The Witch Wave
By Pam Grossman
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The Witch Wave is a podcast for bewitching conversation about magic, creativity, and culture. On each episode, host Pam Grossman speaks with a leading visionary about art and Craft.
||Clean#27 - Sarah Potter, Color Magic Conjurer||Sarah Potter is a teacher and practitioner of Color Magic, which is a means of using specific hues to conjure different energies and manifest personal transformation. She is also an independent curator & art advisor at SP Projects, and a professional tarot reader. Sarah and her various endeavors have been featured in such places as BUST Magazine, VICE, and NYLON. On this Valentine’s Day episode, she discusses the powerful effects of colorful witchcraft, love and sex magic, and ways that tarot can help us tap into our own inner fire. Pam also talks about the magical significance of the color red, and answers a listener question about love rituals for single witches. Our sponsors for this episode are Blessed Be Magick, Tarot for the Wild Soul, and Mithras Candle.||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#26 - Peter Bebergal, Author of Strange Frequencies & Season of the Witch||Peter Bebergal is the author of several books about occulture and the paranormal including Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll, Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood, and his newest book, Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural. He also writes about speculative music and literature for such places as The New Yorker online, Slate, The Times Literary Supplement, The Quietus, BoingBoing, and The Believer. On this episode, Peter discusses the importance of imagination, the “reality” of belief, the relationship between magicians and hackers, and the use of technology to access otherworldly realms. Pam also talks about art and the uncanny, and answers a question from a listener who wonders if she’s being called by a goddess. Our sponsors for this episode are The Conjured Saint, Blood Milk, and Mithras Candle.||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#25 - Erica Feldmann of HausWitch||Erica Feldmann is the owner and founder of the iconic Salem shop, HausWitch Home + Healing, where she sells magical housewares and spell kits, hosts witchly classes and events, and offers divination and healing sessions. Erica is also the author of HausMagick, a book that teaches readers how to transform their homes with witchcraft, and which will be released in the US and UK in early February. On this episode, Erica discusses ways to manifest more magic in the home, rituals for cohabitating, and how interior design can change our interior – and exterior - lives. Pam also discusses house spirits, and answers a listener question about leaving spirit offerings. Our sponsors for this episode are Blessed Be Magick and Mithras Candle.||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24 - Madeline Miller, Author of CIRCE||Madeline Miller is the author of the beloved and best-selling novels Circe and The Song of Achilles. Both of her books are offshoots of Homer’s Greek myth epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey, though in Miller’s versions, side characters are centered and given more fully fleshed out stories that feel contemporary, complex, and crystalline. On this episode, Miller discusses the magic of women, the craft of writing, and how she gave new life to an ancient witch. Pam also talks about new year deities and answers a listener question about feline familiars. Our sponsors for this episode are Weiser Books, New World Witchery, VERAMEAT, and Mithras Candle.||1/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23 - Courtney Alexander, Creator of Dust II Onyx Tarot||Courtney Alexander is a multimedia artist, writer, and the creator behind Dust II Onyx: A Melanated Tarot Deck. She uses tarot as an avenue to visually explore the rich and complex layers of blackness and all of the meaning and magic that word entails. Her work has been featured in such places as The Hoodwitch, Teen Vogue, and Autostraddle. On this episode, Courtney discusses her artistic and spiritual creative process, the importance of representation in tarot, and finding light in darkness. Pam also talks about Winter Solstice rituals and answers questions about how to come out of the broom closet. Our sponsors for this episode are DeerWomen, Witch Baby Soap, Blood Milk Jewels, and Mithras Candle.||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22 - Ylva Mara Radziszewski, Activist Witch||Ylva Mara Radziszewski runs The Cunning Crow Apothecary and Seattle's School of Traditional Magic. They are also a licensed acupuncturist, clinical herbalist, and a professional witch with a specific focus on bringing a voice to the role of witch as healer and the use of magic as a means of service and anti-oppression activism. Their work has been featured in VICE, BUST Magazine, The Stranger, and many other places. On this episode, Ylva Mara discusses witchcraft and gender non-conforming identities, spiritual healing through decolonization, and the importance of connecting with one’s ancestors. Pam also talks about gender-fluid deities and magic workers across the globe. Our sponsors for this episode are IrisEyris, Witch Baby Soap, Blessed Be Magick, and Mithras Candle.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21 - Chiquita Brujita, Conjurer of Fiestas||Chiquita Brujita is a third generation Nuyorican Bruja, a performance artist, and a “conjurer of fiestas.” She is the creator of the magical merchandise brand Brooklyn Brujeria where she sells prayer candles and other items for the modern witch. She has also devised her own divination system based on the Mexican Lotería card game. As a dancer and event producer she has collaborated with such institutions as the Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and Bushwick’s House of Yes, and her work has been featured by Remezcla, NYLON, and other fine publications. On this episode, Chiquita discusses party magic, the transformative power of dance, and why it’s important to maintain joy during times of struggle. Pam also talks about Thanksgiving rituals and ways to use gratitude as a spell. Our sponsors for this episode are Weiser Books, Tarot-n-Tea, Mithras Candle, Chase and Scout, and Angela Mary Magick.||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20 - Frances F. Denny, Photographer of Witches||Frances F. Denny is a photographer whose work investigates feminine expression and gender. Her latest project, Major Arcana: Witches in America, is a survey of over 70 female, femme, and gender non-binary people who identify as witches, and a selection of those photographs are currently on display at ClampArt Gallery in New York City. She is also a commercial photographer who shoots for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and many other places, and she’s one half of the visual branding boutique, Dafne. On this episode, Frances, discusses photography, witchery, and identity. Pam also talks about new moon rituals and spiritual art. Our sponsors for this episode are Tarot-n-Tea, Mithras Candle, Chase and Scout, and Angela Mary Magick.||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19 - Joshua Conkel, Writer on Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina||Welcome to Season 2 of The Witch Wave! Joshua Conkel is a writer for the new Netflix show Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (out on October 26). He’s also a tarot reader, playwright, and practicing witch. He was a writer for Netflix’s hit adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events and he’s written the award winning film, Curmudgeons starring Danny DeVito. On this episode, Joshua discusses teen witches, TV writing, and how he uses tarot as a creative tool. Pam also talks about Samhain rituals, and how to stay politically engaged without burning out. Our sponsors for this episode are Deer Women, Tarot-n-Tea, Chase and Scout, Vanessa Tarot, and Angela Mary Magick.||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18 - Bill Crisafi & Hogan McLaughlin, Salem Power Couple||Bill Crisafi and Hogan McLaughlin are a visionary creative couple based in Salem, Massachusetts. Bill Crisafi is a multidisciplinary artist whose illustrations, photographs, sculptures, and Burial Ground jewelry line are inspired by folklore and the occult. Hogan McLaughlin is a fashion designer, artist, and dancer whose haute couture clothing line reflects his love of dark romance and fantastical tales. On this SEASON FINALE episode, they discuss their respective creative work, their alchemical collaborations, and how witches inspire their own dark arts. Our sponsors for this episode are Sabat Magazine, Miss Marley Boutique, Blood Milk Jewels, and Native Apothecary.||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17 - Jessyka Winston of Haus of Hoodoo||Jessyka Winston is the mystical mind behind Haus of Hoodoo, a one-stop online source for fixed conjure candles, sacred smudges, and spiritual consultations, based in New Orleans. She is also a rootworker and Hoodoo Practitioner, and a Vodoun Priestess. On this episode, Jessyka talks about the differences between Hoodoo, Voodoo, and Vodoun; the potent power of fire magic; and the ways in which her Caribbean roots inform her eclectic American spiritual practice. Our sponsors for this episode are Sabat Magazine, Modern Women, Blood Milk Jewels, and Manifest Box.||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16 - Rebecca Artemisa, Bruja Painter||Rebecca Artemisa is an artist and zine maker who calls herself “a bruja who paints spells.” Her works are extravagantly detailed and darling tableaux that incorporate myths and magic from her own Chicanx and Indigenous heritage, and each piece is customized with special symbols and ingredients meant to bless the recipient. Rebecca discusses the spellcraft that goes into her paintings and the ways in which her multiplicity of identities informs her work. Pam also shares thoughts on appreciation vs. appropriation of different spiritual traditions. Our sponsors for this episode are Sabat Magazine, Witch Baby Soap, Blood Milk Jewels, and Vanessa Tarot.||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15 - Judika Illes, Witch Supreme||Judika Illes is an author, a teacher, and a longtime practicing witch. She has written over a dozen witchcraft classics such as the Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, the Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, and Magic When You Need It. As an editor at Weiser Books, she’s also put together anthologies of speculative fiction including The Weiser Book of the Fantastic and Forgotten and The Weiser Book of Occult Detectives. She discusses the art of spell casting, group magic vs. solo practice, and how she came to live the unconventional life of the witch. Pam also discusses finding light in the shadows, and dark goddesses Dhumavati and Lilith. Our sponsors for this episode are Weiser Books, Witch Baby Soap, Blood Milk Jewels, and VERAMEAT.||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14 - Louisianna Purchase, Drag Witch||Louisianna Purchase is a witch drag queen extraordinaire who’s been crowned “Austin’s Best Drag Performer” by the Austin Chronicle for 2 years in a row. She’s the co-creator of the monthly horror-themed drag show called Die Felicia, a member of the drag troop, PooPoo Platter, and the host of a weekly RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party at Austin’s Downtown Jo’s. As a practicing witch and artist, Louisianna incorporates dark and magical aesthetics into her performances. In this episode, she discusses drag as magic, as well as her boundary-crossing identities as a practicing witch, a fierce queen, and a queer creative soul with a penchant for the dark arts in all their forms.Our sponsors for this episode are DeerWomen, Witch Baby Soap, Blood Milk Jewels, and Zouz Incense.||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13 - Jesse Bransford, Art Mage||Jesse Bransford is an occult artist, a teacher, and an esoteric scholar. His drawings incorporate various magical systems and divine iconography, becoming visual spells in and of themselves. Bransford’s new book of Icelandic sigil drawings, A Book of Staves, is being published this month by Fulgur Esoterica, and many of the drawings will be on view at his solo show opening at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn on April 21st. On this episode, he discusses his development as an imagery witch, his experience being the Professor Snape of NYU’s fine art program, and how he came to realize that art and magic are one and the same. Our sponsors for this episode are Zouz Incense, Blood Milk Jewels, and Sudio Sweden||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12 - Rachel True of True Heart Tarot and "The Craft"||Rachel True is a tarot expert, wellness writer, and actor. As one of the stars of the 1996 cult film, The Craft, she has helped bring an interest in witchcraft and witch iconography to several generations. In addition to acting, Rachel currently runs the intuitive tarot business, True Heart Tarot, and the wellness site, Some True Things. On this episode, she discusses the transformative power of tarot, acting as Craft, the importance of intersectional magic, and her experience starring in one of cinema’s witchiest classics. Our sponsors for this episode are Zouz Incense, Blood Milk Jewels, Hauswitch Home + Healing, and Mithras Candle.||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11 - Gabriela Herstik, Writer Witch and Fashion Alchemist||Gabriela Herstik is a writer, fashion critic, and witch whose book Craft: How To Be A Modern Witch is out this month in the UK. Gabriela has written extensively about ritual, style, and spiritual culture for such places as i-D, Broadly, and HelloGiggles, and she runs the monthly “Ask A Witch” column at Nylon. On this episode, she discusses her own mixed brew of identities, the transformative magic of fashion, and the inspiring rise of millennial witchcraft. Our sponsors for this episode are Zouz Incense and Mithras Candle.||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10 - Nicola Scott, Comic Book Art Legend||Nicola Scott is the legendary comic book artist behind Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, Secret Six, and many others. She's also the co-creator of Black Magick, a new occult noir series from Image Comics about a homicide detective who is also a witch. On this episode, Nicola discusses superheroes, witches, feminism, and the magical state that she goes into when she's conjuring her own comics artwork. Our sponsors for this episode are VERAMEAT, Zouz Incense, and Mithras Candle.||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9 - Matthew Freeman, Muggle Husband and Magical Playwright||Matthew Freeman is a playwright and director whose work is often steeped in surreal and magical imagery. He has written numerous plays including That Which Isn't, When Is A Clock, and The Listeners. He’s a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a current resident playwright at New Dramatists. He also happens to be Pam’s husband. On this episode, he discusses being in spiritually mixed marriage, crafting a love ritual, and the relationship between theatre and magic. Our sponsors for this episode are The Conjured Saint, Zouz Incense, Chase and Scout, and Mithras Candle.||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8 - Anna Biller, Filmmaker of "The Love Witch"||Anna Biller is the acclaimed filmmaker of The Love Witch, a breathtaking, prismatic horror film about a femme fatale whose love magic goes terribly awry. A true auteur, Biller is responsible for virtually every aspect of its creation, from the script and direction to its costumes, sets, and score. In this episode, she discusses the spell craft of movies, her devotion to classic cinematic techniques, and why it's crucial to unfurl the feminine imagination on the silver screen. Our sponsors for this episode are The Conjured Saint, Zouz Incense, and Mithras Candle.||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7 - Katy Horan, Painter of Witches||Katy Horan is a painter of witches who has a penchant for intricate patterns, costumed creatures, and imaginary rituals. She's also the illustrator of the book Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers (Seal Press). In this episode, she talks about woodland lady magic, the importance of crones, and why female writers are their own sort of sorceresses. Our sponsors for this episode are Chase and Scout, The Conjured Saint, and Mithras Candle.||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6 - Tamara Santibañez, Tattoo Conjurer||Tamara Santibañez is a tattoo artist who believes that the language of symbols can help people heal and reveal. She draws from the iconography of fetish, punk, and Chicanx art, and brings outcasts and otherworlds into the spotlight. In this episode, she discusses tattooing as spell craft, invoking Santa Muerte, and making magic in the margins. Our sponsors for this episode are Chase and Scout and Mithras Candle.||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5 - Lindsay Mack, Tarot Empress||Lindsay Mack is the founder of Tarot for the Wild Soul and Wild Soul Healing. As a tarot expert and intuitive counselor, she uses the power of the cards as medicine to help her clients heal and evolve. In this episode, she discusses ways to use tarot to move through trauma, listening to spirit guides, and the importance of getting one's hands dirty when doing divine work. Our sponsors for this episode are Chase and Scout and Mithras Candle.||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4 - Dia Dynasty, Dominatrix Witch||Dia Dynasty is a dominatrix with a witchly bent. In this episode, she discusses sexual healing, money magic, and putting the Goddess back on top. Dia is also a proprietress of the spiritual BDSM collective, La Maison du Rouge. Our sponsors for this episode are Weiser Books and Mithras Candle.||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3 - Shannon Taggart, Photographer of Phantoms||Shannon Taggart photographs ghosts and the mediums who communicate with them. In this episode, she discusses phantoms, photography, and why she's collaborating with original Ghostbuster, Dan Aykroyd. Shannon's forthcoming book, SÉANCE: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm, is currently being crowdfunded on Unbound.com.Our sponsors for this episode are Weiser Books and Mithras Candle.||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2 - Kristen Sollée, Author of "Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive"||This episode features Kristen Sollée, author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive, and Editrix of Slutist. She discusses sex magick, witchcraft activism, and why the witch is a feminist icon.Our sponsors for this episode are Weiser Books and Mithras Candle.||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1 - Bri Luna of The Hoodwitch||Welcome to The Witch Wave! Our first episode features Bri Luna, the founder and creative director of The Hoodwitch. She talks about digital mysticism, the magic of beauty rituals, and what it's like to be a witch of color.||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Eloquent, Smart, and Sorely Needed!
So happy this podcast exists! Pam Grossman is the perfect guide into the world of magic and creativity. As a host she is extremely thoughtful and eloquent and knows how to asks interesting questions. Only one episode so far, but I'm positive she'll continue to foster an open, fun, smart, and fascinating dialogue that's accessible to everyone.
This is a great podcast for all levels of knowledge about magic and creativity in everyday life. From the opening narration, to the end of each tremendous interview, I feel engaged and riveted by the subject matter. The host does such a great job bringing magic and sacredness to everyday life.
It’s one of the most inspiring parts of my week!
Looking forward to more!
Just listened to the first episode and I really like the style of the podcast! What I like most is that the interview is so down to earth and accessible. It was more like a conversation between good friends. I wanted it to go on forever. The subject matter is intriguing to me and I’m so happy there is a space to embrace witches, art, creativity, magic, books and more! I am really looking forward to learning more and hearing more with each episode. Very strong start!!!!