Raven Kaldera is a pagan priest, intersex transgender activist, parent, astrologer, musician, homesteader, and the author of "Hermaphrodeities: The Transgender Spirituality Workbook" (XLibris Press). He is the founder and leader of the Pagan Kingdom of Asphodel, and the Asphodel Pagan Choir. He has been a neo-pagan since the age of 14, when he was converted by a "fam-trad" teen on a date. Since then, he's been through half a dozen traditions, including Gardnerian, Dianic, and granola paganism, Umbanda, Heithnir, and the Peasant Tradition. He is currently happily married to artist and eco-experimentalist Bella Kaldera, and they have founded the Institute for Heritage Skills.
...'Tis an ill wind that blows no minds.' Contrary to popular
legend, Tannin was not born in a log cabin in Springfield Illinois.
She did, however, spend her entire childhood living on the Jersey
Shore. It is in this notably non-New Age environment that her
interest in Pagan/Occult matters began. Over the past 15 years, she
has dedicated a significant part of her life in pursuit of various
spiritual arts privately and professionally. Tannin has studied
diverse practices and paths such as Gi Gong, Shamanistic energy
techniques, Gnostisism, Afro-Caribbean religions, and even a pinch
of Ceremonial Magick. Before she opened Bones and Flowers in the of
1997, she served as "Madame Espiritual" to two different Worcester
Botanicas, a spiritual counselor in a New Age shop, as well as
making countless house calls. At present, the proprietor of
Worcester's only occult specialty store is also a crafter in
diverse media, and a legally ordained minister.