Magick is Queer! Hey, Queer people have been part of Magick since Magick began. Author Misha Magdalene joins us to talk about the connection between Magick and gender and sexuality in the Witchcraft world, which is often a hetero-normative environment. We also discuss ways to help others during this painful time. (We are angry, we are sad, but we are not silent.) Digressions include spoiled kittens, Cheez-Its and one BAD ASS spell contributed by a listener. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review us and remember to check out our Etsy shop! 10% of June’s proceeds go to Protect The Sacred. Audio Transcript to follow.
Our Guest Today
Misha Magdalene is a multi-classed, multi-geek, multi-queer witch and sorcerer with a degree in gender studies and a slightly odd sense of humor. They’re the author of Outside the Charmed Circle: Exploring Gender & Sexuality in Magical Practice (Llewellyn, January 2020) and the similarly-named “Outside the Charmed Circle” blog at Patheos. They’re an initiate of the Anderson Feri and Gardnerian Wiccan traditions of witchcraft, and have dabbled recklessly in both modern ceremonial magic and grimoiric goetia. They live in the Pacific Northwest with their polymath partner and two adorably destructive black kittens.
O Great Being of Light, Show me my steps forward, Show me where my power is, Show me what I can do, With what I have at my fingertips. Help me be the light for others, Help me be the solution.
And the award for ‘Best Spell Of 2020’ goes to:
Calling all witches, spiritual folk, and social justice warriors: NOW IS THE TIME FOR MAGICK. Now is not the time to pray for peace. The people taking to the streets need our fierce protection and empowerment. They need radical change. Send them the energy to keep fighting, to amplify their voices, and to keep them free from harm at the hands of brutal police and a system that constantly seeks to dismantle them. If things get out of hand and the people in power are using unnecessary force, may our magick thwart their weapons. May our magick empower the people who are disenfranchised. May it keep them safe, but also fiercely thwart those that seek to do them harm. If shit needs to get fucked up, so mote it be! ~Contributed by: @8bit.octave
June, 2020 is full of eclipses and we are delighted to welcome back Damon Stang, who is going to tell us all about them! He also shares the spirit of NYC in the midst of the pandemic and what kind of Magick the residents are brewing (whether they know it or not!). We all share our Dark and New Moon stories, and Kanani reviews “The Watcher In The Woods.” Check out the NEW merch at our Etsy store and remember to subscribe, rate, and review us on your favorite podcast platform!
Damon Stang is a scholar of comparative folk magic and the cultural significance of ritual in contemporary cultures. He is a practitioner of Traditional European Witchcraft in both the pre Christian and modern lineages. He resides in Brooklyn. Damon Stang’s work has been covered in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The New York Post, Elle Magazine, and Newsweek Magazine.
Have we met our doppelgänger??? If so, it’s Paige Vanderbeck of The Fat Feminist Witch Podcast, who joins us to talk about walking an untraditional Witchcraft path. Spoiler alert: this episode is full of rabbit holes, which include the intangible in Witchcraft, speaking with Spirits, crossing “The Quarantine Line,” and Sasquatch. Also, Hilary is mad because Courtney and Kanani won’t let her open her birthday presents early. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review us on your favorite podcast platform! Have you checked out our Etsy store?
Paige Vanderbeck has been the host of The Fat Feminist Witch Podcast since 2015, but rode into witchcraft on the Wiccan wave of the 90s. Despite being a total Capricorn, she’s always entertained the mystical and unbelievable and has made the search for it her life’s purpose. She’s written and spoken about modern witchcraft, fat acceptance, and feminism on her own website, Medium, Revelist, The Dot, Flare; and on the New World Witchery, Magick and Mediums, Cannabis Act, and Hippie Witch podcasts. She trained as a doula with toLabor in NYC, studied history and humanities at Douglas College in British Columbia, and graduated from the Tourism and Travel program at St. Clair College in Ontario. Paige lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada with her cat Clover, a betta named Fish, and a house full of ghosts. Visit her online at thefatfeministwitch.com
Content warning: Death, dying, and mortuary practices. We are delighted to have Tomás Prower return to talk with us about changes in dying, death rites, and the funeral industry in light of the pandemic…along with what hasn’t changed at all. We discuss icky facts about the mortuary process and the importance of advance directives. Other topics include explaining unprecedented events to children, spirit messages in birds, Spotify coping lists, and pants wetting. Also, you’re invited to Hilary’s online birthday party! Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review us on your favorite podcast platform and be sure to check out our Etsy store!
Tomás Prower is a graduate of the University of California: Santa Barbara with degrees in Global Socioeconomics and Latin American Studies. Born and raised in Southern California, his fluency in English, French, and Spanish gave him the opportunity work for the French Government as a cultural liaison throughout South America with extended assignments in Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, and the Amazon jungle. Since then, he has been the External Relations Director for the American Red Cross, LGBT+ Programs Director for entertainment productions in Los Angeles, and a licensed mortuary professional in California and Nevada. Currently, Tomás resides in his hometown of L.A. as a writer and author of popular fiction and non-fiction works.
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.