‘The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.’ Albert Einstein
Grounded in the Western Mystery Tradition, I am a longstanding Priestess of Wicca and have been involved in spiritual and folkloric traditions related to British nature mysticism for over 40 years.
I cannot recall a time when I did not long to be connected to the world of myth, ancient mystery and the sacred. As Socrates once said ‘Wonder is the beginning of all philosophy’ and I have never lost a sense of wonder about the deeper questions and expressions of life. There is an inner voice within us all that takes us to where we seek the lessons we need in life and I was fortunate in my youth to come across Tarot, Transcendental Meditation, Yoga, I Ching, Buddhism and Natural Magic. Those early explorations were imbued with wonder and excitement as if from a Pandoras box of delights, new wisdom revealed itself to me.
In following an inner calling to return to England, I went to a Tarot lecture and found a group of Wiccan Practitioners. Their stories of ancient Egypt, Temples, Magical Rituals, the study of Symbolism and Divination enchanted me and I spent the next twenty five years studying with them. The calling to leave and explore further was an uncomfortable but undeniable one and for the following ten years, I took time to work and study with Druid groves, Magreb trance dancers, Sufi Masters and a variety of teachers exploring different ways of awakening the soul and the mind to its true potential. I continue to learn and am half way through an MA on Myth, Cosomology and the Sacred which I hope will deepen my academic knowledge which I will weave into my teaching practice.
I find myself where I began, but with a different perspective. It reminds me of T. S. Eliot’s quote: ‘We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time‘.Teaching is another form of learning; my students asking questions I recall with fondness my own struggle to answer, as well as new questions that I have not asked myself yet – it is, without doubt, a rewarding and fulfilling path.
I currently teach sacred dance, connecting with the Divine Feminine, Wiccan and Pagan practice and tradition, Tarot and Divination, lecturing widely, writing extensively and delivering workshops for a wide variety of communities across England and Europe. I read and teach Tarot from my home in Whitstable, in communities throughout England and regularly at Treadwells in London, which is where I also teach Wheel of the Year workshops throughout the Year.
My path has taken me to many countries, traditions and cultures and despite huge differences, it is my overwhelming experience that there is more that unites us than divides us, when we look beyond our personal limitations. Living an authentic life, with compassion for others, a reverence for life and the sacred in all its forms, a love of truth and the endless possibilities of learning and exploring our true potential and the world we live in is my passion.
Have you discovered yours?