Who We Are

Solar Cross Clan - Korman, Coyle, RussellSolar Cross Founding Board Members:
Jonathan Korman, T. Thorn Coyle, & Robert Russell

T. Thorn Coyle (President) is an internationally respected teacher of spiritual practice who has been studying the magical arts for close to 30 years. Pagan, mystic, magic worker and author of Kissing the Limitless and Evolutionary Witchcraft, and co-creator of several music CDs, she is also featured in many anthologies and hosts the popular podcast Elemental Castings and the members only teaching series Fiat LVX. Thorn has a spiritual direction practice by the San Francisco Bay and is founder of Morningstar Mystery School and President of Solar Cross Temple. For more information on her work, please visit thorncoyle.com

Robert Russell (Treasurer) has been a practicing Heathen for 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.  In addition to Blanton’s published worked with Immanion Press, She also writes with Patheos.com on the Daughters of Eve blog and with Pagan Newswire Collective Bay Area. www.crystalblanton.com

Jason Thomas Pitzl (aka Jason Pitzl-Waters) (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, and currently works as Programming Director for Faerieworlds Events.

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, working as a lay minister, and pursuing a seminary education, she emphasizes a compassionate approach rooted both in deep scholarship and a commitment to making that work broadly accessible.  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.