Ministerial Profile: Kriya, Taurus lead minister

USATF Kriya became Taurus lead Minister in July of 2014, a few months after graduating from the Temple of Witchcraft Seminary and becoming a High Priestess. She was a student in Christopher Penczak’s in-person class since 2009 and is excited to have the opportunity to give back to the Temple community by leading this Ministry.

Kriya has many years of experience working in the animal welfare and veterinary fields and maintains employment as Medical Director for a large animal shelter where she has the privilege of working with animals daily, overseeing all aspects of their health. Through her professional work, Kriya touches, evaluates, and assists over 2,000 animals a year. She is a Shamballa Master Teacher as well as a Usui Reiki Master Teacher and regularly employs those techniques.

Much of her work involves communicating with animals via symbols, body scans, and emotional healing allowing her to apply  appropriate therapies, which may include the use of crystal grids, homeopathy, and flower essences. She has recently begun to use affirmations when working with the animals to change the vibration surrounding that animal, thereby modifying its behavior. This, along with chanting specific animal medicine chants, are exciting new ways she is exploring her work with animals.

crystalcatKriya has been a vegetarian since she was 16 and is on a path to go vegan since it benefits her overall health. While this path may not be for everyone, each of us as individuals, are responsible for making informed choices and this applies to our impact on the environment, animals, and each other. She is looking forward to expanding work within the Ministry to create rituals that will help build environmental healing.

Kriya’s daily spiritual practice includes yoga, running, the LBRP, Circulations of the Body of Light, and chanting. She believes that by strengthening the body, it becomes a stronger vessel for the Work and helps counteract some of the conditions she manages, such as asthma, allergies, and fibromyalgia. She is an avid mountain runner and runs the USATF Mountain Running Series each year. On a deeper spiritual level, Kriya works with shamanic practices including animal medicine, drumming, working with the Dark Gods and Goddesses, and ancestral work. She believes we all have keys to unlock many paths of learning and healing within us, and part of the magickal path is looking for those points of access.

If you are interested in volunteering with or finding out more about the Taurus ministry, please contact her at taurus@templeofwitchcraft.org or feel free to introduce yourself at one of the Temple’s public Wheel of the Year rituals or other events.

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