About the Teacher

Q: What do they call you when you’ve taught Wicca for twenty years?
A: The new kid.

Portrait of Bill, the teacher of Acorn Garden, in 2013.
Officiating at a wedding, 2013. Photo by Marshall Reyher of mprstudio.com.

I’m Bill, the teacher of Acorn Garden. My magical name is Fàidh. I’m a 3* Gardnerian initiate. I’m also a physicist, gamer, and witch. I’ve studied Wicca since 1991, and I’ve run Acorn Garden since 1999.

Other items on the magical resumé: I read Tarot cards at the NY Ren Faire for 14 years, from 1996 through 2009. I organized a men’s spirituality group, Hermes Council, from 1994 through 2013.

I can perform legal weddings, and have done so several times. Most of them were full Wiccan Circles with a High Priestess providing the spiritual blessings while I provided the legal credentials. At least one was carefully choreographed so the non-magical attendees had no idea they were standing in a Wiccan Circle!

In the mundane world, I have a Ph.D. in particle physics from Columbia University. I work at a physics lab in Irvington NY. My hobbies, past and present, include carving Norse runes, designing minor electronic widgets, painting miniature figures, and playing high-end tabletop board games.

If you’re looking for my blog, it’s here. Note that my blog posts are about my current hobbies. There are only a few posts concerning Wicca and Acorn Garden.

If you are allergic to cats, I’m not the teacher for you!