My magickal name is Rune, but the world knows me as Amanda Torrey. I built this website in homage to the CRAFT and its traditions particularly those traditions that affect Witches here in Chicago and more specifically to Coven Babylon. The Chicago Way is NOT a REAL tradition for a genuine trad grows and solidifies only after many generations of witches who identify with it, nest within its branches and then spawn and grow. Witchcraft isn’t a religion after all, but an organic banding together of a magickally minded group of people who explore their spirituality together. Ultimately, it’s not unusual for these people to want to identify with their group and call it home. We in Coven Babylon are fortunate that we’ve been given keys to 2 different traditions that briefly came together in the 1970s through a Priestess, Donna Cole (Schultz) and Chicago’s initiating Pagan Priest, Herman Enderle.
This Hybrid of Witchcraft and Paganism was the magickal child of Donna Cole and Herman Enderle who became her magickal partner and consort. Herman Enderle had established a Pagan Way grove here which (from what I can gather) they used as outer court teachings for Donna’s yet unnamed Gardnerian coven. As Heman has said numerous time, he’s not a witch, so it didn’t take long before they broke to honor their own visions with Donna establishing her coven on the Southside and Herman establishing his Pagan Way Grove in the north. It was during this parting of the ways that they brought Norman Kaesenberg and his partner at the time to 3d degree through both their own traditions. Norman was a kind of gypsy and took all his keys with him to travel the United States, have adventures, initiate into several traditions and return to Chicago 30 years later.
Norman found me on the internet and after some exchanges, decided I was the person to whom he’d pass his keys. I tried to make it clear to him that the witches in Chicago would take great umbrage at him doing this since I was the High Priestess of a sexual magick temple, Terra Incognita. According to Chicago’s Old Guard, we’d not earned Craft privileges through working with regular processes at vedded covens – which for them was unacceptable. Technically this was true, for our temple was not descended from England or Chicago, but was channeled, established and ordained by Sumerian Energetic Beings who defined themselves as First Born. Sexual Magick is not popular in Chicago and in fact, Norman’s Patron, Herman Enderle was morally opposed to my practices.
Unfortunately, Norman had already completed the rites with me and finally connected with Herman after the fact. To be fair, he’d tried desperately to bring Herman to these rites and Herman refused to attend as he was predictably appalled. Herman did eventually try to accept me as Norman’s High Priestess as he lunched with members of Terra Incognita several times. In the end, he completely blew up at me in a restaurant completely rejecting me as anything he would accept. Norman told me that under no uncertain terms was I to EVER speak to Herman again, which to this date I haven’t. Norman moved on from Coven Babylon after a year and Herman sent him a letter that I have in our Book of Shadows. It tells Normang he wants to head up a task force that would take me to court. To what end? perhaps to drum me out of the Witches Corp…but then again, who knows?
As for magick, I’ve been working several years now establishing a paper trail connecting sex magick as a legitimate and probably a necessary component between human-beings living on our planet and Conscious Energy Beings we call gods. As for the coven, while still in Herman’s good graces, I reached out to another Grove that had originated I believe, in New Mexico, but moved to Spokane, Washington. They liked the website I started around Coven Babylon and sent me their materials since they didn’t need them anymore. I have them safely stored in our Book of Shadows. Through ongoing research, I’ve put together a history from what I discovered.
The Pagan Way began in the 1970s as a tradition originally developed by Ed Fitch. Herman Enderle, a Chicago native, began promoted Pagan Way as a non-initiatory system that sought to honor the ancient rites without oathbound restrictions. For a while he was magickal partners with Donna Cole (Schultz) who eventually broke away to begin her own Chicago based Gardnerian coven. Niles (Norman Kaesenberg) was one of their initiates that was ascended to 3d degree before leaving Chicago for 30 years. He returned and met Rune (Amanda Torrey) through social media and because he was moved by her magickal practices as High Priestess of Terra Incognita, a sexual magick temple, decided to pass his keys on to her.
As I’ve said, in spite of Chicago Witch’s objections, the keys are authentic and have been honored with sincere intent though Enderle and Schultz’s teachings have faded away. As the Gardnerian craft is oath bound, its present existence here in Chicago in 2017 cannot be proven here on my website. Donna Cole Schultz died, Ed Fitch disbanded the Official Pagan Way in the 1980s and Herman Enderle is in a retirement community and hasn’t practiced for many years.
Niles created Coven Babyon in 2014 with the focus being to bring down Sumerian Gods and possibly re-establish the Hieros Gamos, a sexual magick tradition that has existed since the dawn of time.
Coven Babylon is our coven. Its heritage rises out from a blending of two traditions that happened only here in Chicago so we are calling our tradition The Chicago Way since Chicago has its own unique way of doing just about everything.
17 JUNE 2017