Torchbearer Name: Kenn Payne
Location: Coventry (West Midlands), UK
Kenn was born in Cheshire, North West England but has resided in Coventry in the West Midlands for over ten years. He has consciously been on a Pagan Path since the age of 15, exploring different elements of Wicca, Witchcraft, Hellenic Reconstructionism and Druidry along the way. The last decade has been heavily influenced and guided by his explorations into the Mysteries of the Goddess Hekate, specifically.
He is a writer who has contributed small pieces to anthologies such as Bearing Torches: A Devotional Anthology for Hekate & Unbound: A Devotional Anthology for Artemis (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2009) and Paganism 101: An Introduction to Paganism (Moon Books, 2014). He is currently working on his own book project.
The creator and original editor of the Covenant of Hekate ezine, Askei Kataskei (issues #1-7), he has also created and contributed several hymns, poems and articles on various topics.
Currently, he is working on an oracle deck project entitled the Oracle of the Hekatean Path together with artist and friend, Christopher Butler, and hopes for this project to be in circulation soon.
His relationship with Hekate has indeed been gruelling at times but ultimately is one of guidance, personal healing and empowerment. He seeks ways to venerate the Goddess in the 21st Century, whilst maintaining a healthy respect for the historical evidence and facts that can be coloured and infused by personal experience and gnosis.
He is High Priest of the Birch Moon Coven, a Tarot & Rune Reader and facilitates a regular monthly Hekate Group locally. He led his first public group ritual in May 2019, celebrating the Rite of Her Sacred Fires.
In March 2020 he established The Sanctuary of Hekate Polymorphos and through continued work and devotion to the Goddess, he hopes to teach and guide in Hekate’s many names with a desire to help and support those in the community; whether that be locally, internationally, in person or online.