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As a child Ruì Chēn read about various world religions but was always very drawn to Pagan spirituality and knew his was the path of the Witch. Having first studied the creative arts at college Ruì Chēn later undertook academic study of religions. He received a B.A.(Hons) in World Religions, Theology and Sociology from the Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies, and Theology located at Trinity College Dublin, and subsequently a Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality from the Institute of Public Administration, University College Dublin.

In his home country, Ruì Chēn was recognised by the State as a Pagan priest and registered as a legal Solemniser of Marriage. During his twenty-five year journey exploring and studying Paganism and esoteric traditions, Ruì Chēn became a 3º High Priest of the Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca, the Minoan Brotherhood, the New York WICA Tradition and the Isian Tradition of Witchcraft. Each of these traditions are distinct currents of power in their own right and contribute to the diversity of Witchcraft practice and culture around the world. The differing emphases of each tradition offer greater choice to Seekers in the direction of their spiritual path and magickal development. Over the years Ruì Chēn has also studied Qigong and Reiki.

 

bio.pngRuì Kāi also had a strong inner leaning towards Pagan spirituality during childhood. The spiritual heritage of his homeland had been reduced and survived as mere folklore in the national psyche. There was extremely limited information and spiritual or religious outlets available under the Communist regime of the Eastern Bloc. The only form of accessible spiritual traditions came in the form of Christianity following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Having studied in the Faculties of Philosophy and Theology at the ancient Charles University, Prague, and the University of Trnava, Ruì Kāi was conferred with a B.A. (Hons) Degree in Theology and Philosophy. Ruì Kāi was also conferred with an M.A. Degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Prešov.

Following his subsequent national military service, Ruì Kāi’s spiritual quest led him to becoming a member of the Jesuit Order. Having served in this scholarly religious order for several years Ruì Kāi was posted to Ireland in preparation in his next role in the Vatican. However, having set foot upon this ancient island, Ruì Kāi experienced a powerful spiritual awakening and felt a desire to explore pre-Abrahamic and indigenous traditions. Following resignation from the Jesuit Order, Ruì Kāi spent quite a number of years researching various Witchcraft paths prior to becoming a Craft Initiate. Ruì Kāi also has a keen interest in other practices such as yoga, holotropic breathing, kambo and plant medicine.

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