The Founders of Sisters of the Silver Branch

Doreen Taylor

Doreen Taylor has known since an early age that there was more to religion than a set of rules and doctrines. After discovering Wicca more than a decade ago she knew she finally came home! After much reflection and experimentation she knew that her life's main area of study would be the Irish magical and mythological cycle. Doreen believes that good scholarship is as important as spiritual intent. Among her favorite authors on pre-Christian Irish spirituality are Steve Blamires and his book Glamoury: Magic of the Celtic Green World and on the more scholarly side is Ronald Hutton, author of The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles and The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain. Doreen believes that connection with the divine should have a “hands-on” approach and can be best experienced through guided meditations, crafts, field trips and writing/performing ritual.

Doreen is a member of ADF and now lives in the UK. Her other esoteric interests are herb lore, pagan chants/songs, drumming, making incenses and oils, tarot, Celtic mythology/history, British folk traditions (such as mummers plays and morris dancing) and the spiritual pleasure she gets out of eating chocolate.

Susan Reed

Susan Reed first encountered Wicca in 1973 and practiced a Wiccan-based religion until the mid-1990s when she realized her beliefs no longer could be encompassed within the Wiccan religion. Through many turnings and meanderings through various Neo-Pagan paths, she has come to a path that weaves together ideas from Celtic Reconstructionism, modern Druidry, and British-Arthurian Mysteries, that of the Quest for the Hallows and the Restoration of the Courts of Joy and combines long-time passions for the Arthurian legends, Welsh folklore and mythology, nature-oriented spirituality, and Celtic scholarship. She would describe herself as a Britano-Gallic polytheist with reconstructionist leanings and modern Druid. Susan is a graduated Bard of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) and joined the ADF in 2005.

Her other esoteric interests are tarot, divine imagery, guided/semi-guided meditation, ritual construction, ritual dance, labyrinths and mazes, and Celtic mythology, history and folklore (and she agrees with Doreen of the spiritual properties of chocolate!).