SpringWolf, D.D., Ph.D.
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- Lady SpringWolf, D.D., Ph.D. -
- I hate talking about myself. I'm just an
average person with experiences that have brought me to this place in
life. I guess to
start with, I was blessed with being raised in a Pagan/Christian home.
Though my Mom used different labels, she was a Kitchen Witch and often
talked of her own psychic experiences. In many ways I think I was
destined for the path of a pagan. Even my family name comes from the
Irish surname ” Ciardha, which means "descendent of Ciardha". The name
Ciardha means "dark" in Gaelic. ie: Children of the dark. So perhaps my
early Celtic ancestors were pagans who practiced in the dark hours of
the day, under the moon and along side the great bonfires of old. So, I
dedicated myself to a pagan spiritual path in my early teens. While
both my sisters took to church and being baptized, it just wasn't
something I felt compelled to do. So I'm not one of those people who
went to Christian church, took communion, was baptized and then became
disillusioned with the church and converted.
- I began official study at 18. It was the
beginning of years of study, practice and qualification exams within my
chosen tradition, The Deborean Clan of Celtic Shamanism. (Don't confuse
this with Deborean Wicca). The Deborean Clan holds specific criteria
for initiation degrees. From 1st degree initiation of participation to
a 5th degree as Clan Elder. Initiation degrees are earned through
education, exams and demonstration of knowledge through out one's
participation in the Clan. Clan leaders evaluate both your conduct and
applied knowledge, along with the written tests and exams. I received
my Shamanistic name SpringWolf,
also called a Magik Name on my 20th birthday.
- My transition through each degree was normal in
line with the criteria of the Clan. Each step built upon the previous
foundation of training. I was invited to join the Clan in 1982 as a
member at large, the 1st level initiation. I guess you could say I've
always felt a calling to the ministers path. Making a declaration to
become a teacher in my clan is a requirement to moving to the next
level of participation. My declaration was made May 31st, 1983 and I
received the 2nd degree of initiation. Which placed my feet firmly on
the path of commitment to my education.
- There are three levels of initiation within the
3rd degree Sage program in the Deborean Clan. What we call the Sage
path. There are 3 specific areas of study within the Sage path, Faith,
Divination and Healing. Some people are drawn to just one of these
paths and become expert teachers within that area of study. But for
those who feel called to the path of the Shaman, all of these areas of
study are required and must be completed successfully. I completed the
three areas of study and received the last 3rd degree initiation in
1986. That earned me the title of Clan Sage, not Shaman.
my time studying to be a Sage of Holistic Healing, I was exposed to Reiki.
Reiki is an oriental form of hands on healing. It was brought to the
United States by Hawayo Takata. Before her death she initiated 22
Masters. One of these was Rev. Beth Gray. I was initiated by
Rev. Gray in the Spring of 1989 for my Reiki I certification. And again
in the fall of 1989 for the Reiki II certification.
- At this point a student Shaman becomes an
apprentice to the existing Clan Shamans. This apprenticeship is
required to put your knowledge to full use. Conducting business of the
clan, leading rituals, ministering to members and the community at
large, community building, counseling and so on. This process helps an
apprentice use their knowledge in practical form. Gaining experience
and working to expand knowledge into wisdom and discernment for at
least 5 years. At the end of this long 5 year period, you must pass
exams and evaluations by the Shamans Council. Even if you pass those
trials, you must still be nominated for a Shaman's role in the clan. I
was honored with a nomination for this 4th degree initiation at the end
of my 5 year apprenticeship, in 1991.
- In 1992 I began courses at a local metaphysical
chapel with a dear friend. This was a wonderful experience for me and
opened a great many doors to new perspectives and insights outside that
of the Deborean tradition. It was also an opportunity to expand my
training in Ministerial Counseling and spiritual therapy. Something I
love very much. And another path I've felt drawn to through my own
personal traumas and dramas.
- In 1993 I hived from my local Deborean chapter
and established the Clan of the Forest Moon.
Specifically, The Deborean Clan of Celtic Shamanism - Chapter of The
Forest Moon. Chapters of the Deborean Clan are individual established
groups (ie: Covens), that further the knowledge and expand the
understandings of the Traditions Principles of Belief. Forest Moon
provided a great deal of opportunities for me. It was exciting and a
little scary getting organized and established.
- But we can't stop learning and reaching for the
next goal in our spiritual education. In April of 1996 I completed the
next level of Reiki training and I was initiated by Rev. Wilma Donald
for my Reiki Masters certification. I was also honored with the
nomination to the status of Elder in the Deborean Clan. And was
initiated to Elder status in October of that year. 1996 was also the
year PagansPath.com was born and implemented on the internet. It was
another step to further the knowledge of the Deborean Clan and Forest
- Many things have changed since those early
days. In 2002 I acquired a Ministers License in the Commonwealth of
Virginia. I continued teaching classes in my area until the fall of
2002 when I entered into a wonderful relationship with my partner and
became pregnant. Now with the demands of a toddler taking up my time,
most of my teaching is done through Paganspath.com, email and the
path's message board. Most of the Deborean Clan has disbanded, though
the tradition still lives in various Chapters of the Clan. Forest Moon
being one of these. There are 3 others that are now closed and private
organizations. At the time of this writing, all but 3 of my former
teachers have transitioned into the spirit world. Much of my effort is
dedicated to my family, PagansPath.com and spreading tolerance of our
pagan ways to non-pagans. A mission I take very seriously and feel
honored to share with others on the path of the pagan.
- In late 2007 I decided to take the advice and
requests of many online associates to take PagansPath to the next
level. Bringing the education into the 'real world' through a physical
education center. The planning for Spring's
Haven, LLC began in earnest in December 2007 and the legal
filings were drawn up in late January 2008. Culminating in the
acquisition of funding for the legal side of the center in March 2008,
Spring's Haven, LLC was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia on
Ostara March 2008.
- We never stop learning and continuing education
is something I think we all should take part in. I hold a Doctorate of
Divinity in Metaphysical Science from the University
of Sedona and acquired a second ordination in the International Metaphysical Ministry
(IMM) in March 2008. In December 2009 I received my second doctorate
degree, a Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Counseling Psychology also
from the University of Sedona. This continuing education supports my
efforts for professional learning, education and enlightenment to
provide the highest quality of service to my community, clients and
- The IMM is an organization that has been
working around the world for over 50 years and is the parent
organization for the University of Metaphysics and the University of
Sedona. Professionally I call myself a Minister of Metaphysics and a
- In 2009 the site went social and joined
Facebook and Twitter through my business site Spring's
Haven. The popularity was more than I expected and requests
came for me to join the social networking in person. So I went social
in January 2010.
- You can follow me on Twitter as LadySpringWolf
- You can follow me on Facebook as LadySpringWolf
appear every Monday night, 9pm eastern on The ∆nigma
Project – on the Tenacity Radio Network. You can listen
and join in the chat room to share your perspective or ask questions
for the panel to contemplate and address.
- Degrees & Certifications
- If you were to visit a professional office, you
would find the degrees and certifications of the individual hanging on
their wall. So why shouldn't you be able to see those same items
online? I strongly believe you should have the opportunity to review
the credentials of the teachers and ministers you interact with, even
if they're on the web.
- If you desire to see my degrees and
certifications, you can view them on SpringsHaven.com. You can click an
image to review an enlargement of the certificate/degree and learn
more. The Cyber Office Wall
- I have also been asked to include a link to my
Masters Thesis and Doctorate Dissertation. I have included a link to
these files in PDF format for those interested in reading them.
- Many Blessings,
- Some Notes About The University of
- In 1959, Dr. Paul Leon Masters began a
metaphysical organization that later on evolved into the International
Metaphysical Ministry. The I.M.M. joined Unity and Religious Science as
one of the major metaphysically oriented movements. Also 1959, Dr.
Masters opened the Institute of Parapsychology in the heart of Beverly
Hills, California. The aim of the institute was to research higher and
expanded states of consciousness as they related to spiritual reality
and human self betterment.
- In 1976, to meet a now rising interest by
ministerial graduates for degree programs. Dr. Masters applied for and
gained the legal right to establish the University of Metaphysics and
grant non-secular degrees for use by those who were ordained within the
University. In 2003, Dr. Masters sought after and established the legal
right in Arizona to found the University of Sedona and award
non-secular degrees up to Doctoral or Ph.D. level in the various
ministerial specialties of the organization—the International
Metaphysical Ministry. You can read more about the chronological
history of the IMM and the University of Sedona on their website @ Metaphysics.com.
- In the US, there is something called Separation
Of Church and State. US state education systems can not get involved
with accreditation of purely religious institutions. They have no
jurisdiction over, and can not legislate when it comes to religion.
- Metaphysical degrees are determined by the
Department of Education in Washington DC as non-secular and are thus
classified and regarded as religious in nature. This religious
classification gives the International Metaphysical Ministry, the
parent body of the University of Sedona, full legal right to award
Doctoral degrees to it's graduates who have completed educational
course and dissertation requirements.
- That means that if a religious institution
teaches only it's religious philosophy, and not the secular subjects
such as Calculus and English Literature, there is no way the state can
pass judgment on the curriculum. The most a state can do is say that
the institution is not listed as accredited by any accreditation
agencies recognized by the state and the institution is listed as
having “No accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor”.
- Some of the most prestigious religious
institutions of higher learning in the world are not recognized as
accredited by any US state government because they teach religious
philosophy and not secular subjects. The
University of Sedona and the University of Metaphysics are
two examples of this category of higher learning religious
- But keep in mind that accreditation is seen by
many to serve one purpose. To qualify and acquire Federal and or State
funding for the school, University or College. Many institutions of
higher learning barely qualify to the requirements set by the Federal
and State governments. Accreditation therefore does not mean a
University is a well run or "good" school of higher learning. The
University of Sedona is sponsored by students, former graduates and
generous donations from the public. As such, they do not seek to
acquire Federal or State Funding and prefer to remain non-secular in
order to meet it's own higher Spiritual standards of learning.
- There have been many prestigious graduates from
the University. In 2008 Rev. Dr. Della Reese-Lett, who received her
doctoral degree from the University of Metaphysics, received the
International Metaphysical Ministry’s Lifetime Achievement Award for
the work she has done and the inspiration she has given to others
around the world.