Saturday, February 10, 2007

Priestess Who Put Public Face On Paganism

The former burlesque dancer who founded what may be the nation's most public house of witchcraft 32 years ago in Atlanta is nearing age 70, seriously ailing and living quietly out of state.

But as Lady Sintana, Candace Huntsman Lehrman, who started the Ravenwood Church and Seminary of Wicca at her home near Little Five Points in 1975, remains a revered figure in her Atlanta witches' coven. The church and seminary was the first tax-exempt pagan religious institution in Georgia.

"She is our elder priestess and my spiritual guide and teacher in the craft," said Lady Larina, also known as Deniz Zoeller. Zoeller, a Sandy Springs mother of four boys, was chosen by Lehrman seven years ago to lead Ravenwood. Full Story

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