Lady Em has not received any gifts yet
I’ve had several “craft” names over the years, each marking an achievement or a transition. In any event, I have been serving as a learning and research resource in these fields for roughly 20 years. Additionally, I serve on several interfaith discussion councils and I have made it my business to study every path to the divine I can find. So far as I’m concerned, sharing my own knowledge and experience with other people is a vital part of my spiritual journey, but also if I aim to teach, I should let you know more about me and the life circumstances that have brought me to this point.
I think I had the best and healthiest spiritual upbringing a child could experience. To begin, my parents were themselves spiritual explorers, having thought through the mainstream dogma of their youth to a point of universal acceptance and a belief of the divine inherent in everything (and in nothing). We had no labels and really didn’t need any. They taught me the basics of morality and ethics, and the significance of the intangible, that which really couldn’t be described in words. There were Neopagan and Wiccan influences, but I was encouraged to study and experience all faiths so that I might be of better service to humanity.
The following bit of verse is how I’ve managed to best explain my spiritual origins and my understanding.
My path is sacred, though it names nothing deity
Yet all things like wind and snails and light are holy
This path is me, is mine, is myself
The guiding light of the heart glows in my mind’s eye
Compassion, kindness, love and gentle regard
Acting the words for those without a voice
Cherishing this moment, right now, as the best ever
Secure in the gnosis of the Aether and the Other
Laughter is the language of the spirit
So has been the path so far
No female figure has ever been as strong and as meaningful to me as my own mother. Not only has she been everything maternal, she encouraged me to embrace what in my experience other mothers were hesitant to discuss—my own being as a woman and the journey of womanhood. She never used the word “Goddess” exactly, but she evoked a kind of reverence and devotion within me, that which I came to know as the Goddess. When I reached menarche at ten years old, my mother helped me celebrate my transition and demonstrated how this cycle was a manifestation of the female divine. That I am now at this point on the path of the Goddess began with my mother encouraging me to take joy in being of the female divine.
I don’t think I qualify as a beginner—but on the other hand, aren’t we all beginners in the eyes of the Goddess? It’s my rule to teach with humility and my goal that no one should ever be made uncomfortable.
I began my studies in depth with the Temple of the Ways, a progressive Pagan tradition celebrating the goddess Nehallenia. In addition to being an active member in the Re-Formed Congregation of the Goddess, I began several new Goddess-oriented projects and initiatives—Spiral Way, Grove of the Seven Sisters, the Tribe of Theagenia, the Sisterhood of Themiskyra, and most recently Kitty Boston Coven Unlimited in honor of my grandmother.
I earned my BA from Muhlenberg College in History/Religious Studies/Linguistics in 1993, and went on to pursue graduate studies at Florida State University. I have both taken and taught independent coursework in the history of Neopaganism, Reconstructionism, group and individual therapy, group dynamics, and mediation/conflict resolution.
I am a regular participant and occasional ritual leader in local groups and circles. But I go where I am needed, and so I often serve as visiting clergy with other groups. My favorite action is when I attend interfaith gatherings as a representative of alternative faiths. I carry the community with me, and I am honored to speak as best I can on everyone’s behalf.
Walking my path has been a sincere spiritual adventure, one that has challenged ideas of which I was once certain and one that has helped me develop new thoughts. That I have evolved in mind and spirit over the years is an absolute for me. At the end of the day, I would like to discover who we are and why are we here.