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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.