There are witches all around us. You can find them anywhere…
The Witch on Wheels has been documenting her findings.
Meet Kelli P. Cooke
Originally from Georgia, Kelli P. Cooke left in 2014 to restart her life after a relationship ended. She called to the universe to direct her to where she belonged and whom she should be with. A friend she’d known for years appeared in her mind, but she dismissed it at the time. About a month later, the two started chatting, two months later they had an official date and about a month later she moved to Connecticut. “Here I’ve found community unlike I’ve ever experienced before, and embraced who I’ve always been,” she said.
Upon meeting, we found we had many things in common, including our birth day. As a Pisces, Kelli said she works best with water and full moon energy. More recently she’s been working with fire.
1. Do you have a magical name you’re willing to share?
Kione (think Chion Wolf, the NPR host)
2. In what state do you reside?
3. How do you make your living?
Keeping the house up at the moment. Deciding what to do with the next phase of earning or being.
4. Are you out of the closet? / Have you felt threatened?
I am not completely out of the closet. I come from a very religious Southern Christian background. My mother would freak out if she knew I was a practicing witch. No, I’ve never felt threatened
5. When did you first know you were a witch? How long have you been practicing?
I think I’ve always known that I was different than other folks. I’ve seen spirits since I was a little one, and I remember talking to entities that my mom laughed off as “imaginary friends.”
6. How do you define your practice? Do you follow a specific tradition?
I attune with nature and the cosmos, so natural or green witch. Though flow witch might be closer to what I do, as I find what flows naturally and go with that. I look at all the traditions and teachings, taking what I need and leaving the rest behind.
7. What one object must be on your altar for it to be an altar?
Stones that I’ve picked up, seashells, candles and a cauldron
8. Do you have a daily practice?
I focus on gratitude, journaling 10 things to be grateful for daily. And I pull a tarot card on the Galaxy Tarot app on my phone. It records the daily card so I can look back later.
9. How do you respond when someone asks, “Are you a good witch or a bad witch?”
I am both, a witch of balance. Trusting in the flow of the universe. Understanding that both good and bad are present. Choosing to keep kindness and love held above all else as often as possible.
10. Do you have a familiar?
I have had several. Both cats and dogs. Currently it is my dog, Zoe.
11. What gifts, skills or powers to you share?
12. What was your most magical experience?
The moment I discovered my power to predict events, followed closely by talking to spirits through the veil.
13. What is your favorite:
• Sabbat: Mabon
• Element: Water
• God: All
• Goddess: All
• Animal or other totem: Bison and swan
• Tool: Moon
• Book: “To Ride a Silver Broomstick” by Silver RavenWolf
• Tarot deck or card: The Star, from the Rider Waite deck
• Gemstone: Gosh I like them all. Most recently a carnelian palm stone had to be part of my life. Usually it’s amethyst or labradorite, or ocean jasper …
• Ritual garb: capes, flowy clothing
• Spell or ritual: Bindings, candle magic, call to the universe
• Piece of wisdom: Don’t force it. Listen to what your heart tells you. Learn to forgive who you were yesterday so you may grow today into a wiser version of yourself. If the energy feels off, it probably won’t work out the way you are hoping don’t force it, instead flow with it, surrender to it so you may learn to harness it.
About the Author:
All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice. When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at thewitchonwheels.com, Facebook and Instagram.