Episode 52: Pagan Priesthood With Lora O’Brien

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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 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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Episode 37: Summer Solstice Practices and Group Work with Doctor Beverley

It’s Midsummer (For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway!)! Given that many Summer Solstice rituals are canceled this year, how are we going to practice? Doctor Beverley joins us to talk about the celebration of the longest day in many different Witchcraft traditions. Inspired by a listener question, we explore the role of Covens in a Witch’s Magickal practice, including how to start or find one, and the challenges common to Coven work. We express our disappointment over J.K. Rowling’s most recent remarks and re-visit Kanani’s revulsion to kale. Be sure to check out our Etsy store (10% of June’s proceeds support Protect the Sacred) and don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review us on your favorite podcast platform!

Our Guest Today

Doctor Beverley is a “two-headed” conjure woman, an empath, and a justified spiritual worker. She is a Rootworker, a diviner skilled in bone reading and tarot. Formerly a Druid high priestess of the Druidic Craft of the Wise: The American Rite, she is a life-long student of herbalism, aromatherapy, African-American and Caribbean-American folk magic. Doctor Beverley custom-blends and handcrafts spiritual baths, condition soaps, oils, & sachets (in small batches, freshly made-to-order for each client). A Reiki Master and long-time yogi, she believes in the Mind-Body-Soul connection to spiritual growth and healing. Doctor Beverley is available for readings, rootwork, and spiritual counseling. She has a soft spot for sex workers, dancers, gamblers, and all those who are discriminated against in any way. She may be found on Facebook: Doctor Beverley/Spiritual Gangsta and online at www.DocBev.com

Resource List

City Lights Theater Company (Hilary’s performance)
Stonehenge Summer Solstice Ritual (Virtual ritual)
Burning Man
The Druidic Craft of the Wise
Temple of Witchcraft
Sisterhood of Avalon

Doctor Beverley’s Burning Man Photos