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. 

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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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Episode 42: Forest Magick with Jake Richards

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! The forest has been a place for Witch since, well, always! Author Jake Richards talks with us about the role of the forest in Magick and shares with us some of the Appalachian folkore and practices shaped by the forest. We discuss the sympathetic nature of the forest as well as respected it as an ecosystem both dangerous and vulnerable. We also touch on working with the Bible in Witchcraft and the role of faith in productive spellwork. Courtney shares some Blue Jay lore, Hilary talks about the Magickal uses of mint, and Kanani reviews “Witches of Eastwick” (and also how she is a sea hag). Plus, meet Walter the Angry Squirrel! We answer Listener questions: Is the Goddess Lilith related to Satan? What do you do when a spell works a little TOO well? For more stories from Jake that we just couldn’t fit in the episode, become a Patron today and get bonus content!

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Jake Richards grew up in the foothills and mountains of East Tennessee, knee deep in creek mud one day and looking out from Big Ridge Mountain. He is melungeon, a group of tri-racial folks in the corner of East Tennessee who have always held magic and stories close to us. His maternal grandfather was a Freewill Baptist preacher who cured warts, charmed blood, talked out fire, and had the Sight. Most of his grandmothers “Dreamed True” and knew a remedy for just about anything that usually included Vics rub in some form. His Mama is a Seventh Daughter and has always had a healing touch, particularly with children. Her mother had the Sight and her father was the preacher. Jake’s Papaw’s mother, Mamaw Seagle, always had oil lamps burning with “dirt” in the basin as mama called it. Nana’s father, James, he believes was a conjuror of some sort, due to a photo they found of him posed before an old country back drop, holding a plastic doll baby wrapped in some kind of fabric with black feathers attached to the back of the doll. Jake’s grandfathers were farmers who planted by the signs, who carried roots and coon hats for good game in hunting, and water witched to located wells and springs with sunny-side twigs. As time has gone by and most of his elders have passed away, Jake has dedicated his life to the teaching, preservation, and practice of Appalachian Folk Magic and has worked these roots for little more than a decade. His knowledge is gleaned from family stories, his mother and grandmothers, and folks he’s come across growing up, and his own studies. Today most folks know him as old Buck or Dr. Buck.

Resource List

Jake Richards on Facebook
Little Chicago Conjure (Jake’s Website)
Jake Richards Twitter: @jakerichards131
Jake Richards IG
Jake email: littlechicagoconjure@yahoo.com
Jake blog: Holy Stones and Iron bones
Backwoods Witchcraft by Jake Richards
Folk Lore in the Old Testament
When God Was Queer Podcast
Blue Jay Lore
The Witches of Eastwick (Film)
A History of God by Karen Armstrong

Kanani’s Braggy-Pants Pics And Hilary’s Busted Ankle

Tillamook State Forest
Kanani’s Recording Studio
Mckenzie Falls
Hilary’s busted ankle

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Episode 41: Ritual Tattooing with Habba Nero

Do you ever notice how Witches LOVE tattoos? Did you know tattoos can be Magickal tools? Ritual tattooing is a powerful way to mark a moment of significance, but is also a way to manifest the changes you desire. Guest Habba Nero joins us to discuss how the act of getting tattooed is a ritual itself. She shares with us the history Icelandic staves and how she utilizes them in her tattoo work. We also discuss diving into fear, and the transformation in doing so. Digressions include adventures at a lavender farm and the Enchanted Forest, and Courtney’s encounter with an Earth Spirit (Guess what? It doesn’t look like a Disney movie). We answer a listener question: Does someone have to be naked or engage in sexual activity to join a Coven? (Spoiler alert: NO!) Audio transcript to follow.

Our Guest Today

Photo by Sunna Ben

Habba Nero is an Icelandic travelling tattoo artist. She is a former student of the Iceland Academy of the Arts whodecided to direct her creative energy into tattooing and pursue her dream in the field. She works exclusively by hand, without the use of an electric tattoo machine, and studied under the guidance of Boff Konkerz, a machine-free tattooist with over 15 years of experience in the field. All of her designs are applied to the skin by hand using a simple tool she makes herself. She likes to tattoo a wide range of subjects, Icelandic magical staves being her favourite subject, images from nature (animals, plants, etc.) and is a huge fan of drawing stencils on free-hand. In the past years she has worked guest-spots and conventions in the Faroe Islands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Germany, Luxembourg, France, England, Scotland, India and the United States.

Resource List

Habba Nero Website
Habba Nero Facebook
Habba Nero Instagram
The Enchanted Forest
TWL Interview with David Shi
TWL on TikTok
Gardnerian Wicca

Habba Nero’s Work (Images by Habba Nero and Sunna Ben)

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Episode 40: Glamour Magick With Chaweon Koo

It is said that the greatest tool of the Witch is the Self. Special guest Chaweon Koo discusses how our bodies and how we express ourselves are the most powerful sources of Magick, and how everyday items of adornment–from clothes, to jewelry, to make-up, become part of a Witch’s personal sorcery. Other topics include the case of the missing Familiar, Hilary’s spectacular performance (which you can catch online!), wicked sunburns, and why the f*ck won’t people wear their g*******d masks??? We want to give the biggest thanks to all of our new Patreon supporters! For access to special content and goodies, become a Patron today! Audio transcript to follow.

Our Guest Today

Chaweon Koo is a Korean-American witch. She runs the YouTube channel “Witches & Wine” where she interviews experienced occultists, and explores the intersection of pop culture, glamour, magic, and self-development on Tik Tok. Her other social media:  https://linktr.ee/hichaweon

Resource List

“Witches and Wine” on YouTube
Follow Chaweon on Social Media
City Lights Theater Company–“Transfigurations” (Hilary’s performance)
Courtney’s Hekate Class
Sharon Kiara–Gift Horse Gems
Mermaid Parade
William Dorsey Swann

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Episode 39: Protection Magick With David Shi

Protection Magick is one of the core tenets of Witchcraft. But when do we need it and how should we do it? Special guest David Shi discusses the spiritual practices of protection from different North Asia traditions. He also discusses the nature of Shamanism–what it is and isn’t. We explore a listener question about animal symbolism and its possible connection to different pantheons. Your Witches share ‘What They Did On Their Summer Solstices,’ Hilary offers suggestions for the next Full Moon and Kanani reviews “The Dark Crystal.” Other unrelated topics include earwigs and nocturnal spider eating. Plus, we could use your help! We are now on Patreon. To keep more of the content you love coming, consider supporting us as a Patron, buying us a coffee, or purchasing our handmade merchandise on Etsy. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review us on your favorite podcast platform! Audio transcript to follow.

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David Shi is a spiritual worker and folk magic practitioner of Manchurian descent. Raised in a household that incorporated both Southeast Siberian and North Chinese practices, David has dedicated his spare time to the study of the spiritual traditions of his ancestors and of greater Eurasia. Recognized as a sagaasha/ongodtengertei, a future shaman prior to initiation, among both Mongolian and Korean shamans, David’s practices are deeply rooted in spirit work in which ancestral and land spirits are called to empower all workings. David is the author of the book “North Asian Magic: Spellcraft from Manchuria, Mongolia, and Siberia,” conducted workshops across the country including Catland Books, the Hoodoo Heritage Festival (sponsored by the Lucky Mojo Curio Company), and was a featured guest on the radio shows “Candelo’s Corner” by Candelo Kimbisa and “On Sacred Ground” by Khi Armand. David also teaches the Korean traditional drumming art of Poongmul-nori.

Resource List

Contact David Shi
North Asian Magic: Spellcraft from Manchuria, Mongolia, and Siberia by David Shi
Sky Shamans of Mongolia by Kevin Turner
Riding Windhorses / Chosen by the Spirits by Sarangerel
Spirits From The Edge Of The World by Jan Van Ysslestyne
Tragic Spirits by Manduhai Buyandelger
Reflections of a Mongolian Shaman by Byambadorj Dondog
Shamans and Elders by Caroline Humphrey (rare book)
Mongolian Shamanism by Otgony Purev (very rare book)
“Drums of the Ancestors” film by Susan Grimaldi
“Sacred Hoop” magazine by Nicholas Breeze Wood
“3Worlds” Shamanism Website
Summer Solstice at Stonehenge
“The Dark Crystal” (film)
Brian Froud
“The Ethics of Witchcraft” (TWL Episode 9) with Andrea Weston (Ambrozine Legare)

Photos courtesy of David Shi. In the pictures, the shamans’s outfits are actually spiritual armor. Because shamans interact heavily with all kinds of spirits so frequently (sometimes even confrontationally), they require the best kind of protection possible when doing shamanic work. So what they wear (and all the items on it such as the mirrors, bells, jingle cones, etc.) encompass a full-body armour.

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