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TWIH Episode 80: Learning from Where You’re At with Pat Mosley #hb2

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In this episode we talk with Pat Mosley, a Gardnerian witch in North Carolina. We talk about how Wicca takes on the culture of where it’s at, and how it’s not that much of a stretch for people to be multi-faith practitioners. Pat discusses his coven, Granny Magick, and his involvement in CUUPs. We also talk politics and #HB2 (also known as the “bathroom bill”) and how, on the ground in North Carolina, there are more people who are against it rather than for it. Pat talks about the uphill battle in challenging their state government and the disconnect of their elected leaders from the people they represent.

Note: After recording this podcast in May, and after another blow up around  transgender women in women’s only spaces (primarily concerning Budapestian Dianic Witchcraft), Pat has announced a call for submissions for a anthology called “Arcane Perfection”. You can click here for more information.

Pat Mosley is a Weirdo Inspired to Create Here (WITCH). He writes semi-regularly at Patheos Pagan, but more of his work can be found at his website. Pat is a Gardnerian Witch, and is currently conspiring to author a book on one Appalachian coven’s vision of Wicca in the next year or so. Pat is also a coordinator for Mountain CUUPs (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) in Boone, North Carolina–where everyone is welcome to share a meal and sing a spell.

Links

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/commontansy/

https://patmosley.wordpress.com/

https://mtncuups.wordpress.com

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TWIH Episode 78: The Magick of Pagan Music with Sharon Knight

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After a brief TWIH hiatus, we return with our guest Sharon Knight, a pagan musician who does both solo work and plays as a group with her partner Winter in Pandemonaeon. We talk about the art of performing, the magickal experience of being on stage, the future and past of pagan music, and how music influences her work, both spiritually and professionally. We also talk about her latest album and the work that goes into writing, recording, and making videos for an album.

  

Note: Please excuse the audio weirdness. We were having a bad Skype day.

Festival Favorites Sharon Knight and Winter are internationally touring musicians in the mythic-Celtic vein. Their penchant for combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling has inspired their own style, “Neofolk Romantique”. This often sounds less Celtic and more “Folktales that ran away with the Faeries at the turn of the century and took cover in an old trunk bound for the circus, which was then commandeered by pirates.” This suits them fine.

They have shared stages with mythic music favorites such as Faun, Omnia, Corvus Corax, SJ Tucker, Tricky Pixie, Heather Dale, Wendy Rule, Stellamara, and many more. They have recently completed a 100% crowd-funded CD and music video featuring several of these artists, called Portals, which they are touring to support now.

Links

http://www.sharonknight.net/

http://sharonknight.bandcamp.com/album/portals

https://www.patreon.com/SharonKnight

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TWIH Episode 69: Dirt Heart Witch with Jenya T. Beachy #pantheacon

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Jenya T. Beachy joins us in this episode to talk about the Feri tradition, farming, and the importance of self care. What is it like to live with the land? What does it mean to be a Root Worker? What is the meaning and nature of Power? Jenya describes her journey into witchcraft, her experiences with Cora Anderson, and why she decided to go live on a farm with goats and chickens.

This episode is part of a series of interviews with people who will be presenting at Pantheacon 2016.

Jenya T. Beachy is a Teacher, Preacher, Rootworker, Farmer, and Writer of the popular blog, “Dirt-Heart Witch”. She has been walking the Twisted Path of the Craft for over 25 years, studying the old ways and forging new ones. Her Work combines the clean, simple magick of the Kitchen Witch and the dark, wild magick of the Mad Poet, all mixed up with a wild devotion to the Heart of the Cosmos. One of Jenya’s favorite forms of Witchery is concerned with connecting to the myriad consciousnesses of the worlds, from microcosm to macro-, in all their forms and powers.

Links

Jenya’s Facebook

Website: http://jenyatbeachy.com

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TWIH Episode 68: The Unnamed Path, Gender Identity, and Body Image with David Shorey and Chase Powers #pantheacon

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In this episode we talk to David Shorey and Chase Powers, both members of the Unnamed Path, a magickal tradition for Men Who Love Men. What is the Unnamed Path? Why is single gendered space important to some people? Why do people get stuck on the gender binary, and why do people get bent out of shape when people want more inclusivity in single-gender spaces (i.e.: inclusion of transgender, bisexual, multi-faith, etc.)? What is the importance of language in gendered space? And…what about Beltane?

 

Note: Apologies for the Skype noise. Skype was not being our friend during the interview!

 

This episode is part of a series of interviews with people who will be presenting at Pantheacon 2016.

 

David Shorey is an Initiate and Teacher of The Unnamed Path, a spiritual tradition for men-who-love-men. In addition, David is a student of Druidry and member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. He is also an Apprentice in Faery Seership under Orion Foxwood. David lives in San Diego with his two partners, Tommie and Virgil, and their dog Murphy. 

 

Chase Powers is an Initiate and teacher of the Unnamed Path, and a student of Anderson Feri, currently living in Houston, Texas. Between spiritual work, video games, and graphic design, he still finds time to fight

with people on the internet and make bad jokes.

 

 

Links

 

David’s Email: drshorey@gmail.com

 

Website: www.unnamedpath.com

 

The Unnamed Path Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/unnamedpath/

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TWIH Episode 65: Being Intentionally Inclusive with Shauna Aura Knight #pantheacon

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Shauna Aura Knight joins us in this episode to talk about ritual practices that can make our public rituals more inclusive. What do we mean by inclusivity? How do we make the welcome clear so that others know that they are welcome into the ritual? Why are people so averse to using more inclusive language or making accommodations for allergy, disability, and gender issues? What is the responsibilities of public priests to ensure that their rituals are inclusive as possible? How do you take ownership, as an ally, of your process, especially in admitting when you’ve done something wrong  even if it was unintended? What happens when you realize that the pagan community isn’t a monolith of belief?

This is a first in a series of interviews with people who will be presenting at Pantheacon 2016.

Shauna Aura Knight is an artist, author, ritualist, presenter, and spiritual seeker, Shauna travels nationally offering intensive education in the transformative arts of ritual, community leadership, and personal growth. Shauna is passionate about creating rituals, experiences, spaces, stories, and artwork to awaken mythic imagination. She is the author of The Leader Within, Ritual Facilitation, and Dreamwork for the Initiate’s Path. She’s a columnist on ritual techniques for CIRCLE Magazine, and her writing also appears in the anthologies Stepping in to Ourselves, A Mantle of Stars, Calling to our Ancestors, and Bringing Race to the Table.

She’s also the author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels including The Truth Upon Her Lips, A Fading Amaranth, A Winter Knight’s Vigil, Werewolves in the Kitchen, Werewolves with Chocolate, and more. Shauna’s mythic artwork and designs are used for magazine covers, book covers, and illustrations, as well as decorating many walls, shrines, and other spaces.  http://www.shaunaauraknight.com

Links

 Email: shaunaaura@gmail.com

Website: https://shaunaaura.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShaunaAuraKnightRitualist

Pantheacon 2016 Schedule

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TWIH Episode 64: Tradition, Secrecy, and the Life of a Public Witch with Storm Faerywolf

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Storm Faerywolf joins us in this episode to talk about the Feri Tradition, being a public witch (or warlock, in Storm’s case), and the role of secrecy and privacy in modern witchcraft. What does it mean to be a public witch? Why do humans have a need to define what other people’s paths are and hold absolutist attitudes about what is “right” and “proper”? What is the role of secrecy, and what is the difference between secrecy and privacy? Is secrecy still necessary in the age of the internet? We also talk about cultural appropriation, privilege, and the power of walking between the worlds.

Storm Faerywolf is an author, teacher, artist, warlock, priest, and initiate of the Faery/Feri tradition of witchcraft. With nearly thirty years experience practicing the Craft and teaching for more than twenty, Storm has lead open circles, given lectures, and taught both public and private classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the U.S. He holds the Black Wand and is the founder of BlueRose, his own school and lineage within the Faery tradition, offering classes both in-person and online. He is the author of The Stars Within the Earth, and the forthcoming Betwixt and Between: Exploring the Faery Tradition of Witchcraft. For more information about his classes, books, CD’s or art visit his website.

Links

Website: faerywolf.com

www.feritrad.org

The Mystic Dream (Storm’s store)

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TWIH Episode 55: Multi-Faith Education and Dialog with Denise Cush

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In this episode we talk about interfaith dialog and religious education with Denise Cush. How do people learn about interfaith and mutli-faith practices? What are the differences between the way religion is viewed and taught in the United States and the United Kingdom? What is the importance of face to face dialog and experience in interfaith work?

Denise Cush (BA/MA Oxford, MA Lancaster, PhD Warwick) is currently Professor of Religion and Education at Bath Spa University. She has taught Religious Studies in a sixth form college, trained both primary and secondary teachers in religious education, and taught Study of Religions at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Until recently she was Head of the Department of Study of Religions (now Religions, Philosophy and Ethics) at Bath Spa. She is deputy editor of the British Journal of Religious, a major international journal. In addition to religious education, her teaching and research interests include Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and alternative spiritualities such as Paganism.

Links

Website: http://www.livingreligion.co.uk/

Email: d.cush@bathspa.ac.uk

Books

Celebrating Planet Earth, a Pagan/Christian Conversation: First Steps in Interfaith Dialogue

TWIH Episode 54: The Dynamics of Awareness with Deborah Blake

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In this episode we talk with author Deborah Blake about daily practice and how we can get hung up on what “proper” daily practice is. We explore how daily practice can be just a part of our mundane practices, and that what is right and “proper” depends on your own spiritual needs. How do we cultivate a practice that works for us? How do we determine the regular practices in our groups or covens? Are we walking our talk? We also talk about the advantages and disadvantages of both group and solo work, and the ins and outs of working in community.

Deborah Blake is the author of the Baba Yaga paranormal romance series, including Wickedly Magical, Wickedly Dangerous and Wickedly Wonderful (Berkley) as well as eight books on modern witchcraft from Llewellyn Worldwide. She has an ongoing column in Witches & Pagans Magazine and was featured in The Pagan Anthology of Short Fiction.

Links

Author Website: http://www.deborahblakeauthor.com

Blog: http://deborahblake.blogspot.com

Books

The Circle Within: Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition by Dianne Sylvan

Everyday Witchcraft: Making Time for Spirit in a Too-Busy World by Deborah Blake

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TWIH Episode 48: Inclusive Wicca with Yvonne Aburrow

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What is inclusive Wicca? In this episode we talk to author Yvonne Aburrow about her new book  “All Acts of Love and Pleasure: Inclusive Wicca” which was also recently reviewed on The Wild Hunt. How does this manifest in traditional British Wicca? How has the craft evolved over the years? Why do people still cling to these outmoded and outdated traditions, and why are they so resistant to change? 

Yvonne Aburrow has been a Pagan since 1985 and a Wiccan since 1991. She has an MA in Contemporary Religions and Spiritualities from Bath Spa University, and lives and works in Oxford, UK. Her most recent book is “All Acts of Love and Pleasure: Inclusive Wicca”. She has also written four books on the mythology and folklore of trees, birds, and animals, and two anthologies of poetry. She is genderqueer, bisexual, and has been an anarchist socialist green leftie feminist for the last thirty years.

Links

Patheos blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/sermonsfromthemound/author/yvonne/

YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKSb364RP4H16lXpBHGiSmQ

Review on The Wild Hunt: http://wildhunt.org/2015/05/book-review-all-acts-of-love-and-pleasure-inclusive-wicca.html

 

Books

“All Acts of Love and Pleasure: inclusive Wicca” Publisher’s Page: http://avaloniabooks.co.uk/catalogue/wicca-witchcraft/inclusivewicca/

All Acts of Love and Pleasure: Inclusive Wicca (Amazon Link)

Other Books By Yvonne Aburrow

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TWIH Episode 47: Magick, Art, and Tangents with Billy Brujo

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In this meandering and irreverent episode, we talk to YouTube personality and magician Billy Brujo. We talk about many things including the nature of magick, why he started “The Black Magick Cooking Show,” why art is an important way to tell us about ourselves, and why we shouldn’t take ourselves quite so seriously. Also, Batman. And Fight Club. And DragonBall Z. 

 

Note: This episode meanders quite a bit and contains some colorful language. 

 

Formerly employed by the L.A.’s most high-end and renown occult shops, Billy Brujo retired due to his disgust with his employer’s mob-style sales tactics and the overabundance of charlatans in the spiritual business. However, the master has come out of retirement. Billy Brujo is back, teaching the right teaching, and offering the best custom magical objects available. He also has a little show on YouTube.

 

Links

Website: http://www.billybrujo.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Billy-Brujo/100006261589089

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzgXS8lC7kFpiy2BCDsrvHw

Billy’s Spooky Club on Reddit: https://m.reddit.com/r/spookyclub/

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