The Witchcraftsy Podcast
Ever think you can't be that person with the magical career? Nearly ten years ago my friend Jayme Moye went from an 'upwardly mobile' techie at her desk, to a woman with movement and marks all over the map. She decided to change her career, and manifested something magical: she's an award-winning travel and adventure journalist/author. Jayme's writing has appeared in National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, Outside and more. In today's episode, she'll share about her path to "doing it herself' without a trust fund or safety net to hold her. Jayme's writing inspires the curious kid inside and teaches about the wonders the await brave Dreamweavers here on our sweet planet Earth.
Shout out to my big sis for introducing me to this sweet inspiring human! Love you, Adventure Mom!
In today's episode with Andye Murphy, the Rock 'n Roll Shaman, we dig into personal and collective ceremony. How do you do go into your cosmic consciousness and honor the goddess within yourself? Learn what is ritual and what is a ceremony? How do you work with objects, your surroundings, with others, or plant medicine? We also provide some thoughts discretion, consent, and feelings that come up in ceremony... but Dreamweaver, you can't "do" it wrong. It's yours.
LadySpeech Sankofa enters the room with an army of spiritual warriors standing behind her. She's pansexual, black, a feminist and creative who invites you into her poetry, burlesque dancing, and activism. She offers stories of healing trauma and abuse, and how she's healed with a lifetime of witchy work.
On today's episode, we cover illuminating topics like checking personal privilege, addressing uncomfortable truths, and how we unite and grow at the same time. Learning in a movement isn't always "nice," and LadySpeech shares her raw and real experiences about showing up to her own evolution. Learn how LadySpeech became a voice for change in Denver (and beyond) by releasing words to the world that healed her.
You're on the right path, Dreamweavers. LadySpeech wants you to know: "your deficiencies - when you commit to your healing, when you commit to your purpose, when you commit to your magic, when you commit to your path - everything about you will be used. Your deficiencies will be used for the greater good of yourself and your humanity. Your dysfunction will be used, your bullshit will be used, in collaboration with your greatness, in collaboration with your goodness, in collaboration with your magic, you will be used for the libration of yourself and others. Focus on your healing."
Creatrix Lalania Simone weaves her wisdom into textiles, books, and community activism for spiritual growth. We learn more about her story of growing up on the streets and moving past 'being mad at religion' to find the pure jewel at the center of each religion. A common theme in Lalania's work is the accessibility: subscription box service, practical writing to share magical terms, and an ancestral clinic for affordable healing.
"We can't wait to be included" in a space or institution. Lalania Simone teaches us how to create a space of spiritual inclusion one stitch at a time.
Subscribe to Lalania's carefully crafted ritual boxes at Wevolve Box. Locally find Lalania at Alchemy Ritual Goods. Buy Lalania's practical and interactive book "Urban Soul Warrior: Self-Mastery in the Midst of the Metropolis"
We also talk about "Dance of the Dissident Daughter" by Sue Monk Kid (author of Secret Life of Bees).
Missy Rhysing is the founder of the popular witch shop Ritualcravt - with a reach beyond Denver. She's changing the ethics and aesthetics of how we find tools for our magical practices. Missy's story (and Ritualcravt's) doesn't start and stop with witchy wares. Today's episode explores the many facets of Missy, including the readers that work out of her shop each day, the growing interest in online courses, and her passion for creating wearable art - from tattoos to jewelry. Missy Rhysing weighs in on the gifts and responsibilities of being a 'professional witch' in modern times.
More on Ritualcravt courses!
In the aftermath of #MeToo, parallel stories are emerging from the female perspective. Read Amy Lynn Magdalena's story and uncover the types of encounters that can lead to #MeToo moments.
The inaugural Mile High Conjure Gala was held Halloween weekend in 2017, and I was fortunate to be one of the first attendees. Tucked inside Elaine Bryant's Lumber Baron Hotel, a historical Denver mansion-turned B&B, we mingled and met local artisans in preparation for a full-day of learning about Hoo Doo and Conjure.
The Witchcraftsy curator and host behind this diverse gathering is Loretta "Loo" Ledesma, the "TheDeathWitch" of Instagram, and a staple in the Denver community of witchy teachers. Hear about how Loo got the idea to start the Conjure Gala, how she uncovered her own "practical magick," and how she applies her root work for protection (ie. in a strip club where she works!) on the regular. If you're like me and totally confused by how to hoo doo, or what hoo doo is, this is the cast for you...
Loo inspires us to come out of hiding little Dreamweavers!
2018's Gala is coming at you September 29th and 30th. Look for a Facebook invite live on February 1st, and start planning your travel into Denver.
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New episode with the Loo Ledesma the "Death Witch" of the Denver Conjure Gala releasing this week!
Witchcraftsy welcomes another witchy renaissance woman with today's guest Kris Drickey of Chimney Choir. Not only is she a talented musician, Kris has created a donation-based yoga experience on Monday nights at Leon Gallery in Denver, she's a skilled bodyworker and founder of Honeycomb Healing, and even finds time to... you know...COMPOSE A BALLET with Wonderbound in her spare time! In today's episode we talk about bodies, from our vocal chords to our yogi toes, how do we simultaneously move deeper into our bodies and become less attached to them. We also touch on the power of retreat as an important way to find balance when pursuing creative joys. Enjoy this woman with the healing voice that is used to infuse wisdom into everything she does.
Dreamweavers, how do you make sense of horrific death, atrocity, and real human experiences? Andye Murphy, our Rock 'n Roll Shaman shares more about grieving and processing the senseless murder of a longtime friend and client. We will discuss it as humans, and approach it as spiritual practitioners trying to sort through the disorientation in a helpful way.
How do we clear dark energies and entities with love and light? Is the darkness an off-shoot of our shadow self? Can we have an addiction to the light? Could making alliances with chaos, in place of evolution, and can this lead down a dark path.
My friend K. Perkins is the writer behind well-known female comic book heroes like Superwoman, Batwoman and Wonder Woman. She jokes about how she has very few social followers, but the truth is, she weilds tremendous power by animating fictitious women that inspire us to tap into our own badass bitch. Hear about her magical process for creating new narratives as a queer woman, and what really happens deep in the magical world of Comic-Con. Perkins will also share more about her spiritual practice, clairvoyance, and her familiar roots as a descendant of a Salem Witch Trial survivor. Enjoy!