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.
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.
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.
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.
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.