Recently there have been a number of mistakes regarding the contents of the Alexandrian Book of Shadows and how certain Alexandrian practices came into being. I hope they are genuine mistakes as we all know how easy it is to change Occult history, which is a detriment to the pure workings of many a Tradition.

I have been a practising Priestess in The Alexandrian Tradition since its beginnings in 1964 and have been in close connection for much of that time with Alex, which is rather obvious given we have two children together and a mutual love of the Occult…

Recently there have been a number of mistakes regarding the contents of the Alexandrian Book of Shadows and how certain Alexandrian practices came into being. I hope they are genuine mistakes as we all know how easy it is to change Occult history, which is a detriment to the pure workings of many a Tradition.

I have been a practising Priestess in The Alexandrian Tradition since its beginnings in 1964 and have been in close connection for much of that time with Alex, which is rather obvious given we have two children together and a mutual love of the Occult…

Recentemente, tem havido uma série de erros em relação aos conteúdos do Livro das Sombras Alexandrino e como certas práticas Alexandrinas vieram a existir. Espero que eles sejam erros genuínos pois todos sabemos o quão fácil é mudar a história Ocultista, o que é um prejuízo para o funcionamento e trabalhos puros de uma Tradição.

Eu sou uma Sacerdotisa praticante da Tradição Alexandrina desde seus primórdios em 1964 e estive numa íntima e próxima ligação durante muito desse tempo com Alex, o que é bastante óbvio, dado que temos dois filhos juntos e um amor mútuo pelo Ocultismo, particularmente a…

In the sixties, Alex and I believed our work and joy as witches meant nothing and no one is too high or low including lords and beggars, the sick, the daft, demonic/angelic and the peculiar.

We were mocked and derided by the then Witchcraft elite; of course, we took no notice and continued in the freedom of what was to become known as ‘The Alexandrian Tradition of Witchcraft.’

For the past fifty-three years, all manner of humanity has passed over the threshold to my home. They are greeted with respect and offered genuine hospitality.

I turn no one away, even…

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An ‘Alexandrian Grand Sabbat’ was recently announced giving rise to questions about what a Grand Sabbat is. Conjectures and inaccurate responses abounded, ranging from ‘new agey fluffiness’ to heavy-duty partying with consequent hangovers to dressing-to-impress.

Alexandrian priesthood as I have known it has always desired to experience the power of ritual and pure intent; and their quest for knowledge and fulfillment would not accord with the cursory presumptions above.

Perhaps delving into history may shed some light . . .

The Temple of the Mother used to hold ‘Temple Pilgrimages.’ These involved Initiates coming from near and far to journey…

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When the exceptional student comes along, there is an awakening within the teacher’s heart, a rejoicing that is incomparable. A flood of joyful anticipation flows through one’s being and then when the time is right, the work begins…

First the groundwork: I, the teacher have feet of clay, my knowledge is limited; I am the student too.

My intention is to enable the student to embrace a state of being that will eventually and worthily attract an advanced teacher that could be a person or not uncommonly, a ‘practice’.

Through the necessity of experience, I will cause emotional turmoil. I…

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Which would you choose, Silence, Beauty, Love or Truth?

The choice is an exercise used in the training of the student who would endeavour to put their choosing into meaningful practice for at least a moon cycle.

The answer changes as the students traverse revelations, the training of the witch brings into consciousness.

It seems an age since the Craft and its priesthood focused on their spiritual development, their worship, or their service to those who ask the witches coven for help.

It is a known fact that witches are a quarrelsome lot particularly when in open discussion.

Politically motivated…

Oh, thou circle be thou a place of love, joy and truth.

The opening words of many a witch’s ritual that lead us into a space between the worlds and the fulfillment of our desire.

We are a rare and odd breed of human, we witches — our fascination with the rhythm of Mother Nature and the magic available through the workings of ritual, worship of the Goddess, and the eight ways of magic to those who have a vocation and aptitude for the priesthood of the Craft.

Witch Queen; Magus.

Inge Prader’s recreation of a Gustav Klimt painting. Photo: Life Ball, © IngeInge Prader’s recreation of a Gustav Klimt painting. Photo: Life Ball, © Inge

The Title given at the Higher Degrees of Witchcraft, Witch Queen; Magus.

These titles are ceremonial.

The Witch Queen becomes active when that Priestess has three full working covens down-line from her group. If she is a lady with an air of worldliness and has experience of such, the title is only valid within the sacred space of the witches circle.

If, however, she is young, beautiful and comparatively innocent of life experiences, she has the potential for the position of Witch Queen in the fuller sense of the word; although, she should only keep the title whilst innocence, beauty and pure naïveté shield her from the confusion and corruption of earthly…

Einstein said The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science’.

Maxine Sanders

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