I am a Pagan. I believe nature is sacred, and that there is divine in all of us. I am a witch. I practice magick, perform rituals, and do inner work to celebrate life, support my faith, and better the world. I am a priestess of Aphrodite. I have been devoted to Her for several years, but I know She has always been with me. It is my sacred work to help shine Her light in the world.
I’ve been following the Pagan path for almost 20 years. First as more of a pantheist, then a Wiccan, then a witch, then a more general Pagan, back to witch, and now as a devotional eclectic polytheistic Pagan witch. I have a wonderful, supportive spiritual community to which I owe much, and for which I am eternally grateful.
My relationship with Aphrodite is very intimate. I talk with Her daily, pray several times a day, and make offerings almost every day. She’s tackled me in meditation, showed up during sex, and inspired me to write songs and rituals that I know were not “mine.” She has transformed my worldview and opened my heart. She has given me courage to look into the dark places and to come out stronger. I celebrate Her. I dance with Her. I sing to Her. When I took my oath as a priestess, I vowed to serve Her and to share Her with the world.
I am an ecologist and general nerd, a dancer, hiker, mountain biker, backpacker, foodie, cook, vegetarian, Italian speaker, dreamer, both a lover and a fighter, empath, highly sensitive person, singer, world traveler, meditator, yogini, aspiring tantrika, enthusiast of beautiful and sensuous things, and a cat lady (just one for now). I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and I have struggled with anxiety and depression. I live in the southern US. I am learning Greek in honor of Aphrodite. I love the fusion of science and religion, and I think my academic background has helped me to even more deeply experience the wonders of our natural world through a spiritual lens. I am a lifelong learner, and I love to read both fiction and non-fiction.
I lead rituals for my local Pagan group. I am an eclectic hard polytheist who believes in distinct manifestations of the Gods. I work with deities from a variety of different pantheons because they have shown up in my life and formed a personal connection with me. In addition to Aphrodite, I also work with Cerridwen / Cerridwyn, the Lord of the Wild Wood (a slightly different manifestation of Cernnunos, the Horned God, and Herne that doesn’t seem to fit with any of those names), Hermes, Asclepius, Isis, Bast / Bastet, and Ganesha. I’ve also worked with other deities that have shown up for a short time or for a specific purpose.
I place an incredibly high value on my personal relationships, which is part of what led me to Aphrodite. Both my romantic relationships and my friendships are extraordinarily important to me. Setting aside time and energy for these relationships has always been one of my top priorities in life.
It is my hope, though this website and blog, to help you grow in your personal relationships, as well as your relationship with the Divine. Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey.
You can read more about my own journey to Paganism here.
Read about how I came to Aphrodite: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.
Some other posts about me:
My Adventures as a Struggling New Empath
Lessons in Faith (-OR- How I Learned to Like Spicy Food)
What Does It Mean to Be a Priestess?
Why Beltane is My Favorite Holiday
Why I Quit Caring About Formal Ritual and How That Made Me Better At It
Are You Projective or Receptive?
June Full Rose Moon Ritual – Fighting Fear with Love
Coming Out of the Broom Closet
The Extroverted Empath – A Rare Species
An Anniversary of Priestesshood – Lessons from My First Year in Service to Aphrodite
Living with OCD in the Time of Coronavirus
Priestess in a Pandemic – Part One, Part Two, Part Three