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me 2012I am CricketSong the proprietress of Lunar Wisdom and editor-in-chief of Circle of Friends. I am a non-Traditional Wiccan Witch. I have been reading Tarot professionally since 2006 two years prior to me completely leaving my traditional career in banking. I am a homeschooling mom with two children ages eighteen and thirteen. I was handfasted to my best friend, PhoenixWitchwood, in May of 2008.

I have traveled many different spiritual paths during my forty-four years of life: I was raised Roman Catholic, I was a member of a Methodist congregation; I was baptized one of Jehovah’s Witness and finally found paganism in 2004. After my year-and-a-day studies, I self-Dedicated to God Herself and have not left this crooked path since. Currently I am High Priestess of Lunar Wisdom Coven, which is a non-Traditional Wiccan Coven that meets once a week in New Bedford, Massachusetts. We birthed the Coven in April of 2011 and it continues to grow with each passing year.  Our mission is to assist fellow witches forge their own spiritual path based on Wiccan beliefs and promote religious acceptance and tolerance through self-discovery, education and empathy.

You can find me in a number of places offline as well as online. I read Tarot at a local metaphysical shop called III Suns, which is located in New Bedford, at local festivals and psychic fairs as well as from my home. I wrote a monthly column called Musings of a Massachusetts Witch for the online magazine,PaganPages.org from January 2010 until April 2014.

Website: Lunar Wisdom
YouTube Channel: Lunar Wisdom
Facebook fan page: CricketSong
Facebook business page: Lunar Wisdom
Facebook group: The Sacred Circle
Blog: Songs of a Cricket
Twitter: @LunarWisdom
Blogtalkradio: Lunar Wisdom Radio

 

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My name is Phoenix Witchwood and I am the managing editor of Circle of Friends. I am a practicing Eclectic, Wiccan Witch, and the High Priest of Lunar Wisdom Coven. I am originally from Seattle, Washington, but now live with CricketSong in Massachusetts with our two children, StrongJuniperBear and FayeMaiden. I currently work as an analyst at a large, international bank.

My religious history has been very spotty with bouts of undeclared atheism and a couple attempts to fit in with generic, community church Christianity. Mostly dissatisfied with religion, I have avoided it most of my life until I met my wife and found her Wiccan path to coincide well with my own, personal beliefs. I have since developed an interest in The Law of Attraction, The Fourth Way, and some Theosophy. Spiritually, I am drawn most toward Eastern philosophy and practice within Taoism and Buddhism.

I also have been practicing martial arts for many years and have since transitioned to the softer, Taoist art of Tai Chi Chuan. I have been training in Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Chuan for over a year, along with my own personal practice in Qi Gong and Buddhist meditation.

Facebook page:  Alex Kreitner

 

Hi! MWillowy name is Willow and I am a contributing editor of Circle of Friends. I am a practicing Eclectic, Wiccan Witch, and an Initiate of Lunar Wisdom Coven. I grew up in Western Massachusetts / North Central Connecticut. Since I actually do enjoy long walks on the beach, I now live on the South Coast of Massachusetts. In my day job, I work for a large bank. Outside of work, I am a creative soul and have a passion for photography and crocheting.

I was raised by Christian parents who found it perfectly acceptable to question religious dogma, think for myself, and have no problem reconciling science with their spiritual beliefs. This allowed me to form my personal views on deity and the world around me, and ultimately led me to form beliefs found in Wicca. I discovered Wicca through the “Belief-o-matic” quiz on beliefnet.com, which I took as an assignment for my high school freshman history class. From there, I became voracious for knowledge and scoured every website, online Wicca group, and book and picked the brains of anyone that I could find.

Prior to being initiated into Lunar Wisdom Coven, I have practiced as a solitary; served in various leadership roles, including president, of a student led Pagan group in college; as a member of an informal coven; and in a partnership with one of my spiritual sisters. As part of my current practice, I read Witches’ Runes. I enjoy the simple symbols that allow my intuition to take over rather than having my senses over stimulated by detailed images.

Blogger:  A Transformation of Spirit.

 

Terra SunHello everyone! My name is TerraSun. I am a 21 year old Non-Traditional Eclectic Wiccan who is a Dedicant of the Lunar Wisdom Coven. I was born in Toronto, Ontario and moved to the South Coast of Massachusetts when I was about 9 years old. I currently work as a banker at a very large corporate bank. Growing up in the suburbs of Toronto, I was raised Roman Catholic. As opposed to having extremely strict parents, mine were very open to all types of spirituality, which in turn, made me extremely open minded. Learning about other religions and cultural standpoints became a very big interest of mine while growing up. I was first introduced to the craft when I was about 14 years old. Every day after school, my friends and I would walk to our local Metaphysical shop and spend our afternoons skimming through books, playing with tarot cards, learning about crystals, as well as herbs and many other things! Although I was introduced to this lifestyle at a pretty young age, I didn’t incorporate it in my everyday life until about 2 years ago.

Prior to my dedication with the Lunar Wisdom Coven, I spent a lot of my time practicing solitary. (I didn’t maintain a daily practice as I do now though.) My spiritual path focuses mostly on Wicca and Witchcraft, but I definitely incorporate eastern traditions (Buddhist and Hindu) into my life as well. While I was in high school, I also spent a lot of my time interning at my city’s local Buddhist meditation center. I have always been drawn to rocks, stones, crystals, minerals, you name it! I used to collect them everywhere I’d go, and kept shoeboxes full of them. They are also a major part of my spiritual focus as well. As a practicing witch, I believe crystals are a prime source of energy and personally, I tend to tap into these energies to help with everything I do in life! I am currently on a waiting list for a Certified Crystal Healing course that takes place this summer and I am beyond excited to start!

My column will focus on one specific stone for each month. We will focus on an overall description of the stone, physical characteristics, as well as inward, outward, spiritual, and health attributes. I look forward to writing!

Email: Michaelmirpourian@gmail.com
Facebook page: Michael Mirpourian

 

Ruth

Blessed Greetings Beautiful People!  My name is Ruth but my Inner Child prefers being called Ruthie! I am a truth-seeker, a knowledge-gatherer and a lover of wisdom. I was born and raised in New Bedford, MA. I have also lived in Boston, MA; New Haven, CT and Wilkes-Barre, PA, all while pursuing my college and graduate school education. I was a Maronite Catholic (the oldest form of Catholicism) while always attending traditional Roman Catholic schools. I now consider myself an Omnist – someone who recognizes and respects ALL religion.  I do, however, continue to be closely connected to the teachings of Jesus, as for me he is a prophet of love, compassion and forgiveness. I incorporate practices from Catholicism, Paganism, Buddhism, Hinduism and others into my daily life. I minored in World Religions in college and that propelled me down a path of forging my own belief system apart from any traditional religious belief system. My own personal philosophies are based on love, respect, acceptance and tolerance. My constant questions towards all religious organizations led me to pull together my own belief system comprised of the best and most loving aspects of numerous religious.

I have a burning passion to bring Eastern and Western medicine (and lifestyles) together as I truly feel that is what is necessary for the health of our bodies and souls. I am a Physician Assistant with specialties in Psychiatry and Neurology (licensed in 2005) and a professor of the Sciences. I love tending to people’s needs, though I have come to understand I am more than just a modern medicine healer. I work extensively with herbs and their healing properties, both medicinal and spiritual. I am also a certified herbalist, an energy worker, a Reiki Master/Teacher, and spiritual counselor. Mind-Body-Soul wellness is what I strive for personally and for all people. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Metaphysical Studies, working on my Master’s Degree in such heading towards my Ph.D. I am the founder and proprietress of Utopia’s Path and I am here to be of service to anyone and everyone who is searching for wellness on any level! Namaste!

Website: Utopia’s Path
Facebook page: Ruth David
Facebook page: Utopia’s Path Tea Shoppe & Apothecary

 

Shannon

I will be writing the God and Goddess of the Month columns for Circle of Friends. I have many different spiritual interests including the different pantheons, spirit animals and totems, and spiritual travel. I’ve visited a few different Celtic spiritual sites during my travel and hope to visit more of those as well as branching out to others. Pagan spirituality has inspired several different long term writing projects that I hope to publish one day. It has been wonderful to combine my spiritual interests with my love of writing.

I became interested in the Craft when I was fourteen, but didn’t start officially practicing until years later. During those teen years, I found myself drawn to the ideas of deity in nature and of there being a Goddess as well as a God. I was raised in the Catholic Church and by the time I was in high school I had become disillusioned with their ideas about equality and sexuality. Wicca seemed to offer the spiritual freedom I needed, while keeping the option to have a ritual aspect to my faith open if I chose it. But as with many interests during those years, I became distracted by other things and any desire to learn more was put on the back burner.

My interest was renewed when I was nineteen and started as I was doing research for a fictional story I was working on. I remembered how intriguing I had found the ideas that had made so much more sense to me than what I was brought up on. Around the same time, I saw an advertisement on my college campus for a new Pagan student group. I decided to go to the first meeting and that was the beginning of a life changing spiritual journey. There I made many new friends, including one who is still a spiritual sister today. From studying in that group, I learned about different paths and found my own eclectic path that has changed a few times. I’m enjoying the ongoing spiritual journey and can’t wait to see where it all takes me next.

Email: shannoncocci@yahoo.com

 

JessicaHello, there! My name is Jessica, but I must say, when the Goddess calls, she always tags on my middle name, so when I’m giving myself peptalks, I call myself as She does: Jessica Lee. I prefer to think of myself as a warrior priestess, a Witch, a half-marathoner, a soon-to-be spiritual life coach, and of course, I am a writer, and I am over-the-moon excited to be writing this magazine’s Power Animals column.

Spirituality has always played an important role in my life, growing up Christian. Even as a child, I felt Spirit moving in big ways — creative, elegant, and even destructive ways that in my experience, could not be confined in the church. I turned to Nature, and I found the Goddess. As my Pagan path unfolded, I found Her not only among the trees, but in myself, too.

As a writer, I pull spiritual inspiration from stories. Stories about Goddesses, stories about plants, and of course, stories about animals. They are always speaking to us, whispering stories in our ears, sharing their ancient wisdom. With this column, I hope to inspire you to listen to their messages. Blessings, Jessica Lee.

Website: Transformation Warriors
email: transformationwarriors@gmail.com

 

AlyseHello all! My name is Alyse and I write the spell crafting and casting column for Circle of Friends. I am a Seattle native but presently reside in Connecticut. As a lover of all things right-brained and creative, I read, write, draw, and am a former professional photographer.

I was raised in a non-denominational Christian household but for the past eleven years have been on my own path as an eclectic Pagan, witch and devotee of the Goddess Hekate. I had always had a mild interested in new age and occult theology and was drawn one day to a bookstore to obtain some reading on the subject. After devouring that in less than twenty-four hours I went back for more and the rest is history. I self identified as Wiccan for a good many years before opting for the more inclusive label of “Pagan” due to my practice being quite wide. My path is a blend of Wicca, Native American shamanism, Eastern philosophies and new age witchcraft.

With a background in behavioral psychology, a forte in magickal herbalism and a deep love for tarot and am forever looking for ways to grow as a spiritual being. My goal is to create a life and business where I can use my practice and path to help others become their greatest selves.

Website:Luna Sage
YouTube Channel: Luna Sage
Facebook: Luna Sage
Twitter: @lunasageblog
E-mail: alyse@lunasage.com
Instagram: Lunasage

 

Autumn2Hello everyone!

I’m Ristoria, author of Pop Culture Paganism and Witchcraft, Monthly Affirmation and Monthly Ogham Report columns for this wonderful magazine. I’m so excited to share my knowledge and to help everyone grow on their individual paths!

I am a Celtic Witch that is dedicated to Brighid and The Morrighan, and I have been on this path for 7 years now, although it feels like only yesterday that I discovered Paganism and felt that I was finally returning home.

When I’m not at work or in school you can find me running The Pagan Parcel which is a monthly subscription box service for Pagans that I founded, writing for The Witch Hollow which is my personal blog, or hanging out on Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr.

 

KatieHi my beautiful friends!

My name is Katie and I was born and raised in Southeastern Mass, and currently reside here with my husband and kitty. I’m not one big on labels in any aspect of my life, so I simply identify myself as spiritual. I would say my personal spiritual practice is a mishmash of many spiritual paths; pulling from Buddhism, Hinduism, Paganism, Native American and Shamanistic practices to fulfill my spiritual needs. I have always felt a connection with earth-based spirituality and it came into my consciousness around age twelve, giving me a greater sense of belonging.

I currently work as a Registered Nurse, primarily in the psychiatric field. I was drawn to this career path by my love for people and healing. I believe that in order to heal our body, we must also heal our mind and soul. This has drawn me to pursue a more holistic nursing path, as I am realizing traditional medicine is not aligned with the healing modality that I am personally drawn to. I feel my life purpose is to help others heal and to connect with their unconscious and higher self.

I am currently a student of aromatherapy, Reiki, intuitive tarot reading, and massage therapy. I love yoga, meditation, reading, traveling, sports, and keeping active. My column will be on Holistic Health. I love meeting and talking to like-minded people, so please contact me with any questions, comments, or suggestions! I would love to hear from you! Namaste.

Email: serenitybodywork.rn@gmail.com
Instagram: katierouuu

 

BaileyHello everyone! My name is Skye! I am 22 years old and I was born in Ohio. I lived in West Virginia for 10 years before my family moved to the countryside of Central Florida. I now live in bustling Miami. I was first introduced to Wicca and Paganism when I was in early high school. At the time, I thought the practices were too unusual for me. As my closest friends began to openly practice, I started to become more and more interested. I informally started learning Wicca from my friends and the owner of my home-town metaphysical shop in 2010. In 2013, I held a self dedication ritual with my Craft sisters. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to help with group rituals and Sabbat celebrations at my local metaphysical shop. I’ve also been fortunate enough to attend several multi-day Pagan festivals. It is through these things that I’ve learned I crave community. Since I moved to Miami I have been a solitary practitioner even though I prefer to practice and study in a group. I hope to one day be part of a coven or to start my own.

I am an eclectic Wiccan that pulls from Celtic, Norse, and Greek/Roman paths primarily. I am a lover of history and the pursuit of knowledge. Ancient cultures and peoples interest me the most because I feel that we all have something we could learn from studying the people of our past. I am not a huge practitioner of magick but I do like to consider myself a bit of a kitchen, hearth, and home witch. I love cooking, baking, and all other “domestic” arts. As a fan of simplicity these practices are easy to keep up with. I cook meals for my family and loved ones every day so it is easy to throw in some extra intent for health, love, and well being as I cook. When I clean or craft goods for my home it is easy to cleanse and purify my space and belonging as I go. Doing these simple, every day things raise the vibrations in my home making it a happy, peaceful, and harmonious place to live.

 Email: Skye.Dancer013@gmail.com