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In Memoriam - Raven Grimassi

Raven Grimassi
April 12, 1951 – March 10, 2019

Gary Charles Erbe, known as Raven Grimassi, was an American scholar of paganism and author of over 20 books on the subjects of Wicca, Stregheria, and neo-paganism. Descended from Italian witches on his mother’s side, he popularized Stregheria, the religious practice of witchcraft with roots in Italy. Grimassi was a practitioner of witchcraft for over 45 years.

Grimassi was an initiate of several Witchcraft traditions including Strega, Brittic, Pictish Gaelic, and Celtic Traditionalist. He was also the foremost authority on the works of Charles Godfrey Leland. He was the co-founder of the Ash, Birch & Willow Tradition of Witchcraft and the Aridian Tradition of Witchcraft. Two of his former students in the Aridian Tradition of Witchcraft later became prominent authors of witchcraft and occultism themselves: Scott Cunningham and Donald Michael Kraig.

Many of his books were award-winning, and he was also the co-creator of three oracle decks, including the Well Worn Path and the Hidden Path Oracle.

After a long struggle with pancreatic cancer and the complications from its treatment, he stopped all treatment in December and chose to spend his last days at home, on his work, and visiting with family and friends.

“Despite all of his achievements in his life, what always struck me about Raven was his humility, his groundedness, and his sense of humor and wit. One of the most beautiful things about Raven Grimassi was the depth that he brought forward to share with the pagan and witchcraft communities.” - Mat Auryn,