Written and compiled by George Knowles After the old English Witchcraft Act of was repealed in , a new and contemporary movement of Witchcraft in various forms and traditions began to emerge and spread quickly throughout the U. Gardner, exported the Gardnerian tradition to America and formed the first Gardnerian coven in New York in Since then contemporary Witchcraft also spread quickly around the United States. On a wooded ridge just outside of Aldridge he also built a home for each of his children where they all lived together in a tight-knit family group, helping and working together in the family business.
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Written and compiled by George Knowles After the old English Witchcraft Act of was repealed in , a new and contemporary movement of Witchcraft in various forms and traditions began to emerge and spread quickly throughout the U.
Gardner, exported the Gardnerian tradition to America and formed the first Gardnerian coven in New York in Since then contemporary Witchcraft also spread quickly around the United States. On a wooded ridge just outside of Aldridge he also built a home for each of his children where they all lived together in a tight-knit family group, helping and working together in the family business.
After his grandfather passed away in , Gavin was enrolled in a boarding school to start his education. During the war years —45, the family canning business thrived supplying much-needed canned rations to aid the war effort. There he joined an informal group under the influence of T. A laboratory assistant at the time, Lethbridge was interested in magic; the occult and sacred Pagan stone circle sites.
They sought the help of a previous student of the university, then a pursuivant to the Duke of Norfolk the heraldic head of England, who had joined a coven in Penzance. After receiving instruction the initiation was carried out at the stone circle site in Boskednan, Cornwall. As part of the initiation ritual initiates received a mark cut into their wrists.
Boskednan Stone Circle in Cornwall Also known as the Nine Maidens, the circle was mostly in ruins until the authorities under took its restoration in the summer of There were probably twenty-two stones making up the original circle, but only six are still erect and most of those in the north are missing.
They average about 1. Boskednan Stone Circle in Cornwall The circle was restored after recent renovation work during the summer of While in Cumbria, Gavin met and fell in love with Dorothy Whitford and together they moved to Hatfield near London where Gavin had taken a research position with the de Havilland Aircraft Corporation.
Gavin and Dorothy were married in January As much of the missile testing took place at night on Salisbury Plain, this left him time during the day to investigate the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge and the people who built them, furthering his interest in the Pagan origins of the Old Religion. After moving to California, Gavin next began work as the senior project engineer working on the military F radar systems, another position that allowed him to travel.
On one a trip to Milan, Italy he was able to do some research into the truths and fiction that surrounds Charles G. However, all his traveling and long hours at work was beginning to affect his marriage and family life, which by now included two children, a son and daughter. In an attempt to ease his load and spend more quality time with them he accepted a new position as a Company representative in Europe, and in moved his family to Munich in Germany.
While his hours at work were still high, what free time he had he failed to spend with his family. Instead he became fascinated in the subject of German sorcery. After a grueling test of personal endurance, part of the initiation ritual, he qualified to receive and donned their Saffron Robe. Returning to California in , his marriage to Dorothy began to deteriorate. It soon became apparent they shared a mutual liking and similar interests in religion and spirituality.
Yvonne also studied for and was initiated into a Celtic tradition. In , Gavin and Dorothy separated in a less than amicable divorced and he and Yvonne moved to Ferguson in St. Louis County, Missouri, there to start a new life together.
Yvonne Frost Yvonne Frost nee Wilson was born in in Los Angeles during the early years of the depression that was sweeping across America. Just a few years earlier her Baptist family and a large number of relatives had moved from the poverty stricken areas of the Cumberland Gap in Kentucky, only to suffer the same privations of the depression in Los Angeles.
This was an approach to life she never out-grew. Struggling through her teen years, Yvonne had a hard time coming to terms with her Baptist up bringing; she never seemed to fit in, and so began to question her Baptist faith. She then began an extensive study of comparative religions in search of something more acceptable. She claims her family history includes two lines of Witches that go back for generations, one to the Cumberland Gap in Kentucky, and the other to the Clan Gunn of Scotland.
In , Yvonne married for the first time to a military man, a marriage that lasted 10 years, part of which he had been stationed in Germany where she had moved to stay with him. At the end of their marriage in and with a need to better support herself, she started a course in Secretary Skills at Fullerton Junior College, Orange County, California. After graduating in with an A. At that time Yvonne was still exploring alternative paths of spirituality.
First she tried Buddhism, but found it too passive to meet her spiritual needs. Her spirit guide she claims was Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace who together with Darwin, had developed the first theory of evolution. In , after his return from Germany, Yvonne met Gavin Frost who worked for the same company as she. In doing so, Yvonne saw some elements of Witchcraft overlapped with her beliefs in spiritualism.
Given similar interests and a mutual liking they soon became lovers, and together studied psychic development with a spiritualist teacher. Louis, Gavin took up a position as an international sales manager, which again involved much travelling around the world and time away from home. After one such trip to Australia, his return flight on the 24th July was rescheduled so passengers could eye witness the re-entry of the Apollo space module containing Neil Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr.
Gavin and Yvonne later legally married in They advertised the School in magazines all around the United States and soon gained a regular following of students. Gavin and Yvonne spent the next couple of years banging heads with bureaucracy and particularly the IRS as they sought legal recognition for the School as a Church and a non-profit organization. In order to meet their requirements they had to define the philosophy of the Church in keeping with the philosophies of other religions.
Both these Churches did much to help redefine Witchcraft as a bona-fide religion entitled to all the same benefits and representation as all other religions. Since then many other pagan related Churches have been chartered across the United States. They spent the next couple of years in Missouri restoring old buildings and raising pigs, and then in moved to New Bern in North California were they lived for some twenty years. In they retired from active leadership of the Church but continued to be active as Clergy and retained control of the School through which they continue to teach.
Together they have appeared on national T. As sought after public speakers they have travelled up and down the United States, during which times they have been shot at and encountered numerous hostile demonstrations against them.
On two occasions they have even had bombs planted in hotels where they were staying. I had to wonder why?? Indeed I find it quite astonishing that two such highly intelligent and worldly-wise people should advocate and document such a controversial practice publicly if it ever was practiced? Even today many people reading it would find it equally offensive. By this time however, they had started making less public appearances at festivals, partly due to the continuing controversy over their original book, resulting in fewer venues wanting them to present, and other venues wishing to disassociate themselves.
In addition to talks on topics ranging from Witchcraft to Grimoires and Astrology to Sacred geography, they were also well known for giving classes in ballroom dancing.
During his last visit to the FPG event in early Gavin had to be taken to the hospital. For sometime he had been suffering with intestinal problems Diverticulitis and surgery was scheduled for late September, but his physical condition continued to deteriorate. On the 05th of September he was again rushed to the hospital and admitted to the ICU, there Doctors discovered a tear in his intestine causing more damage, internal infection and severe pain. His nurses would cry because they felt so sorry for him and there was so little they could do besides manage his pain and try to rebuild his strength.
His body released him early [Sunday] morning allowing him to cross over and to be free of the pain. We are fulfilled that by teaching them, they have been able to make their own lives and the lives of their loved ones more comfortable. That knowledge makes all those years of struggling and developing our Craft awareness, well worthwhile.
His next position was with Canadair in Montreal , first working on the Canadian missile program, then joining their Training and Simulation group, a position that allowed him to travel around the world. After moving to California , Frost became the senior project engineer working on the military F radar systems. His claims to be initiated have, however, never been confirmed, and prominent Wiccan members have repeatedly emphasised that he never was initiated into Wicca. After his claimed initiation, his position with the de Havilland Aircraft Corporation placed him in the vicinity of Salisbury Plain , where he investigated the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge and the people who built them, furthering his interest in ancient peoples and the origins of the Old Religion.