Episode 50: The Goddess Persephone With Robin Corak

For Magickal supplies made by and for Witches, supporting causes that matter, visit witchesresistance.com and enter code thatwitchlife at checkout to receive a 10% discount between now and 10/31/20! Thank you to The Witches Resistance for being an episode sponsor! Your hosts are safe from forest fires, but deep in smoke and evacuations. What a perfect time to talk about the Queen of the Underworld! Author Robin Corak talks with us about the goddess Persephone, getting in touch with personal power, and healing through Shadow work. A listener has multiple deities knocking at their door. Can they work with all of them or do they have to choose? Your hosts discuss what Magickal tools they would save if they only had minutes to escape a fire. Hilary discusses nettles in spellwork, Kanani reviews TWO movies and how she may found a new Magickal path. Join us on Patreon for a Persephone meditation led by Robin. Audio transcript to follow.

Our Guest Today

Robin Corak is the author of the Moon Books Pagan Portals title, Persephone: Practicing the Art of Personal Power. Robin has presented locally and at national conferences including Paganicon (2019), Pantheacon (2018), and the SOA Ninefold Festival (2019). A long time member of the Sisterhood of Avalon where she currently serves as the Board Secretary, Robin has also had her writing published in multiple anthologies and currently writes a blog for Agora Patheos entitled “Phoenix Rising”. In addition to having a passion for goddesses and myths, she has several years of experience with modalities such as Reiki, coaching, and tarot reading. Passionate about helping others achieve their full potential, she is also the CEO of a large, non-profit social services organization in Washington state. Robin is currently working on her next book about the goddess Demeter.

Resource List

Contact Robin:
Persephone: Practicing the Art of Personal Power
Robin’s website: www.phoenixawenrising.com
Robin’s blog: Agora Patheos “Phoenix Rising”

Ninefold Festival
Sisterhood of Avalon
Return to Oz (film)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
United Way of East Central Iowa
Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles

Oregon relief:
The Witches-PDX
PDX Ewoks
Outside-In
Esther’s Pantry

Notes from David Shi re: COVID Protection:

Hi all, This is David Shi.  I just listened to the latest podcast episode, and I heard the listener’s question about having to go back to teach an in-person class in an area with a covid surge.  I do feel compelled to share this one ceremony format that perhaps could be adapted for her situation (provided that the listener has access to nature/land).. this was used by multiple Mongolian Darkhad elder shamans back in April.. If you are able to pass this along to the listener, you are welcome to do so. Collect a pine branch (or any evergreen needle branch) with multiple smaller branches/twigs with needles coming off of it.  Write the names of herself and anyone she wishes to protect, and write them on small white strips of cloth (paper may work as well).  Tie these cloth strips onto the smaller branches coming off the larger branch.  Finish prepping the space spiritually. While holding and shaking the branch in both hands, call out to the ancestors, spirits, and gods that the person works with.  Sing if compelled.  Express deep emotional prayers while shaking the branch.  Pray for protection, as well as the strength to overcome covid-related obstacles.  If compelled, the names of the people that need protection can be said, along with their birth year and any significant astrological signs (we use the Asian astrological animals).  This process can/should take as long as it needs to.  Typically, this is when Mongolian shamans enter into a trance possession by their ancestral spirits, and the spirit through the body of the shaman directly charges the branch.  The pine branch, being an evergreen, is an expression of eternity/health and acts as both a vehicle for the working as well as a powerful offering to the spirits.  At some point, dip the base of the branch into a bowl of milk (just dip, no need to dunk), and let the milk drip off the branch while praying.  When done praying, plant the base of the branch into the ground.  If the person has an object they would like to charge for protection, have that object available as well, shake the branch over the object, and use this opportunity to charge the branch and the object with the same intention. If there are other people present, have them scatter milk and grain (typically rice or barley, but any should work) offerings upwards towards the sky (in all directions) and towards the ground (in all directions).  Leave some offerings addressing the ancestors and gods as well.  If nobody else is present, do these after the prayers, leave whatever grain remains at the base of the branch.  Milk is symbolic of life (first food that most animals take in from their mothers when born, also symbolic of motherly care), and grains are symbolic of eternity (as a handful contains many pieces of grain).  Traditionally, a cooked sheep is offered as well but that doesn’t have to be necessary for a western person (cooked food may be appropriate).  It is okay to eat some of the cooked food offerings, as these are considered to be food blessed by the spirits during the ceremony. My Darkhad shaman friends’ elders performed these at a spirit house of past shamans.  I would be mindful of where this is performed (and the pine branch planted).  Perhaps an area where the person commonly does spiritual work or leave offerings, and is typically undisturbed with little/no traffic.  When we did this, flocks of birds arrived and perched at the trees above us, letting us know that the spirits came and heard us. Anyways, just wanted to share this as I believe this would be very useful for that listener. Best, David

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Episode 49: To Coven Or Not? With Ivo Dominguez, Jr.

What is the role of a Witch’s Coven? Who should join one? Who shouldn’t? Witch, Author, and Elder of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Ivo Dominguez, Jr. meets with us to explore the benefits of working in a Coven, as well as its challenges. We also discuss best practice for working through issues within a Coven. Courtney shares how she met her husband, Hilary shares the Magick of blackberry, and Kanani’s shares her plans to energetically restore her home post-COVID quarantine. Plus, Coven in the time of COVID: Our listener is eager to find a group to practice with. How do they find that during the pandemic? Further discussion with Ivo at our Patreon page. Audio transcript to follow.

Our Guest Today

Ivo Dominguez, Jr. has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978. He currently serves as one of the Elders of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan syncretic tradition. The form of Wicca that the Assembly practices is syncretic and draws inspiration from Astrology, Qabala, the Western Magickal Tradition and the folk religions of Europe. His techniques and insights are rooted in a synthesis of traditional metaphysical teachings, modern science, and memories from past lives. He is a part of the core group that started and manages the New Alexandrian Library project.  Ivo is the author of Keys To Perception, Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans, Casting Sacred Space, Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels, and the Divine, Beneath the Skins, and the forthcoming The Four Elements of the Wise. In his mundane life, he has been a computer programmer, the executive director of an AIDS/HIV service organization, a bookstore owner, and many other things.

Resource List

Contact Ivo:
www.ivodominguezjr.com
Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
The New Alexandrian Library
United Way of East Central Iowa
Habitat for Humanity of Los Angeles

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Join Us For A Live Recording!

Hey Witches!

We are doing a LIVE RECORDING VIA ZOOM on Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Columbia-Willamette Valley Pagan Pride Day.

You are invited!

Our recording is scheduled for 3 p.m. PST (that’s USA West Coast time!), but the event goes all day with workshops from fabulous presenters, including TWL favorites Anjel, Annwyn Avalon, Thorne Davis, and Tomás Prower.

***ASL provided all day!***

And, it’s free!

To register and view schedule, please go to owow.org.

See you on Sept. 20! Let’s Mote That Shit!



Episode 48: Mushroom Magick With Anjel

Mushrooms are Magick. Witch and scientist Anjel joins us to explore the potential healing within fungi and the relationship between science and witchcraft. We discuss the divine within the fungal kingdom and what it can teach us about our bodies and spirits. Anjel also introduces us to the psilocybin therapy initiative on Oregon’s November ballot, and explains the difference between “Magick Mushrooms” as a party drug and their history a ritual tool of healing. Other topics include full moon Magick for September, awkward Witch talks at the doctor, and a BADASS candle maker. One listener, a teacher, must return to work during Covid. What Magick can they do to protect themselves? Audio transcript to follow.

Our Guest Today

Anjel is a queer nonbinary eclectic witch hailing from the New Orleans area currently living in Salem, OR. They are one of the lead coordinators of the Wild Witches of the Willamette and co-host of the Science Witch Podcast. They practice an eclectic style of witchcraft that incorporates herbalism, yoga, feminism, astrology, social and racial justice, southern conjure, alchemy, ancestor reverence, Jungian theory and tarot, and is in a constant search for ways in which science and witchcraft intersect, interact and affirm one another. Anjel holds a Master’s of Science in Biology/Ecology and has been employed in scientific fields for most of their adult life and firmly believes that science and witchcraft are one in the same . They are an avowed myco-evangelist with the strong conviction that mushrooms will save the world. They have a spiritual connection to plants from a witchy and scientific perspective and enjoy identifying and teaching about plants we find on witch walks hosted by the Wild Witches. They also love to crochet, draw, and dance, and can be found calling down the Goddess at the monthly full moon drum circles. They also can be found in sci-fi, table top rpg and furry fandom circles and conventions. They are a scion of the Egyptian Goddess of writing and science, Sheshat, and feel their calling is to facilitate synergy between science and spirituality that will help humanity survive and evolve.

Resource List

Contact Anjel:
Wild Witches of the Willamette
The Science Witch Podcast
IG: @anjelkitty
Food of the Gods (book)
From Phil Candles (Hilary’s Recommendation)
Oregon Psilocybin Initiative: voteyeson109.org
United Way of East Central Iowa
Habitat for Humanity of Los Angeles

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Bonus Episode: Burning Man Magick With Doctor Beverley

This is normally when the annual Burning Man Festival would take place but it is sadly canceled this year (thanks, Covid). Doctor Beverley returns to talk about the Magick of Burning Man, the festival’s culture and her role as a Temple Guardian at this event. She describes Spiritual and Magickal moments of simply being at the event, and the blessings and challenges of doing rituals at Burning Man. We also discuss the California wildfires and the devastating storms in the Midwest. Cover art courtesy of Doctor Beverley. Audio transcript to follow.

Our Guest Today

Doctor Beverley’s bio: Doctor Beverley is a “two-headed” conjure woman, an empath, and a justified spiritual worker. She is a Rootworker, a diviner skilled in bone reading and tarot. Formerly a Druid high priestess of the Druidic Craft of the Wise: the American Rite, she is a life-long student of herbalism, aromatherapy, African-American and Caribbean-American folk magic. Doctor Beverley custom-blends and handcrafts spiritual baths, condition soaps, oils, & sachets (in small batches, freshly made-to-order for each client). A Reiki Master and long-time yogi, she believes in the Mind-Body-Soul connection to spiritual growth and healing. Doctor Beverley is available for readings, rootwork, and spiritual counseling. She has a soft spot for sex workers, dancers, gamblers, and all those who are discriminated against in any way. She may be found on Facebook: Doctor Beverley, Spiritual Gangsta and online at www.DocBev.com.

Resource List

Connect with Doctor Beverley:
Website
Email
Facebook
Burning Man Virtual Burn
Original convo with Doctor Beverley, including Burning Man Pics
Help for Iowa:
United Way Of East Central Iowa
Food Bank of Iowa
The Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank
The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

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Episode 47: Music Magick With Jenna Greene

What is music without Magick…or Magick without music? Emmy-nominated musician and Witch Jenna Greene brings us *NEW* music from her forthcoming album and talks with us about how everyone has a gift to bring to heal this world. We also discuss channeling power into our Magick through music and working with the Shadow. Courtney talks about what to do when your dog eats your Magickal supplies and Kanani reviews “Ever After” (with Soleil!). A listener is in a nasty custody battle over a small child and a psychic reader says it’s due to a curse on the family. What should the listener do (Spoiler feelings: We have ***FEELINGS*** about this issue)! “Faerie Queen,” “Mermaid Song (for Yemaya),” and “In The Twilight” performed and used with courtesy by Jenna Greene.

Our Guest Today

Jenna Greene, “The Greene Lady”, is a weaver of musical myth and magic. With a voice that is both ethereal and soulful, she sings of ancient lore, finding wonder and following dreams. She beautifully interlaces her Celtic, World Folk and New Age influences to create a presentation of haunting ballads, drum-driven dance tunes, lilting harp and mythic story. In 2019, Jenna was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Film Composer for her work on the short film “The Woodland Alchemy.” She has released five albums and is working on a sixth entitled Deeper Waters; a dark and dreamy collection of original mythic songs that explore shadow work and the element of water. You can find Jenna performing at Celtic, Cultural, Faerie, Goddess, Renaissance, Natural Living and Holistic Healing festivals.  She also performs for weddings and other special occasions. When Jenna is not performing, she teaches workshops on the healing powers of music and myth.  She is also a visual artist and costumer.  Her newest passion is embodying various goddesses through cosplay, representing curvy women.

Resource List

Jenna Greene Website
Jenna Greene Patreon
Venmo: @JennaGreeneGLM
Jenna Greene Bandcamp
Dougie MacLean
Maiden Wax Magick

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Episode 46: Witches In Fiction With Zoraida Córdova

Witches love fiction and fiction loves Witches! Award-winning and New York Times Bestseller author Zoraida Córdova discusses her journey with Witchcraft and its influence on her fiction. She shares how Witchcraft and spirituality helped her build the world of her popular series: Brooklyn Brujas. We also discuss cultural context in creating a Magickal world and why readers keep returning to stories about Witches and Witchcraft. Digressions include: Vampires, Star Wars, “Charmed,” “Twilight,” “Buffy” and Luke Perry. Kanani talks about life in a house with COVID and Hilary talks about the use of yarrow. Plus, a psychic told our listener that they were “The Mother Gaia Incarnate.” What does THAT mean???

Our Guest Today

Credit: Sarah Elizabeth Younger

Zoraida Córdova is the author of many fantasy novels, including the award-winning Brooklyn Brujas series, Incendiary, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate, and The Way to Rio Luna. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, Star Wars: Clone Wars Stories of Light and Dark, and Come On In. She is the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old. She is the co-host of the writing podcast, Deadline City, with Dhonielle Clayton. Zoraida was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she’s not working on her next novel, she’s finding a new adventure.

Resource List

Zoraida Córdova Website
Brooklyn Brujas Series
Vampires Never Get Old
Vampires Never Get Old (The Podcast)
Julie Murphy
Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View
Silver Ravenwolf
Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Our Conversation with Paige Vanderbeck
Green Witchcraft by Paige Vanderbeck
The Plant Spirit Familiar by Christopher Penczak

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Episode 45: Yarn Magick With Nani Romanoff

Get your first 10-minute reading with Keen for only $1.99:  https://trykeen.com/thatwitchlife. Because you deserve answers. Thank you to Keen for sponsoring this episode! Today, we geek out over Witch-CRAFTING! Witch and yarn artisan Nani Romanoff talks with us about working Magick through fiber arts, including its meditative qualities, and using yarn to create incredible spells and talismans. We also explore the crucial but under-appreciated use of texture in a spell’s components. Kanani and Courtney talk about their participation in the Portland protests, Hilary shares dandelion Magick, and we all drool over a s’mores ritual for kids. Listener question: Is it Magick or just our mind playing tricks?

Our Guest Today

Nani Romanoff is a Black and Native Hawaiian fiber artist and witch. Their cultural traditions are the backbone of both their art and their magical practice. Nani is a Grave Witch. For them, this means that much of their magical practice is centered around interacting with ancestors, spirits and the dead. They embrace magic that is often written off as “dark” or “spooky” and are very firmly pro-hex. They spend a lot of time knitting in graveyards. Their art can be found in their shop at CastAndCraft.etsy.com

Resource List

Cast and Craft (Nani’s Etsy store)
Nani Romanoff on Instagram
The Witches Resistance
“The Herb Book” by John Lust

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Episode 44: Lunar Magick with Jhenah Telyndru

Get your first 10-minute reading with Keen for only $1.99:  https://trykeen.com/thatwitchlife. Because you deserve answers. Thank you to Keen for sponsoring this episode! Thirteen moons in a year…and they each have a Magickal role! Author and priestess Jhenah Telyndru talks about Lunar Magick inspired by Britannic mythology. We discuss myth as response to human experience and how the phases of the Moon can aid in personal transformation. We also offer suggestions for celebrating the Full Moon on August 3. Listener question: Is the Morrigan summoning someone to work with the dead? Plus, Courtney’s super-meta zombie-nightmare, an awesome artist, and an ancient mystery: How much caffeine is JUST TOO MUCH? Kanani might know. 

Our Guest Today

Jhenah Telyndru is an author, speaker, and educator.  She is the founder of the Sisterhood of Avalon, a Celtic women’s mysteries organization with world-wide membership, and is the academic dean of the Avalonian Theological Seminary. Jhenah holds a Masters Degree in Celtic Studies from the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, and did her undergraduate studies in archaeology. She teaches four-day residential training retreats around North America and the UK, and facilitates pilgrimages to sacred sites in the British Isles and Ireland through Mythic Seeker Tours. She is a frequent presenter and guest speaker at academic conferences, religious symposia, Women’s Spirituality gatherings, and Pagan festivals. A priestess in the Avalonian Tradition for over 30 years, Jhenah has been following a Pagan path since 1986.

Resource List

Water of Whimsy (Artist)
Jhenah Telyndru (website)
Mythic Moons of Avalon by Jhenah Telyndru
The Sisterhood of Avalon
Ninefolds Festival

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Episode 43: Plant Magick with Christopher Penczak Plus Lúnasa Rites and Rituals

Get your first 10-minute reading with Keen for only $1.99: https://trykeen.com/thatwitchlife. Because you deserve answers. Thank you to Keen for sponsoring this episode! It’s the height of summer and we are all about the outdoors Magick! Guest Christopher Penczak joins us to discuss forming Magickal relationships with plants, making bonds with specific individual plant energies, reading messages from plants, and showing gratitude to plant allies. We also discuss feeling like an outcast among outcasts, the periodic importance of being a skeptical Witch, and the role of verification. We answer a listener question on using salt in rituals while being mindful of environmental. Courtney shares Lúnasa history and ways to celebrate the holiday, Kanani reviews “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” and Hilary fights the spider mites. Other digressions include the protests in Portland, the horror of ladybugs, and drama at the grocery store. For bonus content, follow us on Patreon. Audio transcript to follow.

Our Guest Today

Christopher Penczak is a Witch, teacher, writer and healing practitioner. His practice draws upon the foundation of both modern and traditional Witchcraft blended with the wisdom of mystical traditions from across the globe as a practitioner and teacher of shamanism, tarot, Reiki healing, herbalism, astrology and Qabalah. He is the founder of the Temple of Witchcraft tradition and system of magickal training based upon the material of his books and classes. He is an ordained minister primarily serving the New Hampshire and Massachusetts pagan and metaphysical communities through public rituals, private counsel and teaching, though he travels extensively teaching throughout the United States.

Resource List

Christopher Penczak (website and newsletter)
The Plant Spirit Familiar
Temple of Witchcraft
Lúnasa: A Short History Of An Ancient Festival
Irish Pagan School Lúnasa Course
Smoke and Mirrors (Snow Glass and Apples)
Laurie Cabot
Storm Faerywolf

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