Happy belated supermoon/ Ostara/ spring equinox! It was the closest coincidence of a full moon with the equinox since 2000, so we hope you did something magical to celebrate! (Katie and Jenny went to see the superbloom poppy fields in Southern California.)
We apologize for the delay getting this posted. Katie’s been going through some major life events, which got in the way of editing, but it’s never too late to enjoy our VERY fun discussion about The Wee Free Men, the first Tiffany Aching book in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Plus we have a gorgeously updated theme song from the talented Sarah Little Drum! (Listen to more of her music on her website.)
Here’s a listening guide for the episode. (For a description of our segments, go here.)
Welcome/ Pant Chant/ Introduction (0:00 – 10:15)
“Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?” (10:20 – 35:20)
“We Are Not a Nation of Immigrants”: “We should say: We are a Nation of Immigrants, Descendants of Chattel Slavery & First Peoples of this Land. This would compel all Americans to acquaint themselves to the true history and sacrifices of this land that carved out the opportunities they now enjoy.”
“Bald Heads and Queer Noses” (31:28 – 39:12)
The witch’s body and her shriveled arm
The loss of Dru’s hair
“Round About the Cauldron Go” (39:18 – 51:52)
Opening scene: Corinne running through the forest chasing her mother’s necklace–sets up centrality of the island enviornment and Corinne’s growing power
The witch’s magic vs. Corinne’s magic (both based in natural world) and the liminal spaces they inhabit
White witch vs. green woman
Severine’s cooking vs. Corinne’s oranges
Severine as force of death, Nicole as a force of life
New Segment! Lunar Rituals with Jenny (1:01:00 – 1:06:43)
Lovely suggestions for celebrating the summer solstice
Thoughts about the power of oranges (and the sun)
Rituals for the Basil Moon
Re: our comments about family separations at the border. We recorded this episode before the new Executive Order. However, most of the families that were separated have not yet been reunited, and those that have are still being held in internment camps. You can help by calling your representatives and donating to the following organizations:
Happy full moon, witches! April’s full moon (one of the most potent and magical!) is called the Pink Moon for the wild ground phlox flowers that bloom in North America in early spring. Other names include the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, the Fish Moon, the Grey Goose Moon, and the Hare Moon. This year it is also the Scorpio Full Moon.
In this fun grab bag of an episode–our first minisode of season two–we talk about the sorcery of predatory guardianship, the magic of daily practice and setting goals that focus on internal fulfillment, the mystical origins of birthday traditions, and the witchy power of Hamilton! (Tip: Listen closely to Jenny’s section for some beautiful birdsong in the background!) We also give recommendations for some uncanny books and board games. See below for links and further reading.
Our theme song is “Moon and Spruce” by Sarah Littledrum.
Part One: Magical Experiences, Discoveries, and Thoughts