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We, as a rule, try not to get too political on this podcast, but when the times call for it, who are we not to answer? Betwixt and Between are joined again in this episode by Glinda, the Witch of the North, who recounts her experiences at the Women’s March in January, and topics range from the Spell on Trump to the history of activism in Witchcraft.
If you have not seen or read this, please treat yourself to Terry Pratchett’s Wryd Sisters!
Less fun, here’s some info on the infamous Matthew Hopkins.
“That time when Witches did some stuff against Hitler.” AKA, Operation Cone of Power, 1940.
Night Witches, who are just badass.
You can visit Starhawk’s website to learn more about her books and to find an article about Paganism and political activism.
Head to Z. Budapest’s website to literally watch a cartoon of a Witch casting a spell on Donald Trump. So that’s where she stands on things!
Selena Fox is focused more on Pagan ministry than overt activism, but you can learn more about her and Circle Sanctuary at her website.
And, of course, we can’t forget Susan Weed!
Happy very very very very VERY late Winter Holidays! After a little discussion of their preparation for (ahem) Solstice and Christmas, Betwixt and Between get down to business talking about house spirits. Discussing both their own personal house spirit experiences and the range of such spirits from around the world, this episode is a great starting place for getting to know the brownies, tomtes, and wights in your life.
News! Though we credit Between’s Husband for editing the podcast, this is actually the first episode edited by our new editor, Jacob Haller. http://jacobhaller.com/ With all the craziness going on in their house, getting podcasts ready was not on the top of Mr. Between’s priority list, though we are grateful to him for the quality job he’s done for us. We are really excited to be working with Jacob, who plans to help us open up the bottleneck of releasing episodes and reach our goal of, gasp! Putting out at least one episode per month in 2017! (Not counting January, of course. That ship has sailed.)
More News! We will soon(ish) have a brand new website! It will be more aesthetically our style, and hopefully easier for you to use. So be on the lookout for that!
http://www.batcow.co.uk/strangelands/domestic.htm (A good site for many types of Celtic spirits)
After resolving some technical issues, Betwixt and Between are back, and all about the magic of crafts. From incorporating handcrafts into rituals and spells to the magic inherent in crafts for their own sake, this is a cozy chat about it all (and no one dozes off in the process!). You might want to grab your knitting (or whatever your poison of choice is) for this one!
The loom from our Autumn Equinox ritual.
If you want to check out Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years, here is a link…
And if you want to learn more about Goddesses associated with spinning and weaving, this site is a good place to start.
Between’s Witchy crafting space, complete with Witchlet.
The Hecate effigy face, right, later turned into Between’s garden goddess.
She was cooler in the dark, before she caught on fire.
Betwixt’s garden goddess.
Betwixt and Between are back! Hear all the news about what we’ve been up to, and then listen for your question–we review everything that was sent in, and if we don’t answer it, that’s because there is going to be an upcoming episode dedicated to it! And Episode 18 will contain the raffle drawing for the special prize winner.
What is Witches’ Rest? When is it? How long does it last, and what is allowed and forbidden? Recorded before the big winter holidays (and only put up just before Imbolc/Candlemas because, hey, that’s how we roll!), this episode explores ideas of self-care, getting in touch with your needs and goals as a practitioner, being in touch with the actual occurrence of winter in your region, personal cycles of practice, giving yourself permission, and periods of immersion versus integrated rest into daily life.
Quick personal updates: We both had lovely holidays with family, and Between finished her Witchlette’s dollhouse, which received rave reviews.
No baby yet, but we are expecting the Wee Miss any day now. Anticipation builds by the moment!
The Winter Solstice spiral.
Between will publish a solo update when baby is born, and as soon as things settle down, we will record again! Our next episode will be responding to all the amazing questions you sent, plus the results of the infamous drawing!!! Stay well!
Spinning off from the last episode, Betwixt and Between discuss the role of ancestors in their Witchcraft.
-What is an ancestor?
-Are we “all related?”
-Must we only relate to ancestors in a construct of linear time?
-What about adoption?
-Can you work with ancestors to resolve troubles you had with them in life? What about to try and heal the systemic problems our ancestors created, such as racism? And if yes, should you?
-Does work with ancestors intersect with work with the energy of a particular place or bioregion?
And, most importantly, have you sent in a question yet to be entered into the drawing for super-fun stuff?!??!?! Email us today! email@example.com
We think this is the podcast Betwixt was listening to that proposed one should only work with biological ancestors. But we didn’t link to a specific episode, because Between didn’t have time to go down the rabbit hole and find it. Sorry.
The Jaguar and the Owl is the podcast Between brought up in which they talked about ancestor elevation. We think it’s Episode 24, but there are lots of good episodes here about ancestors.
As always, Peter Paddon. Now a venerable ancestor by any estimation.
And finally, just for fun, this.
Then put this song in your head!
As part of the annual Samhain observance, Betwixt and Between talk about various ideas about the afterlife from a range of cultures, discuss how to reconcile ghosts, work with ancestors, and other spirit activity with beliefs about reincarnation and realms of punishment and reward, and ramble about personal experiences, as per usual.
And hey, don’t forget to email us with a question or episode idea, and we’ll enter you into a drawing for a Betwixt and Between care package! You can expect handmade WItchy items, herbs from our gardens, and other cool surprises! So email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Links to things relating to things we talked about:
Viking afterlife – So normal people don’t go to Hel, but Helheim, and don’t forget about Folkvang! Read about it here!
Jewish afterlife – Is there a heaven? Are the souls of the wicked tormented, or do they just cease to exist? Find out here!
Christian afterlife – You think you know everything about this, but do you? DO YOU!?!?!?!?
If you get discouraged by the patriarchy, check out this article about Jesus’s Vagina.
Buddhist and Hindu Traditions – What is reincarnation exactly? How do you slip out of the cycle? How does karma work?
Prehistory – Humans, and humanoids, have been burying their dead for a long time. Here is just one of about a billion sources where you can learn more.
And Remember…A ghost a day keeps the psychiatrist away! Says Benevolent Bertram.
Don’t forget to e-mail us your listener questions/episode suggestions, and bet entered in a drawing for a Betwixt and Between Witchy care package! email@example.com
Examining the practical application of the various spiritual influences that affect us all, Betwixt and Between discuss the ins and outs of an eclectic practice, including spiritual speed dating, finding your spiritual posse, and the perils of dream catchers. Just two Witches versions of how to be an eclectic Witch.
Betwixt’s Dream Catcher, made from her grandmother’s lace.
Shameless promotion for a Tradition member’s eclectic fashion business: bohomonde
Between’s eclectic kitchen altar to “Goddess of the Hearth and Home.”
*Apologies for the delay in publishing–this was meant to be the September episode. There will be an extra October episode to follow!
Episode 12: Hear here!
In this episode, Betwixt and Between discuss mental illness, mental health, whether Witches and Pagans are “crazy,” and, perhaps most vehemently of all, when and how we should reach out to people we think might need help. Drawing on their backgrounds of both personal and professional experience, they try to unpack the anxieties many may feel about seeking help for mental health problems, and offer suggestions for seeking resources.
If you or someone you love is struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, a more severe diagnosis like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, or is in an abusive situation, PLEASE reach out for help, and keep reaching out to different resources until someone listens. You are not alone, and there is hope out there for you.
Purely for informational purposes: The Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnosis website
Guide to developing a resources list for your area
Items you’ll definitely want to include:
-Any community mental health clinics
-the number for your local Department of Children’s Services
-the number(s) for any organizations established to aid victims of sexual assault or abuse
-the number(s) for any organizations or shelters for people dealing with domestic abuse, starting with a local YWCA
-the number(s) for any local crisis hotlines or walk-in crisis centers (always take someone to the ER if you don’t have one of these in your area)
-the local suicide hotline number
-information such as numbers and websites for resources to help those without insurance
Here are some things you might find helpful in that regard:
State medicare contact number
And on an unrelated note, here is Between’s favorite part of her kitchen renovation–new wee altar to the Hearth Goddess.