Spotlight Interviews – Lady Anna

Welcome to another edition of Spotlight Interviews. Today we are talking to Lady Anna, who has served the tradition through varies causes and efforts, currently as a member of the Council of Elders and Head of Sedna Temple in the United Kingdom, as well as Witan Herald for the Tradition as well as Head of School for Witchschool  UK and Europe
Thank you for participating in the Spotlight Interview. My readers and I are looking forward to this interview. How did you find your way to the Correllian Tradition?
I was surfing the internet in 1999 and found the ‘Daily Spell, joined the mailing list for the First Degree lessons and it all went from there. I had a grounding of metaphysics taught to me by my father over the years from when I was about eleven years old. A lot of what he told me was re-iterated in the first degree lessons so it was as so many say ’coming home’ when I found the Correllian Tradition.
In such a diverse faith group as we are, how can we – in your opinion – find common ground?

By persuading all those of diverse paths to realize that no one way is better than any other, all paths lead to Deity and each person need to do it the way which works best for them and to respect each other’s beliefs as we do basically believe in the same thing

Speaking off diversity, it seems that there is a perception at times that the Pagan community is not as diverse in color. Do you think that is a myth or reality? And how can we as a community foster a more welcoming environment for our members whom are not of European Ancestry?

I really don’t know why there is that perception.  I think it’s a myth because there is an underlying thread of similarity of belief in all pagan paths.  As a community we should be more open to the various similarities and build on those rather than dwelling on those things that are perceived to be so different. The Correllian Tradition welcomes all, there are a lot of members of non-European Ancestry, for example we have many members who have Native American ancestry amongst many other ancestries from other parts of the world.

In a general sense we have a lot in common with those who practice so called New Age thought. What is your thought on that?

I would say that those who practice new age thought have more in common with the Correllian Tradition. The Correllian Tradition has been in existence a lot longer and has a more grown up approach and deeper ways of worshiping deity. Also new age thought seems to be in its infancy with a more of the fluffy bunny way of doing things.

There are some in the Pagan community whom do not see the need for a clergy structure. What would you like to share about your thought on being a part of a very structural tradition, that could show the benefits of such structure?

For any religion to succeed and have staying power it must have some sort of structure. There is more likelihood of a religion succeeding and gaining outside support when they are structured and have the support network such as we have backing the membership.

Within the wider religious community, how can we as Pagans and Wiccans find (in your opinion) a higher recognition as a valid religion?

Yes I have seen and heard a lot of detrimental comments about the Correllian Tradition within the pagan community itself.  This aggravates the problem within the wider religious community.  A lot of the new age thought is usually quoted in discussions and articles in the wider religious community and some of the new age thought isn’t always the same as the Correllian thought but is said to be by outsiders what we believe.

I have frequently been told by Christians what I believe in and they go on to quote a lot of new age thought only because that is what they have heard said from New Age discussions or articles and is quite different to actuality and how Correllians think.

We need for it to be known properly and widely what we are about and that we are serious in our beliefs. The Wiccan community as a whole needs to gather together to solve the problem of being recognized rather than arguing that one tradition of Wicca is better or the right one rather than another.

We can only continue to be seen and to show that we are serious in our commitment as Correllians and not be drawn into unnecessary arguments which only fuel the idea that Wicca isn’t valid. We must calmly explain or describe what we are about to all other religions, rather than allowing our emotions to rule our discussions.

I thank you so much for taking your time to answer these questions. It was a pleasure to work with you on this project. 
The next Spotlight Interview will be posted on April, 15th.
Hail Hecate!

Spotlight Interview – Lady Stephanie

Welcome back to the Spotlight Interviews!

This time I have had the pleasure to interview Lady Stephanie, the First Elder of the Correllian Tradition, and a Correllian Archpriestess. She is also the sole Head of the Order of World Walkers and the Order of Shamans.

“Thank you for participating in the Spotlight Interview series, Lady Stephanie. It is an honor and pleasure to be able to ask you a few questions.

How did you become a Pagan? 

The short version is the day I turned twelve, I met two women in an outside bar within the International Market Place in Waikiki, Oahu.  They told me they were Root Women and that they were going to teach me how to walk with Spirits.  So for the next seven-eight years many hands on lessons regarding meditations, divination and Reiki were explored.  Later I was invited to be Initiated as a Sea Priestess~.  My directive after Initiation was to teach others about Spirit.  As I moved through my life, I taught and continued to learn many beautiful Pagan precepts as I traveled this amazing world.

One day a friend suggested that I might enjoy an internet site called Witch School in 2003 and then from there, was introduced to the Correllian Tradition through their Correllian Degree program.  In 2004 I earned my First Degree Clergy while starting a Personal Shrine at the same time.  It has been remarkable studying and working with M. Rev. Krystel Neuman High Correll within the World Walkers’ Order and M. Rev. Donald Lewis Highcorrell.  Like many have said when they join this Tradition, “the Correllian Tradition is my home” and work for this life time.  I have found the leadership and general membership to be warm loving individuals, supportive in every way.  I am blessed to work for the Tradition on a full time basis and be part of the Correllian family, as we all are.

There are many pagans whom are drawn to the path due to popular fiction, may it be movies, books or television. What would you like them to know about the path that may take them from being curious to considering it a serious path of study?

To be Pagan is to understand that we honor life in all forms.  It is an exciting journey, a full throttle exploration while learning how to respect and live with everyone and everything.  We respect every race, every person, every animal, plant and stone, every place, every time, knowing all possess a living consciousness and spiritual sacred purpose.  To be Pagan is to live in a judgment free zone.  To be Pagan, is giving yourself permission to find and express your voice, in Divine creativity.

In the Correllian Tradition honoring Ancestors is a large part of our practice. What does that aspect of our tradition mean to you personally?

As head of the World Walkers, founded by M. Rev. Krystel High Correll, I work daily with the Beloved Correllian Ancestors on a personal basis, through journeying, remote viewing, lucid dreaming and channeling.  It is crucial we remain in contact with the Correllian Ancestors so that we may be supported by their guidance and encouragement.  Though there are many reasons why we work so closely with the Ancestors, one reason is to teach Correllians and individuals outside the Tradition, to remember how to live as a fully aware conscious incarnate.

Working with the Ancestors is communicating with the other half of the circle, the other half of the wheel.  As they are no less alive and no less productive than we are.  The Beloved Ancestors help keep us focused on the Tradition’s vision through the First Priesthood and the family.  I never feel more alive than when working with the Correllian Ancestors.

What qualities should a person wanting to become a clergy within our tradition bring to the table?

 To preface my statement, a novice Clergy should be given time and understanding as they grow and fully become integrated into the sacred energies of the First Degree.  Also it should be kept in mind, that there are many types of Clergy as it should be.  Some Clergy work with individuals, in-person, others work with members virtually.  While other Clergy may work alone writing a blog or taking care of animals or they may work with the land.

Personally I would hope to see in Clergy the following:

– Spirituality

– An exhorter, focusing on individuals’ positive aspects

– Compassionate

– Trusting yourself

– Works well with others

– Know that you do not know everything and you only have one perspective like everyone else, yet have the ability to see multiple perspectives.  Respect everyone’s knowledge and life experiences, giving everyone opportunities to shine.

– Curiosity for life and learning

– Encourage unity for the Pagan community.

– Some form of outreach to the larger community.

– Loyalty to the Tradition, and the Chancellor’s vision.

– Learn what the Tradition offers to its members, i.e. trainings, social media venues, as well as its deep culture to name just a few possibilities.

– Communicate with other clergy and Correllians.

– Kindness

– Peaceful

– Selflessness

– Patient

– Willing to be mutable

What makes a good Pagan clergy in your opinion?  

– One that uplifts others first.

– To have a positive outlook on life.

– Respect peoples’ boundaries.

– Serves the community, not self-serving.

– Have a full understanding regarding the Tradition they serve.

– A good Pagan Clergy facilitates spiritual growth, while reflecting Deity through first their actions then their voice.

– Knowing when to speak and when to be silent.

– A good Pagan Clergy helps humans remember they are already one with Deity; and now that they have this awareness, posing the question, “how will you live reflecting this cosmic truth?

Wicca and Witchcraft are paths that honor the female aspect of deity more than many other religions.  As women of this tradition, how can we empower the men within our community and make them feel more welcome?      

As Correllians we are fortunate to say we do whole heartedly welcome males while giving an array of opportunities to work and grow within the Tradition in many valuable ways.  If anyone is willing to roll up their sleeves and work for the Tradition on a regular basis or semi-regular basis within our thirteen branch infrastructure and administration guidelines, the Tradition is more than pleased to make a place for such individuals.  If anyone desires to go through the Shrine/Temple process, once approved, you have many opportunities to either work virtually or in-person with your group.  If a male desires to work in the Tradition a good place to start is going to the Help Desk as well as the main Correllian site and secure information about the Tradition, or visit our Chancellor every Monday night in the chat room, or talk to any of the Department Heads or get involved in a Group, Shrine or Temple.  Then decide how you desire to deliver your gifts to your local community, or the Tradition.

As for celebrating the path in a personal way, males are welcome to acquire any Clergy degree if they chose, start a group (with the Chancellor’s approval,) enter the World Walkers training, enter the Correll Shaman training, anything that is offered to females are also offered to males.  Currently the Tradition is working with some remarkable men and hope more are willing to take part in the work.  My personal philosophy on men, as a whole, is that they possess equal intellect, social skills, morals, work ethic and spiritual capacity as women.  The Tradition welcomes all positive men.  We celebrate both female and male Deities.  It is up to each individual if they choose to honor just female Gods or just male Gods or both.

Best advice I would give is get involved, keep trying until you find something you enjoy.  If you like to write, then write, if you like to sing then sing, if you like to chat then join one of our many social groups, if you like to lead then cultivate a group.

Thank you very much, Lady Stephanie for this interview.

For more information on the Correllian Tradition and its many groups, Temples, Orders and other activities, please visit the Correllian Tradition website.