I’m an editor by trade, a mother of elementary-age children (juggling homework, soccer practices, all that), and a priestess of Wicca. Here’s how that last part came to be.

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, identifying as a Druid and joining ADF for a brief while, and from 2001 to 2005, I was an executive board member of Earth Spirit, a student Pagan group at Ferris State University (it has since disbanded). After college, my husband and I moved to the East Coast and I connected with the Blue Star tradition of Wicca. I became a Dedicant in 2007 and studied with Blue Star groves in Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia.

However, this connection was broken in 2010, when we moved back home to Michigan and had our children. Suddenly I felt isolated, abandoned. I made a few attempts to connect to local Pagans but raising babies took priority, and I put the Craft on the shelf for a few years. Not willingly, either. This was also 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, although not in person — I am to this day the only Blue Star witch in Michigan — and seeking out other groups and traditions. I felt called by the Gods and by this land, and I had since learned that there were other traditional Wiccan covens nearby; I hoped for an introduction to one of them.

In early 2017, I began circling with MoonFire, a lineaged Chthonioi-Alexandrian coven, and I was initiated in September 2018. I found a raucous, diverse coven family that has embraced me (and my kids), and my husband felt the calling as well. He is now a dedicant! There’s so much growth happening. It’s like a fallow field that’s been tilled and planted at long last, and the satisfaction of new green shoots bursting forth is matched only by how bright and strong young plants in the entire field are now growing.

The Wheel ever turns, and now I’ve reached a point where I worry less about my own development (although I continue to work and study) and more about what I have to teach others. What good has all of this experience done me if I can’t pass on what I have learned? So the next step is Saturday Night Witchcraft (hopefully) and the forming of the Not-Coven, where I may have something worthwhile to say to the next generation of seekers.

Updated September 2018