Welcome to American Folkloric Witchcraft. This Tradition was developed by two witches (Laurelei and Glaux) living and practicing in southern Indiana, U.S.A. We started living and working together in 2008, but each of us had been practicing Witchcraft since the late 1990's. In that time, we developed some opinions about what we preferred and what we didn't. We were both avid proponents of non-Wiccan Craft in the style of Robert Cochrane. We counted ourselves as devotees of Tubal Cain and of the White and Black Goddesses.
Glaux and I were life and magical partners, and we found that we were shaping a magical path together -- or it was shaping us. We were inspired in May 2011 to share this work with others through the writings on this blog, well aware that any true mystery cannot be told, it must be experienced for oneself.
In the summer of 2015, Glaux and I divorced. We experienced a rocky year of transition, which has recently started finding a smoother and firmer footing. Glaux is operating her own AFW coven, as am I, and we are collaborating as often as we can -- still magical partners on some deep and special level.
The active members of these covens will continue to collaborate, both together and within their own spheres, on the important task of cutting a crooked path through the wildwood, and we hope that our work can provide a guidepost to others who seek to practice the Old Ways in a new way.
Our ways are inspired primarily by the works of Robert Cochrane/Roy Bowers and Robert Graves. We have borrowed elements of other American groups that also work with Cochrane's materials, American Rootwork traditions, ancient European and Native American Shamanism, and a great body of many years experience working in occult traditions.
We call this path American Folkloric Witchcraft, mindful of the fact that although we work in a heavily British tradition of Craft, we ourselves are practicing in America. We are attuned to the unique energies of the land in which we live and work, and we understand that ours is an American expression of what began as a European mystery.
We claim no lineage to any group or tradition, although our members have worked extensively in other groups and traditions. This path is our own, and is for those who bear the Mark of Qayin. It claims no authority other than the oaths and bonds we have taken to our Gods and our Ancestors.
We hope you will join us as we walk down the Crooked Path.
Laurelei -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Glaux -- email@example.com
Sara -- firstname.lastname@example.org