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Founders

George Elliot “Pat”Patterson III, Lord Scorpio (November 18, 1920 – November 6, 1984)

Georgian Wicca founder Pat indoors and smoking a cigarette, circa 1982.
Pat, c.1982.

George “Pat” Patterson was born on November 18, 1920 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Pat was friends with a brother and sister during his teens whose parents were in a Celtic coven in Boston, Massachusetts. Possibly a family tradition, Pat claimed to have received training from them.

When World War II began, Pat enlisted in the Armed Forces and served for four years. On his return to Boston, he found that his family members had destroyed his Book of Shadows and ritual items. He could not find the Boston family he had studied with and did not find any other Witches for a long time, but he never gave up hope.

In 1970, at 52 years of age, Pat began a magickal calling that resulted in Zanoni and Tanith finding him and helping to found the Georgian tradition. Pat became known as Lord Scorpio.

Soon after forming the group, Pat applied to the State of California for legal status as an incorporated church and, through the Universal Life Church, obtained a charter (1971) and ministerial credentials for himself and Zanoni. The Church of Wicca of Bakersfield was later reincorporated at The Georgian Church. In 1976, Pat began editing the Georgian Newsletter, an informal correspondence that helped build and bridge the Georgian community.

A pipe and cigarette smoker for many years, Pat was diagnosed with cancer in the early 1980s. He died on November 6, 1984 in Bakersfield, California. He was 12 days shy of 64.


Jilaine Callison, Zanoni Silverknife, Lady Persephone (June 13, 1947 – June 4, 2020)

Jilaine Callison (nee Johns) was born in California on June 13, 1946. In 1970, together with Pat and Linda Sue Guinn Sanner, Callison formed a coven in Bakersfield, California. It became the founding coven of the Georgian Tradition of Wicca.

Zanoni Silverknife holding a ritual chalice and dish. circa 1973.
Zanoni, c.1973.

In 1971, Pat applied to the State of California for legal status as an incorporated church and, through the Universal Life Church, obtained a charter and ministerial credentials for himself and Zanoni. She was the first Priestess of the Georgian Tradition.

Together with Moondancer, Zanoni was the progenitor of StarBorn Sothis Tradition. Along with Bobbie Kennedy and Moondance, she represented the Georgian Tradition at the “pre-COG” meeting of the Covenant of Goddess, which took place at Gwydion Pendderwen’s home in Oakland, California. She was one of the signers of the Compact Charter that established COG in March 1975.

Zanoni also signed the ratifying documents at Coeden Brith, ranch in rural Mendocino County, California, established by Oberon and Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart. She served on the initial Board of Directors as a Member at Large.

In practice, Zanoni was an unapologetic pragmatist. If something worked, she kept it. She took care to make sure that students knew who had taught her what, so they could honor those individuals who contributed to the collective learning and growth. She saw and honored the unique beauty in all the different forms of worship of the Goddess.

Zanoni died at 10:42 am on Friday, June 5, 2020 from lymphatic cancer. She was eight days shy of 74.


Linda Sue Guinn Sanner, Lady Tanith (October 4, 1947 – July 29, 2015)

Portrait of Lady Tanith

Linda Sue Guinn Sanner was born in Kern County, California, on October 4, 1947.

Linda and Jilaine Callison were friends and initially met Pat together. In 1970, the three formed a coven in Bakersfield, California. It became the founding coven of the Georgian Tradition of Wicca.

Because Pat didn’t have a Priestess to help initiate Zanoni and Tanith, he chose Zanoni to be the acting Priestess of the Coven and Tanith to be the Maiden.

Tanith died on July 29, 2015 in Bakersfield, California. She was 67.

Priestesses and Priests

Linda Whitten, Lady Linterah (dates unknown)

Lady Linterah was an initiate of Lady Rowan Moonstone and Lord Wotan, Anam Taith Coven.

Linda Whitten, Lady Linterah, was an initiate of Lady Rowan Moonstone and Lord Wotan, Anam Taith Coven.


Penny Snyder, Lady Thea (dates unknown)

Penny Snyder studied with Pat via correspondence. Lady Galadriel and Lord Athanor of the Grove of the Unicorn initiated Penny on Pat’s behalf. Known as Lady Thea, she initiated Lady Rowan and Lord Orion of Moonstar in Florida. Her High Priest was Chris Snyder, Lord Fafner.

Lady Thea was last reported to be living in North Carolina.


Michael Terazzas, Amen-Ra (December 28, 1954 – 1980)

Michael Terazzas

Michael was an early member of the Georgian Tradition in Lady Zanoni’s line. He received the First and Second Degrees and was known as Amen-Ra. He later left the Craft to practice Lucumi (Santeria).

Michael was an early member of the Georgian Tradition in Lady Zanoni’s line. He received the First and Second Degrees and was known as Amen-Ra. He later left the Craft to practice Lucumi (Santeria).


William S. Adams, Lord Gandalf (December 23, 1924 – February 10, 1991)

Lord Gandalf

William S. Adams, known as Lord Gandalf, was the High Priest of Coven of the Enchanted Forest, with Lady Dione as High Priestess.

Lady Dione reported that that Lord Gandalf suffered from influenza and an enlarged heart. He had a massive heart attack, and an ambulance responded, but he later died in the hospital. Lady Dione said he was a professional gemstone worker and remembered him as an artist and perfectionist in his craft.


Dean Davis (January 29, 1950 – 13 September 1992)

Dean Davis was from Bakersfield, California. He was married to Jean Davis, Lady Fauna. Dean was Pat’s chosen heir to The Georgian Church and its belongings.


Luther Walter “Luke” Cauthon, Lord Bacchus (January 25, 1945 – October 29, 1998)

Lord Bacchus

Luther Walter “Luke” Cauthon was elevated to the Third Degree by Lady Dione and Lord Gandalf. Known as Lord Bacchus, he became the High Priest of Coven Golden Ram, which he led with his wife Lady Maja in the Fresno, California, area for many years.


Jeff Hauer, Desert Fox (dates unknown)

Jeff Hauer

An initiate of Lady Maja and Lord Bacchus, Jeff served as High Priest of Coven of the Golden Ram following the death of Lord Bacchus before founding his coven, Coven of Luna.


Dr. Walter S. Bowser (September 13, 1937 – May 1, 2003)

Walt in a tuxedo looking into the camera.

Dr. Walter S. Bowser (September 13, 1937 – May 1, 2003)

Walt was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, on September 13, 1937. He moved with his family to California in 1952, was a graduate of the Bakersfield High class of 1955, and attended Bakersfield College. In 1956, Walt joined the United States Marine Corps and served for several years. He went on to receive a Ph.D. from Harrington University.

A scholar, world traveler, and rock hound, Walt owned Mineral Search Safaris and led mine and cave tours in Mexico, Tanzania, and China. His travel writing was published in various magazines and newsletters. He was also a member of several gem and mineral societies. Walt retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District in June of 2002 and moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Walt was the High Priest of a training coven in Bakersfield during the 1980s, which he led together with Gail Bilsborough.

Walt suffered from various illnesses, including cancer. On April 30, 2003, he collapsed in his home and was air-lifted to a hospital in El Paso, Texas. Walt underwent surgery to stop an arterial bleed in his brain, but it was massive, and the surgery was unsuccessful. He was surrounded by family who stayed with him until his heart gave out, and he passed peacefully.

Walt said, “I have had an incredible life. I have seen things that few humans ever will. I have traveled all over and done what I chose to do. I have been instrumental in shaping the lives of others in a good way. I am a very fortunate man.”


Lee Monier (d. October 24, 2003)

In 2003, Lady Breid Foxsong announced via the Georgian email list that her beloved friend, student, and Priestess, Lee Monier had died in Buffalo, New York.

Lee was a Third Degree Georgian and a Gardnerian initiate. She was not a public figure, but assisted in the Buffalo area’s open circles for years, helped with discussion groups, and was a supportive friend.


Elizabeth Suzanne Zavis (March 20, 1959 – July 29, 2007)

Elizabeth sitting in a camp chair holding her poodle.

Beth was born on March 20, 1959, in St. Louis, Missouri. She was the wife of Mary Lou Devling, also known as Raina ap Dragcorum. They were in the Coven of the Moon in Kansas City.

Beth had multiple myeloma (cancer of plasma cells in the bone marrow) and was HIV+. She died at home in Peculiar, Missouri, on July 29, 2007. She was 48.

Beth is shown here holding Tribble, the beloved Dreaded Saber-Tooth Mountain Poodle, who has also crossed over. Tribble loved Loye’s breakfast burritos. At Mountain Meet, Tribble walked by herself across the camp for one of Loye’s burritos.


Julianna McGill, Lady Isis (June 30, 1943 – May 2008)

Lady Isis.

In 2008, it was announced in the Georgian Elders email list that Lady Isis, otherwise known as Julianna McGill, had died from cancer. She was 64.


Rebecca Hemmer Smith, Lady Aphrodite (January 9, 1941 – December 26, 2009)

Rebecca Smith.
Lady Aphrodite, July 1973.

Becki was born on January 9, 1941 in Olney, Illinois.

Also known as Lady Aphrodite, Becki was the High Priestess of the second Georgian coven, Coven of Aphrodite. She led it with Pat from the time of her initiation until it disbanded in the summer of 1973.

She died on December 26, 2009 in Evansville, Indiana.


Charlotte “Skip” Cheeseman-Alvarez (d. September 15, 2010)

Portrait of Charlotte.

Charlotte “Skip” Cheeseman-Alvarez was a member of Coven Shadow Dragon in Bakersfield, California.


Stephanie Cluff Henderson, Lady Aquaria (February 15, 1947 – August 8, 2011)

Lady Aquaria, 1990s.

Stephanie Cluff Henderson was initiated and elevated by Pat and Bobbie Kennedy between 1974 and 1977.

Known as Lady Aquaria, she was a member and High Priestess of Elvenwood Coven in Gig Harbor, Washington, from 1975 to 1989. In 1989, she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she founded the Circle of Amergin and Elvenstar Coven. Lady Aquaria retired from coven leadership in 1995.

Lady Aquaria called herself a “Georgian through and through” and believed strongly in preserving the Georgian Tradition.


Shirley Rodeen, Lady Selene (January 17, 1935 – January 9, 2012)

Shirley Rodeen was born on January 17, 1935, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She moved to Bakersfield, California as a child and married her high school sweetheart Merle Rodeen. When Merle retired, they moved to the mountains above Glennville.

Also known as Lady Selene, she was the High Priestess of the Coven of the Dolphin in Bakersfield.

Shirley died on January 9, 2012. She was eight days shy of her 76th birthday.


Ron Ofron (January 28, 1944 – August 20, 2012)

Ron Ofron was the husband of Donna Ofron and was of the Elvenhearth line.


Pamila Jones Baumgardner Osborne, Lady Karidwen (d. September 19, 2012)

As a teenager, Pamila Jones Baumgardner Osborne, also known as Lady Karidwen, served as “High Priestess of the Kids Coven”, which included Zanoni’s, Lady Aphrodite’s, and Bobbie’s young children.

Originally initiated by Pat, Pamila’s other degrees were from Zanoni and Moondancer.

Pamila died on September 19, 2012 after a brief illness.


Meagan Townsend, Lady Rowan (December 10, 1947 – November 16, 2012) )

Jim Townsend, Lord Orion (January 23, 1940 – November 20, 2019)

Lord Orion and Lady Rowan, c. 1984
Lord Orion and Lady Rowan, c.1984.

Lady Rowan, formerly Lady Hecate and also known as Lisa/Meagan Townsend, was born on December 10, 1947, in Charleston, WV.

She was interested in the fae and witchcraft from an early age. Meagan found the Georgian Tradition in 1980 and began studying with Lady Thea (Penny) and Lord Fafner (Chris) of Coven Windstar, the founders of the Florida line, in Bradenton.

Lady Rowan and her lifelong partner, Lord Orion, Jim Townsend, formed Moonstar Coven in 1983 in Sarasota, Florida. They initiated many students in Georgian Wicca and cross-initiated into Gardnerian Wicca with Lady Cara of Path of the Pentacle Coven in the late 1980s. Lady Rowan and Lord Orion later taught both Georgian and Gardnerian Wicca.

Their covenstead in Sarasota was always a welcoming and lively place with a beautiful outdoor ritual circle. Lady Rowan was a gifted psychic reader and possessed innate wisdom and compassion that permeated the covenstead.

Lord Orion, a native of Sarasota, was a machinist and gifted metalworker who made many athames and other ritual tools that his students still cherish today. He also took black and white photos of the coven and developed them in his darkroom at the covenstead. They were very proud to receive #12 and #13 ministerial credentials from Pat.

Lady Rowan passed to the Summerlands on November 16, 2012. Lord Orion spent the last years of his life living on a farm in Virginia with one of his initiates, and joined his love in the Summerlands on November 20, 2019.


Francine Wolfe-Johnson, Lady TygerMoon Foxx (August 9, 1971 – March 4, 2015)

Francine Wolfe-Johnson

Francine Wolfe-Johnson, Lady TygerMoon Foxx, was an artist, writer, and Georgian Elder in Keystone Heights, Florida.

Lady TygerMoon Foxx ran Converging Paths, an interfaith mailing list emphasising paganism and was a member of Brigit’s Flame, a competitive writing community. She was also the spirituality staff member at Mephit Fur Meet, an annual furry convention in Olive Branch, Mississippi, from 2004 until 2010.


Gwen Quinton, Lady Maia (June 22, 1945 – July 17, 2015)

Gwendolyn Mary Lyon was born in Long Beach, California, on June 22, 1945. She graduated from North High School in Bakersfield. She married Eddie Ryan Quinton in 1964, had a daughter, Ginger Ann, in 1971, and divorced in 1973.

She was initiated by Pat into the Coven of Lights and Shadows in Bakersfield in 1974. Known as Lady Maia, she received her First and Second Degrees from Pat and Bobbie and her Third Degree from Bobbie and Moondancer. Gwen was also a member of the Eastern Star.

She died in Bakersfield on July 17, 2015. She was 70.


Corby Ingold (October 26, 1949 – October 26, 2015)

Corby Ingold

Originally from Royal Oak, Michigan, Corby Ingold was an Elder in the Seattle, Washington Pagan community. He studied with many of the early pioneers of the American Craft movement, from Joseph Wilson to Bonnie Sherlock.

Corby was a Third Degree Georgian initiate via Zanoni Silverknife. He was also a Druid and member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD). He was a student and initiate of other teachings and traditions and a poet, musician, and writer.

In late September 2015, Corby was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed at work. He suffered a massive stroke and entered palliative care weeks later. Family and friends visited to say goodbye, and Corby died peacefully with friends by his side. He was 66.


Frank Wiles (September 8, 1950 – March 2, 2016)

Frank Wiles was a Third Degree Georgian initiate, Spiritualist Minister, and Ceremonial Magician.

A steamfitter by trade, he suffered an apparent stroke while working in Hanford, California, and died shortly after that. He was 65.


Christiane Teska Cauthon, Lady Maja (August 2, 1944 – September 28, 2017)

Christiane Teska Cauthon

Christiane Teska Cauthon, Lady Maja, was the High Priestess of the Coven of the Golden Ram. She led the coven with her husband Luther Walter ‘Luke’ Cauthon, Lord Bacchus, in the Fresno, California, area.

Lady Maja died in Toledo, Ohio. She was 73.


Karen Leutz, Lady Kundalini (died 2018)

Karen Leutz, Lady Kundalini, was associated with the Children Between The Worlds in California.


Gail Jones-Bilsborough (December 2, 1952 – October 2018)

Gail Jones-Bilsborough

Gail Jones-Bilsborough was initiated into the Georgian Tradition by Pat and Bobbie in 1976.

With Walt Bowser, Gail led a training coven in Bakersfield during the 1980s and the Pagan Way sabbat rituals.


Lawrence Allen Bayne, Lord Shonsu Chioxin (September 15, 1960 – September 17, 2019)

Portrait of Lord Shonsu

Lawrence Allen Bayne from Bakersfield, California was in the Coven Shadow Dragon and founded Temple Nathroc with Bobbie Kennedy.


Roberta “Bobbie” Kennedy (May 31, 1938 – November 3, 2019)

Bobbie Kennedy

Bobbie Kennedy was born in Bakersfield, California. She married and had three children: Del, Mike, and Teresa.

Bobbie and her second husband, Kenneth Baker (Lord Gandhi), were early members of the Georgian Tradition, with Bobbie having been the first student of the original coven. After being initiated in the original coven with Pat and Zanoni, Bobbie was elevated to the Second Degree in Zanoni’s second coven, sometimes called the Persephone Coven.

Bobbie became High Priestess of the Coven of Lights and Shadows around 1974. Pat, who elevated her to the Third Degree, served as High Priest for the next few years.

Bobbie and Ken divorced, and she later founded Temple Nathroc with Allen Bayne (Lord Shonsu) as High Priest. Bobbie was also known as Lady Ishtar, Lady Wen Dragcorum, and Lady Du Dragcorum.

At the age of 81, Bobbie fell and broke her hip. She went into surgery and appeared to be doing well but died shortly after in Bakersfield, California, on November 2, 2019.


Willa Haynes (August 21, 1950 – August 7, 2020)

Portrait of Willa Haynes smiling.

Willa Frances Hewitt was born on August 21, 1950 in Bethesda, MD. She moved to Bradenton, FL in 1994 and worked for the Bradenton Herald for over 15 years.

Willa was an active member of the community. As Lady Pleiades, she was the High Priestess of the Silver Oak coven. She was also a second degree Gardnerian.

Willa was a talented artist, an accomplished musician and singer, and an excellent baker. She is remembered by her friends and family as being an intelligent, passionate, optimistic, and exuberant woman with a loving and generous spirit.

Lady Pleiades died on Friday, August 7, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19. She was 69.


Georgia Reavis (May 18, 1946 – January 26, 2021)

Georgia smiling insider her store Raven Feathers.

Georgia Sue Reavis was born at Wasco, California. She was the founder and elder of the Midwest Georgian Wicca line, sometimes referred to as the Ravenfeathers line, and her initiates live all across the U.S. She was the first licensed Wiccan minister in Oklahoma and a past member of Covenant of the Goddess.

In the early 1970s, Georgia responded to a personal ad in a Bakersfield, California newspaper from George (Pat) Patterson offering a free copy of “The Truth About Witchcraft” and a contact number. She was initiated into the Georgian Wicca tradition on September 23, 1975, and became an elder on November 13, 1978.

While living in Norman, Oklahoma, Georgia owned several small shops. The first, The Four Winds, was the only open Pagan center in Oklahoma at that time. After it closed, she opened Raven Feather in 1995.

Georgia died in the early hours of Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

Friends

Lady Rhea W. (dates unknown)

Lady Rhea W.

Rhea’s introduction to the Old Religion occurred in 1934 through a group she met in Louisville, Kentucky. She was first initiated in 1943 by a Lebanese group in New York City she worked with from 1942 to 1945. Like the Louisville group, the New York City group was one of several that Lady Rhea met, none of which called themselves Pagan or Wicca, but simply followers of the Old Ways.

The Old Ways witches tended to remain underground and separate from the emerging communities of Pagans and Wiccans. The groups of folks witches were diverse, but Lady Rhea observed similarities and differences between the folk witches and Gardnerian Wicca.

Lady Rhea later trained Lady Galadriel and Lord Athanor, founders of the Unicorn Tradition of Georgia.


Phyllis Thompson (née Healy), Lady Gwen Thomson (September 16, 1928 – May 22, 1986)

Lady Gwen Thompson (later, Gwynne) was a teacher of Traditionalist Witchcraft. She taught lore she claimed to have inherited from her family. At the time, few others identified their Craft heritage as Traditional or Traditionalist.

Lady Gween founded the New England Covens of Traditionalist Witches (N.E.C.T.W.) in 1972 in New Haven, Connecticut. She corresponded widely with many others and contributed to the development of other traditions, including Keepers of the Ancient Mysteries and the Georgian Tradition.

In her article entitled “Wiccan-Pagan Potpourri”, published in Green Egg magazine issue #69 (Ostara 1975), Lady Gwen included the poem The Rede of the Wiccae. She attributed it to her grandmother, Adriana Porter (July 1857 – March 1, 1946). Before its publication, Lady Gwen had shared the Rede with her correspondents, including Georgians.

Although she retired from leading the N.E.C.T.W. around 1974, Lady Gwen remained active in teaching into the 1980s. In the mid-1980s, she was diagnosed with cancer and died May 22, 1986, while visiting Nova Scotia, Canada. She was 57.


Edmund “Eddie” Buczynski (January 28, 1947 – March 16, 1989)

Eddie Buczynski

Eddie Buczynski was a prominent Wiccan, archaeologist, and gay rights activist.

Eddie was born to a working-class family in Brooklyn and moved to Greenwich Village in 1964. He immersed himself in the counter-cultural communities that included gay people, hippies, and occultists. With his partner Herman Slater, Eddie opened The Warlock Shop in 1972. The back room of the shop was used for weekly lectures and assemblies by various occult groups. The couple also opened Earth Religion Supplies, Inc, which would later go into publishing.

Eddie was trained and initiated in various traditions and covens, including Lady Gwen Thompson’s N.E.C.T.W., Leo Martello’s Strega tradition, and Gardnerian Wicca. Eddie founded a new-Gardnerian tradition he called Wica, Welsh Traditionalist Witchcraft, and The Minoan Brotherhood, a Wiccan tradition for gay and bisexual men.

A frequent correspondent with the Georgians, Eddie assisted in setting up the Tradition in the early 1970s. Pat named him an Honorary Georgian.

In November 1988, Eddie was taken seriously ill with pneumonia and required hospitalization. He was diagnosed with AIDS. At St. Joseph’s Hospital, he returned to Roman Catholicism and undertook his confession of reconciliation in February 1989. He died the following month. He was 42.


Herman Slater (1938 – July 9, 1992)

Herman Slater

Herman Slater was a Wiccan high priest and occult bookstore proprietor and an editor, publisher, and author.

With his partner Eddie Buczynski, Herman opened The Warlock Shop in 1972, later operating as Magickal Childe. The shop hosted the Pagan Way lectures and was a central focal point for the neopagan community in the 1970s and into the 1990s.

Educating people about witchcraft was important to Herman. He frequently lectured and hosted a weekly cable show. Herman assisted in the formation of the Georgian Tradition, and Pat named him an Honorary Georgian.

Herman died of AIDS in 1992. He was about 54.


Leo Louis Martello (September 26, 1930 – June 29, 2000)

Leo Louis Martello

Leo Martello was a Wiccan, gay rights activist, and writer.

Born to a working-class Italian American family in Dudley, Massachusetts, Leo’s interest in occultism began in childhood, and he later moved to New York City.

Leo began publishing books on paranormal topics in the early 1960s and publicly identified as Wiccan in 1969. He was also open gay. He was a public figure who was active in various groups and founded several organizations, including the Gay Activist Alliance (GAA), the Witches International Craft Associates (WICA), and the Witches Anti-Defamation League (WADL). Leo was a founding member of the Strega Tradition, which drew on his Italian heritage, and an initiate of Gardnerian Wicca.

Leo corresponded with many Pagans, including the Georgians, and assisted with the development of the Tradition. Pat named him an Honorary Georgian.

Leo died of cancer on June 29, 2000. He was 69.


Joanne Yokell Monogue, Lady Galadriel (October 4, 1956 – February 8, 2006)

Lady Galadriel

Lady Galadriel was born Joanne Yokell Monogue, also known as Jodi Minogue, in Nyack, New York. In a 1999 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, she joked that she was reared as a “good little Jewish girl” but became interested in paganism when she moved to Atlanta in the 1970s to attend Oglethorpe University. She was working as a receptionist when she spotted an ad for a class on Wicca.

An initiate of Lady Rhea, Lady Galadriel founded the Grove of the Unicorn with her husband, John Monogue, also known as Lord Athanor, in 1980. She lectured, wrote books and articles and collaborated with Lady Liberty League. She also served two terms as Public Information Officer and two terms as First Officer for Dogwood Local Council and served two terms as National First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess.

Lady Galadriel was friends with Pat and performed initiations on his behalf for correspondence students living in the southeast. One of these was Lady Thea, who founded Coven Windstar, and later initiated Lady Rowan and Lord Orion, founders of Moonstar.

Lady Galadriel died on February 8, 2006, in Decatur, Georgia, of complications from a liver transplant. She was 49.


Judith McNally (October 2, 1947 – May 4, 2006)

Judith McNally was a personal friend of Zanoni and Moondancer. She had served as Maiden and High Priestess of the Order of the Silver Wheel, the Welsh Traditionalist Witchcraft coven led by Ed Buczynski before founding her coven.

For 25 years, Judith was the assistant of literary giant Norman Mailer. She served as an interviewer, editor, researcher, organizer, correspondence secretary, and general assistant for Mailer. Judith typed large portions of Mailer’s last novel, Castle in the Forest. He thanked her in the acknowledgements. It was rumoured that Judith did the bulk of the work on Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Executioner’s Song.

It was also rumored that Judith had a relationship with author Peter Levenda, the writer of the Simon Necronomicon; Judith typed the manuscript. She is listed in the acknowledgements. She was a known adherent of Wicca with excellent knowledge of Egyptian lore.

Judith died suddenly on May 4, 2006. Despite working closely together for 25 years, she hid her illnesses from Mailer. In a letter to his friend Ed McAlice, whose manuscripts Judith had read and critiqued for years, Mailer wrote that he believed she had cancer of the lungs and liver. Judith was a heavy smoker. Nicotine stains covered her keyboard. When her black cat, Khaibit, was removed from Judith’s apartment after her death, it went into withdrawal, and the vet had to put on a nicotine patch.

Mailer held a memorial service for Judith in his Brooklyn apartment. She was 58.


John Michael Monogue (November 25, 1956 – February 13, 2012)

Lord Athanor

Known as Micky and Uncle Wookie, John was an initiate of Lady Rhea. He was also known as Lord Athanor and was the High Priest of the Grove of the Unicorn. With Lady Galadriel, he performed initiations on Pat’s behalf for correspondence students living in the southeast.

Lady Arden remembered Lord Athanor as touching many people through his storytelling, kindness, humor, wisdom, and bountiful spirit.


Denise Renee Bledsoe, Lady Ariel (1957? – July 9, 2013)

Denise Renee Bledsoe

Known by friends as “Pinky”, Denise Renee Bledsoe, Lady Ariel, was associated with Coven Tara of the Tuatha de Taraan tradition.


Ross P. Markiewicz (July 1, 1951 – March 2014)

Ross P. Markiewicz

Born in Bakersfield, California, and known as Ross the Troll, Ross was a friend to many Georgians. A knifemaker and bladesmith, he made custom athames for early Georgians in Bakersfield.

Ross died in Bakersfield due to complications from diabetes. He was 60.