Episode 20: Witchcraft and Activism

Published March 23, 2017 by The Forest's Edge

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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.

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If you have not seen or read this, please treat yourself to Terry Pratchett’s Wryd Sisters!

https://youtu.be/kIGv0tLPRUM

Less fun, here’s some info on the infamous Matthew Hopkins.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/legacies/myths_legends/england/essex/article_1.shtml

“That time when Witches did some stuff against Hitler.” AKA, Operation Cone of Power, 1940.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/86145/operation-cone-power-when-british-witches-attacked-adolf-hitler

Night Witches, who are just badass.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/07/night-witches-the-female-fighter-pilots-of-world-war-ii/277779/

You can visit Starhawk’s website to learn more about her books and to find an article about Paganism and political activism.

http://starhawk.org/

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!

https://www.zbudapest.com/

Selena Fox is focused more on Pagan ministry than overt activism, but you can learn more about her and Circle Sanctuary at her website.

http://www.selenafox.com/

And, of course, we can’t forget Susan Weed!

http://www.susunweed.com/

Episode 19: House Spirits

Published February 8, 2017 by The Forest's Edge

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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!

Links!

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-golem

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/14331-teraphim

http://www.batcow.co.uk/strangelands/domestic.htm (A good site for many types of Celtic spirits)

https://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/l/lares.html

http://odin.heathenthing.org/?page_id=139

http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/669/viewall/world-of-jinn/

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/skara-brae/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisse_(folklore)

Episode 18: Magical Crafts

Published December 3, 2016 by The Forest's Edge

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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!

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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.

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Betwixt’s bunting.

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Between’s Witchy crafting space, complete with Witchlet.

The Hecate effigy face, right, later turned into Between’s garden goddess.

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She was cooler in the dark, before she caught on fire.

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Betwixt’s garden goddess.

Episode 17: We’re BAAAAAAAA-ack!

Published September 21, 2016 by The Forest's Edge

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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.

 

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Episode 16: Witches’ Rest

Published February 1, 2016 by The Forest's Edge

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20160201_104006[1]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!

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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!

 

Episode 15: Ancestors

Published November 22, 2015 by The Forest's Edge

 

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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! betwixtandbetweenpodcast@gmail.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.

Here are some links to get you started if you’re interested in reading about religion in prehistory: this one, this one, this one, and this one!

And finally, just for fun, this.