Episode 56: A Witch’s Funeral Rites With Mortellus

A special thanks to our sponsors! Please see below for special listener discounts. CONTENT WARNING: Minutes 32-43 contain a survivor story involving childhood sexual abuse, religious trauma, and suicide. Minutes 44-50 contain descriptions of mortuary practices. If you or someone you love is currently experiencing abuse or thoughts of suicide, please contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255, the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860, or RAINN-the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network at 800-856-HOPE. Every mainstream religion has rites for the deceased. But what do Witches do? Mortellus, Priestix and mortician, joins us to talk about the elements of a Witch’s funeral and why it’s important to consider these things while we are living. They also share with us the journey of the deceased in the mortuary room and a new perspective on caring for the deceased. Hilary talks about Damiana, we discuss our favorite Halloween movies, and how we are celebrating a different kind of Halloween during COVID. Plus, creepy dolls creep out the masses. A South African listener is struggling to find a mentor in Witchcraft. What can they do?
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Our Guest Today

Mortellus is the High Priestex of the Coven of Leaves in Western North Carolina, a Gardnerian Coven operating an Outer Court training group who like to say that they are a bubbling cauldron of bitter esoterica slithering their way through Western North Carolina. Additionally, Mortellus is a Mortician, Author, Medium, and Necromantrix. Her book of pagan death rites and rituals for Llewellyn, Do I Have To Wear Black? is set to come out February 8th, 2021 with multiple additional book projects under contract. Currently, she resides on three acres that are hastily becoming overgrown again with her partner, adult child, two-year-old afab/amab twins, and one really, really ridiculous dog.

Resource List

Contact Mortellus: Linktree
Misha Magdelene (our interview with them)
The Temple of Witchcraft
Sisterhood of Avalon
Irish Pagan School
Sacred Mists Academy (use WITCHLIFE at check-out tand save $35!)
Blair–The Creepy Doll
The Dangerous Goddess on 11/10 (class with Courtney)
TWL Ancestor Spellkits

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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