Ravenwood Tradition
Ravenstone Church and Seminary of the Old Religion - and founded at Imbolc 2010
by Lady Larina and Lord Gaelin, 3rd degree initiates of Lady Sintana.
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House of Ravenwood/Tidal Moon Grove - based in John's Creek, GA and founded by
Lady Maia, 3rd degree initiate of Lady Sintana and Lord Gaelin.  Lord Raphael is a 3rd
degree initiate of Lady Mia and Lord Peregrine.
The following groups are led by High Priestesses and High Priests initiated by Lady
Sintana or one of her third degree initiates.  

Membership in the Ravenwood Tradition is voluntary and does not imply an
authorization or sanction of that group's teachings - rather acknowledgement that we
all come from the same source.

Some groups have incorporated traditions and teachings from other sources to form
their own unique brand of the Old Religion.    
Myst of the Wildwood - based in Doraville, GA and founded at Lammas by Lady
Astraea,  3rd degree initiate of Lady Sintana and Lady Gwendolyn.
The House of Dragonwood - based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and founded in 2004
by Lord Lugh, 3rd degree initiate of Lady Sintana.
Sage Moon Grove - based in North San Diego County, CA and founded at Beltane
2007 by Lord Peregrine, 3rd degree initiate of Lady Larina and Lord Gaelin.
Grove of the Willow Wood - based in Dahlonega, GA  and founded at Lammas 2008
by Lady Jasmine and Lord Solandrin, 2nd degree initiates of Lady Larina and Lord
Gaelin.
Lady Sintana
(03/22/1937 - 09/17/2010)
House of Oak Spring - based in Decatur, GA and formed at Beltane 2000 by a council
of 3rd degree priests and priestesses trained in the Ravenwood - Circean tradition..
522 Moreland Avenue in Atlanta
CelticTraditionalist Witchcraft
The Ravenwood Tradition comes from Celtic Traditionalist Witchcraft and Strega.  Lady
Sintana was initiated to all three degrees by Lady Circe and Lord Sariel.  Lady Circie
founded the House of Circe (Brotherhood of the Order of Wicca) in Toledo Ohio. Lord
Sariel was born in Ohio and was Initiated by Italian Strega who took his left little toe..  
Elfsmoor  and Foxmoor Covens in Maryland - Lady Alexander.  Author of  the
'LoveCraft Laws' of Ravenwood and was Lady Sintana's first 3rd degree initiate.  Lady
Alexander passed into the Summerland  April 23, 2000.  Coven is no longer active.
Foxwood Temple of the Old Religion.  Originally founded by Lord Orion, 3rd degree
initiate of Lady Alexander.   One of the trustees, Lord Mateo, is a 3rd degree initiate of
Lady Sintana's.
Lady Circe  
09/08/1921 - 05/30/2004
Ravenwood in the late 70's...
522 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta
Lord Sariel  
03/30/1906 - 01/18/1988
Lady Circe Interview ca 2000 on "Out of the Ordinary... Into the
Extraordinary!" with Host Robert Taylor
1st interview, part 1
1st interview, part 2
Lady Circe Interview ca 2000 on "Out of the Ordinary... Into the
Extraordinary!" with Host Robert Taylor
2nd interview a week after 1st interview, part 1
2nd interview, part 2
The Blade, Toledo Ohio  06/05/2004

Toledo 'witch' founded church
Lady Circe, as Toledoans the last 35 years knew Jeffrey B. Cather, who was a shop owner, a witch, and founder and queen of a church, the
Sisterhood & Brotherhood of the Old Religion, died Sunday in her Old West End home of respiratory failure. She was 82.
       

She opened a boutique on Floyd Street around 1970. The shop's most recent incarnation, House of Circe, opened in her home last year. She
was a registered nurse at Parkview Hospital when she founded the church. But she'd known she was a witch since she was 12, she told The
Blade in 1972.

"She was a fifth-generation witch," said Connie Lorton, a church high priestess known as Lady Meshlamthea. But starting the church "was a
calling within her. She knew she had to set this path for us and to make it a recognized religion instead of a hidden religion. It's a nature-based
religion.

"She was the most ageless, the sweetest, powerful woman," Ms. Lorton said. "Her aura - her presence - was breathtaking. She had the elegance
that Jackie Onassis used to have."

About 50 people participate in the church, but "there have been thousands of students who came through these doors, and many started their
own groups," Ms. Lorton said.

Lady Circe exposed her own children to other religions. Her daughter, Sheryl, chose to continue the family tradition.

"She was everything you'd ever want in a mother," said her daughter, a high priestess known as Lady Medea. "I was always in the craft. I went
through harassment, lost jobs. She never pushed anything."

Lady Circe, after high school in Wilkinsburg, Pa., served stateside in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. Her marriage to Dr. William
Cather ended in divorce. He died in February, 2002.

Surviving are her daughter, Sheryl Cather; sons, Jeffrey, William, and Robert Cather; sisters, Emma J. Sadowsky and Norma J. Robertson, and
three grandchildren.

There will be no visitation. Services will be held in April, 2005, during an annual church gathering in West Virginia. Arrangements are by the
Newcomer-Farley Mortuary.

The family suggests tributes to any animal welfare group or the Toledo Zoo.
Lady Circe and Lady Sintana
Lady Circe and Lady Sintana
In The News:  The following are transcripts of found newspaper articles.
1974 - October 27   Lima News - Lima Ohio
All Hallows Eve Witch's Holliday
Click to read article
Jeffrey B. Cather
"Lady Circe"
 
Lord Merlin
(07/12/1935 - 09/23/2011)
Lady Sintana and Gavin Frost
Herman Slater, Lady Sintana,
Lady Circe and Lord Orion
Obituary for Lord Merlin

David John White, Lord Merlin: 76 7/12/1935 to 9/23/2011
Elder High Priest of Ravenwood David John White, known to his friends and students as Lord Merlin, was one of the Southeasts most respected teachers of
Wicca. Lord Merlin was Elder High Priest of the Church of Ravenwood.  Together with his wife Candice Lehrman (known to practitioners as Lady Sintana) he
helped create and administer the congregation that became Georgias first pagan congregation to receive tax-exempt status as a church.

Lord Merlin was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England and given the name David John White. As a young man, he distinguished himself in the Boy Scouts,
earning the rank of King Scout, the British equivalent to the Eagle Scout award, which was presented to him by the Queen Mother. He later attended school at
Magdalene College in Brackley, Northamptonshire, where he studied English literature, mathematics, Latin, French and geography. He served in the British
armed forces and remained in the service for three years, spending part of that time near Hanover, Germany. He traveled extensively, including stints in North
Africa, Burma, and Italy. After moving from the Bahamas to Atlanta in the mid 1970s, he worked for many years as Regional Manager for Sears.

In Atlanta he met the late Lady Sintana, (Candace Lerhman White) and they married in 1983. Their devotion to each other was unshakable until her passing in
2010. Lord Merlin was a true pioneer in establishing a living, growing spiritual tradition, and inspiring many others with his views, both spiritual and social. Lake
Merlin, a small wildlife sanctuary in North Georgia, was named in his honor. In 2005, he left his house near Midtown Atlanta for the forests of the North Georgia
Mountains. His legacy lives on through his teachings, his good works and by the example his noble life inspired in all those who knew him.
Sosebee Funeral Home Canton, GA honored to serve the familywww.sosebeefuneralhome.com
Obituary for Lady Sintana

Ravenwood Church and Seminary of the Old Religion  (a.k.a, The House of Ravenwood) announced today that on September 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm, Our Founder,
Elder High Priestess and Witch Queen, Lady Sintana passed over into the Summerland.  Her family surrounded her and aided her in her final journey. She is
survived by her husband and best friend Lord Merlin, Elder High Priest of Ravenwood, along with her daughter, son-in-law and grandson.

Lady Sintana founded Ravenwood Church and Seminary of Wicca, Inc.  in the mid 1970s in an old Victorian home on Moreland Avenue.  She became a public
figure in Atlanta and was known as ‘ The Lady’.

Our Lady Sintana’s life’s work was instrumental on both the local and federal level in the fight to insure the freedom for all witches to practice our religion.  
Through court battles, public education and continual spiritual guidance of those drawn to our faith, Lady Sintana led Ravenwood to become one of the first
churches of Wicca to receive 501(c) 3 status as a not-for-profit church.  Her pioneering efforts led to the granting of tax exemption rights, gathering rights and
zoning rights for Ravenwood, setting critical precedents in the ongoing fight for religious tolerance.  Many of the privileges that Wiccans and Pagans enjoy today
are the direct result of her irrepressible will and courage.

Under her spiritual leadership and training, Ravenwood developed some of the finest ritual Priestesses and Priests.  Her legacy and traditions continue through
four active sister groups:  Ravenwood Church, Myst of the Wildwood, House of Dragonwood and Sage Moon Grove. These groups provide services and training
within the Ravenwood Tradition.  In addition, many other groups around the country can trace their traditions and training directly to the Lady’s influence and
teaching.

Lady had an exuberant spirit and was always willing to lend guidance and offer words of wisdom.   We will miss her laughter, her smile, her warm heart and
support. Our thoughts are with the immediate family at this time as we share their loss and celebrate a life of consequence and impact.  She lives on through each
of us who have been touched by her work.

The House of Ravenwood will hold a public memorial gathering on October 2, 2010.   Location and time TBA. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to
Ravenwood Church.
Further Reading

Lamb, Robert. “Witch Dignitary Flies In (On 747), Casts Spell”. The Atlanta Constitution. 24 September 1976. p 6B.

Baxter, Tom. “Ordinance Deals Witches a Bad Hand”. The Atlanta Journal. 13 October 1976.
Scarboro, Allen, Nancy Campbell, and Holly Stave. Living Witchcraft: A Contemporary American Coven.
Praeger Press. Westport, CT. 1994
1977 - May 12   Florence Morning New - Florence, South Carolina
Not Even Witchcraft Can Save the Braves