In Loving Memory of RhiannonM
She was a former Chairperson on the SCPN board of directors, a hospice and emergency nurse in Sonoma County, she was mother to two sons (Kris and Galen), and she was the High Priestess of Coven Amethyst Moonstone, a training coven, in the local area.
Her Wiccan training/initiations were british eclectic, off the DCW lineage, She was also a Solitary Elder at large of the Covenant of the Goddess.
I first met Rhiannon in 2004 at the SCPN. I did a reading for her at Divination Night. She soon took interest in the SCPN and was elected to the board the following year. She became our President/Chairperson. The SCPN was important to her and she wanted to see us succeed and grow as an organization. There was a lot of work to be done back then. I can remember the long "marathon meetings" that were often held at her house. She was always a gracious hostess and made sure that we were comfortable and well fed while we were there. She did her best to keep us focused as we worked on various issues. I have to say I think she was one of the best Chairpersons the SCPN ever had and I am very glad that I got the chance to serve on the board with her.
Rhiannon was also a good friend. She was fun and energetic. I have fond memeories of a day we spent together attending the Rennaisance Faire. Even though I was not one of her students she was very encouraging and supportive of me as I continued on my path as a priestess. We facilitated a few rituals together and she led several for the SCPN while she was a member.
One of the things I remember about her is how much she loved her children. I remember thinking it cannot not be easy being a single mom and raising two boys. But she loved them both fiercly and she would stand up and fight for them and sometimes with them for their own good and well-being. I now am a step mother to a teenage boy and I think to myself that it would be helpful if I had her to go to now to ask her for advice. I am saddened by the thought that I can no longer do that.
I lost touch with Rhiannon after she left the SCPN. She left wanting to focus her attentions towards becoming more active with Covenant of the Goddess as I recall. There were a few e-mails sent back and forth but soon I didn't hear from her at all. I've missed her and I had been hoping she may return to the SCPN if only for a visit once in a while.
I do not know very much about what happened in her life since she left the SCPN. I do not know what troubles or saddness she was experiencing. I do not know if there was anything I could have done or said that may have been of comfort to her. But what I do know is that she loved the Goddess and loved being a Pagan, a Witch and a Priestess. She dedicated her life to serve Her. And so I must take comfort in knowing that Rhiannon is now in the arms of the Goddess she loved and served. I find I can also take comfort the words of chant that I'm sure Rhiannon must have known too;
"I am a Witch, I am eternal
I am the center, I am the circle.
How I love to know I was before
And I am now
And I will be again,
And I will be again."
So Blessed Be.
- Leeannen Sidhe
Web Mistress of the SCPN