In 1975, I was 11 years old, and that is when my magickal history really begins. It was as though a switch had been flipped, and my awareness had increased greatly. I became aware of strange coincidences and odd events that all seemed to center around me. I could sense energy and certain things about people. Of course, when I tried to share these things people thought I was crazy. At one point, I obtained an ESP (Extra-Sensory Perception) Kit containing a pack of Zener Cards. These are cards with 5 symbols on them, and you are supposed to guess the symbols without looking at them. I became very good at it, so I started reading more about psychic abilities. Then one night, I had a dream in which I was in a large body of water, and there were 5 faces looking down at me from the sky. They were having a conversation, but I couldn’t understand what they were saying. Then my dog came running across the water. (My dog had died shortly before). When I awoke, I sat up in bed and felt very strange. I looked down at the bed and saw myself still lying there, asleep. This was my first Out-of-Body experience, and more soon followed. I began to study several topics: Meditation, Magick, ESP, Psychic Abilities, Witchcraft (back then it was simply called “the occult”), and Astral Projection. In those days, occult sections in bookstores and libraries were usually small and relegated to a back corner, and anything viewed as ‘unexplained’ was all lumped there together. The more I learned, the more I realized these things had been happening to me for some time, and I just didn’t know what they were. The town I grew up in was very Christian, so naturally these things were considered “evil” and “satanic”. People said I was opening myself up to dangerous things, but I never felt like I was in danger. It all seemed so natural to me. Uber-conservative Christians did manage to guilt-trip me for awhile, so I attended church and was very active, but there were many things about Christianity that I could never reconcile. Especially since I was also gay, something else I knew from an early age. As I grew older, I continued to study and began casting my first spells, with great success, but it was a long time before I met others who did the same things. I’d had to keep it a secret for so long. Noone in my family knew I was involved in “the occult”, it seems strange to call it that now. The word Occult makes some people apprehensive, but it simply means Hidden. In other words, knowledge that is hidden from those without the awareness to comprehend it.
Today I am a High Priest & Witch, Healing Practitioner, Mystic, Tarot/Oracle Reader, Teacher, and Caregiver for the Developmentally-Disabled. I have led many public and private rituals, and have taught classes on several magickal topics. I am a certified Reiki II Practitioner and have served as High Priest of three covens, currently with Evening Star Circle. I make my own spell candles, ritual bath soaps, hand-blended incense, ritual oils and custom spell bags. In my own magickal practice, I blend Modern and Old World Witchcraft with Celtic Mysticism, Spiritual Alchemy and the balance between Light & Dark.
I have recently published my first book, The Boy Who Lived: Magical Spirituality in the Harry Potter Universe, now available HERE.
In my personal life, I am a very liberal gay man, and strong in my spiritual beliefs, which would be considered Wiccan, though I prefer to be known as a Witch. While I choose to be outspoken about who I am, I realize that many are not in a position to do so. Some still live in fear of losing their children or jobs because of their beliefs. It is my hope that we can one day reclaim the word Witch as a positive word, and re-establish the Witch as one who facilitates healing and transformation. Educating the community will play a key role in this. For me, Witchcraft is both a religion and a spiritual path. I know that I was destined to follow this path, and to guide others along the way.