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 48: Mushroom Magick With Anjel

Mushrooms are Magick. Witch and scientist Anjel joins us to explore the potential healing within fungi and the relationship between science and witchcraft. We discuss the divine within the fungal kingdom and what it can teach us about our bodies and spirits. Anjel also introduces us to the psilocybin therapy initiative on Oregon’s November ballot, and explains the difference between “Magick Mushrooms” as a party drug and their history a ritual tool of healing. Other topics include full moon Magick for September, awkward Witch talks at the doctor, and a BADASS candle maker. One listener, a teacher, must return to work during Covid. What Magick can they do to protect themselves? Audio transcript to follow.

Our Guest Today

Anjel is a queer nonbinary eclectic witch hailing from the New Orleans area currently living in Salem, OR. They are one of the lead coordinators of the Wild Witches of the Willamette and co-host of the Science Witch Podcast. They practice an eclectic style of witchcraft that incorporates herbalism, yoga, feminism, astrology, social and racial justice, southern conjure, alchemy, ancestor reverence, Jungian theory and tarot, and is in a constant search for ways in which science and witchcraft intersect, interact and affirm one another. Anjel holds a Master’s of Science in Biology/Ecology and has been employed in scientific fields for most of their adult life and firmly believes that science and witchcraft are one in the same . They are an avowed myco-evangelist with the strong conviction that mushrooms will save the world. They have a spiritual connection to plants from a witchy and scientific perspective and enjoy identifying and teaching about plants we find on witch walks hosted by the Wild Witches. They also love to crochet, draw, and dance, and can be found calling down the Goddess at the monthly full moon drum circles. They also can be found in sci-fi, table top rpg and furry fandom circles and conventions. They are a scion of the Egyptian Goddess of writing and science, Sheshat, and feel their calling is to facilitate synergy between science and spirituality that will help humanity survive and evolve.

Resource List

Contact Anjel:
Wild Witches of the Willamette
The Science Witch Podcast
IG: @anjelkitty
Food of the Gods (book)
From Phil Candles (Hilary’s Recommendation)
Oregon Psilocybin Initiative: voteyeson109.org
United Way of East Central Iowa
Habitat for Humanity of Los Angeles

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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 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 35: Queer Witchcraft with Misha Magdalene

Magick is Queer! Hey, Queer people have been part of Magick since Magick began. Author Misha Magdalene joins us to talk about the connection between Magick and gender and sexuality in the Witchcraft world, which is often a hetero-normative environment. We also discuss ways to help others during this painful time. (We are angry, we are sad, but we are not silent.) Digressions include spoiled kittens, Cheez-Its and one BAD ASS spell contributed by a listener. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review us and remember to check out our Etsy shop! 10% of June’s proceeds go to Protect The Sacred. Audio Transcript to follow.

Our Guest Today

Misha Magdalene is a multi-classed, multi-geek, multi-queer witch and sorcerer with a degree in gender studies and a slightly odd sense of humor.  They’re the author of Outside the Charmed Circle: Exploring Gender & Sexuality in Magical Practice (Llewellyn, January 2020) and the similarly-named “Outside the Charmed Circle” blog at Patheos.  They’re an initiate of the Anderson Feri and Gardnerian Wiccan traditions of witchcraft, and have dabbled recklessly in both modern ceremonial magic and grimoiric goetia.  They live in the Pacific Northwest with their polymath partner and two adorably destructive black kittens.

Resource List

Misha Magdalene Website
“Outside The Charmed Circle” (Book by Misha Magdalene)
“Outside The Charmed Circle” (Misha Magdalene Blog)
Minnesota Freedom Fund
Black Visions Collective
Reclaim the Block
Link to Anti-Racist Children’s Books
Eclipse Magick Episode
Beyond the Gates
Trout Lake Abbey
Drawing Down The Moon
The Spiral Dance
Anderson Feri Tradition
Gardnerian Wicca
“Thinking Sex” by Gayle S. Rubin
When God Was Queer Podcast Episode 2–“We Were Made For This”
Protect The Sacred
That Witch Life Etsy Store

Prayer for the Full Moon

O Great Being of Light,
Show me my steps forward,
Show me where my power is,
Show me what I can do,
With what I have at my fingertips.
Help me be the light for others,
Help me be the solution
.

And the award for ‘Best Spell Of 2020’ goes to:

Calling all witches, spiritual folk, and social justice warriors: NOW IS THE TIME FOR MAGICK. Now is not the time to pray for peace. The people taking to the streets need our fierce protection and empowerment. They need radical change. Send them the energy to keep fighting, to amplify their voices, and to keep them free from harm at the hands of brutal police and a system that constantly seeks to dismantle them. If things get out of hand and the people in power are using unnecessary force, may our magick thwart their weapons. May our magick empower the people who are disenfranchised. May it keep them safe, but also fiercely thwart those that seek to do them harm.
If shit needs to get fucked up, so mote it be!
~Contributed by: @8bit.octave

Bonus Episode: Pandemic and Eclipse Magick with Damon Stang

June, 2020 is full of eclipses and we are delighted to welcome back Damon Stang, who is going to tell us all about them! He also shares the spirit of NYC in the midst of the pandemic and what kind of Magick the residents are brewing (whether they know it or not!). We all share our Dark and New Moon stories, and Kanani reviews “The Watcher In The Woods.” Check out the NEW merch at our Etsy store and remember to subscribe, rate, and review us on your favorite podcast platform!

Our Guest Today

Damon Stang is a scholar of comparative folk magic and the cultural significance of ritual in contemporary cultures. He is a practitioner of Traditional European Witchcraft in both the pre Christian and modern lineages. He resides in Brooklyn. Damon Stang’s work has been covered in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The New York Post, Elle Magazine, and Newsweek Magazine.

Connect with Damon:
Business phone: (347) 422-7580
Website
Instagram – @revertstar
Facebook – damon.stang

Resource List

Our previous episode with Damon (House Cleansings)
The Dark Moon Download” by Theresa Reed
“What is the Dark Moon?” By Theresa Reed
Sigil Magick with Laura Tempest Zakroff
New Moon Astrology by Jan Spiller
Nine Sacred Herbs of Odin
Greek Magickal Papyri
“We’re Here” playlist
Farmer’s Almanac re: Eclipses
The Radical Faeries
The Watcher in the Woods (film)

Bonus Episode: Final Rites With Tomás Prower

Content warning: Death, dying, and mortuary practices.
We are delighted to have Tomás Prower return to talk with us about changes in dying, death rites, and the funeral industry in light of the pandemic…along with what hasn’t changed at all. We discuss icky facts about the mortuary process and the importance of advance directives. Other topics include explaining unprecedented events to children, spirit messages in birds, Spotify coping lists, and pants wetting. Also, you’re invited to Hilary’s online birthday party! Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review us on your favorite podcast platform and be sure to check out our Etsy store!

Our Guest Today

Tomás Prower is a graduate of the University of California: Santa Barbara with degrees in Global Socioeconomics and Latin American Studies. Born and raised in Southern California, his fluency in English, French, and Spanish gave him the opportunity work for the French Government as a cultural liaison throughout South America with extended assignments in Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, and the Amazon jungle. Since then, he has been the External Relations Director for the American Red Cross, LGBT+ Programs Director for entertainment productions in Los Angeles, and a licensed mortuary professional in California and Nevada. Currently, Tomás resides in his hometown of L.A. as a writer and author of popular fiction and non-fiction works.

Resource List

Morbid Magic by Tomás Prower
Hilary’s Birthday Invite!
That Witch Life Etsy Shop
Courtney’s Super-Sad Spotify Playlist

Bonus Episode: Sigil Magick In The Pandemic With Laura Tempest Zakroff

What day is it…lunch? As your favorite Witches navigate loss, grief, and more social isolation, we are delighted to welcome Laura Tempest Zakroff, who shows us how to use sigils Magick, and how they can be especially helpful during the pandemic. She also introduces us to our new favorite catch-phrase, “Stop doing Magickal triage!” We answer listener questions (“What is an analytical Witch to do?” “Does an accurate psychic have religious bias?”) and discuss the cause we are supporting right now. Digressions include Rhode Island vampires, secret passageways, and century-old letters from a lovestruck girl named Velma.

Our Guest Today

Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and Modern Traditional Witch. She is the author of the best-selling books Weave the Liminal and Sigil Witchery, as well as The Witch’s Cauldron, and the co-author of The Witch’s Altar.  Laura blogs for Patheos and Witches & Pagans, contributes to The Witches’ Almanac, Ltd, and edited The New Aradia: A Witch’s Handbook to Magical Resistance. Her first oracle deck, The Liminal Spirits Oracle, will be available in Spring 2020. Visit her at www.LauraTempestZakroff.com.

Resource List

“A Modern Traditional Witch” Blog
The “Needs Met” Sigil
Sigil Witchery
That Witch Life Etsy Store
Pride Foundation
Mercy Brown
Avalon Tangles

Spellcard Packages And Help Those In Need!

Do you love our spell cards? They love you, too!

Your hosts, Kanani, Courtney or Hilary, wrote 9 original spells for you to practice and enjoy at home. Now, you can buy the whole set! Each set includes one That Witch Life Podcast 3″ sticker and the 9 different spell cards. All items are mailed out with a return address of T.W.L. to ensure no one knows your witchy business if you don’t want them to.

Witch Yourself AND Help People In Need!

The Pride Foundation has developed a COVID-19 task force, supporting LGBTQIA+ persons affected by the pandemic. For the entire month of April, That Witch Life will be donating 10% of sales to this important cause. This includes our retail and wholesale merchandise.

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