H. Byron Ballard

H. Byron Ballard, BA, MFA, is a western NC native, teacher, folklorist, and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at Sacred Space Conference, Summerland Spirit Festival, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, Glastonbury Goddess Conference, and more. She is senior priestess and co-founder of Mother Grove Goddess Temple in Asheville, NC.

Her essays are featured in several anthologies and she writes a regular column for Witches and Pagans Magazine.

She is the author of multiple books, including:

  • Staubs and Ditchwater
  • Asfidity and Mad-Stones
  • Embracing Willendorf: A Witch’s Way of Loving Your Body to Health and Fitness
  • Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet

She is currently working on a new book: Gnarled Talisman: Old Magics of the Motherland.

For more information about Byron, visit her web site at: http://www.myvillagewitch.com/


  • Practical Ancestor Work
  • The Spirit-Haunted Landscape: The Spirits of the Land and of Our Ancestors
  • The People’s Craft – Folk Magic and Its Peasant Roots

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