Alex Sanders (Verbius) (1926-1988)

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Although Alex Sanders did not really know Gardner, his contribution to the survival of Witchcraft can not be denied. Initiated into the Wica in 1963, though involved in magic much earlier, his enthusiasm, magical knowledge and approach, attracted many people seeking initiation. Alex, along with his onetime partner, Maxine Sanders, were highly flamboyant and their Craft activities created some of the more sensationalist headlines of the 1960s and 70s.

 

Today, initiates tracing their lineage back to Alex are usually referred to as 'Alexandrians' though there is some eveidence to suggest that Alex was originally given a Gardnerian initiation by 'Medea' and Sylvia Tatham. I also think there is signifcant evidence to suggest that due to Patricia Kopinski and Sylvia Tatham lacking a complete Book of Shadows in 1963, Alex copied large chunks of the material from Charles Cardell's 1964 publication WITCH.

  • An verview of Alex Sanders can be read here on Wikipedia.

  • June Johns wrote a book about Alex entitled King of the Witches a small review from Time (1970) magazine about this book, can be found here.

  • You can read a newspaper article about Alex, written by Eric Maple and taken from The Sun (October 29th 1970) here

  • A Men Only interview with Alex, from the 1973 can be read here.

Video Clips

 Legend of the Witches is a film from 1970 which features Alex Sanders and other Coven members. Buy it here, see the DVD Intro here and watch it all here:

A recording entitled 'A Witch Is Born' was made of the initiation of Janet Farrar (nee Owen) by Alex and several others in 1970. It was reissued in 1994, listen to it below. Buy it from Amazon.

Watch 'Secret Rites'  - a 1971 documentary which Sanders appeared in.

Watch Luigi Scattini's 1970 film 'Witchcraft' featuring Alex and Maxine Sanders.

The Occult Experience was a 1985 program featuring various occultists including Sanders. Watch it below.

A video clip from a 1970 documentary about Alex Sanders

Watch a video clip of Alex Sanders doing a Fire Spirit ritual 

Alex is featured in this 1989 video 'Earth Magic'