About Shauna Aura Knight

An artist, author, ritualist, presenter, and spiritual seeker, Shauna travels nationally offering intensive education in the transformative arts of ritual, community leadership, and personal growth.

She is the author of The Leader Within, Ritual Facilitation, and Dreamwork for the Initiate’s Path. She’s a columnist on ritual techniques for CIRCLE Magazine, and her writing also appears in the anthologies Stepping in to Ourselves, A Mantle of Stars, Calling to our Ancestors, and Bringing Race to the Table.

She’s also the author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels including Werewolves in the Kitchen, A Winter Knight’s Vigil, A Fading Amaranth, and The White Dress, the Autumn Leaves.

Shauna’s mythic artwork and designs are used for magazine covers, book covers, and illustrations, as well as decorating many walls, shrines, and other spaces. Shauna is passionate about creating rituals, experiences, spaces, stories, and artwork to awaken mythic imagination.

Seeking the Grail: Overcoming the Old Wound and the Hero’s Final Test

The hero is always wounded and must heal enough to take strength from what they have learned; they succeed in their quest because of their wound. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Abused and Abuser

In the past years, since getting out of an abusive relationship, I’ve written a lot about abuse. Like many survivors, I learned one important technique to avoid future abuse: avoid abusers. But here’s the problem; abuse is the norm. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: The Priestess is Dying

My pessimism is clawing ribbons into the flesh of my optimism. My soul is screaming for hope, for justice, for good things. Not just for this a Pagan coven, but for the whole world around us. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Why Effective Ritual Is Important

Ritual facilitation is a professional skill set. If you learn the skills to make it work, and work to train others on your team to do the same, you rituals will get better. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: A Song of Death

It shouldn’t surprise me; nobody gets out of here alive, as they say. But death isn’t something I expect, not when meeting and working with people my own age. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Pagan Events, Shyness, and Hospitality

One aspect of Pagan leadership is in the function of hosting events. And one of the things I often talk about when I teach workshops on leading rituals is that rituals shouldn’t be “written,” they should be designed. Sculpted to create a particular experience. Whether you’re hosting a small open discussion night at a cafe, or a public ritual, or a large festival or conference, hospitality is a part of that function. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Weeping Liberty

Land of the free, home of the brave. The star-spangled banner is supposed to be a symbol of that. But, it’s not really a symbol of freedom for many. It was our flag when our founding fathers created this country and allowed slavery to continue legally. It was our flag when the indigenous people who lived on this land were persecuted, pushed off their land, and murdered. And, it was our flag when women didn’t have the right to vote. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Women’s Rituals

Typically I don’t offer single-gender only rituals or workshops. I’m a cisgender female, so to be specific, I mean rituals/workshops/groups limited to women only. There are times, however, when I make an exception to that, usually when I’m asked to lead a women’s ritual when I’m a guest presenter at a Pagan festival. And there begins my tightrope walk with my own ethics. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Interruption and Creative Flow

This time last year, I had a clear and focused plan for my writing, both fiction and nonfiction, but I’m definitely one of those creative types that gets thrown by distractions and interruptions. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: When Doing the Right Thing Doesn’t Feel Good

About a month ago I put my cat to sleep, and only in the past week have I really begun to feel like I did the right thing. If you’re not a pet owner, you probably haven’t endured this special kind of hell. I hope the afterlife brings Luna a peace that she didn’t get in her last years. I hope that I made the right choice; I think that I did. [Read more…]