High Priestess: Monica Stanton
Monica Stanton (she/her), a third degree initiate of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel (ASW), is one of the founding members of the Fellowship of the Ancient White Stag (FAWS). In 2011 she became the acting High Priestess of the coven. She is a Priestess of Sekhmet, but works with many pantheons since her coveners follow many different paths.
Monica studied History and Biblical Archaeology at Brigham Young University and lived briefly in Israel and Egypt during that time. She has her BS from BYU and her MS from the University of Manchester. She loves to travel and continues to do to do so whenever the chance presents itself.
Monica enjoys the study of magical paths and practices, firmly believing that we should never stop learning. She also has taught several classes over the years, including ones on black mirrors, gryphons, and the Celtic pantheon.
Acting High Priest: Annie Lynsen
Annie Lynsen (she/her/they/them), a second degree initiate of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel (ASW), joined FAWS in 2013. In 2019, she became Acting High Priest of the coven, and is pursuing third degree initiation.
Annie’s passions are Hermetic Qabala, Tarot, and the intersections between queer identities and magical practice. She presented a workshop on The Genderqueer Tree of Life at the 2019 Sacred Space Conference and at the Assembly’s “Climbing the Tree” Qabala Weekend; and a workshop on “Queering Your Magical Practice” at Frederick Pagan Pride Day in 2019. In addition, Annie has presented introductory Tarot workshops for various groups, and created and presented a year-long Qabala and Tarot study course and ritual series for FAWS in 2017.
Annie loves to travel, is a voracious reader, and enjoys indoor rock climbing, yoga, and performing with the Misbehavin’ Maidens, a musical group focused on sex positivity, feminism, lifting up the experiences of people in the queer community, as well as nerdy, comedic fandom references.