Kohenet Ketzirah HaMa’agelet

Kohenet Ketzirah HaMa’agelet (the Circle Maker) is a maker and teacher of the sacred arts and a corporate priestess. She creates modern amulets, shrines, and ceremonies inspired by the rich depth of Jewish history and traditions.

She was a member of the first cohort of women to receive ordination as a Kohenet, through the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.  She also received ordination as a Celebrant of Becoming, a spiritual community she co-led in Washington DC from 2002-2012.  She is the author of Ruby Red Seeds: a collection of poetry, prayer, and midrash; as well as several haggadot including The Peeling a Pomegranate HaggadahThe Hanukkah Seder, and The Shavuot Seder of the Seven Prophetesses.  For 10 years, she wrote and published about earth-based magickal Judaism at the website Peeling a Pomegranate. She served as director of OneShul, an online synagogue, from 2015-2017 and from 2008-2017 led live-streaming interactive Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, High Holiday services.

In 2017, she launched the Devotaj and the Devotaj Sacred Arts Academy, bringing her approach to the sacred arts to spiritual seekers and bold souls.

As a maker of the sacred arts, she cræft artifacts for a forgotten future.  Her work draws on the past and pull it into modern forms to help create a future that is more equitable, just, and spiritually alive.  The objects and artifacts created serve not only as spiritual tools in the present, but also as a dialogue between the past and possible future(s).  These range from amulets, shrines, shiviti, and Haggadot — to an oracle deck based on Kohenet teachings and a earth-based, embodied, magickal approach to mussar called Kesharim K’doshim as well as guides that deep dive into specific aspects Jewish myth, magick, and mysticism.

As a teacher of the sacred arts, she cultivates space for people to come together to learn and explore the sacred arts and its three foundational aspects: divination (sacred listening), cræftwork (channeling the sacred into physical form), and ceremony (experiences to empower and transform) as well as classes on specific techniques such as sigil cræft, ritual design, circle casting, and tzitzit tying.