Written and compiled by George Knowles
Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of
Arianrhod, a coven of the Coranieid Clan, a group of traditional witches with
their roots in the New Forest of England, UK.
She is the author of numerous books on witchcraft including:
Herb Craft (with Sue Lavender - 1995), Sacred Circle Tarot
(1998) and Fairy Lore (2000).
Anna was born in
Derbyshire, England on the 15th December 1955, but was raised initially in council care (an
orphanage) before being adopted into a Roman Catholic family and spending the
rest of her childhood in a small Leicestershire town in the Midlands.
As a child she was sent to a Roman Catholic convent school, and there
spent most of her time in the library
reading Greek and Norse mythology (much to the consternation of the nuns).
Even then at such a young age the Goddesses - Aphrodite and Athene
inspired her, and she wondered if anyone else felt the same way about the Old
Convent School, Anna spent the next four years studying at Grammar School, and
there gained a lasting passion for Photography and Art.
In 1973 at the age of 18, she took a year out from her studies for work
experience, this she spent working for a local newspaper, but was fired
for allowing rude words to get past the proof reading stage.
It was during this time that Anna finally met other people who felt the
same way she did about the Old Gods - they called themselves witches.
This was a Gardnerian group run by a lady (High Priestess) called Julia
Isobel Reed, and it was she who introduced her to native Celtic deities and the
practice of witchcraft. Anna received her 1st degree initiation later that
After a trip around Europe, Anna started on a foundation
course at Nuneaton Art School, then specialising in photography went on to earn
an honours degree in Fine Art from Lanchester Polytechnic College in Coventry.
After finishing college in 1980, for the next few years she built a
career around photography and art. Working
as a press photographer, a seaside photographer, for a sports photographer and
as a community artist, she presented her work in exhibitions and also taught and
lectured on photography, video, watercolour painting and drawing.
In 1983, ten years after taking her 1st degree
initiation, Anna received her 2nd degree from the Hearth of Brighid
of the Coranieid Clan, a Traditional Witchcraft coven led by Sara and Phil
Robinson in Nuneaton,
Sara was an initiate of the Horsa coven, the famous New Forest Coven in
which Sybil Leek had been a High Priestess during the late 1940’s, and which
claimed to have existed for over 700 years.
According to Sybil Leek:
“There are four old covens operating in the New Forrest area, the
Horsa coven (horsa being the Anglo-Saxon word for horse) near Burley of which
she was the High Priestess, the others being located at Lymington, Lyndhurst and
Brook.” It was to one of
these others that Gerald Gardner had been associated, and whose workings he
elaborated on to form what evolved as the contemporary tradition of Gardnerian
Wicca. With Sara and Phil Robinson,
Anna was able to learn and distinguish the difference between Traditional
Witchcraft and modern Gardnerian Wicca.
A couple of years later Sara and Phil Robinson moved away from Nuneaton to re-settle on the south coast, so it was left to Anna to keep their local group running. Initially the group travelled south to join them for the Sabbats, but when this became impracticable, Anna was given licence to form her own “Coven of the Clan” called the Hearth of Arianrhod. She later received her 3rd degree elevation from Merrymoon, the covens then High Priest. As the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, Anna started running open circles, teaching circles and a correspondence course.
While Anna had always loved to write as a teenager, she had
written many short stories and even a novel for self-interest, now she began to write
serious pagan related material to supplement her teachings, and in 1986 founded
a Pagan magazine called the Silver Wheel.
With only a few Pagan/Wiccan magazines in circulation at that
time, the Silver Wheel proved a great success.
The movement at that time was growing expeditiously, and the need for
genuine information was in great demand by the many new people attracted to the
Craft. People were desperate for
information about rituals, festivals, Craft history, philosophy and magick.
Initially the Silver Wheel was published eight times a year
as a printed paper magazine, and was used as a vehicle to show case her work and
that of other Hearth of Arianrhod
members who were also producing articles, poetry and artwork.
In 1988 it was reduced to four issues a year, and now from Beltane 2009,
after twenty-three years of continual publication, it will take on the form of
an annual paperback book published in May of each year.
Anna next began to
concentrate on her other Craft activities and was soon a familiar sight at
psychic fairs, events and magical gatherings manning the Silver Wheel Craft
stall and giving tarot readings. As
her contacts grew, she began to supply many of Britain’s occult shops with
ritually prepared incenses, magical oils, aromatherapy products and perfumed
oils. Having already studied
herbalism, Anna re-trained as a therapist in reflexology and aromatherapy, and
later with two friends - Sue Phillips and Amazon Riley, opened a Holistic
It wasn’t until the mid 1990’s that Anna wrote her
first book: Herb Craft
(1995), which she co-wrote with another High Priestess - Sue Lavender.
Since then while she continues to contribute articles to magazines, she
has written over 25 books covering such subjects as:
Herbs, Incense and Oils, Animal Familiars, Festivals and Feasts, Magick
and Personal Power, Tarot, Oracles and Fairies.
Most of her books are based on the Craft and its practice, and draw upon
her training and experiences as a High Priestess running a tradition coven.
Paul Mason, a long time friend and colleague she met at Art College way
back in the late 1970’s, has illustrated many of her books.
Today Anna is still the High Priestess of the Hearth of
Arianrhod, a working coven that continues to run regular moots, open circles and
social evenings. More recently
since 2005 they have also been hosting the “Mercian Gathering”, the UK’s
largest annual camp-out gathering, which is focused on spiritual exploration
celebrating the seasons and honouring the Gods. Held during
the first week of September on private farmland near Nuneaton
all profits made from the Gathering are donated to charity.
for more information about this year’s camp-out).
Anna now lives in a
village in the Midlands with her partner John and eight cats where they grow
most of their own fruit, vegetables and herbs while trying to live “The Good
Life”. They have a love affair
with Egypt and dream of owning a winter home in Luxor!
A partial bibliography:
Herb Craft - by Anna
Franklin and Sue Lavender (Capall Bann 1995)
Animal Powers of Britain -
by Anna Franklin (Capall Bann 1997)
Pagan Feasts -
by Anna Franklin and Sue Phillips (Capall Bann 1997)
- by Anna Franklin (Capall
The Sacred Circle Tarot:
A Celtic Pagan Journey - by Anna Franklin (Llewellyn Worldwide 1998)
- by Anna Franklin and
Pamela Harvey (Capall Bann 2000)
Fairy Lore -
by Anna Franklin (Capall Bann 2000)
Ritual Incenses and Oils
- by Anna
Franklin (Capall Bann 2000)
by Anna Franklin and Paul Mason (Llewellyn Worldwide 2001)
by Anna Franklin (Llewellyn Worldwide 2002)
Real Wicca for Teens
- by Anna Franklin and Sue
Phillips (Capall Bann 2002)
The Fairy Ring - by Anna
Franklin (Llewellyn Worldwide 2002)
The Illustrated Fairy Encyclopardia - by Anna Franklin (Vega/Chrysalis 2002)
Yet to be posted.
wishes and Blessed Be
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Wicca & Witchcraft
Wiccan Rede / Charge of the Goddess / Charge of the God / The Three-Fold Law (includes The Law of Power and The Four Powers of the Magus) / The Witches Chant / The Witches Creed / Descent of the Goddess / Drawing Down the Moon / The Great Rite Invocation / Invocation of the Horned God / The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief / The Witches Rede of Chivalry / A Pledge to Pagan Spirituality
Traditions Part 1 - Alexandrian Wicca / Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) / Ár Ndraíocht Féin (ADF) / Blue Star Wicca / British Traditional (Druidic Witchcraft) / Celtic Wicca / Ceremonial Magic / Chaos Magic / Church and School of Wicca / Circle Sanctuary / Covenant of the Goddess (COG) / Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) / Cyber Wicca / Dianic Wicca / Eclectic Wicca / Feri Wicca /
Traditions Part 2 - Gardnerian Wicca / Georgian Tradition / Henge of Keltria / Hereditary Witchcraft / Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (H.O.G.D.) / Kitchen Witch (Hedge Witch) / Minoan Brotherhood and Minoan Sisterhood Tradition / Nordic Paganism / Pagan Federation / Pectic-Wita / Seax-Wica / Shamanism / Solitary / Strega / Sylvan Tradition / Vodoun or Voodoo / Witches League of Public Awareness (WLPA) /
Other things of interest:
Gods and Goddesses (Greek
Mythology) / Esbats &
Full Moons / Links
to Personal Friends & Resources / Wicca/Witchcraft
Resources / What's a spell? /
Circle Casting and
Sacred Space / Pentagram
- Pentacle / Marks
of a Witch / The Witches
Power / The Witches Hat
esoteric guide to visiting London / Satanism
Unitarian Universalist Association / Numerology: Part 1
/ Part 2 / Part
3 / A
history of the Malleus Maleficarum: includes: Pope
Innocent VIII /
papal Bull /
Malleus Maleficarum /
An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum
/ The letter of approbation
Nider’s Formicarius /
Heinrich Kramer /
/ Montague Summers /
/ The Albigenses
The Hussites / The
/ Shielding (Occult
and Psychic Protection) /
Sabbats and Rituals:
Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat
In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar. For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder. Also see: The Willow Tree (Folk Music)
Rocks and Stones:
Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin: / Apophyllite / Amber / Amethyst / Aquamarine / Aragonite / Aventurine / Black Tourmaline / Bloodstone / Calcite / Carnelian / Celestite / Citrine / Chrysanthemum Stone / Diamond / Emerald / Fluorite / Garnet / Hematite / Herkimer Diamond / Labradorite / Lapis Lazuli / Malachite / Moonstone / Obsidian / Opal / Pyrite / Quartz (Rock Crystal) / Rose Quartz / Ruby / Selenite / Seraphinite / Silver and Gold / Smoky Quartz / Sodalite / Sunstone / Thunderegg / Tree Agate / Zebra Marble
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murder by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Old Masters of Academia:
(Ancient, Past and Present)
(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders and Elders)
Abramelin the Mage / Agrippa / Aidan A. Kelly / Albertus Magnus “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders "the King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Amber K / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Biddy Early / Bridget Cleary / Carl Llewellyn Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christina Oakley Harrington / Damh the Bard (Dave Smith) / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Dorothy Morrison / Doreen Valiente / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake and the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry / Fiona Horne / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gerald B. Gardner / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater "Horrible Herman" / Israel Regardie / James "Cunning" Murrell / Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone / Jessie Wicker Bell “Lady Sheba” / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave (the White Fox) / John Michael Greer / John Score / Johannes Junius the Burgomaster of Bamberg / Karl von Eckartshausen / Laurie Cabot "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Marie Laveau the " Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Matthew Hopkins “The Witch-Finder General” / Max Ehrmann and the Desiderata / Monique Wilson the “Queen of the Witches” / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellers / Mrs. Grieve "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon and Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Paracelsus / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits / Philip Heselton / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and "The White Goddess" /Rudolf Steiner / Rosaleen Norton “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Ross Nichols and The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids / Sabrina - The Ink Witch / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather, Cotton Mather / Thomas Ady / Vera Chapman / Victor Henry Anderson / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest
Many of the above biographies are brief and far from complete. If you know about any of these individuals and can help with aditional information, please cantact me privately at my email address below. Many thanks for reading :-)
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