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The Way of the Wise


Firstly, I’d like to say what a privilege it is to be invited to contribute to PaganSquare ­ I hope this will lead to a greater understanding of what witchcraft was like in Britain before the introduction of Wicca from those who still practice the Old Ways. Many of us have been around for a long time ­ some would say too long ­ but that’s another story.

I personally belong to the Coven of the Scales, a group founded by Aleister ‘Bob’ Clay-Egerton and his wife Mériém in the 1960s, after the first anti-witchcraft campaign destroyed their Warwickshire coven and drove them from their home. These roots can also be traced back to the Cheshire coven, which in turn had its antecedents in a copper-miners’ coven going back to the early-mid 1880s.

In future posts I will be explaining the differences between traditional British Old Craft and giving a brief insight into what makes it such a fascinating Tradition to follow. We already have several American students on our Arcanum course and they never cease to be amazed by the old way of teaching ­ but I think it’s fair to say that they have fun, too!

Naturally, I am perfectly willing to answer your questions about traditional British Old Craft and would begin by quoting an old CoS adage:
Remember that the only foolish question is the one you didn’t ask.

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Mélusine Draco originally trained in the magical arts of traditional British Old Craft with Bob and Mériém Clay-Egerton. She has been a magical and spiritual instructor for over 20 years with Arcanum and the Temple of Khem, and writer of numerous popular books on magic and witchcraft. Her highly individualistic teaching methods and writing draws on ancient sources, supported by academic texts and current archaeological findings.


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