Monday, 13 March 2017
Witches And The Time Patrol
-SM Stirling, The Protector's War (New York, 2006), Chapter Fourteen, p. 370.
Pagan scholars of Paganism tell me that there was no underground of Witches in Western Christendom. Gardner had to invent Wicca while (imp)lying that he had revived an ancient tradition. Neo-Pagans are simply Neo.
Nevertheless, a woman in Preston Moot claimed to have been brought up in a Traveller community that had been Pagan for generations. Women worshipped the Moon; men worshipped Herne. Her community no longer existed so she sought out Neo-Pagans and was surprised by some of their practices. She has since died.
It might be a matter of indifference to the Time Patrol whether Gardner's Wicca did link back to an earlier tradition or whether instead he created it de novo. Either way, it exists now. The Patrol must protect Gardner's existence just as it must protect St Paul whether or not what Paul said about Jesus was historically accurate. (When I began to post about Witches, I did not expect to wind up with the Time Patrol.)