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Editorial team

Publisher and editor-in-chief

Nico Mara-McKay

Nico Mara-McKay (Psyche) is the founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Spiral Nature Magazine. Psyche is on Twitter as @plutopsyche, and on Tumblr as plutopsyche. You can also find them at nicomaramckay.com.

Reviews editor

Alanna Wright

Alanna 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 editors

Tiffany Chaney


Anna Paige

Staff writers

For Abbath’s Beard (AbbathsBeard), art, music, magick, and travel are the only things that have ever really made much long-term sense.


Chrysanthemum White Alder

Chrysanthemum 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.


Monica Bodirsky (MonicaBodirsky) is a Toronto artist, educator, tarot reader and witch who creates oracle cards. She is the founder of WITCHfest North an annual month-long festival in Toronto celebrating women in the arts, witches and entrepreneurs focussed on inclusivity, diversity and equity. Bodirsky has written for Cartomancer magazine, and has been published in A Romani Women’s Anthology by Inanna Press. She also teaches as sessional faculty at OCAD University.

Donyae Coles

Donyae 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, freenightsandweekends.org.


Dallas Jennifer Cobb (dallasjennifercobb) lives in a magical village on Lake Ontario. A Pagan, mother, feminist, writer and animal lover, she enjoys a sustainable lifestyle with a balance of time and money. Widely published, she writes about what she knows: brain injury, magick, herbs, astrology, community, mystery, and vibrant sustainability.


John Farrell

John Farrell (johnfarrell) is a practicing heathen, occasional troublemaker, and titled Baron of Ladonia. I have a podcast called Hammertales, and a blog of the same name. Honi soit qui mal y pense.


Joie Grandbois (JoieGrandbois) is an interdisciplinary performance artist, writer, community organizer, and tarot reader. She has been a practicing Pagan since the mid 1980s. She currently lives with two cats in a small city by the sea.


Emma Kathryn

Emma 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.


Lori Lytle

Lori Lytle (lorilytle) provides mystical yet practical guidance with Tarot as Inner Goddess Tarot in Toronto. She is known for her compassionate, conversational and empowering approach to the cards, and her ability to help her clients connect deeply with their own inner voice, their own Inner Goddess. Lori is a solitary witch, a priestess, a diviner, a wedding officiant, and an introverted empath. She has been reading Tarot for more than 25 years, professionally for about five years. Lori holds two Masters degrees in Ancient History/Archaeology and Museum Studies, was a fundraising event planner, and lived in Japan for several years, but now her full time focus is on Tarot. She runs the popular Toronto Tarot Circle Meetup group, and also offers readings and Tarot classes internationally online.  She blissfully spends a lot of her time in her golden home office with her cat, Willow. In 2019, Lori will be presenting at the Light & Love Tarot Reading Festival in Montreal, the Elora Tarot and Divination Festival, leading a round table session at Readers Studio, and she recently became the Mythology and Folklore Columnist for Spiral Nature Magazine.  Find out more about Lori and read her blog at innergoddesstarot.com.   


Eric J. Pride

Eric 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 yourpersonalastrologer.com.


Michelle Simkins (MichelleSimkins) has been studying magical herbcraft for 20 years. She runs Hagstone Publishing from her home office in Gresham, Oregon, where she writes obsessively about herbs, trees, and encounters with the numinous, creates knitting patterns, gardens haphazardly, reads voraciously, and clumsily attempts to learn the Irish language.


Amanda Wilson

Amanda 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 Sarah Bentvelzen (SarahBentvelzen), Jenna Danchuk (Hathormetic), Kait Fowlie (Kait), Tammy Hanley (Tammy), Seth Harris (Neutralrobot), Sarah Innis (Daleth West), Nikki Moore (nikkigardiner), Ashley Naftule (AshleyNaftule), Susan Starr (SusanStarr), Sharon Woods (Sharon), Liz Worth (LizWorth), and Jack M. Wyckes (Xenia).

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

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