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Pagan Pioneers:  Founders, Elders, Leaders and Others

Patricia Telesco

Written and compiled by George Knowles

Patricia “Trish” Telesco is a well known American author, herbalist, poet, lecturer and Wiccan High Priestess.  She is also a trustee for the Universal Federation of Pagans, a member of the Authors Guild, a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and a member of the Wiccan-Pagan Press Alliance.  She has written more than 60 books on subjects ranging from self-help cookbooks to magick, folklore and global religions, and her articles have appeared such notable publications as:  Cosmo, Woman’s World Magazine, Complete Woman Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, Circle Network News, Pan Gaia and Sagewoman.

Trish was born Marian Singer on the 21st February 1960 and raised in a Lutheran household. Initially educated at the Alpha-Bet Cooperative Preschool, she later attended Oak Park High School in Manassas, Virginia in 1978.  After spending five years as a Pentecostal missionary singing on gospel tours in Quebec, during her time at Buffalo State College where she studied Astronomy and Education, she graduated in 1983 and became agnostic.  After leaving collage she ending up in Boston, Massachusetts, having psychic experiences, such like object reading, touching people’s jewellery and seeing images.  Fortunately while there, she met a shaman (who later became her husband) and a cabalist who diagnosed her symptoms as those of a natural psychic.  They explained the uses of energy and showed her the way home to what she calls folk-magick.

Trish is self-trained and self-initiated, but later received initiation into the Strega tradition of Italy (Tempio della Stregheria).  She defines her own form of folk-magick as:  “the blending of superstition and lore (folklore being the place where various magickal traditions found a safe haven during years of political correctness) into a functional system of magick.  As an example:  one bit of lore says red is scary to certain mischievous fairies, so if I were being bothered by that kind of Fey, I would use a red amulet.”

When asked about her writing career during an interview, she replied:  Some 20 years ago I ran into some friends who had gotten involved in New Age ideology.  What they said resonated with my heart and made so much sense.  I also really fell in love with the idea of personal culpability - as mama said, if you mess up you clean up!  It’s so simple and sublime!  Don’t apologize - fix it.  So now I say “yes” to life, to myself, to learning and growing and letting my faith grow with me.  When your belief systems no longer inspire you to be the best person you can, there’s something wrong IMO.  So on the heels of this discovery I began writing a newsletter called the Magi.  After several years it went out to a few hundred people quarterly.  Then I got the chicken pox as an adult (yes really).  Now stick a type A personality at home with nothing to do for a week and what happens?  Yep, I started writing (I guess you could say I was “itching” to write - giggle).  I bundled up the work and sent it off to a publisher never thinking for a minute they’d like it.  I was wrong.  A while later I had a contract for The Victorian Grimoire.  Once I started on books it was like floodgates opened inside me.  Writing is in my blood, my mind, my soul.  A writer is WHO I am, not simply what I do.  That’s why I do so many types of writing and try to work with websites that offer a positive message - about health, about personal lifestyles, about relationships etc.  The internet is the ideal venue from which to reach out and help people looking for GOOD information.  I’ve been very fortunate to find individuals who want to work with me regularly, and who I can trust (the internet doesn’t always provide that trust factor).

The rest, as they say, is history!

Trish travels regularly throughout the country giving lectures and workshops on various aspects of witchcraft and magick, and has appeared at many of the major events in the New Age/Neo-Pagan calendar such as the Starwood Festival and the Pagan Spirit Gathering.  She has appeared on several television programmes, including:  Sightings – on multi-cultural divination systems, the Debra Duncan Show – on modern Wicca, and on National Geographic Today – on Solstice Celebrations.  She has also given radio interviews all across the USA.

Trish considers herself a down-to-earth kitchen witch and folk magician, and her love of folklore and worldwide customs can be seen in the books she writes.  Her hobbies include:  antique restoration, writing and singing folk music, Sufi dancing, herbalism, wood carving and soapstone, writing poetry, historical costuming and participating in the Society for Creative Anachronism.  Her current pet projects include supporting pagan land funds and coordinating spiritually oriented tours to Europe.

Trish works from her home in Buffalo, New York were she lives with her husband Paul (they were married on the 10th August 1984), two sons and a daughter, and when not busy writing, runs a small mail-order business called “Hourglass Creations”.  She also has her own Yahoo email-group at: and her personal website can be found at:

Sadly in March 2012 her husband Paul Telesco was diagnosed with a tumour on his brain stem, and since that time Trish has been focused on raising awareness and fund-raising.



A partial bibliography:


The Kitchen Witch Companion: Simple and Sublime Culinary Magic (2005)

Kitchen Witch’s Guide To Brews And Potions (2005)

The Teen Book Of Shadows: Star Signs, Spells, Potions, and Powers (2004)

The Witch’s Book of Wisdom (2003)

A Little Book of Mirror Magic: Meditations, Myths, Spells (2003)

Mastering Candle Magick (2003)

A Victorian Grimoire: Romance - Enchantment - Magic (2002)

Labyrinth Walking: Patterns of Power (2001)

Money Magick: How to Use Magick to Gain Prosperity (2001)

The Wiccan Web: Surfing the Magic on the Internet (2001)

An Enchanted Life : An Adept’s Guide to Masterful Magick (2001)

A Floral Grimoire: Plant Charms, Spells, Recipes, and Rituals (2001)

How To Be A Wicked Witch: Good Spells, Charms, Potions and Notions for Bad Days (2000)

The Magick of Folk Wisdom (2000)

Shaman in a 9 to 5 World (2000)

A Witch’s Beverages and Brews (2000)

Your Book of Shadows: How to Write Your Own Magickal Spells (2000)

A Charmed Life (2000)

The Cyber Spellbook: Magick in the Virtual World (2000)

Ghosts, Spirits and Hauntings (1999)

Cat Magic: Mews, Myths, and Mystery (1999)

A Little Book of Love Magic (1999)

Mirror, Mirror: Reflections of the Sacred Self (1999)

Futuretelling: A Complete Guide to Divination (1998)

Goddess in My Pocket: Simple Spells, Charms, Potions, and Chants to Get You Everything You Want (1998)

The Herbal Arts: A Handbook of Gardening, Recipes, Healing, Crafts, and Spirituality (1998)

365 Goddess: A Daily Guide to the Magic and Inspiration of the Goddess (1998)

Healer’s Handbook: A Holistic Guide to Wellness in the New Age (1997)

The Language of Dreams (1997)

Wishing Well: Empowering Your Hopes and Dreams (1997)

Seasons of the Sun: Celebrations from the World’s Spiritual Traditions (1996)

Spinning Spells, Weaving Wonders: Modern Magic for Everyday Life (1996)

A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook (1995)

A Victorian Grimoire: Romance - Enchantment - Magic (1992)


Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft  - By Raven Grimassi


First published on the 22nd May 2011, updated 21st February 2018 © George Knowles

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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) /   


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:


Pliny the ElderHesiodPythagoras





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


Abramelin the Mage /  Agrippa Aidan A KellyAlbertus Magnus - “Albert the Great” Aleister 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 Duncan /   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" /   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” /   Max Ehrmann and the "Desiderata" /  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-SmithParacelsus /  Patricia 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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