Merry Meet! I am Faelind, a High Priestess who loves Trees and finds resonance with the Tree of Knowledge (and/or the Tree of Life) that I don’t quite understand, but am altogether very, very grateful to have in my life. I am a Pisces, frequently sport very colorful hair, drop “F-Bombs” so frequently my grown children cringe, and have been described as, “she’s never met a stranger” because I love to talk to EVERYONE!
I am a Wiccan High Priestess of the Tree of Knowledge Coven, trained in the Wiccan tradition, American Tradition of the Goddess lovingly referred to as AmTrad. I began my formal studies in the Sacred Arts in 2005 under High Priestess Rhys Eavan with the Circle of the Wild Wood after 5+ years of solitary practice. I was looking for community and found the Dallas chapter of a loving and enduring Wiccan tradition established in 1991 in the Bedford, Texas area by an eclectic, earth-witch named Raven.
On June 2, 2012, I swore my 3rd Degree vows to become a High Priestess and formed the Tree of Knowledge Coven in Dallas, Texas. I hope to pass on the magic, warmth, and love that my wonderful tradition provides me while bringing my scholarly approach in Wiccan studies to my own Coven Circle.
My love of learning and commitment to expanding my own knowledge led me, in part, to choose, “Tree of Knowledge” for my coven name. As I have learned over the years, the Goddess and the Universe often bring to us what we most need to see if we are open to receiving the messages. In my case, the Trees spoke to something in my soul that continues to resonate with me and provides me great comfort and continued direction.
My Community Work
My Coven is active in the Covenant of the Goddess (COG), a national organization of Witches and Covens, with one Initiate currently serving as Recorder (taking the minutes at our quarterly meetings) and another serving as the parking wrangler at the public Sabbat rituals for our Local Council.
I serve as Webweaver (managing the Local Council website) and co-facilitate public Wicca 101 Classes in Addison. In recent years, I have served as Recorder, Treasurer (we refer to it as Pursewarden), and Public Information Officer (PIO) in the Texas Local Council of Covenant of the Goddess. As PIO, I created a web presence on facebook and a website to highlight and communicate the services of the very active Local Council.
My prior service includes National Co-Second Officer (NcSO) for 2010/2011. As NcSO, I organized and facilitated the COG national business meeting known as Grand Council/Merry Meet in Irving, Texas. Prior to serving as NcSO, I served as Local Council Second Officer for the production and promotion of two annual United Earth Assembly events in Irving, Texas negotiating appearances and workshops by honored and acclaimed authors, Elizabeth Cunningham in 2009 and Amber K and Azrael Arynn K (from the Ardantane Pagan Learning Center in New Mexico) in 2010.
I began my community service by working on the Education Committee established by former Local Council First Officer, Rhys Eavan, [2008/2009 – 2009/2010] facilitating twice-monthly Wicca 101 classes in Richardson, Texas for two years, an endeavor I consider to be so important that I am back doing it again, all these years later!
My ‘Muggle’ Life
I am an Associate Director in Information Technology at AT&T, managing three teams in work locations across the United States focused on Quality Control and Data Acquisition for commissioning applications. (Yes, I am a nerd and possibly a geek!) I began my career in IT in 1985 as a developer and have been surprised to find that I love managing and growing people more than I ever loved programming, and I REALLY, REALLY loved programming…
My career in Telecommunications began at Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems in 1995 supporting commissioning applications during mergers and conversions, leading two development teams during the transition to Cingular Wireless and later to AT&T. I’ve continued to grow as a subject matter expert in my organization, learning new technologies and methodologies to deliver quality software. My career in the Telecom industry is stressful, challenging, and often requires long hours, yet I find it very fulfilling because I am passionate about supporting my customers and the people who report to me.
All the accomplishments I have listed above pale in comparison to the ones I earn being a High Priestess. It is both the hardest thing I have ever done and also the most rewarding. My coven continues to teach me, support me, and demonstrate why my faith in each of them is never misplaced. I never expected any of it, but being High Priestess brings me nearly as much joy as being a mother and grandmother. I am very fortunate and grateful to be in service to the Goddess and God and yet receive so much in return.