School Tradition and Lineage
Reflections is a contacted mystery school. The school is not affiliated with any pre-existing mystery tradition. Entry into the mystery tradition that directs the school is via a first-degree initiation or via a second-degree initiation into one of our magical guilds.
Our spiritual lineage includes direct influences from Dark Flame Coven, Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, Reclaiming and Feri. Indirect influences include Catholicism, the Sojourner Truth Congregation of Unitarian Universalist, Voodun, Santeria, Hawaiian Mysticism, Jungian Psychology, and the cultural/political commentary of folks like bell hooks, Cornel West, Audrey Lourde and Starhawk.
Katrina Messenger - Founder and Primary Instructor
Katrina Messenger is a poet, priestess, warrior and witch. Katrina is a full time Wiccan mystic and an ordained minister. In 2004, Katrina opened the Reflections Mystery School in order to offer a structured apprenticeship program plus continue to offer quality magickal instruction to the Washington Metro area and to the entire MidAtlantic region.
Katrina is a DC native with over fifty years of experience as a grassroots activist and community leader. She has taken on leadership roles in almost every group she has joined, including her election to the state presidency of Maryland NOW and later when she served eighteen months as the acting minister for the Sojourner Truth Congregation of Unitarian Universalists.
Katrina has studied mythology, esoteric sciences and human development for over twenty five years. She is the author of Elemental Psychology: Using Jungian Psychology and the Sacred Elements for Spiritual Development, Descent: A Journey for Women, and Dark Beauty. She has published articles in the Reclaiming Quarterly, contributed to the highly successful Twelve Wild Swans, and taught at Reclaiming witch camps from 1997 to 2003. She is an elder in her community and a recognized leader and teacher worldwide.
Learn more about Katrina Messenger on her website.
Ivo Dominguez Jr. - Faculty
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; Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels, and the Divine; Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans; The Keys to Perception: A Practical Guide to Psychic Development ; Beneath the Skins with other books in the pipeline as well. Ivo is also a professional astrologer who has studied astrology since 1980 and has been offering consultations and readings since 1988. Ivo lives in Delaware in the woods of Seelie Court.
Learn more about Ivo Dominguez on his website.
Angela Raincatcher - Dean of Students
Angela Raincatcher, Dean of Students, is an artist, ritualist, priestess, and writer. Angela is a second-degree initiate of the Order of the Elemental Mysteries and member of their Artist Guild. She also conducts monthly Full Moon Meditations as a part of Connect DC.
Learn more about Angela Raincatcher on her website.
Order of the Elemental Mysteries
The Order of the Elemental Mysteries (OEM) is a mystery tradition that weaves Wiccan, magickal and shamanic themes together around a mystical core. We are interested in elements, such as air, fire, water and earth. But we are also interested in elements such as the sun, moon and stars, in the dark and the light, and in the primal energies these all represent. We are interested in foundational truths, energies, cycles and currents that run throughout life, as we know it here, in our living planet-wide ecosystem.
Learn more about OEM here.
Connect DC is a Wiccan based public ritual group that seeks to heal and transform the city of Washington DC through magic, mystery and celebration. Our rituals are always free and open to the public. We have been celebrating magic in public spaces since 1999. Our motto, “Stop, drop, and do ritual”, sums up our philosophy in seeking public and accessible areas to do magic.
Connect DC's 2018 Annual Intent
Connect DC provides a spiritual home for those who wish to gather and celebrate the seasonal wheel of the year. We learn from nature and the greater than human how to face challenges in our lives, in our community, in our country, and in our world.
Learn more about Connect DC and upcoming events at connectdc.org