About High Priestess Lady Gwen
Lady Gwen Gardner
Gwen Gardner is the High Priestess of the Garden of the Crescent Moon Coven in Kalispell, Montana.
Gwen Gardner discovered Witchcraft through a college course in 1988 and studied with the Sylvan Grove in Seattle in 1993-94. She became a solitary practioner for several years and attended numerous open Sabbats, circles and festivals throughout the northwest.
When she moved to Montana in 2001, Gwen began her formal Craft studies and became a Third Degree High Priestess in the Fellowship of the Elder Path Tradition in 2006.
Lady Gwen teaches First, Second and Third Degree classes in the Correllian Nativist Tradition of Wicca, which the Garden of the Crescent Moon Coven uses as their primary training format.
Gwen also studied Ceremonial Magick for three years using material from The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie as well as Christopher Penzack, Donald Michael Kraig, David Rankin and Sorita d'Este's works. She incorporates some of the material learned from these works into her classes.
Gwen has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Boise State University, a Bachelor's Degree in Wiccan Ministry from the Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary and has taken the Master's Degree Courses from the Seminary in Interfaith Ministry.
About High Priest Shawn Forsyth
High Priest Shawn Forsyth
Shawn Forsyth is the High Priest of the Garden of the Crescent Moon Coven in Kalispell, Montana.
Shawn was born in 1967 and has always had an interest in all things mysterious and occult. He first became interested in Pagan religions after seeing the word “Druid” for the first time in 1979 in a Dungeons and Dragons manual. Though his interest in D&D faded within a year, his interest in various Pagan paths has continued.
Shawn has completed the Bard studies of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD), is a Third Degree High Priest in the Fellowship of the Elder Path and the Founding Priest of the Garden of the Crescent Moon Coven.
Shawn is an avid Sci-Fi reader and doesn’t consider it a good story unless it’s over 1500 pages and/or spans several books (the longer the better). He is a professional cook, a hobby gardener and a collector of all things copper. Shawn currently lives in northwest Montana with a reformed feral cat named Mumford.
is a 3rd Degree Priest of The Circle of the Phoenix Rising in Billings, Montana, the sister coven of the Garden of the Crescent Moon Coven in Kalispell, MT
I was born in Glendive, Montana on February 20, 1967. This makes my Sun Sign Pisces and I’m a “textbook case”. Looking back, I think my first spiritual/paranormal experience was at 3 years of age. I would often see a man in my room at night. I didn’t know it at the time, but I think it was a previous tenant. While growing up, I was always fascinated by the middle ages and magic. While hearing stories of King Arthur I was more intrigued by Merlin than the knights. As a kid I wanted to be a stage magician when I grew up.
As an adult I didn’t have much of a spiritual life, but still had a fascination with things like Lord of the Rings and mythology. Having moved to Billings in 1991 to work and go to college, I got involved with the Society for Creative Anachronism, which recreates the middle ages and renaissance. There I met some people who were Pagans and was intrigued. This seems to be setting things up for finding Wicca.
In the ‘90’s, I worked at St. Vincent Hospital as an ER tech. I started drinking to excess to deal with the stress. I went into treatment for alcoholism in December of 1997. A big part of my AA program is finding a Higher Power, so I eventually talked to the SCA friends about Wicca. One of them was willing to teach me the basics and I knew this was my path! I had my first Dedication in September of 1999. She eventually moved away, so I was solitary for a few years, trying to learn and read anything I could. In school, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in art in 2000. In 2002, a friend invited me to an Esbat at Charlyn’s house with Mountain Moon Circle. I seemed to get along with everyone and it was good to be worshiping with others. In April of 2004, a friend in the SCA, who is a medium, recognized some potential in me and offered to help train me. So every Friday for the next two years, we would hold a séance until her death. During this time I started meditating daily and developing my mediumship. I asked my patron deities and guides to reveal themselves. Cernunnos and Cerridwen revealed themselves soon after.
I eventually took Mountain Moon’s “Wicca 101” class and advanced classes. During this time, I felt called to be initiated to 1st degree. This happened June of 2007. In 2010 I achieved my 2nd degree initiation. During my time with Mountain Moon Circle, an element of fear and paranoia crept into the High Priestess’ classes and rituals. Constant talk of conspiracies and the end of the world, as well as vicious gossip, drove many people away. She refused to change and I eventually realized that I can’t be a positive influence no matter how hard I tried. Last October, many of us had enough and officially left Mountain Moon Circle and formed The Circle of Phoenix Rising. At this time, I also started studying with Gwen and Shawn for my 3rd degree which I achieved at Mabon, 2014. The Circle of Phoenix Rising is going strong with a good core group. I’ll be teaching classes in 2015.
About Priestess Somer Hiatt
Lady Somer D. Hiatt
Somer Hiatt is a First Year Priestess of the Garden of the Crescent Moon Coven in Kalispell, Montana.
Somer was born in 1979 in Northern California and was raised by her family to have great faith and spirituality. It wasn’t till 1997 that she found her path was to become Wiccan. She studied as a Solitary Practitioner from 97’ until 2012 when she met members and friends of the GCMC. She participated in open Sabbats for about a year before formally taking the GCMC First Year course which she completed in October of 2013. Somer was initiated into the GCMC as a First Year Priestess in October of 2014. Somer is an active member of the Garden of the Crescent Moon Coven and helps with the Sabbats, Festivals, and events. She currently holds the role of Music Coordinator for the GCMC.
Somer’s life is full of many passions but some main ones are her son, music, magic, and a love for animals. She lives in Northwest Montana and moved there in 1997. Somer loves to sing opera and play piano and write music in her spare time. A self-proclaimed rock hound, she loves crystals, stones, and gems of all kinds. If you can’t find her she is probably curled up with her fur babies, her 2 cats Silver and Sparta. Somer is also involved in her local community helping those in need through donations as well as local social orders.
is a First Year Priestess in the Garden of the Crescent Moon Coven in Kalispell, Montana
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