I am perpetual student as well as an educator on this Wheel of Incarnation and a diverse creatrix. At age 46, on the threshold of my crone years, I am absolutely loving life and look forward to producing many great works in the spirit of “The Great Work” !
Hailing from primarily a background in Mystery Schools and Traditions, particularly in Hermeticism and Thelema, my spiritual experiences and gnosis gleaned of my spiritual efforts have found their way into my writing, particularly poetry and articles on occult subjects. My focus is primarily on the magickal, mystical, devotional and the spiritual-erotic. I tend to invoke vivid imagery and clever lyrical stanzas to fully engage the empathy, emotions and imagination of readers.
Known by many names and mottos, I am deeply immersed in serving my community in multiple spiritual organizations. Alongside writing, my passions are my initiatory spiritual career helping others to help themselves, devotion to the Great Work and Divine Feminine. I work with and teach the following: Ritual Magick, Astrology, Tarot, Esoteric Qabbalah, Alchemy, Numerology, Nature Magick, and anything involving Ancient Egyptian (Kemetic) mythos . I am very devoted to my family. My immediate family is comprised of my wonderful husband & spiritual partner of 12 years, a beautiful and talented 18 year old daughter as well as a furry feline companion named Luna.
Being so involved in spiritual pursuits, I also love and care deeply for my spiritual families across multiple organizations and continents. I may have been born an only child with no blood-related siblings, but as an adult I am lucky enough to have many spiritual Brothers and Sisters across the globe! I also enjoy such hobbies as: genealogy, films, photography, anthropological studies, music, dance, swimming and communing with Nature. Looking forward to taking up electronic music composition is the latest appeal and I am very excited to get started on learning to express my soul through musical medium as well as take up singing again, something I did regularly much during her younger, choir performing years.
Friends and spiritual acquaintances have affectionately called me “deer whisperer”,”serpent charmer” and “Dragon Queen”. In Celtic lore, dragons are symbolic of the fierce, untamed forces of Nature. According to my peers that know me very well in person, they see a wild and untamed spiritual energy that when channeled appropriately, is something to be reckoned with. It has taken many years of discipline in order to harness that energy for the better as it can be just as destructive as creative. My ancestral roots are steeped in “dragon” traditions of which I tend to be silent in regards to any spiritual transmissions thereof. I delve very deep into my ophidian roots.
Spiritually, I work to serve as a dedicated Co-Founder, an ordained Chief and Hierophant of a Hermetic Mystery School of a semi-publicly represented, independent Order as well as a Hermetic Temple. My primary responsibilities are: teaching, ritual and supervision of the occult arts. I am also a High Priestess of the Mysteries of Isis, a Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn/ Rosicrucian order initiate of almost 14 years, and Teacher of the Hermetic Arts. I am also a Gnostic, Novitiate Priestess for the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica.
A dedicated Thelemite, I am a more recent initiate of one the most rigorous Thelemic “teaching” occult schools in modern existence in the International College of Thelema, as well as the Ordo Templi Orientis along side it’s religious body, the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica. Being an active member of the O.T.O. Blue Equinox Oasis, Detroit, Michigan gives me much joy in my life and I am currently in training there as a Novitiate to serve in the Gnostic Mass in a public capacity as a Priestess, pursuing eventual clergy ordainment in the E.G.C. I could have pursued this in another church or a Wiccan coven, but decided to wait until finding the exact right organization in which to serve. It had be one which was compatible with my praxis of Transformational Magick, Alchemy and the Qabbalistic Tree of Life as well as intense devotion to the Divine Feminine. The E.G.C feels right at home to me and I am looking forward towards serving in my first public Gnostic Mass within the next year or so in the Priestess role upon completion of training to serve the community in such a capacity.
In Kemetic Orthodoxy, House of Netjer organization I am a divined Kemetic ( Ancient Egyptian ) pagan Shemsu ( service in the retinue of) of the Netjer ( Goddess) Aset-Serqet.
I am known at the H.O.N. by the given name of TjezAset , Sat Aset-Serqet meryt Wesir, her Sekhmet Hethert ( Daughter of Isis-Serqet, Beloved of Osiris and Sekhmet-Hathor). TjezAset has a deep, powerful meaning attached with potent heka (magick) and it is for this reason, I choose to not disclose its translation from Ancient Egyptian language to anyone outside of those present at my naming ceremony.
Learning in the House of Netjer community has enhanced my previously existing knowledge and life-long passion of Ancient Egyptian religion, culture as well as community experience. In fact, I have developed a basic corpus of devotional rites over the course of the the last 12 years that I termed “The Isinian Mysteries” in the year 2004, to personally distinguish that of the Isiac”the formal term for known Ancient Egyptian “Rites of Isis”and the “Isian” which is a term used by the well-known organization, The Fellowship of Isis.
It must be pointed out that being respectful of traditions in the various occult Orders and religious organizations are important to me as I am a woman of integrity. Therefore, I keeps practices designated as such, duly separate out of respect despite intense creative expression with ritual.
There is a difference between using different structures to enhance one’s own personal paradigm and gnostic experience and that which crosses a line into mixing that which does not make sense to do so. Honoring that is no issue, and part of my responsibilities in my Temple and Order is to preserve Tradition and teach that specific Tradition. Other traditions which have indications that cross-pollination is not appreciated, are also honored in that request. However, outside out that, I have no problem admitting to experimentation and anything imparted via gnosis is worked with extensively. Utilizing existing structures as a backdrop with which to place certain workable elements is part of the creative process. Some of the most potent rites I have developed are a result of that process and existing knowledge in multiple traditions.
I am also a solitary “Draconic” Traditional witch of Sabbatic Craft orientation who draws on ancestral influences from Ireland, Wales, England, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, and France (Gaul).
A past life within this one has been also as a practicing Shakyamuni Buddhist of the Soka Gakkai International. This has provided the discipline of meditation and mantra which have aided in providing a more solid backdrop for my future work in Thelema as it’s influence and practices extend into the Eastern, as well as Western schools.
My very first spiritual teachers were my Romanian Grandmother and my very own Mother. Grandmother Rose, was deeply involved with the worship of the Divine Feminine and the powers of Nature, particularly the fae. She was a Magician in her own right and would often take my cousin and self out on nature excursions and teach us magick.
My Mother was a one time member of a Rosicrucian Order, a spiritual counselor & Minister focused on healing. It was she who introduced me to Astrology at age 8 and encouraged talents in that area as well as the sacred Tarot just a few years following. I have over 36 years experience in Astrology and Tarot and have taught many classes on these subjects as well as practical use of Numerology in ritual praxis. I had taken the support my mother had given me and went even more deeply into the occult arts and started giving Astrological and Tarot readings to strangers by the age of 14. This website is also in part dedicated to my Mom who recently passed away; July 21, 1939- March 10, 2016. She was a Journalism major herself at the University of Michigan, with plenty of talent in article writing.
With regards to educational achievements and practical life, I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications- TV & Film Production granted from Michigan State University 1992, and have worked for a variety of film and television companies, such as Paramount Pictures “Entertainment Tonight Show” Hollywood, California in the early 1990’s, WKAR Public Television in East Lansing, Michigan, as as student TV Director and Videographer. I have done many volunteer screenplay reads ( analysis and recommended edits) for such popular films as “The Cable Guy” and worked on several video editing projects both in the East Lansing, Michigan area and Los Angeles, California.
Having also served as a volunteer Clean Water Activist during my college years for a time and worked as a volunteer helping to tutor special needs children have provided constructive outlets for the deep empathy for others I possess. Being an INFJ personality type, I tend to feel other’s emotions and changes in environment very intensely, which tends to provoke me into solitude quite often. I have thus found instant compatibility in the literary world.
Taking advanced Writing courses prior to and in her college years helped to hone my writing skills. I had the remarkable experience of being able to refine my style under the critique of a famous American Poet. Diane Wakoski, heralding from University of California, Berkeley, is a University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University. I was gifted to have her as my Professor in poetry writing and analysis classes. I will never forget how important Diane was in my college writing years! I have also had a few works published, served as an Editor-In-Chief of her High School Literary Arts magazine and was granted the prestigious “Gold Key Award” for excellence in Writing during my teenage years. Recently I have had two works published in the “Aset Journal” entitled”Year of Aset: Lady of Heka”. This publication is focused on devotional written pieces with the Great Goddess Aset (Isis) as it’s focus. This condensed anthology can be purchased here:
To date, I also hold various Business Technical certifications in addition to my B.A. degree and currently work in my professional day job career in the IT consulting business for financial organizations. I work as both a Senior IT Financial/Business Analyst and a IT Project Manager, currently residing in my native home in Michigan, USA.
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