Aquarian Tabernacle Church

The Aquarian Tabernacle Church is an interfaith church of Wiccaand Earth Religions, formed in 1979 in Index, Washington, by Pete “Pathfinder” Davis, to support the Wiccan and Pagan communities.

The Aquarian Tabernacle Church, or “Tab,” as it is known, is recognized as a church in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland and South Africa. David is Archpriest and Deborah K. Hudson is Archpriestess. Membership is open. Davis, a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, was initiated into the Dorpat tradition, a small and secretive tradition of the Craft, on August 14, 1974, in Patterson, New Jersey.

In 1976, he relocated to the Seattle area and established the Tab based on English Traditional Wicca. In 1983, he was initiated into the Coven of the Stone and Staff of the New Wiccan Church. The Tab grew in size, attracting Wiccans and Pagans from diverse traditions. In 1984, a Moonstone Circle of tall standing menhirs was constructed and dedicated for the Tab. Liturgy was formalized the following year. Tax status as a church was obtained in 1988.

The role of the church has expanded, and it has been involved in gaining acceptance for Wicca as a religion in Washington prisons; coordinating Wiccan and Pagan interests in the Interfaith Council of Washington State (Da- vis has served as president); establishing SpiralScouts for youth; and establishing the Woolston-Steen Seminary for the training of clergy.

Janet and Stewart Farrar established the ATC-Eire church in Ireland in 1999. The church was a leader in the Pentacle Quest campaign to allow Wiccan and Pagan veterans to put symbols of their faith on their headstones. In 2006, Davis and his working partner, E’bet Tennis, were initiated into the third degree in Alexandrian and British Traditional Wicca.

Further Reading:

  • The Aquarian Tabernacle Church Web site. URL: https://www. aquattabch.org/about/atc/pagantree.php. Downloaded October 12, 2007.

See also

Source:

The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – Copyright © 1989, 1999, 2008 by Visionary Living, Inc.

You may be also interested in :

The Hammer of Witches: A Complete Translation of the Malleus Maleficarum - Christopher S. Mackay
The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation and Psychic Development - Christopher Penczak
Power of the Witch: The Earth, the Moon, and the Magical Path to Enlightenment – Laurie Cabot, Tom Cowan
Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within -  Juliet Diaz
Buckland's Book of Saxon Witchcraft - Raymond Buckland
The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 20th Anniversary Edition Annual, Subsequent Edition - Starhawk
Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande (Abridged Edition) - E. E. Evans-Pritchard, Eva Gillies
Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America - Margot Adler
Veneficium Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path - Daniel A. Schulke
Familiar Spirits: A Practical Guide for Witches & Magicians – Donald Tyson
Traditional Witchcraft : A Cornish Book of Ways - Gemma Gary
Witchcraft and Demonology in South-West England, 1640–1789 - Jonathan Barry
Helping Yourself with White Witchcraft - Al G. Manning
Witchcraft: The Old Religion - Leo Louis Martello
Witch Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic. - Lisa Lister
Witchcraft: A Concise Guide or Which Witch Is Which? - Isaac Bonewits
Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks, and Covens –  Paul Huson
An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present - Doreen Valiente
By Land, Sky  Sea Three Realms of Shamanic Witchcraft - Gede Parma
Irish Witchcraft and Demonology - St. John D. Seymour
A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magick Spells - Cassandra Eason
Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England: A Regional and Comparative Study, Second Edition -  Alan MacFarlane
The Modern Guide to Witchcraft: Your Complete Guide to Witches, Covens, and Spells - Skye Alexander
The Witches’ Book of the Dead – Christian Day
Charge of the Goddess: The Mother of Modern Witchcraft - Doreen Valiente
The Hedge Druid's Craft: An Introduction to Walking Between the Worlds of Wicca, Witchcraft and Druidry - Joanna van der Hoeven
The Way of the Hedge Witch : Rituals and Spells for Hearth and Home - Arin Murphy-Hiscock
Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft – Sir Walter Scott
Witches Investigating An Ancient Religion - T. C. Lethbridge
Out of the Broom Closet: 50 True Stories of Witches Who Found and Embraced the Craft  - Arin Murphy-Hiscock