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Samhain Spectacular!

Samhain Spectacular!


It's all about Samhain!  This episode of the podcast has me waxing nostalgic over a few Samhain Rituals that were especially formative in my life as a Witch.  Plus some Samhain  History, and the Green Mile of the Horned God!
Lammas Spectacular

Lammas Spectacular


It's a show about Lammas or Lughnassa or whatever you want to call the first sabbat of the harvest season. In this mini-episode I talk a little bit about the history of Lammas and Lughnassa and offer some ideas on how to celebrate the season.  Much of the book is material recycled from my book "The Witch's Wheel of the Year, but on the plus side, you get to hear me read my book with all of my inflections and vocal tics!  Happy Harvest!
Tenae Stewart is the Witch of Lupine Hollow and has been practicing cottage witchery for nearly a decade. Tenae believes that witchcraft should be simple and empowering and her practice is all about embodying simplicity in magick, ritual, and self-love practices.In this author spotlight edition of the podcast Tenae and Jason chat about the use of astrology in the (book) writing process, re-engaging in the Craft, and Tenae's latest book "The Modern Witch's Guide to Natural Magick."  
Storm Faerywolf is a best-selling author, teacher, visionary poet, and practicing warlock. In this episode of the podcast Storm and Jason talk about Storm's two latest books "The Witch's Name" and "The Satyr's Kiss."  
It's February and we are talking Tarot on this month's edition of the Witch With Books Podcast. Meg and Jason share not only their favorite decks on this episode, but also their favorite Tarot related books! And just for February, we share our favorite books about love and lust in honor of Valentine's Day!Featured titles this month include The Altar Within by Juliet Diaz,  Loki and Signy by Lea Svendsen, The Modern Witchcraft Guide to the Runes by Judy Ann Nock, and Welsh Witchcraft  by Mhara Starling. We also jump in the wayback machine to discuss two books by occult pioneer Dion Fortune, and share our favorite social media stars, and the titles we are most looking forward to in the coming months! TITLES & SEGMENTS ON THIS MONTH'S PODCAST Yay Or Nay?  Will We Read These New Releases?Hoodoo Your Love by Starr CasasWitch Queens, Voodoo Spirits, and Hoodoo Saints: A Guide to Magical New Orleans by Denise AlvaradoEspiritismo by Hector SalvaThe Thrifty Witch's Book of Simple Spells: Potions, Charms, and Incantations for the Modern Witch by Wren Maple Flower Essences from the Witch's Garden: Plant Spirits in Magickal Herbalism by Nicholas PearsonOldies But (Mostly) GoodiesPsychic Self Defense by Dion FortuneThe Sea Priestess by Dion Fortune   Time for Tarot:  Favorite Tarot Books Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa CynovaEveryday Tarot by Biddy Tarot/Brigit Esselmont Madame Pamita’s Magical Tarot  by Madame Pamita Taschen Tarot Book edited by Jessica Hundley Tarot for One by Courtney WeberPamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story by Stuart Kaplan A History of the Occult Tarot by Ronald Decker and Michael Dummet Tarot Books Community Picks: Holistic Tarot by Benebel WenTarot For Yourself by Mary K. GreerQueering the Tarot by Cassandra Snow Favorite Tarot/Oracle Decks The American Renaissance Tarot by Thea Wirsching and illustrated by Celeste PilleChrysalis Tarot by Toney Brooks and illustrated by Holly Sierra  The Liminal Spirits Oracle Deck by Laura Tempest Zakroff  A Jane Austen Tarot by Jacqui Oakley Moonology by Yasmin Boland Love Notes:  Books in the Mood for . . . .  Love (or Lust)!    A Kitchen Witch's Guide to Recipes for Love & Romance by Dawn Hunt Love Spells for the Modern Witch by Michael Herkes The Great Work of the Flesh: Sexual Magic East and West by Sarane Alexandrian, translated by Joe Graham.  Pan:  The Great God’s Modern Return by Paul Robichaud Featured Selections for February Loki and Signy by Lea Svendsen The Modern Witchcraft Guide to the Runes by Judy Ann NockWelsh Witchcraft  by Mhara Starling The Altar Within: A Radical Devotional Guide to Liberate the Divine Self by Juliet DiazSocial Media Stars: Michael Herkes, The Glam Witch Lisa Marie Basile Books on the Horizon The Witch's Book of Spellcraft by Jason Mankey  Navigating the Witch’s Compass by Ian Chambers
It's our first ever "Author Spotlight" mini-episode!  In this quick edition of the podcast, Jason interviews Heron Michelle, author of the terrific new Elemental Witchcraft (Llewellyn, December 2021).  Listen in as we discuss Heron's influences, love of journaling, and what Witches can learn from hermetic texts.  
In this special "mini-edition" of the Witch With Books podcast it's all about Imbolc!  Listen in as Meg and Jason share their favorite books specifically about the season, the goddess Brigid, along with a few extra titles perfect for this time of year. Books highlighted include:Imbolc by Carl F. NealStations of the Sun by Ronald HuttonThe Witch's Wheel of the Year by Jason MankeyThe New Witch's Guide to Imbolc by Witch With MeBrigid by Courntey WeberPagan Portals - Brigid by Morgan DaimlerWhat is Remembered Lives by Phoenix LeFae  Brigid’s Light by Cairelle Crow & Laura LouellaAir Magic by Astrea Taylor   Witchy Crafts by Lexa OlickWinter Seer Animal Oracle by Siolo Thompson 
In our premiere episode, Meg and Jason talk about over 25 Witch and Witch-adjacent books! New titles highlighted include The Green Witch's Garden (Arin Murphy-Hiscock), The Witch's Sabbath (Kelden), Celtic Tree Ogham (Sharlyn Hidalgo), and Witches, Heretics, and Warrior Women (Phoenix LeFae). We also step into the wayback-machine to highlight Silver Ravenwolf's immortal To Ride a Silver Broomstick, and also share a few favorite (often) overlooked titles.  Join us as we discuss what new books might be worth reading in "Yay or Nay" and talk about a few non-Witch books that helped illuminate our journeys. Titles and segments on this month's podcast:Favorites Books of 2021 Anatomy of a Witch   Laura Tempest ZakroffLife Ritualized   Phoenix LeFae and Gwion RavenElemental Witchcraft   Heron MichelleAncestral Tarot   Nancy HendricksonThe Witch's Path   Thorn MooneyGreen Witch Magick   Susan Ilka TuttleOldies But GoodiesTo Ride a Silver Broomstick-Silver RavenwolfYay or Nay? Will We Read These New Releases? Jason and Meg Chime InThe Secret Psychic   Angela WixPaganism for Prisoners    Awyn DawnQabalah for Wiccans    Jack ChinekEmpty Cauldrons   Terrance WardAstrology by Moonlight    Tara Aal and  Aswin SubramanyanPsychic Spellcraft   Shawn Robbins and Leanna Greenaway Spell Jars for Beginners   Alyssa Vera Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil    Liz GreeneThe Big Book of Magical Incense    Sara L. MastrosFeatured Books of the MonthThe Witches Sabbath   KeldenCeltic Tree Ogham   Sharlyn Hidalgo Witches, Heretics, & Warrior Women  Phoenix LeFae The Green Witch's Garden   Arin Murphy-HiscockOverlooked Book GemsStones of the Goddess   Nicholas PearsonPositive Magic & Earth Magic  Marion Weinstein NonWitch Books We Love or Have Influenced Us Creative Visualization   Shakti Gawain The Myth of Sisyphus   Albert Camus Social Media Stars Mandi Em (Wellness Witch)Jenni Blonde (Comfy Cozy Witch)Books on the Horizon The Altar Within   Juliet Diaz Baba Yaga's Book of Witchcraft   Madame Pamita If you love Witch books, you'll love this podcast! 
The Year in Review

The Year in Review


In this very un-special episode of the podcast I ramble about the lessons of 2020 in the Pagan and Witchcraft communities. While the year was tough, I do think it provided us with some insight about how to move into the future. There's also way too much political stuff in this episode, as 2020 was dominated by both COVID-19 and the Presidential Election.  
In a world of fake news and alternative facts you can always trust your local librarian! This is one of my favorite interviews in the history of this little program! Ash (who blogs at The Gardnerian Librarian) and I talk about what makes a good book, and what her favorite (and least favorite) Witchcraft titles are!  This interview was lots of fun!  
Yule is my favorite season, and in this special episode of the podcast I prattle on about the Holiday Season for a little over an hour. Most of this comes from my book, "Llewellyn's Little Book of Yule" which came out earlier this year.  I actually did this show live on Facebook so there are mentions of me answering questions from people listening to the presentation as they type questions.  I know a lot of Witches absolutely love Halloween, and think that it's the most "Witchy" time of year, but for me there's no time of year more magickal than late Autumn/early Winter. Traditions we associate with the season are genuinely old too, sometimes thousands of years old, and have been cherished and passed down over millennia. There's nothing like Yule, and there are few things I love talking about more.   
To put it simply, Meg Rosenbriar is changing the Witchcraft world. You may have not heard of her, but you undoubtedly will! Meg is one of the founders of Witch With Me, an online Witchcraft Community with a huge presence on Instagram (70,000 followers!), and was instrumental in putting together "Gather the Witches" a huge virtual online festival that took place back in October 24-25.  She's also the author of "The Healing Power of Witchcraft: A New Witch's Guide to Spells and Rituals to Renew Yourself and Your World," which is really terrific (I was lucky enough to read an advance copy).  I'm a big fan of Meg and her work, and she's just the best person to talk to, even if she is a New England Patriots fan.   I'm so sorry to have been absent for awhile.  The election and COVID kind of got to me!
No surprise here, I met Martha through Patheos Pagan. She started contributing to the Agora a few years ago as "The Corner Crone." Back then I was editing the Agora and we struck up a friendship through Facebook and shared emails. Eventually she took over the entire Agora, becoming both the editor and continuing as a contributor. Over the last few years Martha has lived in the American Southwest, Chicago, and now Florida. We talk about the regional differences among Pagans, and how her husband's employment as a Unitarian Universality Minister affects her Pagan practice. 
I met Najah in June of 2019, back in the long long ago when we could travel and actually meet other people face to face. I was in Denver for INATS, the International New Age Trade Show, and we were both signing books there, plus that's the area Najah lives in. Anyways, we really hit it off. I was enchanted and I don't use that word lightly.  In this episode we talk about drum circles as an entryway into Paganism, the cursed book signing we did back in June of 2019, and of course the success of Good Juju, Najah's most excellent book!
John is one of my favorite voices in the Pagan Community, and we share a lot in common. We've both been writing at Patheos Pagan for eight years, have published several Llewellyn books, and share devotion towards the god Cernunnos.  We also both appreciate a great single malt Scotch. In this episode of the podcast John and talk about all of those things, plus, the start of the NFL Season. John and I also share a love of football, but we don't talk about it for very long, seriously.  We also discuss Tower Time, the changing magickal currents in the world today, our experiences as authors and bloggers, and the fraying of the Pagan Umbrella.There's one minute of silence at the beginning of the show because I forgot to turn my microphone on.  (This show is not very professional.)  The saddest part about that is just how witty I was for that minute.   
It's not an exaggeration to suggest that I owe much of my writing career to Laura Tempest Zakroff. Ari and I met Tempest way back in 2016 and hit it off immediately. Within twenty minutes of talking to Tempest I knew that she was not only one of the nicest and most genuine people I've ever met, but also whip-smart and inspiring.  Fast forward a few years and we had a conversation about what we both were currently writing. Over glasses of wine she chastised me for not submitting the book that would become Transformative Witchcraft to Llewellyn upon starting it. "You'll just piddle around with it forever unless you have a deadline" I do believe she said. During that conversation we also decided to write a book together. That project evolved into The Witch's Altar which came out just fourteen months or so after that conversation. Tempest can do just about anything! She toured the world as a professional bellydancer (Ari knew her as a bellydancer before we knew her as a Witch), and is one of the most amazing artists we know. (Her work graces our ritual room, and Tempest did the cover to my upcoming Horned God book!) Tempest recently released her Liminal Spirits Oracle Deck for Llewellyn, and it's incredible. So freaking cool!  In this episode of the show we talk about sigil magick, the new deck, and about half a dozen other things. 
I first met Astrea Taylor at Circle Sanctuary's Pagan Spirit Gathering in 2017, and by the end of that week we had become inseparable. Astrea is one of my closest confidants and favorite people. Astrea is not only one of the most talented Witches I know, also she's a first-class writer and fire-dancer. In fact Astrea's such a great writer that we are going to write a book together on the Greek Gods for Witches!In this episode of the podcast we talk about Astrea's book "Intuitive Witchcraft," the difficulties launching a book during a pandemic, and how we are both weathering the storm.  This was actually the second episode recorded for the relaunched podcast, it just took me months to get it moved over here and on the podcast platforms. So anyways, I adore Astrea and you will adore her too after listening to this podcast (if you don't already).  
I first met Utu way back in 2005 at a Canadian festival. We've probably bumped into each other at least once a year ever since then. I can't remember if I heard the Dragon Ritual Drummers during that adventure or not, but I most certainly heard them the next year, and the next, and the next! Honestly, the Dragon Ritual Drummers are one of my favorite magickal musical groups, and when they are playing and I'm around it's always a "can't miss!"I picked up Utu's book Conjuring Harriet "Mama Moses" Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad and found myself moved to tears in a few places while reading it.  Utu is as good a writer as he is a drummer, and that's saying something! The only downside to us hanging out via podcast, is that we won't be able to have one of our usual "hair offs" as we compete for best hair in the Pagan Community.  In this episode we chat about twenty years of the Dragon Ritual Drummers, Utu's book, Pagan festivals, and why Utu still listens to CDs.   
Mat Auryn is the author of Psychic Witch, perhaps the best selling new Witch book of 2020!  In this episode of the podcast Mat and I chat about the history of psychic development in the Craft and the ins and outs of Witch publishing. Mat Auryn is not only a thoughtful magickal practitioner, he's also one of the sharpest Witches I know, with a deep knowledge of Witch history and practice.   
Gwion's first book for Llewellyn is The Magick of Food and of course we talk about that in this episode, but he's also the first winner of the Raise the Horns Bromance award and one of my best friends in the world, so we talk about lots of other things too. You'll also marvel at how his British accent emerges as we chat, especially when we get to foodie things.  Though it's just now getting to streaming services, this was actually the first episode of the podcast recorded for this cycle, so I think I was a little rusty with the questions. Also, that could have just been the whisky, I think I was drinking a nice rye while we were recording.  
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Fabulous content, but her *smacking* her lips *smack* every other *smack* word makes it very difficult to listen to. If I wasn't super interested in a few of the featured books, I probably would have dipped out.

Mar 8th
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