2022 Presenters

Meet the Wonderful Presenters for this year's Conference!

Some will be Speakers and others will Offer Exclusive Workshops Sunday the 18th of September. 

Dr. Ronald Hutton

.Ronald Hutton is the senior Professor of History in the University of Bristol, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, the Learned Society of Wales, and the British Academy. He is the historian on the board of trustees which runs English Heritage, and chair of the Blue Plaques panel which awards commemorative plaques to historic buildings. He has published eighteen books and eighty-

one essays on a wide range of subjects including British history between 1400 and 1700, ancient and

modern paganism in Britain, the British ritual year, and Siberian shamanism.

Judica Illes

Born in New York City, Judika is a lifelong lover, student, and practitioner of the magickal arts. The author of four popular encyclopedias (5000 Spells, Witchcraft, Spirits, and Mystics, Saints, and Sages) as well as four other books, Judikais also the curator and editor of two books of occult fiction: The Weiser Book of the Fantastic and Forgotten and The Weiser Book of Occult Detectives. As a child, Judika stole a deck of Tarot cards from her older sister. She has been reading cards professionally since 1988 and has been an acquisitions editor and consultant for Weiser Books since 2015. Judika's newest book, Daily Magic, a perpetual calendar of spells, rituals, and feasts, will be published in 2021. She teaches in the US, internationally, and on-line. In this video Judika discusses the making of her book, the Enclycopedia of 5000 Spells, and gives an overview of spellcasting in general.

John Beckett 

Grew up in Tennessee with the woods right outside his back door. Wandering through them gave him a sense of connection to Nature and to a certain Forest God.

A Druid graduate of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and a member of Ár nDraíocht Féin. He served 12 years as the Coordinating Officer of the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and 3 years on the Board of Trustees of CUUPS Continental. His books The Pagan of Paganism (2017) and Paganism in Depth (2019) are published by Llewellyn Worldwide.

He writes, speaks, teaches and leads public rituals since 2003. He live in the Dallas - Fort Worth area.

His teaching site is undertheancientoaks.com. You can find his online classes there, and also register for his free weekly newsletter.

Dr. Julian Goodare

Is Emeritus Professor of History, University of Edinburgh.

He is Director of the online Survey of Scottish Witchcraft. His books include The European Witch-Hunt (2016). He has recently published The Supernatural in Early Modern Scotland (2020), with co-editor Martha McGill.

Rachel Patterson

Is a Witch and published author of over twenty books on Witchcraft with Moon Books and Llewellyn. She is High Priestess of the Kitchen Witch Coven and Elder of the Kitchen Witch Online School of Witchcraft. She gives talks at many Pagan events across the UK and online across the globe. She writes regularly for Patheos Pagan, Witches & Pagans, Pagan Dawn and Witchcraft & Wicca. She loves to laugh and eat cake.

Anwynn Avalon

Is a Water Witch, Water Priestess, and the founder of Triskele Rose Witchcraft, an Avalonian witchcraft tradition. She has devoted her life to the study of art, witchcraft, and magic. She is an initiated Witch and Priestess, Reiki Master Teacher, award-winning Dancer, published author and has a BFA in sculpture, BA in Anthropology with emphasis on plant and human interactions, and has received an apprentice certificate in Herbalism. She writes for the Magical Times Magazine in the UK and has contributed to other published works such as The New Aradia a Witches handbook for resistance, This Witch, and Witchology. She is the author of Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition and The Way of the Water Priestess: Entering the World of Water Magic. Visit her at www.WaterWitchcraft.com, www.WaterPriestess.com, and www.TriskeleRose.com

Lyn Pacificar

She is a Katuuran (Katuuran= "One who speaks Truth'' Visayan Priestess & Shaman) who is of Ilongga and Waray lineage, and is the daughter of a manghihilot and Filipino Martial Arts Master Eskrimador.

She is the CEO of Herbalaria, an Ancestral roots family company connecting the community to Indigenous Filipino healing traditions.

Her passions and purpose are intertwined with being a mother & wife, lineage traditional healer, culture bearer, artist, author, conservationist, and Priestess of Mama Guava medicine.

Dr. Melissa Harrinton

Has been involved in the academic study of Paganism since undertaking her PhD on conversion to Wicca at the millenium. She is a regular contributor to academic books, journals and conferences, and a peer reviewer for The Pomegranate, International Journal of Pagan Studies. She also is a practicing Wiccan working for the Pagan Federation as a media adviser and conference organiser, and is the founding secretary of The Pagan Seminary, which is currently developing training courses for Pagan Chaplains in the UK. She is a senior visiting lecturer on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy courses at the University of Cumbria.

She a visiting senior lecturer in the department of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Cumbria, where she teaches research methods and cognitive theory. Her research has focussed on esoteric religiosity, especially within Paganism, and she is interested in contemporary religion and its expression within the zeitgeist of late modernity.

Mhara Starling

Mhara Starling  is a Welsh Witch and Author. Native Welsh Speaker, she  was born in North Wales, raised on the magical Isle of Anglesey. 

She is a transgender woman who has been practicing witchcraft from a very young age, and her witchcraft videos on TikTok have more than a million views. 

Mhara is a celebrant and a tarot reader, and she runs moots, gatherings, and open rituals. She was featured in the BBC Wales documentary series Young, Welsh and Pretty Religious. 

Her first book Welsh Witcraft was published by Llewellyn this year. 

Dr. Georgi Mishev

PhD, born 1982, is a Bulgarian author and researcher in ancient culture and religion of the Mediterranean world and especially in magic practices, rituals and ancient relics in the folklore of the Balkan people. He has a bachelor's degree in Russian and German language, master's degree in Preservation of the cultural-historical heritage in the Republic of Bulgaria (master's thesis on the subject Thracian material and immaterial cultural-historical heritage in the region of Thracian cult centre Starosel) and doctoral degree in the field of cultural-historical heritage (PhD thesis on the subject Bulgarian traditional culture as an information resource about the magica in ancient Southeastern Europe).

The scholar knowledge of G. Mishev is enriched by his personal observations and conversations with magical practitioners in Bulgaria today. Because of his education - Russian and German philology, he is familiar with the written magical rituals of a number of Slavic and Germanic peoples. A tremendous contribution to his understanding of the ancient magical traditions and especially the Greek Magical Papyri was the seminar 'Ancient magical formulae' of Prof. Johann Tischler at the Dresden University of Technology, Germany in 2003/2004 and during the same period emerged his interest about Hittite ritual practices used later for comparative research of the Thracian culture.

Katie Gerrard

Is a writer, researcher and workshop facilitator with a passion for the magic of Seidr and the Runes. She has been studying occultism and working with the Norse Gods since discovering them in the 1990s when she was at university in West Wales.

Katie lectures and facilitates workshops at national and international events on esoteric subjects, as well as facilitating developmental and employment coaching workshops within London housing estates.

Katie is the author of Odin's Gateways (about working with the runes, Avalonia, 2009) and the new book Seidr: The Gate is Open (about Seidr and Northern Tradition magical techniques, Avalonia, 2011), both published by Avalonia Books. An essay on the High Seat Rite written by Katie Gerrard appeared in the Avalonia anthology 'Priestesses, Pythonesses, Sibyls ' edited by Sorita d'Este (Avalonia, 2008); and also in Vs. an anthology on magical and mythological duality edited by Kim Huggens (Avalonia, 2011).

Frances Billinghurst

Initiated witch, magical practitioner and metaphysician who has been exploring the occult for over half her lifetime. A prolific writer, Frances is the author of Dancing the Sacred Wheel (one of the few books solely dedicated to the sabbats in the Southern Hemisphere), Encountering the Dark Goddess: A Journey into the Shadow Realms and Contemporary Witchcraft: Foundational Practices for a Magical Life. She is the editor of Call of the God: An Anthology Exploring the Divine Masculine within Modern Paganism, and her essays have appeared in numerous publications including Llewellyn's Witch's Calendar, The Cauldron, A Mantle of Stars: A Devotional to the Queen of Heaven, Naming the Goddess, Witchcraft Today: 60 Years On and The Faerie Queens: A collection of essays exploring the myths, magic and mythology of the Faerie Queens, amongst other titles.

When she is not writing, Frances can be found attempting to replicate the Hanging Gardens of Babylon on her patch of Australian dirt, designing devotional beads, crafting magick, and journeying between the worlds.

Frances can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She can be contacted through the Temple of the Dark Moon's web site (www.templedarkmoon.com), the Isian Centre of Metaphysics (https://isiancentreofmetaphysics.com.au) or her writer's blog (https://francesbillinghurst.blogspot.com.au).

Laura Tempest Zakroff

Is a professional artist, author, performer, and Modern Traditional Witch based in New England. She holds a BFA from RISD (the Rhode Island School of Design), and her artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Her work embodies myth and the esoteric through her drawings and paintings, jewelry, talismans, and other designs. Laura is the author of the bestselling Llewellyn books Weave the Liminal, Sigil Witchery, and Anatomy of a Witch, as well as the Liminal Spirits Oracle (artist/author), The Witch's Cauldron, and co-author of The Witch's Altar with Jason Mankey. Laura edited The New Aradia: A Witch's Handbook to Magical Resistance (Revelore Press). She is the creative force behind several community events and teaches workshops online and worldwide. Visit her at www.LauraTempestZakroff.com

Lyndsay River

She holds an English degree from Cambridge and an MA from London Metropolitan. In 1972 she became a queer activist, and a hedge witch in 1975, living next to the sacred Welsh road, the Sarn Elen. From 1985 to 2007 she was part of a reclusive non-Wiccan tradition which worked with Welsh mythology.

She became well known as an innovative professional astrologer and a full time homoeopath, and as the Director of Polari which campaigned for older LGBTQ rights. In 1987 she published, with Sally Gillespie, The Knot of Time: astrology and female experience and she has written on witchcraft under the names Imogen Cavanagh and Dulcamara.

She has taught workshops on astrology, goddesses and mythology since the 80s, and since 2000 with Queer Pagan Camp and latterly Queer Spirit Festival.

She is an eclectic polytheist devoted to Inanna and Bast as well as to Welsh and other deities. Since retiring in order to focus on her spiritual life, Lindsay works with a small group she formed which focuses on the magical forces in local landscapes, and she studies, writes and researches.

Sian Sibley

Has been a practicing witch for around 30 years and has lead a coven in South Wales called DragonOak for around 25 years.

She is currently studying for an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology in University of Wales Trinity St David's; the MA incorporates a great deal of study on the Graeco Roman magical Papyri and the impact of astrology and star lore on cultures around the world.

In DragonOak we teach traditional witchcraft, using toolmaking, astrology, herbalism, working with the PGM, Kabbalah, animism and working with the spirits of plants, genus loci and the dead.

Sian has trained many people in the magical arts and runs workshops in the South Wales area to allow people who do not want to be in a coven situation to gain access to good quality courses.

Sian and her group work ritually with Hekate and Hermes and are currently in the process of reconstructing ritual from the PGM into a workable craft form.

Emily Carding

Is an actor, writer, artist and priestess. As an actor they have appeared in versions of over twenty of Shakespeare's plays, both on stage and screen and are best known for award-winning international tours of solo immersive adaptations of Richard III and Hamlet. They hold a BA (hons) in Theatre Arts from Bretton Hall and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter.

Emily is a published creator of a number of highly popular Tarot decks including The Transparent Tarot and Tarot of the Sidhe, and author of esoteric works, including Faery Craft,(Llewellyn 2012) with So Potent Art: The Magic of Shakespeare released in 2021.

Vikki Bramshaw

Is an author and researcher committed to studying folklore, religious history and the esoteric since the late 90's. Some of her passions are theurgy, initiatory rites and folk traditions.

​Her ground-breaking 'Dionysos: Exciter to Frenzy', was published in 2013 exploring the numerous facets of the god Dionysos, revealing the hidden faces of the thrice-born god and the extent of his influence in the mysteries of the ancient world.

​Vikki has also contributed to a number of anthologies, journals and magazines over the years and speaks at a range of events.

​Vikki Bramshaw lives in rural Hampshire with her young son, cats, hens and horses.

Kamila Radimerski

Her fascination with the magical arts started in early childhood, although a naive connection at the beginning, it became the reason for a deeper searching for God and her spiritual purpose.

Her research took her far, through Egypt, India and the Mayan civilization. From Kabbalah, through Tantra and Huna, the holy books of the oldest peoples of the earth, to today's magical scripts. She is still searching and opening new paths for herself and others.

She holds a special place in her heart for the Slavic Tradition and Culture. For years she has been studying and exploring their beliefs. Her passion and curiosity for the culture, folklore and healing ways of the Slavs, that are still very much alive in certain parts of Europe, drove her to undertake training with Traditional Babushkas from Poland and Belarus.

Kamila is a practitioner of Folk Slavic Magic that tries to bring the old ways to modern people. In Iceland, she is a leader of the Slavic Revival among the Polish Community. She celebrates different Slavic Festival along the year and uses her powerful tools to help and guide others as a Modern Babushka that sits in between tradition and the present times.

Fiona Staines

A Gardnerian High Priestess living not far from Glasgow. Although brought up within Christianity, for various reasons, she didn't feel this was her spiritual calling.

After much personal introspection and experimentation, and at different times in her live, Fee discovered Wicca. She, together with her husband, runs a coven and offers training to those who feel a calling to this path.

Ness Bosch

Head of the Goddess Temple in Alba. Recognized member of the International Hispanic Pagan Community for her work. Before moving to Scotland, Ness was Regional Coordinator for the Pagan Federation Interntional.

Ness was Torch Bearer of the Covenant of Hekate, the First Spanish to hold this position in the Covenant, where she actively participated in ritual creation groups and other activities for the Covenant community.

Ness edited first devotional guide of the Goddess Hekate in Spanish. Since 2012 Ness is the Head of the Temple of the Waters and the Covenant of Waters. She is also Founding Member of the Council of Near Eastern Pagan Religions.

Ness coordinated the Online Conference for the SPF in 2020 and previously, organized the International Symposium of the Fellowship of Isis (of which she is Hierophant Priestess, Dame Commander and Archdruidess) and other events both Online and physical.

Ness has walked the Shamanic path for years. She travels to different countries sharing her knowledge and experiences on the Path of Bones.


Scottish Goddess Conference 2022
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