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Dec 4, 2018

In this hairy episode, Amanda and Jacob are joined by prolific author, artist, and modern traditional witch, Laura Tempest Zakroff. How do we Paganfolk explore the wrinkles surrounding blasphemy, oaths, curses, and invocations? What textures do the power of words and speech hold? And what's Pan got to do with it?

Mentions:
- Utah Goddess Temple: https://www.utahgoddesstemple.org/
- The Fallacy of Black or White Magick, by Laura Tempest Zakroff (A Modern Traditional Witch): https://www.patheos.com/blogs/tempest/2018/03/fallacy-black-white-magick.html
- Why We Make Oaths, by John Beckett (Under the Ancient Oaks): http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2018/07/why-we-make-oaths.html
- Breaking Oaths and Vows, by Laura Tempest Zakroff (A Modern Traditional Witch): https://www.patheos.com/blogs/tempest/2017/09/breaking-oaths-vows.html

Sharing Space:
- Laura Tempest Zakroff: http://www.lauratempestzakroff.com/
- Weave the Liminal: https://www.llewellyn.com/product.php?ean=9780738756103
- The New Aradia: https://revelore.press/product/the-new-aradia-a-witchs-handbook-to-magical-resistance/#
- Holiday Prints: http://www.owlkeyme.com/holiday.html
- Owlkeyme Arts: http://www.owlkeyme.com/
- The Good Witch: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/good-witch
- Che Correa (witchy_photographer): https://www.instagram.com/witchy_photographer/
- Dead Can Dance - Dionysus: https://www.deadcandance.com/

Links:
- Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
- Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepriestesses
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepriestesses/
- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepriestesses
- Ko-fi: https://www.ko-fi.com/thepriestesses
- Music by Rebecca E. Tripp: http://www.crystalechosound.com

Nov 20, 2018

In this episode, Jacob travels to the fabled Twin Cities in mystical land of Minnesota, for a field interview with minzoku NEO-shintôist and shrine-runner, Volkhvy. What is minzoku NEO-shintô? How does it connect with the bigger picture of Shinto practice? And how does one go about it? Grab your haraegushi, because this episode is completely shide!

Minzoku Neo-Shinto:
- shi-yaku-jin no hokora: http://www.shi-yaku-jin-no-hokora.org/
- minzoku NEO-shintô: A Book of Little Traditions: http://www.shi-yaku-jin-no-hokora.org/minzoku_neo_shinto/title_intro.html
- Sacred Cedar Shrine: http://sacredcedarshrine.org/
- shi-yaku-jin no hokora / minzoku NEO-shintô (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/pg/shiyakujin.no.hokora/
- minzoku NEO-shintô (Facebook Group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/443385432350496/

Volkhvy's Shinto Reading List:
- Shinto: The Kami Way, by Sokyo Ono: https://www.amazon.com/Shinto-Kami-Way-Sokyo-Ph-D/dp/0804835578/
- Shinto Norito: A Book of Prayers, by Ann Llewellyn Evans: https://www.amazon.com/Shinto-Norito-Ann-Llewellyn-Evans/dp/1553691385/
- The Essence of Shinto: Japan's Spiritual Heart, by Motohisa Yamakage: https://www.amazon.com/Essence-Shinto-Japans-Spiritual-Heart/dp/1568364377/
- A New History of Shinto, by John Breen and Mark Teeuwen: https://www.amazon.com/New-History-Shinto-John-Breen/dp/1405155159/
- The Origin of Modern Shinto in Japan: The Vanquished Gods of Izumo (Bloomsbury Shinto Studies), by Yijiang Zhong: https://www.amazon.com/Origin-Modern-Shinto-Bloomsbury-Studies/dp/1350066540/
- Shinto, Nature and Ideology in Contemporary Japan: Making Sacred Forests (Bloomsbury Shinto Studies), by Aike P. Rots: https://www.amazon.com/Shinto-Nature-Ideology-Contemporary-Japan/dp/1350105910/
- Mountain Mandalas: Shugendo in Kyushu (Bloomsbury Shinto Studies), by Allan G. Grapard: https://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Mandalas-Shugendo-Bloomsbury-Studies/dp/1350044938/

Links:
- Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
- Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepriestesses
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepriestesses/
- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepriestesses
- Ko-fi: https://www.ko-fi.com/thepriestesses
- Music by Rebecca E. Tripp: http://www.crystalechosound.com

Oct 30, 2018

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

Links:
- Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
- Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepriestesses
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepriestesses/
- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepriestesses
- Ko-fi: https://www.ko-fi.com/thepriestesses
- Music by Rebecca E. Tripp: http://www.crystalechosound.com

Oct 22, 2018

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

Links:
- Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
- Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepriestesses
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepriestesses/
- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepriestesses
- Ko-fi: https://www.ko-fi.com/thepriestesses
- Music by Rebecca E. Tripp: http://www.crystalechosound.com

Sep 28, 2018

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

Links:
- Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
- Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepriestesses
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepriestesses/
- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepriestesses
- Ko-fi: https://www.ko-fi.com/thepriestesses
- Music by Rebecca E. Tripp: http://www.crystalechosound.com

Sep 6, 2018

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

Links:
- Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
- Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepriestesses
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepriestesses/
- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepriestesses
- Ko-fi: https://www.ko-fi.com/thepriestesses
- Music by Rebecca E. Tripp: http://www.crystalechosound.com

Jul 13, 2018

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

Links:
Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepriestesses
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepriestesses/
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepriestesses
Ko-fi: https://www.ko-fi.com/thepriestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp - http://www.crystalechosound.com

Jun 29, 2018

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/

Links:
Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepriestesses
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepriestesses/
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepriestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)

Jun 15, 2018

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

Links:
Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepriestesses
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepriestesses/
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepriestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)

May 1, 2018

Crafting, creativity, Witchcraft, and Paganism. What threads run through these? How do they shape our paths and practice? Why do many Pagans seem to be makers, artists, or craftspeople? Who is able to take on a particular role? Where does creativity and crafting fit into all this Pagan stuff? In this episode, Amanda, Dani, and Jacob put together the pieces to find out.

Mentions:
- Hunter-Gatherers: http://hraf.yale.edu/ehc/summaries/hunter-gatherers
- Women in Medecine (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_medicine
- Amanchu! (anime): http://www.crunchyroll.com/amanchu
- Puppetry of the Penis (NSFW): http://www.puppetryofthepenis.com/
- Boléro, by Maurice Ravel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aXwTPQQ1_U&vl=en
- Tainted Love, by Marilyn Manson (NSFW): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcDIk-Alj28
- Ooh La La, by Tinashe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtCfBdmxR_M
- Cruciferous vegetables (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruciferous_vegetables
- The Fallacy of Black or White Magick (blog), by Laura Tempest Zakroff: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tempest/2018/03/fallacy-black-white-magick.html

Sharing Space:
- Jacqueline Carey: http://www.jacquelinecarey.com/
- Thrift stores, thrift sales, garage sales, rummage sales, flea markets, etc. are a great place to find crafting stuff!
- Instructables: https://www.instructables.com/
- Caftsy: https://www.craftsy.com/
- ThreadBanger (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/user/ThreadBanger
- Tigernite: https://tigernite.bandcamp.com/

Links:
Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepriestesses
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepriestesses/
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)

Mar 12, 2018

For modern Pagans, what does pilgrimage mean? Largely removed from the paths, places, and practices of ancient Paganism, what is pilgrimage like for us? And what does it mean? Treading the way, Amanda and Jacob are joined by Irish Seabhean and returning guest, Danise Shipley. Along the road, these travelers explore expectations, experience, faith, preparation, planning, relating to places, getting naked, recovery, processing, inner vs. outer travel, journeying, working with limitations, experiences, helpful tips, and so much more.

Sharing Space:
- Under the Ancient Oaks (Patheos blog), by John Beckett: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/
- The Mead Tenders Who Weren't There (blog post), by John Beckett: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2017/11/mead-tenders-werent.html
- The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún (manga): http://www.sevenseasentertainment.com/series/the-girl-from-the-other-side-siuil-a-run/
- The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog: The Landscape of Celtic Myth and Spirit, by Patricia Monaghan: http://www.patricia-monaghan.com/the_red_haired_girl_from_the_bog__the_landscape_of_celtic_myth_and_spirit_94620.htm
- The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog: The Landscape of Celtic Myth and Spirit, by Patricia Monaghan (Amazon): https://www.amazon.com/Red-Haired-Girl-Bog-Landscape-Celtic/dp/1577314581/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
- Alcest (band): https://www.alcest-music.com/
- Princess Ghibli, by Imaginary Flying Machines: https://open.spotify.com/album/2NnJcyEJHe4DuJTMMDIbkT

Links:
Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepriestesses
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepriestesses/
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepriestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)

Feb 26, 2018

In this cozy half-episode, Jacob field interviews Gary and Michelle about being Pagan in the context of polyamorous and ethically non-monogamous relationships. What challenges are there? What are some misconceptions? How does one share and practice your spiritual path with a partner or partners who may or may not be Pagan? All this, and much more partnering for your earholes await...

Michelle's Recommendation for those curious about Polyamory:
- More Than Two: Franklin Veaux's polyamory site: https://www.morethantwo.com

Links:
Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepriestesses
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepriestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)

Feb 20, 2018

Ah, the challenges of being Pagan in intimate and/or romantic relationships. Is it harder in interfaith relationships than with other Pagans? What challenges arise for Pagans when discussing faith and practice? How do we deal with change and development in these relationships?

In this one, Aimee, Amanda, Dani, and Jacob wail in the dungeon about their experiences (and lessons learned). Along the way, there's talk of enchanted swords, undead and/or robot armies, fisting, necromancers, a little about Hinduism, mixing folkways, Paganish traditions, misfortune and luck, prayer positions, shared experience, family values, and so much more.

Sharing Space:
- Evernote: https://evernote.com/
- Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series (Blu-Ray): https://www.amazon.com/Cowboy-Bebop-Complete-Wendee-Lee/dp/B00NP06DJE
- Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series (DVD): https://www.amazon.com/Cowboy-Bebop-Complete-David-Lucas/dp/B00NP06CYU
- Kushiel's Dart, by Jacqueline Carey: https://www.amazon.com/Kushiels-Dart-Legacy-Jacqueline-Carey/dp/0765379724/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
- The Greatest Showman: https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-greatest-showman
- Pumarosa: http://www.pumarosamusic.com/
- Dust II Onyx: A Melanated Tarot: https://dust2onyx.com/

Links:
Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
Facebook: The Priestesses
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepriestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)

Jan 14, 2018

In this freshest of episodes, Aimee's back! And with the recent changeover to 2018 in mind, the gang explores the concept of "new years," along with ideas about reassessment, resolve, resolutions, goal-setting, intention, transformation, and much, much more.

Sharing Space:
- Fables: http://www.vertigocomics.com/characters/fables
- Sword & Laser: http://swordandlaser.com/
- Vaginal Fantasy: http://vaginalfantasy.com/
- Pocket Casts: https://www.shiftyjelly.com/pocketcasts/
- Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor: https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Dreamer-Laini-Taylor/dp/0316341681
- Lips Touch: Three Times, by Laini Taylor: https://www.amazon.com/Lips-Touch-Three-Laini-Taylor/dp/0545055857/ref=pd_sim_b_2
- Laini Taylor: http://www.lainitaylor.com/
- Pagan Erotica: Anyone? Know someone who writes this? Do YOU write this? Let us know!
- Rogue Valley: https://www.lostinroguevalley.com/
- Chris Koza: https://chriskoza.com/

Links:
Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
Facebook: The Priestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)

Dec 19, 2017

Meditation is an oft-used tool in the spiriutal toolbox, buy why? What are the purposes of meditation? What forms can it take? Who should venture to meditate? How does it fit into Pagan practice?

In this contemplative episode, Amanda and Jacob attune to the vibrational hum of the universe for an insightful and varied discussion about their experiences with meditative practice and how those fit into the Paganosphere. Along the way, there's talk about meditational goals, methods, types of meditation, journeying, the role of our senses, focus, attention, connection, altering consciousness, the use of mind-altering substances, self-knowledge, awareness, effort, using caution, expectations, and more...

Mailbag:
- Thanks to Sarah, Dylan, and Matthew!
- The Last Keepers (2013): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1716767/
- Love Magic, by Lilith Dorsey: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Magic-Potions-Getting-Keeping/dp/1578635926/

Sharing Space:
- Elegant Yokai Apartment Life (anime): http://www.crunchyroll.com/elegant-yokai-apartment-life
- Spirit Circle (manga): http://www.crunchyroll.com/comics/manga/spirit-circle/volumes

Some Meditation Links:
- Meditation: In Depth (NIH): https://nccih.nih.gov/health/meditation/overview.htm
- Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain, by Brigid Schulte (The Washington Post): https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/05/26/harvard-neuroscientist-meditation-not-only-reduces-stress-it-literally-changes-your-brain/?utm_term=.501d2b657b31

Links:
Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
Facebook: The Priestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)

Nov 30, 2017

Money. What's it got to do with Pagan practice? How do we place value on our time and energy? What makes for wealth? And does luck or fortune have anything to do with it? In this deep pocket discussion, Amanda and Jacob are joined by small business owner and multi-modal practitioner, Hilary (the EC Energist herself)!

Skill, compensation, markets, the value of care workers, Star Trek economics, basic needs, economic justice, American Gods, debt, reciprocity, fortune, luck, fate, destiny, definitions of wealth, what gives value, time and energy, work, effort, responsibility, cows, the Norns, the Web of Wyrd, Under the Tuscan Sun, Where the Heart Is, serendipity, interdependence, survival skills, gifting, fair pricing, entitlement, organizing, facilitating, unconsidered costs, love offerings, adventures in customer service, and so abundantly more.

Sharing Space:
- Tarot
- EC Energist: http://ecenergist.com/
- EC Energist (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/EauClaireEnergist/
- The Priestesses NEW Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepriestesses
- On Your Money: https://www.onyourmoney.com/
- On Your Money (WPR): https://www.wpr.org/programs/your-money

Links:
Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
Facebook: The Priestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)

Oct 31, 2017

In this wonderfully grim exploration, Amanda, Jacob, and (returning friend) Dani go beyond the pale... for a hallowing chat with a most morbid special guest, Angie! Trained as a Death Midwife and Certified in 2011 by Nora Cedarwind Young, Angie is one of the founders of the Death Midwife movement. She is also a Rite of Passage Officiant, Senior Minister at Earth Traditions Church, Emeritus Board Member of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, and Pagan Student Advisor at the University of Chicago. She is a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance and the National Chaplains Association. Angie is committed to educating individuals, small groups, families, and entire communities or church groups to proudly reclaim family directed choice at end of life. With many thanks to both her and our dear friend Wee Bee, it's with ghastly delight we present this edifying dance with the dead.

 

Treading along this mortal coil, there's talk about: End-of-life care and planning, funerary practices, body disposition, transitions, cultural views on death and dying, elder care, grief and mourning, rites of passage, ancestor work, prolonging life and death, closure, what Death Midwives do, comfort and intimacy, decomposition, and oodles more.

 

Sharing Space:
- Mushroom Death Suit (TED Talk): https://www.ted.com/talks/jae_rhim_lee
- Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death, by Lisa Carlson and Joshua Slocum: https://www.amazon.com/Final-Rights-Reclaiming-American-Death/dp/0942679342
- The Death Midwife: https://deathmidwife.org/
- Earth Traditions: http://www.earthtraditions.org/
- Threshold Singers of the Chippewa Valley: https://thresholdchoir.org/chippewa-valley
- Haides (Neokoroi): http://www.neokoroi.org/religion/gods/haides/

 

Links:
Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
Facebook: The Priestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (www.crystalechosound.com)

Oct 14, 2017

In this insightful episode, the triumverate is joined by Shela, who's a local divination darling, seasoned tarot consultant, and creatrix of The Seer's Path website (an online community for exploring divination). Together, they look deep into the spread of all things divination and have a naturally clairvoyant time along the way!

 

Why is divination such a big part of Pagan practice? And just how is it supposed to work? What are the pros and cons of reading for yourself? Or for others? Why's Tarot so great? Can divination be a group experience? And do divinitory tools have consciousness? Open yourself the the limitless, find the wisdom revealed, and let spirit guide you on a journey through these questions and many, many more. The Queen of Nipples commands it!

 

Sharing Space:
- Soul Seer Tarot: http://www.soulseertarot.com/
- The Seer's Path: http://www.theseerspath.com/
- The Seer's Path (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/seerspath/
- Once Upon A... SQUIRREL!: http://www.onceuponasquirrel.com/
- Aimee's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ajsprocket

 

Links:
Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepriestesses/
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp (http://www.crystalechosound.com)

Sep 27, 2017

What does love and trust mean in Paganism? And why does it matter in our relationships? Or to our loved ones, our communities, our practices, or ourselves? Does love and trust need to be "perfect?" Do they make us weak? In this ardent installment, Amanda and Jacob raise their cups to explore what's just so damn important about love and trust.

Drink deep with us, dear listeners, as we quaff the heady brew of: Communication, trauma, vulnerability, negotiating healthy boundaries, holding space, cognitive delusions and behavioral techniques, brokenness, perfection, self love, acceptance, expectations, faith, belief, doubt, intention, manifesting, proverbs about love, the types of love, balance, the economics of relationships, acts of creation, emotion and reason, justice, power, and so very much more.

Links:
Website: http://www.thepriestesses.com
Email: thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
Facebook: The Priestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp

Sep 5, 2017

Once again, The Priestesses go to the movies! This time, for a look at Anna Biller's occult-inspired tale of nightmarish beauty, The Love Witch. How does fantasy shape desire and love? Does a woman's greatest power really lie in her sexuality? Is that which we call a Jerry by any other name just as sweet? Dear listeners, in this episode, we give the rainbow to you...

Which (witch?) includes some discussion of: Sex magick, love spells, witchcraft, witch tropes, Tarot symbolism, the male/female dichotomy, skeevy covens, fashion, sexual abuse and violence, rape culture, mental illness, enabling, co-dependency, pornography, misogyny/misandry, pleasure, power, sensuality, secrecy, silence, paranoia, and much, much more.

Mailbag:
- The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, by Leonard Shlain: http://www.alphabetvsgoddess.com/
- Amberthest (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/user/amberthest
- Amberthest (Vid.me): https://vid.me/amberthest
- Jen Shakti: http://www.jenshakti.com/
- Column: Jen Shakti, the Modern Tattoo Shaman (The Wild Hunt): http://wildhunt.org/2017/04/column-jen-shakti-modern-tattoo-shaman.html

Sharing Space:
- A Dragon of a Different Color (Heartstrikers, Book 4), by Rachel Aaron: http://rachelaaron.net/series.php?SID=2
- The Fat Feminist Witch: http://fatfeministwitch.podbean.com/
- Sunstone by shiniez (NSFW): https://shiniez.deviantart.com/
- Xxxenophile (NSFW): http://www.drivethrucomics.com/browse/pub/2464/XXXenophile-Books
- Slipshine (NSFW): https://orgymania.net/
- Filthy Figments (NSFW): http://filthyfigments.com/

Links:
http://www.thepriestesses.com
thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
Facebook: The Priestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp
www.crystalechosound.com

Aug 16, 2017

Interfaith communities and interactions. How does that work for Pagans? How can it? In this exciting installment of The Priestesses, Amanda and Jacob discuss their recent and ongoing experiences in the interfaith realm, purpose in action, shared experience, navigating differences, and more. What maddness ensues, dear friends? Pucker up those earholes and find out.

Corrections: Agape is the Greek term for universal love. Jacob mistakenly uses the term "storge" here, which refers to familial love.

Sharing Space:
- Jason Mankey: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/
- Inciting a BrewHaHa: https://www.facebook.com/IABHH/
- Inciting a Riot: http://www.incitingariot.com/
- The Girl from the Other Side (manga): http://www.sevenseasentertainment.com/series/the-girl-from-the-other-side-siuil-a-run/

Links:
http://www.thepriestesses.com
thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
Facebook: The Priestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp
www.crystalechosound.com

Aug 7, 2017

Body image. Sex. Tattoos. Yes, the gang's back together and laying it down with friend, romance consultant, and sex educator extraordinaire, Michelle.

Sharing Space:
- THINX Period Panties: https://www.shethinx.com/
- The Handmaid's Tale (TV show): https://www.hulu.com/the-handmaids-tale
- The Handmaid's Tale (book): https://www.amazon.com/Handmaids-Tale-Margaret-Atwood/dp/038549081X
- Sex for One: The Joy of Selfloving, by Betty Dodson: https://www.amazon.com/Sex-One-Selfloving-Betty-Dodson/dp/0517886073
- Sexplanations with Dr. Doe (YouTube channel): https://www.youtube.com/user/sexplanations
- Laci Green: Sex Ed for the Internet! (YouTube Channel): https://www.youtube.com/user/lacigreen
- Days for Girls (Feminine Hygiene Kit): https://www.daysforgirls.org/whats-in-a-kit
- Noel'le Longhaul: http://www.noellelonghaul.com/
- The Sex MD (Madeleine M Castellanos, MD), The Sex & Sxuality Blog: http://www.thesexmd.com/blog/

Links:
http://www.thepriestesses.com
thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
Facebook: The Priestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp
www.crystalechosound.com

Jul 31, 2017

Touch, intimacy, pleasure, and... Pagans? Why, yes! In this episode, Amanda and Jacob get physical with their friends (and wide-ranging community veterans), River and Wee Bee, for a deep-tissue discussion about the power of touch, getting hands-on at pagan events, nudity, sex, consent culture, boundaries, communication, making connections, trust, vulnerability, ritual, skin hunger, and so much more. Can you feel it? 

Sharing Space:
- Wisteria (community): https://www.wisteria.org/
- Show some love for your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group.

Links:
http://www.thepriestesses.com
thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
Facebook: The Priestesses
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp
www.crystalechosound.com

May 24, 2017

For this deep, interfaith discussion on the nature and problem of evil, we're joined by Dr. Charlene P.E. Burns, Christian theologian and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Pagans, polytheists, pantheists, panenetheists, witches, and all the other pwords deal with the challenges of evil and suffering as much as anyone. How do we address that within ourselves, our communities, and across faiths? Where do our traditions stand on the problem of evil? What kind of theo/alogies might we develop? Where does evil come from? How do we even know what "evil" is?

Along the journey, we also talk about: Concepts of evil, absolutism, personal responsibility, meaning and suffering, modern Paganism's challenges with evil, human capacity and potential, ahistorical romanticism, the psychological shadow, roles we play, natural evil, The Fifth Element (film), interconnectedness, dual inclinations, Christian (and other) perspectives on evil, where evil comes from, The Book of Job, Satan/Mara/Devil figures, popular concepts of evil, the role of spirits/demons/monsters, predestination and choice, the influence of other religious traditions on modern Paganism, the concept of karma, divine justice and responsibility, merit and punishment, spiritual development, animal suffering, daily challenges, and so very much more.

Sharing Space:
- The Witch’s Guide to Etiquette: Avoiding Witch Wars, by Laura Tempest Zakroff: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tempest/2017/04/the-witchs-guide-to-etiquette.html
- Christian Understandings of Evil: The Historical Trajectory, by Charlene P.E. Burns: http://fortresspress.com/product/christian-understandings-evil-historical-trajectory#
- More Moral than God: Taking Responsibility for Religious Violence, by Charlene P.E. Burns: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780742558687/More-Moral-than-God-Taking-Responsibility-for-Religious-Violence
- Divine Becoming: Rethinking Jesus and Incarnation, by Charlene P.E. Burns: http://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/2405/Divine-Becoming?infoID=9483
- Yuri On Ice: http://www.crunchyroll.com/yuri-on-ice
- American Gods (book): http://www.neilgaiman.com/works/Books/American+Gods/
- American Gods (TV): https://www.starz.com/series/americangods/episodes
- Mystery Science Theater 3000: http://www.mst3k.com/
- Tsugumomo: http://www.crunchyroll.com/tsugumomo
- Your Name: https://www.funimationfilms.com/movie/yourname/
- Coconut Brownies: Please check out the blog! :)

Links:
http://www.thepriestesses.com
thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
Facebook: The Priestesses

Music: Rebecca E. Tripp
www.crystalechosound.com

Apr 26, 2017

In this impromptu episode, Amanda and Jacob sit down with friend-of-the-show Amy to belatedly talk about their experiences this year at Paganicon 2017. Along the way, there's talk about: Ritual experience in a convention setting, sound work, Wendy Rule, Kari Tauring, Laura Tempest Zakroff, The Nathaniel Johnstone Band (and Dogwood), boundaries, costuming, musical performances, intensity, personal and spiritual safety, mental health, spiritual growth, trauma, aftercare, being in your body, movement, getting out of the ordinary, academic tracks, doing research, choosing panels, scheduling, Volkhvy, John the Verbose, Jason Mankey, The Horned God, understanding deity in the past and the present, and much more.


Sharing Space:
- Jason Mankey: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tags?q=raise-the-horns-radio
- Sherry Merriam, Mark J. Engstrom-Reese, and Alex Iantaffi
- Sydney Bell: http://www.sydneybell.ca/
- Mambo Chita Tann: http://legba.biz/mambo-t/
- Tamara L. Siuda: http://tamarasiuda.com/
- Laura Tempest Zakroff: http://www.lauratempestzakroff.com/
- The Nathaniel Johnstone Band: http://nathanieljohnstone.com/
- Wendy Rule: https://wendyrule.com/
- Kari Tauring: http://karitauring.com/
- John the Verbose: https://www.youtube.com/user/brojoghost
- Kelden Mercury: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkKGM9MKUq2PbSaPtY8VLKQ
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/byathameandstang/
- David Salsbury: https://www.daviddsalisbury.com/
- Shauna Aura Knight: http://www.shaunaauraknight.com/
- Paul B. Rucker: http://www.paulruckerart.com/
- Twin Cities Pagan Pride: http://tcpaganpride.org/
- Paganicon: http://www.paganicon.org/


Links
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http://www.thepriestesses.com
thepriestesses@gmail.com
Twitter: @ThePriestesses
Facebook: The Priestesses

Music: Rebecca E. Tripp
www.crystalechosound.com

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