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Pagan Pioneers:  Founders, Elders, Leaders and Others


Fiona Horne



Written and compiled by George Knowles


Fiona Horne is an author, model, journalist, radio and television celebrity, singer/song writer, actor and a Witch.  She has been practicing Wicca/Witchcraft since the early 1980’s and now has 16 books to her credit.

Fiona was born on the 24th June 1966 under the astrological sun sign of Cancer (June 22 - July 22) in Sydney, Australia.  At an early age she was given up by her biological mother, adopted and raised in a strict Roman Catholic family.  She received her early education at a school for girls run by nuns.  Her earliest ambition was to become a nun herself, but after studying the bible, she concluded it was full of inconsistencies.  The more she studied, the more she felt that many of the myths and stories it contained had been borrowed from elsewhere, and many portrayed women as the subservient inferiors of men, there simply to be used and cast off as chattel, and so she turned her attention to alternative religions.

After a brief rebellious period in her teens exploring Satanism, she found it not at all to her liking, and turned her attention to various other forms of metaphysics, eventually she came upon Wicca/Witchcraft.  Fiona is now a self-taught, self-initiated Witch who practises a solitary eclectic tradition with leanings towards the Alexandrian tradition.  In an interview about Wicca she says:  that she felt very attracted to the fact that Wicca acknowledges many different Gods and Goddesses, but most importantly recognises that they can exist within the individual, not just in the sky out of reach”.

In a later interview she says she was inspired on her path as a witch by the Australian artist “Rosaleen Norton” (1917-1979) “The Witch of Kings Cross”, stating that:  she had never been afraid to follow an unconventional spiritual path and expressed that in her art.  She had carved a unique and potent niche for herself in a world when women were afforded far less opportunities than they are today.  Her braveness and defiance of social norms and expectations inspires me to trust my own voice and vision of the world”.

From 1990 through to 1997 Fiona was the lead singer of a popular Australian techno rock band called Def FX.  During her time with the band they released three albums, toured Australia and visited America, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand.  In the US, Def FX achieved a Top 20 American Billboard Dance chart listing with their hit single “Space Time Disco”.  Fiona wrote most of the bands songs herself, and in the lyrics expressed some of her Pagan beliefs and feeling.  Since 1997 when the band broke up, she has continued her singing career as a solo artist, and in 2007 released a solo album called “Witch Web”, an album of witchcraft related music.


The Band - Def FX

Initially Fiona kept quiet about witchcraft, but when she left Def FX in 1997 “she came out of the broom closet” in an article written for the Australian Rolling Stones magazine, which kick-started her career as a writer.  In March 1998 she published her first book “Witch – A personal Journey” (Random House Australia).  The book was an immediate success and sold-out it’s first print-run in just six weeks, it is now in its third reprint.  Since then Fiona has worked as a journalist writing for Australian, UK and USA magazines, including:  Marie Claire, Rolling Stone, HQ, New Woman, Cleo, Cosmopolitan, ‘B’ Magazine, Complete Woman, the Australian Women’s Forum, Sugar and Smash Hits magazines.  She has also written for daily broadsheet newspapers such as Melbourne’s The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, among others.

In her modelling career Fiona has posed for nude and erotic photo layouts in the Black + White magazine (October 1994), Ralph magazine (September 1998), FHM magazine (1998), as well as the Australian Playboy magazine (November 1998).  Later after moving to Los Angeles in 2001, she posed again for the US edition of Playboy (October 2005).  In the November 1998 Australian Playboy shoot, she was pictured fully nude with a 12 foot python slithering and crawling all over her naked body.


Fiona in the US Playboy magazine

After her successes as a singer, model and writer, the next natural step in her career progression was Radio and Television.  She started in 1999 by hosting two popular National Radio shows “Home Grown” and “Planet Rock” for the Triple M Network, and for two years from 2000 – 2002 hosted her own top rated “Spell-casting Show” on MIX FM.  The show entailed her answering calls from people requesting magical advice for their personal dilemmas.

On television she hosted a prime-time 13-part series called Party! shown on Australia’s number one commercial network Channel 9 in 2000.  Also in 2000 she appeared as a guest presenter on the Russell Gilbert Live show, before presenting her own music show Ground Zero, during which she interviewed Britney Spears, Melissa Etheridge and Tom Jones.  In 2002 she did a UK television show called Sexy Spells for Granada/Sky Broadcasting, this proved to be popular when people from all over the UK wrote to her asking for magical help with their love and sex lives.

For two years she made regular appearances on Australia’s top rated daytime talk shows Beauty and the Beast, and Good Morning Australia, and in 2004 starred in the Sci Fi Channel’s (USA) original reality show “Mad Mad House” as part of the regular cast.  Her role highlighted her life as a Witch, and had her living in a house with four other people practising alternative lifestyles, while 10 guest/contestants competed for a grand prize.  In 2006 back in Australia she starred in the popular Celebrity Survivor show for Seven Network Australia.  Also in 2006 back in the US, she was invited to talk about Witchcraft and Paganism as a guest speaker at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

As an actor, in Melbourne during August 2001, Fiona starred in the sell-out opening season of the hit theatre production The Vagina Monologues.  Back in the US she appeared in the 2005 film Unbeatable Harold by independent US film, in it she played a good time girl called Cherry, the film also starred Dylan McDermont and Henry Winkler.  In January 2006 she finished filming Cult, in which she plays the role of Professor Diane Estabrook, the film also starred Rachel Miner and Taryn Manning.  Cult was released internationally in March 2007.

With so much happening for her in the United States, Fiona made a permanent move to Los Angeles in 2002, although she travels frequently to the United Kingdom and back home to Australia for work commitments.  Recent opportunities has seen Fiona featured on prime-time USA television, including:  the Los Angeles KTLA5 Morning News, Good Day New York, Chicago’s WGN Morning News and The Other Half (NBC national).  On radio she has appeared in The Mark and Brian Show (national), L.A.’s Star 89.9 with Ryan Seacrest/Lisa Foxx and The Valentine Show on L.A.’s KIIS FM/ national.

Fiona’s personal interests include Herpetology - she is a licensed snake handler, Skydiving – she is a licensed skydiver with over 100 solo jumps to her credit, and Scuba diving - she is an expert scuba diver and works regularly for the scuba accreditation organization PADI, hosting, demonstrating and doing voice over for their instructional videos, television and radio commercials, including voicing the National Geographic/PADI Underwater Explorer DVD series.  Her favourite charity is Project Aware – an international ocean conservation effort.


Fiona Horne the Pilot

Today Fiona works as a commercial pilot for a charter company based in the Caribbean from where she also co-ordinates and executes humanitarian aid missions.  When not busy with that, in her spare time she works as a yoga instructor and professional fire dancer - she also performs regularly in the Caribbean at resorts and private events, as well as special engagements in New Orleans and Los Angeles.



Witch:  A Personal Journey (Random House Australia - 1998)

Witch:  A Magickal Year (Random House Australia - 1999)

Life's a Witch:  A Handbook for Teen Witches (Random House Australia - 2000)

Witch: A Magickal Journey:  A Hip Guide to Modern Witchcraft (Thorsons - 2001)

7 Days to a Magickal New You (Thorsons - 2001)

In 7 Tagen magische Kräfte wecken (hardback in German, Bauer, Freiburg - 2002)

Magickal Sex: A Witches' Guide to Beds, Knobs, and Broomsticks (Thorsons - 2002)

Witchin': A Handbook for Teen Witches (Thorsons - 2003)

Pop! Goes the Witch: The Disinformation Guide to 21st Century Witchcraft. Disinformation (Self ed - 2004)

The Coven: Making Magick Together (Random House Australia - 2005)

Bewitch a Man: How to Find Him and Keep Him Under Your Spell (Simon Spotlight Entertainment - 2006)

L.A. Witch: Fiona Horne's Guide to Coven Magick (Llewellyn Publications - 2007)

Witch-A Summerland Mystery (Allen & Unwin - 2012)

The Naked Witch; An Autobiography (Rockpool Publishing - 2017)

The Art of Witch (Rockpool Publishing - 2019)

The Magick of You Oracle (Rockpool Publishing - 2019) 



The Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-paganism - By Shelley Rabinovitch

The Witch Book - The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-paganism - By Raymond Buckland


Written and compiled on the 13th October 2007 © George Knowles


Best wishes and Blessed Be



Site Contents - Links to all Pages


Home Page


A Universal Message:


Let there be peace in the world  -   Where have all the flowers gone?


About me:

My Personal PageMy Place in England / My Family Tree (Ancestry)


Wicca & Witchcraft


Wicca/Witchcraft /  What is Wicca What is Magick


Traditional Writings:


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 GodThe 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief /  The Witches Rede of Chivalry A Pledge to Pagan Spirituality


Correspondence Tables:


IncenseCandlesColours Magickal Days Stones and Gems Elements and Elementals




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 SatanismPow-wowThe Unitarian Universalist Association /  Numerology:  Part 1  Part 2  /  Part 3A 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 DanceShielding (Occult and Psychic Protection)  The History of ThanksgivingAuras  - Part 1 and Part 2 Doreen Valiente Witch” (A Book Review) /  Max Ehrmann and the "Desiderata" /    


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:


Samhain / Yule Imbolc Ostara /  Beltane Litha Lammas Mabon




Tools of a Witch  /  The Besom (Broom) /  Poppets and DollsPendulums / Cauldron Magick Mirror Gazing




Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar and Totem Animals) /  AntelopeBatsCrow Fox Frog and Toads Goat / HoneybeeKangarooLion OwlPhoenix Rabbits and HaresRaven Robin RedbreastSheep Spider SquirrelSwansUnicornWild 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


Sacred Sites:


Mystical Sacred Sites  -  Stonehenge /  Glastonbury Tor /  Malta - The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni /  Avebury /  Cerne Abbas - The Chalk Giant /  Ireland - Newgrange /


Rocks and Stones:


Stones - History, Myths and Lore


Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin:


Apophyllite  / Amber Amethyst Aquamarine Aragonite Aventurine Black Tourmaline Bloodstone Calcite Carnelian Celestite Citrine Chrysanthemum StoneDiamond  /  Emerald / Fluorite Garnet /  Hematite Herkimer Diamond Labradorite Lapis Lazuli Malachite Moonstone Obsidian Opal Pyrite Quartz (Rock Crystal) Rose Quartz Ruby Selenite Seraphinite  /  Silver and GoldSmoky QuartzSodalite Sunstone ThundereggTree AgateZebra Marble


Wisdom and Inspiration:


Knowledge vs Wisdom by Ardriana Cahill I Talk to the TreesAwakening The Witch in YouA Tale of the Woods I have a Dream by Martin Luther King /


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:

(Our Ancestors)


Pliny the ElderHesiodPythagorasParacelsus /  Abramelin the Mage Archimedes AgrippaSocrates  /  AristotleAlbertus Magnus - “Albert the Great” /  



A "Who's Who" of Witches, Pagans and other associated People

(Ancient, Past and Present)


Remembered at Samhain

(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders, Elders and Others)


Pagan Pioneers:  Founders, Elders, Leaders and Others


Aidan A KellyAleister Crowley - “The Great Beast” /  Alex Sanders - “King of the Witches” /  Alison Harlow /   Allan Bennett - the Ven. Ananda MetteyyaAllan Kardec (Spiritism) /  Alphonsus de SpinaAmber KAnn Moura /  Anna FranklinAnodea JudithAnton Szandor LaVey /  Arnold CrowtherArthur Edward Waite /  Austin Osman SpareBalthasar Bekker /  Biddy EarlyBarbara Vickers /  Bridget Cleary - The Fairy Witch of Clonmel /  Carl " Llewellyn" Weschcke Cecil Hugh WilliamsonCharles Godfrey Leland /   Charles WaltonChristopher PenczakChristina Oakley Harrington Cornelius Loos /  Damh the Bard - "Dave Smith" /  Dion Fortune /  Dolores Aschroft-NowickiDonald Michael Kraig Doreen ValienteDorothy MorrisonDr. John Dee & Edward Kelly /  Dr. Leo Louis Martello /  Edain McCoy /  Edward FitchEleanor 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 HolzerHelen DuncanHermann Löher /  Herman Slater - Horrible Herman /  Heinrich KramerIsaac Bonewits Israel RegardieIvo Domínguez Jr. /  Jack Whiteside Parsons - Rocket Science and Magick /  James "Cunning" Murrell - The Master of Witches /  Janet Farrar and Gavin BoneJean 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" /  Lambert Daneau /  Laurie Cabot  - "the Official Witch of Salem" /  Lewis SpenceLodovico Maria Sinistrari Ludwig LavaterMadeline Montalban and the Order of the Morning Star /  Margaret Alice MurrayMargot AdlerMichael Howard and the UK "Cauldron Magazine" /  Margaret St. Clair - the “Sign of the Labrys” /  Marie Laveau - " the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" /  Marion WeinsteinMartin Antoine Del Rio Matthew Hopkins - “The Witch-Finder General” /  Michael A. Aquino - and The Temple of Set /  Monique WilsonMontague Summers /  Nicholas CulpeperNicholas RemyM. R. SellarsMrs. Maud Grieve - "A Modern Herbal" /  Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning GloryOld Dorothy Clutterbuck /  Old George PickingillOlivia Durdin-Robertson - co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis /  Paddy SladePamela Colman-SmithPatricia CrowtherPatricia Monaghan /  Patricia “Trish” TelescoPaul Foster Case and the “Builders of the Adytum” mystery school /  Peter Binsfeld /  Philip HeseltonRaven GrimassiRaymond Buckland /  Reginald Scot /  Richard BaxterRobert CochraneRobert ‘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 SteinerSabrina Underwood - "The Ink Witch" /  Scott CunninghamSelena Fox - founder of "Circle Sanctuary" /  Silver RavenwolfSir 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 LeekTed Andrews The Mather Family - (includes:  Richard Mather, Increase Mather and Cotton Mather ) /   Thomas AdyT. Thorn CoyleVera ChapmanVictor & Cora Anderson and the " Feri Tradition" /  Vivianne CrowleyWalter Brown GibsonWalter Ernest ButlerWilliam Butler YeatsZsuzsanna 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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