posted on Jan, 27 2004 @ 12:30 PM
ON February 12, witches' covens across the land will mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Gerald Gardner, left, the Merseyside man who became
the father of modern witchcraft.PEOPLE had different ideas about how we could repel the threatened invasion of Hitler's Nazi hordes.Winston
Churchill, heavy-jowled bulldog of the people, growled glorious words of defiance.On the heaths and cliffs, bilious majors drilled the rheumaticky
Home Guards, stabbing the air with broom handles while threatening to throw the Hun back into the sea. Back on the airstrips, the Brylcremed pilots
revved the engines on their Spitfires and raised their eyebrows in nonchalant anticipation.In a clearing in the New Forest, near the Rufus stone,
Gerald Gardner and his chums were also anxious to do their bit for the old country in its hour of peril.But what? Most of them had reached a ripe age,
no longer taut enough in muscle, limb or mind for parachuting behind enemy lines.They did, though, possess a secret weapon of such potency that it
would chill the Fuehrer's marrow and have his Pantzers back-pedalling before you could whisper "Russian winter".
Gardner and his fellow witches, drawn from various covens, had what he called the Cone of Power. This, they claimed, had been responsible for half the
Spanish Armada being wrecked before it could reach these shores and Napoleon's failure to mount an invasion of England.
[Edited on 27-1-2004 by dreamrebel]