#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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

#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.