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Traditional and Innovative Trends in Post-Gardnerian Witchcraft

Traditional and Innovative Trends in Post-Gardnerian Witchcraft

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05/10/2014

 
T
RADITIONAL
 
AND
 I
NNOVATIVE
T
RENDS
 
IN
 P
OST
-G
ARDNERIAN
 W
ITCHCRAFT
Jon Hanna
 
© 2008Jon Hanna.Licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 UnportedLicense.This work may be distributed in part or in its entirety for non-commercial purposes, as long as asits authorship is attributed to Jon Hanna and there is a reference to its original place of publicationat <http://www.hackcraft.net/wicca/>.Derivative works may be distributed providing they also are licensed by aCreative CommonsAttribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.Full text of the license: <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/legalcode>.Summary at <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/>.To arrange for any distribution or reuse outside of the terms of the license and the conventions of “fair use” and “fair dealing” please contact the copyright owner atjon@hackcraft.net.
 
Abstract
The publication of Gerald Gardner’s non-fiction works on witchcraft has led to the currentexistence of two different trends of religio-magical belief and/or practice, which both identifythemselves as
Wicca
. One form places a strong emphasis upon the transmission of traditional practices and a form of initiatory lineage similar to that practiced by Gardner himself. The other covers a wider range of views on each of these aspects, but with the most common position beinga strong distance between the traditional practices—giving a greater importance to innovation— and a complete or near-complete abandonment of the concept of initiatory linage.Within both the trends the traditional is often seen as a subset of a wider religio-magical stream of  post-Gardnerian Pagan Witchcraft of which the innovative form is a larger part, though in differentways; the traditional view of the innovative form typically labels that form
eclectic
even in caseswhere the practitioners would understand
eclectic
differently, and considers it to be somethingoutside of what it terms Wicca. The innovative form typically label all post-Gardnerian PaganWitchcraft, or beyond, as Wicca, and as such recognises all traditional practitioners as Wicca butdoes not generally make a more significant distinction between e.g. Alexandrian and Correlianthan between Alexandrian and Gardnerian and as such often does not even recognise the self-identification of the traditional streams.As such, the traditional stream considers the differences between the two streams as significant tothe point of typicality while the innovative stream considers the differences as much lesssignificant. Analysis of these differences offer a chance insights into both.i

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