T. Thorn Coyle

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T. Thorn Coyle is a San Francisco-based author and teacher who began in the Feri Tradition and the Reclaiming tradition,[1] but now works and teaches within her own "Morningstar" practice[2] and "mystery school."[3]

Coyle is author of Evolutionary Witchcraft, published by Tarcher/Penguin, 2004. The book offers exercises and meditations from the Feri Tradition as tools for personal growth and empowerment. She has also recorded two Pagan rock CDs, Face of a New Day and Give us a Kiss!, as well as an instructional DVD, Devotional Dance. With Sharon Knight, she wrote and recorded two albums of pagan devotional music, Songs for the Waning Year: A Collection of Chants to Celebrate the Dark Time of the Year[4] and Songs for the Strengthening Sun: A Collection of Chants to Celebrate the Return of the Sun.[5] She also contributed to the Pandemonaeon album Dangerous Beauty.[6]

In 2008, Coyle began producing a series of podcasts called "Elemental Castings" wherein she interviews practitioners of a variety of magical and mystical traditions on their study and work with the classical elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth, and Aether (or Spirit).

Coyle's second book, Kissing the Limitless: Deep Magic and the Great Work of Transforming Yourself and the World, was released on February 10, 2009.


Thorn Coyle, aka Theresa Dutton, was born September 24, 1965 and was reared in the Catholic faith in Whittier, California. She first learned of Paganism when she was 13, and later had her first training as a witch when she went to Fullerton College at 16. She dropped out of college at age 18 and moved to San Francisco. She studied in the Feri tradition of witchcraft with Cora and Victor Anderson and has also studied in the Sufi and Gurdjieff traditions. She cites the punk and anarchist movements as important influences.[1]


Thorn Coyle has many tattoos, and wrote this of them in 1997: "Tattoos are spiritual markers for me. When I started getting them ten years ago, it came from a need to have rites of passage that included spiritual reminders and physical markers. All my tattoos have a spiritual meaning to me, and layers of meaning that shift over time." [7]


  1. ^ a b Coyle, T. Thorn. Interview. "Thorn." Modern Pagans: An Investigation of Contemporary Pagan Practices. By John Sulak and V. Vale. San Francisco: RE/Search Publications, 2002. 62-69.
  2. ^ She describes the transition from Feri to Morningstar in episode 20 of her podcast at the 16 minute mark
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r1462326
  5. ^ http://cdbaby.com/cd/sharonk5
  6. ^ http://pandemonaeon.bandcamp.com/track/fierce-black-soul-of-night
  7. ^ Coyle, Thorn. "Thorn." Women Called to the Path of Rumi. ed. Shakina Reinhertz. Prescott, AZ: Hohm Press, 1997. 165.

Further reading[edit]

  • Coyle, T. Thorn. Evolutionary Witchcraft. New York : J.P. Tarcher/Penguin, c2004. ISBN 978-1-58542-347-7.
  • Coyle, T. Thorn. Kissing the Limitless: Deep Magic and the Great Work of Transforming Yourself and the World. York Beach, ME: Weiser, 2009. ISBN 978-1-57863-435-4.
  • Coyle, T. Thorn. Make Magic of Your Life: Passion, Purpose, and the Power of Desire. San Francisco, CA: Weiser, 2013. ISBN 978-1-57863-538-2.

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