Welcome to A Witch’s Ashram

Greetings and salutations! Come on in, settle down, and share some tea. A Witch’s Ashram opens its doors today here at Patheos Pagan.

I started this blog two and half years ago while living in Wales. At the time I was debating whether or not quit the PhD program I was enrolled in. I had a 3 year old and a 5 month old. I wanted to write outside of academia and I felt I needed some structure to help me focus. I ended up quitting my program and never looked back. My family moved back to the United States, and I am now pregnant with my third child (due in May). Through the explorations I started in my first year of blogging I found practices that spoke to my spirit and produced the kinds of results I had been hoping to find.

A Witch’s Ashram runs with what worked: my continuing study and practice of Anderson Feri witchcraft and tantric Hinduism. I have teachers for the former tradition and am self-taught for the latter one, so far. I consider myself dually observant. You’ll find discussions of both practices here, as well as topics that relate to the wider Pagan community. I use my theological background and former experience as a Christian to explore topics and review books that tilt toward the Christian side of things. I often look at the intersection of being a mystic and Pagan and a parent.

On Mondays you might see posts in my Maxim Monday series. Star Foster inspired this project when she was writing on the Delphic Maxims. I realized I knew nothing about them and I wanted explore these classical pagan values myself. There are about 137 of them, and I think I’m only on 57. Sometimes I feel inspired by these maxims and other times I can’t find much to say about them. The posts definitely reflect this!

I also hope to bring in some other voices of traditional witchcraft, via interviews and guest posts.

For those who followed me here from my own ashram, please click on the rss feed to the right if you’d like to continue following me. My Facebook page provides links to current posts, but I also often post links and other thoughts there that I think might be of interest to my readers. Occasionally there is some good discussion on those threads.

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I’m really excited to be part of the amazing and thoughtful line up here at Patheos Pagan. Thanks for having me!

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  • Welcome, Niki! I know you’ve been here for some time as a contributing writer, but it’s nice to be hosting the whole enchilada, so to speak. 🙂

  • Yay! Welcome aboard, we are glad to have you!

  • I’ve had excellent experiences with Hindu practitioners and think that our community could learn a lot from theirs. I look forward to hearing more about your practice! As, Jason said, welcome aboard!!

    • I am always a little hesitant to claim myself AS Hindu, because I am certainly not orthodox or vedic or mainstream Hindu in any way, nor culturally South Asian (or any of the various other cultures in which Hinduism is central). But I *do* have a strong Hindu devotion and practice, and someday I’ll find a guru (besides the One that is Me). Thank you for your welcome and enthusiasm!

  • I am so excited about this! Welcome welcome. I practice in the Reclaiming tradition which has a lot of shared ties with Feri…really happy to see a Witch on this site but ESPECIALLY happy to see one of your ilk…can’t wait to read more.

    • Thank you! You’d be surprised how many Feri/Faery trained or initiates are writing or guest posting on Patheos. Heh.

  • Welcome to Patheos Pagan – happy to have you here!

  • lilithdorsey

    Welcome and congrats on your upcoming new addition !

  • Yay!!! : )

  • Welcome, Niki! Notice about your blog is actually bringing me back to Patheos. It’s great to see someone else looking into bridging East and West. I suspect your readers will find this interesting:


    • Thank you. I cannot express enough how liberating I find the Hindu tradition. You might enjoy today’s post on dual observance.

  • Arno du Toit

    Great! I’m looking forward reading your contributions, Niki. The more the merrier 🙂