Asheville's Village Witch

Byron Ballard is a local writer, mom & urban farmer who writes about traditional Appalachian witching and modern Earth religions. She lives in historic West End in Asheville, where her family has lived for 5 generations.

Byron is a winner of Top 25 Faith Blogs by Moms

What Inspired Me to Start Blogging

I've been a visible and active advocate for my spiritual community for many years and have a strong relationship with local media, especially our Gannett daily, The Asheville Citizen-Times. One of their editors contacted me in 2007 and asked me to do a community blog on their website. A place where people could learn more about Earth religions and events in the area. I've been The Village Witch there ever since. Four years now. Hm.

How Faith Inspires How I Raise My Children

My daughter and I came home from the hospital to a Full Moon and we went out in the night together and felt that cool, healing light embrace us. I've been Wiccan since the mid-1970s and it seemed natural that she'd follow that path until she was ready to choose her own. She was raised to have respect for the earth and all its folks, to be proud of who she is, to celebrate the cycle of seasons and of human life. My daughter was raised with the reality of the Divine as female and that also colors who she is and how I raised her. She went through a period in school where lots of kids thought it was cool to wear a pentacle because it riled-up their parents and gave them some street cred. She stopped wearing one then because she didn't want to be confused with the "wannabees." I am pleased to say that her dorm desk always has an altar to her matron goddess on it.