About the Witch

Hi, I’m Deb, known online as Deporodh (call me Deb!), and I’m a wordsmith born, retired technical writer, a long-time techie (I go back to CP/M operating systems), a lifelong medievalist, and a witch.

Arcane biography

Began divination study 1975: tarot, astrology, Anglo-Saxon runes, ogham. Primary divination tool is tarot—preferred deck is the Robin Wood Tarot. Worked in AOL’s Crystal Ball forum in 1993 and 1994 as a reader.

Began magical healing work in 1976, ordained 1981 in the neo-pagan ULC Church of Anaxagoras (now extinct).

In 1994 fDeporodh 1993ounded & hosted for its first year the weekly Pagan/Wiccan Discussion Group. Held in the conference room of AOL’s Religions & Ethics Forum, the WDG was named “One of the 50 Best Places to Be Online” by PC Week magazine late that year.

Volunteered with regional pagan non-profit Bay Area Pagan Assemblies (BAPA). Accepted editorship in 1993 of its nationally distributed magazine (Pagan Muse & World Report), the Muse received a Reader’s Choice Bronze Award in 1996 from the Wiccan/Pagan Press Alliance.

In 1994 I began study with British Traditional Wicca, initiated in 1995. Developed and taught seeker courses in Wicca from a traditional perspective 1996–2000. Made elder in 2001, founded first coven in 2002 (hived 2007, later disbanded 2010), and a second coven in 2010 which disbanded in 2017. Member New Wiccan Church, International, 2007, currently an officer and Seated Elder.

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Connecticut Yankee born, 1951, of a New England family that, to quote my great-grandmother Orlie Jane Brown Brown, “came over on everything except the Mayflower.”

California girl raised, 1956–1974—that takes one through my northern California upbringing (Sonoma County)  to my Humboldt State baccalaureate. Service to country ensued as a volunteer in the U.S. Army Reserve (1975–1978, Honorable Discharge, discharge rank E5, Award of Achievement).

San Francisco resident with a seven-year career in “Wall Street West”—the S.F. Financial District, which terminated with Shearson (PacMan) gobbling its way down Wall Street East and eating my employer (a regional stockbrokerage).

Relocate to Silicon Valley and a transitional career (word processing) that led to technical editor and technical writer. By the 1990s, recognition of technical writing efforts included Awards of Merit, Achievement, and Excellence in professional competitions, and regional and national presentations at Society for Technical Communication conferences.

Career cut short four weeks following September 11, 2001, when a stroke  permanently retired me from the day-job work force. My day job since then is mostly “taking care of Deb“—which led to the creation of One Witch’s Cottage.

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