About Literata

lit-blue-blouseI’m a woman, a Witch, a graduate student, a priestess, a feminist, a reader and a writer. I’m married, disabled, I love tea, and I adore good fair-trade chocolate. I write with a dip pen for the fun of it, I keep my Book of Shadows on my computer, and my Zippo is consecrated as a sacred flame of Brigid.

I offer several kinds of services, including Tarot and other divination, Reiki, and shamanic healings. As an ordained High Priestess with the Order of the White Moon, I am trained in creating and conducting life-cycle rituals, including legal marriages, plus other clergy services such as hospital visitation, individual counseling and mentoring. At Sabbats, you’ll often find me helping with open rituals hosted by Sacred Circle bookstore in Alexandria, VA.

I edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys. My rituals, poetry, and nonfiction have also been published in Mandragora, Queen of the Sacred Way, Anointed, Unto Herself, The Scribing Ibis, and Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul, as well as the periodicals Witches and PagansEternal Haunted Summer, American Tarot Association Quarterly, and CIRCLE Magazine. I have presented at Sacred Space Conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and several Pagan Pride Days in the mid-Atlantic area.

I enjoy developing poetry and rituals for devotion and worship in order to cultivate a relationship with deity. Some of that writing is shared here, and a lot of my thoughts on devotion and worship, as well as my experiences connecting to nature and deity. I also muse about politics and systems of thought, especially ones relating to my beliefs and practices, with occasional commentary on the news and social issues.

One of my other specialties on this blog is book reviews that try to reflect the content and possibilities of a book, not just my personal opinion of it. I try to write these reviews to help other people sort through which books they’d really like to read and which ones they can skip.

When I’m not involved with any of the above, I’m working on my PhD dissertation in history, or spending time with my husband and four cats. I also enjoy travel, my husband’s cooking, and reading nonfiction.

You can contact me at literatahurley@gmail.com.

The header image is a photo I took of the stream that flows out of Brigid’s well in Kildare, Ireland.

Creative Commons License

Works of Literata is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. That means, roughly, you can reproduce my work as long as you attribute it to me (“Written by Literata”) and you aren’t making money from whatever you’re creating. For details, see the Creative Commons licenses on their web pages. For use in other ways, please email me.

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