The Academy of Arcana

Board of Advisors

The Academy of Arcana's Board of Advisers is an illustrious group of supporters who are willing to lend their names and credentials to the pursuit of securing financing for the purpose of safeguarding and perpetuating Oberon and Morning Glory's material collections and legacy. They come from these three different constituencies:

  • Pagan Elders, leaders and teachers who have known the Zells for decades;
  • Academics, scholars and authors in comparative religion, history and folklore;
  • Pagan celebrities, musicians, writers, poets and artists.

You've read their books. You've studied their lessons. You've attended their rituals. Now we invite you to support their cause.


Morning Glory

Executive Council:

Anne Duthers (Dean of Students & Dean of Wortcunning at Grey School of Wizardry; Co-Founder Academy of Arcana)

Maureen Long (Co-Founder and Business Manager, Academy of Arcana; Administrator, Church of All Worlds; Director, Grey School of Wizardry)

Anthony Murphy (Author & Poet; Lehigh Valley Network of Unified Pagans, PA; Grant Writer, Academy of Arcana)

Oberon Zell (Founder & Primate of Church of All Worlds; Founder & Publisher Emeritus of Green Egg magazine; Founder & Headmaster of Grey School of Wizardry; Co-Founder & Curator of Collections at Academy of Arcana)

Board of Advisors:

David V. Barrett, Ph.D. (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Thomas Baurley, B.A. (Archaeologist, GIS Specialist 2006, and Curator/Data Manager Fort Carson Cultural Resource Program, U.S. Army–Ft. Carson, CO)

Raymond Buckland (Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magick, Marysville, OH)

Jerry Cimino (CEO and curator of The Beat Museum. Website:

Chas Clifton, M.A.(Colorado State University-Pueblo (retired); Co-Chair of Contemporary Pagan Studies Group, American Academy of Religion; editor: The Pomegranate)

Annie Cronin

Vivianne Crowley, Ph.D. (Formerly professor at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College, University of London)

Carole Cusack, Ph.D. Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Sydney

Gus DiZerega, Ph.D. (Dept. of Government, St. Lawrence University NY; The Lost & Endangered Religions Project)

She’ D’Montford (member of Australian Alternative And Natural Therapist Association, (A.A.A.N.T.A), editor-in Chief of Magick Magazine.)

Ivo Dominguez Jr. (New Alexandrian Library, Georgetown, DE)

Stan Grindstaff, M.F.A. (Mr. G's Magic Academy; The 418 Project, Santa Cruz, CA)

Fiona Horne (Singer, Author, Actress, Witch)

Lynne Hume, Ph.D. (Associate Professor and Research Consultant, University of Queensland, Australia; Faculty, Cherry Hill Seminary)

Ronald Hutton, Ph.D. (Professor of History, Bristol University, UK)

Massimo Introvigne (Professor of Sociology of Religions at the Pontifical Salesian University; founder and managing director of CESNUR, the Center for Studies on New Religions in Torino, Italy)

Kirsten Ellen Johnson (Ph.D. Candidate in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute)

Christine Hoff Kraemer, Ph.D. (Faculty, Cherry Hill Seminary; Theologian)

James R. Lewis, Ph.D. (Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø in Norway; Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wales)

Layne R. Little, Ph.D. (Dept. of Religious Studies, University of CA, Berkeley)

Tanya Marie Luhrmann, Ph.D. (Watkins University Professor in the Anthropology Department at Stanford University, CA)

Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D. (Professor of Anthropology and Folklore at California State University, Northridge)

HM Patrick McCollum, D.D. (The Patrick McCollum Foundation)

J. Gordon Melton, Ph.D. (Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University, Waco, TX)

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus California Institute of Integral Studies; President Green Earth Foundation)

Ginny Mitchell (Santa Cruz Singer, Songwriter, Americana artist; Co-Founder, Digital Media Factory; Producer of "Santa Cruz Live TV")

Christopher Penczak (Faculty member at North Eastern Institute of Whole Health; founder of the Temple of Witchcraft; co-owner of Copper Cauldron Publishing.)

Sarah M. Pike, Ph.D. (Professor of Comparative Religion, California State University, Chico)

Michael Ruse, Ph.D. (Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL)

Geoffrey Samuel, Ph.D.(British scholar of religion and anthropology, emeritus professor at Cardiff University, UK, and an honorary associate at the University of Sydney)

Jozseph Schultz (Chef & Founder of India Joze famous restaurant next door to Academy, Santa Cruz, CA; since 1972)

Rev. Donald Studebaker (Aquarian Order of the Restoration; founder of Thiasos Olympikos; author, Blindfold on a Tightrope: Men’s Myths and Men’s Mysteries)

Sam Webster, M.Div., Ph.D. (Pantheon Foundation, executive director; Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, founder; Concrescent Press, publisher)

Benjamin E. Zeller, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Religion, Lake Forest College; Co-General Editor, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions

Biographies of Board of Advisors

David V. Barrett

David V. Barrett, a British sociologist of religion who writes widely on new religious movements, western esotericism, and secret societies. The Fragmentation of a Sect (2013), on schisms in the Worldwide Church of God following the death of the founder, is based on his doctoral thesis in Sociology of Religion from the London School of Economics. A Brief History of Secret Societies (2007) examined esoteric societies from Rosicrucians to Freemasons. A Brief Guide to Secret Religions (2011) explored Pagan, New Age and Esoteric movements. Barrett has also edited two SciFi anthologies, Digital Dreams (1990) and Tales from the Vatican Vaults (2015)

Thomas Baurley

Thomas Baurley, B.A. Archaeologist, GIS Specialist 2006, and Curator/Data Manager Fort Carson Cultural Resource Program, U.S. Army—Ft. Carson, CO; Independent writer, blogger, and publisher. Published various articles in the FloridaState University Anthropology Quarterly on Neo-Paganism,1991- 1994; Ethnography of Wicca in the Southeastern United States, 1990; NEPA packets, memorandums of record, and reports for Fort Carson Cultural Resource Management Program 2007-2011 for protection and evaluation of various Archaeological sites on Fort Carson and Pinon Canyon, GIS/Curation Manual for Fort Carson Cultural Resource Program 2011; Editor/Author of Ethno-Facts Issue 1, Fall 1993.

Raymond Buckland

Raymond Buckland In 1963, as a protégé of Gerald Gardner, Raymond introduced Gardnerian Witchcraft to the United States. He was instrumental in building the initial covens in this country, devoting himself to "straightening the misconceptions about Witchcraft" that existed at that time. For many years he lectured and led workshops and was the author of the first US-published book on Witchcraft written by a Witch. Over the years he has become a prolific author with many books on the subject, including Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft, and The Witch Book (encyclopedia). Although now retired, he continues to champion the Old Religion. Website:


Jerry Cimino is the CEO and curator of The Beat Museum in San Francisco and is a goal-oriented marketing, sales, business and management professional with a history of achieving maximum volumes and increasing market share through effective relationship management. He is a strategic and creative thinker who combines excellent leadership, problem-solving and communication skills with an emphasis on delivering results. Jerry is the CFO of the Friends of the Beat Museum and was previously the Director of Business Development for American Express in Silicon Valley. He is an outstanding performer and presenter with exceptional relationship building skills. Being a highly creative poet and writer, he is currently finishing up his first novel, Sleeping with Maya.

Chas Clifton

Chas Clifton, M.A., Colorado State University-Pueblo (retired); Co-Chair of Contemporary Pagan Studies Group, American Academy of Religion; editor: The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies; author: Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca & Paganism in America, 2006; with Graham Harvey, The Paganism Reader, 2004.

Vivianne Crowley

Vivianne Crowley, Ph.D., was formerly a professor at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College, University of London, specializing in the psychology of religion. She is on the Council of the Pagan Federation where she focuses on interfaith issues. She is the author of many books on Wicca, Paganism and spiritual psychology, including Wicca: A comprehensive guide to the Old Religion in the modern world.

Carole Cusack

Carole Cusack, Ph.D. is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Sydney. She trained as a medievalist and her doctorate was published as Conversion Among the Germanic Peoples (Cassell, 1998). She researches and teaches on contemporary religious trends (including pilgrimage and tourism, modern Pagan religions, NRMs, and religion and popular culture). Her books include Invented Religions: Imagination, Fiction and Faith (Ashgate, 2010), The Sacred Tree: Ancient and Medieval Manifestations (Cambridge Scholars, 2011), and (with Katharine Buljan) Anime, Religion, and Spirituality: Profane and Sacred Worlds in Contemporary Japan (Equinox, 2015). She is Co-Editor (with Rachelle Scott, University of Tennessee, Knoxville) of Fieldwork in Religion (Equinox), and Editor of Literature & Aesthetics (journal of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics).

Gus DiZerega

Gus DiZerega, Ph.D., is a Gardnerian Elder with over 25 years' practice, including six years close study with a Brazilian shaman. He has been active in interfaith work off and on for most of those 25 years as well. He has conducted workshops and given presentations on healing, shamanism, ecology and politics at Pagan gatherings in the United States and Canada. He is the first Pagan blogger for Beliefnet. His first Pagan book Pagans and Christians: The Personal Spiritual Experience won the Best Nonfiction of 2001 award from The Coalition of Visionary Resources.

She` D`Montford

She` D`Montford has traveled extensively, teaching, healing, performing rituals, ceremonies and giving demonstrations of The Craft of the Wise and has become recognized as one of Australia`s foremost authorities on spell-crafting history and philosophy. She is a well-known psychic as well as Australia's premier Tantra teacher and a member of Australian Alternative And Natural Therapist Association, (A.A.A.N.T.A) and several other organizations. She` was the first religious Pagan marriage celebrant recognized by the Australian Attorney General`s Dept. She has authored 19 books including works on Pagan Ethics, Buddhist Crimes, Cancer Treatment, and Drug Addiction. She is also the editor-in Chief of Magick Magazine.

Ivo Dominguez

Ivo Dominguez, Jr. is a visionary and a practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978 and has been teaching since 1982. Ivo was a founding member of the first coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan Tradition where he currently serves as one of its Elders. He is the author of Casting Sacred Space: The Core Of All Magickal Work and other books. Ivo is also a professional astrologer who has been offering consultations and readings since 1988. Website:

Anne Duthers

Anne Duthers is Dean of Students, Department Dean of Wortcunning and Psychic Arts, and a Professor of Divination at Grey School of Wizardry. A gardener, writer, and professional Landscape Designer, Anne began with the seed of love for literature that sprouted and took root in medieval medicinal herb lore. This affinity grew into a career in publishing, branching to a degree in horticulture and another in journalism. Anne's fiction is published in Green Egg magazine, where she is also the official deck reviewer. You may find her 'Adventures in Wortcunning' on Patheos Pagan hub Agora. Follow her personal blog at Website:

Stan Grindstaff

Stan Grindstaff MFA is an international speaker trainer, specializing in clearing stage fright. He is a retired drama school teacher, holding single and multiple lifetime teaching credentials—highly qualified in English and Drama. He teaches Magic, Storytelling and Drama in local schools. With his Mr. G's Magic Academy, he holds Santa Cruz licensing rights to the internationally recognized Discover Magic curriculum—magic classes secretly teaching kids life skills. He is Board President of The 418 Project and is locally known as a performance coach, director, actor and storyteller.

Fiona Horne

Fiona Horne is an Australian singer, rock musician, radio and television personality, actress and author. She was the singer in Australian band Def FX and has published numerous books on Witchcraft. In 2004, Horne was a host in the reality television show Mad Mad House for the SciFi Channel.

Lynne Hume

Lynne Hume, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Research Consultant, University of Queensland, Australia; Faculty, Cherry Hill Seminary, Bethel, VT; author of Witchcraft and Paganism in Australia, 1997; The Religious Life of Dress, 2013; co-author, with Nevill Drury of The Varieties of Magical Experience 2013.

Ronald Hutton

Ronald Hutton is the senior Professor of History at Bristol University, England, to which he came in 1981 after taking his three degrees at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, the Learned Society of Wales and the British Academy, and the author of 15 books and 78 essays on different aspects of history.

Massimo Introvigne

Massimo Introvigne is founder and managing director of CESNUR, the Center for Studies on New Religions in Torino, Italy, where he is also professor of Sociology of religions at the Pontifical Salesian University (UPS). He was the main author of the Encyclopedia of Religions in Italy, and is on the editorial board for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. In 2011, he served as the Representative for combating xenophobia, racism, and intolerance and discrimination against Christians and member of other religions of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe). Website:

Kirsten Ellen Johnsen

Kirsten Ellen Johnsen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Theater Arts from The Evergreen State College. She was Morning Glory’s first and last apprentice & protégé;. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute Website:

Christine Hoff Kraemer

Christine Hoff Kraemer, Ph.D. ,is Instructor of Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary. She is the author of Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theology, 2012 and Eros and Touch from a Pagan Perspective: Divided for Love’s Sake, 2013.

James R. Lewis

James R. Lewis, Ph.D. is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø in Norway, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wales. He is Co-founder of the International Society for the Study of New Religions and editor-in- chief of the Alternative Spirituality & Religion Review (ASSR). He is the author of Magical Religion & Modern Witchcraft, 1996; The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects, and New Religions, 1998; Peculiar Prophets: A Biographical Dictionary of New Religions, 1999; Witchcraft Today: An Encyclopedia of Wiccan and Neopagan Traditions, 1999; with Murph Pizza, Handbook of Contemporary Paganism; The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements. Website:

Layne R. Little

Layne R. Little, Ph.D. teaches courses on Hinduism, Buddhism, Esoterism and Religion & Popular Culture in the Religious Studies Department at U.C. Berkeley and in the Humanities Department at California State University: Sacramento. He is the author of the "Hinduism" and "Buddhism" chapters in Oxford University Press' newest world religions textbook, Invitation to World Religions, and is co-author of OUP's Invitation to Western Religions and Invitation to Asian Religions. For 30 years he has been an active practitioner and initiate of a variety of Hindu, Buddhist, Neo-Pagan and Esoteric Orders.

Tanya Marie Luhrmann

Tanya Marie Luhrmann, Ph.D. is the Watkins University Professor in the Stanford Anthropology Department, best known for her studies of modern-day Witches, charismatic Christians, and psychiatrists. Her work focuses on the edge of experience: voices, visions, the supernatural and the world of psychosis. She has worked with evangelical Christians who long to hear God speak back, and with Zoroastrians seeking to create a more mystical faith. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft and other books.

Maureen Long

Rev. Maureen Long, a.k.a. Mama Maureen, is a Business and Internet consultant. She is the co-founder and business manager for the Academy of Arcana, Administrator and Board of Directors member of Church of All Worlds, Board of Directors member and Chief Technomage for Grey School of Wizardry, and founder of Pagan Preservation. Maureen received her ministerial ordaination in 1992, and is a 3rd degree Reiki Master. She has spent most of her life studying theology, mythology and philosophy and is currently seeking a Ph.D. in Theology. In addition to her work and studies, Maureen is a poet and novelist, singer/songwriter and musician. Website:

Sabina Magliocco

Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Northridge. A recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright and Hewlett fellowships, and an honorary Fellow of the American Folklore Society, she has published on religion, folklore and Witchcraft, and is a leading authority on the modern Pagan movement. Her numerous books and articles include Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America (2004), Neopagan Sacred Art & Altars: Making Things Whole (2001), and with filmmaker John M. Bishop she produced a documentary film series on a May Day custom in Cornwall and its reclamation by American Pagans.

Patrick McCollum

HM Rev. Patrick McCollum was the 2010 recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism and the 2016 recipient of the Ralph Bunche International Peace Award at the United Nations. He served as an advisor for the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and is the Vice President of the United Nations NGO, Children of the Earth. In addition, he serves as the Minority Faith Issues Chair for the American Correctional Chaplains Association, and as Founder and Co-Chair of the National Correctional Chaplaincy Directors Association. In 2016, Rev. McCollum was installed as a Traditional King in Eastern Ghana, and is Kyidomhene of Adamorobe The Patrick McCollum Foundation Website:

Ralph Metzner

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. is an American psychologist, writer and researcher, born in Germany, who participated in psychedelic research at Harvard in the early 1960s with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert. Metzner is Professor Emeritus of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he was formerly the Academic Dean and Academic Vice-president. Involved in consciousness research for over 45 years, he is a co-founder and President of the Green Earth Foundation, devoted to healing and harmonizing the relationship between humans and the Earth. Metzner was featured in the 2006 film Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within.

Gordon Melton

J. Gordon Melton, Ph.D., is the Distinguished Professor of American religious History with the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University (Waco, Texas). Before moving to Baylor in 1911, he was research specialist with the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California—Santa Barbara. His is the founding director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion, now based in Woodway, Texas. An ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, he is the author of more than 40 books, including several encyclopedias, handbooks, and almanacs on American religion and new religious movements.

Gordon Melton

Ginny Mitchell An accomplished singer, writer and instrumentalist, Ginny began singing at age 4 and playing guitar at 12. At 21, Ginny won the Canadian County Music Association's award for Best New Female Vocalist. Ginny helped her late husband Marty Collins found the Digital Media Factory in Santa Cruz, and now runs the DMF Corporation. Today, Ginny juggles time between live performances, producing Santa Cruz Live and other media projects, and writing material for her next album release. Website:

Anthony Murphy

Anthony Murphy holds an M.A. degree in Political Science with an extensive array of experience in Foreign Relations and Diplomacy. He has worked in all levels of American government and has served as mentor, advisor, and trainer to U.S. Diplomats and Foreign Service Officers. He currently resides in northeast Pennsylvania where he serves on the Board of Directors for the Lehigh Valley Network of Unified Pagans, the Executive Board for Oberon Zell's Academy of Arcana, and is a published Fantasy Fiction author and poet. When not writing, Anthony diligently pursues the rigorously intellectual and fundamentally practical life of a modern-day Wizard.

Sarah M. Pike

Sarah M. Pike, Ph.D. is Professor of Comparative Religion, California State University, Chico. She is the author of Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and The Search for Community and New Age and Neopagan Religions in America. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on contemporary Paganism, ritual, the New Age movement, Burning Man, spiritual dance, environmental activism, and youth culture. She is currently President of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. Her book on radical environmental and animal rights activism, For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Activism, will be published in 2017.

Michael Ruse

Michael Ruse, Ph.D. is a Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL; author of The Gaia Hypothesis: Science on a Pagan Planet, 2013. He specializes in the philosophy of biology and is well known for his work on the relationship between science and religion, the creation–evolution controversy, and the demarcation problem within science. Geoffrey Samuel, Ph.D., is a professor at Cardiff University, UK, as well as an honorary attachment at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Civilized Shamans, 1993; and co-author with Richard H. Roberts & Joanne Pearson of Nature Religion Today: Paganism in the Modern World, 1998; The Origins of Yoga and Tantra, 2008; Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West, 2013.

Geoffrey Samuel

Geoffrey Samuel, Ph.D., is a British scholar of religion and anthropology, emeritus professor at Cardiff University, UK, and an honorary associate at the University of Sydney, where he now lives. His writings include Civilized Shamans, 1993, The Origins of Yoga and Tantra, 2008, and numerous other books and articles. He also co-edited Nature Religion Today: Paganism in the Modern World (1998, with Richard H. Roberts & Joanne Pearson) and Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West (2013, with Jay Johnston).

Jozseph Schultz

Jozseph Schultz taught in Cabrillo College Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management Program from 2000 until 2008. He is the Chef and founder of the 250-seat India Joze Restaurant in Santa Cruz, CA, in operation from 1972 to 1999. The recipient of numerous local and regional awards, Joze was voted number one restaurant in Santa Cruz in a reader's poll in San Francisco's PBS magazine Focus in 1995 and had been voted in the top three for the previous six years. He recently re-opened his famous restaurant right next door to the Academy of Arcana. Website:

Donald Studebaker

Rev. Donald Studebaker has been working in religion since the middle of the 1950s. His first formal initiations came from the Aquarian Order of the Restoration in 1966, his Eastern Christian Ordination a couple of years later. In 1972 he began working with Men’s Mysteries and founded Thiasos Olympikos not long after, working with Hellenismos (Ancient Greek reconstructionism). In 1993 and 1994 he worked with Morning Glory and Oberon on the Panathenaea in Nashville. His book Blindfold on a Tightrope: Men’s Myths and Men’s Mysteries has been in print since 1993. He writes science fiction, fantasy, and science fantasy.

Sam Webster

Sam Webster, MDiv, PhD, is an initiate of Golden Dawn, Wiccan, Druidic, Buddhist, Hindu and Masonic traditions, publisher at Concrescent Press and author of Tantric Thelema. One of the pioneers of open source religion, he has authored a number of articles on occult and Pagan topics in periodicals such as Green Egg, Mezlim, Gnosis and PanGaea, and blogs on Patheos. He founded the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn in 2001, and is the Executive Director of the Pantheon Foundation, a Pagan religious 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Website:

Oberon Zell

Oberon Zell is a renowned Elder in the worldwide magickal community. In 1962 he co-founded the Church of All Worlds, a Pagan church with a futuristic vision, and he has been involved in the founding of numerous other major groups and alliances. First to apply the terms "Pagan" and "Neo-Pagan" to the newly emerging Nature Religions of the 1960s, and through his publication of Green Egg magazine (1968-), Oberon was instrumental in the coalescence of the modern Pagan movement. Founder and Headmaster of the online Grey School of Wizardry (, his current project is the Academy of Arcana in Santa Cruz, CA. Website:

Oberon Zell

Benjamin E. Zeller, Ph.D. is Associate Professor, Dept. of Religion, Lake Forest College; Co-General Editor, Nova Religio; author of Heaven’s Gate: America’s UFO Religion, 2014, and of Prophets and Protons: New Religions and Science in Late-Twentieth Century America, 2010; co-editor of Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements, 2014, and of Religion, Food, and Eating in North America, 2014.