Happy Birthday to self-proclaimed Witch Queen, Lady Sheba.
Lady Sheba was born as Jesse Bell on July 18, 1920 in Kentucky. She died as Jesse Wicker Bell on March 20, 2002.
Through her mother’s Irish background and her father’s Cherokee background, Jesse grew up immersed in the lore of the fairy folk and Cherokee spirit guides. From an early age, she was taught witchcraft by her grandmother and received her first initiation at age 10. She chose to be called Sheba to honor a name she had in a previous lifetime. Along with being a hereditary witch with an unbroken legacy, Sheba also professed to have the gift of Sight as well as the “hand of power” that could offer protection to others.
In the 50’s, Jesse and her family moved to Michigan where she founded her own coven called American Celtic Wiccan Tradition, which was based on her family’s own Celtic traditions. As her coven grew and started hiving off, she created the American Order of the Brotherhood of the Wicca as an umbrella coven to unify the offshoots of her original group. After creating this new group, she registered it as a religion. This was an important first step in paving the way to make Wicca as a whole a legally recognized religion.
In 1971, Lady Sheba again made history by publishing the first Wiccan Book of Shadows in America. It collected family spells and excerpts from her personal workbooks. But, it also contained laws, revised Gardnerian rituals, and descriptions of Sabbats. This publication caused much controversy in the Wiccan community because many considered it a violation of her oath of secrecy. However, Lady Sheba claimed it was the will of the Goddess that led her to publish her secrets because it was something the world needed.
Although Lady Sheba’s legacy is controversial, the fact is that her contributions helped many aspiring Wiccans find what they were looking for. Her Book of Shadows deserve a place on any Wiccan’s bookshelf. As a matter of fact, The Grimoire of Lady Sheba is required reading for Inner Circle Sanctuary’s first-year students.
The Grimoire of Lady Sheba https://www.amazon.com/dp/0738756539/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_J2QlDb07SJH3E?
Inner Circle Sanctuary
Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.