A Witch School in NYC
Of Pagan Studies
Rev. Starr RavenHawk HPS, Elder
Rev. Luna Rojas HPS, Elder
Rev. Amethyst Rose HPS
Rev. K. Peaceweaver HPS
My spiritual journey has been gradual and eclectic. She came to the Craft a decade ago, trading church walls for open fields and forest groves. Her days of clown ministry and church choirs evolved into spellwork and Tarot, combined with Yoga and New Age influences to form the proud Witch
she is today. Peaceweaver is a life-long herbivore and feminist, committed to honoring the Goddess through working to end oppression for all Her children. A certified Level II Reiki practitioner, Peaceweaver is interested in exploring a wide array of spiritual traditions and tools. In tandem with her spiritual endeavours, she is a fervent writer and performer. Peaceweaver is honored to be a member of the Wiccan Family Temple, forever blessed and grateful to her teachers and sisters/brothers in the Craft for welcoming her home.
Rev. Natasha Missick HPS
I was drawn to Wicca because of it's reverance for both the male & female divinity within the universe. It also encompases my beliefs in Astrology, divination and the spirit world.
I practiced as a Solitary for about 3 years, yet I needed more focused study, and pointed answers to my philosophical & practical questions. This is what brought me to the Wiccan Family Temple, where I have enjoyed my study.
Rev. Hectuba Hestia HPS
I was born into a Jewish household, but never truly embraced the religion. As a child I was always interested in spiritual pursuits and used to pretend I had magical powers, and was even drawn into being a stage magician. In fact, Harry Houdini was an idol of mine. I first discovered the occult and true magickal things when I was in Junior High School and High School. After going to college, I discovered witchcraft. After being in the Chasidic world and orthodox Jewry for about 10 years, I started to yearn for true magickal things again. This was 7 years ago.
I then met my present husband, who has been my rock and support. Through him I was able to discover where I truly belonged. I found Raymond Buckland’s book and did some learning with that, but found I didn’t learn very much. My next discovery was Witchschool.com and where I learned even more. I became solitary for a while and felt I needed to join a coven. I discovered one nearby me in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and worshiped with them for just over a year. While with them, I met my best friend Rose. Approximately 1 year later my friend Rose introduced me to the Wiccan FamilyTemple, which is where I am today. I have plans on continuing my learning and worshipping with them, and eventually becoming an elder with the temple and taking my knowledge and learning into the future. Becoming ordained and performing marriages and such.
My name is Catherine and I have been a Pagan since early childhood. Growing up in rural central New York state, I observed weather patterns, the placements of the moon and sun as they danced through the Wheel of the Year and the migratory habits of birds. I studied plants and trees and have fostered a tender interest in their well-being.I was introduced to Wicca about 12 years ago and have studied in groups and as a solitary. My path is now leading me to study the way of the Druids and I feel that my calling is work through the Three Degrees of Druidry, bring those teachings to others and serve to enrich the New York community. I recently had my dedication and my chosen name is now " Arafel - Cìbeir a Àruinn (R-a-fell SY-beer ah Agh-ROON-e) – Shepherd of the forest
Rev. Atreya Xyliah HPS
Rev. Astara Woodhaven HPs
I began practicing witchcraft & Wicca at the age of 12, and have always held a deep interest in learning about different religions, science, magic, and attaining personal fulfillment. After practicing solitary for years, I felt a strong and sudden pull to practice and study with other like-minded individuals, and made a commitment to myself to draw to me those who could help on this deeper, more concentrated journey of knowledge. My ideology is extremely eclectic and I draw on not only wiccan paths, but on the studies, beliefs, theories, and knowledge of other religions and paths. After my year and a day studying with the Wiccan Family Temple, I am deeply thankful to Starr, Athena, Luna, and all of the witches I've come to know and love for their wisdom.