Honoring Lady Circe

Lady Circe

What intrigued me most about Lady Circe was that she really lived life with a passion. She had so many varied careers! She had such a dramatic flare for things! She was so magnetic! For me she was the mysterious door to the Craft. Open just enough to invite me to explore, but not enough to spill all the secrets. These she would dole out, one by one, as she felt her students were ready, in weekly classes.

I discovered early on, though, that the best learning opportunities were in the kitchen with her or sitting around the dining room table. Inevitably, a story would start; a small adventure from her early days as a witch. Hidden in the stories were lessons, complete with catch phrases, about how to live a Wiccan life. “Let the spider run alive, your business, then, is sure to thrive.” “If you would walk the witch’s way, observe with care the child at play.” I never tired of the stories (there were so many) and now, I have a few of my own, including an adventure or two with her.

Lady Circe was outspoken. She meant what she said, said what she meant and always meant to speak her mind! She never worried about what others thought. “(I) fear nothing from my lips”. She had a way of shaking you loose from your old ways of thinking with her no-nonsense, commanding voice. She didn’t have time for wimps. If she saw strength in you, she expected you to use it. Once while I waited several minutes to get her attention in her busy kitchen, she said impatiently, “Bona Dea! You are too damn polite! Speak up! Say what you have to say!”

She stressed to all of us, that: “How you carry yourself is most important.” Protocol, etiquette and physical presence are what the outside world sees and they would know witches by what they see in us.

Lady Circe had a soft, motherly side, too. She would give you whatever you needed, without hesitation. People down on their luck occasionally came to her door and she would instruct us to give them food from her refrigerator (especially if there were children involved) even if that depleted her own supplies.

If it was advise you needed, she would get out her tarot cards and remind you that you had the strength to deal with whatever the problem was. You left, sometimes with herbs or oils, but always with the feeling that if Lady Circe thinks you can handle it and things will turn out all right, then you can and they will!

I feel her presence every time I light a candle, every time I blend incense or oil, every time I need a reminder of how strong I really am. She is still with me, as she is still with all who love her. Blessed be, Mother Circe.

Bona Dea


Honoring Lady Circe — 17 Comments

  1. Thank you for helping me know LAdy Circe better. I had only met her once or twice and that Was well before I found ShaddowWood. Blessings upon you and yours Lady Bona Dea

  2. If you love her so much, how can you let what is happening to her house happen? Horrible!

  3. Love her, not what she one time own. What is happening to her house is out of our control, and not connected to us. We honor her by following her teachings, and sharing her memory with others. If you feel so strongly about this, then you need to contract the persons who were involved in the situation you are talking about. Many Blessings to you and yours, Lady Arawyn

  4. Thank you Bona Dea,

    Your thoughts of Lady Circe were very touching. Hers was an old soul with such a sharp mind, she could tell you chapter and verse of the bible. I loved to hear her when someone would mock her and quote some thing from the bible..only have Circe correct them with the
    correct verse. She loved her craft ! She is with me always…

    Bright Blessings Lady Bona Dea

  5. Jaret,

    It was not Lady Bona Dea or any one from the Circle of the Sacred Grove that betrayed
    Lady Circe. Her home was left to those who promised to keep it as the church . They of course
    didn’t keep that promise…..and yes, it is horrible what they have done! It breaks my heart to hear how every thing has fallen apart! But, believe me, the Lady is not there . She was there
    only a very short time. You don’t need the house to remember her, just know she is with you.

    Lady Lachesis

  6. Lady Bona Dea, your words are always a gift. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Lady Circe, however I have been spoken to quite a bit about her. I have heard nothing but wonderful things and this message only serves to cement those wonderful statements. I am certain she lives on in each and every person she touched!
    Many Blessings,

  7. Merry Meet Bona Dea! This is Lady Maat, we would sit beside each other at Circe’s during gatherings- like MARG. NIGHT!!!!
    Want to thank you for your postings and wish that the crone was still here. Have you heard from Sheryl at all??
    I now live in UT, my buddy Pam sees you often. Perhaps with our new coven hived out here I can include Circe in the name. Circle Wise was founded aprox. 6-8 before her passing.
    To this day I remember dinners at the table, her home made Chili rocked!!That Queen could surely cook and craft! Greatly Missed.
    Blessed Be
    Lady Maat Toledo, Findlay, and now UT

  8. Hi My name is Samantha Gill. Years ago I was looking for my birth father and found out that Lady Circe and him were very good friends (his name was Milton waggoner). I had called her and spoke with her for a little bit. She did tell me that she had his ashes. Did anyone ever hear his name or names of any of his children? Ive thought of Lady Circe over the years and was saddened to hear of her passing and I wish I would have contacted her again. Does she have any children that are still living? Any information that anyone could give me would be wonderful. I would love to hear stories of Lady Circe and or talk to her children. Thank you. Samantha Gill

  9. I was wondering where her daughter Talison is? Does she still have a shop? Thanks

  10. Talison store closed up over 6 years ago, it may be online. Two doors down is a store “Once in a Blue Moon”. DO NOT GO TO THAT STORE. As far as I know Talison was Lady Circe business partner in a store they had in the past, but she is not her daughter. Lady Bona Dea my know more… Could you give me your name, and I will contact Lady Bona Dea for you. ~Lady Arawyn Lyonesse HPS

    2021 Update
    If you want a store to go to Power of 3 on Sylvania Ave. Toledo OH.

  11. I love this post! I am doing research on Lady Circe – making a record of what her favorite things were, her sun sign and other details. I would love to call on her in ritual and hope these details about her will help me contact her 🙂
    Where she is buried? I read something about a West Virginia service in 2005 but that’s all the detail I could find…

  12. She was cremated. The service in 2005 was at a celebration called MayFest. How did you find out about her, have you studied under one of her students?

  13. My name is Jason Cather one of circes grandchildren. Those wondering about her daughter Sheryl she passed away a cpl years ago. And for what has happened to the church. Lord Luge and Lady Meshlathia not sure I spelled that right
    are partly to blame and anothers who took advantage of her. I had the fortune of living there up until a few months before she passed. Lots of people mooching off her and burying her in debt.I miss her so much. I love hearing all the stories some have told about her. I have been trying to find more pictures, videos and tales. I dont practice but I have nothing but respect for it. If anyone has pics or videos please let me know.

  14. Jason, I forward your comment to Lady Bona Dea. There are a bunch of photos floating around the internet. I have a Pinterest board that I try to collect when I come across them. Just typing in her name bringing up all kinds of great memories. I believe there is a Facebook page dedicated to her, although it has not been updated in a while.
    I did get the chance to meet Lady Circe; I even took a tarot reading class from her. She said to me “You poor dum child” at one point…I was. I felt in awe of her. Our coven, one time, clean out her basement and for a treat, she cooked for us. Boy, could she cook! I remember the Orange coffee cake (not sure I saying that right)… you never said “Oh, just a small piece”. She would put the largest slice she could mustard with a lot of whip cream on your plate. It was very good! Although her church is not in Toledo anymore, we have been honoring her teachings and carrying on her traditions for over 20 years now. She is our foundation, our ancestor of teaching. She paved the way for all of us to be able to practice our faith.
    If you are ever in Toledo, you can always join us at a Sabbat. You don’t have to participate in the ritual. You can watch from the outside, and then join us at the feast. You can hear some of our stories of Circe, and we can hear some of yours if you wanted. I am sure our members, who didn’t get a chance to meet her, would love the visit.
    Many Blessings

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