Frost, Gavin (1930– )
Gavin Frost, cofounder of the Church and School of Wicca,
was born in Stratfordshire, England. During his childhood
years his Welsh family took him on trips to the homeland,
where he was introduced to magical folklore and awakened to
what became a lifelong interest. He attended London University
from which he received his B.S. in mathematics in 1953. He
later earned a doctorate in math. In the 1960s he moved to
Canada to continue a career in the aerospace industry. By this
time he had become involved in Witchcraft. He moved on to
Anaheim, California, where he met his future wife, Yvonne Wilson.
She was a Spiritualist, and together they began to study
psychic development at a Spiritualist center. They moved to St.
Louis, Missouri, and while there they were formally initiated
into the Craft.
They began to write up the material they had received in
their occult training but had difficulty finding a publisher.
They decided to reorganize the material into lessons for a correspondence
course. They organized a ‘‘School of Wicca’’ and
advertised the lesson in various occult periodicals. Shortly
thereafter the Church of Wicca was also formed. In the midst
of these developments, in 1970 Gavin married Yvonne.
In the early 1970s the school found a level of response from
youthful seekers and in 1972 Gavin quit his job to devote full
time to its development. In 1974, they relocated their headquarters
to New Bern, North Carolina. By the middle of the decade
it had become one of the largest groups within the emerging
Wiccan community, and the publication of their original
book in 1975 as The Witch’s Bible was met with a high level of
criticism from other Wiccans. They complained that the book
implied that it spoke for all Wiccans (a fact that Frost denied),
but were most upset over the lack of emphasis upon the Goddess.
The controversy was soon resolved as each side agreed to
disagree.
Through the 1970s and 1980s Frost led the church and
school as its archbishop. With Yvonne, he wrote a number of
books on Witchcraft and magic. The school has maintained an
enrollment of approximately 5,000. Toward the end of the
1990s, Frost retired and passed along the leadership of the
school to his lieutenants. The headquarters has since moved to
West Virginia.
Sources
Frost, Gavin, and Yvonne Frost. The Magic Power of Witchcraft.
West Nyack, N.Y. Parker Publishing, 1976.
———. Meta-Psychometry Key to Power and Abundance. West
Nyack, N.Y. Parker Publishing, 1978.
———. Power Secrets from a Sorcerer’s Private Magnum Arcanum.
West Nyack, N.Y. Parker Publishing, 1980.
———. Who Speaks for the Witch. New Bern, N.C. Godolphin
House, 1991.
———. The Witch’s Bible. New York Berkley Books, 1975.
———. A Witch’s Guide to Life. Cottonwood, Ariz. Esoteric
Publishing, 1978.

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