We’re recording from Sunfest! Courtney and Kanani interview special guests Janet Farrar and Gavin bone, who discuss the history of working with the words Witch versus Pagan, the evolution of modern Witchcraft through the 80s and 90s. Janet and Gavin share stories about famous Witches Doreen Valiente, Alex Sanders, and Gerald Gardner. Also discussed: the problem with “Sacred Bookism,” putting your leaders on pedestals, and reading rituals off pieces of paper. Janet and Gavin also offer their advice for new Witches and suggestions on evading Witchcraft dogma. Plus, a walk down Kanani’s memory Witch-lane, the problem with time travel, and a bunch of bad Monty Python jokes.
Our Guests Today
Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone are practicing Wiccans (modern witches) and authors who publish books on the subjects of Paganism, Magick and Witchcraft. Prior to the death of Janet’s first husband (Stewart Farrar), Janet and Stewart were recognized as experts on Witchcraft and the Occult, perhaps best known for co-authoring A Witch’s Bible. Gavin joined them in 1993, and has since worked with them on The Pagan Path, The Healing Craft, The Complete Dictionary of European God and Goddesses, and the The Inner Mysteries. Their current work is in the areas of Spiritism and Trance Prophesy, regularly conducting practical workshops in these fields for the Pagan community. Janet is also a professional Tarot Reader and counsellor who has trained in Jungian psychology, and Caballistic training. Gavin is an Empathic Healing Medium, training in spiritual healing in the 1980’s and initiated into three different traditions of Wicca, including Seax-Wica and Alexandrian. Gavin was also part of the Traditional British Shamanism revival in the UK during the 1980’s. He also works as a Tour Guide taking groups around the ancient sites of Ireland. Janet is registered in Ireland to do legal handfastings (pagan marriages) in the Republic of Ireland by the Pagan Federation Ireland the General Registry Office. Both Janet and Gavin believe that witchcraft is a traditional of healing and self-discovery, as well as an occult practice. It is not dogmatic by nature, but evolves according to culture and circumstance. It is a spirituality, focusing around some of the most ancient of magical practices of mankind.
Many Witches came to the Craft because of psychic experiences. Can anyone develop psychic ability, or is it something you must be born with? What does it all mean? What do you do when the psychic moments are too much? If you call yourself a psychic, do you have to be accurate ALL of the time? Guest Mat Auryn, author of the forthcoming Psychic Witch, helps answer some of these questions and more. Your favorite Witches also discuss their own psychic experiences. We even get a little political, discussing current leaders and society’s collective shadow and how both have influenced the rise in Witchcraft, today.
Plus, Courtney’s new book is available for pre-order! Also, a reminder to shop local, the worst thing you can say to an author (or singer), Courtney is psychically connected to Kanani’s birth control for whatever reason, and Hilary has better friends than everyone else.
Our Guest Today
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.
Subscribe to us! We’re now on ITunes, Spotify, Pocketcasts and Google Play! Let us know what you think–rate us and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Several months into the podcast, we discuss our individual Magickal practices as of late. Courtney talks about her new book (which makes her cry and gives her nightmares), loss, and Magickal messages from mundane things. Hilary discusses running her first 5K, dedicated to her departed uncle. Kanani leads a discussion on when and how to talk to your kids about Magick and ghosts. Plus, more Dairy Queen adventures and a very “special” guest.
Herbs are a cornerstone of spells in Witchcraft, but they can be tricky! We are joined today by Erika Fortner who give us a whole list of fabulous herbs to use and how to use them in our spells, including the risks of using certain herbs. She also gives us a glimpse into the life of a Magick shop owner. We also talk about the personal responsibility in Witchcraft, mean people, dog snot, dangerous shapewear, and a Magick book you DON’T need to read. Plus, it’s Hilary’s birthday!!! ***Please note–the herbs discussed are for informational use, only. Please consult a medical practitioner before using herbs topically or internally.***
Our Guest Today
Erika Fortner, founder and Head Mistress of The House of Twigs, has been a Tarot reader, Witch, medium and Psychic for 23+ years. She is also the Head Mistress and Curator of THoT: The School of Ritual, Keven Craft Rituals, and the newest addition q. Meb (Queen Meb).
She is an Artist with a BFA from Pratt Institute and has an extensive fine Art background in NYC with one of the top Artists in the world working with museums such as the MOMA and Guggenheim as well as living in Berlin, Germany and Venice, Italy.
She is an eclectic energy worker (Reiki master as well as other healing modalities) Shamanic/folklore Witch; specializing in her own style of in-depth Tarot reading, crystal work, and channeling.
She favors the Morrighan, Isis, Hecate, Freya, and Cernnunos. Erika’s inspiration of ritual comes from many areas, including her family lineage which connects to the first Kings of Ireland, Queen Maeb, the King of the Picts, as well as connections with the Welsh Lewellyn family, the Scottish McLaughlins, De Forsythe and McCloud clans.
She has worked for the Psychic Friends network while in Brooklyn before deciding the ethos of the company didn’t align with her practice.
She now has her roots planted in Portland, Oregon with her partner and daughter.
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“I don’t practice Magick. I live a spiritual life.”
This week, we are talking all about the ethics of Witchcraft! When should we use Magick? When shouldn’t we? We also explore the (in)famous Law of Three and the idea of Karma (will Magick come back to bite our Witchy asses?), when hexes might be appropriate, the dangers of broadcasting your work on social media, and when casting a spell might not be advisable. Courtney tells a story of how her ex cast a spell that backfired spectacularly (his job literally went to shit…). Plus, special guest Andrea Weston joins us to tell us how to make powerful-and ethical–Magick.
Our Guest Today
Andrea Weston of Ambrozine LeGare Conjure is a Medium, Rootworker, Spiritual Consultant and Teacher that provides spiritual services to her many clients across the globe. Andrea started her professional business as a spiritual consultant in 2009 and in 2015 founded Ambrozine LeGare Conjure. Prior to opening up a dedicated business as a Consultant, Diviner, Teacher and Rootworker, Andrea consulted and did spiritual work privately for friends and family. During her personal spiritual journey, Andrea discovered the beauty and healing of Reiki and went on to become a Reiki Practitioner. During this time she also initiated into the Palo Kimbisa religion. Since opening Ambrozine LeGare Conjure, Andrea has taught conjure both publicly and privately, participated in religious and secular conferences that address the needs of underserved communities and volunteers her time and services to help victims of abuse. When Andrea is not working as a Spiritual Consultant she sends her time writing, performing, cooking, making incense and traveling with her family.
“We are being called by the drums and the blood…” Special guest Remy Ilmatar-Hayden joins the Witches for a rousing and powerful discussion on involving Ancestors in personal Witchcraft practices. They discuss how to approach Ancestors (both of blood and of choice) as well as how to draw boundaries with Them, setting up an Ancestor altar, looking at famous or collective Ancestors, and departed friends becoming Beloved Dead. Plus, Courtney visits the Masons and after two and a half decades of being friends, she and Hilary discover that Kanani doesn’t do cold food.
Our Guest Today
Mrs. Remy Ilmatar-Hayden, 38, originally from Oakland CA; where she first met the Goddess. Remy is a Reiki Master/Teacher, a Psychic medium, Tantric Priestess, High Priestess to The Mother Goddess and Eclectic Hoodoo Witch. She has worked with the Goddess and the power of the Ancestors to effect healing and create magick for more than 20 years. Remy is an active member of the pagan community of the greater Portland Oregon area for 10 years, and loves every minute of it. Co-founder of The TransamorousNetwork.com where her life’s work is to help others live their best lives full of joy and happiness.
“Witchcraft: It’s inconvenient, uncomfortable, and a little gross.” Your Witches take to the coast for this episode! They discuss how they have found Magick in different places–homes, cities, and natural environments. They also discuss the importance of keeping Magickal intentions private, the best herbs to use for protection, and whether casting a Circle is always necessary. Plus, hear all about their misspent youth (“The Blackberry Brandy Incident” and “Bedroom Adventures with Jimmy The Stoner”), and their tsunami evacuation plan (“Learn to climb real big trees?”).
Oregon doesn’t really have spring, but the Witches are going to discuss it, anyway. With special guest Luna Pantera, we discuss the Magickal energies of the springtime, spells for renewal, home blessing activities, the role of gratitude in your practice, and the importance of the Magickal “Yet”. Plus, Courtney has a new puppy who is now the cutest BFF with Hilary’s dog, and we learn that Kanani’s daughter will one day rule us all.
Our Guest Today
Luna Pantera is a Native San Franciscan whose mother always teased her that she would have been a flower child if she hadn’t been 3 years old when the “Summer of Love” happened! She is a life long activist on: Women’s Health/Choose, LGBTI Rights, Environmental and Social Justice Rights FOR ALL!!! She is a Black, Cis Women and Mother of a Fiery Virgo. Luna has been “practicing” Tarot for over 30 years and considers herself a healer that helps others connect to their own magik and intuition. She comes from a long line of magical folk on all sides of her family. She works to help connect others with their own Ancestors to heal and gather the knowledge, magik and wisdom of their lines. She is the founder of: Theater of The Ancestors. Luna has presented “The Mary Magdalene Rosary” at several magical festivals including and not limited to PantheaCon. You can reach Luna via firstname.lastname@example.org. Her website is: lunastouch.com. And her blog can be found at: lunasmagik009.wordpress.com
Today, we’re talking all about the Goddess! Frodo Okulam, professor at Portland State University, joins us to talk about the history of the Goddess and her own journey into Witchcraft. We also discuss modern swings in Witchcraft popularity and acceptance, Magickal book and Netflix recommendations, and fully inappropriate movie that’s good for Witchy souls. Plus, Kanani’s kids have always known she keeps a cauldron and talks to spirits, but only NOW do they think their Mom is a Witch because of one surprising reason…
Our Guest Today
Frodo Okulam obtained her Doctorate in Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary/Marylhurst University, an M.A. in Theology from Mount Angel Seminary and has been an Assistant Professor with the Women’s Studies Department since 2000. Frodo’s teaching and research interests include Eco-Feminist and Eco-Justice Spirituality; Earth-Centered Spiritual Traditions; Spirituality and Activism; and Wisdom Traditions. These interests are reflected throughout the courses she teaches. Some of the courses that Frodo has created and taught are Women’s Spirituality, Ritual in Culture and Daily Life, paganisms Past and Present, Goddess Pre & Early history, Feminist Biblical Interpretation, and many more. In addition to authorship of several publications, she has also been the Coordinator of an eclectic women’s spirituality group called SisterSpirit since 1985. Frodo has a very broad spiritual background that embraces many traditions and centers on female divine imagery and women’s experience. She invites students to pursue their own interests, and encourages creative thinking.
On today’s episode, Hilary takes us through her journey into performance art. She shares how Witchcraft and Magick have both influenced her art, and how her own performances are acts of Magick, themselves. Along with special guest Raven Ebner, Hilary introduces the concept of Blood Magick–how it has historically been used in Witchcraft and its role in contemporary Magickal performance. Plus, in honor of Black History Month, your hosts share a list of Black authors on Magick and Witchcraft you should be following. They also discuss the Witchcraft stores they all spent waaaayyyyy too much money in recently, as well as how Mr. Rogers was his own kind of Magickal being, too….
Our Guest Today
Our guest today is Raven Ebner (who also goes by the artist name Corviid) is a multimedia visual artist, fabricator, and performer whose practices in the occult are very much wrapped up in her art. She takes an intuitive approach to her ritual and sigil work, choosing to create her own path as she goes rather than sticking to any one established tradition. She was raised in a traditionally religious family and initially eschewed ritual before coming back around to rediscover how to make it come to life for herself. Her involvement with body modification and flesh hook suspension are other facets of her practice. As a performer, she choreographs fusion dance pieces (both as a soloist as well as for her troupe Ego Umbra) that explore archetypal themes, ritual, and sigils formed with the body to impact the emotions and consciousness of both dancers and audience alike. Her practice centers around communication with the subconscious and the body as the medium through which magic and change occur. Through all modes of art, her goal is transformation of the self, and an offering up of anything useful found in the process as a gift to anyone else it may serve. deathvine.com. requiemdarkfusionfestival.com