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Deborah K. Hudson Collection

Collection number: MS-150-23

Scope and Contents

The collection contains periodicals, quarter stoles, banners used in Hekate's Sickle Festival (Taliesin, Danu, Morrigan, and Brighid), and Hudson's personal tabard and ritual robes.


  • 2023-08-15



3 Boxes



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift from Deborah K. Hudson in 2022


Deborah K. Hudson was born In Portland Oregon on March 15, 1951 to a large extended Irish Catholic family. This heritage was a major influence especially with the Catholic understanding of and use of spiritual ritual. There was an innate understanding of how to touch the inner soul. Both the emphasis on Marian worship and the mysterious world of the Celt left a lasting impression. The transition to Wicca was easy and smooth. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 1973 with a degree in English Literature and a secondary certificate for teaching. It was at this time that Wicca began to make itself felt Initially, study in mythology, folklore, Native American spirituality opened the door to alternative spiritual thinking. While these disciplines exerted a strong influence, Deborah did not feel a true connection to them. After her marriage to Raymond Martin Maialoha Jackson, a Native Hawaiian man in 1977, several things happened. She was exposed to Hawaiian spirituality, she gave birth to her daughter, Ka'ilikea, in 1980, and she finally found Wicca. Deborah initially practiced as a Solitary or with a small group of like-minded individuals. She attended the occasional group ritual including CUUPS, ERCA, and other groups. Her first exposure to the Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) occurred in 1988 at the Feast of Hekate. Her first Spring Mysteries Festival was in 1989. It would not be an untruth to say that the Lady Hekate raised her torch and showed her a Path. After joining the ATC, Deborah studied and learned her Craft earning her First, Second, and Third Degrees. She served nineteen years as Director for both Spring Mysteries and Hekate's Sickle. She expanded and renewed the Tradition studies program, initiated and oversaw the public education program, developed the first incarnation of the Woolston-Steen Seminary, and served on the Board of Directors. She was a delegate to the Interfaith Council of Washington for ten years serving as Vice-president in 1999. As a teacher of the Path, Deborah taught Tradition studies, public education classes, Seminary classes, and community classes. She represented the ATC at public events, did media work, did other outreach work. She did prison ministry at the Monroe Correctional Facility for ten years. Her greatest joy and love was presenting ritual both private and public, performing Rites of Passage from Wiccanings to memorials; serving her community the best she Could. Deborah served as High Priestess of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church from 1993 to 2000. In 2000 she was installed as Archpriestess serving until 2012 at which time she took emerita status and resigned from the Church. Also, in 2012, she took Fourth Degree and in 2013 separated the Aquarian Tradition from the Church. Since then she has continued Archpriestess overseeing the Tradition and its Path. [note this is written by Hudson]


Bonnabel, Katherine, 1959-

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Guy Frost
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Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
229-259-5055 (Fax)