By White Marsh Theod
Theodish Belief began with one man, Garman Lord. Garman was not alone in its early development, but if anyone can be said to be the founder of Theodism, he can. Others, such as Lord Ealdoræd of Moody Hill Theod also contributed much while later folks like Swain and Eric Wódening did much to change the course of modern Theodism. The roots of Theodism are hard to trace. Leave it to say, it has roots in both Wicca and Germanic Paganism. Garman began his path towards Theodish Belief as a Wiccan, studying in the Gardnerian tradition. In 1971, his coven made their High Priestess, the “Witch Queen.” And as she was a “Queen,” they also developed a council of advisors. Looking in a dictionary Garman found the term Witan (the Anglo-Saxon councils appointed by kings to advise them). Finding this word in a dictionary started Garman on a quest that would eventually lead to the foundation of Theodish Belief. In 1971, he and others founded the “The Coven Witan of Anglo-Saxon Wicca” (Garman Lord, “The Evolution of Þéodisc Belief: Part I” Theod Lammas, 1995).