The Passing of Lord Merlin

Lord Merlin, aka David John White, was the elder high priest of the Ravenwood tradition for almost three decades and he died over a week ago, on Mabon. He led an extraordinary life, much like his wife Lady Sintana, and he died a year and a week after she passed from us. He was there by the Lady to bless the founding of my coven, and when I'm initiated this Saturday he will be a part of my lineage, my spiritual grandfather. Though I never met him, his passing fills me with sadness, and more than … [Read more...]

I Am Not An Angry Witch | Season of the Witch

"I am not an angry girl but it seems like I've got everyone fooled. Every time I say something they find hard to hear they chalk it up to my anger and never to their own fear." -- Ani DiFranco, Not A Pretty Girl You cannot talk about the stories of Witchcraft without talking about anger. It bubbles up around the edges, spills over into the narrative and makes itself heard. It's in the Witch trial records. It's in the lore. It's in the stories of Aradia. It's in The Crucible. Even Endora of … [Read more...]

Initiation: A Love Letter

The past two weekends I've been sorely tempted to write about things I find on the internet that make me despair of my community. From teachers whose "principles" require a fealty oath to their person, to people once again hating on Wicca, to people defining Wicca as spiritual silly putty. Maybe I should write about those things, but I just don't need to weigh down my soul with that right now. Instead, I'd like to tell you about why I petitioned for initiation into Traditional Witchcraft.1. … [Read more...]

Pagan Soup: Lord Gothwen, Geocentrism and Hephaestus Anthology

I woke up this morning intending to write a rip-roaring post but instead I found sad news waiting for me.Lord Gothwen PassesI did not know Lord Gothwen but I know he spent decades in service to the Craft. He lived in California, worked at Apple Inc and expressed regret at not being able to attend Lady Sintana's memorial. Beyond that his stories are gone forever, with the exception of memories of family and friends. He was only 52.Lady Larina of RavenStone, my "spiritual grandmother", knew … [Read more...]

The Unexpected Blessings of Lady Sintana

I never met Lady Sintana, but I firmly believe she is the reason I am a Witch today. It's kind of a long story, so bear with me.Lady Sintana was a very public Witch, one of the few well-known public Witches who were not authors. She appeared fairly regularly in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She fought seminal court battles for Wiccan rights. She took in animals and people who needed her help. For many years her doors were always open, 24/7, and the House of Ravenwood Church and Seminary … [Read more...]


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