A TRUE HISTORY OF WITCHCRAFT by T Allen H Greenfield
To arrive at some perspective on what the modern mythos called, variously, "Wicca", the "Old Religion", "Witchcraft" and "Neopaganism" is, we must firstly make a firm distinction "witchcraft" in the popular informally defined sense may have little to do with the modern religion that goes by the same name. It has been argued by defenders of and formal apologists for modern Wicca that it is a direct lineal descendent of an ancient, indeed, prehistoric worldwide folk religion. Some proponents hedge their claims, calling Wicca a "revival" rather than a continuation of an ancient cult. Oddly enough, there may never have been any such cult!
Allen H. Greenfield is an American-born occultist and author long involved in the Worldwide Free Illuminist movement. He was given the mystical title and charter as Tau Sir Hasirim in 1986 and 1991 by Hierophant Michael Bertiaux. He is a long-time student of esoteric spirituality and Gnosticism, a study he began in 1960 and is an avid speaker on subjects related to UFOs and the occult, especially Ordo Templi Orientis and Thelema.