Glasse Witch Cottage is a safe, sacred space for guidance and connection along the Winding Path. Our Guides are experienced teachers, leaders, ritualists, spiritworkers, divinators, healers and more.
My name is Irene Glasse, and I identify within the diverse umbrella of Paganism as a Mystic Witch and a Heathen. I am also a musician – I write and perform with Kindred Crow (a Pagan folk project). The rest of my bio can sound a little ridiculous, so strap in: I’m a former Marine, currently a tarot reader, yoga teacher, and pagan religious professional. I swear, it all made sense at the time. I live in Western Maryland with my sweetheart, two cats and two dogs.
I’ve been practicing witchcraft for over 20 years now. Like many in the Pagan world, my personal practice is a self-constructed, trial-and-errored amalgamation of techniques, beliefs, and traditions cobbled together from many different sources. I began in Wicca, as so many witches my age did. I have never regretted having Wicca as an underlying structure for magic – it made a great skeleton for the body of work that the past two decades have included.
In my late 20s, I began to drift further from the tradition I was part of (I am a former high priestess of the Tradition of the Witches Circle, based in Occoquan, VA) to explore more transcendental techniques for connection. The reason I use the word ‘mystic’ to describe my witchiness is that mystical experiences are what I crave and seek out – I pursue direct contact with the Divine, the Powers, the Spirits and the Ancestors. I push the edges of consciousness, of the linear and logical. I practice trance states, oracular work, and visionary quests.
Over the years, I have had the great pleasure to study under some excellent witches, magicians, seers and practitioners. I am a divinator with a specialization in Tarot, an avid advocate of guising and shapeshifting, a ritual practitioner proficient in high magic to sacred theater to almost everything in between, a Hrafnar-style trained practitioner of Seidr, I am cross-trained in Spiritwork (sometimes called Second Wave Shamanism), and I am a longtime teacher of Paganism, Wicca, Witchcraft and associated paths in the Western Maryland community.
I currently have the great honor of serving the Frederick, Maryland, based Pagan community through Frederick CUUPS (the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans). Frederick CUUPS is a large, vibrant community of diverse paths. As a UU Pagan, I welcome all seekers to visit and explore with us – you’ll find an open-minded group of folks happy to share their paths with you, and support you as you develop your own. Frederick CUUPS offers monthly Earth Centered Spirituality Services, Full Moon Labyrinth Walks, the eight High Holiday rituals of the Pagan year, the annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day, the Masquerade Ball, and many classes and workshops. If you’re in the area, I invite you to visit. I have been involved with Frederick CUUPS for over ten years now, and am the Lead Squirrel Herder (president).
I also serve on the board of the Sacred Space Foundation, the board that organizes and presents The Sacred Space Conference. The Sacred Space Conference is the premier annual esoteric conference on the East Coast for intermediate to advanced practitioners. Meeting in spring in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area, each year our featured teachers and a host of highly qualified regional teachers offer a wide variety of workshops and rituals developed for a more advanced audience.
I primarily follow the Gods, Goddesses and Powers of the Heathen pantheon. My Patroness is Freyja, and I work most closely with Her. I practice inclusive Heathenry – if you feel the call of those same Gods and Powers, I welcome you to our ways regardless of ethnicity, race, sex, gender expression, sexuality, creed, economic status, family status, citizenship, occupation, physical or psychological ability. I also pride myself on my ‘handshake relationship’ with the Gods and Powers of many different pantheons. I serve an open community, so I’m always happy to make new ‘friends’ on the other side.
And, I’m happy to make friends on this one. Pleased to meet you! Feel free to say hello, drop me a line, or ask me a question. You found my online Witch’s Cottage – pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea, and let’s chat!
I grew up in a tiny house on top of a big hill surrounded by nothing but trees for most of my childhood. Looking back, I never realized just how amazing that place was while I was there. It’s like when you go to New York, and you can tell who all the tourists are because they’re looking up at all the lights and signs while excitedly gasping out their “ooos and “ahhhhs.” Meanwhile, all the actual New Yorkers are trucking along the concrete jungle with steel in their eyes and looks of single minded determination on their face. Don’t get me wrong. I’d rather be in the woods, but I get it. Those city folk are the same ones I see taking group selfies with waterfalls while I’m hot footing it along the trail trying to get some cardio. I’ve seen that waterfall a thousand times and, right now, I have heart rate goals to make. Now, why did I just talk about waterfalls and billboards? This is what I want to bring to the table for you. It doesn’t matter where you are, or who you are, or how much time you’ve spent somewhere. The world doesn’t stop being beautiful. We get blinded by the beauty when we allow our day to day to consume us. The more time we spend under the weight of our never ending to do lists, the less beautiful the world becomes. The less beautiful the world becomes, the harder it is to live in it. Because, you see, life is tough. This is the balance. The proverbial yin to the yang. Living is hard, but we get to do it surrounded by absolute wonders. It is my deep hope that, by spending some time with me, we can work together to enjoy the beauty again. And that… is Dreamwalker Wisdom.
I found my spiritual path, as so many do, in the middle of my entire life being on fire. I had just separated from my wife, was still recovering from a back surgery that forced me to leave my career as a correctional officer and was trying to adjust to being a new father. It was a lot, to say the least. Also, I wanted answers. I needed peace, desperately, and was swirling in a torrent of shame, fear, and anger. I was raised in a Catholic household, but never felt like its teachings or practices really made sense to me in the way it seemed to for all of the other people in the room. So, christianity was out. Instead, I ended up exploring the path of paganism. It has been nearly 13 years at this point. Since then, my path has transformed me from an atheist who was riddled with traits of toxic masculinity to a makeup-wearing, long haired, didgeridoo playing hippie whose life is now dedicated to helping others heal while teaching and writing about mysticism.
I am a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Maryland and have attended the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s online training as well. I received my Reiki master attunement at the same time I was in massage school, because I was feeling masochistic at the time, and have been a practicing bodyworker and energy worker for around 6 years. I am a primal spiritworker whose focus is deeply rooted in connection with the spirit of nature, a shapeshifter, divinator, musician, reverend of the Universal Life Church, sworn priest to the Morrigan, and serve as an ambassador to and for spirits and gods alike. I have also had the pleasure and honor of being trained in powerful spirit healing techniques by Caroline Kenner, who is a long time alumni of Michael Harner’s four year Shamanism training program. My combined understanding of both the physical, and energetic/spiritual systems of our body allow me to approach helping others from a deeply holistic and integrative perspective. I wholeheartedly believe in the triad of healing mind, body, and soul together in order to become our best selves. What’s more, is that I have been through the process myself. I have experienced total destruction of the self, and did the work it took to climb my way out of that pit. I know how important it is to have someone meet you where you are, and I approach every client with all of the compassion, and understanding that my heart can possibly hold while also making sure that we’re doing the work to create real change. Healing is hard, painful, and an often rocky road with lots of setbacks. I’m here for all of that while helping you walk that path as your guide and guardian along the way.