Samhain 2020

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Samhain 2020 — “Preservation” What: Coven Oldenwilde’s 26th annual Samhain Sabbat When: Saturday Oct. 31st (Halloween), sunset UNTIL Where: The Covenstead at 113 Clinton Ave. (West) Asheville, NC, 28806 (corner of Clinton Ave. & Lane St.; park along curb across Clinton, or on … Continue reading

College students leap the fire

Flaming cauldron and blue votives
We often host college religion classes. Instead of subjecting them to boring blather about doctrine, however, we invite them into a ritual to cast a spell. That's made leaping our cauldron fire a legend at Spartanburg's Wofford College.

Handfastings & Weddings

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BOOK your personalized Pagan Handfasting or legal wedding NOW. We've wed folk for decades:

Save Asheville's Tree Canopy

Witches on the air
Asheville's worsening tree-loss crisis is the topic of this interview with Lady Passion & *Diuvei. They discuss the crucial role of tree cover in preventing dangerous heat & flooding due to climate change, and the swiftly growing movement to save our "urban forest". 41 min., 12/5/2019, "The Mothership Slight Return" on AshevilleFM 103.3.

Oldenworks Online Witchcraft Shoppe

Oldenworks Online Shoppe
Our online Witchcraft store offers magical products; books on Witchcraft we review, rate, & recommend for or against; rune sets; and more than 100 recommended Tarot-card decks.

Pagan & Wiccan Prisoner Advocacy

Map of US prisons with Pagan and Wiccan inmates Book cover of Pagan Prisoner Advocate's Guide by Lady Passion
We've enabled persecuted Pagans & Wiccans in prisons and mental institutions to win their religious rights for almost two decades. Learn why we aid this vulnerable segment of the Craft community; view an interactive map of U.S. prisons with Pagan/Wiccan inmates; and see a gallery of artwork by grateful inmates!

The Goodly Spellbook: Olde Spells for Modern Problems

Read our celebrated book about magic, metaphysics, love spells & other real spells that work:
The Goodly Spellbook: Olde Spells for Modern Problems
Lady Passion & *Diuvei, Coven Oldenwilde (Sterling)

Expanded second edition!

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Real Witchcraft Book Series

Learn and practice essential skills of magic with our series of companion books to The Goodly Spellbook.


Handfastings & Weddings

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Queen Lady Passion and *Diuvei are professionals who have officiated memorable Pagan/Wiccan Handfasting ceremonies and are also empowered to marry folks legally. They’ve done both kinds of rites for decades in enchanting ways that please everyone.

Save the date now for your handfasting ceremony!

Oldenworks Online Shoppe

Buy Witchcraft magical products, books & rune sets, and Tarot-card decks through our online shoppe and help Coven Oldenwilde serve needy Pagans worldwide:

Oldenworks Witchcraft Products

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Learn powerful Witchcraft spell skills with the help of our special collection of unique magical products created or designed by Lady Passion and *Diuvei, at

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Don’t waste money or time — mind what you put in your mind! Order THE BEST magic, paranormal, nature, herbal, etc. books, each one reviewed and rated by Lady Passion, at Click below to see their categories:

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Bewildered by the vast variety of Tarot card decks available nowadays? Tarot expert Lady Passion sorts more than 100 popular Tarot decks into 20 descriptive categories to help you choose the right ones. Order the Tarot decks you need at

Tarot Deck Categories


    Lady Passion discourages readers from relying on these common but worthless Tarot card decks.


    Lady Passion recommends these classic Tarot card decks that richly depict the human quest for enlightenment and success.


    Lady Passion encourages everyone to predict the future: She recommends these easy-read starter Tarot card decks.


    Lady Passion recommends these charmingly illustrated Tarot and Tarot-style card decks for young readers.


    Lady Passion began reading Tarot cards at sixteen: She recommends these decks featuring images teens dig.


    Lady Passion recommends these Tarot card decks rich in primal imagery for the discerning man.


    Lady Passion recommends these Tarot card decks full of enchanting images for the intuitive woman.


    Lady Passion recommends these Tarot card decks for people who practice ancient magic or follow the Olde Religion.


    Lady Passion recommends these Tarot card decks favored for centuries in the old country.


    Lady Passion recommends these Tarot decks replete with beautiful imagery for card readers who love aesthetics.

  • "DARK"

    Lady Passion recommends these Tarot card decks featuring shadowy graphics for readers who like depth.


    Lady Passion recommends these Tarot card decks rife with impressive art that promotes intuition.


    Lady Passion recommends these Tarot card decks for readers who follow the indigenous medicine path.


    Lady Passion recommends these Tarot card decks for people who speak or read a foreign language.


    Lady Passion recommends these multi-purpose Tarot decks for folks who want to learn another skill while they read cards.


    Lady Passion recommends these Tarot card decks for those who appreciate the unique or whimsical.


    Lady Passion recommends these Tarot card decks for sensual people who like body beauty, practice Tantra, or work sex magic.


    Lady Passion recommends these Tarot card decks for people who love and identify with creatures.

  • CAT

    Lady Passion recommends these Tarot card decks for readers fascinated with felines.


    Lady Passion recommends these Tarot card decks for visionaries of other realms and realities.

Oldenwilde Recommended Books

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Witches on the air

Watch, listen to, and read some of our many lively media interviews
and learn about Wicca, Witchcraft, Paganism, magic, peace activism & more:

TV, Radio, Video & Audio Interviews & Appearances

  • "Save Asheville's Tree Canopy": P Funk, host of "The Mothership Slight Return" on Ashevillefm103.3, interviews Queen Lady Passion & Steve Rasmussen (*Diuvei) about Asheville's worsening tree-loss crisis, the crucial role trees play in mitigating climate change, and the rapidly growing movement to save Asheville's urban tree canopy from environmentally destructive development practices, on Dec. 5, 2019.
    See more info incl. how to connect with local tree activists, NASA's interactive heat-island map of Asheville, the city's Urban Tree Canopy Study, video of the Nov. 2019 Climate Change & Asheville's Urban Forest Symposium, & more.
  • "Rituals & Sabbats": Cheryl Costa, host of "Cosmic Questions" on KCOR Radio, is a big fan of our book Rituals & Sabbats. She talks with Lady Passion about Witch rituals and holidays and takes questions from listeners, on March 19, 2019.
  • "All Things Witch — Interviewing a High Priestess of Coven Oldenwilde": Carla Cherry, host of "Cosmic Goody Bag", asks Queen Lady Passion the kinds of questions you've always wanted to ask a real Witch, on Oct. 22, 2018.
    • Cosmic Goody Bag with host Carla Cherry

      "Carla interviews a High Priestess of a coven — Queen Lady Passion of Coven Oldenwilde (think Jessica Lange's character in American Horror Story: Coven).

      "In the spirit of Halloween (* Samhain) we dive into all things witch learning what happens on Samhain, examples of BEGINNER magic tricks and ADVANCED magic tricks and where the cape and the pointy hat come from. Do ladies zap each other in the coven? What does Lady Passion think of Harry Potter? Has she ever done a spell that went awry? What she has in common with Jim Henson's 'The Dark Crystal' and sooo much more!

      "Lady Passion's magical specialties include healer, herbal medicine maker and creator of elaborate rituals for thousands.

      "Born Dixie Deerman, she's a fierce advocate for the planet, women's rights and witches' rights. She helped overturn an antiquated divination law (one that made it illegal to practice tarot in public) and has taught hundreds the practice of witchcraft.

      "Lady Passion has written 12 books about magic including: Candle Magic, Ask-A-Priestess: Wise Answers From a Real Witch and The Goodly SpellBook."

  • "Asheville Witches Sign Books for Nonprofit": Lady Passion and *Diuvei's book launch of Rituals & Sabbats and Candle Magic at Malaprop's Bookstore made the Nov. 8, 2017 evening news on WLOS-TV 13, the ABC affiliate for Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.
  • Lady Passion & *Diuvei discuss their upcoming books and some hot-button Pagan topics with Rev. Terry Power and Robin McKean on their Spiritual Unity Radio Network show "Under a Shady Tree", on Jan. 19, 2017:
    • Under A Shady Tree with Terry & Robin

      Lady Passion and *Diuvei describe how they became Witches, and why they are Gardnerians who don't believe Gerald Gardner "made it all up". While discussing their soon-to-be-published books — tentatively titled Candle Magic and Rituals & Sabbats — they urge Pagans to delve deeper into magical ethics than superficial debates about cursing, and describe how the Four Witch Powers oft summoned at the beginning of a ritual (the "Eko Ekos") correspond to a neglected Pagan moral compass, the Four Cardinal Virtues (three of which still appear in most Tarot decks' Major Arcana).

  • Lady Passion & *Diuvei have been featured twice by paranormal investigator Joshua P. Warren on his WWNC 570 AM radio show "Speaking Of Strange":
    • Speaking Of Strange: March 5, 2016

      "Witchcraft in 2016: Warren will be joined by Queen Lady Passion and *Diuvei, High Priestess and High Priest of Coven Oldenwilde in Asheville, North Carolina.

      "Have you felt the WEIRD energy in the world right now? They will explain what's happening. AND what makes a spell effective for you?

      "PLUS, we'll dive into their work defeating North Carolina's anti-fortune-telling law, their experiments with The Wishing Machine, helping prisoners find a new path, and much more."

      — From

      NOTE: Sound quality improves after the first segment of this 47-minute broadcast.

    • Speaking Of Strange: Dec. 4, 2010

      "12-4-10 Show: The Witches! This coming week, Warren's new Museum finally opens. One of the exhibits features the saga of Lady Passion and Diuvei of Coven Ovenwilde. Against all odds, they fought to preserve the Old Jail Building, below the Magnolia tree, that now houses Warren's Museum. [UPDATE: The Asheville Mystery Museum is now housed in the basement of the Masonic Temple, 60 Broadway.]

      "Lady Passion and Diuvei will be LIVE in the studio to tell us their personal stories, and how the power of Wiccan magic made the 'impossible possible.' They will also share some spells YOU can use at home tonight!"

      — From

      Interview (three .mp3 files):

  • *Diuvei was interviewed by Barry Summers on about local law-enforcement and government reform on Aug. 18, 2014:
    • Making Progress: News for a Change

      • Asheville's Planning and Zoning Commission — now up for a possible membership turnover — is the most powerful appointed board in city government, with more potential to affect the quality of your life than even City Council. But you in turn can affect them more than you may know, even if you're not a wealthy developer, asserts community activist and Making Progress guest co-host Steve Rasmussen.
      • Following co-host David Lynch's review of the current nationwide police-militarization trend, David, Steve, and Barry recall the days when they first met and worked together — March 19th, 2003. We were all protesting the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, and Steve, Barry, Lady Passion, and 30 other peaceful protesters were arrested by the Asheville Police Dept. in an action which caused outrage and controversy. It was also the beginning of the organization Asheville Justice Watch. Along with many other local activists, we worked to try to create a Citizen Review Board for the APD.
      • Video of the 2003 Asheville Iraq War protest and arrests by Shane Perlowin.
      • Asheville Justice Watch 2005 report on APD
      • See more links on plice militarization at Making Progress: News for a Change program page
  • Logo of GOCC *Diuvei was interviewed by Elder Rawchaa & Brother Gaja of the Gathering of Christ Church on "Search Engine International", Sept. 19 & 26, 2012.
    • 1: Pagan origins of, influence on Judaism, Christianity, Islam

      Members of the Gathering of Christ Church, an international Black Hebrew church, believe modern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are built mainly on stolen Pagan rituals, myths, symbols, and practices. To confirm this, they sought *Diuvei's expertise as a Pagan Priest. He answers a wide range of questions they and callers from around the world asked about Pagan and Wiccan history, symbols, and beliefs and about magic, spells, and the Pagan Gods in this riveting 4-hour MP3.

    • 2: Paganism's differences with Bible-based monotheism

      GOCC members called and emailed in so many questions for *Diuvei that he agreed to answer them in a second interview — which proved more contentious than the first. The Witch and the church elders debate their strongly different stands on homosexuality, sex, idolatry, the validity of the Bible, whether child sacrifice and orgies are real, the rituals of rich & powerful at the Bohemian Grove, and much more in this 4-hour MP3.

  • Lady Passion was interviewed by Tara Miller on Aug. 31, 2012. Here are the questions covered and an MP3 recording of the interview:
    • Clandestine: Witch Secrets and Mysteries

      • The world's first religion was Paganism, which is why adherents call it "the Olde Religion." How was magic forced underground?
      • In one traditional Book of Shadows, Witches are called "the Hidden Children." Is a history of persecution the reason why many feel compelled to keep their magic secret?
      • Versions of old Craft "laws" posted online also urge Pagans to deny their identity. Times have changed since they were written down. So what should Witches keep secret today, and why?
      • Proof of magic's antiquity and continual popularity abounds. For instance, the Vatican confiscated thousands of magic books over the centuries. So how does Craft secrecy encourage some writers and detractors to label Wicca modern, a neo-Pagan invention of the 1950s?
      • Despite millennia of persecuting heathens — and contrary to their assertion — monotheists (Christians, Jews, and Muslims) not only don't dominate the planet, they're loosing believers in droves. Factoring billions of Hindus, polytheists outnumber monotheists around the globe — so how are they reacting to this?
      • As of this year, Paganism is believed to be the 3rd largest religion in the U.S., U.K., and elsewhere. How do people and the planet benefit from Witches being public?
  • Symbols of many faiths encircle the Earth"UNCA Interfaith Dialogue: Is Religion Relevant?": Lady Passion & *Diuvei participated in a lively panel discussion of this question with local representatives of many faiths before a standing-room-only crowd at UNC-Asheville on Nov. 17, 2011.
  • Fox Carolina News Special Report: The Witches of Western North CarolinaFox Carolina News Special Report: The Witches of Western North Carolina
    was a beautifully filmed lead story featuring Coven Oldenwilde, Lady Passion & *Diuvei, and visiting students from Brevard College's religious studies class participating in our fire-leaping Ostara ritual for spring equinox in 2010.

Print Interviews

Film/Record/Interview Real Witches!

movie-clapboard animation Coven Oldenwilde often works magic on camera. And as experienced, published, & outspoken experts on Wicca, Witchcraft, & Paganism, Lady Passion and *Diuvei are popular media subjects.
Find out more (including some suggested topics and questions), or contact Lady Passion and *Diuvei.

Our Wiccan Wins

"Save the Tree"
Coven Oldenwilde's Magnolia Tree Chronicle
Twin Trees Asheville's forerunner of Occupy Wall Street
Protest Art Gallery Archive

Twenty years of Free Public Witch Rituals in Western North Carolina:
Every Halloween from 1995-2014,Pagans from all across the Southeastern U.S. gathered in Asheville to dance, divine, and have a wondrous time!

Two pairs of bats in X X formation in front of an orange full moon, 2014 Samhain Halloween Witch Ritual in Asheville, NC.
Anti-divination law repealed. We won! North Carolina General Statute 14-401.5 banning clairvoyance and fortunetelling is no more. On Samhain 2004, we publicly burned it. Find out more about how our state's Witches and the ACLU together beat this bad law.
  • Pictures and information about North Carolina Witches' and Pagans' protest against the antiquated state law against palmistry and divination that N. C. police used to arrest psychics and shut down metaphysical bookstores. See how we got this unconstitutional law repealed!
How to Win Wiccan Religious Freedoms: Advice for Pagan parents, schoolchildren, renters, employees, military personnel, and prisoners who are experiencing religious persecution.
  • Compelling the Virginia state prison system to allow inmates tarot cards is indicative of our ongoing international work. Read "The Bliss of Besting Bigots" by Lady Passion.
Map of US prisons with Pagan and Wiccan inmates Pagans Behind the Iron Veil by Cirnunnoz S. Cian, HP WCFA-CCA 'Elemental Chamber of Enchantments'
We've been helping persecuted Pagans & Wiccans in prisons and mental institutions win their religious rights and pursue a magical path since 1995. Each year, Lady Passion answers hundreds of aid and information requests from inmates, relatives, chaplains, and officials.

Join the Black Ribbon Campaign to end religious persecution:

  • How to Win Wiccan Rights — Learn how to beat anti-Witch bigots who are trying to convert you, harass you, punish you, fire you, evict you, seize your children, etc. simply because you are an open Pagan employee, parent, prisoner, student, etc.
  • Institutional Prejudice Against Witches Denies Religious Freedom — Our commentary on the modern methods that public institutions and officials use to discriminate against Wiccans and Pagans.
  • It's Illegal to Disrupt a Ritual— Fundamentalist protestors who shout, pray, sing psalms, proselytize, or harass people attending at a Pagan or Wiccan religious event are breaking the law and can be arrested.
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Witches at Bele Chere (the largest annual street festival in the Southeastern U.S., held in late July):

Counseling & Guidance

Do you have a pressing problem? Consult directly with Lady Passion for magical advice and counseling.
Lady Passion is a highly skilled diviner, psychic, and herbalist; she is also an R.N., with extensive experience in both physical and psychological medical care.
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Lady Passion's Prophecies:
Get a free online divination.

More Books by Lady Passion

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Simply Savory: Magical and Medieval Recipes by Lady Passion of Coven Oldenwilde Ask-A-Priestess Book cover of Pagan Prisoner Advocate's Guide by Lady Passion

More Writings

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Listen to part of the Oldenwilde chant, written & sung by Lady Passion, accompanied by *Diuvei.

America's Pagan Heritage: No, America is NOT a "Christian nation"!

"America's Pagan Heritage" is one of's most popular sections. Learn why the U.S. has so many Pagan patriotic symbols and what they mean — flag pentagrams, liberty goddesses, courthouse temples, &c. — how surprisingly Pagan the Founders were, why Wiccans are activists, more.
Are you a student, an educator, or a life-long learner? Read *Diuvei's essay on the quadrivium, the millenia-old "four-way crossroads" of arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy through which all other disciplines are interconnected — and the origin of liberal-arts education. (Also explored in The Goodly Spellbook.)

More of What Coven Oldenwilde Does

Coven Oldenwilde's covenstead (pictured at right) is certified as Backyard Wildlife Habitat site no. 46961.
To find out how to make your yard a wildlife habitat, visit the National Wildlife Federation.

See Coven Oldenwilde's listing in the Resources Guide (p. 523 & 596) in Margot Adler's revised edition of Drawing Down the Moon.

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Coven Oldenwilde

About Coven Oldenwilde

Merry Meet!

Coven Oldenwilde was founded on Samhain, 1994, and meets in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are a group of Witches who use ancient magical principles for the betterment of life, the continuance of the Universe, and the glorification of the Gods.

Such principles are based on the wisdom of the Wiccan Rede "An it harm none, do what ye will" and upheld by the observance of the traditional Wiccan Laws.

Members of Oldenwilde specialize in different magical talents, contributing to rituals elements such as spells, chants, songs and dances.
Though we believe in many Gods, we especially esteem the Lady of the night, Hecate, and the Lord of the hunt, Herne.

Appreciative of its scope, we work with time, using prophecy and divination, astral planes and past-life regression both to learn from history and to be forewarned of the future. We show our reverence for time by conducting magical working meetings (circles) in accordance with the cycles of the Moon and Sun.

In consideration of life and time, we celebrate the seasonal sacred days of:

When the year is complete, we begin the cycle anew.

Our coven works independently of our students, who perfect their magical knowledge and talents before possible inclusion.

Oldenwilde does magic with the Wiccan community at large through the year and as needed.

We empower our circles with support from the elements Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, and layers of correspondences (complementary enhancers) such as color, music, candlelight or moonlight, incenses, and oils for specific occasions.

We honor and hold these rites of passage for our members and others:

We acknowledge our members' spiritual growth in three ceremonies:

Initiation into the Craft following a minimum of a year and a day's study of basic Wiccan magic.
degree Elevation/recognition for deeper mastery of Wicca and contribution to the Craft, Coven, or Community using a personal Path talent.
degree Elevation/autonomy granted for total mastery of a multitude of magical arts and contribution to the Craft, Coven, and Community.

As priests and priestesses, we aid our members and others with knowledge of herbal medicine and alternative healing techniques, fertility issues, and spells as necessary.

Seekers or interested Witches are encouraged to e-mail us about opportunities to attend Oldenwilde public rites, or to find out how to begin studying traditional Wicca.

Oldenwilde Traditional Wiccan Coven is a 501(c)(3) Religious Non-Profit with the same rights and responsibilities as a church, lodge, mosque, synagogue, or temple.

Confirm Coven Oldenwilde's non-profit certification by North Carolina Secretary of State:
PDFState-issued certificate (.PDF) | documentCover letter (.JPG) | View certificate online | Verify (number: C201230300401)
Please note: Donations and gifts are non-refundable.

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