Doyenne Rowan Nightshade

Doyenne Rowan Nightshade, PhK,
High Priestess of Esoterica
Member of the Council of Elders
Priestess Steward

2009 Priestess in the Wildflower Tradition
2009 High Priestess in the Mothers of the New Time
2013 High Priestess in the Wildflower Tradition

Dedicated Deities:
Hekate, Hermes, Aphrodite, and Brigid

Dedicated Ancestresses:
Madame HP Blavatsky, Emily Dickinson, Annie Oakley, and Carol Ferber


High Priestess of Esoterica

As the definition of esoteric is

1. understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest
2. private; secret; confidential.
3. difficult to understand; abstruse: an esoteric statement
4. (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group: the esoteric doctrines of Pythagoras.

(Origin: 1645–55;  < Greek esōterikós  inner, equivalent to esṓter ( os ) inner + -ikos -ic)

Then esoterica is the noun of that adjective, or things that are esoteric (things being also ephemeral and ideological, in my view). In other words, unseen things.

I am an avid documentarian of ideas and skills that are dissolving into the realm of nonexistence, and some of those that aren’t, as well. I do this out of love. Not only do I love a good mystery, but I consider myself a watcher of the great whirling tumult of the human experience; these pieces of human history that are fading into unconsciousness are part of the larger pattern of reality, and I feel compelled to note them in my understanding of the scheme of things. There are far too many pieces to account for and many are forever lost, but still I toil to record, remember, and share the minutiae of the history of human experience, as a way of understanding both our meaning and our insignificance in the Universe. As a High Priestess of Esoterica, I endeavor to share what I know with those who have a similar inclination, or with those for whom it is a desirable revelation of new old ideas. I get excited about weird obscure things; I propagate the mystery.

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As a priestess, in general, I consider this to be my work:

I seek truth (such as exists); I seek to spread love and understanding; I seek beauty, joy, and pleasure; I seek profound knowing; I seek to inter-permeate the flow of the cosmos.

I act as a facilitator of the higher good, to the best of my abilities.

I listen to my own inner truth and then heed that small voice.

Truly, I also endeavor to creatively solve problems on the fly, to adapt to unexpected circumstances and situations with grace, to practice patience and compassion, to act in alignment with my beliefs even in the face of opposition, to guide the lost, and to remain unflappable.

I do my best.


“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star...”

~e.e. cummings


Personal Code of Ethics

I vow to examine my motivations, question appropriately, and consider the consequences of my actions.

I vow to humbly remind others to do the same.

I vow to fight for what I believe in, including, but not limited to: truth, justice, equity, kindness, beauty, love, and freedom.

I vow to spread knowledge, offer guidance and wisdom (such as I have), love fiercely and tenderly, speak honestly, hold compassion for all beings, and to provide comfort when things hurt.

I vow that if you treat me with love and respect, you become part of my clan.

I vow that, once you are in my clan, I will aid and defend you whenever you need me, though I reserve the right to withdraw my troth if your needs are in direct conflict with the greater good and/or others' rights and freedoms, including my own.

I vow to act with integrity and love in my interactions with my family, my community, and the global community, allowing for my inevitable human frailties and occasional major screw-ups.

I vow to try my utmost not to err, but when I do, I vow to make every effort to ameliorate any damage and make any reparations necessary, even when difficult.

I vow to face my fears, to do the things that are hard for me, to keep learning and growing, and to do my best to live up to the potential that my teachers saw in me so many years ago.


Other data:

Personal website and blog:
Instagram: @jennybach

Some of the things I read:

Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On the Mechanics of Consciousness by Itzhak Bentov
The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts
Obliscence, Theories of Forgetting and the Problem of Matter by Geoffrey Sonnabend

Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan Traditions by Pauline and Dan Campanelli
A Druid's Herbal by Ellen Evert Hopman
Witch in the Kitchen by Cait Johnson

Some websites I enjoy:

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
Obscure Goddess Online Directory

Blavatsky Study Center (ugly, but useful site)
Theoi Greek Mythology

The Orkney Jar - The Selkie-Folk
Rowan and Red Threads
New World Celts
Labyrinthos - Labyrinths and Mazes Resource Centre