#37 - BONUS Episode: Witch Wave Live! with Jessa Crispin and Jen May of Spolia Tarot

Surprise! It’s a Witch Wave bonus episode to tide you over until our Season 3 return on October 30th.

This is a live episode: a conversation between Pam and Spolia Tarot’s Jessa Crispin and Jen May, recorded at Catland Books this summer.

Jessa Crispin is the founder and editor of Bookslut.com and Spolia magazine. She is the author of The Dead Ladies Project (The University of Chicago Press), The Creative Tarot (Touchstone), and Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto. She has written for many publications, some of which are still in existence.

Jen May is an artist whose illustrations and collages have been featured in such outlets as New York Magazine, Catapult, and The Toast.

On this episode, Jessa and Jen discuss the tenuous relationship between creativity and magic, the ubiquity of the terms “witch” and “feminist,” and their collaboration on the Spolia Tarot and their new zine, Screaming Women.

Pam also reads an excerpt about art witches from her new book, Waking the Witch.

Our sponsors for this episode are Weiser Books and the Mystical Menagerie Market.

#36 - Julia Pott, Creator of Summer Camp Island on Cartoon Network

Julia Pott is an animator and illustrator and the creator of the show Summer Camp Island on Cartoon Network. Her award-winning shorts such as Belly, The Event, and My First Crush have played at festivals worldwide including Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca. She’s also done animations for bands including Bat for Lashes and The Decemberists, and brands such as Oreo and Toyota. Julia was named one of the “10 Animators to Watch” by Variety in 2017, and she was a staff writer for the legendary animated series, Adventure Time.

On this Season Finale episode, Julia discusses the bewitching feelings of childhood, the ways that comfortable spaces can conjure risky ideas, and the very real magic that inspires her seriously whimsical work.

Pam also talks about the importance of maintaining the childlike wonder of summer, and answers a listener question about how to stay protected from spooky spirits.

Our sponsors for this episode are Blessed Be Magick, Charming Disaster, and Mithras Candle.

#35 - Pam Grossman's WAKING THE WITCH: The Witch Wave X Missing Witches Crossover Episode

This is a special crossover episode between The Witch Wave and the Missing Witches podcasts in celebration of Pam’s new book, WAKING THE WITCH: REFLECTIONS ON WOMEN, MAGIC, AND POWER.

Missing Witches is a research-based, feminist, occult storytelling podcast that goes looking for the witches we've been missing throughout history, and then shines the light on contemporary witches, too. This episode begins with Pam interviewing Missing Witches co-hosts Risa Dickens and Amy Torok, who are both artists, musicians, writers, and witches based outside of Montreal. Then the tables turn, and Pam answers questions from them about her new book.

On this episode, Pam, Risa, and Amy discuss how they each came to explore the witch archetype, the importance of maintaining the magic of youth, and the rise of intersectional feminist witchcraft.

Pam also talks about being guided by the goddess Artemis during a big life change, and answers listener questions about how to find a deity to work with.

Our sponsors for this episode are Weiser Books, Fat and the Moon, and Mithras Candle.

#34 - Jessica Lanyadoo, Astrology Star

Jessica Lanyadoo is an internationally renowned Astrologer, Psychic Medium, Tarot Reader, and Animal Communicator who has been working to help people help themselves in one on one consultations since 1995, and by writing her weekly horoscope since 2003. She is also the host of Ghost of a Podcast, and co-hosts TLC’s digital show Stargazing on Facebook Watch. She is currently the resident astrologer for Girlboss (USA), and Chatelaine (Canada), and she has been the astrology columnist for various publications, including The Hoodwitch, Target, Martha Stewart's Body and Soul Magazine, On Our Backs Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and Rookie.

On this episode, Jessica discusses the truth and misconceptions about astrology, cosmic destiny versus self-determination, and how to engage in contemporary divination with compassion and justice for all.

Pam also talks about learning to choose love over fear, and answers a listener question about witch imposter syndrome.

Our sponsors for this episode are Blessed Be Magick, DeerWomen, and Mithras Candle.

#33 - Mya Spalter, Author of Enchantments: A Modern Witch's Guide to Self-Possession

Mya Spalter is the author of Enchantments: A Modern Witch's Guide to Self Possession, a wonderful witchcraft how-to book. Mya is longtime employee of New York City's oldest occult shop also called Enchantments, where she’s worked on and off since the year 2000. In addition to that, she writes poems and stories about science and mystery, and she infuses everything she does with wit, heart, and smarts.

On this episode, Mya discusses what it’s like to be a professional witch in a retail environment, the importance of pop occulture, and ways to make magic with whatever you have at hand.

Pam also talks about the magic of frivolity and answers a listener question about how to get back into a ritual routine when time is tight.

Our sponsors for this episode are Phoenix & Lotus, Health Witch, Hag Swag, and The VeraMeat Podcast.

#32 - Mallory Lance, Editor-in-Chief of Ravenous Zine

Mallory Lance is the editor-in-chief of Ravenous Zine, which aims help to people foster more feminine wildness and witchy wonder in their lives. She is the founder and creative director of Ravenous Media, through which she also produces events about crafting and conscious collaboration, and she’s begun work on a documentary series about women who cook with fire. Mallory is also a chef, food stylist, and creator of magical feasts, and her various projects has been featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, and many many more.

On this episode, Mallory discusses the feral feminine, sustainable vitality, and the ways in which covens can teach us how to be more mindful and interconnected global citizens.

Pam also talks about Beltane sensuality and answers a listener question about crafting a pregnancy ritual.

Our sponsors for this episode are Blessed Be Magick, Hag Swag, and Mithras Candle.

#31 - Janaka Stucky, Occult Poet

Janaka Stucky is a mystic poet, performer, and publisher who incorporates occult practice and imagery into his work. Led Zeppelin’s legendary guitarist Jimmy Page has said, “Janaka Stucky is extraordinary, and his work riveting,” and when Jack White launched a new publishing imprint in 2015 called Third Man Books, they chose Janaka’s full-length poetry collection, The Truth Is We Are Perfect, as their inaugural title. This month, Janaka has a new book coming out with Third Man called Ascend Ascend, which is a full-length ecstatic poem about interfacing with the divine. Janaka is also the founding editor of Black Ocean and the annual poetry journal, Handsome.

On this episode, Janaka discusses the links between language and magic, his mystical methods of writing and reciting poetry, and ways to translate transcendent experiences into words.

Pam also celebrates National Poetry Month by talking about poetry as spellcraft, and answers a listener question about how to stay away from spiritual toxicity and keep on a positive witchy path.

Our sponsors for this episode are Mithras Candle and Hag Swag.

#30 - Jinkx Monsoon, Drag Sorceress Superstar

Jinkx Monsoon is an internationally beloved drag queen, and the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5. The character of Jinkx is a combination of many powerful femme personas, and is also informed by performer Jerick Hoffer’s real-life witchcraft practice both on and off-stage. A tremendously gifted comedian, actor, and singer, Hoffer performs in and out of drag worldwide, and as Jinkx Monsoon, they have recorded such albums as The Ginger Snapped and The Inevitable Album.

On this episode, Jinkx discusses the magic of drag, the influence of witchcraft, and the ways in which they’ve come to master the art of illusion, identity, and integration.

Pam also talks about the significance of The Magician tarot card and answers a listener question about how to find a coven.

Our sponsors for this episode are Weiser Books, Sanctuary, and Mithras Candle.

#29 - Yumi Sakugawa, Cosmic Comic Book Artist

Yumi Sakugawa is an artist and author whose illustrated books and comics include Your Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe, There Is No Right Way to Meditate: And Other Lessons, and her newest book, Fashion Forecasts. Her comics have appeared in many publications such as The Believer, Bitch, The Best American Non­required Reading 2014, and The Rumpus. She has also exhibited multimedia installations at the Japanese American National Museum and the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building.

On this episode, Yumi discuss how she came to combine her art and writing with her spiritual practice, the magic of meditation, and the importance of having tea with your demons.

Pam also talks about what she’s learned from meditation, and answers a listener question about witchcraft and anxiety.

Our sponsors for this episode are Mithras Candle, Tarot for the Wild Soul, and Magick with a K.

#28 - Juliet Diaz of November Sage Apothecary

Juliet Diaz is a healer, seer, and herbalist, and she holds a Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine. She is a descendent of a long line of witch healers from Cuba and has Indigenous roots as a member of the Taíno tribe. Juliet owns and runs her shop, November Sage Apothecary, and her online witchcraft learning community, Tierra Sagrada (formerly known as November Sage Herbarium – A Witch Healer School). She is also the author of the book Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within which comes out on March 5th. On this episode, Juliet discusses her various healing practices, the ways in which she expresses her Indigenous heritage while navigating issues of craft and commodity, and how to heed the hero’s call.

Pam also talks about appreciation vs. appropriation of other spiritual cultures, and she answers a listener question from a witch dealing with Catholic guilt.

Our sponsors for this episode are Mithras Candle, Blood Milk Jewels, and Tarot for the Wild Soul.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.