Episode 31: Aromatherapy In Witchcraft With Carla Gaskins-Nathan

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!

Our Guest Today

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.

Resource List

Holistic Aromatherapy by Marc J Gian
Astrological Aromatherapy by Patricia Davis
Aromaweb.com
Frontier Co-op
Aromahead Institute
NAHA (National Aromatherapy Group)
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young
Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals by Kristen Leigh Bell
Aromatherapy For The Healthy Child by Valerie Ann Worwood
Information Regarding Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy
Aromatherapy and Astrology
Other Essential Oil Resource List
Aromatic Wisdom Podcast
How essential oils work in the body (free mini-course)
Introduction to essential oils (free mini-course)
“Calming The Storm” by Ivo Dominguez, Jr.
Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones by Stephanie Rose Bird
Spellbound DJ
Crescent Moon Gifts
The Black Death Project (music from plague-era Medieval Europe)
Yule episode, discussing the Solstice Dawn crystal exercise

Bonus Episode: Protection And Grounding During The Pandemic With Najah Lightfoot

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!

Our Guest Today

Photo by Anthony Camera

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.

Resource List

Our first interview with Najah (September, 2019)
“Good Juju” by Najah Lightfoot
Courtney’s Instagram
“Calming The Inner Storm Spell” by Ivo Dominguez Jr.
Florida Water (via Original Products, Bronx NY)
“Stick, Stones, Roots, and Bones” by Stephanie Rose Bird
If The Broom Fits (Tigard, OR)
Jenny Davies-Reazor (Mythic and Magical Pieces, Ceramics and Mixed-Media)
Alchemical Goddess (Handcrafted Pagan Talisman Jewelry; TWL Spells Cards!), Etsy and IG.
The Enchanted Forest (Salem, OR)
The Pride Foundation

Stuff To Watch (Or Not)

The Tiger King
Derry Girls
Monty Python and the Search For the Holy Grail
Robin Hood: Men In Tights
Unorthodox
Booty Call

Bonus Episode: Coping With Shelter-In-Place with Mat Auryn

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!

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.

Resource List

Metaphysical Stores taking online and/or phone orders:
The Raven’s Wing Magical Co.
Q Meb
The Mystic Dream

Witchkin Artists, Artisans, and Online Shops
Gaia’s Workshop Drums (drums and other sacred art)
Smashing Ivory Production (music and fantasy photography)
Swandy (music: alt-electronic trio)
Witches Resistance (candles, herbal concoctions, Witchcraft and Resistance paraphernalia)
Transcendence Artes (spiritual and metaphysical artisan pieces)

Other Resources
Episode 12: Psychic Powers in Witchcraft with Mat Auryn
Episode 30 Spring Equinox and Money Magick with Queen Mother Imakhu
The Science Witch Podcast
When God Was Queer Podcast
The Botan Tarot
Immunity Booster Sigil by Laura Tempest Zakroff
The Mystic Dream Academy
Byron Ballard
Oregon Community Recovery Fund
Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Witchcraft Under Quarantine (Bonus Episode)

We’re social distancing! What is a Witch to do during quarantine? We’ve got a whole list of online courses, books, and other resources to keep you company while you hide out at home. Digressions include 90’s true crime, Hilary’s not-quite-panic-buying Magick supplies, Kanani being forced to home-school, and the time Courtney auditioned for reality tv.
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Resource List

Online Witchcraft Resources:
Irish Language Classes on Future Learn
Benebell Wen: Introduction to Taoist Occultism (YouTube Series)
Reflections Mystery School
Sacred Mists Wiccan College
The Irish Pagan School
Queen Auset-Heru: Romance and Relationships
Gede Parma
The House Of Twigs (Erika Fortner)
Fantasia Crystals
Magic in the Middle Ages via University of Barcelona
Mindoasis.org

Podcasts:
Southern Fried Witch
New World Witchery
Fat Feminist Witch
Modern Witch
Hoof and Horn
The Blackthorn Grove
Toasted Sister
How To Survive The End Of The World
You’re Wrong About

Books:
Tarot Wisdom
Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart
Starbright: Meditations for Children
Sitting Still Like A Frog: Mindfulness Exercises For Children
Teaching Your Children Meditation
A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles
Powellsbooks.com

Music:
Soriah
Duality–Dead Can Dance
Cellista

How is the Coronavirus affecting you? Let us know how you’re weathering things!

Episode 30: Spring Equinox And Money Magick With Queen Mother Imakhu

Happy Spring! This season offers incredible opportunities for new beginnings, including new prosperity! We are joined by Queen Mother Imakhu who helps us explore money Magick. We also explore the power of retrogrades, the importance of Ancestor work in Witchcraft…and how not all of your Ancestors belong on your altar. Kanani reviews The Good Witch and reflects on the Ostara myth. Other digressions include Leap Year babies and weddings, the irritating bygone age of pagers, and banishing remote evil spirits from the storage closet of a Baskin Robbins. Do you love us? Don’t forget to rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice!

Our Guest Today

Rev. Dr. Queen Mother Imakhu Mu Neferet is a cultural educator, scholar, motivational speaker, Khametic elder high priestess and queen mother, initiated water priestess, water priestess, storyteller, poet, writer, vocalist, musician, dancer, yogini, artist, arts administrator, filmmaker, and multimedia producer. Dedicated to cultural preservation, cultural reclamation, and creating uplifting, truthful media for Black & Brown people, she is founder/director of AKERU MultiMedia, and UHEMU Black & Brown Storytellers. Former columnist for FIRST WORLD NEWS African American Newspaper Newspaper. Host/producer of ASHE! radio and TV shows. Founder/director of The Zawadi Collective performance ensemble. Founder of AKERU NuAfrakan Network. She is also co-founder of Newark Latino Film Festival and Newark Latino Artist Collective. Queen Mother Imakhu is founder/director and chief instructor of SHENU Art & Yoga Sanctuary (Khametic Temple). Creator of the Drums of Compassion drumming and dance program, which she has taught throughout the U.S. to children and adults since the late 90’s.  Queen Mother Imakhu has taught African Arts Education for Philadelphia’s Point Breeze Performing Arts Center, Boys & Girls Club of Trenton, The Garvey Charter School of Trenton, City of Trenton, NYC Department of Juvenile Justice on behalf of Afrikan Poetry Theatre of Queens, Newark’s Ironbound Community Corporation, Montclair State University, and Orange, NJ  Board of Education. Queen Mother was recently Yoga instructor for City of Newark Recreation Department; executive director and co-founder of the Newark Latino Film Festival. Queen Mother’s most recent film project, “I’ve Got a Vision,” produced for fellow filmmaker Nancy Vazquez, was highlighted by director Ava DuVernay on February 2019’s special online edition of TIME Magazine. A respected poet and writer, Queen Mother Imakhu has emceed spoken word events in Philadelphia, PA and Newark, NJ. Queen Mother is founder of AKERU MultiMedia, and Uhemu Black & Brown Storytellers of NJ. Queen Mother Imakhu’s newest compilation downloadable music/spoken word CD,“The Very Best So Far,” was released on December 19, 2019. Her new documentary series, “The Wisdom Keepers,” begins production in 2020. Her new one woman stage show, “The Water Brought Me Here,” begins touring in 2020, and is booking for schools, theaters, and events. Spiritually, Queen Mother Imakhu was initiated as an ankh carrying high priestess and queen mother through the Shrine of Khpra in Brooklyn, NY. She is an ordained interfaith minister, and is a member of the Newark Interfaith Clergy Alliance. She was also active in NYC Auburn Seminary. She is immortalized as Queen of Cups in the Tarot of the Boroughs contemporary photographic deck. As a Khametic scholar, her research connecting European Elder Futhark Runes to Nile Valley origins, has been considered ground breaking. Her newest book, KHESU DUAU MENI: Khametic Daily Prayers & Rituals, was released in late November 2019. While teaching the importance of maintaining cultural traditions, Queen Mother Imakhu is constantly breaking new ground by redefining practical new applications for today’s world. Queen Mother Imakhu’s proud family lineage includes her maternal ancestor, Billy Artis, who fought in the Nat Turner Uprising, her father, the late Tommie J. Lloyd, first African American American accepted into the New Jersey Tool & Die Association, former South Carolinian Congressman George Washington Murray, former enslaved African who was the only African American Congressman serving during the 53rd and 54th congresses. Queen Mother Imakhu has been celebrating Kwanzaa since 1989. The Nguzo Saba helped to deepen the Black Consciousness she was raised in, and provided a strong framework to raise her children with. She stands by the foundations that have shaped her, and that she proudly shares with community. She has also recently formed the SHENU Harmonious Living Institute.

****”Queen Mother Imakhu wrote a chapter in her book, UNDERSTANDING KHAMETIC MYSTICISM titled ‘African Origins of the Word Witch.’ Based on her research, the ancient Egyptian word Wadjet, the holistic community healing woman, is and was a term of respect, and one she claims for herself instead of “witch.” Queen Mother Imakhu also educates people about how the patriarchy vilified our indigenous healing mother’s, and demonized all terms associated with our natural mystic mother’s, including “witch.” While her personal preference is to reclaim the term Wadjet because it is in the vocabulary of her ancient tradition, she teaches the significance of empowerment of cultural and matriarchal reclamation.”

Resource List

That Witch Life Etsy Store
Khesu Duau Meni: Shenu Khametic Daily Prayer Rituals by Queen Mother Imaku
Mac Mead Hall (McMinnville, OR)
Wild Witches of the Willamette
Odin’s Ravens
Paganicon (Minneapolis, MN) ***Canceled since this recording***
The Enchanted Forest (Salem, OR)
The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
The Good Witch (Hallmark channel show)
“What To Do With Old Magick Supplies?” blog by Courtney
Columbia-Willamette Pagan Pride (Portland, OR)

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Episode 29: Use Of Incense And Smoke In Magick With Amy Blackthorn

Incense and smoke is more than ambiance. It actually makes Magick happen! Amy Blackthorn, author of the recently released Sacred Smoke talks with us about how to enhance your Magick through the use of smoke. Courtney and Hilary share the results of spells they recently cast (one for success, one to reveal enemies), and Kanani’s kids review a children’s show panned by conservative media (“Step aside, Cinderella!”).

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Our Guest Today

Amy Blackthorn is the author of, Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic and Sacred Smoke: Clear Away Negative Energies and Purify Body, Mind, and Spirit, and has been described as an “arcane horticulturalist” for her lifelong work with magical plants and teaching. She incorporates her experiences in British Traditional Witchcraft with her horticulture studies. She has a certification in aromatherapy and is ordained through the Order of the Golden Gryphon. Amy’s company, Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends, creates tea based twenty plus years working with old Hoodoo herbal formulas. She lives in Delaware. You can view Amy’s tea shop at blackthornhoodooblends.com.

Resource List

That Witch Life Etsy Shop
Valentine’s Day Episode (with spell for clarifying relationships)
Isaiah 47
Alchemical Visions Tarot
Interview with Mat Auryn
The Owl House
Article condemning “The Owl House”
Courtney’s review of Sacred Smoke
Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

Episode 28: What If The Salem Witch Trials Convicted Actual Witches With Phillip Reese


What if the Salem Witch Trials convicted actual Witches? Phillip “The Doctor” Reese of “History’s What If” Podcast helps us explore how, in a parallel universe, this would have changed course of American history. We also discuss fact vs. fiction of the Inquisition and the European Witch hunts and pose the question: How would a Witch hunter detect a modern Witch? (Hint: They know their pet’s sun sign…)

Our Guest Today

Phillip Reese, or The Doctor, is a former American theoretical physicist.   His work has included advance quantum computing operations, research on control of quantum systems and quantum information processing.  While he has received some praise, the scientific community has overwhelmingly shunned him because of his unique theories on time and space paired with his “march to his own drum” personality.  This consequently led to his self imposed exile.  A few years later, his studies and unconventional creativity lead him to the ground breaking quantum computer application called the Parallel Universe Generator (PUG).  With PUG, the Doctor is able to explore the “What If” during historical events with a weekly podcast called History’s What If.

Resource List

History’s What If Podcast
The Crucible (film)
That Witch Life Etsy Store

Witch Hunt and Witch Trials Articles:
https://www.history.com/topics/folklore/history-of-witches
http://www.localhistories.org/witchtrials.html
https://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages/black-death
https://courses.lumenlearning.com/suny-hccc-worldhistory/chapter/the-witch-trials/
https://www.history.com/topics/colonial-america/salem-witch-trials
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tituba


Episode 27: Love Spells with Queen Auset-Heru

Audio Transcript HERE.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, it’s our annual episode talking all about LOVE SPELLS! We talk about the transits for February, and what kind of love, friendship, or other relationship Magick you’ll want to do OR avoid. Love Magick expert and Youtuber Queen Auset-Heru joins us to share hilarious stories of love spells gone wrong…and right! She talks us through her process of casting a love spell, and explores the role of releasing, forgiveness, and blockage removal in successful love Magick. Plus, spell suggestions, the oracle card for February, Kanani’s review of “Bell Book and Candle,” Courtney’s complete unraveling, and Hilary’s vain attempt to hold the episode together.

Our Guest Today

Queen Auset-Heru is a priestess of Ma’at, the spiritual system of the ancient Kemetians. She’s a clairvoyant, a tarot reader, and an oracle who works with people across the world to solve their most difficult problems. She is located in Costa Rica and does a small advice channel on YouTube called “Ask An Aquarius,” where people ask questions about spirituality, astrology, and romance. Follow Queen Auset-Heru on Patreon, Facebook, Instagram, and check out her Etsy store for readings and oils. ***We apologize to our beautiful friend in Alabama! The correct name of her podcast is Southern Fried Witch. Check it out! It’s great!***

Resource List

Ivo Dominguez Jr. (Astrology)
Spokane Pagan Village Commons
Najah Lightfoot
The Witch’s Oracle by Marla Brooks
Stick, Stones, Roots, and Bones by Stephanie Rose Bird
Southern Fried Witch (Podcast)
Love Magick Episode from 2019 (Interview with Chiron Armand)
Sigil Witchery by Laura Tempest Zakroff
That Witch Life Podcast Etsy Shop
Bell Book and Candle Movie online

Episode 26: Anniversary Episode! Live Recording: Best Ingredients For Your Witch Cabinet With Iris Meredith Bell

It’s been a whole, glorious year talking Witchcraft with you all! This episode was recorded live at The Raven’s Wing metaphysical store in Portland, OR. Although we had a couple of technical issues (please excuse the glitch around the end of the first hour), we have so many wonderful things to share today. Special guest Iris Meredith Bell talks about the best ingredients to keep in your Witch’s cabinet, and gives us an exclusive look into the world of a Witch shop owner…including some of the stranger requests she’s received. We talk about the shift from Capricorn to Aquarius and the upcoming New Moon on January 24th and the best Magick to make with it (hint: Great for business, NOT great for love!). We also discuss ethical sourcing in Witchcraft and answer some excellent questions from listeners! Plus, Kanani reviews Bram Stoker’s Dracula and we pull the winner of our Instagram giveaway! To have your questions answered on a future episode, email us at thatwitchlifepodcast@gmail.com. Video (including ASL interpretation) can be found on our IG account, and our Facebook account (FB video does not include ASL).

Our Guest Today

Iris Meredith Bell has been a witch, ritualist, and tarot reader for over 25 years. Her mother was her first teacher in the craft. She has a passion for mythology, crystals and stones, and helping people find their next steps. Iris is a student of astrology and herbal medicine. She holds an MA in Philosophy and Religion, and a third degree High Priestesshood in the Evensong Tradition of Wicca. Iris is the general manager, Portland store manager, buyer, and a tarot reader at The Raven’s Wing Magical Co. theravenswingmagicalco.com

Resource List

That Witch Life Etsy Store
The Raven’s Wing (Portland, OR and Oakland, CA)
The Native Flame
New Leaf Distributors
The Witch’s Cauldron
Manannan Mac Lir
Artemis
The New Book of Goddesses and Heroines
Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess
“How To Win A Facebook Argument”