RM v ZA

Following the piece on Bustin’ Chops about Zara Allcot’s book, Existence After Death and it’s comparison to Rochelle Moore’s plagiarised book Beyond The Third Eye, I decided to take a quick look and make a comparison of my own.

In BTTE, page 180 we find:

Wiccans generally honour the “Wiccan Rede,” which is a poem developed in the twentieth century (most agree it was created about 1975). Witches do not have a written law to follow, unless established by their tradition. Witches do not rely on a “Rede” to define what is ethical and what is not, what is proper at what time, and what is not. As stated above, some witches practise dark arts and do not follow an ethic that involves performing Magic only when it’s for “the good of all.””

Read this from Meta Religion: Wicca and Witchcraft:

“THE REDE
Wiccans generally honor the “Wiccan Rede,” which is a poem developed in the twentieth century (most agree it was created about 1975). Witches do not have a written law to follow, unless established by their tradition. Witches do not rely on a “Rede” to define what is ethical and what is not, what is proper at what time, and what is not. As stated above, some witches practise dark arts and do not follow an ethic that involves performing magick only when it’s for “the good of all.””


I’ll leave it to you to decide whether this was taken directly from this site or not, but checking the copyright notice on Meta Religion you will see the date proves it was written pre BTTE publication.

In Allcots book, page 172, we find the following:

“Wiccans generally honour the “Wiccan Rede,” which is a poem developed in thetwentieth century (most agree it was created about 1975). Witches do not have a written law to follow, unless established by their tradition. Witches do not rely on a “Rede” to define what is ethical and what is not, what is proper at what time, and what is not. As stated above, some witches practise dark arts and do not follow an ethic that involves performing Magic only when it’s for “the good of all.””

Sounds sadly familiar doesn’t it?
Flicking to the end of each book, I found two identical quotes.
The first from the BTTE:

” I will leave you with two knowledgeable insights into the world of the unknown Carl Jung (Psychology and Religion: West and East, p. 12)

“It is almost an absurd prejudice to suppose that existence can only be physical. As a matter of fact, the only form of existence of which we have immediate knowledge is psychic. We might as well say, on the contrary, that physical existence is a mere inference, since we know of matter only in so far as we perceive psychic immediated by the senses.”

And Thomas Edison (An Interview from Scientific American) re: Contacting the Dead

Edison: “nobody knows whether our personalities pass on to another existence or sphere” but it is possible to construct an apparatus which will be so delicate that if there are personalities in another existence or sphere who wish to get in touch with us in this existence or sphere, this apparatus will at least give them a better opportunity to express themselves than the tilting tables and raps and Ouija boards and mediums and the other crude methods now purported to be the only means of communication. (Clark 1997:235)

Until we meet again

– Rochelle Moore”

 

The second from the close of Allcot’s book:

“I will leave you with two knowledgeable insights into the world of the unknown

Carl Jung (Psychology and Religion: West and East, p. 12)

“It is almost an absurd prejudice to suppose that existence can only be physical. As a matter of fact, the only form of existence of which we have immediate knowledge is psychic. We might as well say, on the contrary, that physical existence is a mere inference, since we know of matter only in so far as we perceive psychic immediated by the senses.”

And Thomas Edison (An Interview from Scientific American) re: Contacting the Dead

Edison: “nobody knows whether our personalities pass on to another existence or sphere” but it is possible to construct an apparatus which will be so delicate that if there are personalities in another existence or sphere who wish to get in touch with us in this existence or sphere, this apparatus will at least give them a better opportunity to express themselves than the tilting tables and rapsand Ouija boards and mediums and the other crude methods nowpurported to be the only means of communication. (Clark 1997: 235)”

Until we meet again

– Zara Alcott -“


Guilty as proved M’Laud…?

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