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Merry Meet, fellow witches! This podcast is aimed at beginner witches with informational 30-minute or less episodes focusing on various topics in the Witchcraft and Wiccan world. Topics will vary each episode but may include life as a witch, how to find a coven, different paths of Wicca/Witchcraft, moon phases, spell work, altar set ups, experience with various covens, solitary practitioner work, and more. Find me on Facebook at Seeking Witchcraft, Instagram (@seekingwitchcraft) or Twitter ( ...
 
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Join Ashley and special guest Kim as they discuss the topic of skyclad practice--also known as ritual nudity. You can find Kim on Instagram @ravens_lenore. You can find Ashley on Instagram (@seekingwitchcraft), Twitter (@SeekWitchcraft), Facebook (Seeking Witchcraft Podcast), or the community Facebook group (Witches Seeking Witchcraft). Want to sup…
 
Vermont Author Joseph Covais, whose debut novel is Quiet Room, the first in the "Psychotherapy With Ghosts" trilogy (New Line). This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to consider an alternative to the conventional discovery of a ghost -- that blood curdling scream and dash out of the house with your arms in the air. If you spent the night in an old, …
 
Author David Arnold, whose new novel is The Electric Kingdom (Viking Books for Young Readers). This week’s Write the Book Prompt was generously offered by my guest, David Arnold. His first inspiration for The Electric Kingdom came to him as he was a new stay-at-home Dad, caring for his newborn son. It was the image of a boarded-up farmhouse in the …
 
Two interviews from the archives. Ralph Culver, author of Both Distances (Anabiosis), has a new book coming in the fall: A Passable Man (MadHat Press). And James Fallon is the author of The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain (Current). This week's Write the Book Prompt is again visual. Take a look…
 
An interview from the archives with author, film maker, and founding editor of the online magazine The Rumpus, Stephen Elliott. Since our interview, Elliott has been in the news for filing a lawsuit in New York court against Moira Donegan, the creator of the Shitty Media Men spreadsheet. I didn't know about the suit when I aired this week's show. I…
 
An interview from the archives with Vermont Poet Neil Shepard. We spoke in 2013 about his collection, (T)ravel/Un(t)ravel (Mid List Press). Have you ever felt like a displaced tourist? Ever get lost in Rome, trying to find your friends at the Trevi Fountain? Or even in your hotel, trying to find the bar, unable to recall how to ask directions? Did …
 
Local Irish Poet Angela Patten from 2015. She has a new book since this conversation: The Oriole & the Ovenbird (Kelsay Books). Given that Angela Patten’s new poetry collection concerns birds and their meaning in our lives, today’s Write the Book Prompt is to observe the birds as they come back to our attention with the advent of spring, and write …
 
A conversation on blending the tangible and the ineffable in fiction, with two authors who do this beautifully. Steven Wingate's new novel is The Leave-Takers (Univ. of Nebraska Flyover Fiction Series). Maxim Loskutoff's debut novel is Ruthie Fear (Norton). This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to consider how your work might benefit from an infusio…
 
Matthew Salesses, author of Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping (Catapult). This week’s Write the Book Prompt was generously suggested by my guest, Matthew Salesses. This comes from his book, Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping (Catapult), and is the tenth in his series of revision e…
 
Author Jakob Guanzon, whose new novel is Abundance (Graywolf Press). This week’s Write the Book Prompt was generously offered by Jakob Guanzon: Think back to the last time you made a purchase for which you had to really budget, negotiate, discuss with a loved one, and so on. Before you begin drafting a scene, list out all the pros and cons that you…
 
In honor of over 1 million plays, I am hosting a massive giveaway to the listeners! There will be three different sets of prizes. Each set of prizes can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You mayenter all three contests but there will be three different winners. This contest will run from March 7, 2021 – April 3, 2021 and is open to US r…
 
Author and journalist Andrea Williams, whose new middle-grade nonfiction book is Baseball's Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues (Roaring Brook Press). In our conversation, Andrea Williams and I discussed a moment in history when Effa Manley spoke up at a meeting. Not only did she speak up, but she suggested that if …
 
An interview from 2013 with Vermont Author Howard Norman. We discussed his memoir I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place (Mariner). Howard Norman’s memoir I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place begins with a sentence about how, in the summer of ‘64, he used to sit on his basement steps, reading a book and trying to stay cool. It’s a wonderful way to op…
 
A conversation with two of YA's finest: Sharon G. Flake, whose new book is The Life I'm In, and Bill Konigsberg, whose latest novel is The Bridge (both are published by Scholastic). Both of my guests write about the pain, joy, discovery, and hope of the teenage years. This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to write a paragraph on each of those four s…
 
Columbia University Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology Claudio Lomnitz whose new memoir is Neustra América: My Family in the Vertigo of Translation (Other Press). My guest’s title, Nuestra America translates in English as Our America. In the case of Professor Lomnitz’s book, the title refers to his own family’s experience of America. But if …
 
A conversation about setting with Susan Conley, author of Landslide, and Lauren Fox, author of Send For Me, both published by Knopf. This week we have four Write the Book Prompts, thanks to the generosity of my guests. From Susan: During the interview, Susan urges writers not to be fooled by "description for description's sake.” Instead of just bei…
 
An interview from 2013 with Vermont Author Kathryn Davis. We discussed her novel Duplex (Graywolf Press). How are you sleeping? Recently I realized that I know many people who, like me, were not sleeping particularly well in 2020, and some who still are not. We could discuss this at length, but instead, let’s write about it. This week’s Write the B…
 
This episode speaks about potential red flags in covens that all seekers should be aware of. You can find a coven near you at www.mandragoramagika.com/find-a-groupYou can follow Ashley and the podcast on Twitter (@SeekWitchcraft), Instagram (@seekingwitchcraft), Facebook (“Seeking Witchcraft Podcast”), or the community Facebook group (“Witches Seek…
 
Vermont author Ryan Scagnelli, whose debut is Where Is My Mind?: A Book About Depression. Based on Ryan’s own journey with depression, the novel came out in December through Amazon. This week’s Write the Book Prompt was generously offered by my guest, Ryan Scagnelli. What would the world look like if men simply stepped aside, elevating women? Consi…
 
A conversation on plotting the so-called (one of our discussion points) literary novel. Margot Livesey's new novel is A Boy in the Field (Harper) and Jill McCorkle's latest is Hieroglyphics (Algonquin). This week we have four Write the Book Prompts, thanks to the generosity of my guests. You’ve heard Jill’s prompts. The two exercises she suggested …
 
This episode features special guest, Jo! Jo speaks all about her incredibly knowledgeable experience with wand making and gives tips and tricks to the listeners about how to make your very own wand at home. You can find Jo on her Facebook page “Urban Faun” at (https://www.facebook.com/UrbanFaun).You can find Ashley on Twitter (@SeekWitchcraft), Ins…
 
Author Ally Condie, whose novel, Matched, has been re-released by Penguin in honor of the book’s tenth anniversary. After its release in 2011, Matched was followed by the series sequels, Crossed and Reached. This week’s Write the Book Prompt was generously suggested by my guest, Ally Condie, who advises taking your character (or yourself) on a walk…
 
A conversation from the archives with David Jauss about his collection Glossolalia: New and Selected Stories (Press 53, 2013). This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to write about a man who is trying to get two dangerous snakes out of his garage. Good luck with your work in the coming week, and tune in next week for another prompt or suggestion. Mus…
 
Local author, artist and pet lover Dawna Pederzani, whose new book is The Bread Fairy (AuthorHouse). During our interview, Dawna mentioned that the first writing she recalls taking on was the sermon for her grandfather’s funeral. She was twelve. This intrigued me. Writing offers the opportunity to really spell out how we feel about a person and to …
 
Author and educator Martin Puchner, whose new book is The Language of Thieves: My Family's Obsession with a Secret Code the Nazis Tried to Eliminate (Norton). This week’s Write the Book Prompt was generously suggested by my guest, Martin Puchner. Take one piece of research, a photograph, a document, an object and contemplate not only what it says, …
 
This episode features Lusete, host of the "Wiccan Life" Podcast. Join Lusete as she talks about pathworkings, and listen in on her recorded pathworking to Awaken Your Inner Witch.You can find Lusete on her website (http://wiccanlife.co.uk/), Instagram (@my_wiccanlife), Twitter (mywiccanlife) or via email (talktome@wiccanlife.co.uk). You can find As…
 
An interview from the archives with writer and psychologist Matt Fried, MA, PhD, MFA. Among many other things, Matt teaches workshops on writers' block. When I spoke with Matt Fried in 2013, he generously suggested the following as a Write the Book Prompt: Write about a way in which you usually protect yourself in your daily life. You can define pr…
 
Author Lewis Buzbee, interviewed in 2013 at the request of a listener. (Thanks, Shannon!) We discuss his middle-grade novel Bridge of Time (Squarefish) and his nonfiction book, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, (Graywolf Press). Lewis Buzbee’s book The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop celebrates the unique experience of exploring a bookstore—getting lost seeking…
 
Author and co-founder of Joyland Magazine Emily Schultz, whose new novel is Little Threats (GP Putnam's Sons). This week’s Write the Book Prompt was generously suggested by my guest, Emily Schultz, who used her character Kennedy’s writing exercises as a way into the novel. In prison, Kennedy takes a creative writing class in which she writes about …
 
This episode features a special guest, Angela Z. Angela talks about various topics in this episode, such as the influences of Aleister Crowley in Witchcraft, the difference between Low Magic and High Magic, what witches who practice Wicca would find useful from Crowley, and introductory information on Thelema and the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.; m…
 
An interview from the archives with the author Roxana Robinson. We discussed her novel Sparta (Sarah Crichton Books). She has since published Dawson’s Fall, a novel based on the lives of her great-grandparents. The election is over, and Joe Biden has won. In considering how emotional this election was for our country, it occurs to me that drawing o…
 
Dr. Debra Horwitz, veterinarian and co-editor of Decoding Your Cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones(HMH). This week’s Write the Book Prompt is a piece of advice that my guest, Dr. Debra Horwitz, generously suggested. People do their best thinking at different times. Dr. Horwitz say…
 
This episode features special guest Azaizall as he discusses everything and anything about incense, including how to make your own blend! You can find Azaizall on his podcast (Feast of Torches), Instagram (@azaizall); (@feast_of_torches_podcast), or as a moderator on the "Witches Seeking Witchcraft" Facebook group. You can also access the British T…
 
Former Vermont Laureates Sydney Lea (Poet) and James Kochalka (Cartoonist) on their latest collaboration, The Exquisite Triumph of Wormboy (Word Galaxy). This week I have a visual Write the Book Prompt to share, thanks to the illustrative talents of James Kochalka, and inspired by the way he and Sydney Lea worked together on Wormboy. Have a look at…
 
Guest Host Kim MacQueen interviews Sameer Pandya, whose new novel is Members Only (Mariner Books). Sameer Pandya’s novel Members Only concerns Raj Bhatt’s enjoyment of and desire to fit in at his posh tennis club. This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to write about a character feeling out of place. Whether this place is a school, work, a club or ma…
 
This episode features guest Tom McArthur as he and talks all about the Greek Magical Papyri, also known as the PGM! This advanced topic is easily explained by Tom and is filled with tons of interesting historical information. You can find Tom on Twitter at @tommcarthur777, or at the "Cross Country Witchcraft" blog which will become live on October …
 
Award-winning Irish Author Tana French, whose new novel is The Searcher (Viking). This week’s Write the Book Prompt was inspired by my conversation with Tana French, who, as an actress, seems to have a leg up on many issues of craft as she writes. One habit she mentioned is her tendency to act out gesture. So this week, try that. Your character has…
 
"Mabon" as you know it is a lie--listen in to special guest Seamus (from the LBGTQ Witchcraft episode) he discusses why this is. Also, stay tuned through the end to hear some spicy Craft history! You can find Ashley on Instagram at @seekingwitchcraft, Twitter at @SeekWitchcraft, Facebook at "Seeking Witchcraft Podcast", or the Facebook Community Gr…
 
This episode features Pagan author Thorn Mooney! Ashley and Thorn discuss her book "Traditional Wicca: A Seeker's Guide" and her new soon-to-come book. The discussion continues into topics of unrealistic self-expectations in the Craft, the experience of reading versus "doing," comparing your magical journey to others, the changes in the online witc…
 
DISCLAIMER: This episode is intended ONLY for those over the legal adult age of 18+. The information provided in this episode is offered as an educational tool on various mind altering substances for ritualistic purposes. This episode features Eric as he discusses various mind altering substances used in witchcraft practice today. This includes win…
 
This episode features a discussion between four Witches (Ashley, Kim, Tianna, & Azaizall) on the term "Baby Witches." You can find Kim on Instagram at @ravens_lenore. Tianna can be found on Twitter (@ChristianNWitch), Instagram (@thechristianandthewitch), or her podcast, "The Christian and The Witch." Azaizall can be found on Instagram (@azaizall a…
 
This is a bonus episode to celebrate receiving half a million plays! Ashley thanks the listeners and reads a short story she wrote about a soul's journey, with heavy ties on reincarnation. This episode features a short reflection on the Seeking Witchcraft podcast, and gives shout outs to other podcasts, people, and sites that have been influential.…
 
This episode features Patrick, a Wiccan High Priest and Elder in the Craft. Ashley and Patrick discuss various topics about covens, submitted by listeners. The topics include: skyclad practice; practicing with a coven that you may not get along with; how far to travel for coven training; a coven vs a spiritual group; working with less established g…
 
This Season 2 finale is an uncensored, unedited, Witches & Wine-type episode, featuring two special co-hosts, Justin and Tianna! Topics discussed in this episode include: Wicca isn't ancient; the devil in witchcraft; variation with different traditions; types of witchcraft/magic (how witchcraft differs in other countries); magic and pop culture; th…
 
This episode features an exciting interview with Jason Mankey! Jason is a Witch, channel manager at Patheos Pagan, eclectic and Gardnerian coven leader, and host of the podcast "Witches, Whisky & Wit." Jason has also authored several Pagan books, such as Transformative Witchcraft, The Witches Athame, The Witches Altar, and his newest book, "Llewell…
 
Author Amy Blackthorn joins the show as a special guest! Amy discusses the magical properties of various herbs and oils, how to use essential oil blends for magic, create various potions and brews, how to smoke cleanse your home, and many, many other useful tips! In addition, Amy discusses her three (amazing) books which are perfect for any one wan…
 
This episode features a special interview featuring Mortellus—a Necromancer, a mortician, an author, a High Pritestex, and a Witch. Mortellus speaks about what it’s like to work with the deceased, how it’s influenced her life, career, and magic, and speaks upon how to work with death in a magical way. Mortellus is the author of an upcoming Llewelly…
 
This is the final episode of the Astrology mini-series, hosted by both Tianna and Ashley. This episode covers how to work with and perform magic that corresponds with the moon phases, sun phases, and the planets. You can find Tianna on Youtube (youtube.com/storybookapothecary), Instagram (@storybookbeauty), or on her new podcast, The Christian & th…
 
Join special guest Tianna, as she continues her discussion on astrological basics! Tianna explains how to easily read your birth/natal chart and how to understand the planetary alignments within it. There is also a discussion on understanding the specific houses, and even how to read your birth chart to learn more about relationship compatibility w…
 
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