Cat never grew up with religion; her mother likes to joke that she raised her and her siblings as “heathens,” though Norse gods were never a part of her day-to-day life as a child. She grew up with stories and tales told to her by her mother and grandmother, of beasts and spirits and the things that go bump in the night. Belief in ghosts and the fae was never quite frowned upon, and with a head for stories and various tales, she began to find a path through that avenue.
Spiritually speaking, her patron is Anubis, and she is a devotee the Hellenic goddess Persephone. In the last few years, Cat has become something of a deity collector after a few ill-advised words spoken aloud have brought several new deities to her attention. Her path focuses on folklore and mythology; she is currently developing a path based on these old tales for the modern world and identifies as a historically informed polytheist and Pagan. Cat also identifies as a witch, studying hedgewitchery and traditional witchcraft.
Though her religion is never far from her mind, Cat holds a day job as an Editor for a consulting company in the DMV. She graduated with honors in English, minoring in History, Classical Studies, and Medieval Studies because her school didn’t offer mythology as a major. Travel has always been a dream of hers, and she aims to see most of the world in the coming years. Currently, Cat divides her attention between studying Italian, Spanish, and German; writing supernatural fiction; kitchen experimentation; and playing tug with her two mutts, Low-Key and Hera.
Kate is an animist, polytheist, and hedgewitch. She has been practicing folk magic for most of her life, but began to identify as a witch and study witchcraft 20 years ago. Her focus of study has been on hedgewitchery, traditional witchcraft, root work and folk magic. For most of her practice, she identified as an animist and did not work with deities—this changed in the last five years when deities came calling.
Tal is an eclectic pagan whose practice includes aspects of Irish and Norse polytheism. Their practice is druidic in nature and revolves primarily around honoring local spirits of the land, as well as ancestors and deities–particularly their patron god, Loki. Tal identifies as witch, focusing on the tarot and the use of nature within augury.
Outside of the Fellowship, Tal works as a freelance performer, puppeteer, and theatrical lighting technician throughout Washington D.C. and Baltimore. They are a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Theatre Department. Tal enjoys stargazing, long hikes, collaborating with others on artistic projects, and long phone conversations with faraway friends.
Aleja Nic Bhé Chuille is a multi-trad polytheist pagan (Norse-Gaelic and Kemetic), and a modern urban hedgewitch. She has been a practicing pagan and witch for over a decade, though her path wandered through various traditions before settling down into its current form about five years ago.
Aleja is a spiritworker who has a close relationship with the Fair Folk, an intuitive energy healer, and a Reiki Master. She practices a number of forms of divination, including tarot, Lenormand, and runes. Aleja grew up in a mixed faith household: her father is Catholic and her mother draws strength from her traditional indigenous spirituality. (Aleja is enrolled member of the Brothertown Indian Nation of Wisconsin via her maternal line, and her mother has also been heavily influenced by Ojibwe Midewiwin practices.) Aleja’s husband Scott is also pagan, and they are trying to raise their toddler with both pagan and indigenous spiritual teachings.
Though she runs a small pagan business out of her home, most of Aleja’s day is spent being a stay-at-home mom to her toddler. When she has free time that isn’t spent on spiritual or business activities, she likes to read fantasy novels, play tabletop RPGs, and dress up to attend Ren Faires and Fantasy Cons.
Former Board Members
Shannon Shaner – Secretary (2015-2017)
Angelica Martinez – Vice President (2015-2017)