About Rev. Brooke Nelson, HPs, PhD

Brooke made her initiation to the Wiccan faith and her dedication to the Goddess at 17. Knowing only that her family's choice of worship did not fulfill her spiritual needs, she began at the age of 13 to craft her own religion in the privacy of the forests near her childhood home in Pennsylvania. It was only when she stumbled into a tiny Metaphysical shop that a wise woman recognized her "made up" system of worship as Wicca, and set Brooke on the path of a scholar and practitioner of the olde ways.

Brooke resided in Salem, Massachusetts for over 5 years in her early twenties, immersing herself in the USA's foremost Wiccan and Pagan community. She learned from and was mentored by established coven members of Dianic, Gardnerian, and eclectic paths. Upon returning home to Pennsylvania, Brooke deepened her Wiccan roots in the literal sense, embracing the Pocono Mountains' vast tracts of protected forests, and tilling her own Wiccan garden, complete with ritual herbs and flowers and an abundance of natural produce. She also expanded her studies to include many other Metaphysical topics, including Reiki, Law of Attraction, Psychic Mediumship, and folk magicks.

Brooke became a legally ordained High Priestess in 2015 and presides over the Coven of the Black Diamond. She holds a Doctorate in Metaphysical Science from Thomas Francis University, and is pursuing a second PhD in Spiritual Counseling from the same institution. She has also studied at the prestigious Arthur Findlay College in Stanstead Mountfitchet, England; the world's foremost institute for Spiritualism and psychic sciences. She resides in gorgeous Jim Thorpe, PA with her soul mate, five feline familiars and one high-spirited Boston Terrier named Beans.

If you are seeking an officiant for your upcoming wedding, Rev. Brooke legally presides over Wiccan and Pagan rites, as well as non-denominational, mixed-faith and gay unions. She is also qualified to officiate End of Life celebrations and memorial services, infant blessings, house blessings, and all life events that welcome the presence of love, compassion and unity. Please email brooke@wiccanhighpriestess.com to schedule a consultation.

What is Wicca?

To briefly explain, Wicca is an earth-based religion that celebrates nature, the divine within, and the turning of the seasons. We use our knowledge of the workings of nature, energy, and the universe to affect change, which is known as the practice of Witchcraft. Wicca is believed to have roots in ancient Ireland, England and gual, and is based upon the Pagan practices of the Celts before their beliefs were forcibly supplanted by Christianity.

Some Wiccans worship only the Goddess, but many prefer to pay homage to the Goddess and the God, as all things in nature are balanced. We honor the divine feminine and masculine in all things, as well as the light and the dark. We do not believe in evil forces, the devil, Hell, or demons. We believe in reincarnation, and the evolution of the soul through many lives on Earth and perhaps beyond. We believe we are directly connected to our creator, and that because we are her children, we need no other human to communicate on our behalf. We acknowledge no hierarchy, and never seek to have power over others. We do not discriminate on any grounds, and all with honorable intentions are welcome.

We worship in covens, or as solitaries. We meditate, pray, perform rituals, and seek to have a positive impact on all we touch. We take full responsibility for our choices of thought, word, and deed, and their consequences, and advise others to do the same.

Wiccans do not seek to convert others to the craft of the wise. We feel strongly that if you are meant for this path, you will find it without the interference of another. We also believe that the manner in which you choose to worship is highly personal. You may find kindred spirits in an area coven, or perhaps the solitary path is what works best for you. No matter the avenue you choose, it is required that you are objective, ethical, and mindful of your stewardship of this reality and all it contains.

If you have arrived here seeking a place to start your journey, please remember that this path begins with you and you alone. If you have plans to be an initiate of a local coven, you still must arrive with a basic knowledge. Your coven elders will not spoon feed you, you must be motivated by self-study. If you prefer the solitary environment, the place you begin is the same as the initiate. I am pleased to offer you the titles of books that were priceless to me when I first began my studies. They still reside on my vast shelves, and I do refer back to them on occasion, particularly when I need to reflect on the roots of my study and practice.
  • Laurie Cabot, "Power of the Witch"
  • Laurie Cabot, "The Witch in Every Woman"
  • Raymond Buckland, "Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft"
  • Scott Cunningham, "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner"
  • Scott Cunningham, " Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner"
  • Scott Cunningham, "Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs"
  • Three Initiates, "The Kabalion: A Study of the Hermetic Principles"
  • Stuart Wilde, "Infinite Self: 33 Steps to Reclaiming Your Inner Power"