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Our irreverent founder, George Patterson, circa 1983. Photo by Rowan Oakmist.

Welcome to the home of Georgian Wicca on the web. We hope that you will explore our site and learn more about our Wiccan tradition. Thank you for visiting and enjoy your stay.

 

About the image: We hope you will not be offended by this image of Pat and that instead it communicates his humor and that of the Georgian community in general.

The Georgian Manifesto

  • to honor the Gods of the Old Religion;
  • to aid the members to progress and improve themselves mentally, physically and spiritually;
  • to work magick for the benefit of members and any others who may seek out aid for right purposes;
  • to aid others in learning the Craft who truly desire the knowledge of the Craft for proper reasons;
  • to combat the untruths and to spread the truth about the Craft to those outside the Craft;
  • to work for peace, harmony, and unity among the various branches of the Craft;
  • to work for a better understanding of and a better relationship between man and nature.

Community notice

Zanoni Silverknife (June 13, 1946-June 4, 2020)

Zanoni Silverknife crossed the veil Friday, June 5, 2020. She was 74.

Jilaine Callison (nee Johns) was born in California on June 13, 1946. In 1970, together with George Eliott (Pat) Patterson III and Tanith, Zanoni formed a coven in Bakersfield, California. It became the founding coven of the Georgian Tradition of Wicca.

In 1971, Pat applied to the State of California for legal status as an incorporated church and, through the Universal Life Church, obtained a charter and ministerial credentials for himself and Zanoni.

Zanoni Silverknife
Zanoni, circa 1973.

The Georgian tradition drew teachings and inspiration from a variety of sources, including Lady Gwen Thompson (New England Covens of Traditionalist Witches), Leo Martello and Ed Buczynski (NY Welsh), Joe Wilson (1734), and Ed Fitch (Gardnerian).

Zanoni would go on later in her life to formally train and be initiated in these and other traditions. She was also one of the signers on initial charter for the Covenant of the Goddess.

In practice, Silverknife was an unapologetic pragmatist. If something worked, she kept it. She took care to make sure that students knew who had taught her what, so they could honor those individuals who contributed to the collective learning and growth. She saw and honored the unique beauty in all the different forms of worship of the Goddess.

Zanoni is remembered by her friends and family as being a fiercely loving and loyal individual and demanded the same in return. She always went above and beyond for her family, friends, and students.

What is remembered, lives.