The belief system of the Church and School is based not on one tradition but on a composite system of spiritual and magical beliefs resting firmly on five supports. The system has Celtic undertones just because of our personal heritage, but other ethnic flavors are apparent as well. The five supports are:
Literally, thousands of old texts have been studied by at least 50,000 members of the School’s student body. People in our groups can read hieroglyphics, cuneiform, ogham, and other ancient scripts. We have people who are acknowledged experts in biblical lore and in Judaism. In modern languages too, we are second to none.
With hundreds of new students joining each month, we are able to research a variety of different ways. Students do the work and report their experiences back to us. When a sufficient body of data has been accumulated, the belief system is modified. We do not believe or claim that our path is the only path; instead we encourage experimentation.
Especially Native American, though also Inuit, Hopi, Australian Aborigine, Brazilian rain-forest cultures, and those of New Guinea. This is an ever-expanding area, as is the newer science of social anthropology which forms the basis for parts of the course.
Gavin’s own family tradition, though fragmentary, was passed down in South Wales. His great-great-grandfather was transported to Australia with the famous Welsh healer Dr. Price, but both were pardoned by Queen Victoria. How much farther back the tradition goes is unknown, but that matters little now. Only small portions of the tradition remain in the course, because it was simply too chauvinistic to pass muster in today’s society. The Church is not a dinosaur unable to adapt; it is a vital, growing, dynamic entity.
Gradually the School has been discovered by pagans and Wiccans who want more from their spiritual path than a chance to get laid, or dancing in the dewy meadow, or substituting a female for a male deity. These people have done their own experimenting, and many share results with us so that all students can benefit from their experience. Some traditions have been passed down in families and are part of current Craft practice. Most of them go back only to the late 19th or early 20th century.
The Craft is a way of life that investigates every potential you have. The Craft draws its strength from the diversity of Nature itself; indeed it rejoices in diversity. Your views and interests are just as valid as those of anyone else, and we hope that you too will help to push back the artificial barriers that surround many religious dogmas.
As we will mention several times on this website, Witches are not Satanists. The negativity in that offshoot of Christianity is not for harmonious thinkers such as Witches. Anyway, we at the Church see Satan as just one more juju-on-a-stick, created to serve the overworked Eternal Trinity of guilt, shame, and fear.
Feel free to explore this website and to let us know what you think.
Gavin Frost & Yvonne Frost
Founders and Teachers