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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.

Links:

David Salisbury & his book Witchcraft Activism: 

https://www.daviddsalisbury.com/

 

The Queer Witch Community on Facebook:

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

 

Instagram: @thequeerwitch

 

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thequeerwitch

 

New Moon Tarot Spread: 

https://www.annajoyhealing.com/newmoon

David Salisbury via www.daviddsalisbury.com

David Salisbury via www.daviddsalisbury.com

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 www.travisegedy.com

Pictureplane via www.travisegedy.com

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





To learn more about Pictureplane visit http://travisegedy.com/






To purchase his most recent album Degenerate, visit https://pictureplane.bandcamp.com/album/degenerate





For Alien Body, his clothing line, visit http://alienbody.net/





Travis can be found on Twitter and Instagram @pictureplane







To support the Queer Witch Podcast on Patreon, please visit www.patreon.com/thequeerwitch

Find Anna Joy on instagram @thequeerwitch and online at www.thequeerwitch.com





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 Episode 17: Christopher Penczak and The New Age

Podcast Episode 17: Christopher Penczak and The New Age

You may have discovered Christopher Penczak’s (www.christopherpenczak.com) 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.

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

 

Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/annajoy

 

Facebook Group:

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

Podcast Episode 10: Valeria The Mexican Witch

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In this week’s episode of The Queer Witch Podcast, Anna Joy interviews Valeria Ruelas, the Mexican witch. We talk about:

 

-how Valeria transitioned from pursuing a mainstream helping career- the medical profession - to a non-traditional career as a witch

 

-Valeria’s tarot origin story with the Motherpeace deck

 

-how Valeria transitioned from studying tarot to reading for clients

 

-Our birth charts and the cancer connection

 

-the catholicism & magick connection, and how Jesus was a warlock who did Reiki

 

-we talk a little bit of sh*t about Boston...but we love Salem :)

 

-sex magick for queer witches, how queer witches have to constantly self-identify but how Valeria uses that to take back her sexual power

 

-the plant allies of marijuana & psilocybin, psychedelics and spiritual development BUT ALSO psychedelics and spiritual bypassing

 

-the intersection of queerness & witchiness for Valeria

 

Valeria can be found on instagram @themexicanwitch and youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/tuftsshorty


 

Some books Valeria recommends and loves:

 

the satanic witch

https://www.amazon.com/Satanic-Witch-Anton-Szandor-LaVey/dp/0922915849

 

incense oils & brews

https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Incense-Llewellyns-Practical-Magick/dp/0875421288

 

Anna Joy’s Patreon:

 

www.patreon.com/annajoy

 

The Queer Witch Community Facebook Group:

 

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

Podcast Episode 4: Iyawo Oyá (Geovanny Manrique Interiano)

Today, I bring you a super valuable episode of the Queer Witch Podcast with Geovanny Manrique Interiano, who I will refer to as Iyawo because he recently was initiated into his religion, Santería!

What’s super unique about Iyawo is that his predominant spiritual contact is through dead people! He is a medium and espiritista who has had contact with the other side since he was a little baby, which he tells you all about. Iyawo was also gracious enough to give us a personal narrative of his path to discovering the right mentors and connecting with the ile (or house) that he was initiated into! He also describes the cultural diffusion of Santería as it was brought in slave ships and then dispersed across the new world. Then, we get into the connection between coming out as queer and coming out as a witch, how all religions are steeped in the dynamics of the dominant culture, and our thoughts on how and why the millennial generation is having a spiritual awakening.

Also, Iyawo has suggested a very special segment for upcoming episodes of The Queer Witch Podcast where you, the listener, can ask a question and have it answered by us! So stay tuned to the end of the episode to find out how you can participate.

To contact Iyawo for questions, tarot readings or guidance, you can find him on Facebook (Geovanny Manrique Interiano) or on Instagram @brujxs_cauldron

To submit a question for me & Iyawo to answer on the podcast, email annajoy@annajoyhealing.com or dm (and follow!) the podcast's instagram @thequeerwitch