Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart

27 May 1948
13 May 2014
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Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart (May 27, 1948 – May 13, 2014), born as Diana Moore, subsequently known as Morning Glory Ferns, Morning Glory Zell and briefly Morning G’Zell, was a Neopagan community leader, author, lecturer, and priestess of the Church of All Worlds. An advocate of polyamory, she is credited with coining the word.With her husband Oberon Zell-Ravenheart she designed deity images.

In St. Louis, Morning Glory studied and was made a priestess of Zell’s Church of All Worlds. She helped him edit the group’s journal, Green Egg. In 1976 the two began almost a decade of traveling, adventure, and living in various retreats and in a school bus they converted to a mobile home. They founded the Ecosophical Research Association in 1977 at Coeden Brith, a ranch in rural Mendocino County, California, northwest of Ukiah, to investigate arcane lore and legends of cryptids such as Bigfoot and mermaids.Their wandering years ended in 1985 when they took up permanent residence at Coeden Brith, initially for the purpose of raising “unicorns” created from horn surgery on baby goats, which they did.

In 1979 Timothy Zell changed his first name to Otter, and for a short time the couple styled their surnames as G’Zell, a contraction of Glory Zell. In 1994 he changed his name to Oberon.

For Morning Glory, the ideal marriage has always been an open one, and her relationship with Zell developed into a polyamorous one made up of three people from 1984 to 1994, including Diane Darling. When this arrangement ended, Zell and Morning Glory bonded with others to make a marriage of fiveand sometimes six.The group took the collective surname Zell-Ravenheart, and lived in two large homes. Morning Glory’s May 1990 article “A Bouquet of Lovers”, first published in Green Egg, promoted the concept of a group marriage having more than two partners. The article is widely cited as the original source of the word “polyamory”, although the word does not appear in the article—the hyphenated form “poly-amorous” does instead.

With Darling, Morning Glory revived Green Egg in May 1988. The journal had been defunct since 1976. In 1990, she established the business Mythic Images, offering for sale reproductions of goddess and mythology sculptures crafted by Zell. Morning Glory ran the business in addition to lecturing and writing.

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