Friday, August 29, 2014

The earliest use of Wicca

We want to run a competition: just for fun, but with a serious purpose. The winner will receive a copy of Margaret Murray's God of the Witches. It's very simple: Document a single case of the word Wicca being used to name a spiritual path--meaning a religion or a spiritual way of thinking. Whoever finds the earliest use, apart from use by Frost, wins. Note that Gerald Gardner used "wi(c)ca"* only once, and he did not use it in the meaning we delineate here. The earliest use by ourselves was in our booklet "Witchcraft the Way to Serenity", the first copy was sold on 4 November 1968. In the back of the booklet there was an advertisement for the School of Wicca's course in Wicca. Therefore we were using Wicca at least a month prior to the sale we can justly claim a documented** date for first use of 1 October 1968. The Articles of Association for the Church of Wicca are notarized 13 December 1971. Okay, troops. Have at it. The winner's name will be announced in six (6) months. * We have been told that in early copies of Gardner's book it is spelt with one C and in later editions with two Cs. **Documented does not mean a quote from Wikipedia.

58 comments:

Lucya said...

The Zennor Churchway ley line, in Cornwall, runs next to Wicca farm, which is recorded as having thatn name on maps as far back as 1327 http://www.leyhunter.com/archives/arch4.htm

Do I win?

Lucya said...

PS A ley line is a "spiritual path" in the sense that is a physical track but with spiritual connotations - yes I know I am stretching your definition, but I am a cheeky so and so. :)

Gavin Frost said...

Nice try Lucya 1327 as of now were not counting as it is not in our definition. But if no one else does better--- the end date is febuary 2015, so keep watching.
Blessed be Gavin

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JESUS CHRIST ON A POPSICLE STICK IN A JUMPED UP CHARIOT DRIVEN SIDECAR DOESNT ANY MEDITATING SAGE WAVERING BELL CLANGING MASTURBATING ROBE WEARING FART KNOCKING PERSON FOLLOWING THIS BLOG HAVE A WORD TO SAY? HOW ABOUT YOU MY FRIEND SHADOWHAWK?

thirdeyespinning said...

Lucya I have copy and pasted your input I hope its OK with you. Very interesting lovely seeker blessed be.

THE ZENNOR CHURCHWAY - A Classical Cornish Coffin Line Craig Weatherhill


Comero weeth na rewh gara an vorr goath rag an vorr noweth ("Take care you do not leave the old road for the new") Cornish Proverb
In a district with the geography of Penwith (or the Land's End peninsula of Cornwall, in SW England), it would seem impossible to lay out an almost straight route on a virtually level plane for 10 mines, and yet those who centuries ago laid the Zennor Churchway achieved just that.

Penwith is a granite peninsula consisting of a range of moorland hills up to 252m high, surrounded by a flattish bench at around the 130m level, cut by wave action in the Pliocene era. To the west and south, this bench may be up to three miles wide, but scored by deep, steep-sided river valleys: Kenidjack Cot, Nanquidno. Penberth, Lamorna. On the long north coast it is less than a mile wide - in one place, the width of the bench between the abrupt rise of the hills and the 100m cliff is only a few hundred metres. Any streams which cross this narrow bench are likely to have cut only shallow valleys.

The Zennor Churchway was laid out along this northern bench, parallel to the coast, and its traceable for at least 10 miles from St. Ives to Pendeen, crossing continuous patterns of small, stone-walled fields first laid out by prehistoric farmers: arguably the oldest continually-worked landscape in the world. The path can be easily followed, marked by dozens of eighteenth and nineteenth-century sites. These largely consist of two related types: the grid, where a gap in one of the massive stone-faced hedges may have three or four monolithic pillars laid out on the ground to form a cattle-grid; or the grid-step, where central stones are placed higher to form a barrier to more adventurous types of livestock.

From the ninth century, the route was way-marked by round-headed stone crosses, only a few on which survive in situ. The sites of some are still marked by cross-bases - earth-fast boulders, roughly squared, with a square socket sunk into the center. From at least Iron Age times each farmholding along this coast consisted of a long, narrow strip running from the coastal cliffs to the highest point of the long hill range, where the inland end of many butt onto another ancient trackway, a ridgeway known as The Old St.Ives Road, or the Tinners' Way. This was, in medieval times, adopted as a parish boundary for Marvah and Zennor. The sites and spacing of the stone crosses seem to indicate that each was originally set up on the boundaries between one holding and the next. The extreme age of these farm holdings is still evident: in quite a number the remains of the prehistoric and medieval farms survive alongside the modern farms which, apparently for convenience, have been sited exactly on the path of the Zennor Churchway. Earlier still, it may have been marked by menhirs (individual standing stones), at least three of which existed along the way. Close to Zennor, a stone row, the only one currently known in West Cornwall, runs at right angles to the route.

The track is also marked by field names. Churchway, Wayfield, and Road Field are common eighteenth and nineteenth century names which continue a tradition. Earlier field names are in the Cornish tongue: Furrywidden is vorr an gwidn, 'the white way', while the Cornish work for a cross, crowz is found in many other fields along the route as Park an Grouse, for example.

thirdeyespinning said...

What I have to say folks is that was all I could post as I was limited by characters. Having read the total website from Lucya I was very impressed. You are a winner in my book. Folks go to the website. Its a goody.

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I mean really now I like everything about that Gavin with his cool Welsh accent and big good ole guy Santa Claus persona and I respect my very intelligent and blessed elders. Just bullshittin if Gavin passes Ill have a hysterectomy.

thirdeyespinning said...

Lets keep this short BLACK MAJICK ENDS UP LIKE BLACK MAJICK

thirdeyespinning said...

Well here's a positive lil doodad after I meditated on Gavin And Yvonnes lovely blog pic. You can if you have a talent read Tarot online. I have done this in many cities. Its a talent. Learn it don't fake it or Houdini will get ya. No lets talk later.

thirdeyespinning said...

This will take a minute but its late. This is a very true story when I read Tony Danza the celebs Tarot Cards on Venice Beach Boardwalk in I think it was the year 2000.

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OK FOLKS THIS IS DEEP. I WAS READING TAROT ON VENICE BEACH BOARDWALK WHEN THE TONY DANZA WHIZZES BY ON ROLLAR BLADES ON HIS WAY TO MUSCLE BEACH AND STOPS AT MY BOUTH AND SAYS "I HEARD YOU WERE GOOD THE FORTUNE TELLING THING I GOT A FIFTY ON ME THATS IT" HE SETS DOWN IN MY CHAIR

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I SAY TONY JUST RELAX EASE UP AND I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW YOUR MOVE TO MALIBU IS GOING TO WORK OUT HE LOOKS AT ME LIKE WHAT THA AND HE RERALIZES HES OK

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HE ASK HOW DO YOU KNOW I JUST MOVED TO MALIBU I SAY YOU JUST SAT DOWN IN THE CHAIR OF THE MOST POWERFUL PSYCHIC IN VENICE BEACH

thirdeyespinning said...

I TELL TONY LA LAW IS HIS EVEN BEFORE HE KNEW HE GOT THE CONTRACT HE GIVES ME HIS PRIVATE CONTACTS NUMS WE ARE FRIENDS I HAVE MANY STORIES OF THIS NATURE I AM A VERY GOOD PSYCHIC WHEN I WANT TO BE

thirdeyespinning said...

I HAVE TO SAY ADRIAN BRODY IN THE HOUDINI SERIES IS OUTSTANDING THE ACTING IS OFF THE CHARTS AND HE SHOULD GET A EMMY PERSONALLY I HAVE TO SAY YOU ARE HOUDINI

thirdeyespinning said...

OMG SCOTLAND IS GOING TO BE FREE AT LAST AND I LOVE LISTENING TO THE HOT BEAUTS ON THE BBC

thirdeyespinning said...

LISTEN TO THE BBC

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Is this weird I sleep with my tennis racquet, pentacle hand necklace,18 girl length pillows, guitar and harmonica

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NOW AS EVERYONE WAITING WITH BAITED BREATHE IS WONDERING WHAT I AM DOING I AM DOING A SATANIC MEDITATION OF ABSORBING ENERGY OF ALL BEINGS HAVING AND EXHALING THIER ORGASMS BREATHE FROM YOUR DAN TIEN TWO INCHES BELOW YOUR NAVEL AND IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE SATANIC THAT WHAT I SAID TO GET YOUR SHORT ATTENTION SPAN

thirdeyespinning said...

WELL GOOD NIGHT TO THE FROSTS AND ESPECIALLY YOU SMARTY HOT PANTS LUCYA CHEEKY MONKEY

thirdeyespinning said...

IM LAUGHING SO HARD I CANT FIGURE OUT IF IM HAVING A LSD OR MUSHROOM FLASHBACK LET ME ASK MICHELLE ......OBAMA. NOW THAT WAS WEIRD

thirdeyespinning said...

NOW THAT WAS DISINFORMATION TO SHOW THE GOVERNMENT THAT WE WICCANS ARE NOT A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE USA

thirdeyespinning said...

IM GOING TO CIA.GOV AND REPORT THAT GAVIN WANTS TO SNIP EVERY NON JEW IN THE UNIVERSE IF HE DOESNT HAVE 20 DOLLARS JUST JOKIN GAVIN WE ARE WAY TO BUSY POPPIN HYMENS JUST JOKING AGAIN I KNOW AT YOUR AGE YOU KNOW IM JUST BULLSHITTIN BUT YOU HAVE TO ADMIT FUNNY

thirdeyespinning said...

YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE HOW MANY GODDESSES AND GODS ARE LAUGHING...BUT YOU COULD TRY

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WELL I KNOW IM A SOMEWHAT INTERESTING CHARACTER BUT YOU NEED TO START THE FROST COURSES FROM DAY ONE AND NOT BE LOST IN THE ETHER LIKE MOI 56JD 0R MY LAST PERSONA 46JE

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WOAH BOY THE JESUS JUICE ALSO KNOWN AS MERLOT HAD ME BARKING AT THE MOON LAST NIGHT. BACK ON TOPIC. OF COURSE THE EASY WAY TO FIND THE FIRST USE OF WICCA COULD BE TO AS THEY SAY GOOGLE IT BUT LET ME TAKE SOME TIME TO FIND A BIT MORE OBSCURE SEARCH ENGINE OR SOURCE PERHAPS AND SEE WHAT I COME UP WITH ALSO READ LUCYAS WEBSITE AGAIN. HAVE A GREAT DAY. OH YEAH THE FIRST DOLLAR I MADE IN MY LAST TRIP TO FLORIDA WAS A PALM READING AT THE UNITARIAN CHURCH IN ST. PETERSBURG I REMEMBER THE LADY SAID TO ME AFTER I SAID GOODBYE WAS "DONT YOU PEOPLE LIKE TO SAY THE BLESSED BE THING" LOL

thirdeyespinning said...

Wow I am having a extremely clairaudient day today. its a lil spooky to have this talent at first but you have to temper and control it so you don't go "Nuckin Futts" I ask nicely just to have pleasant and helpful spirit guides not the mean tricky ones. there is a few of those for sure. I respect that they have a place but please not around me all the time just visit people who seem to enjoy your company.

thirdeyespinning said...

This from ask.com mentions our Dancing Wiccan buddies Gavin and Yvonne it basically states the term started in England during the Anglo Saxon period.The Anglo Saxon Era extends from the end of Roman Britain in the early fifth century to the the Norman conquest in 1066

In Modern English, the term Wicca (/ˈwɪkə/) refers to Wicca, the religion of contemporary Pagan Witchcraft.[nb 1] It is used within the Pagan community under competing definitions. One refers to the entirety of the Pagan Witchcraft movement, while the other refers explicitly to traditions included in what is now called British Traditional Wicca.[1]

Although pronounced differently, Wicca is related to the Old English word wicca, which referred to sorcerers in Anglo-Saxon England. In the early 1950s, English Wiccan Gerald Gardner, founder of the Gardnerian tradition, referred to the Pagan Witchcraft community as the Wica. He claimed to have learned the term during his initiation into the New Forest coven in 1939. By the late 1950s, Gardner's rival Charles Cardell, founder of his own tradition, had begun referring to the religion's followers as Wiccens, and possibly used Wicca in reference to the religion itself.

The inclusive use of the term Wicca—referring to the entirety of Pagan Witchcraft religion—has been traced to Britain in the early 1960s, when it was used by various groups and publicised through use in adverts, magazines, and other literary sources. It was later adopted by figures like Alex Sanders and Gavin and Yvonne Frost, who took it to the United States. There, practitioners of British Traditional Wicca adopted it exclusively for themselves as a means to differentiate their practices from those of other Pagan Witches. This exclusive meaning was countered by its popularisation as a generic term by prolific authors such as Raymond Buckland, Scott Cunningham and Silver RavenWolf. As it entered popular culture, it gained an increasingly eclectic character in its usage. During the 1990s, some attempted to distance themselves from it by utilising the term traditional witchcraft.

thirdeyespinning said...

I think I have heard of Alex Sanders but don't know much about him. I want to look him up just for shits and giggles. I would like to have Margaret Murrys book by the way "God Of The Witches" I will keep trying and maybe get it for my birthday in February. CANDLEMAS. I think though that Lucyas interpretational research is perhaps more precise.

thirdeyespinning said...

By the way Gavin and Yvonne it was quite wiley of you to have this contest. The contest will boost you in the search engines for the term Wicca and then have more courses sent out as a result. Well done. I will help more later with more timelines.

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We feel it is tragick
That those who lack Magick.
Should start a vendetta
With those who know betta
We who practice the Art
Have no wish to take part
Seems a pity the "Wicca"
Do not realise this Quicca.

Margaret Bruce, 1960

This was a poem written to Gerald Gardner with the name Wicca in it. The word documented case is key here and Gavin and Yvonne have a point in their use that is documented by post mark if that is what it was. Ok I had a idea to look for a monument or stone edifice with a carving of the name Wicca from I suppose from The Anglo Saxon period. Now that's a thought.

thirdeyespinning said...

I was looking at a lovely statue of Hecate just saying but let me see if Wicca means basically male sorcerer I would think that there would be a statue of a Anglo Saxon era sorcerer with the name Wicca carved on him. One would think.

thirdeyespinning said...

Well no ancient Runes which I like as a tool that means Wicca. One that looks like a sideways Roman Numeral 10 meant day and one name for it is Daeg like a derivation of Daegan. Gavin and Yvonnes big strapping Grandson. Still looking.

thirdeyespinning said...

I looked at many nice images using the keywords NAME WICCA CARVED IN ANGLO SAXON STATUE. Perhaps I saw one but the pics to small to tell. Check this I haven't had a cigarette in over 24 hours and fell amazingly fine after a light full moon waning spell. I really feel like reading the Tarot right now and sip some Kava Tea. Blessed Be.

thirdeyespinning said...

Speaking of Hecate maybe the person or persons that need to get out of my airspace so to speak would like to get to know her in a way the can not begin to fathom.

thirdeyespinning said...

Oh I see on FAKE PRAISE THE BIG NOSE FAGOTTY WIMPS JEW BOY WHO FINALLY QUIT PLAYING CHOSEN AND GOT OFF THERE ASSES AND DID SOMETHING LIKE IN THE MOVIE MUNICH FACEBOOK. That Kristin Gulak and her big nose husband that financed her Karma dump called Wilmington Yoga have sold their cracker box to have a child. Just what the world needed another mud duck as if all her children she pretends to help in India weren't enough. Kristin could you just either drop dead, drop a load, drop you husband after riding his Adrain Brody like nose to orgasm. Then after you work out your getting worse Karma teach the muds about birth control. Namaste you cunt!

thirdeyespinning said...

SIGIL! SEIG HEIL! YOU DO NOT KNOW ME VERY WELL SUN GOD ASS!

thirdeyespinning said...

http://thesecondcomingofbast.blogspot.com/2007/07/gavin-and-yvonne-frost.html I like this article and the way this guys writes. I like the title Second Coming Of Bast a lot. Speaking of peter puffing butt munching bastards what has AJ Drew the DRAIN BAMAGED DUDE been up to lately. I heard he has passed to Syde?

thirdeyespinning said...

I am going to CIA.GOV on a serious note and mission so to speak and report some money laundering I am very much aware of. Be right back. Same bat time. Same bat channel. Blessed be crazy

thirdeyespinning said...

That must've struck a nerve because the time clock on my computer just started spinning like a compass IN THE BERMUDA TRI DANGLE. You know like the tea bag tri dangle that Christian women like.

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CHECKMATE! BRATVA WINS! MR PUTIN YOU DA MAN!

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OH SHIT HERE WE GO AGAIN IVAN UP IN BRIGHTON BEACH SAID FOR THE 57TH DAM TIME YOU KNOW HOW WE ARE MAN JUST LEAVE THOSE PEOPLE ALONE LET HER BE BSM BLONDIE SOCCER MOM OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL HER YOUR SCARING HER LIKE A LITTLE BUNNY WABBIT FRIGHTENED OF A BEAR ETC. IVAN IS SPEAKING IN RUSSIAN SO THE TRANSLATION ANYWAY HE WANTS ME TO COME BACK TO NYC AND BE WITH MY OTHER FAMILY YEAH THE TRANSLATION SOUNDS LIKE KLINGON IS WHAT I MEANT TO SAY. BY THE WAY THERE IS A FORTUNE TELLER IN BRIGHTON BEACH THE SAME BUILDING AS THE CHESS CLUB SHES GOOD I PAID HER JUST 20 AND A BOTTLE OF VODKA SHE WAS NICE.

thirdeyespinning said...

Why you,(CIA) failed to save World_Trade_Centre? Because you claimed to be the "Shadow Eye" of U.S Empire. No wonder why, U.S.S.R was the "Highest Priority Target"(HPT) of the Langley? C.I.A is a World Perpetrator, threatening World Peace Stability,(WPS) through Cyber-Attack,(C-A). C.I.A, Support Terrorism through Human-Intellectual-Manipulation,(H-I-M). C.I.A Kryptos, today are being cracked by Toddlers, but they're still spending Hrs&Hrs spying on the Civillian's e-mails, & still pretend they dnt know what is going on? C.I.A is no longer powerful as it emerges. Now what is left only the names of the Deceased ones. Its a shame on the U.S as the Russians are repatrating what belongs to them. #Cyber_War:_Russia_Vs_U.S

thirdeyespinning said...

Thanks Gavin I heard and saw you applaud in your Saffron robe.

thirdeyespinning said...

Just wanted to share a funny if you want you ass kicked PDQ go to Brighton Beach NY on a Saturday Bitch, Piss and Moan about not being able to get a drink till sundown because this is the Russian Jewish tradition. See half are Jews and the other half pretended to be to get their Visas but Ill bet you already knew this.

thirdeyespinning said...

Here comes a Ayurveda public service announcement. You can brighten your teeth strengthen your gums and detox by a technique called OIL PULLING. I personally use VITAMIN E OIL sometimes mixed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil which I also from time to time like to cook with as it is flavorful and burns nice and hot.

thirdeyespinning said...

WE ARE THIRTEEN AND OF COURSE GAVIN AND YVONNE ARE TWO OF US WATCHING THE FINE MOVIE ENDERS GAME

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Listening to the Rush the Wiccan Power Trio on YouTube "The Camera Eye" video by BIGWALLYPANTS its good and very symbolic of New York and London. Where I have traveled.

thirdeyespinning said...

I am listening to "Fleetwood Mac" Stevie Nicks was a well known witch back in the day. She disallowed Lindsay Lohan to play her in a movie. Please Stevie back in our time Lindsay Buckingham, Yourself, and Mick Fleetwood, and Christie McVeigh used to snort a mountain of coke together. Why are you being so self righteous? Because of Lindsay's run in with the law? Stevie's nickname was the goat woman because of her warbling voice. Directors notes for "The Early Years" the first woman presidents college experience.

thirdeyespinning said...

I give many thanks as I listen to YouTubes rendition "Indestructible" by Disturbed Tribute to the American Military. I give many thanks. Blessed Be