Llewellyn Publications has grown and expanded into new areas of personal growth and transformation since it began as the Portland School of Astrology in 1901. Along with the strong line of astrology books the company was founded upon, Llewellyn publishes books on everything from alternative health and healing, Wicca and Paganism, to metaphysics and the paranormal-and since 1994 has published a growing list of Spanish-language titles.
Llewellyn has long been know as one of America's leading publishers of New Age books, producing a wide variety of valuable tools for transformation of the mind, body and spirit. Reach for the Moon-and discover that self-help and spiritual growth is what Llewellyn is all about.
Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D., (Long Beach, California), is a Witch, teacher, and freelance writer. She holds a Ph.D. in English Renaissance literature.
Mickie Mueller is an award-winning and critically acclaimed artist of fantasy, fairy, and myth. She is an ordained Pagan minister and has studied Natural Magic, Fairy Magic and Celtic tradition. She is also a Reiki healing master/teacher in the Usui Shiki Royoho Tradition. Mickie enjoys creating magical art full of fairies, goddesses, and beings of folklore. She works primarily in a mix of colored pencil and watercolor infused with magical herbs corresponding to her subject matter.
Mickie is the illustrator of The Well Worn Path and The Hidden Path decks, the writer/illustrator of The Voice of the Trees and A Celtic Divination Oracle, and the illustrator of The Mystical Cats Tarot. Since 2007, Mickie has been a regular article and illustration contributor to several of the Llewellyn periodicals. She resides in Missouri.
To learn more about Mickie, check out her online gallery and blog.
Ellen Dugan is the award-winning author of fifteen books, and is known as the "Garden Witch". A psychic-clairvoyant, she has been a practicing Witch for over thirty years. Well known for her candor and humor, she is a Master Gardener, and is the High Priestess of her Coven in the St. Louis area. Ellen teaches classes both online and across the country on Witchery, Psychic Protection, and Magick. She has contributed articles for over twelve years to Llewellyn's Magical Almanac, Witches Datebook, Sabbat Almanac, and Witches Calendar.
Ellen's popular magickal books have been translated into over ten foreign languages. When she's not working on her next book project, or keeping up with her family (the kids are out on their own, and the youngest is in Graduate school), Ellen likes to unwind by working in her perennial gardens at home with her husband of 31 years. Ellen wholeheartedly encourages folks to reclaim their personal power and to personalize their Spell-craft. To go outside and connect with the spiritual side of nature. To get their hands dirty and discover the wonder and magick of natural world that surrounds them.
Visit her popular syndicated "Blog of Witchery" at www.ellendugan.blogspot.com
You can visit her website at www.ellendugan.com
Sandra Kynes is an explorer of myth and magic, and a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. Her inquisitiveness has led her to investigate the roots of her beliefs and to integrate her spiritual path with everyday life. Sandra likes developing creative ways to explore the world, which serves as the basis for her books. She has lived in New York City, Europe, England, and now New England. In addition to writing, Sandra is a yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner and loves connecting with the natural world through gardening, hiking, and ocean kayaking. Her work has been featured in various Llewellyn publications, Utne Reader, The Portal magazine, Circle Magazine, and The Magical Buffet website. Her books include: Star Magic (2015), Llewellyn's Complete Book of Correspondences (2013), Mixing Essential Oils for Magic (2013), Sea Magic (2008), Your Altar: Creating a Sacred Place for Prayer and Meditation (2007), and Whispers from the Woods (2006).
Diana Rajchel is the author of Divorcing a Real Witch: for Pagans and the People that Used to Love them.
She is also the former executive editor for the Pagan Newswire Collective, the network founded by Jason Pitzl-Waters of the Wild Hunt. She works as a journalist, author, blogger and general creative. She identifies as an eclectic Wiccan with more leanings towards Witch than Wiccan. While a 20+ year member of the Pagan community, she is relatively unknown in part because of her pathological dislike for JRR Tolkien and camping. She’s also a classic introvert; that contributes.
Those who do know of her likely remember her from her 90s era website Medea’s Chariot or from her 10+ years of contributions to Llewellyn annuals along with occasional submissions to Circle Magazine, SageWoman, the Beltane Papers and Facing North. Her writing style is notable among Pagan writers because it almost never begins with a description of a walk in the woods. When it does … look for the rolling head. There always seems to be a rolling head after that.
She is a 3rd degree Wiccan priestess in the Shadowmoon tradition, an American Eclectic Wiccan tradition. She also has an Alexandrian 3rd (Janet Farrar > Star Foster > her) she has no interest in pursuing further in any way. Her interests lay in the practical applications of magic to daily life and to the continuous discipline of getting better at it. She does understand how walks in the woods contribute to that process and were she not allergic to trees she might connect with that more.
She currently serves her community as an “on call” priestess for people with significant metaphysical concerns or those who just need a wedding or funeral officiant. She specializes in extending services to those who describe themselves as non-believers; to her spiritual need has nothing to do at all with religion. Rajchel explains, “I handle the weird metaphysical stuff people experience and don’t want to believe in so they can go right back to not believing in it.”
She runs on-hiatus the blog and business Fat Chic, a fashion and cultural criticism blog for plus size women. Fat Chic has been mentioned by both the New York Times and People Style Watch.
Rajchel lives in Minneapolis with her non-Pagan life partner. She is an urban gardener (she wears a mask when she does that stuff), runs a Doctor Who meetup fan group of over 900 members, and enjoys bellydance, Pilates, water aerobics and shamanic dance. She is a devotee of Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way series, and believes strongly in the use of Cameron’s techniques in spiritual pathwork as well as in creative career planning.
Emily Carding (Cornwall, United Kingdom) is an author, priestess, and artist. An initiate of Alexandrian Wicca and a member of the Starstone network, Carding has been working with inner world Faery contacts since childhood. She has been trained in techniques of Celtic shamanism by John and Caitlin Matthews, and has worked with renowned Faery teachers R. J. Stewart and Brian and Wendy Froud. A respected and active member of the Faery and Tarot community worldwide, Carding’s work has received international recognition. Visit her online at ChildOfAvalon.com.
Ember Grant (Missouri) has been collecting rocks and minerals for thirty years and practicing crystal magic for fifteen. Since 2003, she has contributed to Llewellyn's Magical Almanac, Llewellyn's Herbal Almanac, Llewellyn's Spell-A-Day Almanac, and Llewellyn's Witches' Calendar. Her writing has also appeared in PanGaia, newWitch, and Circle magazine.
Raven Digitalis (Missoula, MT) is the author of Shadow Magick Compendium, Planetary Spells & Rituals, Goth Craft, and the forthcoming Esoteric Empathy. He is a Neopagan Priest and cofounder of an “Eastern Hellenistic” nonprofit multicultural Temple called Opus Aima Obscuræ (OAO). Also trained in Eastern philosophies and Georgian Witchcraft, Raven has been an earth-based practitioner since 1999, a Priest since 2003, a Freemason since 2012, and an empath all of his life. He holds a degree in anthropology from the University of Montana and is also a professional Tarot reader, DJ, small-scale farmer and animal rights advocate. Visit him online at www.ravendigitalis.com.
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Penny Billington is an active member in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and has edited the Order magazine, Touchstone, for more than five years. She regularly runs workshops, organizes rituals, and gives lectures. She is also the author of two druidic mystery novels. She resides in Somerset, England. Visit her online at www.pennybillington.co.uk.
Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker is a writer, college English teacher, nurse, and hearth Pagan/Druid living in northwestern Oregon. Sue holds a Masters degree in professional writing and loves to read, watch the stars, camp with her wonder poodle, and work in her own biodynamic garden. She is co-founder of the Druid Grove of Two Coasts and the online Ars Viarum Magicarum—A Magical Conservatory and Community. Sue has authored Yule: Rituals, Recipes, & Lore for the Winter Solstice (Llewellyn, 2015); The Magickal Retreat (Llewellyn, 2012); and Crafting Magick with Pen and Ink (Llewellyn, 2009); and is a regular contributor to Llewellyn's almanacs and calendars. Visit her online at http://www.susanpesznecker.com/.
Deborah Blake is the author of Circle, Coven and Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice (Llewellyn 2007), Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft (Llewellyn 2008), The Goddess is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch (Llewellyn 2009), Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook (2010) and Witchcraft on a Shoestring (2010). She has published numerous articles in Pagan publications, including Llewellyn annuals and has an ongoing column in Witches & Pagans Magazine.
Her award-winning short story, "Dead and (Mostly) Gone" is included in the Pagan Anthology of Short Fiction: 13 Prize Winning Tales (Llewellyn, 2008). Deborah had been interviewed on television, radio and podcast, and can be found online at Facebook, Twitter and www.myspace.com/deborahblakehps.
When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans' Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker. She lives in a 100 year old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with five cats who supervise all her activities, both magickal and mundane.