Scott Michael Stenwick was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1969. A natural storyteller from early childhood, he was drawing pictures and assembling them into simple narratives before he could read or write.
He was exposed to computers in 1977 when his elementary school acquired an Apple II, and has been writing and programming ever since. Later, he developed an interest in esoteric studies as a teenager following in the footsteps of his great-grandmother, a professional astrologer and medium, and began practicing ritual and ceremonial magick.
Scott attended Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and graduated in 1991 with a degree in psychology. In college he worked on two novels in addition to his studies but eventually decided that neither was suitable for publication without substantial revision. One of these novels went on to become Arcana, released in December 2009 by Pendraig Publishing. After graduation he went to work in the computer field and built a career as a software developer and information technology consultant.
Scott lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters. After years of solitary magical and mystical work, he joined Ordo Templi Orientis in 1995 and became a Freemason in 1997. He currently serves as a Chartered OTO Initiator at Leaping Laughter Lodge and served as Master of Braden Lodge #168 in 2002. In addition, he is part of a smaller magical working group that has been in operation since 2002 and performed numerous experimental workings.
Scott’s magical motto is Ananael Qaa, meaning “the secret wisdom of creation” in the Angelic language revealed to John Dee and Edward Kelley in the sixteenth century. Under that motto he maintains a blog dedicated to the discussion of magical techniques, the Western Esoteric Tradition, and current events related to magick and spirituality, called Augoeides – Spiritual Technology for a New Aeon. “Augoeides” (ow-go-EYE-dees) is a Greek term that refers to the essential spiritual/magical self.