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Maxine Sanders (born Arline Maxine Morris) is a prominent member of the Wiccan faith and a co-founder with her late husband, Alex Sanders, of Alexandrian Wicca.

Maxine was educated at St. Joseph’s, Manchester. At fourteen she was introduced to the Alex Sanders. Two years later, at sixteen, while a student at secretarial college, she was initiated into Alex’s coven; Maxine and Alex were handfasted later in the same year.

After her mother died, Maxine abandoned her studies; in 1967 she married Alex in a civil ceremony and moved into a basement flat near Notting Hill Gate in London. In the same year their daughter Maya was born; a son Victor was born in 1972. It was about this time that the Sanders separated.

The Sanders became household names during the late sixties and early seventies. The Sanders ran their coven and taught classes on Witchcraft. A record of the initiation of Janet Owen, 'A Witch is Born', was released in 1970. The Sanders’ coven also appeared in 'Legend of the Witches' (1970), 'Witchcraft ’70' (1970) and 'Secret Rites' (1971). A biography of Alex appeared in 1969 (King of the Witches, by June Johns); biographies of Maxine appeared in 1976 (Maxine: The Witch Queen) and 1977 (The Ecstatic Mother, by Richard Deutch).

Maxine remained in the London flat where, for many years, she continued running the coven and teaching the Craft. More recently she has moved from the city and now lives in a rural setting. Though retired from the formal work of teaching she still travels and gives talks. .

References

  • Jordan, Michael (1996). Witches: An Encyclopedia of Paganism and Magic. Kyle Cathie Limited. ISBN 1-85626-193-X.  
  • Sanders, Maxine (1976). Maxine: The Witch Queen. Wyndham Publications Ltd. ISBN 0-352-39738-1.  
  • Deutch, Rickard (1977). The Ecstatic Mother: Portrait of Maxine Sanders, Witch Queen. Bachman and Turner. ISBN 0-85974-048-X.  

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