Thank you for visiting my site! My name is Courtney and I am a Wiccan Priestess, writer, Tarot Adviser, and metaphysical teacher living in New York City. I am the author of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess and the forthcoming Tarot for One: The Art of Reading for Yourself. I blog on this site as well as for WitchesandPagans.com and Huffington Post. I am also the producer and designer of Tarot of the Boroughs, a contemporary photographic Tarot deck set in New York City.
I run open events in Manhattan and teach workshops on Witchcraft from coast to coast! If you are interested in attending one of my Coven’s functions or taking a class, please email me.
I am available for Tarot readings by phone, Skype, or in person in my Washington Heights Studio. Please see my Tarot reading page for more information.
I have been a practicing Witch since my late teens, but have probably been one all along. Wicca, known to many as “A Religion for Witches,” or “The Craft” is a nature-centered faith which accepts the Divine as a blessed mix of genders, not just a “guy in the sky with a big, white beard.” Wicca’s spiritual practices focus on aligning with the changing of the seasons, as well as the solar and lunar cycles. A common creed spoken among Wiccans reads, “An Harm Ye None, Do What Thou Wilt.” While it it is impossible to live one’s life without causing some harm in some way (I had chicken at lunch, after all!), Wiccans believe in following one’s own personal path all the while respecting the paths of others and to do the best we can to live in harmony and balance with other living creatures and our Great Mother Earth.
While I dabbled with the Craft in my teens, on my twentieth birthday, I had a powerful awakening that encouraged me to reach out to a local Grove in my hometown of Portland, OR where I learned the basics of the Craft in a Celtic format with Greek influences. After college, I moved to New York City to pursue a career in theatre. Just before I left, another powerful sign signaled to my High Priestess, Rev. Cyn deFay, that I ought to pursue Priestesshood. I joined Lady Cyn’s Cluan-Feart Mystery School, and received ordination as a Priestess of Pan from in 2005. Through the Mystery School, I learned “The Path of the Votary,” an intense format of training for would-be Priests and Priestesses, as well as the finite work of Men’s and Women’s Mysteries. In 2005, I met Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone. Under these two, I have studied Trance Prophecy, chakra work, ecstatic ritual, and the philosophy of Progressive Witchcraft. In 2008, I received initiation as a Priestess of Brid from Janet and Gavin.
I am now a High Priestess with Novices of the Old Ways, a Progressive Witchcraft community with chapters in the Tri-State area and Indiana. I run the Lunar Temple Coven, the NYC chapter of NOW, which encourages personal development through Magickal practice. For more information on Novices of the Old Ways, please see our page on Witchvox.
I believe Magick is present in all existence. It’s not something we must seek to find outside of ourselves, but rather unlock from within.
For more information on my work as a teacher, see my Classes and Appearances page!
I began reading Tarot at the age of 15. Since then, I have gained an international clientele base and teach workshops on the Tarot on both coasts.
My readings are predominantly spiritual in nature. Tarot is a powerful tool of self-reflection. It will never tell you anything you don’t already know…but it gives you the chance to acknowledge it. Can it tell the future? Possibly, but with about as much accuracy as a weatherperson with tomorrow’s forecast! Tarot allows you to examine the patterns under which you are living and can predict a reasonable outcome of future based on as the pattern set, just like your local meteorologist! But just the weather forecast can change or vary wildly, so do life’s events. Tarot can help dress your spirit for the weather of your personal journey but unlike the nightly weather forecast, you can change your destiny. Tarot can show you how.