Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Episode 46: Kiki & Mary

In this high-flying episode, the gang saddles up for Studio Ghibli's animated classic, Kiki's Delivery Service and Studio Ponoc's new magical adventure, Mary and the Witch's Flower. What themes in these films speak to real-life Paganism? How do they deal with magick? And what lessons can we find in them for our own self-development?

Note: Something was amiss with our equipment that wasn't apparent when we recorded. Please be aware that the sound quality is a little rougher than usual at times.

Mentions:
- The Sanderson Sisters (Hocus Pocus): http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/The_Sanderson_Sisters
- Magical Girl (Mahou Shojou): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magical_girl
- Madoka Magica: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puella_Magi_Madoka_Magica

Trivia:
- https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/may/04/hiromasa-yonebayashi-interview-studio-ghibli-mary-and-the-witchs-flower
- http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/kiki/faq.html

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Episode 45: The Young and the Pagan

The Amanda and the Jacob talk with real-life teenage Pagan and all-around excellent human being, Selje. What's it mean to be young and Pagan today? How's it different from back in the 90's and early-aughts? And where might the future of Paganism be heading?

Mentions:
- Harry Potter (book series): https://harrypotterbooks.scholastic.com/
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Mystery_Dungeon:_Explorers_of_Time_and_Explorers_of_Darkness
- Final Fantasy (series): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Fantasy
- Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrono_(series)
- Kami: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/shinto/beliefs/kami_1.shtml
- Yokai: http://yokai.com/about/
- Numinous: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numinous
- Mysterium Tremendum: https://www.britannica.com/topic/mysterium-tremendum-et-fascinans
- Angelfire: http://www.angelfire.lycos.com/
- GeoCities: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahoo!_GeoCities
- Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/
- Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/
- iFunny: https://ifunny.co/
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/
- Hermaphrodite (Hermaphroditus): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermaphroditus
- TERFs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminist_views_on_transgender_topics

Sharing Space:
- Mushrooms
- Selje's Butternut Squash Instant Pot Recipe
- Hedgewitchery/Hearthwitchery
- Goodnight Moon (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClMJgjg2z_IrRm6J9KrhcuQ
- Mrs. Pippetwhistle’s Mossdrop Tea Shop (ASMR): https://youtu.be/gPp9VX96YzI
- Mrs. Pippetwhistle’s Mossdrop Tea Shop (No Music): https://youtu.be/4jdUBnQ2DAQ

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Episode 44: Calling Direction



In this squirrelly episode, Amanda, Aimee, and Jacob look to the matters of direction, intention, attraction, manifesting, and seeking guidance. What do these mean? Where do we find them? And just how the the universe are they supposed to work?

Not all who wander are lost, so come along for an encompassing journey about: The law of attraction, thought and behavior patterns, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the drumbeat of time, limitations, mentors, sources of support and guidance, choosing consciously, goal-making, wants and needs, expectations, self-questioning and self-doubt, accountability, geas (actually pronounced "geSH"), rewards, creating new habits and routines, allowing failure, Pavlov's cat, and much, much more... Squirrel!

Mentions:
- SMART Goals: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria
- The Pomodoro Technique: https://francescocirillo.com/pages/pomodoro-technique
- Orphan Black: http://www.bbcamerica.com/shows/orphan-black
- This Isn’t the Kobayashi Maru: When You Have to Break a Geas, by John Beckett: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2017/10/isnt-kobayashi-maru-break-geas.html
- The Rock Clock: Unfortunately, no longer seems to be available?
- Wake Up Light Alarm Clocks: https://www.lifewire.com/best-light-therapy-alarm-clocks-4137028
- Norse Goddess Magic: Trancework, Mythology, and Ritual, by Alice Karlsdóttir: https://www.amazon.com/Norse-Goddess-Magic-Trancework-Mythology/dp/1620554070
- Positive/Negative Thinking: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950
- Positive/Negative Thinking: https://www.livescience.com/36586-stop-negative-thoughts-depression.html
- Positive/Negative Thinking: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-positive-thinking-be-negative/
- Positive/Negative Thinking: https://lifehacker.com/the-positive-power-of-negative-thinking-1459381519
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cognitive-behavioral-therapy/about/pac-20384610
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Episode 43: Shamama Knows

In this brief, strange trip, Amanda and Jacob sit down with the enigmatic "Shamama," for a little look into the history and use of entheogens and psychedelics in modern Paganism. Are drug culture and Pagan culture somehow inseparable? What connects us to sacred experience? And what made "Neo-Paganism" so "neo," anyways?

Mentions:

- Timothy Leary: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Leary
- Ram Dass (Richard Albert): https://www.ramdass.org/bio/
- Terrence McKenna: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_McKenna
- Peter Max: https://petermax.com/pages/peter-max-biography
- Legal history of cannabis in the United States: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_history_of_cannabis_in_the_United_States
- Marijuana Timeline: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/dope/etc/cron.html
- A Social History Of America's Most Popular Drugs: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/drugs/buyers/socialhistory.html
- The Grateful Dead: http://www.dead.net/
- Don Henley - The Boys of Summer: http://americansongwriter.com/2012/06/the-boys-of-summer-don-henley/
- Green Egg: A Journal of the Awakening Earth (Vol 28, #110, Autumn 1995) - My Long Strange Trip to Find the Goddess, by Grateful Geb
- Green Egg (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Egg
- The Incredible String Band: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-39304909

Sharing Space:

- Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies: https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/POM
- The Wild Hunt: https://wildhunt.org/
- New Age (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Age
- Caffeina: http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-myths/Roman-goddess-caffeina.htm
- Cheese: https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/scicurious/no-cheese-not-just-crack
- More Cheese: https://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2018/feb/13/crack-and-cheese-do-pleasurable-things-really-affect-your-brain-like-drugs

Brad Warner on drugs (some selections):

- Mountain of Drugs: http://hardcorezen.info/mountain-of-drugs/227
- The Enlightenment Drug: http://hardcorezen.info/the-enlightenment-drug/2781
- Why I Don’t Do Psychedelic Drugs: http://hardcorezen.info/why-i-dont-do-psychedelic-drugs/3759
- Drugs, Meditation, and Mountain Climbing: http://hardcorezen.info/drugs-meditation-and-mountain-climbing/5388
- Spiritual Teachers, Stop Enabling Addicts!: http://hardcorezen.info/spiritual-teachers-stop-enabling-addicts/5497
- Clinical and Indigenous Culture Use of Psychedelics: http://hardcorezen.info/clinical-and-indigenous-culture-use-of-psychedelics/5505

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Episode 42: Recovery

Amanda, Aimee, and Jacob are joined by their friend Sam for a sobering discussion about alcohol, addiction, and recovery in Pagan culture. How do we hold space for those who struggle with addition or those in recovery? What resources does the Paganosphere provide? And just where is that higher power found?

In pursuit of those questions, and the answer to life, the universe, and everything, the gang comes clean about: Socio-cultural pressures, alcohol in ritual and sacred spaces, the challenges of shared experience, navigating support groups, AA, twelve-step programs, creating inclusive events and spaces, the will to action, finding what works for you, and a whole lot more.

Disclaimer: The Priestesses do not advocate for or condone alcohol abuse or illegal drug use. The purpose of this episode is for topical discussion, storytelling, and the free expression of opinion only.

Mentions:
- Burger King: https://www.bk.com/
- Bill W. (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_W.
- Hecate: http://www.neokoroi.org/religion/gods/hecate/
- Ganesha: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganesha
- The Craft: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115963/

Sam's Recovery Links:
- The Dance of Pagan Recovery: Welcome to the Dance, by Jenya T. Beachy (The Agora): http://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2014/01/the-dance-of-pagan-recovery-welcome-to-the-dance/
- Sober spaces and support at Pagan festivals, by Terence P Ward (The Wild Hunt): https://wildhunt.org/2015/06/sober-spaces-and-support-at-pagan-festivals.html
- The Pagan in Recovery: The Twelve Steps from a Pagan Perspective, by Deirdre A. Hebert: https://www.amazon.com/Pagan-Recovery-Twelve-Steps-Perspective/dp/0982579861
- The Goddess Way through the 12 Steps: 12 Rituals of Light and Love, by Amethyst Star: https://www.amazon.com/Goddess-Way-through-12-Steps/dp/9781628901
- The Recovery Spiral: A Pagan Path to Healing, by Cynthia Jane Collins M.Div.: https://www.amazon.com/Recovery-Spiral-Pagan-Path-Healing/dp/0806525126

Sam's General Pagan Links:
- The Circle Within: Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition, by Dianne Sylvan: https://www.amazon.com/Circle-Within-Creating-Spiritual-Tradition/dp/0738703486
- The Body Sacred, by Dianne Sylvan: https://www.amazon.com/Body-Sacred-Dianne-Sylvan/dp/0738707619
- A Charmed Life: Celebrating Wicca Every Day, by Patricia Telesco: https://www.amazon.com/Charmed-Life-Patricia-Telesco-ebook/dp/B0050T7HPC

Sharing Space:
- ASMR (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_sensory_meridian_response
- ASMRMagic (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHrKd8ElaVdk7OBQAgx8JrQ
- Caroline ASMR (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/user/carolineASMR
- The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith, by Gabrielle Bernstein: https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Has-Your-Back-Transform/dp/1401946542
- The Universe Has Your Back: A 52-card Deck, by Gabrielle Bernstein (Author) and Micaela Ezra (Artist): https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Has-Your-Back-52-card/dp/178180933X
- Appalachian Pagan Ministry: http://www.appalachianpaganministry.com/
- DNR and local DNR extension office classes

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Episode 41: Nausicaa and Princess Mononoke

The Priestesses go to the movies! Again! In this fresh installment, Amanda and Jacob "Ohm" in on the Studio Ghibli classics, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoke. What makes these films so powerful, even today? What lessons and perspectives might Paganfolk find within them? And what makes a Princess a Princess?

Wading into the water includes exploring: Thematic similarities, liminal protagonists, complex antagonists, strong female characters, ritual purity, human action and inaction, the power and terror of rage, the might of nature, karma, some Pagan exegesis and eisegesis of the films, and much, much more. Miyazaki-sama, osoreirimasu!

Mentions:

- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: https://www.fredrogers.org/media/mister-rogers-neighborhood/
- Return to Oz: https://movies.disney.com/return-to-oz
- Cleansing & Purification, pt 1: What is Ritual Pollution?, by Lady Althaea: http://www.ladyalthaea.com/every-day-is-magickal/cleansing-purification-pt-1-what-is-ritual-pollution
- Cleansing & Purification, pt 2: Signs & Symptoms of Ritual Pollution, by Lady Althaea: http://www.ladyalthaea.com/every-day-is-magickal/cleansing-purification-pt-2-signs-symptoms-of-ritual-pollution
- Cleansing & Purification, pt 3: What's the Difference?, by Lady Althaea: http://www.ladyalthaea.com/every-day-is-magickal/cleansing-purification-pt-3-whats-the-difference

Sharing Space:

- Full Circle Herbals (Erin LaFaive): http://fullcircleherbals.com/
- Learning Herbalism Workbook, by Erin LaFaive BS. MS. MH: http://fullcircleherbals.com/learning-herbalism-workbook/
- Lady Althaea: http://www.ladyalthaea.com/
- By Rust of Nail & Prick of Thorn: The Theory & Practice of Effective Home Warding, by Althaea Sebastiani: http://www.ladyalthaea.com/books.html
- Studio Ghibli (GKIDS): https://www.gkids.com/studio-ghibli/

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Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)


Friday, June 15, 2018

Episode 40: Let's Talk About Sex Magick

In this sticky episode, Amanda, Aimee, and Jacob talk about sex magick. But mostly about sex. And they have a healthy go at masturbation, while they're at it.

How does sex and self-love play along with our mental, emotional, and spiritual health? How do they connect us to ourselves and others? What techniques might... come in handy? And moreover, what does it mean to embrace our own power?

Mentions:
- The Lesbian Kama Sutra, by Kat Harding: https://www.amazon.com/Lesbian-Kama-Sutra-Kat-Harding/dp/0312335857/
- A Druid's Handbook to the Spiritual Power of Plants: Spagyrics in Magical and Sexual Rituals, by Jon G. Hughes: https://www.amazon.com/Druids-Handbook-Spiritual-Power-Plants/dp/1620552655/
- Good Clean Love Almost Naked Organic Personal Lubricant: https://goodcleanlove.com/collections/personal-lubricants/products/almost-naked-organic-personal-lubricant
- CBD Oil Lube: https://www.marijuanabreak.com/cbd-as-a-sex-lube
- Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6133130/
- Althaea Sebastiani: http://www.ladyalthaea.com/every-day-is-magickal
- GGG: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-passion-paradox/201208/are-you-ggg
- Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between, by Brad Warner: https://www.amazon.com/Sex-Sin-Zen-Exploration-Everything/dp/1577319109

Sharing Space:
- Good Clean Love Personal Lubricants: https://goodcleanlove.com/collections/personal-lubricants
- The Goulet Pen Company: https://www.gouletpens.com/
- Laurelei Black: http://www.laureleiblack.com/
- Laurelei Black (Amazon author page): https://www.amazon.com/Laurelei-Black/e/B008DKAFUO/
- Cult of Aphrodite: Rites and Festivals of the Golden One, by Laurelei Black: https://www.amazon.com/Cult-Aphrodite-Rites-Festivals-Golden/dp/1451527268/
- Aphrodite's Priestess, by Laurelei Black: https://www.amazon.com/Aphrodites-Priestess-Laurelei-Black/dp/1449964974/
- Crown of Violets: Words and Images Inspired by Aphrodite, by Laurelei Black: https://www.amazon.com/Crown-Violets-Images-Inspired-Aphrodite/dp/1451522304/
- Aphrodite's Magic: Celebrate and Heal Your Sexuality, by Jane Meredith: https://www.amazon.com/Aphrodites-Magic-Celebrate-Heal-Sexuality/dp/1846942861/
- Sexplanations with Dr. Doe (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkxMlA7rt-mnIc1AjbyAsPw

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