Originally, the domain of www.seax-wica.com was under the management of Sean MacDhai, who initially had the purpose of providing information that Buckland gave us to clarify the seekers and gesiths about the questions that came to him. Our job was to synthesize the responses to be published both on the web and on the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/seaxwicaworldwitan.
Well, we followed the third aim of the Seax-Wica Manifesto:
“(iii) To combat the untruths and straighten the misconceptions of the Craft held by many outsiders.”
About the first web page, Buckland told us on May 11, 2013:
“Brightest blessings to you, Juan. What a lot of activity there is! This is one of the reasons I am no longer active publicly. It is unbelievable that there should be so much arguing and disagreement in that which is a religion based on love and understanding! But as I always say, all you can do is to be true to yourself and, as much as possible, ignore the nay-sayers. I have seen, and very much approve of, the new www.seax-wica. com site. I think it is very well done and especially like the recent addition focusing on the misconceptions held by some.
You are doing a great job, Juan. Remain true to yourself and your beliefs and you can’t go wrong.
In love and light. “
In 2014, due to a bad hack of Sean’s FB accounts by misfits, we lost control and with it, all the uploaded material. Through thearchive.org we can retrieve some fragments of our first web page http://web.archive.org/web/20130517111330/http://seax-wica.com/
“Grant me that which I desire. Permit me to worship the gods And all that the gods’ represent. Make me a Lover of Life in All Things. Well do I know the creed: That if I do not have that spark of Love within me, Then will I never find it without me. Love is the Law and Love is the Bond. All this do I honor above aught else.”
~Buckland’s Book of Saxon Witchcraft
Seax-Wica (also known as Seax Wicca, Saxon Witchcraft, and Saxon Wicca) is a tradition of modern Pagan Witchcraft which is largely inspired by the iconography of historical Anglo-Saxon Paganism. The tradition also draws inspiration from Anglo-Saxon Witchcraft in England between the 5th and 11th centuries CE, during the Early Middle Ages. Surviving evidence regarding Anglo-Saxon Witchcraft beliefs comes primarily from the latter part of this period, after England had been Christianised. The information gained from this era must be re-paganized. However, unlike Asatru or Theodism, Saxon Witchcraft is not a reconstruction of the early medieval religion itself.
The tradition was founded in 1973 by Raymond Buckland, an English-born High Priest of Gardnerian Wicca who moved to the United States in the 1960s. Buckland had been dissatisfied with the corruption, abusive behavior, and ego trips he saw in some covens and developed Seax-Wica to answer those concerns. His book, “The Tree”, was one of the first books to explore modern Pagan Witchcraft from a solitary perspective. He offered serious seekers both an introductory text on Saxon Witchcraft, a tradition of modern Witchcraft that could be practiced alone, as well as with a coven.
“The Tree” was written with the intent of being a starting guide to Saxon Witchcraft, with the expectation that each practicing individual or coven would expand upon the work though practice and experience. Buckland geared “The Tree” towards folks already familiar with the Craft, and so “Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft” is used as the introductory 101 book for the tradition, with “The Tree” leading to intermediate work, and a practitioner’s or coven’s own practice leading to more advanced knowledge. “Lyblac: Anglo Saxon Witchcraft” (written by Sean Percival, with an introduction by Raymond Buckland) is a great book for supplemental information.
The tradition primarily honors deities of Anglo-Saxon paganism. According to “The Tree”, the two main deities honored were Woden and Freya. Buckland later commented that Woden and Freya are valid ‘god and goddess’ deities for the tradition, yet Woden and Frige could also be used if one is seeking a deity pair that are also consorts. Many modern practitioners now honor Woden, Frige, Thunor, and Tiw, the main deities of historical Anglo-Saxon paganism. The tradition uses a minimal set of the usual ceremonial tools, as well as adding a spear. Runes are significant, and regularly utilized and discussed. Covens traditionally follow a system of democracy, in which High Priests, High Priestesses and coven officers are elected by yearly vote. There is no one set of rules or regulations for Seax Wica and Saxon Witchcraft, thus practitioners and covens are encouraged to modify the rituals and practices of the tradition as needed.
By Sean MacDhai, initiate of Seax-Wica (1991)
Revised by Raymond Buckland, March 2013
Today 2021, this project is led by the members of the Meomerswiell Seax Coven of Lima – Peru, who have worked together with Raymond Buckland since November 2011 to answer the doubts that arose in our practices that began in 2001. In addition to building a physical library with all the books published by Buckland; We also had long conversations unveiling the mysteries that the development of the practice led us to reach conclusions with his help.