1787: When Thomas Taylor poured his first libation to a Greek god.
1951: When Gerald Gardner announced the existence of his witch coven to the press.
1967: When Tim Zell filed for incorporation of the Church of All Worlds and Frederick Adams’ Feraferia was incorporated.
1979: When Starhawk published The Spiral Dance and Margot Adler published Drawing Down the Moon.
Jane Ellen Harrison, the first female career academic in Britain
Robert Graves, the author of The White Goddess
Gerald Gardner, the founder of Wicca
Starhawk, the founder of Reclaiming and author of The Spiral Dance
Gerald Gardner, founder of Wicca
Oberon Zell, founder of The Church of All Worlds
Ed Fitch, founder of The Pagan Way
Isaac Bonewits, founder of ADF druidry
The Sixties Counterculture
Margot Adler, author of Drawing Down the Moon
Doreen Valiente, author of Witchcraft for Tomorrow
Janet and Stewart Farrar, authors of The Witches' Bible
Raymond Buckland, author of Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft
All of these were found among early Neo-Pagans
The rebirth of the Sun God in the winter.
The sacrifice of the God of the harvest in the spring.
The battle of the Oak King and the Holly King for the love of the Goddess in the summer.
The descent of the Goddess into the underworld to learn the mastery of death in the autumn.
Literal belief in efficacy of magic
Worship of a pantheistic Goddess
Rationalization of gods as Jungian archetypes
The Gaia Hypothesis
Theological relativism or pluralism
A prehistorical matriarchal religion spread across Europe
The ancient origins of the Triple Goddess
Medieval witchcraft as a survival of ancient pagan religion
9 million witches burned during the Burning Times
"A religion without a goddess is halfway to atheism." -- Dion Fortune
"All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals." -- Gerald Gardner
"The Goddess is Alive. Magic is afoot." -- Z. Budapest
"Never Again the Burning." -- Isaac Bonewits