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  • Name: Annika, meaning "grace", supposedly of Sanskrit origin, it is used as one of many epiteths for Goddess Durga. Numerological meaning: people with this name tend to be very inspired, intuitive, and creative. Their aim is to improve the world and can be quite altruistic. They strive to see the "Big Picture" and achieve their dreams.
  • Age: 31
  • Location: Dorset, England, UK

I was introduced to the world of paganism and witchcraft by my mother. She kept a well stocked bookshelf, which allowed me to spend many hours reading and learning. Coming home from school, I was always eager to grab a book and spend my evenings alone in the sanctuary of my bedroom, taking notes in my grimoire. When we got a home computer with a dial-up internet connection, I was thrilled to be able to surf the web for more information. In May 1997, I decided that I was indeed a pagan. The following year, when the full moon was in Scorpio, I performed my self-dedication ritual and became a Priestess.

My mother is Swedish and my father is English, which inspires in me a strong interest in Norse, Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and Sami. I also enjoy learning about more distant cultures, such as the ancient Roman, Hellenic, Vedic, and Kemetic. I view the world as one big family, with no clear lines to divide our cultures. This is why I tend to have a very eclectic approach. I have for the most part, practiced solitary witchcraft. My first group ritual was with a coven in the New Forest. I wasn't ready to commit myself to a coven at that point, but later came across a more loosely organised group who held "women's circles" in Dorset. It's there that I met the author, Louise Tarrier, who wrote The Way of the Sea Priestess. 

My first encounter with the Sea Priestess path was on an online forum hosted by MSN, called The Sea Priestess. It was inspired by the book of the same name by Dion Fortune. I bought myself a copy of the highly acclaimed novel, which speaks of an ancient priesthood from the lost land of Atlantis, with poetry and ritual centered around the Great Goddess Isis. I strongly relate to the idea of a goddess who is known by many names and seen in many guises because of my pantheistic beliefs. I feel that I've been a pantheist ever since I could first fathom such things, although it took me some time to discover the word and learn that there are many philosophers who espouse the same ideas. I began using the screen name SeaPriestessGrace, and wrote a blog called The Sea Priestess, which was still going in 2008, when I discovered YouTube. I transitioned through a few different channels and usernames before I created one called The Sea Priestess at the start of 2013.