If you have more information about our Tradition members or friends, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

Founders

George Elliot (Pat) Patterson III (November 18, 1920 – November 6, 1984)

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

George ‘Pat’ Patterson was born on November 18, 1920 in Baltimore, MD.

Pat received early teachings from members of a Celtic coven in Boston. When World War II began, Pat enlisted in the Armed Forces and served for four years. On his return to Boston, he found that family members had destroyed his Book of Shadows and ritual items. He could not find the 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 was also 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. In 1976, Pat began editing the Georgian Newsletter, an informal correspondence that helped build and bridge the Georgian community.

Pat died on November 6, 1984 in Bakersfield, CA. He was 64.


Lady Tanith (October 4, 1947 – July 29, 2015)

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

In 1970, together with George Eliott (Pat) Patterson III and Jilaine Callison (Zanoni Silverknife), Tanith formed a coven in Bakersfield, California. It became the founding coven of the Georgian Tradition of Wicca.

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


Lady Zanoni Silverknife (June 13, 1946 – June 4, 2020)

Jilaine Callison (nee Johns) was born in California on June 13, 1946. In 1970, together with George Eliott (Pat) Patterson III and Tanith, Zanoni 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, circa 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.

Zanoni would go on later in her life to formally train and be initiated in these and other traditions. She was also one of the signers on initial charter for the Covenant of the Goddess.

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 on Friday, June 5, 2020. She was 74.

Priestesses and Priests

Michael Terrasas (dates unknown)

Michael was an early member of the Georgian Tradition in Lady Zanoni’s line.


Bill Adams (dates unknown)

Known as Lord Gandalf, he was the High Priest of Coven of the Enchanted Forest together with Lady Dione.


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

Rebecca Smith.
Becki, July 1973.

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

Also known as Lady Aphrodite, Becki was the High Priestess of the second Georgian coven, Coven of Aphrodite.

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


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

Shirley Rodeen was born on January 17, 1935 in Muskogee, OK.

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

She died on January 9, 2012 in Kern County, CA.


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

Pamila Jones Baumgardner Osborne was an initiate of Zanoni and Moondancer known as Lady Karidwen.

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


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

Gwen Quinton was born in Long Beach, CA on June 22, 1945.

She was known as Lady Maia.

She died in Bakersfield, CA on July 17, 2015.


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 (d. January 26, 2021)

Georgia smiling insider her store Raven Feathers.

Georgia 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 Feathers in 1995.

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

Friends

Lady Rhea (dates unknown)


Joanne Yokell Monogue (d. February 8, 2006)

An initiate of Lady Rhea, Joanne was also known as Lady Galadriel. She was the High Priestess of the Grove of the Unicorn.

Joanne died on February 8, 2021 in Decatur, GA.


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

Known as Micky and Uncle Wookie, John was as initiate of Lady Rhea. He was also known as Lord Athanor and was the High Priest of the Grove of the Unicorn.


Ross P. Markiewicz (February 1, 1952 – March 2014)

Also known as Ross the Troll, he was a friend and bladesmith to many Georgians.

Ross was born and died in Bakersfield, CA.