In Honor of Our Founder
Pete Pathfinder Davis
1937 – 2014
Born on Ostara, 1937
Crossed into the Summerlands on Samhain, 2014
Thank you Heather Greene for this beautiful article from the Wild Hunt:
On Oct 31 at 6:00pm PST, Pierre Claveloux Davis, also known as Pete Pathfinder, passed away. The announcement was made by the Aquarian Tabernacle Church:
[Pete] was surrounded by loved ones, and went peacefully in his bed. Today, on our most holy day, when the barrier between the Worlds was at its thinnest, and on the 35th anniversary of the founding of his life’s work, The Aquarian Tabernacle Church; our Grandmother Hekate, Patron Goddess of our Order came across and brought home with her one of her most devoted sons. Founder of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church, Panegyria Magazine, Spiral Scouts, The Pagan Information Network, and Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary, Pete’s contribution to Wicca, and Pagan rights can never be overstated. From prison ministries, to Veterans rights, and his ability to standardize our faith through the Government, Pete’s legacy, and the freedoms enjoyed from his actions will be felt throughout the duration of Wicca on Earth.
Pete Pathfinder was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1937 to a Catholic father and Pagan mother. However it wasn’t until he was 37 years old that he himself fully entered into the Pagan world as a Wiccan initiate. Then in 1976, he relocated to Index, Washington — the place he would call home for the rest of his life.
Once established in Washington, Pete began to realize his dream of creating an oasis for local pagans. On Samhain 1979, Pete established the Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC). In 1983, he himself initiated into the New Wiccan Church (Kingstone) tradition. Then, in the winter 1984, ATC members performed a ritual dedicating their own newly built MoonStone ritual circle, located on Pete’s property. From that point on, ATC began to grow and Pete’s dream evolved into something new; something bigger. He wanted to establish a legally-recognized Wiccan church. – See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2014/11/pete-pathfinder-1937-2014.html#sthash.BbKEd4Zt.dpuf. – see more at: http://wildhunt.org/2014/11/pete-pathfinder-1937-2014.html
Quotes about Pete from Facebook:
Jeanine and Jon Lesniak: Jon and I had the honor of calling Pete “friend” for the better part of 25 years.Pete lived by his own advice and accomplished so much, and won so much respect for doing so. Blessed Be!
Friend: I have been truly blessed by my association with you. Your great work, your life, has been an inspiration to me. The time we have been able to spend together, has truly blessed and energized me. I will miss your biting wit, your keen mind, and your single minded focus.
Jacqueline Mackenzie: Like me, I am sure there are many Elders who have gone on to help seekers on their life’s pathway to spiritual enlightenment because Rt. Rev. Pete Pathfinder Davis was their Elder’s guide. The gifts that this teacher gave to me can neither be explained or even named on this plane. May his work be forever remembered in the hearts and minds of his students. May ATC continue to grow under those who he trusted to carry on n his physical absence regardless of what the future holds.
Community Member: Even though we knew his time was near, my heart is sad this night. Go softly into that good night, you will be missed.
Melissa Anderson: From us at Circle of Ancient Sisters, we offer condolences and much sadness this great loss to the Pagan Community.. we shall place a sacred candle on our alters around the world for yet another blessed elder..
Halo Stormchaser:I love you Pete. You have always been there for me and a joy in my life. I will miss you more then you know. I know I will see you again one day in the Summerlands. I will never forget you.
Reohad McCloud: Pete, I loved going out to visit you and sit in the library and talk. Thank you for all you have done to make the world a better place for pagans everywhere. Walk in Beauty
Gabriel Matson: “Mother of all, absorb the spirit of our loved one, back into your womb from which he was born, There, reshape him in your place of molding, preparing him for rebirth among his people.”
—A book of Pagan Prayer, Ceisiwr Serith
Loved One: We were so blessed with the time that we spent with him, even with all of his health issues, he made sure to welcome us into his heart and life. We will miss him! Love and healing to you in this darkened time! Leave it to Pete to cross on exactly the 35th Anniversary of the ATC (his great work) and the thinnest of the veil.
Janice Brown: About 19 years ago I met Pete, he became one of my closest friends. In the 5 years that I lived in WA, became more that a friend, I called him “Dad”. He was my east coast dad as he and I would say. I spend many hours at the Tab helping out with festivals, rituals and other jobs as needed. While there Pete and I talked a lot, and over a short time he became a Dad to me. Even though I moved back to the east coast, my heart was still there with Pete and my Wa Family. Pete, you were my friend, teacher….and proud to say “my west coast Dad”. Your love and memory will always be in my heart. Rest in peace Dad…love you always.
Erin L Peterson: Pete Pathfinder married my wife and I in 2002 he counseled us several times before officiating the ceremony. He will be dearly missed…. Blessed be Pierre and Merry part…
The Community: May he rest in the arms of the Goddess.
For those that wish to come in perfect love and perfect trust to honor Pete’s passing, there will be several celebrations. Please attend any or all events that suit you.
- November 8th 2014 – Full Moon Memorial – Moonstone Circle, Index, WA
- December 27th, 2014 – The Passing of the Holly King – Seattle, WA
- April 2nd-5th, 2015, Spring Mysteries Festival – Honoring Memorial for Pete, Fort Flagler, WA