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Wicked Witches: Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Feminist Pagan Sex Cult

Posted on | July 4, 2016 | 77 Comments

Marion Zimmer Bradley was famous for her Avalon novel series.

“Wicca refers to the practice of European paganism popular throughout Europe and North America. . . . Dianic Wicca refers to a more radical women-only practice, named for the Goddess Diana. The novels of Marion Zimmer Bradley have been influential for Dianic Wiccans . . .”
Meredith Miller, “Dianic Wicca,” in Historical Dictionary of Lesbian Literature (2006)

“The first time she molested me, I was three. The last time, I was twelve, and able to walk away. . . . She was cruel and violent, as well as completely out of her mind sexually. I am not her only victim, nor were her only victims girls.”
Moira Greyland, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s daughter

When the revelations about Marion Zimmer Bradley rocked the world of science fiction two years ago, I pointed out that the evidence of Bradley’s bizarre perversion had been hidden in plain sight. Not only was she married to a bisexual pedophile, Walter Breen, who was rather notorious for his interest in young boys, but Bradley wrote lesbian pulp fiction under pseudonyms, including I Am a Lesbian (as Lee Chapman, 1962) and The Strange Women (as Miriam Gardner, 1967). Furthermore, Bradley quite pointedly rejected Judeo-Christian morality:

Bradley . . . professed a lifelong interest in the occult and in the early 1980s described herself as “neopagan,” explaining her faith as one that “rejects the Christian belief in man’s dominion over the earth.”
She said she also believed in clairvoyance, extrasensory perception and reincarnation . . .

As I explained two years ago:

Most people have no idea how influential Bradley was in 20th-century neo-paganism. Categorizing her pagan feminist genre as “lifestyle fantasy” novels, historian Brian Stableford has recounted how Bradley “became something of a guru to numerous writers of a similar stripe, several of whom — including Diana L. Paxson and Gael Baudino — described themselves as priestesses of ‘Dianic Wicca.’” Bradley and Paxson were co-founders of the California-based Center for Non-Traditional Religion, subsequently renamed the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, which is focused on the “Triple Goddess” (Maiden, Mother, Crone) of neo-pagan belief.
Dianic Wicca is quite nearly a synonym for “lesbian paganism” or “feminist witchcraft.” It was founded by a crazy Hungarian-born woman known as Zsuzsanna Budapest who became a feminist, divorced her husband, abandoned her two sons and turned lesbian.

Marian Zimmer Bradley was a monster whose occult beliefs and deviant sexuality were widely viewed as “progressive” among leftist bohemian avant-garde intellectuals. The Commie Dopehead Sex Maniacs of the 1960s did not suddenly appear out of nowhere. The philosophy of the Sexual Revolution had been developed in preceding decades by Wilhelm Reich, Alfred Kinsey and Hugh Hefner, among others.

Feminism’s distinctive contribution to this perverse ideology was somewhat belated and widely misunderstood. However, if you read Karla Jay’s Tales of the Lavender Menace (pp. 195-207) you will find that this lesbian feminist (who subsequently became director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Pace University) spent some time in the 1970s hanging out with Jeff Poland. He was co-founder of the Sexual Freedom League and the Psychedelic Venus Church (PVC) and Karla Jay’s book describes orgies that went on at the PVC. Not coincidentally, Jeff Poland was a pedophile who spent five years as a fugitive in Australia after he was charged with sexually molesting an 8-year-old girl. According to radical feminist Nikki Craft, Poland committed his crime while baby-sitting for a couple at a “swinger” party hosted by a nudist group. It is interesting to note, in Craft’s article, that Jeff Poland was friendly with Lee Baxandall, founder of The Naturist Society. Baxandall’s wife, Ros Baxandall, was an early leader of radical feminism, a member of both the Redstockings and W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell).

Nudists, feminists, “swingers,” pedophiles, lesbians, witches — every kind of madness was unleashed from Pandora’s Box in the 1960s, and justified as a rejection of Christianity and sexual “repression.”

Katy Faust was raised by a lesbian couple after her mother divorced her father. She became a Christian activist (her husband is a pastor) and her blog Ask the Bigot features well-informed criticism of the LGBT agenda. Last July, she published a lengthy account by Marion Zimmer Bradley’s daughter Moira Greyland, which included this concise summary of her parents’ pagan sexual cult beliefs:

My observation of my father and mother’s actual belief is this: since everyone is naturally gay, it is the straight establishment that makes everyone hung up and therefore limited. Sex early will make people willing to have sex with everyone, which will bring about the utopia while eliminating homophobia and helping people become “who they really are.” It will also destroy the hated nuclear family with its paternalism, sexism, ageism (yes, for pedophiles, that is a thing) and all other “isms.” If enough children are sexualized young enough, gayness will suddenly be “normal” and accepted by everyone, and the old fashioned notions about fidelity will vanish. As sex is integrated as a natural part of every single relationship, the barriers between people will vanish, and the utopia will appear, as “straight culture” goes the way of the dinosaur. As my mother used to say: “Children are brainwashed into believing they don’t want sex.”

Many of these beliefs, especially hatred of “old fashioned notions” about marriage and family, are now considered mainstream in feminism. When will people wake up to the danger of this satanic wickedness?

“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”
Exodus 22:18 (KJV)

Jehovah was quite clear about this and, while I certainly do not advocate a return to Salem circa 1692, it seems to me foolish to ignore the possibility that supernatural evil really exists. You might believe in witches, too, if you spend enough time staring into The Feminist Abyss.

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77 Responses to “Wicked Witches: Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Feminist Pagan Sex Cult”

  1. theAcefromSpace
    July 4th, 2016 @ 1:51 pm

    Wow! Terrific article. Every reader should forward this article to family and friends.
    “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places…”

  2. NeoWayland
    July 4th, 2016 @ 3:28 pm

    I don’t think a group should be defined by the actions of an individual, even if the individual was a leader. Bradley was bad. Many pagans did denounce her, and many more took a long hard look at why no one said anything earlier. Pagan groups are still dealing with that fallout.

    Personally I find Wiccans don’t stay Wiccan for long. These days the term has some “fluffy” connotations.

    In all fairness, if you told me that “Judeo-Christian” morality applied to anyone who was not Judeo-Christian, I would tell you no it does not. The conversation probably would not go well after that.

    As for the Dianics, well…

    As for the Dianics, well, blazes, even I can’t defend the Dianics as a group.

  3. Adobe_Walls
    July 4th, 2016 @ 4:08 pm

    Judeo-Christian morals are morals. Morals are what all the religions that came before lacked.

  4. Bert
    July 4th, 2016 @ 4:23 pm

    Stacy, the July/August issue of the journal Touchstone has an article by Arthur W. Hunt III called “Colonial Possessions” that suggests Christians should be at least open to the possibility that demonic activity was in play in the events surrounding the Salem witch trials. It contains this gem: “However, such talk of the supernatural escapes the modern materialist. A colleague once cornered me in an airplane in an effort to convert me to atheism. After going several rounds with him, I brought up the matter of levitation. ‘If you saw a body levitating off the ground seven feet [as witnesses reported in the Salem trials],’ I asked, ‘would you then believe in the supernatural?’ ‘No I would not,’ he said. ‘Such a thing would have a natural explanation.’ I mistrusted him thereafter, not because he disbelieved in demons, but because he disbelieved in gravity.”

  5. NeoWayland
    July 4th, 2016 @ 4:43 pm

    Again I don’t think this conversation will go well. I don’t think you would enjoy it.

  6. FenelonSpoke
    July 4th, 2016 @ 4:49 pm

    Personally I find Wiccans don’t stay Wiccan for long. These days the term has some “fluffy” connotations.

    What do they become and what does “fluffy” connotations mean?

  7. NeoWayland
    July 4th, 2016 @ 5:02 pm

    Excellent questions.

    Here’s where I offend some of my fellow pagans.

    In very broad terms, there’s a difference between a revealed faith and an experienced faith. One approach is not necessarily better, but they are different in their approaches. A revealed faith is based mainly in what has been written and interpreting those writings.

    An experienced faith requires people to do, to act. And there is also going to be at least one moment where you get a glimpse of what the Divine really is. That’s something I really don’t have the words for and it seems to be different for every person. Some embrace it. Others run from it. And others are so afraid of what they see that they go all Sweetness and Light and Candycorn.

  8. Adobe_Walls
    July 4th, 2016 @ 5:08 pm

    There is no argument here, pagan religions were about pleasing or pissing off a deity not about right and wrong in and of itself. The same applies to Islam.

  9. NeoWayland
    July 4th, 2016 @ 5:10 pm

    What they become depends on their response to facing the Divine. Some drift off to other paths, something more “hardcore.” Others try to find a way to cope. Some turn away from their path all together and embrace the “faith of their fathers” or atheism or something completely different.

    Wicca, particularly in it’s post-modern form, is very much a gateway, a transition. Most people grow beyond it. That’s why you won’t find many “system” books beyond the 101 level. At some point you should go out and find your own way.

    “Fluffy” comes from “fluffy bunny.”

  10. NeoWayland
    July 4th, 2016 @ 5:12 pm

    Thrice I tell you, you really don’t want to have this conversation.

  11. FenelonSpoke
    July 4th, 2016 @ 5:43 pm

    Thanks very much for the explanation. I found my way years ago (or rather God found the way for me) as I wasn’t raised in any religious tradition. It is the Christian faith,. The way is revealed in Scripture but also comes through reason. tradition, and experience. It also requires that I act on my faith.

    Peace be with you.

  12. FenelonSpoke
    July 4th, 2016 @ 5:46 pm

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Hillary hadn’t made a pact with the Devil quite a few years ago

  13. NeoWayland
    July 4th, 2016 @ 5:46 pm

    If it works for you and challenges you to be a better person, more power to you. It is not my place to question that, it’s between you and the Divine.

    May your path be blessed.

  14. Whitney
    July 4th, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

    Everytime you write about her it makes me mad I’ve read the mists of Avalon. At least I was ambivalent about it

  15. FenelonSpoke
    July 4th, 2016 @ 5:54 pm

    We all did things in our life that if we had more information at the time, we wouldn’t have done. :^)
    I read it too years and years ago.

  16. Joe Joe
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:03 pm

    RSM, someday you’re going to need to publish a feminist “network” map, so we can see who all these people connect with. Think David Horowitz:

  17. Joe Joe
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:25 pm

    The thing that is important now is to pay close attention to what Zimmerman’s daughter is saying about her parents’ beliefs about sex and children. These directly connect to the introduction of homosexuality to young children under the guise of “anti-bullying” in the public schools. Canada has really jumped the shark by interweaving homosexuality so thoroughly into every aspect of their curriculum that a parent can not realistically “opt out”:

  18. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:27 pm

    It has been my experience that today’s paganism is mostly narcissism the “god” they are worshiping is their own Id. And I speak as someone that pretty much knew all the big name movers and shakers of the neo-pagan movement in SoCal and the US from 1970 to 2000

  19. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

    Experienced faith is all about “feelings”Therefore worthless and not rooted in reality.

  20. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:34 pm

    As a retired psych nurse who saw 1000’s of psych patients I can say I witnessed two that I was sure were demon possessed. And I was not the only person who though so (I wasn’t a Christian then I was still nominally a pagan). Independently of my impressions of these two unfortunate people was a Christian believer who thought the same and confided his impressions to me.

  21. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:38 pm

    Moria told me that her parents though that everyone was born homosexual and just need someone to guide them in the right direction.

  22. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:39 pm

    I know Moria because of the pagan intersect. I know first hand how depraved these people are. One of these days I will also tell my story. It isn’t as horrific as Moria but it is bad enough. There really is little of value in the new-agey no-pagan cults of today.

  23. Joe Joe
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:42 pm

    Nice to see you. I’ve been reading your comments on past TOM threads. Did Moira ever talk about how her parents connected up with the neo-pagan movement?

  24. Adobe_Walls
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:46 pm

    Are you sure the Devil didn’t make a pact with her?

  25. OrangeEnt
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:49 pm

    One or the other….

  26. NeoWayland
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:51 pm

    I don’t agree.

    But are you saying feelings are never a part of reality?

  27. Whitney
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:52 pm

    Very true. And at the time I was a godless liberal being influenced by other godless liberals. Blind leading the blind

  28. Whitney
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:53 pm

    Right. When a pedophile does it it’s called grooming. That is what the state is doing even if they call it something else

  29. Joe Joe
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:55 pm

    Yes and we can’t lose sight of that.

  30. Joe Joe
    July 4th, 2016 @ 6:57 pm

    Did you know much about the LA scene?

  31. Joe Joe
    July 4th, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

    I would like to hear more. I have a good reason for that: years ago, a childhood friend became involved in the movement. She’s been out of touch with everyone, including her own family, for years.

  32. Whitney
    July 4th, 2016 @ 7:01 pm

    I’m not. Though I find myself regularly thankful I don’t have children

  33. M. Thompson
    July 4th, 2016 @ 7:02 pm

    Not surprised at all.

    The vast majority you see representation of neo-paganism and the like is always full of fuzzy bunny crap. We were on vacation in New England a few weeks ago, and we went to an attraction called “The Salem Witch Museum”. Despite the name, it’s a bunch of recorded audio and mannequins.

    I spent the entire time suppressing myself from yelling at the BAD propaganda they had. It was all about how everyone was falsely accused, and how witches really were good, and all witch-hunts are hysterical. I am extremely skeptical of any claims of a pre-Roman nature religion getting passed on through the ages.

  34. Joe Joe
    July 4th, 2016 @ 7:10 pm

    Other people do, however, and our society is resting on their safety.

    The Canadian Catholic Church, by the way, has not fought the curricular changes, in the same way that the NY Catholic Cardinals’ voices were absent during the “gay marriage” debates. The prolife movement is even being undermined in some Catholic circles:

    If, as has been reported, that 25% of Catholic clergy are homosexual, the the infiltration of the Church may answer the question as to why they have been silent on these issues.

  35. Whitney
    July 4th, 2016 @ 7:36 pm

    The Church has been infiltrated from the top down at this point. Now it’s up to the remnant.

  36. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 4th, 2016 @ 7:43 pm

    I was part of the LA scene

  37. Quartermaster
    July 4th, 2016 @ 7:46 pm

    The Romans pretty well suppressed the Druids in Britain, and they seemed to die out with the rise of Christianity in Ireland. Same with the original “wiccans” assuming they called themselves that. Both have been revived in a parody sort of way. From the little I’ve been able to find, and it’s mighty little, both the original Druids and Wiccans were quite violent and shed a lot of human blood in their practices. The current bunch have no idea of what they think they are following.

  38. Quartermaster
    July 4th, 2016 @ 7:48 pm

    I think you will find a great deal of intersection between the networks Horowitz mapped and the neo-pagans.

  39. Quartermaster
    July 4th, 2016 @ 7:58 pm

    And so can speak with authority.

  40. Quartermaster
    July 4th, 2016 @ 8:03 pm

    I’m of the opinion that the Roman Catholic Church will form the core of what the book of Revelation refers to as the harlot Church. I don’t think it’s reached that point yet, but it is well on the way. The Church has been thoroughly infiltrated. The Jesuits were probably the first (or it seems so to me). After the writings of Malachi Martin were published, I’m a bit surprised that one of the popes did not supress the order.

    There are others that are just as bad now, and it is most likely too late to rout out the unbelievers posing as believers. I think the unbelievers finally got their Pope as well.

  41. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 4th, 2016 @ 8:22 pm


  42. NeoWayland
    July 4th, 2016 @ 8:41 pm

    I know you’ve blocked me, but Wicca probably originated in the late 19th or early 20th Century. Parts were older, but parts of Christianity predate Christ.

  43. Joe Joe
    July 4th, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

    I can’t disagree with anything you’ve said. What are believing Catholics supposed to do with their “harlot” church? I know there are schismatic groups, like SSPX (Society of Saint Pius X) but they seem a bit off the wall.

  44. Joe Joe
    July 4th, 2016 @ 8:45 pm

    It would be nice to know, specifically, the neopagan map. I am of the (probably unpopular) opinion that neopaganism is an intelligence operation, starting with Crowley (who was British intelligence).

  45. Joe Joe
    July 4th, 2016 @ 8:45 pm

    Did you know Circle of Aradia?

  46. NeoWayland
    July 4th, 2016 @ 8:51 pm

    Well through the 19th Century, it wasn’t unusual for a Christian sermon to last for hours. Some of the early 20th Century tent revivals lasted hours. In our time, I don’t think you could keep an American congregation still for a half hour even with a gifted preacher. That’s what the hymns are for.

    Religion changes.

    I’m not about to give up my clean sheets and my hot running water.

    There’s no “unbroken line” running back to prehistory.

  47. NeoWayland
    July 4th, 2016 @ 8:57 pm

    If it’s an intelligence operation, the pay isn’t very good.

  48. Joe Joe
    July 4th, 2016 @ 9:01 pm

    Intelligence has many levels–and many innocents brought along for the ride.

  49. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 4th, 2016 @ 9:09 pm

    Zsuszanna Budapest’s group, I think they were there when Convent of the Goddess was founded. I didn’t much like Dianic Wiccians aka the lesbians. I may have been a pagan but I was still conservative.

    Look at their pictures, fat women who look like men ugh!

  50. Joe Joe
    July 4th, 2016 @ 9:29 pm

    I knew someone who ended up with that group. I haven’t talked to her in 25 years, but every time this topic comes up, I wonder. I heard she changed her name and the last time I saw her, she was talking about burning crosses.

    What is a conservative pagan, if I may ask?