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...]

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...]

Reflecting on the Life of Steve Collins/Lord Senthor

I think the saddest thing about writing for the Pagan community is writing about elders who have passed that I never had the chance to meet. The poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko said "Not people die but worlds die in them." It's an appropriate way to express the memories, knowledge and perspective lost every time someone passes from our communities. We should make a greater effort to reach out and honor our elders and record their stories before they become our ancestors. I know a lot of Pagans are … [Read more...]


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