It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of the passing of DJ Conway. DJ crossed over last week after a brief illness.
DJ authored more than 35 books and helped create several tarot decks—the majority with Llewellyn. She wrote on Paganism, Wicca, Druidry, Shamanism, and even some fiction. Most of her earliest books remain in print to this day (including her first book, Celtic Magic). Carl Llewellyn Weschcke was proud to have published her books and spoke of her fondly because she was an important voice in the community. Like Carl, DJ spent her time reading, researching, and writing. She is respected for her knowledge and as a teacher.
DJ’s work was also innovative and creative. Her popular Dancing with Dragons, Mystical Dragon Magick, and the Celtic Dragon Tarot (with Sirona Knight and Lisa Hunt) led us to affectionately call her the “Dragon Lady” around the office. DJ’s bio states that she studied the occult for over 35 years. In actuality, her experience went much deeper. In her latest book, Magical Folkhealing, she shares magical formulary that she learned from her grandmother. (As a young girl she copied down her grandmother’s recipes and spells to treat a host of ailments. She wrote them by hand in a flower-covered journal that she disguised by turning the book upside down and backwards.)
DJ had completed one last book for Llewellyn, Dragon Magick, that will be released in August of this year.