a Leo to write about herself is fraught with danger, especially
one who has so many planets in her first house, but I'll try to
be modest, and more importantly, brief!
I was hit by a fallen angel at a very young age, and although
the scars have healed, I never quite got over the experience.
Angels are heavy, trust me.
The house in which I grew up was haunted, and I remember being
given detention at primary school (in the 1950s) for telling my
teacher I was a pagan. These two things are not necessarily connected.
The 1960s passed in a blur of school, rock music and the occasional
out of body experiences - not chemically induced, as far as I
The 1970s was my psychic period - front row of lectures at the
Society of Psychical Research in London, attempts to levitate
the lecturer during boring talks, lunchtimes at work spent sending/receiving
zenner images with a friend ... you get the idea.
Towards the end of the decade I discovered tarot, and then discovered
over the next few years that I didn't have a clue how to use it.
Fortunately I found a teacher who not only made the tarot clear
(amazing!), but also led me to the doorway of Wiccan initiation
and the study and practice of magic - which curiously enough brought
me back to fallen angels and their ilk.
Having lived variously in Surrey, London (lots of different bits),
Cambridgeshire, Wales, and then London again, it was getting harder
to avoid the debt collectors, so I took off for Sydney, Australia
in 1988. That was fun! I had a job for a while, then no working
visa while my application for residency was processed, so I wrote
"Witches of Oz" [Editors' Note: one of the first and best Southern
Hemisphere oriented guides to the Craft], which amazes me by being
still in print almost 10 years on.
In and around all that, I founded the Pagan Alliance, published
Pagan Times and Web of Wyrd (two Australian Pagan/Wiccan magazines),
and ran a pagan open group and a coven/magical lodge in Sydney.
Work-wise I'm a CEO, and finished my Masters degree last year,
having taken a Graduate Diploma with Distinction the year before.
I'm now living in Melbourne, still trying to avoid the debt collectors,
and have just finished writing my first novel. With two friends
I've recently taken over editing and publishing of Pagan Times
again, which is proving to be more fun that it was the first time