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*******dmasks??? 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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 TheNew 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.
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.
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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!
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.