Stolen, Retrieved and Returned Spiritual Practices: On Colonialism, Christianity and Power With Joshua Berkowitz

Season 1 guest Joshua Berkowitz returns with a deepened and even more nuanced understanding of the connection between various faiths. In this episode we focus on the connection between Christianity, witchcraft, colonialism and power. If you’ve ever wanted to talk about the particulars of returning stolen culture, this is the episode for you. Or if you've ever wanted to run a coven. Or if you're a Jewish Witch! 



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Joshua’s links:

Tehomot: Exploring the Depths of Jewish Witchcraft (Joshua’s podcast)

cover art for Tehomot: Exploring the Depths of Jewish Witchcraft

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In this episode we cover:

A brief foray into the natal chart of The Queer Witch Podcast on this, the anniversary of it’s debut (surprise - it’s an Aries Sun, Taurus Moon, Libra Rising)

Then Anna Joy discusses seven things they’ve learned during the past year of running The Queer Witch Podcast, which are as follows:

  1. You are not alone

  2. It is difficult to accept abundance

  3. You can be a practiced witch and still make mistakes

  4. It is impossible to heal alone

  5. Magick is real

  6. Everything is nonbinary

  7. the Queer Witch is a collective

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Witchcraft Activism with David Salisbury

I'm back from the underworld, Queer Witches! Welcome to a new episode of the Queer Witch Podcast featuring a fascinating interview with David Salisbury, author of Witchcraft Activism. 

We discuss:

-The connection between witchcraft and activism

-How to deal with burnout 

-How marginalized communities can use witchcraft and activism

-A short story about the Goddess Aradia


But first, Anna Joy comes in with a brief yet juicy astrological update all about the month of April - Queer Witches, this month is full of opportunities to create and live your fantasy, as long as you remember to take care of yourself and rely on your community.


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New Moon Tarot Spread:

David Salisbury via

David Salisbury via

Pictureplane on Creative Expression and Community

This week we have an interview with Travis Egedy, aka Pictureplane, who recently released Degenerate, which you will hear a few tracks from throughout the show.

Pictureplane via

Pictureplane via

Before the interview, Anna Joy discusses the astrology of the present moment, including the Full Moon Lunar eclipse that occurred on January 21, 2019 and what it means for the rest of the year starting with Aquarius season.

They discuss:

-The concept of a “cusp” in  astrology and whether or not it is real

-Working with polarities or opposite signs- e.g. Cancer-Capricorn

-What Aquarius season is all about

Then, we dive into the interview with Pictureplane, who discusses the creative process as a magical act, his supernatural experiences while living in New Mexico and Colorado, theories about ancient civilizations, the oppressive force of Christianity and capitalism, and how he maintains his spiritual health by constantly creating art and connecting with community.

the cover for “Degenerate” Pictureplane’s most recent album

the cover for “Degenerate” Pictureplane’s most recent album

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To purchase his most recent album Degenerate, visit

For Alien Body, his clothing line, visit

Travis can be found on Twitter and Instagram @pictureplane

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Happy New Year

This week we’re catching up on some personal shit.

First, Anna Joy gives their personal recap on 2018, shares some of their blunders and mistakes as well as the lessons they garnered from them: personal content ahead.

Next, Anna Joy gives their interpretations on the numerological cards of 2019, The Hanged Man and The Empress. This was inspired by the January episode of Lindsay Mack’s Tarot for the Wild Soul which you can find here

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Compassion, Meditation and The Sacred Path of the Warrior

This week, I found myself doing something I hadn’t done in a while: meditating.

I felt called in my meditation to revisit a book I had once loved; Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa. I bought this book from the Shambhala Center in Boston where I first learned meditation almost 7 years ago.

Chögyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa

In this episode, I discuss:

-A brief intro to the context and content of Shambhala, which is a secular spiritual practice with its roots in Tibet

-A big question that has been on my mind: “How do I have compassion for myself knowing I benefit from systems of oppression? How do I find compassion for all living beings knowing that some of those beings are violent bigots?”

-My memories of learning to meditate and what meditation means to me

-Some of my favorite excerpts from The Sacred Path of the Warrior

If you would like to go deeper into The Sacred Path of the Warriro, there is a free pdf available of the book here:;The_Sacred_Path_of_the_Warrior_by_Chogya.pdf

If you are curious about my Mentorship Program and want to discuss the opportunity before prices go up in 2019, go to or contact me at

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Shamanism with Chiron Armand

This week we have a wonderful interview with Chiron Armand of Impact Shamanism.

But first a few announcements:

-There is a preview of a video episode Anna Joy worked on all about the Big 3 in astrology (Sun, Moon and Rising placement) that is available to patrons at Support the Queer Witch Podcast by becoming a patron today!

-There are only a few spots left in Anna Joy’s Mentorship Program. Schedule a complimentary 20 minute discovery call if you are interested in Anna Joy’s Mentorship Program at

-CW: ableism and neurodivergence: Anna Joy gives some commentary and content warnings about discussions of insanity, craziness, madness etc. as it pertains to this podcast

Then we have a nice juicy convo with Chiron Armand, including:

-what a shaman is and why there is controversy over the term in the modern age.

-important definitions of terms like “Shamanic Practitioner” and “Shaman”

-Chiron explains the death and sickness aspect of shamanism and his own story of shaman sickness.

-Advice for people who are questioning what their gifts, or really their life purpose, are and how to use them.

-The reason why a lack of initiation or coming of age ceremonies in our society keeps many of us trapped within our child emotional body, attempting to fulfill childhood needs such as love, not being abandoned, etc.

-The way colonization, racism and classism prevents us from celebrating one another. “We should all pick someone in our lives and schedule a time to celebrate them”

-The tricky topic of what happens when spirits from cultures you do not belong to call you to work with them, including the work of stripping racial identities away from spiritual work. “Whiteness literally just exists to abstract all of us from ourselves and each other”

-We have a rich discussion about cultural appropriation, including smudging and ancestral work.

“If you want to cause trouble to this administration, call in your ancestors”

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RUUNE Returns: Neptune in Babylon

This week, we are catching up with RUUNE, a guest from Season 1, Episode 2. RUUNE recently moved from Western MA to Portland. We discuss the differences between both places, catch up with RUUNE about their work, and get some intimate info about where they are at now with their attitudes toward healing, cultural appropriation and magick.

We discuss:

-What it’s like when a magickal practice that you used to love starts feeling icky

-How to approach healing when you’re pretty sure complete healing is impossible

-RUUNE takes us on a personal narrative about how he observed the alt-right come into power in part via chaos magick and how we’re literally living through a political witch war right now.

-RUUNE discusses his upcoming album, Neptune in and premieres a song for us called “Divination”

To find RUUNE, hear the rest of the album and support their work:

@ruunemagick on instagram (website of Fake Four, the record label putting out RUUNE’s new album)

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Podcast Episode 25: Revelations, A Scorpio Review and Discussion of Gender-Inclusive Witchcraft

On this New Moon in Scorpio, we have the opportunity to fully inspect and emote the revelations we’ve experienced about our personal occultism, taboo experiences and magic.

Anna Joy begins this episode by highlighting the recent Queer Witch Community (join in at discussion about “Divine Feminity vs Divine Masculinity” that was triggered by comments made in Episode 24: Love is LOVE with Tonya Gonzalez (trigger warning in the aforementioned episode and this one for possible discussions of gender essentialism and binary notions of gender).

Anna Joy discusses the general context of the Divine Feminine/Divine Masculine theory within mainstream New Age, Wiccan and Pagan cultures, what it is founded upon theoretically and why it is so mainstream. They also discuss the violent use of the Divine Feminine/Divine Masculine theory within  Second-Wave Feminism & Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism and why it is important to consider the experience of gender non-conforming, genderqueer, trans and nonbinary witches when sharing your viewpoints on magick.

Next, Anna Joy imparts their own, nonbinary understanding of the idea of Divine Dualism as a replacement for what shall now be termed “The Divine Gender Binary” through the lens of astrology, including:

-the relationship between the Sun and the Earth

-Venus and Mars within the natal chart

-Lunar activity

Building off of the final point, Anna Joy launches into a discussion of how to use lunar cycles in your magickal practice, and how to specifically work with all New Moons as well as today’s New Moon in Scorpio.

Finally, we have a brief discussion of Jupiter in Scorpio’s influence over us for the past 12 months and how today’s New Moon in Scorpio is the season finale of all this activity.

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Podcast Episode 25: Wish You Were Here: A Samhain Special

This is a comfy episode. It’s all about family, loved ones and friends, living and dead. Sit down with some pumpkin spice tea, a snuggie and your dearly beloved for this All Hallow’s Eve special.

In this episode, Anna Joy keeps it casual with some personal reflection on how she got to her current ancestor practice, how it’s grown, and the ways it has allowed miracles to go down with her living family members. #vulnerability

Anna Joy discusses why she had a hard start to her ancestor practice - hint, memories of childhood abuse and estrangement from living family members - and how surprised she was when ancestor work came through to help her heal from the very pains that initially made ancestral healing seem like a no-go.

She discusses the importance - and misconceptions - around finding mentorship with living witches. She discusses relating to your dearly beloved in terms that make both of you feel safe. And, at the very end, you can Pray-Along with Anna Joy as she channels a special prayer for ancestral healing that can help realign our intergenerational narrative from one of oppression and confusion to one of solidarity and righteousness.

Plus, receive a free bonus download of a tarot spread Anna Joy designed just for your ancestors. And you.

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Podcast Episode 24: Love is LOVE with Tonya Gonzalez

Podcast Episode 24: Love is LOVE with Tonya Gonzalez

In profound timing, this week we bring you a powerful episode with Tonya Gonzalez, a seasoned tarot reader. Tonya brings us through her story of being a young single mother and school librarian, to traveling the world educating people of all walks of life about the powerful mysteries of the Tarot. Today, Tonya has two decades of experience as a tarot educator, life coach and sensuality expert under her belt.

Podcast 23: The Science of Witchcraft with Anna Joy

Anna Joy is a witch professor

Anna Joy is a witch professor

Metafiction and Metaphysics?

Join host Anna Joy for a solo episode where they nerd out about the various scientific evidences there is for witchcraft being a real phenomenon and not make believe.

First, we discuss Anna Joy’s life directly before she discovered she was a witch: she was a creative writing student highly interested in the genre of metafiction.

We discuss such authors as:

Sheila Heti

Ben Lerner

James Joyce

David Foster Wallace

Jean Luis Borges

And get into why and how metafiction catapulted Anna Joy into realizing she was a REAL ACTUAL WITH WITH MAGICKAL POWERS HOLY SHIT!

Then we get into all kinds of fun and interesting scientific lessons, such as Dr. Masaru Emoto’s water experiements (read all about that here: and the documentary Memory Hackers and the subject of neuroplasticity (watch the documentary here:

Ultimately, the thesis of this episode is that we all have control over our own actions and that’s basically what witchcraft is. This episode was presided over by Hecate, the goddess of the crossroads, choice and witchcraft.

Visit to get a special pdf download that includes practical guidance on how to integrate the lessons we covered in today’s episode as well as a special tarot spread made by Hecate herself!

Other episodes referred to in this podcast:

The Firebrand Witch:

Queer Desire & Manifestation:

Wheel of the Year with Maeanna Welti:

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Tune in next week for an interview with Tonya Gonzalez aka @browngirlswhotarot

Podcast Episode 22: Wheel of the Year Work with Maeanna Welti

Podcast Episode 22: Wheel of the Year Work with Maeanna Welti

This episode is a must-listen for any queer witch out there who has ever felt like maybe being a human is a bit of a drag. Maeanna gives really incredible insight on the special, magickal, spiritual powers we have not in spite of, but BECAUSE of our human forms. This is wheel of the year work, witches!

Podcast Episode 21: Queer Desire and Manifestation

Podcast Episode 21: Queer Desire and Manifestation

A two-fer you may not have expected: the connection between sexual assault and creative manifestation. But how? Read on, listen or watch!

This week Anna Joy is talking about why queer representation is so essential in discussions and activism about sexual assault. This episode includes Anna Joy describing her own experiences with sexual assault and how healing from her assaults has required a dedication to uncovering her personal sexual desires. This is a very vulnerable episode and a passionate one that will strike a chord with every Queer Witch who has ever felt like their desires are taboo, unwelcome or dangerous in our society.

Podcast Episode 19: Nonbinary Tarot with Casey Wait

This week is all about Tarot. First, Anna Joy introduces a new segment (complete with a jingle by Molly @thefirebrandwitch) called “Dispelling New Age Bullshit” and gives a historically accurate response to the commonly held myths about the Tarot deck, where it originated, and who came first: playing cards or the Tarot.


Then we move into a wonderful interview with Casey Wait, creator of the Flower People Tarot, a nonbinary Tarot deck. We discuss Casey’s upbringing within Christianity, what inspired them to create their own decks, some stories about the swords suit, the Ace of Cups, and other specific Tarot cards that Casey has found prominent during their deck design and in living life. We also get into the importance of avoiding cultural appropriation within Tarot, and nerd out a little bit on some history (what do you think inspired the new segment?)

If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon. In this episode, you will hear about a new offer for Patrons called the Queer Witch Newsletter, which will help you take your practice from Talk to Walk.

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To get in touch with Casey and follow the Flower People Tarot, find them on instagram @cwaitwaitwait or visit their website

To learn more about Anna Joy’s work as a Tarot reader, Reiki Master-Teacher and Astrologer, visit

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Hello, World!

Podcast Episode 18: Psychic Development for Queer Witches

Do you ever feel confused about what you really want? Is it hard for you to tell the difference between anxiety and psychic information? Do you have natural psychic sensitivities that are difficult for you to control?


Then this episode was made lovingly, painstakingly, just for you, Queer Witch.

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Anna Joy decided to dedicate an episode of The Queer Witch Podcast to one of her most common suggestion for one-on-one clients: Psychic Development.


When you’ve been raised since childhood to hide what makes you different, to fit into the crowd, and not to say things that make people uncomfortable, it’s hard to admit you’re queer. And it’s also hard to admit you’ve got extrasensory abilities.


But when we step into healing from queerphobia, misogyny, and capitalist suppositions of what our value is, when we step onto the path of reclaiming our authenticity, we run head first into another devalued and suppressed aspect of our identities: psychic ability.


Anna Joy shares what psychic development is and why it’s so important for the path of a Queer Witch working to reclaim their identity and experience from oppressive forces. She shares her own experience with psychic development and how it was surprisingly helpful for her journey with OCD & anxiety, plus the caveats of why psychic development may not have gone well for you before.


Then Anna Joy does some education on basic psychic development, including what the “Clairs” are and the difference between the conscious and unconscious mind. You will learn what the different psychic languages are, why embodiment is so essential for true psychic mastery, and a few different easy, safe techniques you can use to practice your own psychic development from a queer framework.


Plus, Anna Joy offers a free PDF download of a step-by-step process she created called “Entity Convos,” which is a safe and effective way to build your psychic skills as well as develop relationships to helpful spirits and entities. That download can be found at


So, take a listen and figure out today how to tell the difference between an anxious thought and spirit tapping you on the shoulder!


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Podcast Episode 17: Christopher Penczak and The New Age

Podcast Episode 17: Christopher Penczak and The New Age

You may have discovered Christopher Penczak’s ( works on the shelves of your favorite metaphysical book store or on the Internet. His books, including “City Magick” and “The Witch’s Shield”, are bestselling in the pagan community for good reason. He’s thoughtful, patient, and never draws conclusions without proper research and citation. Plus, he’s been in the game since the late 90s! He is also, as you may have guessed, queer as fuck! Anna Joy and Christopher sat down during Taurus season to discuss magick, queerness, metaphysics and the New Age for the audience of the Queer Witch Podcast. Today this episode comes to you through the magick of the Internet (which we discuss in the interview).

Podcast Episode 16: Money Magick with Matthew VanHorn of LGBTQ Entrepreneur

Podcast Episode 16: Money Magick with Matthew VanHorn of LGBTQ Entrepreneur

This week is all about SECURING THAT BAG. Making your money work for you and your anti-oppression work. Becoming profitable in a way that makes you feel MORE authentic rather than less so. This episode is a must listen for all recovering crust punks, guilty privileged people and witchy entrepreneurs.