Hey friends and family of That Witch Life! Hilary is turning 40!!!
You are invited to a virtual party on Thursday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m. PST!
Join Courtney and Kanani in celebrating Hilary. Courtney will read Hilary’s Tarot, and she’ll open presents from us both. We’ll chat a little Witchcraft and even do some Q&A with the guests and yes, the Screaming Goat will make an appearance.
Hey Witchkin! Yesterday, those of you who follow our blog just got 45 emails in a row. We were doing some website updates and something got tripped. Sorry about that! You can blame Kanani. That’s what we normally do. Thanks for your patience!
It’s a different kind of Bealtaine for all of us! Your favorite Witches discuss how to celebrate the festive Sabbat while still practicing social distancing. Special guest Thorne Davis joins us to discuss suggestions for a solo-Bealtaine and shares how the pandemic has affected the deaf and hard of hearing communities. They also give us a 101 on working with pendulums. Kanani reviews “The Wicker Man” and may never forgive Courtney, ever. ASL interpretation provided by Mel DeLeon and Grace Totherow.
Thorne Davis was born and raised native to the Pacific Northwest in Portland, Oregon. Thorne’s pronouns are they/them and he/him. Their family of origin was hearing and religious and their parents divorced when they were young (a whole other story there!). They grew up with all the “isms”: homophobia, etc, among many things. Born deaf, Thorne grew up bilingual in both Sign Language and English. They first came out around 22 to 23 years old, at the same time as they were questioning a lot related to spirituality and religion. During the beginning of the middle of their Saturn return, their innate magic woke up in some pretty major ways and there was no turning back. Thorne’s first steps were Tarot and then onwards to different paths, modalities, etc. There is a constant journey of unfolding and discovery of self and who they are. Thorne is a Gemini sun, Leo rising, and Cancer moon creature person. Several of their identity layers are Super Fae, As They Come, Witchy Magical, Queer, Queer AF, Poly-hearted, Gender-fluid, Trans Masculine, Two Spirit, Walk Between, Pansexual, and so on. Thorne is a total Astro nerd among other things, too. They’re active in a couple of community intersecting spaces, including the Queer and Deaf communities. Email Thorne or follow them on Instagram. Their website is www.spiritoracle.com.
Hey, guess what? This is an episode you can listen to with your kiddos because we watch our language and everything! Today, Kanani’s daughter Soleil joins us to discuss introducing your children to Witchcraft. She answers listener questions including, what is it like to be a child Witch? How does a child practice Magick? What can children do when teased or bullied for being Witches? Other topics include working through grief, prank calls, and Greyhound bus horror stories.
Long before she was born, Soleil made herself known to both her mother (Kanani) and her Auntie Coco (Courtney) via various messages and encounters. Born in Portland OR , Soleil has grown up in an environment with spiritual activity that has sometimes has scared her. She is interested in learning about meditation, Magick and the Fair Folk. At 9 years old, she has had ghost and fairy encounters and is learning how to react to these sightings. She is currently a BPSA Scout, learning about nature and conservation. She is also interested in soccer, dance, crafts and listening to music. Her favorite phrase is “stay strong and be calm.” #mymomwon’tletmeoninsta
Kanani’s fangirling reaches record-breaking proportions on this one as we’re discussing her very favorite topic…The Good Folk! Author Morgan Daimler joins us for a fascinating discussion on Fairy lore and helps us explore a big question among modern Witches: Can you (or should you…) work with Fairies in Magick? We share our own experiences with The Good Folk, offer suggestions for the upcoming New Moon, and discuss why Peter Pan is actually the worst. Don’t forget! We are donating 10% of our April sales to The Pride Foundation’s COVID-19 response. This includes retail and wholesale items. Also, leave us a review on Applecasts, and let us know what you thinkof the show!
Morgan Daimler is a witch who follows a path inspired by the Irish Fairy Faith. A wandering priestess of the aos sidhe, Morgan teaches classes on Irish myth, fairies, and related subjects around the United States and online as well as having a Youtube channel focused on fairylore. Morgan’s writing has appeared in many different magazines and anthologies; they are also the author of a variety of books including the urban fantasy/paranormal romance series Between the Worlds, and through Moon Books Pagan Portals Fairy Witchcraft, Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk, and A New Dictionary of Fairies.
What day is it…lunch? As your favorite Witches navigate loss, grief, and more social isolation, we are delighted to welcome Laura Tempest Zakroff, who shows us how to use sigils Magick, and how they can be especially helpful during the pandemic. She also introduces us to our new favorite catch-phrase, “Stop doing Magickal triage!” We answer listener questions (“What is an analytical Witch to do?” “Does an accurate psychic have religious bias?”) and discuss the cause we are supporting right now. Digressions include Rhode Island vampires, secret passageways, and century-old letters from a lovestruck girl named Velma.
Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and Modern Traditional Witch. She is the author of the best-selling books Weave the Liminal and Sigil Witchery, as well as The Witch’s Cauldron, and the co-author of The Witch’s Altar. Laura blogs for Patheos and Witches & Pagans, contributes to The Witches’ Almanac, Ltd, and edited TheNew Aradia: A Witch’s Handbook to Magical Resistance. Her first oracle deck, The Liminal Spirits Oracle, will be available in Spring 2020. Visit her at www.LauraTempestZakroff.com.
Your hosts, Kanani, Courtney or Hilary, wrote 9 original spells for you to practice and enjoy at home. Now, you can buy the whole set! Each set includes one That Witch Life Podcast 3″ sticker and the 9 different spell cards. All items are mailed out with a return address of T.W.L. to ensure no one knows your witchy business if you don’t want them to.
Witch Yourself AND Help People In Need!
The Pride Foundation has developed a COVID-19 task force, supporting LGBTQIA+ persons affected by the pandemic. For the entire month of April, That Witch Life will be donating 10% of sales to this important cause. This includes our retail and wholesale merchandise.
You have your candles, your stones, Tarot cards and herbs…have you added a bit of scent to your spells as well? Carla Gaskins-Nathan joins us to talk about aromatherapy; what it is and how scent strengthens Magick. Meanwhile, we’re all still trying to stay calm as we social distance, and Carla gives us a peek into being a healer in the current pandemic epicenter. Digressions include Cadbury Creme Eggs, mermaid face masks, tiara shopping and what we’re NOT doing with our Witchcraft right now (but should be). Also, what should Kanani watch??? Tell us!
Carla Gaskins-Nathan is the founder and CEO of Zelah LLC and Rooted Bodywork, her private massage practice. Carla works as an individual and organizational wellness consultant, educator, and practitioner of healing arts. As a solo practitioner, Carla is working on remembering and reclaiming the practices of her ancestors, going where spirit takes them and embracing community where love is found. They believe that “through caring for ourselves we are able to fully engage with our life, work and communities.” Carla focuses her work on LGBTQ communities of color yet opens her practice to all that see the importance of holistic wellness. Carla is a lecturer and writer, and has been featured in various podcasts, conferences, and magazine articles. IG @rootedbodywork, www.Rootedbodywork.com, www.carlanathan.com.
Herbs, spells and stones–none of these prevent COVID-19, but Najah Lightfoot joins us to share ways to ground, center, and shield us from the heavy energy of this challenging time. We discuss the benefit of toning down our news intake, cleansing practices (especially for medical or other essential workers), television and movies we’ve been using to distract ourselves, including a widely-beloved movie that Kanani announces she hates. Hilary lists another cause to help support communities during this time. Are you a Witch who is also an artist, musician, or owns a small business? Let us know so we can promote your work!
Najah Lightfoot is an initiated member of La Source Ancienne Ounfo, a private Vodou society in New Orleans, Louisiana, a sister-priestess of the Divine Feminine, and an active member of the Denver Pagan Community. She keeps her magick strong through the practice of Kung Fu, the folk magick of Hoodoo, Pagan rituals and her belief in the Mysteries of the Universe. She finds inspiration in movies, music, and the blue skies of Colorado. Najah Lightfoot is also a regular contributing author to the Llewellyn Almanac series. Find her online at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram:@najahlightfoot.
Today, we discuss COPING. Your favorite Witches share how they are each getting through the shelter-in-place orders and the uncertainty of the moment. Special guest Mat Auryn returns to lead us in a discussion on living in the times of The Tower and the Star from the Tarot, and offers tips for meditating during this trying time. Also, will Britney Spears save us all??? Are you an artist or musician? Send us the links of where people can buy your stuff! What craft projects have you done since this whole thing began? Email us and tell us about it!
Mat Auryn is a witch, professional psychic, and occult teacher throughout the New England. He has been drawn to the occult and metaphysical since an early age, reading books on witchcraft at eight years old. He is an initiate of Black Rose Witchcraft, The Cabot-Kent Hermetic Temple, and the Temple of Witchcraft. He is currently a High Priest in the Sacred Fires Tradition of Witchcraft. Mat has had the honor and privilege of studying under Christopher Penczak, Laurie Cabot, Devin Hunter, Storm Faerywolf, Chas Bogan, Jason Miller, and other prominent witchcraft teachers and elders. He runs the blog For Puck’s Sake on Patheos Pagan and writes the column “Extra Sensory Witchcraft” in Witches & Pagans Magazine. He has been featured in various magazines, radio shows, podcasts, books and other periodicals such as Witch Way Magazine, DisInfo, and The Wild Hunt. To find out more about him and his work visit, www.MatAuryn.com.