Priestess of the Dance of Belonging


Ordained: Wildflower Tradition 2017

Dedicated Deities: Nut, 



       Priestess of the Dance of Belonging: I chose this title because finding the ways in which I belong in community, and in society, is essential to my sense of connection. And being that dance, that shifting and rebalancing and inspired-in-the-moment kind of action needed to feel that I belong, is an example I want to live in the world. Encouraging and supporting others in their own dance, and discovery of how and where they belong, is essential to my work as a public priestess.


Shell's Code of Ethics

I believe in behaving, in word and deed, in accordance with my beliefs about how things work, and how my behavior influences myself and the world around me. I believe that what I put out into the world comes back to me, by coloring and/or shaping my experience. I believe that right action means being aligned with the highest good for all involved, and that deviations from this ideal can be recognized and corrected, sometimes with much effort and practice. I believe that the effort toward, and practice of, mindfully living a gentle, intelligent, compassionate, and inquisitive life is gift I give to the world.

I believe it is my responsibility to be actively anti-racist, anti-sexist, and generally anti-oppressive toward people based on their identity, chosen or given, as part of a particular group. I believe that speaking out against, deconstructing, and undermining systems of oppression is an important part of working to create a world that is more inclusive and just.

I believe in treading lightly on the Earth, the source of all sustenance of life as we know it. I believe in aligning my daily actions with this goal, including, as much as is possible: biking, walking, and using public transit, growing food and supporting local farmers, and supporting societal efforts to protect and preserve open and wild spaces.

I believe in walking in the woods and star-gazing to renew my spiritual equilibrium, and that cultivating that equilibrium is essential for having the energy and focus to behave ethically.



Recommended Reading

Philosophy of Wicca, by Amber Laine Fischer

Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants, by Jane Goodal

Temple of the Cosmos: The Ancient Egyptian Experience of the Sacred, by Jeremy Naydler

Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames, by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

A Country Year, by Sue Hubbell

Scottish Fairy Belief, by Lizanne Henderson and Edward J. Cowan