For those who have recently entered the Magical Milieu of MOTO, Simon Goodman (d.1991) was a foundational figure in Australian Wicca and Paganism. When he died he left much of his collection of books, papers and correspondence to Murdoch University Library, where I was working at the time. Simon is still a controversial figure, as witnessed recently in some on-line and personal discussions. So whilst I have already made available some material from his collection on the Resources page, I thought I’d continue the project. And, in keeping with his heritage of of good-natured provocation, post something a little interesting. : )
These ‘Notes on hereditary and traditional British Witchcraft‘ are interesting for many, many reasons. For this (proactive) post the most relevant point is the conclusion an 80’s weekend gathering of UK Craft bigwigs, lineage holders etc came to. Provided of course these notes are accurate. Anyway, the conclusions read:
i. The craft offers no adequate means of spiritual growth.
ii. The craft has an ethical system, but does not offer adequate solutions to inflated egos.
iii. Egocentric High Priestesses are particularly prone to arise in the craft.
iv. Coven leaders do not necessarily adequately explain why power is being raised, with the possibilities of exploitation.”
Anyway…if you can read the handwriting, you’ll find much to interest you. And if you are kind enough to do what I can’t be bothered doing and transcribe the bugger, please send us a copy for the other MOTO readers. Ta 🙂 Download here.
UPDATE: Andrew B. Watt has kindly started the task of transcription here. THANKS Andrew!