ancestral healing

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.



Links:
Support the Queer Witch on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thequeerwitch

Discover the Mentorship Program and book your free introductory healing session with Anna Joy at www.annajoyhealing.com/mentorship

Get your free Tarot spread “Ancestral Healing Narrative” at www.annajoyhealing.com/ancestorspread



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Podcast Episode 12: WITCHDOCTORPOET author Bola Juju

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This week’s episode is sure to be a favorite of poetry lovers and/or novice witches! Anna Joy talks with Bola Juju, author of WITCHDOCTORPOET, her debut book of poems. In addition to giving us a thoughtful and profound interview, Bola treats us to readings of three of her poems, which you will hear interspersed throughout the episode.

 

Before we get into this amazing interview, Anna Joy answers her FIRST EVER listener question from Monica! “Can anyone advise on how to start a magickal practice?” Anna gives her answer.

 

Next, we jump giddily into our interview with Bola Juju, in which we discuss:

 

-the connection between Juju’s ancestor practice and her writing

 

-using creativity as a way to tap into an altered state of consciousness and perform magick

 

-understanding and healing forms of addiction and suicidality through ancestry

 

-how Bola is working to dismantle the stigma around mental health within the black community

 

“In creating WITCHDOCTORPOET I’ve tried to create a reality where you can be black and depressed and be someone navigating those two spaces at the same time and it’s ok.” -Bola Juju

 

-overcoming personal resistance in the writing process, especially when discussing emotions and experiences that are taboo

 

-why “Don’t speak ill of the dead” can prevent you for honoring your ancestors and healing ancestral trauma

 

“we rarely speak on the characteristics we take from our ancestors that may not be as positive” -Bola Juju

 

-how Bola first started her ancestor practice and her suggestions for those first starting out

 

AND OF COURSE, She responds to her iconic post: “if your witchcraft aint about decolonization, reparations and ancestral healing then it's a GIMMICK hiding behind kkkrystal kkklusters and crystals”

 

-why those of us who come from countries who have profited off of colonization need to realize how that legacy plays a role in our day-to-day lives and magick

 

and: how a focus on consumable magickal tools can take us out of our spiritual practice and render those tools “gimmicks”

 

“It’s part of our collective responsibility to look at how the craft we do affects all those around us” -Bola Juju

 

“Make the witchcraft that you do personally into something that is beyond you” -Bola Juju

 

Bola Juju is @witchdoctorpoet on instagram

 

check out Bola’s forthcoming creative writing/magick course called Decolonizing Our Voices here: https://gumroad.com/l/whenvoicesspeak

 

Find Bola’s book WITCHDOCTORPOET here:

https://witchdoctorpoet.bigcartel.com/

 

To have your question answered on the podcast, DM Anna Joy at @annajoyhealing or @thequeerwitchpodcast, join the Facebook Group or email annajoy@annjoyhealing

 

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Podcast Episode 11: Ancestral Healing as Political Activism

This week, Anna Joy brings you a solo podcast episode inspired by recent events both in the political environment of the United States, but also in the anti-racist environment of instagram and social justice online culture. The common thread? Child separation at the border. The context Anna Joy is coming at this from? Ancestral healing as political action.

 

She starts off with a short poem about her ancestors and a moment to celebrate today’s Full Moon in Capricorn (find the youtube video where she goes into it deeper at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P079FndeBbs&t=320s) and then gets into the content!

Anna Joy was encouraged by her own ancestors to share her family’s story about becoming colonizers in the United States. She shares her awareness of her Swedish lineage as a case study for how white women who want to do better can use their family stories of colonization to heal systems of oppression within themselves and their society in the current day.

 

And, if you stick around to the very end, Anna shares the ancestral practice she uses which was taught to her by Winifred at Awentree (www.awentree.com and @awentree on instagram) including an altar and meditation suggestions.

 

Pertinent Links:

@wildmysticwoman aka Layla Saad inspired this podcast episode. She has a podcast too!http://www.wildmysticwoman.com/wild-mystic-woman-podcast/

Racism is bad for your health article: https://nypost.com/2015/09/18/being-a-racist-is-bad-for-your-health/

 

Children aren’t born racist article:

https://psmag.com/social-justice/small-children-arent-inherently-racist

 

Episode 9 of the Queer Witch Podcast “Soul Mates & Codependency":

http://thequeerwitch.libsyn.com/website/episode-9-soul-mates-and-codependency

 

The Queer Witch Community Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thequeerwitch/

 

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https://www.patreon.com/annajoy