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Editorial team

Publisher and editor-in-chief

Nico Mara-McKayNico Mara-McKay (Psyche) is the founder and editor-in-chief of Spiral Nature, and has been published in numerous journals, including The Cauldron, PanGaia, and Witches & Pagans. Psyche is on Twitter as @plutopsyche, and on Tumblr as plutopsyche. You can also find them at

Senior editor

Deirdre ReileyDeirdre Riley (DeirdreRiley) is a writer, artist, and eclectic witch living in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not indulging her lifelong interest in magick and spirituality, she’s crafting, gaming, and reading weird fiction.

Reviews editor

Sarah BentvelzenSarah Bentvelzen (SarahBentvelzen) is a writer based in Sydney, Australia, currently working on a fantasy series. She has a BA in Professional Writing and Publishing with Curtin University and recently graduated with honours with her thesis on the construction of feminine virtue in The Marquis de Sade’s Justine. She is a cat worshipper, Witcher 3 enthusiast, and lover of fencing.

Assistant editor

Alanna WrightAlanna Wright (Alanna) is an astrologer and psychologist. Her interdisciplinary work includes combining somatic movement, nature based therapy, and creative expression to revision personal and cultural narratives. She has honed her skills as a professional magia femina and applies her social science background to engage with the diversity of the human experience through travel and spiritual exploration.

Assistant editor

Tammy HanleyTammy Hanley (Tammy) is a retired editor and writer, mom, wife, and grandmother from San Antonio, Texas. She has become an avid student of all things forbidden in her former life as a southern conservative Christian, a witch-in-training, and an artist working with a variety of media. She also has a real love — if not a talent — for the tarot, and a passion for drinking margaritas under the full (or quarter, or new) moon. With salt, of course.

Staff writers

Senior writer

Donyae ColesDonyae Coles (DonyaeColes) is a tarot reader but is an equal opportunist when it comes to divination. She’s a freelance writer and creates brightly coloured but still dark art. You can follow her adventures on her personal blog,


Chrysanthemum White AlderChrysanthemum White Alder (stichomancer) was born in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. She works predominantly in the medium of dance but her practice is informed by her vocal work, illustration and writing. Alder’s work is heavily influenced by occult philosophy as well as her spiritual praxis. She attempts to weave narratives both intensely personal, yet universal and considers art to be a medium of self and societal transformation. Alder completed a BFA at Concordia University in Intermedia & Cyberarts in 2009. She has self published a short graphic novel entitled The Doe and is currently editing a short work on occult philosophy for self-publication. Alder lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Astrology columnist

Eric J. PrideEric J. Pride (ericpride) is an astrologer, wizard, writer, and the founder of the Central PA Lodge of Wizardry. In his free time, Eric enjoys unraveling the power of incantations through linguistic analysis and experimentation. He currently holds a B.A in Psychology, which has helped him dive deeper into the mysteries of occult sciences. Check out his website at

Music columnist

Ashley NaftuleAshley Naftule (AshleyNaftule) is from Phoenix, AZ. He’s been published in Vice, Bandcamp, Phoenix New Times, Under The Radar, The Hard Times, Ghost City Press, Occulum, Rinky Dink Press, The Outline, and Four Chambers Press. He’s a resident playwright and Associate Artistic Director at Space55 theatre. More of his work can be found at

Staff writer

Emma KathrynEmma Kathryn (EmmaKathrynis an eclectic witch. Her practise is a unique blend of Traditional British witchcraft, Obeah and Vodou, a mixture that fully incorporates her heritage. She lives in the middle of England with her partner, two sons and her dogs.

Art columnist

Amanda WilsonAmanda Wilson (MagicalMusingsWitchyWriter) is a blogger and sole proprietor of Magical Musings Writing Services. She posts blogs about once a week on Magical Musings, and if are in need of a witchy writer, check out her portfolio. She is passionate about all things witchy, and loves to incorporate her Craft with her art. She is always painting, sculpting or creating something! She has an enthusiastic love for life, Paganism, witchcraft, and, most of all for her son Joshua Michael.

Past staff

Thanks so much those who have been a part of Spiral Nature’s team in the past, including Jenna Danchuk (Hathormetic), Kait Fowlie (Kait), Seth Harris (Neutralrobot), Sarah Innis (Daleth West), Nikki Moore (nikkigardiner), Susan Starr (SusanStarr), Sharon Woods (Sharon), Liz Worth (LizWorth), and Natalie Zaman (NatalieZaman).

Your work on this magazine will always be appreciated. Thank you!