Gerald Brosseau Gardner was an English Wiccan, also known as Scire, and an author, anthropologist, and archaeologist. He was one of the first people in modern times to use Wicca as a religious practice, and was best known for his book The Magick of the Witch. Today, his craft is popular among pagans and non-pagans alike.
In 1932, Gardner stopped in Egypt on his way back to London and met Sir Flinders Petrie, who was excavating the site of Tall al-Ajjul in Palestine. At the same time, he attended a conference on protohistory in London, which led him to lecture about the cult of the Mother Goddess. Ultimately, Gardner wrote his memoirs of his adventures.
In the same year that Gardner wrote his book, he met Robert Graves, who later wrote the poem “The White Goddess.” It has a significant place in Wicca. After the two men got married, Gardner returned to England, where he died at the breakfast table. He was 79 years old and buried in Tunisia. It was his final trip. While he had many friends in England, he remained true to his beliefs and values.
In his will, Gardner bequeathed his museum to his wife, Monique Wilson. She ran the museum and also held weekly Coven meetings in her old cottage. Monique Wilson and her husband eventually closed the museum. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! purchased Gardner’s collection and dispersed it among museums. Some pieces of the museum ended up in private collections. This upset many Gardner supporters, and many of his books are now on display at the museum.
The second part of Gardner’s biography is Wiccan Roots. It explains Gardner’s early life and work as a modern witch. His passion for the supernatural and religious practices led him to explore many facets of myth and religion. He also delved into the occult and studied various forms of spiritualism and Freemasonry. He had extensive knowledge of tribal magical practices and became an important figure in these fields. His other career was as an antiquarian. He wrote a number of respected monographs about Malay culture and its history.
After the book’s release, Gardner spent years exploring the region, collecting a thousand examples of Malay kris and interviewing locals about their beliefs. He became fascinated with the wavy bladed daggers found in the area. His interest in the Malay Kris led him to publish the first authoritative book on the subject. It was published in Singapore, and still remains a standard in the field.
While Gardner never attended school, he learned to read by reading the Strand Magazine. His writing was filled with grammatical and spelling errors, indicating that he had no formal education. His voracious reading habits influenced his writing and his beliefs about life after death. There is life after death, and Gardner wrote extensively on the topic. While he was skeptical about the practice of mediumship, his books gave him a sense of spirituality and the existence of spirits.
After retiring from his teaching job in 1916, Gardner and his wife settled in Malaya. During this time, he led archaeological expeditions throughout Europe and Asia Minor. During one of these trips, he came to Cyprus and became convinced that he had lived on the island there in a previous life. He used Cyprus as the setting for his second novel, A Goddess Arrives, which was centered around Aphrodite worship in 1450 B.C.
After his initial research, Gardner sought to contact Aleister Crowley, who had allegedly been a member of one of the Nine Covens of the New Forest. Gardner wrote down Crowley’s rituals and incorporated them into his Book of Shadows. Unfortunately, Crowley was ill and months away from death when Gardner reached him. Gardner was able to work with his findings in the Book of Shadows, resulting in the publication of the controversial book.
Gardner is widely regarded as the father of modern Witchcraft, although his real work is still unclear. He wrote about a rumour about witchcraft in the family and even attempted to disprove it by claiming that he found proof that there was no evidence. However, he was a Wiccan and he was also an author, anthropologist, and archaeologist.
He also helped produce amateur plays with spiritual and occult themes. Upon returning to the United States, Gardner was granted the honorary status of IVdeg in the Order of Templi Orientis. This was the only charter Gardner signed. However, he died shortly thereafter. In addition to being a member of the Order, Gardner also helped to found the religion of Thelema.