Fire Child: The Life & Magic of Maxine Sanders 'Witch Queen' by Maxine Sanders
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of the early pioneers of Witchcraft, Maxine Sanders, wife of Alexander Sanders tells her story from beginning all the way to present times. Her autobiography is as much about her as it is about the growth and development of the craft.
Since childhood Maxine seems to have been destined for a life in the craft. Like most other accounts of witches that I have read Maxine had a troubled childhood and one that brought about the recognition of her gifts. Her father, Victor was a tall, large sized Gemini who could not hold down a job for very long, hence it became the job of her mother to be the bread winner. Victor was also abusive. He could get violent and he sexually abuse Maxine as a child.
At an early age Maxine noticed her affinity for fire, hence the title, Fire Child. Being fascinated with the flame of fire and the burning embers that remained after the fire would die down young Maxine would stare for long periods of time at the fire. One time she went in to commune with the ember, which she called Fire Mice. The commune burned her body but she did not feel pain.
Maxine also had the ability to astral project without any training. This ability made it easy for her to spy on people. This is something that her mother would try to exploit both for financial gain and to spy on Victor and see what he was doing.
Abusive men seemed to follow Maxine thorough out her life right alongside of spiritual growth. She met Alex Sanders through her mother. He was a healer at a church. Alex had been the son of an illegitimate union between his father and another woman., who stayed together despite him being married to another woman. It was Alexander that would prompt her involvement into the craft.
But Maxine was no stranger to different forms of spirituality. Her mother helped her get involved in an Egyptian spiritual order. They were very strict and demanding and not to mention wealthy. Once could feel the strength of the movement. Also in part thanks to her mother Maxine would get involved with the teachings of Gurdjieff.
When she got closer to Alex he would involve her in his coven and temple. Alex was also a publicity seeker which would land the young Maxine in trouble with her parents and force her to move to London for a spell. Upon her return she would reunite with Alex get married and form the temple of the Goddess. She was involved as a trainer of very high standards and Alex at the same time being a gifted and wise magician would be involved with affair behind Maxine’s back. He would try to force her to bear a moon child and could be emotionally abusive. Through the marriage they would have two children together. Maya and Victor. The autobiography traces the ups and down of her life and anyone pursuing the craft will want to pick up this gem and read it.
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