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History of the Georgian Tradition

by Moondancer

The Georgian Tradition was founded in Bakersfield, CA on December 26, 1971 by George E. "Pat" Patterson III  (deceased) and two others, known  craftwise as Lady Persephone and Tanith. These three were the High Priest, High Priestess and Maiden of the Persephone Coven (which was the original Georgian coven).

The Georgians drew on  published Gardnerian, Alexandrian and other  traditional material. Patterson expanded the core training material derived from Ed Fitch's Grimoire of the Shadows with material contributed by others as well as his own original writings.

By 1973, there were Georgian covens  throughout California, mostly in the Southern California area, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Florida, and  elsewhere in the United States. In order to keep up with the far-flung tradition, the Georgian Newsletter was begun in 1974. This chatty and informative newsletter only missed one issue during the time that Pat was in charge of it, in spite of his 24-hour on-call job, and later in spite of the cancer which ultimately claimed his life. Following Pat's death in 1984, the main branch of the tradition was led by Dean and Lady Fauna. Dean died some years ago, and Lady Fauna largely withdrew from any public activity prior to that.

Dean and Lady Fauna attempted to continue the Georgian Newsletterafter Pat's death, but it ultimately ceased publication as a monthly, and went first to an annual, then infrequent publication. As of 1997, I'm not sure if  it is still  being published in any form.

The "Georgian Mountain Meet" was one of the first Pagan festivals in the country, it started in 1974 as a weekend campout, and at the height of its popularity, there were  upwards of 100 people  attending. It still continues, though on a much reduced scale, having missed only 2 years in its history, and both of them due to fire hazard.

Written by: Moondancer; edited by Mevlannen Beshderen (divided his original text into descriptive and historical sections)
Updated: November 30, 1997
Document GEORHIST ©1997, Moondancer

  Here are some other things to look at:

Contact information, for Georgian groups.

You may also return to:

A brief description of the Georgian Tradition of Witchcraft
The index of English Traditions of the Craft.
The Beaufort House home page.