Check out Raymond Buckland. He is, indeed, an amazing, intelligent man and excellent author. Here is some information about him if you are interested. I absolutely LOVE his books and I HIGHLY recommenced them.
"Raymond Buckland, Englishman, prolific Author and Witch. He is probably best known as an agent of Gerald B. Gardner. It was Buckland who was responsible for introducing Gardnerian Witchcraft into America in 1964. He is also the founder of his own tradition of Witchcraft called Seax-Wica, and for a time operated his own Museum of Witchcraft in America. He has been a leading spokesman for the Craft in America for more than three decades.
Buckland was born in London, England, on the 31st August 1934. His parents were Stanley Thomas Buckland and his wife Eileen Lizzie Wells. Stanley his father was a full-blood Romany Gypsy, and a highly regarded Executive Officer in the British Ministry of Health. In his spare time he freelanced as a writer of plays, short stories, poetry and music, a talent he encouraged his son to work on. In 1939 with the outbreak of war, the family moved to Nottingham to escape the bombing raids on London, and Buckland was sent to the Nottingham Boys High School to start his early education.
As a child Buckland was brought up in the Church of England, but had no particular interest in religion. When he was 12 years old his father's brother “uncle” George, a practising Spiritualist, introduced him to Spiritualism and sparked his life long interest in all things occult. By this time Buckland was already an avid reader, and started to read all he could find on alternative religions and such related subjects as: Ghosts, ESP, Magick, Voodoo and witchcraft. After the war had passed, Buckland became interested in acting and soon became involved with the theatre. He regularly performed at the People’s Theatre in Nottingham and the Nottingham Repertory Theatre. In 1951 the family moved back to London, where Buckland studied first at King's College School in Wimbledon, before gaining a doctorate degree in anthropology from Brantridge Forest College, in Sussex............"
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"Known as "The Father of American Wicca," Ray Buckland was responsible for introducing Wicca to the United States. He was the author of the first American book on the Old Religion written by a witch - WITCHCRAFT FROM THE INSIDE - and has since written over sixty others, including the classic BUCKLAND'S COMPLETE BOOK OF WITCHCRAFT and the three encyclopedias: THE WITCH BOOK, THE FORTUNETELLING BOOK and THE SPIRIT BOOK".
"In 1962 Raymond Buckland came to the United States from England, where he had written comedy scripts and was personal scriptwriter for a popular British comedian Ted Lune. Interested in the occult for over sixty years, in the past forty years Raymond has had well over fifty books published (both fiction and non-fiction), with nearly two million copies in print and translated into seventeen foreign languages. He has received awards for his work and his books are featured in several national book clubs. He has served as Technical Director for movies, working with Orson Wells, John Carradine, Vincent Price, and William Friedkin (director of The Exorcist). Of Romany (Gypsy) descent, he is an authority on Gypsies and has written several books on that subject. Raymond has lectured at colleges and universities across the country and has been the subject of articles in such newspapers and magazines as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, New York Sunday News, National Observer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Look Magazine, Cosmopolitan, True, and many others.
Raymond Buckland has appeared on numerous national radio and television talk shows......"
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You should definitely look into his books. I know you would like them. Especially if you are into Spiritualism, The Occult, Wicca, Gypsy Magic, the Paranormal in general and SO MUCH MORE. He is my hero.
- Rachel Livingston