Merry we meet - Merry we meet - Merry we meet
Pagan Pioneers: Founders, Elders, Leaders and Others
Written and complied by George Knowles
Born 20th August 1947 Ann
Moura is an American hereditary Witch and the author of a number of books about
magick, religion and Neo-Paganism. Her
most popular book is “Green Witchcraft:
Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft” (published by Llewellyn
Publications in 1996). Ann calls
her tradition “Green Witchcraft” and her public Craft name is Aoumiel (pronouced
was raised in an oral Craft tradition of at least three generations.
With the passing of her mother in 1993, she decided to put her oral Witch
heritage into writing in order to preserve it and open it to others.
Her mother was Brazilian with a Celtic-Iberian background, while her
father was a naturalist of English and German heritage bringing a wide range of
outdoor experience into her life. Ann
has lived in many areas of the United States and travelled extensively teaching
and presenting her own tradition as “Green Witchcraft” at festivals,
gatherings and conferences throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan
with Raymond Buckland and Christopher
with Caitlin Mathews and Edain McCoy at Cymry
Presenting with Janet Farrar and Gavin
Bone at the Florida Pagan Gathering 2007
As a young child, Ann once told a friend about
celebrating the Full Moon and leaving milk outside for the Fairies and was told
it was what Witches do? Later she
asked her mother: “Are we
Witches?” Her mother
responded in quiet tones saying: “We
never name ourselves; others name us, and those who need us will find us.”
She learned in that instant the importance of the tenet “To Know, To
Dare, To Will and To Be Silent”. In
college, without mentioning her heritage, students seeking occult training,
spells, and divinations sought her out.
Growing up under the guidance of her mother and grandmother, through the age old oral Craft tradition, she was taught folk magic, spells and Craft concepts as part of her daily life, which included: Rules of Conduct, Spiritism and Spirit communication, reincarnation, divination, magical workings, the use of herbs, candles, oils and stones, and calling upon the Elements while working with “The Power.” According to Ann, her mother and grandmother were Craft wise Brazilians of Celtic-Iberian descent who through necessity practised within a general framework of Catholicism.
In her own practice of the Craft, Ann moved away from the
Christianised associations her mother and grandmother had used and doesn't
include the names of Christian saints. Instead,
she uses the names of Pagan deities because she believes that the family’s
tradition was originally Pagan. Her
own prefered deities are Bendis and Shiva, and her Craft name is
“Aoumiel” (pronouced as Awm’ee-el), which she chose to reflect her
view of balance between male and female aspects of the Divine.
She also connects with other deities, and in the year 2000, while
attending a Native American naming ritual, she was surprised and delighted to
hear the voice of Spirit telling her not to be so serious and naming her “Dogstar”.
In her mundane life while working her way through higher education, Ann has always worked at one thing or another, from being a department store clerk to data entry clerk, to secretary for a department store manager, and office manager in a shipping office, at the same time while studying for her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in History. Later she became a certified Archivist, served as a US Navy Lieutenant and worked as a high school history teacher.
In her books Ann
recounts a number of anecdotes, which she writes
from the perspective of her personal experience and family training.
Her books are sold internationally in English, Italian, French, German,
Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, and Russian.
Married for over 40 years with two grown up children,
Ann’s interests include a variety of arts and crafts.
She now lives in Florida where
she runs her own metaphysical store the “Luna Sol Esoterica”
located at 311 S. Park Avenue in Sanford, FL.
There she presents public Sabbat
rituals in open circles, usually as a festival that includes vendors,
healers, and readers. The store
also provides classrooms for instructors in a variety of esoteric fields, as
well as for readings and healings. While
she is so busy with the store, her travels to other author events and Pagan
Gatherings is now quite limited, but she continues to teach
Green Witchcraft and other Craft
Luna Sol Esoterica - with her daughter Xyn (“Zin”)
Shadows: The Roots of Western Religious Beliefs
(Llewellyn Publications - 1995)
Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft
(Llewellyn Publications - 1996)
Witchcraft II: Balancing Light & Shadow
(Llewellyn Publications - 1999)
Witchcraft III: The Manual (Llewellyn Publications - 2000)
Of Modern Witchcraft: The Evolution of a World Religion
(Llewellyn Publications - 2000)
Magic: The Sacred Connection to Nature (Llewellyn Publications - 2002)
for the Green Witch: A Complete Book of Shadows
(Llewellyn Publications - 2003)
An Alternative Path
(Llewellyn Publications - 2003)
for the Green Witch
(Llewellyn Publications - 2003)
Moura's New History of Witchcraft (7th House Publishing -
Mansions of the Moon for the Green Witch: A Complete Book of Lunar Magic (Llewellyn Publications - 2010)
Plus other websites and numerous interviews.
First published on the 20th August 2020 © George Knowles
Best wishes and Blessed Be
Site Contents - Links to all Pages
A Universal Message:
Let there be peace in the world - Where have all the flowers gone?
Wicca & Witchcraft
The Wiccan Rede / Charge of the Goddess / Charge of the God / The Three-Fold Law (includes The Law of Power and The Four Powers of the Magus) / The Witches Chant / The Witches Creed / Descent of the Goddess / Drawing Down the Moon / The Great Rite Invocation / Invocation of the Horned God / The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief / The Witches Rede of Chivalry / A Pledge to Pagan Spirituality
Traditions Part 1 - Alexandrian Wicca / Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) / Ár Ndraíocht Féin (ADF) / Blue Star Wicca / British Traditional (Druidic Witchcraft) / Celtic Wicca / Ceremonial Magic / Chaos Magic / Church and School of Wicca / Circle Sanctuary / Covenant of the Goddess (COG) / Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) / Cyber Wicca / Dianic Wicca / Eclectic Wicca / Feri Wicca /
Traditions Part 2 - Gardnerian Wicca / Georgian Tradition / Henge of Keltria / Hereditary Witchcraft / Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (H.O.G.D.) / Kitchen Witch (Hedge Witch) / Minoan Brotherhood and Minoan Sisterhood Tradition / Nordic Paganism / Pagan Federation / Pectic-Wita / Seax-Wica / Shamanism / Solitary / Strega / Sylvan Tradition / Vodoun or Voodoo / Witches League of Public Awareness (WLPA) /
Other things of interest:
Gods and Goddesses (Greek Mythology) / Esbats & Full Moons / Links to Personal Friends & Resources / Wicca/Witchcraft Resources / What's a spell? / Circle Casting and Sacred Space / Pentagram - Pentacle / Marks of a Witch / The Witches Power / The Witches Hat / An esoteric guide to visiting London / Satanism / Pow-wow / The Unitarian Universalist Association / Numerology: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / A history of the Malleus Maleficarum: includes: Pope Innocent VIII / The papal Bull / The Malleus Maleficarum / An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum / The letter of approbation / Johann Nider’s Formicarius / Jacob Sprenger / Heinrich Kramer / Stefano Infessura / Montague Summers / The Waldenses / The Albigenses / The Hussites / The Native American Sun Dance / Shielding (Occult and Psychic Protection) /
Sabbats and Festivals:
The Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lammas/Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Rituals contributed by Crone:
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar and Totem Animals) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Unicorn / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat / Rats / Unicorn
In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar. For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder
Rocks and Stones:
Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin:
Apophyllite / Amber / Amethyst / Aquamarine / Aragonite / Aventurine / Black Tourmaline / Bloodstone / Calcite / Carnelian / Celestite / Citrine / Chrysanthemum Stone / Diamond / Emerald / Fluorite / Garnet / Hematite / Herkimer Diamond / Labradorite / Lapis Lazuli / Malachite / Moonstone / Obsidian / Opal / Pyrite / Quartz (Rock Crystal) / Rose Quartz / Ruby / Selenite / Seraphinite / Silver and Gold / Smoky Quartz / Sodalite / Sunstone / Thunderegg / Tree Agate / Zebra Marble
Wisdom and Inspiration:
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murdered by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Old Masters of Academia:
(Ancient, Past and Present)
(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders, Elders and Others)
Pioneers: Founders, Elders, Leaders and Others
Aidan A Kelly / Albertus Magnus - “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley - “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders - “King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Allan Bennett - the Ven. Ananda Metteyya / Allan Kardec (Spiritism) / Alphonsus de Spina / Amber K / Ann Moura / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Balthasar Bekker / Biddy Early / Barbara Vickers / Bridget Cleary - The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / Carl " Llewellyn" Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christopher Penczak / Christina Oakley Harrington / Cornelius Loos / Damh the Bard - "Dave Smith" / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Donald Michael Kraig / Doreen Valiente / Dorothy Morrison / Dr. John Dee & Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Edain McCoy / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone - “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake / Fiona Horne / Frederick McLaren Adams - Feraferia / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gerald B. Gardner - The father of contemporary Witchcraft / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater - Horrible Herman / Heinrich Kramer / Isaac Bonewits / Israel Regardie / Ivo Domínguez Jr. / Jack Whiteside Parsons - Rocket Science and Magick / James "Cunning" Murrell - The Master of Witches / Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone / Jean Bodin / Jessie Wicker Bell - “Lady Sheba” / Johann Weyer / Johannes Junius - "The Burgomaster of Bamberg" / Johann Georg Fuchs von Dornheim - the “Hexenbrenner” (witch burner) / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman - "Pow-wow" / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave and the Kibbo Kith Kindred / John Michael Greer / John Score / Joseph “Bearwalker” Wilson / Joseph John Campbell / Karl von Eckartshausen / Lady Gwen Thompson - and "The Rede of the Wiccae" / Laurie Cabot - "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Lodovico Maria Sinistrari / Ludwig Lavater / Madeline Montalban and the Order of the Morning Star / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Michael Howard and the UK "Cauldron Magazine" / Margaret St. Clair - the “Sign of the Labrys” / Marie Laveau - " the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Martin Antoine Del Rio / Matthew Hopkins - “The Witch-Finder General” / Michael A. Aquino - and The Temple of Set / Monique Wilson / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellars / Mrs. Maud Grieve - "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning Glory / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Olivia Durdin-Robertson - co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Paul Foster Case and the “Builders of the Adytum” mystery school / Peter Binsfeld / Philip Heselton / Raven Grimassi / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Richard Baxter / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and the "The White Goddess" / Rosaleen Norton - “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Rossell Hope Robbins / Ross Nichols and the " Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids" (OBOD) / Rudolf Steiner / Sabrina Underwood - "The Ink Witch" / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox - founder of "Circle Sanctuary" / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer and the " The Golden Bough" / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - (includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather and Cotton Mather ) / Thomas Ady / T. Thorn Coyle / Vera Chapman / Victor & Cora Anderson and the " Feri Tradition" / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / Walter Ernest Butler / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest /
Many of the above biographies are briefs and far from complete. If you know about any of these individuals and can help with additional information, please contact me privately at my email address below. Many thanks for reading :-)
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