Who We Are

T. Thorn Coyle (President) is Co-Founder of Solar Cross Temple and former head of Morningstar Mystery School. Thorn is Author of the fantasy series The Witches of Portland and The Panther Chronicles, the novel Like Water, and two story collections. Her multiple non-fiction books include Sigil Magic for Writers, Artists & Other Creatives, Kissing the Limitless, Make Magic of Your Life, and Evolutionary Witchcraft. Thorn’s work appears in many anthologies, magazines, and collections. She has taught magical practice in nine countries, on four continents, and in twenty-five states. Thorn is also a long-time activist in support of social justice, racial justice, anti-war, and anti-nuclear efforts. An interloper to the Pacific Northwest U.S., Thorn writes in cafes, loves live music, and talks to crows, squirrels, and trees. thorncoyle.com

Robert Russell (Treasurer) has been a practicing Heathen for more than 10 years and is a member of the Troth. As head of Solar Cross Kindred he serves as a chaplain in the California Department Corrections at the Central California Women’s Facility. He is also a master mechanic and treasurer of Solar Cross Temple.

Jonathan Korman (Secretrary) is a professional designer, student of Hermetic magic, and occasional blogger. He is Secretary of Solar Cross Temple.

Crystal Blanton (Board Member) is a Wiccan High Priestess, member of the Northern California Local Council of Covenant of the Goddess and a published author living in the Bay Area.  She has worked in Social Services for 15 years, specializing in addiction and counseling.  Her book Bridging the Gap; Working Within the Dynamics of Pagan Groups and Society and the Shades of Faith; Minority Voices in Paganism anthology are currently available through Immanion Press. Blanton uses her experience and training as a professional counselor to work within the Pagan community around topics such as leadership, group dynamics, conflict mediation, restorative justice, cultural diversity and working to create a healthy community.   www.crystalblanton.com

Courtney Weber (board member) is a Priestess, writer, Tarot advisor, activist and practicing Witch in New York City. She is the author of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess and Tarot for One: How to Read Tarot for Yourself  both by Weiser books. She blogs at www.thecocowitch.com and on Witchesandpagans.com. Courtney is the designer and producer of Tarot of the Boroughs, a photographic Tarot deck set in New York City. She is a long time activist supporting social justice and environmental justice issues. Through her work at Auburn Theological Seminary, she has worked on several interfaith initiatives supporting #blacklivesmatter, immigrant rights, climate change, and more. Courtney lecturers regularly around the United States. www.thecocowitch.com

Elena Rose, (Board Member) originally hailing from rural Oregon, has distinguished herself as a political and theological writer with a focus on the intersections between colonial history, race, gender, and queer liberation.  Between touring nationally as an acclaimed preacher and educator, and working as an interfaith minister, she emphasizes a compassionate approach rooted both in deep scholarship and a commitment to making that work broadly accessible.  Elena serves on the board of Trans Lifeline. Elena lives and labors in California’s Bay Area, and is currently finishing her first full-length book, a study of the monster stories we tell and the ways they can hurt and heal the people who live at the edges of society.

Jason Thomas Pitzl  (Board Member) is an artist and writer, currently living in Oregon. He is perhaps best known for founding the Pagan journalism outlet The Wild Hunt, and hosting the music podcast ‘A Darker Shade of Pagan.’ He contributed a chapter to the book “Pop Pagans: Paganism and Popular Music” in 2013.