Episode 33: Bealtaine and Pendulums With Thorne Davis

It’s a different kind of Bealtaine for all of us! Your favorite Witches discuss how to celebrate the festive Sabbat while still practicing social distancing. Special guest Thorne Davis joins us to discuss suggestions for a solo-Bealtaine and shares how the pandemic has affected the deaf and hard of hearing communities. They also give us a 101 on working with pendulums. Kanani reviews “The Wicker Man” and may never forgive Courtney, ever. ASL interpretation provided by Mel DeLeon and Grace Totherow.

Our Guest Today

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Thorne Davis was born and raised native to the Pacific Northwest in Portland, Oregon. Thorne’s pronouns are they/them and he/him. Their family of origin was hearing and religious and their parents divorced when they were young (a whole other story there!). They grew up with all the “isms”: homophobia, etc, among many things. Born deaf, Thorne grew up bilingual in both Sign Language and English. They first came out around 22 to 23 years old, at the same time as they were questioning a lot related to spirituality and religion. During the beginning of the middle of their Saturn return, their innate magic woke up in some pretty major ways and there was no turning back. Thorne’s first steps were Tarot and then onwards to different paths, modalities, etc. There is a constant journey of unfolding and discovery of self and who they are. Thorne is a Gemini sun, Leo rising, and Cancer moon creature person. Several of their identity layers are Super Fae, As They Come, Witchy Magical, Queer, Queer AF, Poly-hearted, Gender-fluid, Trans Masculine, Two Spirit, Walk Between, Pansexual, and so on. Thorne is a total Astro nerd among other things, too. They’re active in a couple of community intersecting spaces, including the Queer and Deaf communities. Email Thorne or follow them on Instagram. Their website is www.spiritoracle.com.

Resource List

“The Folklore of May Day/Bealtaine” by Shane Broderick
Bealtaine On Your Own
The Wicker Man
The Secret of Moonacre
That Witch Life Etsy Store

Episode 30: Spring Equinox And Money Magick With Queen Mother Imakhu

Happy Spring! This season offers incredible opportunities for new beginnings, including new prosperity! We are joined by Queen Mother Imakhu who helps us explore money Magick. We also explore the power of retrogrades, the importance of Ancestor work in Witchcraft…and how not all of your Ancestors belong on your altar. Kanani reviews The Good Witch and reflects on the Ostara myth. Other digressions include Leap Year babies and weddings, the irritating bygone age of pagers, and banishing remote evil spirits from the storage closet of a Baskin Robbins. Do you love us? Don’t forget to rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice!

Our Guest Today

Rev. Dr. Queen Mother Imakhu Mu Neferet is a cultural educator, scholar, motivational speaker, Khametic elder high priestess and queen mother, initiated water priestess, water priestess, storyteller, poet, writer, vocalist, musician, dancer, yogini, artist, arts administrator, filmmaker, and multimedia producer. Dedicated to cultural preservation, cultural reclamation, and creating uplifting, truthful media for Black & Brown people, she is founder/director of AKERU MultiMedia, and UHEMU Black & Brown Storytellers. Former columnist for FIRST WORLD NEWS African American Newspaper Newspaper. Host/producer of ASHE! radio and TV shows. Founder/director of The Zawadi Collective performance ensemble. Founder of AKERU NuAfrakan Network. She is also co-founder of Newark Latino Film Festival and Newark Latino Artist Collective. Queen Mother Imakhu is founder/director and chief instructor of SHENU Art & Yoga Sanctuary (Khametic Temple). Creator of the Drums of Compassion drumming and dance program, which she has taught throughout the U.S. to children and adults since the late 90’s.  Queen Mother Imakhu has taught African Arts Education for Philadelphia’s Point Breeze Performing Arts Center, Boys & Girls Club of Trenton, The Garvey Charter School of Trenton, City of Trenton, NYC Department of Juvenile Justice on behalf of Afrikan Poetry Theatre of Queens, Newark’s Ironbound Community Corporation, Montclair State University, and Orange, NJ  Board of Education. Queen Mother was recently Yoga instructor for City of Newark Recreation Department; executive director and co-founder of the Newark Latino Film Festival. Queen Mother’s most recent film project, “I’ve Got a Vision,” produced for fellow filmmaker Nancy Vazquez, was highlighted by director Ava DuVernay on February 2019’s special online edition of TIME Magazine. A respected poet and writer, Queen Mother Imakhu has emceed spoken word events in Philadelphia, PA and Newark, NJ. Queen Mother is founder of AKERU MultiMedia, and Uhemu Black & Brown Storytellers of NJ. Queen Mother Imakhu’s newest compilation downloadable music/spoken word CD,“The Very Best So Far,” was released on December 19, 2019. Her new documentary series, “The Wisdom Keepers,” begins production in 2020. Her new one woman stage show, “The Water Brought Me Here,” begins touring in 2020, and is booking for schools, theaters, and events. Spiritually, Queen Mother Imakhu was initiated as an ankh carrying high priestess and queen mother through the Shrine of Khpra in Brooklyn, NY. She is an ordained interfaith minister, and is a member of the Newark Interfaith Clergy Alliance. She was also active in NYC Auburn Seminary. She is immortalized as Queen of Cups in the Tarot of the Boroughs contemporary photographic deck. As a Khametic scholar, her research connecting European Elder Futhark Runes to Nile Valley origins, has been considered ground breaking. Her newest book, KHESU DUAU MENI: Khametic Daily Prayers & Rituals, was released in late November 2019. While teaching the importance of maintaining cultural traditions, Queen Mother Imakhu is constantly breaking new ground by redefining practical new applications for today’s world. Queen Mother Imakhu’s proud family lineage includes her maternal ancestor, Billy Artis, who fought in the Nat Turner Uprising, her father, the late Tommie J. Lloyd, first African American American accepted into the New Jersey Tool & Die Association, former South Carolinian Congressman George Washington Murray, former enslaved African who was the only African American Congressman serving during the 53rd and 54th congresses. Queen Mother Imakhu has been celebrating Kwanzaa since 1989. The Nguzo Saba helped to deepen the Black Consciousness she was raised in, and provided a strong framework to raise her children with. She stands by the foundations that have shaped her, and that she proudly shares with community. She has also recently formed the SHENU Harmonious Living Institute.

****”Queen Mother Imakhu wrote a chapter in her book, UNDERSTANDING KHAMETIC MYSTICISM titled ‘African Origins of the Word Witch.’ Based on her research, the ancient Egyptian word Wadjet, the holistic community healing woman, is and was a term of respect, and one she claims for herself instead of “witch.” Queen Mother Imakhu also educates people about how the patriarchy vilified our indigenous healing mother’s, and demonized all terms associated with our natural mystic mother’s, including “witch.” While her personal preference is to reclaim the term Wadjet because it is in the vocabulary of her ancient tradition, she teaches the significance of empowerment of cultural and matriarchal reclamation.”

Resource List

That Witch Life Etsy Store
Khesu Duau Meni: Shenu Khametic Daily Prayer Rituals by Queen Mother Imaku
Mac Mead Hall (McMinnville, OR)
Wild Witches of the Willamette
Odin’s Ravens
Paganicon (Minneapolis, MN) ***Canceled since this recording***
The Enchanted Forest (Salem, OR)
The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
The Good Witch (Hallmark channel show)
“What To Do With Old Magick Supplies?” blog by Courtney
Columbia-Willamette Pagan Pride (Portland, OR)

Episode 29: Use Of Incense And Smoke In Magick With Amy Blackthorn

Incense and smoke is more than ambiance. It actually makes Magick happen! Amy Blackthorn, author of the recently released Sacred Smoke talks with us about how to enhance your Magick through the use of smoke. Courtney and Hilary share the results of spells they recently cast (one for success, one to reveal enemies), and Kanani’s kids review a children’s show panned by conservative media (“Step aside, Cinderella!”).

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Our Guest Today

Amy Blackthorn is the author of, Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic and Sacred Smoke: Clear Away Negative Energies and Purify Body, Mind, and Spirit, and has been described as an “arcane horticulturalist” for her lifelong work with magical plants and teaching. She incorporates her experiences in British Traditional Witchcraft with her horticulture studies. She has a certification in aromatherapy and is ordained through the Order of the Golden Gryphon. Amy’s company, Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends, creates tea based twenty plus years working with old Hoodoo herbal formulas. She lives in Delaware. You can view Amy’s tea shop at blackthornhoodooblends.com.

Resource List

That Witch Life Etsy Shop
Valentine’s Day Episode (with spell for clarifying relationships)
Isaiah 47
Alchemical Visions Tarot
Interview with Mat Auryn
The Owl House
Article condemning “The Owl House”
Courtney’s review of Sacred Smoke
Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

Episode 27: Love Spells with Queen Auset-Heru

Audio Transcript HERE.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, it’s our annual episode talking all about LOVE SPELLS! We talk about the transits for February, and what kind of love, friendship, or other relationship Magick you’ll want to do OR avoid. Love Magick expert and Youtuber Queen Auset-Heru joins us to share hilarious stories of love spells gone wrong…and right! She talks us through her process of casting a love spell, and explores the role of releasing, forgiveness, and blockage removal in successful love Magick. Plus, spell suggestions, the oracle card for February, Kanani’s review of “Bell Book and Candle,” Courtney’s complete unraveling, and Hilary’s vain attempt to hold the episode together.

Our Guest Today

Queen Auset-Heru is a priestess of Ma’at, the spiritual system of the ancient Kemetians. She’s a clairvoyant, a tarot reader, and an oracle who works with people across the world to solve their most difficult problems. She is located in Costa Rica and does a small advice channel on YouTube called “Ask An Aquarius,” where people ask questions about spirituality, astrology, and romance. Follow Queen Auset-Heru on Patreon, Facebook, Instagram, and check out her Etsy store for readings and oils. ***We apologize to our beautiful friend in Alabama! The correct name of her podcast is Southern Fried Witch. Check it out! It’s great!***

Resource List

Ivo Dominguez Jr. (Astrology)
Spokane Pagan Village Commons
Najah Lightfoot
The Witch’s Oracle by Marla Brooks
Stick, Stones, Roots, and Bones by Stephanie Rose Bird
Southern Fried Witch (Podcast)
Love Magick Episode from 2019 (Interview with Chiron Armand)
Sigil Witchery by Laura Tempest Zakroff
That Witch Life Podcast Etsy Shop
Bell Book and Candle Movie online