Alix Wright has been leading public rituals for over twenty years and was a primary ritualist leading the pre-Temple community of students and Witches in the greater Boston area prior to the Temple’s founding. She is a Shamballa Reiki Master, Usui Reiki Master, reads tarot, does energy and guided meditative healing sessions, and teaches in the Temple’s Mystery School.
Alix was born in South Africa, where she lived until she was eight. Her family immigrated to England as a stepping stone to get to the USA. While there she was friends with a girl named Kelly. On their paper route, she and Kelly attempted weather magick when it rained. Using a magick trigger and chants, they would connect to the weather patterns to hold off the rain until after their route was done. While attending a Christian school, Alix was required to write a paper on a religion of her choosing. It was at this time that she discovered Witchcraft was more than just stories.
Coming to the United States led to more opportunities opening up for Alix. Her mother and a group of friends taught her about meditation, psychic protection, and past life regression. She also started helping friends overcome fears and insecurities using intuitive guided meditation and regression in the 7th and 8th grade. Facing prejudice in high school due to her faith, rather than her national origin, only served to strengthen her resolve to be open about her beliefs.
This openness was tested on numerous occasions while growing up, especially in Marine Corps basic training, where she was accused of being a devil-worshipper. Taking the opportunity to use instances of prejudice as teaching moments is something that has served Alix well in all modes of life. The Chaplain of her Battalion at Camp Lejeune, NC, agreed to allow her to have Samhain off as a sacred day when she explained the meanings of her beliefs to him.
Christopher Penczak and Alix were neighbors from 1985, but didn’t meet until a chance encounter with Rosalie, Christopher’s mother, in 1999. While at the local DMV Rosalie knocked on Alix’s car window to wish her a happy Yule and mentioned that her son was a witchcraft teacher. Soon after that meeting, Alix started classes with Christopher. During her time in the witchcraft classes Alix met her current coven mates and became friends with Christopher, attending many of the sabbat celebrations in Cambridge.
During a conversation with Christopher when he was talking about not having any coverage if he was ever ill or unavailable, she joked that she would be happy to cover for him. He took her seriously and she’s been leading, or co-leading public rituals ever since. When the first organizational meetings for the Temple took place, Alix was an instrumental force in helping to plan, create, and launch the Temple. She served on its board of directors and as its first Pisces lead minister and public face at rituals for many years. All of the people in Alix’s life, except family and a handful of friends, are ultimately because of that fortuitous meeting with Rosalie Penczak.
Alix has been blessed with two children. Her daughter, Cami, is an artist and crafter who has regularly worked with the Temple’s Virgo ministry. Her son, James, currently lives in California with his partner.