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:
– An exhorter, focusing on individuals’ positive aspects
– 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.
– 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.