The thoughts and feelings of a Pirate Wiccan on Pagan issues and community.
Kenny Klein is a Pagan musician, author and presenter. A virtuoso fiddler and skilled songwriter, he was one of the very first Pagan musicians to travel a circuit of festivals. He currently has a dozen CDs of music available that range in style from British to Blues. His newest CDs explore Pagan music in the styles of his home town of New Orleans: Bluegrass, Jugband, Cajun and Blues. Kenny is the author of Through The Faerie Glass and Fairy Tale Rituals (both Llewellyn), The Flowering Rod: Men and Their Role In Paganism (Immanion), and a new collection of poetry entitled Verses On Saint Marks Place (Siento Sordida). Kenny tours about half the year, performing and presenting at festivals and other Pagan venues, and plays fiddle in New Orleans the other half. He does this while writing books, and keeping a second blog about street life in New Orleans.
Professional Tarot conversationalist, Arwen Lynch has worked with Tarot as a vehicle for personal transformation since 1980. Her personal philosophy is that Tarot is best used to correct your life course. She is a published author (in romance, as Marilu Mann) as well as the current president of the American Tarot Association (2007 forward). She specializes in helping people who are determined find their joy and writers who want to finish their book. She's an initiate of Wicca.
I am a 35 year old Pagan and professional baker living in South Carolina, originally from Massachusetts. I have been practicing Paganism for 10 years, and have been cooking and baking much, much longer.
Karen Tate is a twice published author, ordained minister, social justice activist, national speaker and radio show host of the long-running Voices of the Sacred Feminine on Blog Talk Radio. She was recently named one of the Top 13 Most Influential Women in Goddess Spirituality.
Lauren works full time at the library, buying all the university's books. She lives in New Orleans with a Bandsidhe cat and author/musician Kenny Klein. When she isn't acting piratical, she's usually found hanging out on Royal street, listening to traditional jazz with a drink in one hand and a book in another. She is also the author of The Pagan Household's column 'Sage and Scourge'.
Susan Harper is an eclectic solitary Feminist Witch from Irving, Texas. She is a professor of Anthropology, Sociology, and Women's Studies, with a focus on gender, religion, and sexuality. She is also an activist, community educator, and writer. When she's not making magick or fomenting social change, Susan is the head soapmaker, herbalist, and aromatherapist for Dreaming Priestess Creations. She shares her life with her partner, Stephanie, five cats, and two guinea pigs.
I have been working in the Reclaiming and Feri witchcraft traditions since 2000. Originally from Chicago, my home is now Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I am a piece of a growing coven and work in partnership with Boneweaver in the Bone and Briar line of Reclaiming/Feri.
My passions include: the search for Truth and Desire, co-creation and manifestation, ecstatic ritual, poetry, divination and the power of good reading material. I am experienced in leadership training, small group facilitation, tarot, trance techniques, and ritual arts. I believe at the core of my being that transformation can be blissful if we surrender to it. It is my privilege to tempt seekers to their transformations.
I specialize in:
- Community Building
- Magical Training
- Officiating Sacred Rites
- Ritual Creation (personal and public)
- Spiritual Exploration and Mentoring
- Tarot and Divination Training
- Initiated in the Reclaiming (2010) and Feri (2012) traditions
Elizabeth Creely lives in San Francisco, and has explored almost every type of environment California has to offer: coastal, riverine, grassland, desert and montane. This blog features an new essay (hopefully) every month. I like quality more than quantity, and intend to write substantive, research-based essays that reflect the best of my conversations, childhood memories, discoveries and reflections of California. What's Dinnshenchas mean, you ask? It's an old Irish narrative genre that takes its inspiration from a genre of Irish story telling that recounts the origins of place names. It concerns itself with the mythic, and California is nothing if not that.
Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on the history of magic with the support of her husband and four cats.
Please note that all opinions expressed here are Literata's alone and do not reflect the positions of any organization with which she is affiliated.
Aline O’Brien (M. Macha NightMare), Witch at Large, has circled with people of diverse Pagan paths throughout the U.S., and in Canada and Brazil. Author of Witchcraft and the Web (2001) and Pagan Pride (2004), and co-author, with Starhawk, of The Pagan Book of Living and Dying (1997), Macha has also contributed to anthologies, periodicals, textbooks, and encyclopedias. A member of the American Academy of Religion, the Marin Interfaith Council, and the Nature Religion Scholars Network, Macha also serves as a national interfaith representative for the Covenant of the Goddess (CoG) and on the Advisory Board of the Sacred Dying Foundation. Having spent the last eleven years developing and teaching at Cherry Hill Seminary, the first and only seminary serving the Neopagan community, Macha now serves on its Board of Directors. An all-round Pagan webweaver, she speaks on behalf of Paganism to news media and academic researchers, and lectures at colleges, universities and seminaries. www.machanightmare.com
I offer Sacred Space Online Events and a Priestess Training in Avalon, Egypt, Crete and Netherlands. This is just the beginning of my bio, and I know it’s already so much. I published a book in Netherlands: Living In Bliss, The Path of Initiation in Ancient Goddess Cultures (in Dutch). What intrigues me now is leaving behind old structures and being ever more true to the moment. I live next to the sea with my dog and cat, and love travel and dancing. Read more about me on www.KlaraAdalena.com
The Woman's Belly Book: Finding Your True Center for More Energy, Confidence, and Pleasure — info at loveyourbelly.com — shares what I've learned during 25 years of exploring the mystery and power of the body's center.
It's today's best-kept secret: Your body's center, your belly, is home to your core life force. It's the site of your soul power, the source of your passion and creativity, your intuition and sense of purpose, your courage and confidence.
My greatest joy? Inspiring women to activate our body-centered soul power so that we may express ourselves all the more as the gutsy woman we are.
Luke Hauser is an organizer, musician, and parajournalist in the service of the Goddess and global revolution.
SophiaDawn is a typical, and yet, not so typical farm gal, a "young" crone and grandmother. She lives in Southern Illinois, near St Louis, out in the sticks where she owns an herb, botanical and more business,"Terra Mater". She is a Reiki Master-Teacher and reads Tarot and Oracle cards. She also has her Diploma of Holistic Health Practice from the American College of Health Sciences. She writes a monthly column for a local magazine on herbs and alternative health. SophiaDawn also gardens, raises goats and other livestock. In her spare time she does all sorts of sewing and needlearts.
SophiaDawn spent a great deal of her life as a dedicated Christian but several years ago found herself on the winding path where she discovered the Feminine Divine and the way of the wise woman, embracing the magickal world around her.
Author, poet, singer and dancer, Joanna van der Hoeven (Autumn Song) is a Druid Priestess and Animist who honours the natural world around her and seeks to live with awareness and compassion. She has released three books, her latest being Zen Druidry and is currently writing two more for release in 2014. She writes the main blog for Moon Books, as well as having her own blog channel at Wordpress, called Down the Forest Path.
Beth is a priestess of Odin, writer, self-taught fiber artist, cunning woman, and urban shaman who lives and works amidst the wild wights of the Pacific Northwest. Her little cottage business, Fiberwytch on Etsy, offers her artisan handspun yarn, ritual cords spun from hand dyed fleece and charged and blessed using traditional methods, and other handcrafted goodies to enrich your practice and pamper your soul. She is the author of Odhroerir: Nine Devotional Tales of Odin's Journeys, and Water from the Well and Other Wyrd Tales of Odin, both available on Amazon, and her work has also appeared in Idunna, Hex, and the now-defunct newWitch. She offers oracular seidhr services to the general public on the ninth day of every lunar month, as well as rune and Tarot readings by appointment.
Howdy! I am full time intuitive counselor & root magic ritualist living in San Antonio, Texas with my amazing family. My website, Milagro Roots is a popular destination, featuring my latest writings on spirituality, ritual, magic, nature, and divination. I run a small in-house spiritual boutique where I craft ritual oils, cleansing baths, sachet powders, charms, amulets, charm bags, and botanical talismans for clients around the world using many herbs, roots, and zoological finds that I cultivate and grow myself. My writing has been featured on the Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers (where I am one of the founding members), Elephant Journal, Roots of She, Kind Over Matter, Witches and Pagans, and Plant Healer Magazine.
I sometimes refer to my work as high-end hedgewitchery–because I work with many established professionals and artists who wish to use intuitive arts like Tarot and ritual earth-based magic to improve their lives. Everyday I wake up and feel so incredibly blessed to be doing the work that I know I was meant to do-whether its working in the garden, cuddling with my son and beloved husband, or talking to the most fantastic clients ever–every moment is saturated with love & devotion to my calling and those who make my work possible.
Michelle Simkins grew up in rural Northern Michigan, where she divided her time between reading fantasy novels and wandering the woods. It was no surprise that as an adult she found herself drawn to earth-based spirituality and energetic healing, both of which she's been exploring since 1999. She now lives, works, writes, and studies her craft in the Pacific Northwest.
I am a writer and poet living in western Massachusetts. I have a degree in English Lit, with a focus on the nineteenth century, and am working toward a degree in Women's Studies as well. My work has previously appeared in The Pagan Activist, The Pagan Review, GrannyMoon's Morning Feast, and The Montague Reporter. I am currently working on a series of children's books, a novel trilogy, and a poetry manuscript (I simply can't do one thing at a time!). I also have several random fantasy-based short story projects that I attack once in a while. I am a Dianic Pagan and practice Kitchen Wicca, and am also a Reiki Master. For a glimpse into my own little corner of reality, you can stop in and visit me at Ellie.