About the Author

Mortellus is the High Priestex of the Coven of Leaves in Western North Carolina, a Gardnerian Coven operating an Outer Court training group who like to say that they are a bubbling cauldron of bitter esoterica slithering their way through Western North Carolina. Additionally, Mortellus is a Mortician, Author, Medium, and Necromantrix. Her book of pagan death rites and rituals for Llewellyn, Do I Have To Wear Black? is set to come out February 8th, 2021 with multiple additional book projects under contract. Currently, she resides on three acres that are hastily becoming overgrown again with her partner, adult child, two-year-old afab/amab twins, and one really, really ridiculous dog.

Interested in supporting this author’s work?

Pick up a copy of Do I Have To Wear Black? Nothing makes an author feel more loved than picking up your very own copy of their book – bonus points for a review, and tagging a photo on social media! Available at bit.ly/DoIHaveToWearBlack or wherever books are sold.


A Crow and The Dead/Mortellus does not have a Patreon because she believes that information should never have a paywall. For those who are able and choose to support content creators monetarily, you may directly contribute to Mortellus’ many community projects at paypal.me/mortellus.


If you’d like to contribute a book to the community library that Mortellus and her coven maintain, you may select one from their wishlist at bit.ly/CoLWishlist.

Book Readings and Services

Mortellus is available for a variety of services including death work, mediumship, missing persons cases, readings and clearings for your home/property/place of business, speaking engagements, workshops, seance, tarot and bone readings, and consultation sessions for funeral establishments seeking to improve their Pagan friendliness. You can book directly through the by clicking here.

Attend an Event

A variety of events are almost always available and updated through the event listing found here. Classes and workshops are limited to 30 attendees, so sign up quickly if you see something you are interested in.

Merchandise and Items

Mortellus has an online store located here with a variety of goods and custom items. Additionally, past workshops are available for streaming.



I’m interested in attending a workshop, but cost is a barrier.

I believe that everyone should have access to information, so if you find that you are unable to attend a workshop for financial reasons, email through the contact page and ask for a coupon code. I will happily send you a code for 100% off of attendance to the class of your choosing. In the event that it is full, or circumstances prevent my doing so, I will make video of that workshop available to you. If anyone finds that their circumstances are particularly good, and would like to sponsor these free spaces in class, simply do so by sending a gift to paypal.me/mortellus with a note stating that it is to sponsor a future attendee.

Where can I purchase an autographed copy of “Do I Have To Wear Black?”

Just click here! Signed copies are personalized with the name of your choosing, a doodle by the author, and spirit-led magic keyed to the purchaser. At this time first edition paperback copies are available to ship February 8, 2021.

Where did you go to school?
My degrees are an AA in Graphic Design from McDowell Technical Community College, Bachelors of the Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design, AA in General Education from Fayetteville Technical Community College, and an AAS in Funeral Services (for those not in the know, that’s dual funeral directing and embalming) from Fayetteville Technical Community College. Additionally I hold a metric ton of professional certifications because much like a crow, I never seem to stop being curious about the world.

Are you affiliated with any certain traditions?
I am a 3° Gardnerian High Priestex, and whatever you heard, I promise we’re not all the GOP of Wicca. My personal practice is pretty eclectic and ranges from old timey necromancy to alchemy, ceremonial magic, and the appalachian folk practices native to the area in which I was born and raised.

What the hell is a High Priestex?
I am a non-binary person who was assigned female at birth, was female socialized, am “femme-presenting,” and I prefer honorifics that do not define me by my gender. Priestex is that for me, and more. In Wiccan traditions you often see a binary of roles – generally High Priestess and High Priest though many of us out there doing The Work™ don’t have working partners and wear all the hats. For me, those titles aren’t about gender, but are about the roles we fill. Life and death, creation and destruction, east and west. I lead my Coven all on my lonesome, and for me Priestex is not only a word that is void of gender, but one that says I’m something in the middle, capable of filling all those roles at once.

What are your pronouns?
She/her, Mx, Directrix, Necromantrix, Priestex.

What’s with your usage of “Pagan?”
Often I use the word Pagan in the way it is used by the funeral industry as I’m often speaking from the position of industry insider. The crappy thing is that it’s primarily used in those circles to mean ‘someone who is not Christian or Jewish.’ While I don’t agree that atheists (for example) are Pagan, the funeral industry does lump them in that umbrella so sometimes I’m talking about lots of groups all at once – I try to be clear where I can about what I mean.

 Where can I find a Gardnerian Coven in my area?

I’m glad you asked! A group of dedicated and legitimate Gardnerian coven leaders keep a group on Facebook which curates a list of vouched for coven leaders by country/state which you can find here. It’s a wonderful place where you can interact with other seekers, initiates, and leaders of groups.


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