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Frederic Lamond
Born 1931
Occupation Computer Technician; Writer; Wiccan Priest
Spouse(s) Gillian, later Hildegard

Frederic Lamond (born 1931) is a prominent English Wiccan who had been initiated into Gardnerian Wicca through the Bricket Wood coven of Gerald Gardner in 1957.

He has also been a member of various other Neopagan groups, such as the Fellowship of Isis, and is the author of three books on the subject of Wiccan theology and history.

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Biography

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Early life

Lamond was an only child, and his parents divorced when he was two years old, so he went to live with his maternal grandparents. When World War II broke out, his grandmother, who was Jewish, took him to live in Switzerland. His grandmother did not force him to follow any religion, saying that "all religious dogmas are lies!". However, when he was 13, she sent him to Protestant catechism in order to learn about Biblical history, which she believed was necessary for any educated European.[1]

Lamond would later remark that whilst he admired Jesus, he did not think him any more holy than any other good men in history, and he disliked the God that was presented in the Old Testament. Nonetheless, aged 15, he was confirmed, and began to call himself a Christian. The next year he returned to England, where he lived for two years at an Anglican boarding school, but here he realised that his beliefs did not match those of Christianity, and so he stopped describing himself as such.[1]

From here, Lamond went to Cambridge University, where he became involved in the cause for European federalism.[2] In 1954 he first partook of sexual intercourse with a local girl, Mary, whom he had fallen in love with, an experience that he said allowed him to encounter the goddess Aphrodite. The two planned to be married, but the engagement was ended after opposition from Mary's parents.[2]

Encountering Wicca

After his experience with Aphrodite, and his lifetime belief in pantheism, Lamond became further interested in paganism, and it was through this that he read Gerald Gardner's book Witchcraft Today. Lamond wrote to Gardner, who invited him to meet him at his flat in Holland Park. The two became friends, and Lamond was introduced to other memebrs of the Bricket Wood coven. They invited him to join them, and he was initiated, alongside another (who has remained nameless), at Imbolc.[3]

1960s

In 1959, Lamond met his future wife, Gillian, and they moved into a flat together in September of that year. In August 1960 they married, and a party was held by coven member Jack Bracelin at Fiveacres nudist club, where the marriage was blessed by Lois Bourne, the coven's High Priestess.[4 ] The historian Ronald Hutton remarked that this was the first known example of a Wiccan marriage ceremony.[5]

From October 1961 to August 1964, the Lamonds' lived in Greater Manchester, where Frederic worked for a computer company, and they only circled with the Bricket Wood coven on occasional visits back to London.[4 ] In October 1965, Fred was posted to work in Prague to lead a technical support group, and whilst Gillian at first went with him, she returned to England in 1966 to care for their daughter, who had been diagnosed with deafness. In April 1967 Fred too returned home.[6]

1980s

In 1981, Lamond met with Aidan Kelly in California, and seven years later Lamond once again visited Kelly, taking part in a ritual with Kelly's Gardnerian coven.[7]

In July 1986, Lamond's first wife, Gillian, died[8]. After this, Lamond joined two different occultic groups, the Companions of the Rainbow Bridge, and the Fellowship of Isis.

Life in Austria

In winter 1993, Lamond and his new wife Hildegard visited Lamond's father in Austria. In August 1994 they moved to Austria permanently. Lamond met very few neopagans in the country, but in 2000 he started meeting a few at a monthly pub moot, and in 2003 initiated three Austrian women into the craft.[9]

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Bibliography

Lamond has published three books about Wicca and Neopaganism :

  • The Divine Struggle, 1990, in which he purported his theories of diadetic pantheism.
  • Religion Without Beliefs, 1997
  • Fifty Years of Wicca, 2004, a history of Wicca from 1954, largely based around Lamond's experiences.

References

  1. ^ a b Lamond, Frederic (2004). Fifty Years of Wicca. Green Magic.   Page 3 and 4
  2. ^ a b Lamond, Frederic (2004). Fifty Years of Wicca. Green Magic.   Page 5 and 6
  3. ^ Lamond, Frederic (2004). Fifty Years of Wicca. Green Magic.   Page 7
  4. ^ a b Fifty Years of Wicca, Frederic Lamond, page 37
  5. ^ Hutton, Ronald (1999). The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Withcraft. Oxford University Press.   Page 325
  6. ^ Fifty Years of Wicca, Frederic Lamond, page 39
  7. ^ Fifty Years of Wicca, Frederic Lamond, page 65
  8. ^ Fifty Years of Wicca, Frederic Lamond, page 52
  9. ^ Fifty Years of Wicca, Frederic Lamond, page 60


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