Episode 58: Grounding And Center With Joi Bonman

A special thanks to Sacred Mists Academy and Shoppe for Sponsoring this episode! Please see below for listener specials!What a week/year/four years! Never have we needed grounding and centering more than we do now. But does it mean to ‘ground and center’? Why is it important in Magick? Joi Bonman, Witch and self-care queen, joins us to talk about the necessity of grounding and centering, as well as its connection to self-care. Our apologies to Scorpios…we’re totally mean to you in this episode! Plus, Courtney reads Tarot for Hilary and Kanani using Rachel True’s True Heart Intuitive Tarot. A listener in the military wonders how can they maintain a consistent Witchcraft practice with a transient lifestyle, a conservative family, and no place to practice privately. To hear a grounding and centering practice led by Joi, join us on Patreon!

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Our Guest Today

Joi Bonman is a self-care queen with a CBD Skincare + Self-Care company called My Earth Goddess where she uses herb and healing magic to help others. Joi is the one who will always encourage you to make time for yourself and do your shadow work. As an herb and nature witch and a Virgo to boot, Joi is here to help and heal.

Resource List

Contact Joi:
Facebook–Joi Bonman
IG– myearthgoddesscbd
Lil’ Black Witch Podcast
The Office Ladies Podcast
Faun
The True Heart Intuitive Tarot
“The Dangerous Goddess” Virtual class with Courtney
The Enchanted Forest and GoFundMe

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Episode 57: Candle Magick With Madame Pamita

A special thanks to Sacred Mists Academy and Shoppe for Sponsoring this episode! Please see below for listener specials! Candle Magick is an ancient part of Witchcraft. Witch, author, and candle artisan Madame Pamita talks with us about how to use candles in your spells, including the benefits of making your own candles! She also talks with us about the three “M’s” of Magick, a true key in tracking a spell’s success. Other topics include sleeping under the Ancestor Altar, the final chapter of Walter the Foster Pig, and how ONE of us might have gotten rabies and needed a toe amputated on the same friggin’ day. Plus, Kanani reviews the new Craft movie. A listener hopes to donate bone marrow to their sister. What Magick can they do to make this successful? To hear our bonus conversation with Madame Pamita regarding Magickal herbs and more awesome bonus content, join us on Patreon! P.S.; USA Witches: VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
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Our Guest Today

Madame Pamita is a Tarot Reader, Spiritualist, Spellcaster, Teacher, Author, and a Maker of Magic, Music, and Mischief.  She is the host of a popular YouTube Channel, also the host of the “Magic and the Law of Attraction” podcast, and is the author of Madame Pamita’s Magical Tarot; published by Weiser Books and The Book of Candle Magic published by Llewellyn. She is also the proprietress of the online spiritual apothecary, the Parlour of Wonders – parlourofwonders.com – and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Resource List

Contact Madame Pamita:
Parlour of Wonders
“Magic and the Law of Attraction” Podcast
Madame Pamita’s Magical Tarot
The Book of Candle Magic by Madame Pamita
Madame Pamita–YouTube
Madame Pamita–IG
Spell Squad

Our interview in The Mary Sue!
“The Dangerous Goddess” (Courtney’s class)
Ancestor Spell Kit–TWL Etsy shop
The Craft: Legacy
Diary Of A Witch by Sybil Leek

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Episode 56: A Witch’s Funeral Rites With Mortellus

A special thanks to our sponsors! Please see below for special listener discounts. CONTENT WARNING: Minutes 32-43 contain a survivor story involving childhood sexual abuse, religious trauma, and suicide. Minutes 44-50 contain descriptions of mortuary practices. If you or someone you love is currently experiencing abuse or thoughts of suicide, please contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255, the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860, or RAINN-the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network at 800-856-HOPE. Every mainstream religion has rites for the deceased. But what do Witches do? Mortellus, Priestix and mortician, joins us to talk about the elements of a Witch’s funeral and why it’s important to consider these things while we are living. They also share with us the journey of the deceased in the mortuary room and a new perspective on caring for the deceased. Hilary talks about Damiana, we discuss our favorite Halloween movies, and how we are celebrating a different kind of Halloween during COVID. Plus, creepy dolls creep out the masses. A South African listener is struggling to find a mentor in Witchcraft. What can they do?
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Our Guest Today

Mortellus is the High Priestex of the Coven of Leaves in Western North Carolina, a Gardnerian Coven operating an Outer Court training group who like to say that they are a bubbling cauldron of bitter esoterica slithering their way through Western North Carolina. Additionally, Mortellus is a Mortician, Author, Medium, and Necromantrix. Her book of pagan death rites and rituals for Llewellyn, Do I Have To Wear Black? is set to come out February 8th, 2021 with multiple additional book projects under contract. Currently, she resides on three acres that are hastily becoming overgrown again with her partner, adult child, two-year-old afab/amab twins, and one really, really ridiculous dog.

Resource List

Contact Mortellus: Linktree
Misha Magdelene (our interview with them)
The Temple of Witchcraft
Sisterhood of Avalon
Irish Pagan School
Sacred Mists Academy (use WITCHLIFE at check-out tand save $35!)
Blair–The Creepy Doll
The Dangerous Goddess on 11/10 (class with Courtney)
TWL Ancestor Spellkits

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Episode 55: Día de Los Muertos With Monica Divane, Plus Halloween and Samhain Rites

A special thank you to our sponsors! Please see links below for special offers for TWL listeners. It’s the time of the Ancestors and honoring the Dead! Bruja Monica Divane joins us to talk about Día de Los Muertos and ways to honor Ancestral traditions both for oneself and with children. We discuss food offerings (as well as properly disposing of these offerings), connecting with one’s cultural ancestry, and learning from other cultures in a respectful way. Courtney shares Magick for the Blue Moon on Halloween and Samhain, Hilary talks ginger, and Kanani talks pizza and wine. Plus, updates on Walter The Foster Pig! A listener is pregnant, but after several losses, is scared and wants to cultivate calm. What Magick can they do to ease their anxiety?
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Our Guest Today

Monica Divane is an Queer Indigenous Latinx Bruja and a homeschooling mom of 2. Her Mayan & Taino roots play a big part in her craft. She has been married for 16 years and is currently living in Central Florida. She’s a Mer Witch & a Hearth Witch- her home is her sacred space, and she loves to bake vegan food for her friends and family. You will usually find her crafting something new, raising monarchs, gardening, reading, dancing, hiking, hanging out in the beach or springs, and at Disney. Monica works for Veggie Mijas which is a WOC/NBPOC Collective that focuses on veganism, decolonization, and environmental justice and also as an Auror & part of the Cheer Squad in Potterhead Running Club. She’s a geek and an activist and is teaching her boys to do so much good in this world.

Resource List

Connect with Monica:
Facebook
Instagram (@the_mer_witch)
Q Medb
Blue Moon–Halloween, 2020
Interview with Queen Mother Imahku
Interview with Jake Richards
“The Dangerous Goddess” (Class with Courtney)
“Samhain in Ireland” at the Irish Pagan School with Lora O’Brien
TWL Ancestor Spell Kit
Coco (selections from film)
The Book of Life

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Episode 54: Dispelling Myths Of Witchcraft And Satan Worship With Sarah Marshall

A special thanks to our episode sponsors! See links below for special listener discounts. OMG. How many times do we have to say, “Yes, we’re Witches. No, that doesn’t mean we worship Satan”??? Sarah Marshall, writer and host of “You’re Wrong About” and “Why Are Dads” podcasts joins us to discuss the (ridiculous) history of the Satanic Panic in the United States, its impact on Witches, and patterns of mass hysteria. We dig into the dangers of conspiracy theory and imagined victimhood. Digressions include the Witchcraft of bread, Hilary’s premonition about Princess Diana, Anna Nicole Smith, Frankenstein, and Nutter Butters. Kanani reviews “The Witches” and we all discuss the trailer for the remake. A listener has been emotionally invested in someone for almost a decade. What sort of releasing ritual can they do to let them go? Audio transcript below.
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Don’t miss “Illuminating The Shadow:” Tarot Master Class with Sasha Graham, a Witchy Master Class for Tarot lovers of all ages!

Our Guest Today

Sarah Marshall lives in Portland, Oregon with a growing indoor garden, and hosts the podcasts You’re Wrong About and Why Are Dads.

Resource List

Follow Sarah Marshall
You’re Wrong About Podcast
Episode about the Satanic Panic
Why Are Dads Podcast
Sarah Marshall on Twitter
Illuminating the Shadow (Master Tarot Class With Sasha Graham)
Ancestor Spell Kits from TWL Etsy
“Frankenstein” starring Boris Karloff, directed by James Whale
The Witches” (1990)
“The Witches” (2020, trailer)

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Episode 53: Manifesting Change In Community With Millie DeMaude

A special thanks to our episode sponsors! See links below for special listener discounts. Spells aren’t enough on their own. Magick requires personal action. Millie DeMaude shows us how Magick strengthens service for our communities, offering us both practical and Magickal ways to make our communities bright and healthy…including how voting is an act of Magick. We discuss plans for the upcoming Merc Ret, and watch the trailer for “The Craft.” A listener identifies as a ‘Hedge Witch’ and doesn’t connect much with Deity. Is this a problem? Plus, Hilary is fostering a piglet and Courtney can’t handle it. Listen as Kanani gets hit with a HUGE SURPRISE at the end of the episode in honor of her 40th birthday! Join us on Patreon to see the video of the surprise and our “Craft” trailer watch!
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Our Guest Today

Multicultural, multiracial, and multiethnic minister Millie DeMaude is a mother, child, student, teacher, activist, scientist, singer, writer, gardener, intuitive, tarot reader and overall queerly divine PERson (They/them).  Millie uses all the gifts of spirit to share the beauty of the living Goddess within us all.  Within the realms of social media, they are practicing tarot on a private page for patrons, posting spells and as always, continuing and sharing academic research.  Currently, Millie is writing and workshopping curriculums on African-American History, Goddess Archetypes and hanging around Ariel’s Corner.  Blessed BE!!!

Witch-tacular Events!!!

The Dangerous Goddess (taught by Courtney): Reg. for 10/11; Reg. for 11/10 coming soon.
“Illuminating The Shadow:” Tarot Master Class with Sasha Graham

Resource List

Connect with Millie DeMaude:
Instagram (write your postcard, tag Millie, and get a free Tarot card pull!)
Facebook
Twitter
That Witch Life Etsy Shop
The Coffee Cup Kanani Is Obsessed With
Lisa Jade: Retrograde Magick
“David Duchovny, Why Don’t You Love Me?” by Bree Sharp

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Episode 52: Pagan Priesthood With Lora O’Brien

A special thanks to our episode sponsors: The Witches Resistance and Mystical Existence! See links below for special listener discounts. Leadership is essential to Magickal community, but there is no manual for it…or is there? Special guest Lora O’Brien joins us to discuss her new book A Practical Guide To Pagan Priesthood, the importance of Pagan clergy, as well as its responsibilities and challenges. Plus, hear the the origins of Courtney and Lora’s online food fight…which reaches a (sort of) dramatic climax in the game: Did Courtney Make It, Eat It, or Draw The Line? Kanani shares Magickal household hints and Hilary talks about using thyme Magick. Join us on Patreon to hear Lora’s response to a listener question about the ancient Irish using birds in divination.
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Our Guest Today

Lora O’Brien is an Author, Teacher, and Guide: native born Irish, with decades of personal and professional experience in our history, heritage, archaeology, mythology, and pre-christian Irish Spirituality. She is a modern Draoí – a practitioner and Priest of indigenous Irish magic and spirituality. Lora has been consciously following a Pagan path since 1994, and dedicated specifically to the Irish Goddess Mórrígan in 2004. She managed one of Ireland’s most important sacred sites – Cruachán/Rathcroghan – for a decade, and is a co-founder and Reverend legal celebrant with Pagan Life Rites Ireland. With her partner, Jon O’Sullivan (An Scéalaí Beag), she runs EelandOtterPress.net, and the IrishPaganSchool.com – an online learning environment where you can connect to the heritage, culture and spirituality of Pagan Ireland in an authentic and meaningful way, every day. Lora has 3 children, a grandchild… but never enough plants in her life to keep her happy.

Resource List

Connect with Lora:
LoraOBrien.ie (Blog, Teaching, Tour Guiding and Books)
EelandOtter.net (Irish Heritage and Mythology Products & Gifts)
IrishPaganSchool.com (Online Courses and Live Events)
Lora on Patreon
A Practical Guide To Pagan Priesthood by Lora O’Brien
Pagan Life Rites Ireland
Traditional Wicca in Ireland (Video with Lora and Barbara Lee)
The Children of Artemis
United Way of East Central Iowa
Habitat For Humanity of Los Angeles

Saskatchewan Salad*

*Not really from Saskatchewan.
Oysters, carrots, kiwis, peas, spam and green olives in a gelatin aspic, garnished with easy cheese. Courtney has never made this. But she might try it if offered.

Piecaken

Spice cake with an apple pie baked into it. Courtney made the one you see below for Thanksgiving, 2015.

Help For Oregon

GoFundMe Pages For Individuals Affected By The Fires
The Witches-PDX
PDX Ewoks
Outside-In
Esther’s Pantry

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Episode 51: Fall Equinox-Live At Columbia-Willamette Pagan Pride

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! This week, we’re LIVE at the virtual Columbia-Willamette Pagan Pride festival! We begin by celebrating clean air and mourning the loss of RBG, and then dig into the Fall Equinox: its history and ways to practice, today. Other topics include Magick during bouts of depression, saying goodbye to old altars and building new ones, astrology for the Equinox, and the Magickal use of bay leaves. Plus, why did Hilary and Kanani get “the cool premonitions”? A listener is looking assistance with focus while working from home. What Magick might help with that? For video of our conversation, join us on Patreon!

Resource List

Columbia-Willamette Pagan Pride (OWOW)
Ninefold Festival (Sisterhood of Avalon)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (“RBG”)
Brian Dennehy
Autumnal Equinox (Farmer’s Almanac)
The Origins and Practices of Mabon (Boston Public Library)
United Way of East Central Iowa
Habitat for Humanity of Los Angeles

Help For Oregon

GoFundMe Pages For Individuals Affected By The Fires
The Witches-PDX
PDX Ewoks
Outside-In
Esther’s Pantry

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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.

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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