Monthly Archives: June 2014

Gerald Gardner & The Witches of the Weald

Southeastern England is a rich agricultural area formed by a massive eroded chalk dome. The southern edge of the eroded dome forms the white cliffs of Dover. From Dover the continent is some twenty-one miles away across the English Channel – making it the stepping-stone for every traveller, and conqueror of the past.

Before the Channel existed there was a low valley between the Weald and the Continent. As far back as the Mesolithic, wanderers would make their way to this spot, teeming with game and wild crops. At some unrecorded time the Celts arrived and with them the Druids and the pagan pantheon. The ancient Mesolithic road across the Weald became The Ancient Path of the Druids, guiding the seekers of knowledge to Anglesey.

At some point the pagan gods became the warp and weft of rural life in the Weald. But for a brief 500 years of Roman rule, the covens, the High Priestesses and the Masters of the Sabbat reigned supreme…until the coming of Christianity. The rule of the men of Nicea drove the covens underground. It never managed to eradicate them.

The ‘religion’ through which we celebrated our connection with the sky above and the earth beneath – and every natural thing between the two – became the stuff of moonless nights, of dark ritual, and tales to chill the hearts of good Christian children.

The centuries that followed were filled with clear evidence that the pagan religion was alive and well if underground. And the one place it was strongest – was in the Weald of Kent. In was not until well after the second world war that laws to curb ‘witchcraft’ in England were cast off the books. Well before this a retired Civil Servant named Gerald Gardner was busy making his own connections with the witches of the Weald. Gardner had spent a career in the East Indies where he used his spare time to explore the odd and the arcane. He may have thought he was giving all that up when he retired to England.

Gardner began writing about witchcraft as a living religion in England. His books lived long after he did. They gave rise to worldwide religion of Wicca, the modern counterpart of the millennia old pagan religion.

Today the exponents of Gardnerian witchcraft still debate over exactly how Gardner came by his knowledge. Many believe he cobbled his ideas together from various written sources and archival research. Gardner always claimed that he was ‘introduced’ to the religion by a Doris Clutterbuck – a witch from the Kentish Weald. Many historians of the movement claim that Clutterbuck could not be found, that she was a figment of Gardner’s imagination. This is must be the result of poor research – for my grandmother knew the Clutterbucks – and the family name is still alive and well in Lamberhurst in the midst of the Weald. Hetty Leaney was the headmistress of the village school in Lamberhurst until shortly before World War II. More than a few stories of the “goings on” around Lamberhurst during the times of the pagan calendar have come down through the family.

In The Watch – Churchill’s Secret War for the Soul of Germany” I gave a nod to the memory of Hetty Leaney and Doris Clutterbuck by including some of that family history in a section of the book. In the book the earth of the Weald gives birth to a long buried ancient stone circle – the center of the witch’s spell casting against the black adepts of Hitler’s SS priesthood. Gardner spoke of such activities and was often derided at the time of the writing – after the war. They were all true.

There are many more stories buried in the soil of the Weald…a few in books yet to be written.


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 General Patton – The Mystic Warrior:

He was unique. Before or since, there was no General like him. Like any leading General of his era, Patton was skilled in the art of war. Like some Generals of his era he could encourage men to die for a cause as he led them into battle. Unlike any General before or since Patton was a firm believer in reincarnation. He spoke and wrote poems about service under Caesar and Hannibal, he had an uncanny knowledge of the ground over which former great leaders had marched. This was not knowledge peculiar to Patton – his entire family believed in reincarnation from his father to his uncles. In “The Watch” I cover several true incidents in the life of Patton as part of the story of Ben Størgaard, a Minnesota farm boy who finds himself working deep inside Heinrich Himmler’s SS as a secret agent for Winston Churchill. On Patton’s 7th birthday he announced that he would die leading an army in a world war. He began his rise in the military when he killed Julio Cardenas, a ‘general’ under Pancho Villa. He later toured northern France before World War I – making maps of the area and routes he intended to use with an army of tanks – which had yet to be invented. The story also covers a meeting Patton is rumored to have had with General Field Marshal Günther von Kluge near Avranche shortly after the Allies had broken out of the Normandy beachhead. In his final appearance in the story, Patton seeks the whereabouts of the Spear of Destiny, the sacred object that entranced the young Adolf Hitler in the Kuntshistorisches Museum in the Hoffburg at Vienna. General George Patton III had his faults, as any researcher quickly discovers when delving into the many books and papers written about him and his life. He was both a product of his time, and also a human being with the faults common to any of us this today. Beyond that is the sense that here was something extraordinary, a soul connected with the greater universe of time and space, with the ability to transcend both. A few years back I had the privilege of holding in my hands the two Colt Model 1873 revolvers that were first issued to Patton in the U.S. Army (some say he favored Smith & Wessons, not the Colt). He wore them at the battle of San Miguelito when he and his men killed Cardenas and two others. Even then they had ivory handles. Patton knew his destiny – and his connection with the primal forces that drive all existence still makes those two revolvers hum with energy. The Watch can be purchased at:


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Ten Dead Tibetans

When Allied troops explored the ruins of Himmler’s gestapo headquarters among the amazing finds were the bodies of ten Tibetans. They were dressed in SS uniforms and all had been shot execution style. Who were they? What were they doing in Germany? What was their connection with Heinrich Himmler? No official answers have ever come forth and this is but one of the many enduring mysteries of the last days of the Third Reich.

We do know that Himmler had great interest in Tibet and eastern religion in general. His favorite book was the Bhagavad Gita, the Indian spiritual saga. He also was a proponent of Helena Blavatsky’s claims about the origin of the Aryan race in the Tibetan highlands.

Just prior to the war, Himmler sent explorer Eric Schäfer to Tibet on a mission to seek out these Aryan roots, to gather unique plant and animal specimens and to  learn more about sources of ancient wisdom.

Tibetexpedition, Expedition zu Gast bei Gould

The Schäfer expedition (Source:German federal Archives).

In “The Watch: Churchill’s Secret War for the Soul of Germany” from The Hamburg Press I use a fictional platform to  explain what else Schäfer was doing in Tibet — and so provide an explanation for those ten dead Tibetans. The book is on the presses as I write and will be available to purchase within the next week or so. Further posts will provide some links — the first 100 books will come directly from me and I will sign each one personally to the purchaser.

The Watch advances explanations for many of the strange occurrences that still confound researchers and historians. Why were certain chambers within the underground Nordhausen rocket factory found locked from the inside? What happened to the 2,500 crack SS troops who marched into the Jonestal Valley’s Wenceslaus Mine in Silesia? Large chambers in the mine were also found locked from the inside. When they were blasted open — they were completely empty. In The Watch I provide a theory based our limited knowledge of Nazi experiments with quantum physics and time itself.




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