"Morgana is Anglo/Dutch and lives in the Netherlands. She is a practising Gardnerian HPS. Over the years, she has facilitated a variety of Wiccan groups. She is co-editor of the international and bilingual "Wiccan Rede" magazine, which was launched in 1980 and is coordinator of Silver Circle, a Wiccan network in the Netherlands. As International Coordinator for PFI she travels extensively giving talks and workshops about Wicca and Paganism."

One response to “Review: Wicca – History, Belief, and Community in Modern Pagan Witchcraft”

  1. Ethan Doyle White

    Many thanks for taking the time to read and review my book, Morgana, and I appreciate both the positive comments and the constructive criticisms. I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise for the misspelling of your surname in the volume; I make no excuses for it, and if the book ever makes it to the stage of a revised edition then I shall be sure to correct this unfortunate error.

    With regard to the issue of Wicca being a primarily “Anglo-American movement”, this is a statement that I do still stand by. While Wicca can now be found in many parts of the world, from India to Brazil, all of the available evidence suggests that it is numerically strongest in Britain and the United States. Moreover, it is in those nations that it underwent many of its most formative experiences: it was of course founded in England, and it was primarily in the U.S. that it developed into its feminist forms and also where much of the ‘self-initiatory’ material was published, which in large part allowed for its wider export across the globe. In my opinion, this justifies the statement that Wicca is primarily (although not purely) an “Anglo-American” phenomenon at this juncture in its history. That may of course change in future.

    By saying this I certainly do not wish to negate or minimise the place of Wicca in continental Europe, or the innovation and development that it has experienced in European nations other than Britain. I would have loved to have written more about this subject in my book, but given that my work was first and foremost an introductory synthesis of previous scholarship, I was reliant on the research that currently exists, and unfortunately there are only a handful of studies on Wicca across continental Europe that have been published in English. Indeed, behind the scenes, I have tried to encourage the publication of more English-language scholarship on continental European Wicca because I think that it is a fascinating and important topic with real value to both the Wiccan community and to those of us who are active in the academic field of contemporary Pagan studies. One of the hopes that I have for my book is that it might just help to encourage such research in future.

    Once again, many thanks for the review!

    With all best wishes

    Ethan