“The magician swims in the same waters where the psychotic drowns.” – Joseph Campbell

I spent time plucking mushrooms under the moss mausoleums of the Pacific Northwest, and I slept just under the surface of the water in Virginia bald-cypress marshes, beneath the veil of death. I danced till dawn where the jazz brass-thump tunnels down cobblestone streets painted wild vibrant colors, where Cajun spices stirred by the hands of voodoo queens waft through the sticky heat, where the dead never sleep: in New Orleans. Now I am back in the damp, earthy PNW, planting fresh seeds.

I am a psychopomp priestess, guided by their torchlight into the hollow places, the tunnels that lead to that place beneath the earth to the Realm of the Dead. I have been touched many times by their skeletal hands as Father Crow watched from above. I have intimate relationships among the gods and spirits. I make sacrifices, work with magico-medicinal plants, interpret visions, prophecy, and weave magic.

I am a Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon, and Leo Rising, a cunning-woman practicing a blend of folk magics and offering herbal and magical remedies, largely influenced by the Celtic and Afro-Caribbean traditions of my ancestors, Sabbatic Witchcraft, European folk-magic and shamanism, grimoires and esoteric texts, ethnobotany, and works of mythology and folklore. I am a dedicant of Ár nDraíocht Féin, a Druid Fellowship, and reverently observe hospitality (*ghos-ti-, a gift for a gift), study, and piety. I worship many gods, talk to the trees, receive visions from the Dead, and work with roots and spirits like the wise-folk of old. I’m part witch and part Druid, part hemlock and part hawthorn.

e-mail: hemlockandhawthorn@gmail.com



  1. Hi there,
    I’ve just discoered your blog as I’ve just read your blog on Gravyards in New Orleans. How wonderful it must be to live in New Orleans with so much magical history and folklore. It’s a place I really want to see some day.

    1. Thank you! It really is like nowhere else I have ever been, a place that feels outside of time itself. When you go, definitely check out the French Quarter and the Garden District! I found them to be the most magical parts of the city. And eat lots of good food and enjoy some dancing in the street!

  2. BTW I’ve just subscribed to your blog and look fwd to some very interesting reading on here in my “reading time”:) As I live all the way down in Australia I love reading about the magickal practice of others that is different from my own. I am a devotee of Hekate myself amongst many other things. Lol
    Blessed Be my friend,
    From CazWytch )O(

    1. Thank you! I wasn’t around to update this blog for a couple of years, but am back and hope to give you lots of great new reading material! :)

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