#50FavoriteWitches - Where I will pay tribute to witches & occultists who have deeply influenced my own praxis and cosmology, in no particular order.
08 - Ivo Domínguez, Jr. “Brilliant” is always the word that comes to mind with Ivo. Ivo Domínguez, Jr. has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978, has been teaching since 1982. He is a professional astrologer and was a founding member, and a past High Priest, of Keepers of the Holly Chalice, the first coven of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel a Wiccan Tradition. He currently serves as one of the Elders of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan syncretic tradition that draws inspiration from Astrology, Qabala, the Western Magickal Tradition and the folk religions of Europe. Ivo is also one of the key organizers for the New Alexandrian Library Project, dedicated to preserving the history of esoterica, spirituality, magick and religion, the construction of which took 15 years. He is the author of five fantastic books. He is not only an important figure in witchcraft history, but also in queer history. He and his husband James were instrumental to assisting and educating the queer community, as well as the public and health officials about the emerging HIV/AIDS crisis in the 80s; helping to fight the spread of HIV through awareness and dispel myths, misconceptions, and fears about it to the public and health organization. They set up the Gay & Lesbian Alliance of Delaware which Ivo was the first president of. They also helped establish the Griffin Care Center, the Christiana Care HIV Wellness Clinic, and CAMP Rehoboth, a Gay and Lesbian resource centre in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, as well as organizing the first AIDS Walk fundraiser, “A Walk For Life” and a 12-step programs for queer folks with addiction problems. Ivo is one of the most brilliant occult minds alive today, and his work has had a profound impact on me. He is one of the few elders who I go to when a complex occult subject has me utterly confused or stumped and he always has some brilliant answer or perspective to help me work it out. He is a man whose heart, mind, and spirit are equally awe-inspiring.