Raymond Buckland 31 August - 27 September whose craft name was Robat , was an English writer on the subject of Wicca and the occult , and a significant figure in the history of Wicca , of which he was a high priest in both the Gardnerian and Seax-Wica traditions. According to his written works, primarily Witchcraft from the Inside , published in , he was the first person in the United States to openly admit to being a practitioner of Wicca , [ citation needed ] and he introduced the lineage of Gardnerian Wicca to the United States in , after having been initiated by Gerald Gardner 's then-high priestess Monique Wilson in Britain the previous year. He later formed his own tradition dubbed Seax-Wica which focuses on the symbolism of Anglo-Saxon paganism. Buckland was of mixed ethnicity; his mother was English , and his father was Romani. It was here that he became involved in amateur dramatic productions.