Lady Sintana (Candace Lehrman White) 1937 – 2010

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  September 18, 2010 — 12 Comments

Word has come to us that Lady Sintana (Candace Lehrman White) passed away yesterday after a battle with lung cancer. A former burlesque dancer in the 1960s, Lady Sintana founded the Ravenwood Tradition of Witchcraft, and started the Ravenwood Church and Seminary of Wicca, Inc. in 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. This was at a time when Paganism was not widely accepted, certainly not in the South, and she faced constant harassment.

“The burned crosses if they could get near enough, and they would come with Molotov cocktails. They would come with pickup trucks, shotguns, Doberman dogs, and gas cans. The lighthearted ones would come to do a little initiation experience like the Georgia Tech football players. They would try to piss on the Witches’ porch. They would throw rocks, bottles, coke cans, fire on the sacred circle where we did our rituals.”Lady Sintana, “People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out”

Lady Sintana

Over the years she not only worked to gain acceptance for modern Paganism in Atlanta, but made great strides for the civil rights of all Pagans through her many court battles. She was a giant within the world of Traditional Craft, and leaves behind an impressive legacy.

Here’s a statement from the House of Ravenwood on her passing.

“Our Lady Sintana’s life’s work was instrumental on both the local and federal level in the fight to insure the freedom for all witches to practice our religion.  Through court battles, public education and continual spiritual guidance of those drawn to our faith, Lady Sintana led Ravenwood to become one of the first churches of Wicca to receive 501(c) 3 status as a not-for-profit church.  Her pioneering efforts led to the granting of tax exemption rights, gathering rights and zoning rights for Ravenwood, setting critical precedents in the ongoing fight for religious tolerance.  Many of the privileges that Wiccans and Pagans enjoy today are the direct result of her irrepressible will and courage.”

PNC-Georgia will be providing more information concerning Lady Sintana’s passing as it’s made available. My deepest condolences to Lady Sintana’s family, friends, and the entire Ravenwood Tradition. May she rest in the arms of her gods and return to us again.

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • tjRhino

    She is such an inspiration

  • T. thorn Coyle

    What is remembered, lives. Thanks for this news.

  • Lady Sintana was a lighthouse to witches the world over. She was my initiator, mentor and priestess. I will miss her dearly


  • Helen

    She was my first teacher in the Craft and helped me to lay a foundation for the rest of my life. She will live on in the hearts of those who knew her. Merry meet, Dear Lady, merry part, and merry meet again.

  • Drudwyn

    Lady Sintana was my first teacher of Traditional Craft. She will be sorely missed. May she find peace and comfort in the Summerlands.

  • I crossed her doorstep and entered into the Magickal House of Ravenwood in 1979. My own path led me elsewhere but her “joi de vive” and feistiness were an inspiration to a new seeker and motivation to persist on this long journey. She is a bright star in the heavens.
    Merry Part and Merry Meet Again
    Lady Magdalena and Lord Myrddin
    The Grove of Phoenix Rising

  • Nashira

    Lord Horus…Unfortunately you are correct. It hurts my heart to see what has happened to Lady Sintana's work.

  • Lord Thespis Senatus

    I think the following from Virgil expresses my thoughts on Lady Sintana.

    Aab uno disce omnes(from one, learn all)

  • Joe Robison

    I started at Ravenwood April 13, 1979. Assume many remember we used to
    have open house and classes every Friday night.
    Sometimes we do not know what we have until it is gone.
    I know The Lady had love in her heart for myself and each of us, may her love
    live in my heart always. And my love for her always.
    When I first heard the news I felt an empty space in my heart,
    then remembered her love for us(me).
    Joe Robison

  • David Eberhardt

    Blessed Be! I am just now learning of dearest Lady Sintana's passing. I met her at Ravenwood in Atlanta just after I had three root canals requiring hospitalization in 1977. I was looking for some advice to relieve extreme pain. Unexpectedly, someone I had known for a long time answered the door. Lady Sintana recommended the Middle Pillar Ritual. Providentially by harmonious coincidence, I had just bought a book teaching the Middle Pillar Ritual (The Miracle of ­New Avatar Powe­r – by Geoff Gr­ay-Cobb) . I learned it and have used it frequently, often with miraculous results. Although I am not an initiate of Wicca, I always felt welcome and it always felt good to be at Ravenwood. I visited Ravenwood and Lady Sintana many times for rituals, parties and just socially. I was at Ravewnwood the day that Lady Sintana was presented with her charter. She introduced me to some wonderfully powerful persons. She did a hand fasting for my Lady and I. Beautiful memories!
    David Eberhardt

  • Maia DeMers

    This woman was my aunt. We never got to meet because her brother, my biological father, was never a part of my life. When I finally spoke to him, all I got from him was the name “Lady Sintana” and a warning to never contact her. I did my research and learned that my entire life I have lived feeling like a black sheep in my family, not know until my late twenties that I have an aunt that I can relate to on so many levels. I wanted to contact my aunt and got in touch with someone named Linara whp said it would be difficult for me to be in touch with my aunt. This was the summer before she died.

    I was hoping that one day I could visit her, ask her stories, find out more about my history, my roots, where I come from. Now I feel a great loss for never having had the chance to meet this woman that sounds amazing. She sounds like someone in my family I could have connected with. I mourn for the loss of a stranger, but someone who shares my blood. I feel robbed that I never had the opporunity ti know her.

    So, my dear aunt, Lady Sintana, “Candy” as my family referred to you… I wish we had met. I know that learning about you is an important part of my personal journey. I thank you for living a life that was your own, for not backing down, for helping others,..and for standing firm in who you are. I think if we had met, we would have found we are alike in many way. May you be at peace and living freely.


    If anyone can tell me more about my aunt, I would appreciate it. My biological father won’t tell me much and they were estranged. I really would like to know more about the aunt I never got the chance to know. please email me: