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Guests of Honor

We’re thrilled to announce our 2018 Guests of Honor

Diana Paxson and Patty Lafayllve!


Diana Paxson

Diana Paxson is an author of fiction and non-fiction, an elder, teacher and leader in the Heathen and Pagan Communities.

Diana became a pagan in the early 70s. She founded Darkmoon Circle in 1978 and was ordained as a priestess in 1982. This work led to founding the Fellowship of the Spiral Path in 1986. From 1990-91 Diana served as First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess, of which Darkmoon circle is also a member.

In 1988 Diana began an intensive study of the runes and started a rune class, whose materials became Taking up the Runes.  The class group became Hrafnar kindred, which continues to be active in the San Francisco Bay area.  Next, Diana began work on recovering the ancient oracular practice of Scandinavia. The story of this work appears in The Way of the Oracle. The Seidh group presents locally and at festivals and conventions. In 1992 Diana joined the Troth, an international heathen organization, and was made an Elder in 1993. Since then she has served in many roles, including Steerswoman, Board member, and Clergy Coordinator, and continues to edit Idunna, the Troth’s journal.

Diana’s non-fiction books include Taking Up the RunesEssential AsatruTrance-Portation, The Way of the Oracle, Possession, and Odin: Ecstasy, Runes and Norse Magic. Her novels include the Westria novels, The White Raven, the Wodan’s Children trilogy and the continuations of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Avalon series. She also writes a regular column for the women’s spirituality magazine, Sagewoman In addition to her writing and teaching; Diana has written over 90 short stories and 30 novels with fantasy or legendary themes.

Diana was raised in in Southern California and received her M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California in 1966. She currently lives at her home, Greyhaven, in Berkeley, California. You can read more about Diana at HERE 

We would like to thank Weiser for sponsoring Diana at Paganicon 2018.



Patty Lafayllve

Patricia Lafayllve is the author of two books, “A Practical Heathen’s Guide to Asatru” and “Freyja, Lady, Vanadis: an Introduction to the Goddess.”  She has also written several journal articles, and the first part of a modern retelling of Njal’s Saga.  She has been pagan for more thirty years, and a practicing heathen twenty.  As a life time member of The Troth, Patricia has served as Steward, High Steward, Redeswoman and Steerswoman.  She founded The Troth’s Lore Program and serves as a Godwoman in the Clergy Program.  She is a seidhwoman and Freyjasgythja.

Patricia has served the heathen/Asatru community on both local and national levels, performing rituals, ceremonies, and presented lectures throughout the United States.

Patty is a proud member of Two Ravens Kindred and Bjornsal, earned her Master’s of English from Southern Connecticut State University, and currently lives near in New Haven, CT.

We would like to thank Llewellyn for sponsoring Patty at Paganicon 2018.