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Did Marion Zimmer Bradley create Neo-Wicca?
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I am listening to an audiobook about the Grail and there is a lecture here on Marion Zimmer Bradley and her Avalon series. It's given me a new idea.

I've never quite understood how Neo-Wiccan ideas spread the way they did. Specifically, "all gods are one," a predominantly Celtic flavor to worship, Lord and Lady, the Maiden-Mother-Crone triad, Arthuriana, medieval aesthetics, tolerance, feminism, and a slight victim complex towards Christianity. These ideas strike me as quintessentially "Neo-Wiccan."

I could never understand how, without reading a TON of disparate and hard-to-find sources, one could become comfortable and versed enough in the above tenets of faith to use them in worship.

You can certainly get parts of the above from Cunningham, from Buckland, from older sources like Graves, or from other popular Wiccan or Neo-Wiccan sources I've run across, but not really the whole package, laid out neatly before you. And why the above ideas, instead of other, less-ultimately-popular ones that can be found in the sources?

From what I'm hearing, MZB's work has EVERYTHING I think of when I think of Neo-Wicca contained within it, and in the configuration that seems most common and popular today.

Plus, as a work of fiction, it can illustrate the beauty and power of pagan ritual and life in a way that non-fiction usually can't. That's certainly useful from a "recruiting" standpoint.

I can see, from what I'm hearing, how the popularity of Avalon could be one of the biggest reasons why Neo-Wicca looks and feels the way it does. Do you think this is the case?

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hmm, I think you maybe thinking of "Drawing Down the Moon" by Margot Adler. "Triumph of the Moon" is by Ronald Hutton, I believe it was published in 1999, a professor of History in the UK and his book is all about a historically accurate view of how modern paganism became modern paganism. I am not sure (I don't remember) how much MZB plays into the discussion but I think you would find the whole thing very interesting.

Here is a link to amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Triumph-Moon-History-Modern-Witchcraft/dp/0192854496

Hi Dubhlainn, yes, you are right. I was thinking of "Drawing Down the Moon." I was writing my comment at work and I didn't give your comment the attention it deserved. My apologies.

Both "Triumph of the Moon" and "Her Hidden Children" are on my reading list. The development of modern paganism is really interesting to me. Do you have any other recommendations on the subject?

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