Modern pagans are heirs to a rich confluence of traditions from numerous pioneers in the realms of Spirit who have passed beyond the Veil. Ancestors of the Craft honors these ancestors, some widely known, others obscure, but no less deserving.
A wide range of authors have contributed looks at important figures and elders in the history of the modern Witchcraft and Neo-pagan movements, some four dozen in all, including:
- Lightbearers of a New Age: Layers of groundwork for the early Theosophical movement and pre-modern Witchcraft, such as Madame H.P. Blavatsky and Alice Bailey.
- Founders of Modern Magick: Occultists of the 19th century magickal revival and their inheritors, from the infamous Aleister Crowley to Franz Bardon and Kenneth Grant.
- Crafters of the New Witch: Founders and scions of the modern Witchcraft traditions, from Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente, and Alex Sanders to Scott Cunningham and Andrew Chumbley, some still obscured in legend.
- Personal Guides on the Path: An opportunity for authors to acknowledge personal guides, mentors, and inspirations, often unsung elders of their paths.
Authors include Jimahl di Fiosa (Talk to Me), Storm Faerywolf (The Stars Within the Earth, Betwixt and between), Elizabeth Guerra (Stewart Farrar: Writer On A Broomstick), Raven Grimassi (The Cauldron of Memory, Old World Witchcraft), Galina Krasskova (Exploring the Northern Tradition), Deborah Lipp (The Elements of Ritual), Shani Oates (Tubelo’s Green Fire), Gede Parma (Spirited), Christopher Penczak (The Temple of Witchcraft, The Mighty Dead), Matthew Sawicki (Witch and Famous), Kala Trobe (The Witch’s Guide to Life), and many more.