reply to post by werewolf99
It really depends on where you're looking.
People like MacGregor Mathers, A.E. Waite, Dion Fortune, Madame Blavatsky, and Aleister Crowley were definitely insular names during the British
revival. They helped organize and arrange much of Western Occultism into the shape in which it is known today. Without them the "temple"
organization, the grade levels, and various common practices, including Gematria, Qabala, the Tarot, astrology and alechemy would not be standards in
Much of modern Wicca, including figures like Gerald Gardner and Raymond Buckland were directly inspired by Crowley, or Waite, or Dion Fortune. They
are, in essence, the second-generation of insular occult celebrities. On their coattails you have people like Peter Levenda and Donald Tyson—both of
whose work I greatly enjoy—that carry on the traditions.
At the same time though, you have other, less widely known, but infinitely more important (I think) names. Those would be people like Isaac Bonewits
and John Michael Greer, who essentially sparked the Druid renaissance. Or Barbara Walker and Migene Gonzalez-Wippler (who was mentioned elsewhere)
that have kept Feminine Mysteries, Shamanism, and other non-Wicca magic alive and well. Even figures like Thorsson and Freya Aswynn who have endorsed
more pure variations of Asatru and Seiðr (Norse revivalism); or Aaron Leitch, who is (almost) single-handedly responsible for resurrecting true
There are always the hacks, for sure; individuals who prey upon gullibility, like Silver Ravenwolf, or Konstantinos. But, then again, every niche has
those types. Whether you're discussing people like Peter Popoff in televangelism, Sylvia Brown in spiritualist circles, or
any of these con artists
, having some bad apples among the bunch is inevitable anywhere
that money can be made.
~ Wandering Scribe