Episode 63: Witches In Pop Culture With Jessica Mason

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Our Guest Today

Jessica Mason is an assistant editor The Mary Sue, a website where intersectional feminism meetsthe geek world. There she covers everything from paganism to politics and pop culture every day. Prior to her work as a writer, Jessica studied opera in undergrad, then graduated from Lewis and Clark School of law in Portland to practice family law before turning back to a creative career. Jessica’s work focuses on fandom, queer representation, and women (especially witchy ones) in pop culture. She has appeared on panels at conventions like Geek Girl Con, Emerald City Comic Con, and Rose City Comic Con and interviewed actors and creators, covered red carpets, and visited sets from shows like “Supernatural, “Sabrina,” The Arrowverse, and more. Her writing on Supernatural was recently published in the anthology There’ll Be Peace When You Are Done: Actors and Fans Celebrate the Legacy of Supernatural.”

Resource List

Contact Jessica:
Reel Magick Podcast (Twitter: @reelmagickpod)
Jessica Mason on Twitter
Jessica Mason on The Mary Sue
Jailbreaking the Goddess (book by Lasara Firefox Allen)
Lore Olympus
Courtney’s Holiday Music Recs:
Annie Lennox: “A Christmas Cornucopia
Gregorian: “Christmas Chants–Live in Berlin”
Blackmore’s Night: “Winter Carols”
Loreena McKennitt: “A Midwinter Night’s Dream”
Tori Amos: “Midwinter Graces”
Medieval Babes: “Mistletoe and Wine”

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Episode 24: Yule, Winter Solstice, And Christmas Magick With Jason Mankey

It’s our holiday episode! Author and blogger Jason Mankey joins us to talk about how to harness the Magick from this time of year, including harvesting light and joy to get through dark times, and even soaking up a bit of chaos (you’ll never know when you’ll need it!). Plus, the ancient and modern legacy of Saturnalia. We discuss connecting with community and ways to give in service during this time of year, and the upcoming New Moon–the final one of 2019. Hear the story of the creepy babydoll crashing a Yule celebration and play a new game with us: Is It A Hallmark movie Or Is It a Classic Witch Movie Kanani Still Hasn’t Seen? Email us questions to answer on future podcast at thatwitchlifepodcast@gmail.com. Don’t forget to check out our Etsy store!

Our Guest Today

Photo by Tymn Urban

Jason Mankey is a third-degree Gardnerian High Priest and helps run two Witchcraft covens in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Ari. Jason is a popular speaker at Pagan and Witchcraft events across North America and Great Britain. He is the channel manager at Patheos Pagan, the world’s most read Pagan blogging site, and writes there at Raise the Horns. He also writes for the magazine Witches & Pagans. Jason is the author of Transformative Witchcraft, The Witch’s Athame, and The Witch’s Book of Shadows and the coauthor of The Witch’s Altar. His new book, Witch’s Wheel of The Year: Rituals for Circles, Solitaries, & Covens is now available through Llewellyn Books.

Resource List

Patheos Pagan
The Raven’s Wing (CA and OR)
Crystal Heart Bookstore (OR)
MountainTop: Living a Movement Life
Amikaeyla Gaston
Chiron Armand
8 Ways To Invoke Solstice Magick
Outdoor Edible Tree Ornaments
Embracing Oregon–Flashbox
USPS Operation Santa
Letters of Love for the Elderly
Celtic Magic by DJ Conway
“The Man Who Invented Christmas” (film)