About Us

In the 14th century, the word “Pagan” appeared in Middle English to describe those who believed in folk magic, simple rituals at home and the presence of the divine in all creation, derived from the Latin, paganus, just meaning “country dweller”. A few centuries later, the word was adopted by the Neo-Pagan movement to mean mostly the same thing, but without the “country dweller” part. Today, “Paganism” describes an extremely diverse group of spiritual paths that share a love for the natural world and a belief in deep interconnections between all things.

What is Pagan Pride Raleigh?

Pagan Pride Jacksonville is the South Eastern NC Chapter of the international Pagan Pride Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster pride in Pagan identity, and to eliminate prejudice and discrimination based on religious beliefs, all through education, activism, charity, and community.

Our most important activity is hosting our autumnal celebration, the Pagan Pride South Eastern NC festival. Open to the general public, this festival offers both entertainment and education in the form of a large variety of social, commercial and spiritual activities. Attendees are welcome to join or observe rituals, attend workshops, meet with a variety of local groups, and much more, all in a festival environment full of vendors, music, and fun.

The Pagan Pride Project, Inc, is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, so your donations are tax deductible.

                                                            Nonprofit Tax Id- recognized under 501c3 EIN 82-2871298 

Our Staff

Many people have volunteered their time and resources to make this event happen.  Here are a few that have taken direct responsibility for key aspects of the festival:

Samantha - Noisiu Silverwolf: Local Coordinator & Chapter President

I'm Samantha and welcome! I'm the new local coordinator and chapter president for South Eastern NC's Pagan Pride here in Onslow County! I'm an ordained local high priestess of a local coven called Coven Le Corbeau Noir that has been in the area since April 2011 and we believe in coming together for one spiritual goal regardless of what path or tradition you may follow.

I've been practicing my eclectic path for over 11 years now and have encountered many wonderful people and amazing souls along the way that I'm very proud to call mentors, family, and friends. I'm a little from everywhere, though my entire family is from Pennsylvania, I myself was born in Virginia, and have lived here in Jacksonville, NC all but 3-5 years of my entire life. I'm local and own my own home, and though my husband and I have no children of our own (yet), we have our own zoo of fur children/familiars (five cats and four dogs, to include an outside feline named Leroy Jenkins who adopted us). 

We started this event to bring back Pagan Pride to our area but also, in part, this was a dream of our own coven. We wanted to bring the community together to have a wonderful day filled with fun and festivities like we often experienced in Raleigh but also bring awareness to local community programs such as our Wildlife Rescue and Animal Services. We are also looking at having some community fun by bringing awareness to the area but giving the children a safe place to have a Trick or Treat within the event grounds as our booths acting as stops for treaters. There is so much to do and so much we are looking as doing, we can't help but be excited for October to be here and for everyone to see all of our hard work.

William - Linwell Silverwolf: Co-Coordinator & Vice President

I'm Will and welcome! I'm the new local Co-coordinator and vice president for South Eastern NC's Pagan Pride here in Onslow County! I'm an ordained local high priest of a local coven called Coven Le Corbeau Noir that has been in the area since April 2011 and we believe in coming together for one spiritual goal regardless of what path or tradition you may follow. 

I've been practicing for, well roughly 14 plus years but actively pursuing my path in Norse for a little over 4 years. Through this path, I've found my strength, courage, and calling and hope to eventually be called Gothi within my own circle/coven. I'm a local born and raised in Onslow County, and all of my life I've seen the many changes of our community, to include all of its growth. Heck, I even found my now Ice Cream Truck (aka Wife, above) and live a pretty wonderful life. I live a pretty simple existence. Between work and coven, I try to find time to do my simplest of hobbies that intrigue me such as camping, fishing, and trekking in the wilderness. I've started to learn how to forge weapons, though that it's an intriguing concept, in its own way. Most of the time you can find me near the water with a fishing pole in my hand enjoying the scenery and serenity of solitude. I have a fondness for my family and close friends, and of course my own fur children. Though, my all time favorite thing to do is prepping. ..

We look forward to having this event and seeing it's potential for yearly growth and continual adventures. We hope that you all enjoy it as much as we hope you will. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. :Bows:

Paul - Rowan Firetongue: Co-Coordinator & Secretary/Treasurer

Hi I'm Paul. You may remember me from such films as "The Høt Hands of an Oslo Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge Mølars of Horst Nordfink"... I'm an ordained priest and member of Coven Le Corbeau Noir. CLCN is an eclectic coven of members from varying paths who have come together to learn, grow, and find spiritual contentment in life. As we like to say we're changing lives, one deity at a time! I joined CLCN in 2013 and shortly after was asked to be a part of our Inner Council. I've served in this capacity since fall of 2015.

I began my journey when I was roughly 18 years old. The old ways called to me and I began studying with a woman who I would later be proud to call my mother-in-law. I'm fairly eclectic in my path; all roads lead more or less to the same destination. I've lived in South East NC my entire life having been born and raised in Wilmington. I have no children that walk on two legs and aren't covered in feathers but I do have a plethora of cats, dogs, goats, chickens, pigs, and bees.