I first met Charles Clark in 1993 and it felt like a one in a million chance, one could say magical and it certainly felt fatalistic! Charles was a largely unknown character from the early Wica and a friend to Gerald Gardner and Doreen Valiente. At that time, he was charged with becoming the Head of the Scottish Wica and he set about earnestly in that mission establishing several Scottish Covens by the early 1960's.
Later, having been very hurt by the activities of the Wilson's, Charles resigned from his position and slipped away into obscurity.
Following the tragic and untimely death of my High Priest, Dave, (whom always thought highly of Charles and had been wanting us to write something), I sat down, Dave's spirit next to me, and wrote...
Charles Clark speaking about The Wica
◉ Charles speaking about Gerald Gardner's death.
◉ Charles speaking about Gardner and the Old Religion.
◉ Charles speaking about the difference he perceived between 'Wica' and 'Wiccan.'
◉ Charles speaking about Monique and Scotty Wilson (Olwen and Loic)
(With thanks to Lady Susanna who taped an interview with Charles in the early 1990's and from which these extracts have been taken.)
Charles Clark's Working Tools
Charles was given most of his magical working tools by Gerald Gardner. Here are some images of a few of them. (Click for larger images)
Charles' Bracelet, reputedly one of six that were made for High Priests of the Wica to wear.
Charles' Scourge with Key of Solomon markings on it.
A Wand that appear to be made of Ivory and is in two parts which screw together.
Another Wand, this one opens up and has a secret compartment in the middle.
The two sides of a hand-inscribed copper Pentacle about 6" x 6" in size.
A black chalice used by Charles Clark, likely to have been given to him by Gerald Gardner.
Charles Clark's silver salt and water receptacles.
A 'Gardnerian' family tree with Charles and many of the other early Craft Elders on it.
"...I cannot for the life of me, let any part of the
Craft out of me or tone down, for it is my life, my
reason for living."
Charles Clark (26th April 1930-17th August 2002)