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Author: Bree NicGarran

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A practical witchcraft podcast hosted by Bree NicGarran, author of Grovedaughter Witchery. Every month, join Bree for a discussion of secular witchcraft, with plenty of tips for witching on a budget, finding good resources, furthering your magical education, and keeping your common sense superpowers strong. We’ll also delve into the history of witches and witchcraft, and witches in folklore and literature, and how those ideas influence what it means to be a witch in the modern day.
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Ep. 017 - Hex-Scuse Me!

Ep. 017 - Hex-Scuse Me!

2021-06-0144:062

You wanted it, you got it! After a full year, it's the long-awaited hex talk. Or hex education, if you will. This month, I'm diving into the basics of baneful magic, what it is, how to do it, and how to protect yourself during your magical mud-slinging. (I do recommend listening to Ep. 3 "Hex Positive" before this episode if you haven't already done so, especially if you have questions about the Threefold Law.) Come by my table at the Pride Witch Market on Sunday June 13th! Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon. This episode is sponsored by: Crowsbone - http://www.crowsbone.com Portland Button Works - http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com PBW Witch Shop - http://www.PBWwitchshop.com Global Grey Ebooks - http://www.globalgreyebooks.com Proud member of the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network MUSIC CREDITS "Spellbound" & "Miri's Magic Dance" Ads - "Holiday Weasel," "Feelin' Good," and "March of the Spoons" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
In this special anniversary bonus episode, I'm giving you all some HOMEWORK. Don't worry, it's extra credit and it won't be on a test. If you're feeling low on inspiration or looking for ways to grow in your craft, give these Witchcraft Exercises a try! Transcripts are available on my Wordpress. Exercise 1 - Quantifying Your Craft Exercise 2 - Home Brews Exercise 3 - Dig Through The Ditches Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon. Visit my shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft! Proud member of the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network. MUSIC CREDITS "Spellbound" & "Miri's Magic Dance" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
It's the anniversary special! To celebrate one full year of Hex Positive, I'm answering some of your burning questions about witchcraft and magic. Here's to Year One in the books and hopefully many more to come! Plant Magic Book Recommendations The Druid's Garden Wordpress Blog Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon. This episode is sponsored by: Crowsbone - http://www.crowsbone.com Portland Button Works - http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com PBW Witch Shop - http://www.PBWwitchshop.com Visit my shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft! Proud member of the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network. MUSIC CREDITS "Spellbound" & "Miri's Magic Dance" Ads - "Holiday Weasel," "Feelin' Good," and "Danse Macabre - Violin Hook" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
In this special bonus episode originally aired on Patreon, Lozzie Stardust joins me in the virtual studio for a discussion of witchcraft and history surrounding The Scottish Play. You know, Macbeth? (HOT POTATO, OFF HIS DRAWERS, PUCK WILL MAKE AMENDS...ouch!) We give some fun historical context to the story and the witchy goings-on in the play, get off on several tangents, and generally have a rollicking good time. By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes! Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon. This episode is sponsored by: Crowsbone Portland Button Works PBW Witch Shop Visit my shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft! Proud member of the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network. (Join our Discord server!) Audio Clip - Blackadder the Third, "Sense and Senility." BBC, 1987. MUSIC CREDITS "Spellbound" & "Miri's Magic Dance" Ads - "Holiday Weasel," "Feelin' Good," and "Danse Macabre - Violin Hook" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Need a little something to add to your emotional healing spells? Try a pinch or two of Simple Joys Powder! (And always remember to practice self care and take your meds!) By the by, if you don't have cherry blossoms handy, pink roses or peonies should work just fine. Visit my shop for books and other witchy goodies! Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon. Proud member of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network MUSIC CREDITS "Carpe Diem" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
This month, I sat down with author, painter, permaculturist, and the head of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, Dana O’Driscoll. We had a lovely chat about druidry, caring for the land, adapting ancient traditions to modern realities, and how to incorporate nature-based spirituality into your everyday life, no matter where you live. (Witness me trying to keep it together through some personal revelations.) Check out Dana’s beautiful hand-painted oracle decks and her forthcoming book, “Sacred Actions: Earth-Centered Sustainable Practices,” and visit her blog and Etsy shop at the links below! The Druid's Garden Website The Druid's Garden Wordpress Blog The Druid's Garden Art on Instagram The Druid's Garden LLC Etsy (Buy the Tarot of the Trees and Plant Spirit Oracle here!) Tarot of the Trees Deck Plant Spirit Oracle Sacred Actions: Earth-Centered Sustainable Practices (coming May 2021!) For more information on Druidry: Ancient Order of Druids in America OBOD: Order of Bards, Ovates, & Druids Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon. This episode is sponsored by: Crowsbone Portland Button Works PBW Witch Shop Visit my shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft! Proud member of the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network MUSIC CREDITS "Spellbound" & "Miri's Magic Dance" Ads - "Holiday Weasel," "Feelin' Good," and "Danse Macabre - Violin Hook" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
You wanted it, you got it! In this episode of Witch Ways, I'm happy to present "Apple of my Eye," an adaptation of the love spell that I cast for myself some years ago, which lead to a magical meet-cute with the man who would later become my wonderful husband. This spell will be available as part of the Relationships section of The Sisters Grimmoire, Vol. II, and is a special sneak peek at my latest book. Visit my a href="http://BreeNicGarran.wordpress.com/shop">Wordpress shop for books and other witchy goodies. Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon. Proud member of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network. MUSIC CREDITS "Carpe Diem" & "Ascending the Vale" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Happy February! Time for overpriced candy, cheesy romantic ads, and a serious talk about modern love magic. Specifically, why consent needs to be a part of it. (And of course, this is not to say that magic which seeks to circumvent or overwhelm free will does not exist or does not work. This is certainly a thing that exists. It’s well-established in quite a few old-world traditions like strega and curandero, among others, and even modern-day witchcraft books talk about persuasion and glamour and command magic. And all this is fine. I just want to be clear that I take personal issue when free will is undermined or ignored in love magic, specifically.) Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon. This episode is sponsored by: Azalea House of Healing
It's easy to find advice and information on creative ways to gather supplies and practice your craft. But what's a witch to do when your living situation makes open practice impossible? This month, I dive into a plethora of tips for all my darling stealth witches out there - how to gather supplies, cast spells, conduct research, venerate your chosen deities, and generally survive as a witch when you're stuck in the broom closet. (And yes, I also talk about that particular expression.) A transcript of this episode is available here. Bree's Wordpress Shop - Books, Kits, Buttons, and much more! Please rate & review, and follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon. Proud member of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network. This episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: Portland Button Works - http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com PBW Witch Shop - http://www.PBWwitchshop.com MUSIC CREDITS Intro & Outro - "Spellbound" & "Miri's Magic Dance" Ads - "Feelin' Good," "Danse Macabre - Violin Hook" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Happy Holidays, witches! As a special treat, I'm releasing a super special guest episode of Hex Positive! Pardon my joyous cackling as I welcome the absolutely fabulous S.J. Tucker to the show for a chat about music, magic, and all the ways they intersect. We get gloriously off-topic in all directions, giggle a bunch, and Sooj delivers a surprise that brings me to tears. Stay tuned after the chat for Sooj's marvelous song, "Witchka!" May you raise your eyes and never bow your head. We are not alone. Raven Brings Light To This House Of Stories art installation Visit S.J. Tucker online: www.SJTucker.com S.J. Tucker on Patreon S.J. Tucker on Bandcamp Follow @sjtuckermusic on TikTok and Instagram, and catch her shows at Online Concert Thing. Hex Positive is a proud member of the Nerd & Tie Network. MUSIC CREDITS "Spellbound" & "Miri's Magic Dance" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Witchka" (c) S.J. Tucker, used with permission.
When you're a secular witch in a spiritual world, it can be hard to know what to do around the various holidays. So I've decided to sit down and parse out what non-religious celebrations for witchy holidays might look like. I'm using the Wheel of the Year as a model, since it's easy to follow, but all of the ideas presented in this episode can be applied to whatever seasonal festivals you enjoy. For further info on secular witchcraft: UpTheWitchyPunx AskSecularWitch Brainscan #33 - DIY Witchery Bree's Wordpress Shop - Books, Kits, Buttons, and much more! Please rate & review, and follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon. Proud member of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network. This episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: Crowsbone - http://www.crowsbone.com Portland Button Works - http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com PBW Witch Shop - http://www.PBWwitchshop.com MUSIC CREDITS Intro & Outro - "Spellbound" & "Miri's Magic Dance" Ads - "Holiday Weasel," "Feelin' Good," "Danse Macabre - Violin Hook" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
On this special bonus episode (originally posted on my Patreon), I'm joined in the virtual studio by Kai from "Witchcraft for the Restless." We have a good long ramble about personal traditions, holidays, the Wheel of the Year, and how we navigate the calendar as witches. Turns out we've got a surprising amount in common! (Please pardon the sketchy audio on my end. My microphone was having some issues. Plus, we were interrupted by pets!) Please rate & review, and follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon. Proud member of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network. This episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: Crowsbone - http://www.crowsbone.com Portland Button Works - http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com PBW Witch Shop - http://www.PBWwitchshop.com MUSIC CREDITS Intro & Outro - "Spellbound" & "Miri's Magic Dance" Ads - "Holiday Weasel," "Feelin' Good," "Danse Macabre - Violin Hook" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
A potion-seller in a fairytale forest must defend her home when an errant customer brings trouble to her door. Written and Narrated by Bree NicGarran A little something I put together on request for Fire Lyte's Samhain special and my first foray into voiceover narration of this kind. Hope you enjoy! Music Credits Midnight Tale | Earth Prelude | Air Prelude | Lightless Dawn Sneaky Snitch | Oppressive Gloom | Volatile Reaction Long Road Ahead | Shores of Avalon | Folk Round Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
The season rolls on and spooky things abound! In this episode, I return to some of my roots and talk about ghosts and hauntings...and how to get rid of them. Some witches work with spirits; some just want to show them the door. This one's for the latter. Make sure you rate & review the show on your favorite podcatcher, send in those screenshots for the giveaway, and tune in every week this month for lots of Halloween fun! Articles: Huffington Post - Indigenous People Want Brands To Stop Selling Sage And Smudge Kits Beauty Independent - Native Americans Troubled By The Appropriation And Commoditization Of Smudging Come visit my table at the RVA Coven Samhain Market! Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon. Proud member of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network. This episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: Crowsbone - http://www.crowsbone.com Portland Button Works - http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com PBW Witch Shop - http://www.PBWwitchshop.com MUSIC CREDITS Intro & Outro - "Spellbound" & "Miri's Magic Dance" Ads - "Holiday Weasel," "Feelin' Good," "Danse Macabre - Violin Hook," "The Path of the Goblin King" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ BallotReady Ad - Music: "What a Wonderful Day" by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Supplemental Music: "Gothic Horror" https://www.purple-planet.com
On this episode of Witch Ways, I make my first foray into the world of guided meditations. "Don Thy Armor" is an adaptation of my own method for creating personal shields. You can use it anytime, anywhere - no tools or setup required! Please note that I do not recommend listening to the guided meditation in today's episode while you are driving. A trimmed-down version of this episode featuring the meditation alone is available for Patreon subscribers. Come visit my table at the RVA Coven Samhain Market! https://www.facebook.com/events/624282457976600 Visit my Wordpress shop for books and other witchy goodies - http://BreeNicGarran.wordpress.com/shop Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit http://www.patreon.com/BreeNicGarran. Proud member of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network - http://www/NerdandTie.com/Hex MUSIC CREDITS "Carpe Diem" and "Dewdrop Fantasy" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Music: Moonrise by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
Happy Month of Halloween, witches! We're kicking things off with a bang. Or perhaps a BOO. Guest Host Jenn, aka TheOuijaGirl of tumblr fame, joins me in the virtual studio to talk about...and debunk...some modern myths about ghosts and the paranormal. We talk about those "ancient pagan ritual" spirit games, the origin of 3am as the witching hour (spoiler: it isn't), why the original Ouija boards were way too sexy, why TV ghost hunters are just RUDE, and lots more! Follow TheOuijaGirl at http://TheOuijaGirl.tumblr.com. Make sure you rate & review the show on your favorite podcatcher, and tune in every week this month for lots of Halloween fun! Come visit my table at the RVA Coven Samhain Market! Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon. Proud member of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network. This episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: Crowsbone - http://www.crowsbone.com Portland Button Works - http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com PBW Witch Shop - http://www.PBWwitchshop.com MUSIC CREDITS "Spellbound" & "Miri's Magic Dance" Ad 1 - "Holiday Weasel" Ad 2 - "Feelin' Good" Ad 3 - "Danse Macabre - Violin Hook" Ad 4 - "The Path of the Goblin King" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ BallotReady Ad - Music: "What a Wonderful Day" by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
Hope you've got your pencils ready! In Part Two, we'll cover methods and materials, incantations, preparation, the actual casting of the spell, and documenting your work for future reference. If you happen to use this method to write and cast a spell of your own, feel free to let me know how it went! Hex Positive merch now available on Redbubble - https://www.redbubble.com/people/HexPositive/shop Visit my Wordpress shop to purchase books and other witchy goodies - http://BreeNicGarran.wordpress.com/shop Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit http://www.patreon.com/BreeNicGarran. Proud member of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network - http://www/NerdandTie.com/Hex This episode is sponsored by Witchcraft for the Restless. Find the show on your favorite podcast app! MUSIC CREDITS "Spellbound" & "Miri's Magic Dance" Ad 1 - "Somewhere Sunny (ver 2)" Ad 2 - "Danse Macabre - Violin Hook" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
With back-to-school season upon us, I'm putting on my professor robes and bringing you a two-part episode on How To Write Your Own Spells! Have your pencils ready, you're going to want to take notes. Part One focuses on setting your intent, deciding how you want it to manifest, what or whom the spell will affect, the longevity of the effect, and timing your spells to an advantageous day or lunar phase for best results. And that's just the first half of the lesson! Tune in later this month for Part Two! Hex Positive merch now available on Redbubble - https://www.redbubble.com/people/HexPositive/shop Visit my Wordpress to purchase books and other witchy goodies - http://BreeNicGarran.wordpress.com/shop Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit http://www.patreon.com/BreeNicGarran. Proud member of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network - http://www/NerdandTie.com/Hex This episode is sponsored by Shadow Rose Tarot - http://Shadow-Rose-Tarot.tumblr.com MUSIC CREDITS "Spellbound" & "Miri's Magic Dance" Ad - "Rites" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
On this month's Witch Ways, it's time for a little TLC with The Water of Life. Even though magic is no substitute for medical care, it's always nice to have a good strong healing spell in your arsenal...just in case!  Disclaimer: This spell is not a cure or a guarantee of recovery, nor does it prevent any disease. There is no spell or charm that can protect you from COVID-19. Please observe all precautions (including masks, isolation, and social distancing) and seek medical help if you become seriously ill. Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit http://www.patreon.com/BreeNicGarran. Proud member of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network - http://www/NerdandTie.com/Hex MUSIC CREDITS "Carpe Diem" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Trae Dorn of BS-Free Witchcraft joins Bree in the virtual studio to discuss science denial in the witchcraft community. And why believing in magic doesn't excuse magical thinking, especially when it comes to healthcare. Shhh, our common sense is tingling! Check out our sibling show BS-Free Witchcraft, also on the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network! Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit http://www.patreon.com/BreeNicGarran. Proud member of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network - http://www/NerdandTie.com/Hex This month's episode was sponsored by The Vagabond Tabby. https://thevagabondtabby.com   MUSIC CREDITS "Spellbound" & "Miri's Magic Dance" Ad - "Carefree" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Phoenix Black

This is everything I need in a witchy podcast, taking out the fluff and providing genuinely useful and practical information for any witch Bree is absolutely lovely and won't b.s. you.

Oct 2nd
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