Score, John

Score, John (d. 1979) Also known as m, John Score was an influential figure in Britain during the formative years of the re-emergence of Paganism and Witchcraft, the latter of which Score preferred to call the Old religion of Wisecraft.

Score, of Wimborne, Dorset, served in the Royal Air Force from 1931 to 1946, retiring with the rank of Flight Lieutenant (Signals).

In 1948 he organized and directed the telecommunications for the Olympic Games, held in London that year, work that earned him a bronze medallion. In 1968 he became editor of The Wiccan. Under his direction, The Wiccan rose to prominence in both Britain and the United States as one of the leading Pagan journals. With a group of persons from Britain and America, Score played a role in the formation of the Pagan Way in America.

In 1971 he was a key founder of the Pagan Front in Britain, which evolved separately from the American group, later changing its name to the Pagan Federation. The Wiccan became the newsletter of the Pagan Front/Federation. In establishing the Pagan Front, Score sought to defend the religious freedom of all Pagans and to protect
Paganism from undesirable exploitation and the infiltration of black-Magic elements. To these ends, he was often controversial.

Throughout his life, Score maintained a deep interest in the occult and what he called the Ancient Wisdom. He delved into all forms of natural healing and earned a Naturopathic Doctor degree in the United States. He studied Reincarnation and experienced memories of his own past lives in ancient Egypt and Atlantis. He also researched ways to use his technical knowledge with help from his spirit guides to develop an instrument for communicating with spirits without the need for a human medium.

His work was done independently of other researchers in what eventually became known as the “electronic voice phenomenon,” the recording of spirit voices directly onto magnetic tape. Score believed he achieved some success on his own, but poor health forced him to leave his work incomplete. Score suffered from ill health through much of his life, particularly in his later years. He died in December 1979, survived by his wife and two sons.


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