Thursday, December 29, 2016

Episode 20: The Magick of Musick

Recorded in May 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Eau Claire, WI. Aimee and Amanda are joined by our friend, mentor, and wondercrone, Aeona Silversong, for some live performances and an exploration of the power of music, sound, and vibrations in Pagan practice. Along the way, they also touch on: Keeping track of and losing our recent musical roots, attributing sources, secrecy and knowledge, passing down traditions, the humanity of music, connecting through sound, what makes song sacred, working with sound as an individual and in group practice, Völva Stav, musical meditation, the origins of music, why drum circles matter, Miyazaki films, the importance of listening to the natural world, the problems with perfection, and much more.

Music performed in this episode:
- Cirlce Round the Fire by Selena Fox and Jim Alan
- Original songs by Aeona Silversong

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



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Episode 19: Pagan Atheism

Recorded Thanksgiving weekend 2016, Amanda reunites with our good friend Rhea for a discussion on the concept of Pagan Atheism/Atheist Paganism. What does this mean and how does it work? Along the way, they touch on: The value of skepticism, pseudoscience, woo woo, reconciling science and Paganism, science and magic, the GMO and vaccine controversies, the challenges of the Pagan and Atheist communities, evil in the name of religion, the ethics of animal testing, ghosts, how we experience reality, the purpose of life, accepting others and acceptance in community, not being Pagan enough, consent, discrimination, trigger warnings, communication, options, and much more.

Some podcasts mentioned in this episode: StarTalk Radio, Penn's Sunday School, Geeks Without God, The Atheist Perspective, and The Skeptics Guide to the Universe.

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



Monday, October 31, 2016

Episode 18: Beyond the Binary

For an exploration of the gender binary in Paganism, Amanda and Jacob are joined by their friend and guest, Jess, who's a non-binary individual, solitary Pagan, and current UW student.

In this episode: Gender pronouns, the problems of gender identity, the meaning of genderqueer, the power and problems with labels, the possibilities of non-binary Paganism, the gendered nature of deities and worship,  how to craft inclusive rituals, trying to find a place in the community, the forms of deity, defining elements of pagan culture, being undefined, the stereotypes and ideals of masculinity and femininity, the rise of patriarchy, sacred gender roles, the evolution of Western cultures, how to broaden our Pagan experience, the power of acceptance in community, shaping the future, inclusivity and equity in community, the Jolly Green Giant, solitary vs. group challenges, building inclusive ritual spaces, the importance of communication, mystery traditions, scary animals, sex characteristics, the wisdom and complexity of nature, genderless seasonality, and (of course) more!

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




Monday, October 17, 2016

Episode 17: 'Tis the Season

Samhain and Halloween are upon us once again! Falling at the same time, do these holidays clash or compliment one another? Is Halloween too commercialized? Is Samhain too secular?

As we explore those questions and more, we talk about: The mainstreaming of the occult, family traditions, mixed feelings over Samhain and Halloween, planning and pacing for the fall season, secular and sacred circles, where the celebrations meet, Day of the Dead, trick or treating rituals, honoring ancestors, dealing with death and loss, making time to honor the dead, the veil between worlds, the possibility of an afterlife, the life cycle, ownership of our own terms, and much more.

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


Monday, October 3, 2016

Episode 16: Divining Divinity

For a discussion on relationship(s) with deity/deities, we're joined by our friend and guest, Danise Shipley, who is a teacher and practitioner of Irish Shamanism. Along the way we explore: Journeying, encountering the gods, mixing pantheons, modes and methods of relationship, communication with the gods, personal vs. impersonal relation,  synchronicity, callings, gods in the past and here in the present, divine changeability, mysticism, goddess spirituality, the feminine and masculine divine, origins and roots of the gods, individualized experience, humanity in divinity, gods as exemplars, etymology, epistemology, modern mythology, pop pantheons, benefits and difficulties to divine relationships, and so much more.

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Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
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Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)



Friday, September 16, 2016

Episode 15: Casting a Wider Circle

In this episode, the Priestesses are joined for a secular perspective by transgender activist and friend of the show, Marie. Along the way, they talk about: Transgender issues and controversies in Paganism, women's groups, feminist principles, transition experiences, genderism and trans discrimination, the power of fear, building walled gardens, making safe spaces, perceptions and bias, group dynamics, inclusivity, the importance of healing and support, men's and women's circles, the concept of perfect love and perfect trust, and much, much more.
 
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Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
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Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Return of the Priestesses

The Priestesses return to podcasting after a summer hiatus! In this mini-episode: Aimee, Amanda, and Jacob sit down to talk about what they've been up to, what the podcast is (now), what it might become, and what's next.
 
Website: www.thepriestesses.com
 
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
 
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
 
Facebook: The Priestesses
 
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bonus: Cries from the Dungeon

In this mini-episode update, Amanda and Jacob have an impromptu chat about: Transitions, what's next for the show, the new studio space in Amanda's Dungeon, the recent rumors about The Craft remake/sequel, the new iyashi-kei/slice of life anime series Flying Witch (available on Crunchyroll), and a little  (probably the last for a while) about the tropes of witches and Pagans in pop culture.

Website: www.thepriestesses.com

Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com

Twitter: @ThePriestesses

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



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spring Fling

Spring has finally arrived properly here in Wisconsin. Enjoyment of the sunshine and warm breeze is a cathartic experience after the tendrils of winter held on so long again this year.

The land returns to life.

That aside, it's important to note that we'll be on hiatus until late May or possibly early June. We're giving ourselves some time to get the "studio" fully set up in a new location. We're moving it out of Jacob's spare room and into Amanda's basement/sex dungeon/home for wayward Pagans. The new location should be a good fit for us. The sound insulation is better down there, it shouldn't get hot like a sauna so easily, and we'll finally (hopefully) be rid of the creaky chairs.

Jacob, for his part, is likely moving in the next few months. Where to? He's not sure yet. Just that he's moving. He'll still be producing the show with/for us - in that he'll help to plan the content, edit episodes, etc. But he may not guest on another episode for some time to come. In part because we may have to figure how to make that work remotely. We like having him sit in now and then of course, but we understand and wish him well on his journeys (when they arrive).

For the next batch of episodes we're working on some juicy topics we hope you'll very much enjoy. We don't want to jinx it by offering specifics just yet, but we will say: We've been looking forward to doing these for quite some time! For the time being, we'll be planning and lining up our possible guests. Until then... peace out and Pagan on!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Podkin

It's entirely possible that some of you aren't familiar with the scope of the Pagan podcasting world, so we wanted to take the time to recognize and link to some of our fellow Podkin, because they damn well deserve it. Yes, we're unlikely to capture all of them here. They're not Pokemon, after all. But we'll at least collect some of them that we're familiar with, so that you might feast your ears, should you like.

Like the herd of cats we are, we Pagan podcasters don't have our own podcasting network or collected archives (although some do, kind of). There might one day be incentive to do it for the sake of preserving our collected works for future generations. Or for general reference. Because some episodes and even entire podcasts have vanished unto the ages already - their audio files scattered to the four winds.

For now, at least we have the The Pagan Podlist. This excellent website captures many of the active, on hiatus, and out-of-production Pagan podcasts out there. It is by no means a complete list, but it's got a lot.

As for those Podkin we know best and who've influenced us the most, we highly recommend the following:

It's probably no secret that this podcast a perennial favorite of ours. Hosted by our dear Fire Lyte, it's even better than ever - and now at Episode 100! Yes, he mentioned us recently (which had us grinning madly), but that's not the reason you should listen to this show.

"The Riot" is, for us, the podcast of Pagan podcasts. It's a glorious mixture of politics, current events, cultural essays, poetry, interviews, literature, and so much more. It's imminently relevant, and every bit as elucidating and deeply touching as it is entertaining. It's become an essential part of our consciousness and identity. You simply need to hear it. The Riot will change your fucking life.

We also want to mention that Fire Lyte, in addition to being an iconic podcaster, is a published author and a talented artist. Check it out:

Torch And...
Torch & Paintbrush on Etsy
TorchAndBrush on Redbubble

Inciting a BrewHaHa
This show, co-hosted by Fire Lyte and Velma Nightshade, was perhaps the biggest inspiration behind what would eventually become The Priestesses. The original Moting and Being project was a similar concept, but this crossover between Inciting a Riot and Witches BrewHaHa is really peerless. It's funny, happily irreverent, and topically delicious. While they've been on hiatus for quite some time, the existing 32-episode run is infinitely more than well worth your time.

Witches BrewHaHa
The legendary podcast from the extraordinary Velma Nightshade. While new episodes are no more and it seems the show has run it's course, each episode was a gaggle of delights. With a dash of educational content, a splash of entertainment, and topped with great discussions, this is also one of our all-time favorites. We're very glad the episodes are still up and available to listen to, so that we (and others) can still listen from time to time.

There days Velma runs a wonderfully witchy Etsy shop that you know you want to visit: MagickalMiscellany.

The Wigglian Way
Sparrow and Mojo (aka "The Wigglians") run this Canadian podcast featuring plenty of music, great interviews, and really deep (if not personal) discussions about Pagan life. Indeed, it's the candidness and casual bent of this one that's served as a big inspiration to us over the years. It will delight your ears, tickle your senses, and warm your heart.

Lakefront Pagan Voice
Scarlet lives on the other side of our great state of Wisconsin. We wish we knew her better (and personally), but the journal-like entries of her show at least provide us a glimpse into her world on the shores of Lake Michigan. Each episode is filled with deep insights, clever musings, good music, and so much more. Especially if you live in the Midwest, and even if you don't, we urge you to put this in your earholes at least once in your life. You don't even need to start at the beginning. Just pick one from the archives that calls to you and make it your sacred rite to simply listen.

New World Witchery
For those interested in magick and folklore (especially the North American variety), this is the one. The BIG ONE. Few have been as prolific in their depth and content as Cory and Laine. Were we talking to you in person, we might shake you wildly in an attempt to convey the excitement and enthusiasm we have for this show. Sadly, we haven't been catching up with it as often as we'd like since we started making our own podcast. But that hasn't tempered the fervor we hope you might also come to share.

Modern Witch
OK, so we don't get to listen to Devin Hunter's fantastic show as much as we should. But rest assured: It's one of the damn finest podcasts around. The production is near (of not) professional and the interviews are killer. If your interests are especially based in magic and witchcraft, this will totally be your jam. Put. It. In. Your. Ears.

Down at the Crossroads
Christopher Orapello is the gent behind this indispensable show featuring interviews with all kinds of big deal folks in the larger Pagan community. There's also music aplenty. This is another one we wish we were listening to more often. It's seriously excellent on every level, and you absolutely deserve to hear it. In ages past, this show was known as The Infinite and the Beyond.

Borealis Meditation
Once a podcast, our beloved Kat Borealis explored the intersection of science and Pagan spirituality with segments on geology, magick, and more. Honestly (and embarrassingly), it's been a long time since we've listened, but it's good to see that some of the old episodes are still up for the downloading (You can find most on iTunes). For her more recent works, we highly recommend checking out her blog! It's filled with wonderful insights, cultural musings, and travel reports. It's very much our cup of tea.

There are many more worth your time, so please check out The Pagan Podlist! Happy listening, and as always: Peace out and Pagan on!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Episode 14: The Priestesses Go to the Movies - Chocolat/Like Water for Chocolate

The Priestesses are back at the movies! This time, they take a look at the kitchen witch classics Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate. Are they "Pagan movies?" Are they "feminist films?" Is there anything we can take from these films?

Among the things discussed in this episode: Comparing the films with the books, Witchy women, sexy river rats, Johnny Depp, Dame Judi Dench, priests, Catholicism, fundamentalism, intolerance, xenophobia, Christianity and Paganism, kitchen witchery, folklore, food, Tita's horrible mother, why Pedro is a dick, a lot about the burning hot passion of Gertrudis, and much, much more.

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



Saturday, March 26, 2016

Addendum: Paganicon 2016

It simply wasn't possible to cover everything regarding Paganicon in Episode 13. Also, we weren't sure if everyone would want to be mentioned directly in the episode. With that said, we want to give a big thank you to the following folks and organizations that we may or may not have mentioned on the show:

Everyone at Twin Cities Pagan Pride, for organizing and running the show, and being a damn fine group of upstanding Pagans. While we weren't able to connect with you guys much this year (for the purposes of the show), hopefully we can another time!

Shauna Aura Knight. Seriously, she's awesome and you should check out all of her stuff! Fiction, non-fiction, art - ALL OF IT. She's also been a guest on a number of other podkin podcasts.

Laura Tempest Zakroff. She came all the way from Seattle to be at Paganicon, and she was simply the best. Also check out ALL of her amazing art, designs, jewelry, and so much more. If you like what she does, please also consider supporting her on Patreon.

Heather Greene and The Wild Hunt. Heather is working on a book about the construction of the Hollywood Witch we know from film and television. It's due out in 2017, and we're really excited about it! Heather also did a nice write-up about this year's Paganicon recently.

Mambo Chita Tan and La Sosyete Fòs Fè Yo Wè. It was a privilege to be part of the Danbala Sevis. We learned a great deal, and appreciate all the effort that went into hosting the event. Mambo T has a book about Haitian Vodou available through Llewellyn.

Sandy, Smiley, Bryan, and anyone else who was remotely involved in supporting Circle Sanctuary at the con. You guys are awesome!

The delightful and welcoming Panists, Kip and Tiz. Thank you for sharing your passion and art! The wine smelled lovely (though Jacob nor Amanda drink). The labels were exceptional. ;)

Last, but not least, everyone from our local group(s) and anyone we forgot to mention! It was a wonderful time, and we were glad to share it with everyone. Peace out and Pagan on!

Episode 13: Paganicon 2016

The Priestesses crew (along with their friend Jodeen) talk about their recent experiences at Paganicon 2016. This convention is held annually near the Spring Equinox, and is organized by the lovely folks of Twin Cities Pagan Pride.

In this episode: Conventions vs. festivals, local and regional Pagan community, the rise and growing visibility of modern Paganism, workshops, panels, the power of ritual and group experience, Vodou, Loa, possession, time limits, Shauna Aura Knight, Laura Tempest Zakroff, sacred sound, Heather Greene, witches, magical mittens, Cerridewn's Cauldron, note-taking, minzoku NEO-shinto, convention-going tips, and more.

Volkhvy's Minzoku Shintou Sources can be found publicly here:
http://schd.ws/hosted_files/paganicon2016/84/minzoku_shintou_sources_3_5.pdf



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Twitter: @ThePriestesses

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


Thursday, March 17, 2016

March Madness

A little update as we head into Paganicon this weekend:

Unfortunately, the war against the microbes has raged on. It seems to be an especially sickly time all over the place. This being the case, we opted to rest up before the weekend. We're planning to record a pair of episodes at the end of the month (our usual time), so let's hope it works out! In the meantime, if anyone would like to send a little positive energy for health and wellbeing our way, we wouldn't mind. ;)

In the meantime: Happy Spring Equinox/Ostara! May the vernal sun warm your spirit and shine into your life. Blessed be!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Behind the Podcast: Visual Basics

OK, we'll admit it. Our blog isn't the prettiest, the most well-designed, or the the most content rich. But you know what? We're doing what we can for now. None of our web design skills are exactly sharp and we're sorely lacking proper art.

Speaking of which: Our show's album cover thing? Jacob threw it together in 20 minutes so we could finally launch the podcast. We found the picture by searching the Creative Commons, then throwing text on it using GIMP. Without art assets holding us up any longer, we were free to fly.

That iconic face belongs to actress and World War II era pin-up girl Dusty Anderson. Here's another one of Dusty, for good measure:
Dusty Anderson, circa 1945.
Doesn't she look fucking AMAZING?! We really enjoy pin-up girls over here!

Our original concept was to have drawn/sketched artwork for the show that featured us in some kind of kitschy, witchy pin-up type scenario, along with a stylized logo for "The Priestesses." Alas, it was not to be. That said, we're still hoping to create or find the funds to commission something proper one of these days. Until then, Dusty's working the witchface for us.

The Wheel Keeps On Turnin'

From Faiwen's DeviantArt gallery.
Paganicon is fast approaching! By this time next week, we should be into the thick of it, rubbing elbows with some of the finest Paganfolk around. Hard to believe it and the Spring Equinox are upon us already this year.

We're recording another episode next week. It's on the calendar, at least. And it might even come out before the convention, should "El Producer" have it ready in time. Our intent with the last recording session was to do both the Roots and Branches episode, as well as an episode about a certain film (or films). Unfortunately, it didn't work out at the time. But fortunately, this has given us more time to plan the episode and expand it's content a bit. Also, we won't feel like we're rushing through it. Always a plus.

That aside, we've all been doing other stuff. Funny how life has a way of stepping in to overtake hobbies... like podcasting. Amanda's got a stunning bunch o' events going on this month. Aimee's been organizing group stuff, parenting, fighting the good fight against the microbes of Earth, and learning new professional skills. Jacob's been mulling over personal health (and related costs), career/education options, and what to do/where to go next. All of this on top of us working like beasts. Let it never be said that Wisconsin winters are uneventful or necessarily quiet. We don't stop for ice, or snow, or mild weather, or any damn thing.

All that said, we hope your winter has been well, and your spring blossoms sweet and true, with a promise of great things to come! As always... Peace out and Pagan on.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Episode 12: Roots and Branches

Amanda sits down with guests Aeona, Molly, and Skya to talk about the roots and branches of the intergenerational Pagan community.

Along the way they talk about: Sources, nudism, proselytizers, the history and character of American Paganism, Elspeth Odbert, storytelling, connecting across generations, sharing traditions, intellectual property, creative appropriation, practicing in the Midwest, ritual resources, group dynamics, new and old ideas, change, creativity, circle/group practice and size, Paganism as living myth, the influence of media, Scott Cunningham, being an elder, "big nose" Pagans, titles, hierarchies, and more.

Website: www.thepriestesses.com
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
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Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Beyond the Winter Doldrums

It's February, post-Imbolc, and the cabin fever is running pretty high. Here in Wisconsin, it's been fairly warm, and much of the snow has melted, but it's still grey and chilly and little fun outdoors. We have, however, been keeping reasonably busy, and that chariot will probably keep rolling on for awhile.

We may or may not have a new episode before the end of the month. Recording happens at the end of this week. We're doing a "Generations" episode this time around. Unlike the Pagan Parenting duology, this one is meant to look at generational differences within the (local) Pagan community. It's an assessment based on age.

We've noticed that some older Pagans have different affinities and influences than we have which have drawn them to or kept them on a Pagan path. We're going to explore that a little with some friends of ours. Beyond that, as older Pagans age and eventually pass on, what are we losing in the transition? Who's chronicling this stuff for the ages to come? How do different generations connect and nourish one another? There might even be more talk about the Triple Goddess and how that does and doesn't work for everyone. Not sure yet, but we're sure to find out.


The other episode we wanted to record was going to be a look at dating and relationships from a Pagan perspective. Unfortunately, we've had trouble putting this one together. In particular, assembling an appropriate diversity of guests has been the challenge. We still hope to do this one eventually (and do it justice), but it's probably not happening yet.

Most likely, we're going to examine another film instead. We're not saying which one, but we've mentioned it before and it's streaming on Netflix. While at least one of us has seen the 80's wonder film Teen Witch on there recently, it's highly unlikely we're going to touch that one. For now. Maybe never. Probably never.

Episodes aside, we're looking forward to Paganicon next month, organized by Twin Cities Pagan Pride. We've been to other conventions before, but this will be our first genuinely Pagan one. We're bringing a whole gang of our local Sconnie Pagans to terrorize the poor people of Minnesota. Should be a good time! If we're lucky, we might get to talk to some folks there for the show, too. If not, we'll have to settle for talking about the experience ourselves. Either way, we're excited.

For now, and until our next episode and/or blog post: Peace out and Pagan on!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Episode 11: Love Spells

It's the maniacal Episode 11: Love Spells! Start your Valentine's Day right. Find it on iTunes or right here:

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Road So Far

Here be our latest episodes, for your listening convenience:



As always, you can find ALL episodes of the podcast, including episodes 0-7 (and bonus episodes), on iTunes or here. Happy listening!

Homecoming


If you've seen the old website, then this will be new to you. Yes, we've moved! Since we're just started setting up here, it might be a little messy for awhile.

In the meantime, if you're not subscribed to the podcast through iTunes or getting it through our RSS feed, you can listen to or download all of our past episodes here.

Expect that we'll messing with the design and layout of the site now and then. Currently, we want to commission some more refined artwork for the podcast, as well as some web assets (like a logo). If you're interested, or know anyone, please send us an email.


As always: Peace out and Pagan on!