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  1. Witches Mill Poster

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    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.

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

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    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 A contact of his on the island has a large collection historical documents of all kinds relating to the history of the place and she gave him a photo-copy of the poster to give to me…….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?

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    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

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  2. Are aliens Pagan???

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    January 8, 2013 by weekiwitch

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    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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