Stacy Ellis is a spiritual woman. You might even say she is a High Priestess. A native of Florida, Stacy Ellis is what you would ordinarily call a witch. No, she does not fly on a broom. No, she does not have warts on her nose, nor does she live in a haunted house. In fact, Stacy is quite a lovely person. For Stacy, witchcraft is an earthly religion that has existed for centuries. Many of the customs of witchery are not unlike that of the Native Americans. They believe in gods, they understand spiritual healing, and they are peaceful – they don't put curses on people. Although I could think of a few politicians I'd like to turn into toads, but that's not what witches are all about. In her own words, let's give Stacy the floor...

What is it to be a witch? For me, it is to be one with Goddess. What is Goddess you say? For me, it is the divine spirit inside you. Whether female or male, all of us possess the divine spirit. Perhaps you say God… Yes – witches also believe in God. However, we do not think it is the only God. We balance Goddess for females, God for males.

I am familiar with many males who call down upon Goddess and revere her. You must understand that witchcraft is a very personalized spiritual walk. We live in accordance with nature, not against her. We flow with the seasons; our lives spin with each phase of the moon. Witches work with herbs and healing energy, and we care deeply for one another.

I have been blessed with a coven – a tribe – for more than 30 years. Our Circle of Artisans came together in the late 1980's and have been growing ever since. We are a family. I am Lady Moon, the High Priestress. Our children like to tease me as Queen, but I am not inclined to pomp and circumstance.

Within my tribe I take you as my child until you grow to walk your own path. Once you have grown to be a third-degree High Priestress or Priest – you are then qualified to begin teaching if that is your desire. We are just like any other family with children and grandchildren, and this is just a small snippet of the path I walk. Until next time, blessed be…

~ Lady Moon