Age Range: 50-59 | Joined: September 2002
About Me: Travel for me is like air. I have to have it to breath, to live, to flourish.Branwenn’s interest in Paganism descends from a Pagan, Irish (Galway and County Clare), maternal grandmother (born on the way over from Ireland on the boat according to the family legends) and a half-Cherokee, herbalist, paternal great-grandmother. Branwenn met Selena Fox (by phone) in 1982 and attended her first Pagan festival, Pagan Spirit Gathering, that year. In 1988, she moved from the Pittsburgh, PA area to the Washington, DC area and joined her first real coven, Vision Weavers, facilitated by Larry Cornett. During her time with Vision Weavers, she met with and studied with amazing folks whom she still calls brothers and sisters, Ric Campbell, Myth, Byron, Julie, Patrick Maritz and Shireonay, the latter two now sadly deceased.As a member of Vision Weavers, Branwenn was honored to have a chance to meet and circle with Janet and Stewart Farrar during their first trip to America. She also was influenced by meeting once again, Selena Fox and her husband, Dennis Carpenter at the last Esotericon convention in Newark, NJ, At Esotericon, she also had the chance to meet and take classes with Ray Buckland and Isaac Bonewits. In 1990, Branwenn left Visions Weavers to form the first of her three covens, Crystal Visions, and became a co-founder of the Church of the Olde Religion and the COR Coffeehouse held for a few years in Springfield, VA. During her time with COR, Branwenn was fortunate to meet many incredible Pagan and Wiccan elders, teachers, musicians and writers who influenced her own path greatly. At COR, she first met Gavin and Yvonne Frost who founded the Church and School of Wicca, now located in Hinton, WV; Nybor, an amazing Pagan artist, and Elspbeth, his wife, founders of the Haven Community Church in Keyser, West Virginia. She also met Ariana Lightningstorm, founder of the DC area Pagan band, KIVA; Kenny Klein, a musician, writer, and photographer currently living in New Orleans; Tzipora Katz, Priestess of the Blue Star Wiccan tradition (started by Frank Duffner in 1975); Wohali Agnive, of the Free Cherokee and many others.In 1992, she was initiated as a second degree Gardnerian and immediately left that tradition for British traditionalist Celtic Wicca as taught by Vivianne Crowley. Branwenn was initiated as a third degree Wiccan Priestess on a firefly lit summer night in 1993, the most memorable night of her life so far. In 1996, she re-dedicated herself to the Priestess hood at the Standing Stones of Callanish on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. In 1997, she became a Daughter of the Flame, at Brighid’s Holy Well just outside Kildare, Ireland. Today, Branwenn practices and teaches a mix of her own brand of Eclectic Wicca called Crystal Visions Celtic Wicca. CVCW is composed of both traditional and more eclectic Wicca combined with Jungian psychology, the mythic quest made popular by Joseph Campbell and others and Celtic mythology. Branwenn is a legally registered and ordained reverend in the state of Virginia. She is founder of the Celtic Crystal Visions Community Temple of Lynchburg, as well as founder and past President of the Blue Ridge Pagan Alliance. Branwenn has been published in Circle Magazine, PagaNet News, and soon, many other publications, including her own newsletter for Crystal Visions Enterprises, which is published eight times a year. The International Library of Photography has featured her photos of the sacred archaeological sites in the British Isles in a collection of award-wining photographs, A Timeless Journey, published in October of 2004.