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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.