Lady Raven is a Third Degree HPS, who has been practicing in a coven environment for over 12 years. In 2004 she joined the Coven of the Southfire Dragon (COTSFD), led by Lady Draekaa, HPS whom she trained under. Lady Raven reached her third degree in 2008, and participated as an elder in the COTSFD. In 2009, the COTSFD relocated to Vermont, and at this time Lady Raven started her own coven, The Coven of the Blue Moon Dragon (COTBMD) was established in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in 2012 moved to York, South Carolina.
Lady Wintyr is a Third Degree HPS who joined the COTBM in 2014, studying under Lady Raven. Upon reaching her third degree in 2017, she continued working with the CTBMD as an elder. In 2018 she left to begin her own coven, The Coven of the Crossroads (COTC).
All of the covens (COTSFD, COTBMD and COTC) were established in the Wyvern Moon Tradition, an approach to eclectic Wicca founded in 1995 by Lady Dragon in Long Island, New York. The Wyvern Moon tradition has strong influences from the British Traditional Wicca, Modern Paganism, and British Isles Paganism.
Lady Raven left the Wyvern Moon Tradition in 2018, in order to expand her spiritual practice in Voudou and Shamanism. In 2019-2020, after completing the Otter Dance Shamanic Arts Training and Immersion year long course and she became an Otter Dance Practitioner and also apprenticed to Brandy Wynn, Standing Strong Woman, in the Shamanic Path. Lady Wintyr stayed within the tradition and remained very engaged, but also spent time working with other approaches to witchcraft and magick including Reclaiming, Strega (Italian witchcraft), and Hermetic practices.
A strong theme through these sister lines and the original founding tradition is an interest in experimentation and evolution of practice and philosophy. In 2019 both Lady Raven and Lady Wintyr decided a new tradition, with fewer restrictions, would provide better support for the individualized growth and practices required to evolve and serve the community at large and so they founded Ignis Spirae.
The Ignis Spirae Tradition of Witchcraft is a progressive tradition that leverages learnings of all those who’ve walked these paths before us: their roots are in all of the traditions mentioned above, with a strong focus on inner development, spiritual growth and community work. From its founding, the intention of Ignis Spirae has been to support multiple paths to witchcraft — and as such had two very different covens (The Coven of the Crossroads and the Coven of the Wyld Moon) — giving seekers and practitioners more options to pursue their individual paths, in a larger collaborative construct of kinship and community.
As the tradition grew and explored it became apparent that these were two very different approaches to practice. The primary difference is that the Coven of the Wyld Moon is an online only tradition and the The Coven of the Crossroads primarily focuses on in-person coven work. Lady Raven founded the Wyld Academy in 2020, and as it developed side by side with coven work, it became apparent that Shamanism would play a very central role and be a requirement of anyone participating in the The Coven of the Wyld Moon.
In 2021, Lady Raven and Lady Wintyr made a joint decisions to separate the traditions, in order to provide coveners with the type of practice that worked best for them. These traditions are still very much involved and related. They are considered sister traditions and both Lady Raven and Lady Wintyr remain Tradition Elders in each tradition. In 2020 Lady Draekaa joined both Traditions as an Elder and so both Traditions maintain an intact Lineage!