Ruth Rhiannon Barrett
Dianic High Priestess
Ruth has taught magical and ritual arts at women’s and pagan festivals and conferences across the United States, in Canada, and in Great Britain since her ordination in 1980. Ruth served the Los Angeles women's community through Circle of Aradia until moving to the Midwest in 2020, where Ruth and her wife, Falcon River co-founded Temple of Diana, Inc., a national Dianic temple.
Ruth graduated with a degree in Folklore (with Honors in the major) from University of California, Santa Cruze in 1976. In 1997 Ruth was honored to receive the L.A.C.E. award for outstanding contributions in the area of Spirituality by the Gay and Lesbian Center in Los Angeles. Ruth is author of Women's Rites, Women's Mysteries: Intuitive Ritual Creation (expanded 3rd edition 2018, Tidal Time Publishing, LLC), and contributing editor of the anthology, Female Erasure - What You Need To Know About Gender Politics' War On Woman, the Female Sex and Human Rights (Tidal Time Publishing, LLC, 2016). She has contributed to many anthologies, including including Stepping Into Ourselves – An Anthology of Writings on Priestesses (Goddess Ink, 2014), Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionaries (Teneo Press, 2015), and contributed the entry on "Ritual" to Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture Across History (ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2018).
At the National Women’s Music Festival in 2011, Ruth was presented with the Jane Schliessman Award for outstanding contributions to women’s music from Women in the Arts. Ruth directed the Candlelight Concert at the Michigan Women's Music Festival from 1992 - until the closure of the festival in 2015. That same year Ruth was a presenter and performer at the Parliament of the World's Religions and gave the 2015 spirituality keynote address at the National Women’s Music Festival, titled Our Holy Book Has Always Been Our Female Flesh and Blood: Embodied Feminist Spirituality, Women’s Mysteries vs. Gender-ism.
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"I heard Her voice, and I answered Her call with my life."
-Ruth Rhiannon Barrett
Ruth Barrett has the rare experience of providing spiritual service for over 40 years to thousands of women as a Dianic elder Priestess, teacher, and ritualist. She is also an award-winning recording artist of original Goddess songs that have been among the pioneering musical works of the Goddess Spirituality Movement.
of the Guardian Path
In 1999, Falcon co-founded Temple of Diana with Ruth Barrett, where she is on the core faculty for The Spiral Door Women's Mystery School of Magick and Ritual Arts. Falcon grew up in the Appalachian mountains of southern West Virginia, climbing the trees and crawling into every cave she could find. As a child, she was trained in traditional folk magic and medicine by her family elders. In her early 30’s. Falcon studied and apprenticed intensively with Dr. Dawna Markova, author of The Open Mind, a body of work dealing with perceptual learning modalities. Falcon also studied for several years with Linda Tellington-Jones and Robin Hood, learning the Tellington Touch/TEAM Techniques for working with horses and other companion animals in their healing and training. For more than 30 years, she was a professional bodyworker, healer, and clairvoyant working with animals and people. Falcon is also a traditional archer and is a Level II instructor with the National Association for the Development of Archery and the National Archery Association. Falcon has brought "Amazon Archery" to women's festivals and Pagan gatherings for decades as a tool for women's empowerment.
Falcon is a long-time student of the Norse runes and teaches the runes from a female-centered perspective. She also teaches Tree Lore and Spellcraft classes with Ruth.
"Magic requires constant practice and very little effort."
- Falcon River
Falcon River is an ordained Dianic Priestess of the Guardian Path. She has helped create and support women's ritual circles since 1976. Falcon is passionately committed to awakening women to the mysteries of the guardian path, teaching practical energetic and magical skills for daily life.