The Witchcraftsy Podcast
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.
BONUS CONTENT! Witchcraftsy is delighted to release Kris Drickey singing "Ábrete Corazón." Kris regularly sings at the end of each yoga class. To keep the bonus content flowing, please provide a rating/review on iTunes for this podcast so others can find us! Subscribe to our newsletter at Witchcraftsy.com.
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!
In a short cast I share a few intimate details about who I am: Why I started Witchcraftsy, Why is it called Witchcraftsy? How did I arrive on this path of healing and uncovering my own magick? Most importantly, I share my hope and promise for you in 2018, Dreamweaver.
Huge love for the individuals I can mention that inspired this share: Glennon Doyle Melton for her personal memoir I read in 2016 called Love Warrior. Thank you to the dearly departed Louise Hay, she was a huge part of my healing and growth. Pam Grossman of Phantasmaphile (Check out Pam's new podcast Witch Wave and I reference her segment on Stories of Strange Women). Love to Barbara Carrellas for all things sexy tantra, and a big 'thank you' to my friend, editor, and supporter... the talented Kitty Crimes. Lastly, thank you to my sweet Courtney for her unending belief in me, and abundance of encouragement and laughter. I'm so grateful 2017 brought you my way via comedian, and dearest friend Elise Kearns!
Cheers to 2018!
Who were you before you were you, Dreamweaver? Do you remember a past life? Today's juicy episode of 'this month in magic' is with our beloved Andye Murphy, the Rock 'n Roll Shaman. We turn to the Akashic records that hold the mysteries of our past lives. Why does it matter? Our past life work can be helpful for healing and deeper self-discovery, but it's important to approach such work with the reverence owed to keepers that hold our secrets safe. To be direct, if you seek past lives to be entertained by some bullshit that you were Cleopatra, you'll be sorely disappointed. BONUS past life guided meditation at the end with music provided by Lauren Gale (episode 2 guest!) and owner of Heart Nectar Healing.
It's really easy to ignore the synchronicities our helping team of beloved Spirit Guides create to get our attention.These signs are meant to lead us down a path of our highest service. They show up in the form of numbers, 'coincidences,' animals, or other omens. Do you pay attention? Do you follow? What excuses do you make to stay 'stuck?'
Naomi Ochoa is the inspiring founder of Wise Moon Wellness followed the call to carry her ancestral torch of healing, and with it, an unlikely path for her life was illuminated. Naomi now runs a successful integrated healing practice with a focus on bodywork. Today's episode we discuss recovery, leaving toxic relationships behind, and finding time to dig into the pain bodies we carry with us. "The issues are in your tissues!" Love the body you're in and know that medicine is all around in the communities we live in and serve.
Naomi's offers private bodywork appointments at Wise Moon Wellness Denver. She is also a part of a healing clinic at Ritual Alchemy Goods that offers "sliding scale" payment to make healing affordable inner city. For more on understanding what a spirit guide is, check out Andye's Spirit Guides article at Wyrd Collective.