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Diana Paxson

Diana Paxson is an author of fiction and non-fiction, an elder, teacher and leader in the Heathen and Pagan Communities.
Diana became a pagan in the early 70s. She founded Darkmoon Circle in 1978 and was ordained as a priestess in 1982. This work led to founding the Fellowship of the Spiral Path in 1986. From 1990-91 Diana served as First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess, of which Darkmoon circle is also a member.
In 1988 Diana began an intensive study of the runes and started a rune class, whose materials became Taking up the Runes. The class group became Hrafnar kindred, which continues to be active in the San Francisco Bay area. Next, Diana began work on recovering the ancient oracular practice of Scandinavia. The story of this work appears in The Way of the Oracle. The Seidh group presents locally and at festivals and conventions. In 1992 Diana joined the Troth, an international heathen organization, and was made an Elder in 1993. Since then she has served in many roles, including Steerswoman, Board member, and Clergy Coordinator, and continues to edit Idunna, the Troth’s journal.
Diana’s non-fiction books include Taking Up the Runes, Essential Asatru, Trance-Portation, The Way of the Oracle, Possession, and Odin: Ecstasy, Runes and Norse Magic. Her novels include the Westria novels, The White Raven, the Wodan’s Children trilogy and the continuations of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Avalon series. She also writes a regular column for the women’s spirituality magazine, Sagewoman. In addition to her writing and teaching; Diana has written over 90 short stories and 30 novels with fantasy or legendary themes.
Diana was raised in in Southern California and received her M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California in 1966. She currently lives at her home, Greyhaven, in Berkeley, California. You can read more about Diana at HERE
We would like to thank Weiser for sponsoring Diana at Paganicon 2018.