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/

 

Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/annajoy

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 9: Soul Mates and Codependency

On this episode, Anna Joy takes listeners on a philosophic journey, drawing connections between past lives, reincarnation, codependency, #couplegoals and soul mates, to bring you some relationship advice you may never have received before- at least not in these words! If you are in a relationship of any kind that is important to you or that frustrates you beyond belief, this episode is a must-listen.

 

Anna also gives a teaser at the end of the episode for next week’s episode which is an interview with Valeria, the Mexican Witch @themexicanwitch on instagram! Be sure to check her feed out and get the popcorn ready for next week!

 

To contact Anna Joy:

 

email: annajoy@annajoyhealing.com

instagram: @annajoyhealing

website: www.annajoyhealing.com

Podcast Episode 8: Interfaith Prayer with Joshua Berkowitz

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In this week's interview, Anna Joy interviews Joshua Berkowitz, a psychic reader, astrologer and spiritual healer who, in Anna's words, is the most theologically-minded millennial she's met! In this in-depth interview, Joshua is kind enough to share alot about:

 

-being magickal as a Jewish man

 

-the limitations of the theory of the law of attraction within the mundane world and how each person has their own experience with it

 

-the subtleties of gender identity as someone who has lived as a woman and is now called to explore a non-toxic masculinity

 

-the tomboy/sissy dynamic and how our society rewards maleness and punishes femaleness

 

-how religion has historically created a caste system that queer witches must thoughtfully rise up against it without demonizing the people who suffer because of it

 

and finally, Anna Joy's fave subject:

 

-SHAME and whether or not our trauma has meaning!

 

Joshua can be reached at @jwmberkowitz on instagram or find his website www.jwmberkowitz.com

Special Addendum: After Joshua and I recorded this episode, we both had some questions about the statement that white spiritual practitioners should make their services more accessible to people of color. After some more discussion and research, we realized there is a lot more complexity to this issue than we addressed in our discussion. Specifically, it is important to understand that people of color have their own cultural spiritual practices that we as white practitioners should never attempt to overshadow. Rather than offering unrequested reduced rates for people of color, we feel it is more important for white practitioners to incorporate financial reparations to communities of color. Giving back financially and energetically to communities who’s spiritual practices have been marginalized and appropriated by white spirituality is far more important than advertising  services to people of color. If anyone has questions or suggestions about this topic that they would like addressed on the Queer Witch podcast, please send them to annajoy@annajoyhealing.com. We thank you for your attention! 

Uranus Moves Into Taurus

If you would prefer to hear this podcast, skip to 14:50 in the sound file below.

Uranus is known by superstition as the planet of shock and surprise. Traditionally, Uranus transits were identified as times of potential chaos, times to be wary and careful, because in an instant your life could crumble out beneath you and give way to something totally unexpected.

 

Call me untraditional, but I don’t see this as something to fear. Especially during a time and a season in humanity when the present reality can often be hard to bear, with its violence, oppression, deadly materialism and lack of empathy. Why, in 2018, wouldn’t we want a transformative change on the deepest level?

photo by Kyra Jean Photography

photo by Kyra Jean Photography

 

In modern astrology, and in the compassionate and shame-free, scare-free astrology that I call home, Uranus merely means doing things differently. Waking up one day and saying, “you know that thing that has held me back for years, that one thing that I can’t quite shake even though I’m sick and tired of it because it somehow makes me feel part of tradition, part of society? I’m ready to say goodbye.”

 

In life, and in trauma, we often hold onto habits, patterns, people and communities that do not serve us any longer. This is not because we are too weak-willed to move on; it is because those habits, patterns, people and communities make us feel tethered to life. Without them, we might float away. We cannot imagine a life without these tethers, and thinking of the absence of our lives the way we know them can feel akin to death.

 

Uranus is here to say there is always new life as the old one crumbles away. There is always a new, better way of doing things. We have just not tried it yet. Uranus is here to say the changes we seek are terrifying not because they herald destruction and an absence of life, but because we want them so badly. We want them so badly but are afraid they are not possible. So we are content to sit, maintain as much functionality as possible in this life that no longer serves us, and wait for those changes to appear only in our dreams and fantasies.

 

Fortunately, Uranus doesn’t have the power to change our entire lives; only we do. Uranus only has the power to highlight and open the gates to the areas of our lives we crave and fear change the most. And as always: we have the final say. Uranus can do its best to tempt us, but only we can make the decision to follow through.

 

Uranus in Aries:

From March 2011 to May 15, 2018, Uranus has been in the sign of Aries. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the infant child in all of us, represented by the initial cry of awareness: “I am”. Uranus in Aries had us completely redesigning and renegotiating our sense of self, our essential presence in the world. Re-discovering our urges, for life, for love, for comfort. We have been like newborn children, exploring tastes, feelings, sensations and desires, sampling the fruits and salts of this new land.

The Emperor Card - Image by Anna Joy

The Emperor Card - Image by Anna Joy

 

On a societal level, we have seen a radical change in the institution of patriarchy over the last seven years. Aries is represented by the Emperor card, and when reversed, the Emperor card speaks to the negative application of ruling masculine energy: patriarchal control. In the final months of Uranus in Aries, we have seen a radical transformation in the way we not only relate to but simply discuss masculine energy. From the #metoo movement to a recent trend (as Uranus hits its final, most transformative degree of Aries) of actually allowing for the healing, grace and humanity of our masculine parts. This transformation will take a practical, functional turn as Uranus moves into the grounded, earth sign of Taurus.

 

Uranus in Taurus:

Uranus moves into the sign of Taurus on May 15, 2018 and will remain there until April 2018. Taurus is the sign of possessions and partnership, maturing and deeping the infant Aries’ connection to the world around them. During this transit, we can expect opportunities to radically change our relationship to other people and the earthly world. The way we treat our bodies, finances, friends and lovers, and the Earth itself, will have so much more room for experimentation and change than it ever has in our lifetimes.

 

On a personal level, this means that any changes we’ve been attempting to exact on our financial and/or love lives (because you know those two are always related) will become closer to our grasp and, if we choose, we can plunge into the unknown of what our lives will look like in the wake of these changes. What relationships styles, financial resources, material possessions and commitments have we been dreaming of but which seem too grand for the life we’re living today?

 

On a societal level, we will move from the radical disruption of the very core of our society that Aries in Uranus heralded and push those changes into the physical, tangible, resourceful and practical world of Taurus. We can certainly except a radical transformation in the way we treat both the land and each other. Perhaps we will find a way to integrate intersectional feminism with ecofeminism and finally transform the important conversations we’ve been having about oppression and marginalization from ignited sparring matches on the Internet to practical, physical changes in our Earth and society. Certainly, we can expect a radical change in our financial systems and treatment of one another as human beings. It’s fairly easy to look at these transits and predict the fall of capitalism, institutions of slavery and gender inequality; however the nature of Uranus is such that we cannot anticipate what those changes will look like, only how they’ll feel.

 

photo by Kyra Jean Photography

photo by Kyra Jean Photography

One thing is for sure, in my book: no matter what changes befall our society in the realm of Uranus in Taurus, the result will be healing. The world is built of love and we as a society are waking up to it after thousands of years in darkness. The very best we can do is get in touch with our own selves, look at what changes we’ve make over the last seven years, give gratitude, and honor ourselves and the circumstances that have pushed us to change. Then take a compassionate and honest look at the changes we crave the most for ourselves over the next seven years.

 

For the only people we can control are us. For the only changes we can make are those within our own field of influence. And the only love spell we can cast is to fall more deeply in love with ourselves. Our responsibility today lies in assessing how our personal desires can lead to the transformation of the world around us. Do not wait to get review those desires and how they’ve changed over the last seven years.

 

 

Work with me personally:

If you would like to learn more about what Uranus in Aries, this transit, and the upcoming Uranus in Taurus means for you, I have two special offerings to choose from: A written report delivered to your inbox, or a face-to-face phone or Skype session. See the options below.

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Podcast Episode 7: Internet Censorship & Uranus in Taurus with Anna Joy

In this personal episode of the Queer Witch Podcast, Anna Joy discusses her experience with having her Facebook ads censored due to supposed “sexual content” - sexual content that was nowhere to be! Hear that story and how Anna Joy feels it connects to the issue of Internet censorship, net neutrality and SESTA-FOSTA.

 

In the second part of the episode, Anna Joy describes the May 15, 2018 transit of Uranus from Aries into Taurus, what that means for us individually and as a society, and how you can learn more.

 

The Savage Lovecast episode Anna references is here:https://www.savagelovecast.com/episodes/598#.Wvoq4dMvxTY

 

To contact Anna Joy email annajoy@annajoyhealing.com or find her on instagram at @annajoyhealing. Find the podcast at @thequeerwitchpodcast.

 

To learn more about Anna Joy’s special Uranus in Taurus services, visit www.annajoyhealing.com/uranus

Podcast Episode 6: Femme Magick with Rae Maltz of Wild Femme Designs

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This week I bring you a lovely interview with Rae Maltz of Wild Femme Designs. We discuss:

 

-getting into magick as a kid through faeries

 

-dealing w femmephobia as a witch who loves jewelry

 

-Emergence & the importance of recognizing the context of your magick

 

-FEMME MAGICK!

 

I also talk about the May 15, 2017 transit of Uranus into Taurus & how to build that into your astrology practice.

 

To learn more about my Uranus in Taurus offering visit https://www.annajoyhealing.com/uranus

 

To connect with Rae:

 

Rae’s Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WildFemmeDesigns

 

Rae’s Instagram: @wildfemmedesigns


Rae’s art opening is at Acadia Herbals in Northampton, MA on May 11. Find more info here:https://www.acadiaherbals.com/

Podcast Episode 5: The Desire & Anxiety Connection

In this solo episode, Anna Joy offers her experiences & conclusions about the connection between desire & anxiety, how her personal healing work helped her understand how to approach anxiety. She also shares some techniques that are easy to build into your own healing practice to help expand your desire and manage your anxiety.

 

Plus, Anna Joy leads you on a short guided meditation from the book “Make Magic of Your Life: Passion, Purpose and the Power of Desire” by T Thorn Coyle, which you can listen to again & again.

 

The name of Anna Joy's Akashic Record practitioner, also known as Soul Realignment, is Karen Sikorski and her work can be found at https://soulighthealing.com/

 

The name of Anna Joy's shamanic healer is Elise Hayden-Ferdman and she can be reached at stregananda@gmail.com

 

To work with Anna Joy, email her at annajoy@annajoyhealing.com or DM her on instagram @annajoyhealing. There is even a coupon for $10 off your first tarot reading or reiki session for being a follower of the podcast. The code is PODCAST and is redeemable for services at www.annajoyhealing.com

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

Podcast Episode 3: Healing From Shame

One of the most common techniques I use in my personal healing practice and with my clients is shame reduction. Anyone with a marginalized identity, such as a queer one, will understand this. Shame is often something that we learned to feel about our authentic expressions from a very young age. In this solo episode, I share my understanding of shame as it manifests in an energetic context and some techniques for addressing it head on.

Podcast Episode 2: RUUNE on Runes

 

I recently had the chance to sit down with a friend and peer of mine in the tarot reading scene, RUUNE. As you may have guessed, RUUNE takes their moniker from the well-known divination method of the same name. What I find interesting about RUUNE’s journey into becoming a seasoned tarot reader is that it began with their dedication to music and an interest in videogames. In the beginning of this interview, RUUNE gives us some excellent practical lessons about reading the runes. We also discuss the importance of being critical and open-minded about your sources for learning about ancient divination practises, as well as RUUNE’s philosophy and mindset as a professional tarot reader. Anyone who is interested in performing readings for the public will definitely find some nuggets  of wisdom nestled in this interview. Best of all, RUUNE is a really humble and positive person who’s a breath of fresh air to speak with about almost anything.

Podcast Episode 1: What is Queer Magick?

Hello, beautiful witches,

 

and welcome to the first episode of the Queer Witch Podcast. Mercury just stationed direct at the same time as a new moon, both in Aries. Aries is the sign of starting new projects, Mercury stationing direct means that it is a good time to take action, and a New Moon is an amazing time to plant new seeds and ask for new blessings, so it felt like the perfect time to finally share what I’ve been working on with you all.

 

Let me introduce myself.

 

My name is Anna Joy. I am a queer witch and healer. I am a Reiki Master-Teacher, a tarot card reader and an astrologer by trade. I spend a lot of time working with others on their healing journeys, and I’ve noticed some strong trends and frequently asked questions among my clients. On this podcast, I will share those with you, as well as bring in some of my peers, mentors, clients and rolemodels for interviews on the subject of queer magick.

 

My vision for this podcast is to explore the intersection between witchcraft and queerness. I’ve noticed a strong correlation between magick-mindedness and queerness. So many of the witches I know also fall somewhere in the LGBTQ+ spectrum. "Why is this?" I asked myself. In the following episode, I answer my question. 

The Devil & The Mirror

The Devil & The Mirror

The Devil teaches us that sometimes, the juiciest desires we have are the ones that scare us the most. What if we attempt to achieve these goals and fail? What if we achieve these goals and people hate us? Or, worst of all, what if we achieve these goals and it’s not what we thought it would be? What if we lose everything we love at this moment to achieve this goal only to be met with disappointment?

Mercury Retrograde in Aries

Mercury Retrograde in Aries

Whatever you find yourself ruminating on over the next few weeks (and the past few weeks) likely has something to do with the way you have been reflexively relating to masculinity. Now you have the chance to let go of these oaths you made to patriarchy, oaths that you took at one time to be save and stay alive, but which are now preventing you from parenting this new expression of divine masculinity in your life. Let go of them; you will come to no harm by releasing that which is passed already.