Please allow us to introduce ourselves.
We are not The Bad Witches–we are those who have run up against some bad witches and got their green-face-paint smeared off on us enough that we wanted to warn you about a few things.
I am Ehsha, and I am The Original Bad Witch. Not because I am evil or ineffectual, on the contrary. I have a strong moral compass and an efficacy that often blows even my mind.
I am an ordained Pagan minister (not the web kind, either). I have been teaching The Craft since 2008.
Though I was raised in a charismatic Pentecostal tradition and educated by Jesuits, it never really suited me. I am mediumistic, intuitive-prophetic, clairsentient, and empathic (often to my own undoing), so the Ecclesiastic tradition does not welcome me. I have “dreamed” and “heard” and “seen” and “known” since I was pre-adolescent. The stuff of the aether has always been attracted to me and it could have been a dreadful childhood “impairment.” Fortunately, my mother is half-Creek, so there has always been some Pagan flavor in my religious upbringing. Grandmother, for whom I derived my magical name, was also a sensitive.
Momma’s other half is Scot. Our family name means “Dark Foreigner,” so we know we were descended from the Norse and perhaps the Danes. We came from Lorne, an area (near Argyll) that was on the border of the Goidelic people and the Picts.
I also trace my linage back, on Daddy’s side, to “Baptized Heathens.” A direct descendant from an immigrant who arrived in Philadelphia on September 26, 1732, on the English ship Mary of London (our ancestors hailed from The Pa latinate Area near the Rhein), I have traced my direct liniage back to Oppau, German in the early 15th Century (The History of the City of Ludwigshafen, the Population of Oppau and Edigheim, 1480-1813). Anybody who can get me to family before then will be rewarded! About sixty years after my family arrived in the States, an ancestor settled in the Cherokee village of Villanow, near Echota, the capital of the Cherokee Nation.
I’m from so many country-folk. I figure it’s best to embrace it: I’m a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll – or at least I pretend to be. (Thank you Osmonds.)
I have studied neoPagan Witchcraft since I was a teenager in the 1980s. I began studying Hermetics, Thelema, Theurgy (Enochian Angelic Evocation as well as Solomonic Goetia), Chaos, kabbalah, and Kemetics in the 1990s.
I read voraciously and write sporadically. (And parenthetically.)
Pleased to meet you,
The (Original) Bad Witch, Ehsha
Blessed be, Quarks, and 93!
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