Michael Smith, Gwydion Stormcrow, has been practicing Wicca, Magick, and various esoteric disciplines since 1989. He has been active in the pagan community since 1993 when he became a member of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel (ASW), a Wiccan organization in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is an Elder of the ASW and and formally served as High Priest of Coven of the Rowan Star, a coven in that Tradition. He is also involved with the Tradition's New Alexandrian Library.
He is a Priest of both Horus and Bast, and works extensively with the Egyptian deities in his personal practices where he uses a syncretic array of esoteric disciplines from Wicca and the Western magickal and shamanic traditions, and is inspired and sustained by his studies of Astrology, Qabalah, Ritual, and Natural Magick. He was trained as a Water Pourer by Shiverah Stonewater, and since 1995 has led sweat lodge ceremonies at Seelie Court and various pagan events, and is finishing a book on the sweat lodge ceremony from a pagan perspective. He is currently dividing his time between Ancient Egyptian Studies and balancing the Magick, Religion, and Spirituality of Wicca. He has a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Delaware. He is also a member of the American Academy of Religions and its Contemporary Pagan Studies Group.
He sits on the Board of several different contemporary pagan/magickal community organizations because of the importance of the work they do and how they express the future of our diverse heritage. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Sacred Space Conference, one of the last remaining hotel-based conferences in the Mid-Atlantic region serving to provide a stage for the interaction and sharing of the rich variety of traditions, beliefs, paths and organizations. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Cherry Hill Seminary, an organization that is taking an important step in providing distance education for professional Pagan Ministry.
He has taught, poured sweat lodges, and performed rituals at a variety of events, including Between The Worlds, Sacred Space, Free Spirit Gathering, Pantheon, MPA Beltaine, and numerous ASW, coven, and personal events.
He lives in southern Delaware where he works, loves, and teaches, and is one of the stewards of Seelie Court, 102 acres of pagan-owned land dedicated to the growth and evolution of the pagan paths.