Yngona Desmond was raised to value both Celtic folklore and Theosophy.
For over 35 years she has lived studied and taught a mystical and
spiritual lifestyle. Independently, she has been a student and
practitioner of yogic traditions since childhood.
Her dedication to
Heathen esoterica is found among other places, in "Thuleheim: A
Knowledge Base," a collection of occult lore from the Northern
European, pre-Christian traditions, that she maintains with fellow
soulcrafter Garrick Cartwright, and in her groundbreaking book,
"Voluspa: Seidhr as Wyrd Consciousness" She is also the owner of "Nine Worlds" on y\Yahoo, the oldest, most active and scholar list on Heathen mysticism anywhere on the net.
Unwaveringly, she lives
in many realms simultaneously. Having never been Christian, her
worldview is unique in that she brings a deeply rooted connectedness
and profound sense of understanding to the seemingly impenetrable
depths of Heathen mysticism and Seiğr philosophy.
Rev. Lilith Dorsey BA,MA
Lilith Dorsey comes from many different magickal traditions , including
Celtic, Voodoo, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional
education focused on Plant Science , Anthropology and Fine Art at the
University of R.I., New York University and the University of London,
and her magickal training includes initiations in Voodoo and Santeria.
Lilith Dorsey has been doing successful magick over the past 20 years
for patrons of her business Branwen's Pantry, and is editor/publisher
of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly.
Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean
Paganism provides readers with a comprehensive explanation of each
religion, a discussion of the many issues they face today, and an
up-to-date list of helpful resources. With a forward by well-known
Pagan icon Isaac Bonewits, Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism provides
what bookshelves have long needed: a clear road to understanding the
rituals, history and the shared beliefs of these religions.
Anthropologist, author, and filmmaker, Lilith Dorsey, B.A., M.A.,
is an initiate of Santeria, Vodou, and New Orleans Voodoo
providing her with a unique insight into the sacred material at hand.
Machia is a healer, Strega high priest and elder, psychotherapist, and
spiritual counselor. He is schooled in ancient magickal practices
and modern behavior sciences, and has studied with internationally
recognized shaman and psychologists in both the United States and
Europe. _Who's Who in the World_ says Dr. Machia's "noteworthy
achievements are of lasting value to humankind." He holds degrees in
theology, education, and psychology, and has done post-doctoral work in
Arawn has been a
presenter at numerous conferences and has been published in numerous
pagan and secular journals. His own journal, "Dragon Whispers",
is distributed throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Susan Davis(Moonsilvered) was born in Galveston, TX in 1955. Her
first book, "Magickal Progressions" was released in 2008. She is a
former CPA who began formal training in New Forest Tradition in
Houston, TX in 1972.
1983, with two small children, she retired from active coven management
and embarked on a solitary magickal journey that focused much more on
various forms of healing with sound and visualization, massage, chakra
manipulation, herbs, trance work and Reiki. She also began
serious work with Elemental Magicks during this time and met her
lifemate/HP and fellow healer, Rev. Lawrence Harney. They have been
teaching students and traveling together since then.
Harney was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1952. He practices a
Tradition, and was career USAF, retiring 1995. Lawrence is
in several styles of healing, including techniques learned while
in the UK and in Japan. He is a specialist in accupressure and
healing and a teacher both in person and online. He actively performs a
variety of Pagan Ministerial work, including funerals, handfastings,
and covenings along with lifemate/HPS.
Cynthia Edmunds, no magical name, thanks; a witch in the kitchen and
else; HPS of Silver Moon Interwoven Circle of Tides because no one else
wants the job; reformed festival organizer and officer for Covenant of
the Goddess; possessor of the secrets of the sausage finger trick and
tricks; holder of an honorary cyber degree that looks impressive
on the wall; founder of the Lighter Degree System, please don't ask me
how my lighter works, that's a third degree secret; credentialed first
generation priestess of the Sacred Order of Trickster; owner of thigh
leather boots and in my next lifetime, author of thirteen books on
topics yet to be disclosed to me.
Dorsey comes from many different magickal traditions , including
Voodoo, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education
on Plant Science , Anthropology and Fine Art at the University of R.I.,
New York University and the University of London, and her magickal
includes initiations in Voodoo and Santeria. Lilith Dorsey has been
successful magick over the past 13 years for patrons of her business
s Pantry, and is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly.
Mateyo Empie ...
The shaman's world consists of
energy. Humans, animals, plants, stones -- all weave together in a
multidimensional tapestry, conscious and responsive
service, and healing exemplify the joy and duty of the shaman.
Shamanism carries on traditions millennia-old that enable us, here and
now, to experience and embody Universal Truth. It changes our lives by
connecting us to our Infinite Source, where we celebrate the play of
consciousness. We become aware of our true identity as Beings of Light
and children of our loving Mother Earth.
For over forty years
Mateyo Empie has added to her inborn gifts by the intensive study of
metaphysical disciplines in Peru, India, and the United States. She has
taught shamanic techniques of self-development for nearly twenty years,
concentrating on the traditions of Peru, especially the esteemed Q'ero
of the high Andes.
be special children's activities throughout the event. The traditional
potluck dinner is back for Friday night, followed by a bonfire and
and a HUGE Bonfire Saturday after the Main Ritual.
Dawn Severson is an initiate of ”Ile‘
Oxu‘n“, a traditional house of Santo. She is also initiated in La Regla
Obasi and an Espiritista with extensive knowledge of ancestral worship.
She was also a High Priestess of a local Eclectic Pagan group for
several years. She resides in Southeastern VA with her husband and her
“I feel it is a great
honor and blessing to have the trust and respect of my Godmother to
relate the knowledge and beauty of our religion”
Rev Dr. Dawn Hill
is an ordained Pagan minister, herbalist, and an Usui Shiki Ryoho
Reiki Master Teacher and practitioner who employs crystal healing
in her practice. Dawn has two certifications in herbal medicine through
The Foundations in Herbal Medicine program offered by Tiearona Low
Dog, MD & Northwestern University, respectively. Her
associations include: membership in The CT Holistic Health
Association,The Connecticut Herb Association, The American Herbalists
Guild & The International Association for Reiki Professionals.
Dawn’s focus in life is to help others achieve peace and balance
ER-Medth is an author,
healer, teacher, student, and lover of the wise ways. Nature and
Family members have been her mentors. Companion to all living things,
she urges all to become one with the universe.
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tree to scribble on (even less fun, but more necessary ). These , and
organizational hoo haa are the price of growth. Please know that it is
our intention to keep these patriarchal intrusions to an ABSOLUTE
Your patience and understanding is appreciated!
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