. The chant comes from a beautiful article entitled “The Black Arts” by J.F.C. Fuller (1921). Where Fuller got it, who knows…if you have any info on that front, please feel free to pass it my way.

    “Eko, Eko, Azarak” has become somewhat ubiquitous since 1921, exploding into many and varied forms from it’s use in “High Magic’s Aid,” into the 1970’s and onwards. Many people have put forth theories on meanings and linguistic origins, but none so far that I give any serious credence to.

    This chant has long held a real fascination for me. I am completely enamored with it, not only for it’s weird history but because it feels powerful to me, and not something I employ without care.

    It is often paired with lines from the play, Le Miracle de Théophile (such as “Bazabi lacha bachabe”), or has “Eko, eko, Cernunnos/Aradia” tacked on the end. However, I prefer it in it’s original, unedited form.

    The article in question, “The Black Arts,” has this to say about it:

    In the Middle Ages of Christian rule did once again the spirit of man break the shackles which bound him, and it broke them by an
    alliance with Satan. Mad, if not insane, would the sorcerer creep
    forth to some heath or grove, far away from monastery or church,
    and, bereft of his senses through the gloom of those desolate places,
    would he shriek to the stars:

    Eko! eko! Azarak. Eko! eko! Zomelak!
    Zod-ru-kod e Zod-ru-koo
    Zod-ru-koz e Goo-ru-moo!
    Eo! Eo! Oo … Oo … Oo!

    Though the words be different, it is the same chant of the Assyrian
    seer, for it is the conjuration of freedom, freedom which was to
    beget the arts and sciences of today, that consciousness which, though latent, was unconsciousness when these words were uttered. They were the love murmurings of a new betrothal.

    Fuller could write, I am besotted by this. The whole thing is beautifully done. So for posterity, here’s the rest of the article: **CLICK HERE**

  4. Wicca’s Holy Relics


    March 27, 2013 by weekiwitch


    If you look at the very bottom of this ad from FATE Magazine (Nov 1981), you can see that the remains of Gardner’s Witches Mill collection somehow ended up in Florida.

    Want to know something? They’re still in Florida. Crazy right?? Is this common knowledge? I have no idea.

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m fairly materialistic. That’s probably bad…but I like my stuff. I love my witchy stuff, and I extra love stuff with historical context. The idea that I could own something that used to be on display at the Witches Mill fills me with childish glee.

    I spend a lot of time in Florida, and have been able to sort of retrace the steps of this collection’s migration patterns. Allen Greenfield tells a remarkable story about his search in Florida for the Gardner’s Ripley’s left overs, finding the OTO Charter and other priceless treasures at the “Old Jail” tourist trap museum in St. Augustine…which might be the most ludicrous tale I’ve ever heard.

    Museum of Witchcraft and Magic postcard

    When Ripley’s shut down their museums in Gatlinburg and San Fransisco, the collection went to a broker in Florida and… just sat around mostly. They made a catalog of the items in the early 1980’s, but then not much happened as far as I can tell. In the mid 1990’s, the Floridian dealers “Unique and Precious” put the items up for sale online individually. They’ve been on the exact same website ever since, slowly selling one piece at a time.

    (Side note: I can’t believe that Gardner’s stuff was in dedicated Witchcraft museum in Gatlinburg of all places. I go there several times a year and just wistfully sulk.)


    I’ve put together a crude pdf of the catalog, there are several copies of the real one on ebay (for $25) if that’s your thing.

    Museum of Witchcraft Catalog


    After discovering this, there was no way I couldn’t buy something. I ended up getting a little charm that seemed to call to me. It’s not much, but I like it. What’s great is it came with a whole packet of stuff, an authentication letter from Ripley’s, excerpts on Gardner from Valiente and the Witches Mill booklet. It also included some newspaper articles and the folder it came in looked like it hadn’t been opened since the early 1980’s. All pretty awesome, IMO.




  5. Patricia Crowther and Magical Underarm Hair

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    March 27, 2013 by weekiwitch

    Yes, yes, more Patricia Crowther. I’m never going to run out of things to say.

    If you read “The Secrets of Ancient Witchcraft with the Witches Tarot,” which is a very fun read, there’s a little chapter on hair magic…with a large large portion devoted to underarm hair. This is not something I ever thought about, perhaps I’m just not well read enough.

    img-0280“Drawing a Nude Model Before a Mirror” by Gustav Klimt.

    Some interesting parts:

    “Hair in the armpits, or ‘shade’ as it used to be called, was considered one of the more erotic parts of the female body. In fact, it was considered much more attractive than women’s breasts….The short-sleeve dresses of older periods obscured the view of underarm hair, but girls who were out to attract fellows would cunningly raise their arms and expose the hair, knowing the sexual effect if would have on their admirers.”

    “In ancient manuscripts, to take the power from a witch one was advised to catch her and shave the hair from her armpits. This was believed to stop her from having power over evil spirits, and because as long as she retained the hair, she had no fear of them.”

    In parts of Germany, it was said a witch could be recognized by the excess of hair under the arms, and that by raising them and show it, she could exorcise evil spirits, frighten away ghosts or bewitch people.”

    It goes on and on…The cumulative effect of this chapter is to make one go, “hmm.” I’ve never really considered the idea of not shaving, because you know, it just isn’t done. This book makes the best case for it I’ve heard, but it’s hard to entirely deny one’s cultural programming. I wonder if Patricia ever followed her own lore?

    The world may never know.


  6. “The Witches Speak”

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    March 25, 2013 by weekiwitch


    Some days the sun shines on you and ebay sends you a saved search alert that actually contains something useful. I finally got a copy of the original 1965 “The Witches Speak” by the Crowthers.

    When the book arrived, it was a bit of a surprise, because it’s essentially a magazine. It was published by Athol as a special offer from FATE magazine. Still, that only adds to it’s ephemeral nature and it has some fascinating pictures not included in the later edition.


    The book kind of what you’d expect from the time period and format…it’s a very general overview of Witchcraft, history etc. It’s written in a way that anticipates lay people’s questions and reactions to the topic, reads a bit defensively, which is understandable.

    I went through both books page by page to spot any differences. Turns out the only things different are the pictures (1976 is all illustrations, 1965 is photographs) and the forward by Leo Martello in 1976. The forward is very interesting, it gives some great historical context for the book.

    Overall I’m not sure which I’d recommend. The 1976 illustrations and forward are very interesting, but the 1965 version is such a cool piece of history.

    **CLICK HERE** to continue to the gallery where you can see all the images from both books. Enjoy!

  7. Vincent Price’s Witchcraft LP

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    March 25, 2013 by weekiwitch


    This album is a treasure! I thought it would be scattered scary stories, but it really functions more closely as a dramatic Witchy how-to. He talks about Gerald Gardner, details grisly rites, it’s a kick. I highly recommend it.

    If you would prefer to download it as an .mp3, just go to http://www.listentoyoutube.com/ and paste in the youtube link (it takes anywhere from 5-30 minutes to process): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3aszI5Fs7Q

  8. Secret Spells Barbie


    March 25, 2013 by weekiwitch


    Now I know when I cast spells for luck, money and love (yes, even love!!), I must make sure to bring along my plastic dragonfly. I always forget that.

  9. Patricia Crowther Demonstrates How to Dress for Sabbats

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    March 25, 2013 by weekiwitch

    You know, if the nudity gets boring.
    Oh and by the way, this is the weirdest picture you will ever see of Patricia Crowther.


    (From “From Stagecraft to Witchcraft” by Patricia Crowther)

  10. Oberon Zell and the Goaticorn

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    March 25, 2013 by weekiwitch


    So I’ve had this picture on my wall for years…YEARS. Long before I became a Pagan, long before I realized Wicca was even a thing. He’s my goaticorn, he’s gellin’, he’s awesome. I often jest that goaticorns are my spirit animal.

    Recently, I was flipping through Drawing Down the Moon (I think), and I came across this picture I never really noticed:

    Oberon_Zell_and_Unicorn_WEB WHAT!! That’s my goaticorn…and WTF it’s Oberon Zell.


  11. Arnold Crowther’s Goddess

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    March 25, 2013 by weekiwitch

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    She is the Goddess of magic and mystery.
    And her eyes are inscrutable.

    This article (from Prediction Magazine in 1966) is a fascinating read. After working with the Crowther’s on “Witchcraft, the Sixth Sense, and Us,” Justine Glass wrote an extraordinary piece on the art of Arnold Crowther.

    The article is a bit out of the ordinary. A large portion focuses on the art work’s eyes and their psychological (magical?) effect on the viewer.

    There’s also a fun little story in the article about a woman who burnt Arnold Crowther’s painting of Aleister Crowley because she said it looked alive and terrified her.

    “A few weeks ago, in both the painting and the sculpture, eyes appeared in the blank sockets of the mask of the Goddess – it might be Lèse-majesté to call it a cast – in her right eye.

    No explanation – no rational explanation at least – has been found of this phenomenon. Neither artist gave the Goddess eyes. Arnold Crowther says that he painted her face as a mask, to symbolize the mask of form hiding the reality of force.”

    “One day, on a visit to Mrs. Valiente, I saw the clearly-defined iris and pupil in each dark, hitherto blank, hollow of the eye-sockets as I looked up at the Goddess.

    Everyone who sees the picture sees the eyes. There is nothing imaginary about them, but perhaps it is in the imagination that their expressions constantly change, although Arnold Crowther would find nothing surprising in that. He explains that he worked on the picture in the circle in his ‘magic’ room, and that ‘anything could happen’ to a painting made there.”


    Here are a couple more of (what I assume are) Arnold Crowther’s paintings in the background from the 1965 edition of “Witches Speak.” The first painting is clearly Patricia. If she was my wife I’d paint her too. Yowzers.


    One doesn’t usually hear much about using art as a magical practice. In it’s surface naive style, I might have dismissed Arnold’s Goddess painting if I saw it, say, at a flea market. However, not being able to separate the context from the work I find it has an effect on me too.

  12. Eye of the Devil


    February 5, 2013 by weekiwitch

    I recently watched the 1966 film, Eye of the Devil, after running across a couple newspaper clippings mentioning Alex and Maxine Sander’s involvement. [1]

    The Windsor Star February 5, 1966.

    I must point out this section:

    “Claridge’s, most elegant of Britain’s hotels, has welcomed many a potentate before, but never one quite like this. For his arrival in London, Sanders wore a monkish red velvet robe. His Queen, Maxine, a big blonde wench of 19, wore only a silk shift which, she said, she naturally discards when she is working because clothes get in the way of the vibrations.” [2]

    Never let it be said that Alex Sanders didn’t have balls. Also, “big blonde wench?” lol

    I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Similar to The Wicker Man, the village of the film does not seem like half bad place to live (if you take out the grisly bits about human sacrifice). It might seem strange to label a horror film “delightful,” but I had a lot of fun watching it.

    Sharon Tate played an amazing role, wandering the countryside dressed like a beatnik, turning frogs into doves and making house wives uncomfortable. I want to be her when I grow up.

    Check out that pendant! The Devil’s eye makes for stunning jewelry.

    Sharon Tate and the necklace featured in Eye of the Devil.

    [1] Kingsport Post, February 10, 1966.
    [2] Windsor Star, February 5, 1966.

  13. A Goddess Arrives


    February 5, 2013 by weekiwitch

    Awhile back I found a copy of the 1939 First Edition of “A Goddess Arrives” for sale online and asked the seller for some pictures. Unfortunately the book was going for about $700 so..haha…yeah that didn’t happen. I can’t find pictures of it anywhere else so I thought I’d share. (Sorry for the abysmal quality, not much I can do about that)

    A Goddess Arrives Dust Jacket

    A Goddess Arrives Cover

  14. High Magic’s Aid

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    February 5, 2013 by weekiwitch

    This is such a nicely designed book. The interior illustrations a thing of beauty. My copy did not come with a DJ, so I had to recreate it. I re-typeset the inside flap from scratch and added the green areas to a high-res scan of the original black and white sketch (courtesy of Rebirth of Witchcraft). Turned out pretty good!
    High Magic's Aid Cover with DJ
    High Magic's Aid Cover
    High Magic's Aid Illustrations
    High Magic's Aid Title Page
    High Magic's Aid Dust Jacket

  15. Witches Being Adorable


    January 30, 2013 by weekiwitch

    Witches Being Adorbs

    I love this picture (featuring the ever amazing Doreen Valiente and Patricia Crowther). One runs across it from time to time, but this incarnation I scanned 1965’s “Witchcraft, the Sixth Sense, and Us,” by Justine Glass.

    The description reads:

    “Robed witches making a ceremonial toast beneath a symbol of the Horned God, a ram’s head crowned with oak-leaves, with a pentagram on the forehead. From each witch’s girdle hangs the sheathed ritual knife. The silver bracelets (silver is the metal of the moon) are worn at rituals as a badge of the initiated woman witch. Fourteen “witch-stones” (naturally-holed fossils, from chalk deposits, traditionally gathered on the day of the full moon) compose the necklace of the witch on the left. Fourteen is the number chosen because there are fourteen days between waxing and full moon.”

    From the same photo shoot (Found in Patricia Crowther’s “From Stagecraft to Witchcraft”):

    Seriously, adorable. Seriously, adorable. (Side note: I really want to know what books are on the shelves back there.)

  16. Are aliens Pagan???

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    January 8, 2013 by weekiwitch


    So a minor obsession of mine is collecting witchy ephemera. I love seeing bits of history first hand, and experiencing how it felt to be a part of things during a moment in time. Pagan history is so rich, and I’ve been around for so little of it.

    I have a small but steadily growing collection of newsletters, journals and magazines from the 1950’s onward that are neat little chunks of Pagan history. I especially love ephemeral sorts of items because they are so raw and unconcerned with lasting impact. People were not afraid to be weird. The picture above has just been randomly pasted at the bottom of the contents page in a 1980’s Reclaiming Tradition newsletter.  Great stuff.

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