Here’s the short version of a long story: I came to Paganism through a childhood affinity for trees and a love of the forest that never left me. I became Pagan in 2000 and was an executive board member of Earth Spirit, a student Pagan group at Ferris State University, from 2001 to 2005. After college, I moved to the East Coast, found the Blue Star tradition of Wicca (I became a Dedicant in 2007), and studied with several Blue Star groves in Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia.
However, this connection was broken in 2010, when I moved back home to Michigan and had children. It was my choice to put the Craft on the shelf for a few years, but I also felt that this was a time of trial and difficulty; it seemed to me that the Gods had thrown me into the woods to see if I would grow, mature, and come back. And I did, slowly, returning to Blue Star in 2015 and 2016, despite the lack of other Blue Star folks in Michigan who I could study with. I felt called by the Gods and by this land, so I sought out community with other groups and traditions as well, to serve Them right where I am. In early 2017, I began circling with MoonFire, a coven in the Chthonioi Alexandrian tradition of Wicca, and underwent the rite of dedication at Beltane. I am currently studying toward initiation.
If you want to contact me, send me an email! We’ll set up a time to meet at a coffee shop or a bookstore to chat. You can also find me at Wheatland Music Festival (Sept. 8–10, 2017), attending with my family, and at Grand Rapids Pagan Pride (Sept. 16, 2017), reading Tarot at the Artes & Craft booth.