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Not all Witches jive with being “planted,” so what about Witches who’s jam is to be constantly on the go, but still want to connect with natural and ancestral spirits? Betwixt and Between dive into the spirit of the wanderers and reaching back to the ancestry of hunter gatherers, exploring a spirituality that’s a little less domestic and a lot more mobile. The discussion takes a sharp turn into musing about historical development of spiritualities along with the development of agriculture…super applicable, but very interesting! Also, prepare yourself for musical interludes.

Direct download: Episode_25.mp3
Category:Witchcraft -- posted at: 11:21am CST

Aaaaaaaaaaand we’re back! After a summer sort-of-hiatus, Betwixt and Between are super excited to be back at it, and in an episode chock full of cicadas, birdsong, air traffic, and diversions, it’s time to discuss Magical Books. Explore the difference between books of shadows, grimoires, and other texts, pop culture references, and even texts “made of children.” Get ready for regular recording and more good times ahead.

Direct download: Betwixt_and_Between_Ep_23.mp3
Category:Witchcraft -- posted at: 12:13pm CST

Betwixt gathers her sister friends, "Glinda of the North" and "Bryson," as well as Jacob, onto the roof of the seaside cottage her family rented this summer to talk old times and the role of spontaneity in Witchcraft.

Sometimes you need to plan, structure, and memorize your ritual lines...and sometimes (most of the time, when life becomes as busy as adult life can become?) you don't. Not comfortable with spontaneity? Don't worry--this conversation's got you covered!

Direct download: Episode_22-with_credits.mp3
Category:Witchcraft -- posted at: 12:33pm CST

How certain do you have to be about your spiritual worldview, and is doubt something that only visits the spiritually inclinced? Betwixt and Between talk with Jacob Haller, our talented editor and longtime friend of Betwixt, who also happens to be an atheist. Also guest starring a chorus of Al Green's parishioners, AND dogs and chickens!

Direct download: Episode_21.mp3
Category:Witchcraft -- posted at: 8:38am CST

What is Witches' Rest? When is it? How long does it last, and what is allowed and forbidden? Recorded before the big winter holidays (and only put up just before Imbolc/Candlemas because, hey, that's how we roll!), this episode explores ideas of self-care, getting in touch with your needs and goals as a practitioner, being in touch with the actual occurrence of winter in your region, personal cycles of practice, giving yourself permission, and periods of immersion versus integrated rest into daily life. 

Quick personal updates: We both had lovely holidays with family, and Between finished her Witchlette's dollhouse, which received rave reviews. 

No baby yet, but we are expecting the Wee Miss any day now. Anticipation builds by the moment!

Direct download: Session_1-30-16.mp3
Category:Witchcraft -- posted at: 3:36pm CST

As part of the annual Samhain observance, Betwixt and Between talk about various ideas about the afterlife from a range of cultures, discuss how to reconcile ghosts, work with ancestors, and other spirit activity with beliefs about reincarnation and realms of punishment and reward, and ramble about personal experiences, as per usual.

And hey, don't forget to email us with a question or episode idea, and we'll enter you into a drawing for a Betwixt and Between care package! You can expect handmade WItchy items, herbs from our gardens, and other cool surprises! So email us at betwixtandbetweenpodcast@gmail.com!

 

Check out our blog for pictures and links.

Direct download: Halloween_Session_1_mixdown.mp3
Category:Witchcraft -- posted at: 12:02pm CST

Examining the practical application of the various spiritual influences that affect us all, Betwixt and Between discuss the ins and outs of an eclectic practice, including spiritual speed dating, finding your spiritual posse, and the perils of dream catchers.

 

*Apologies for the delay in publishing--this was meant to be the September episode. There will be an extra October episode to follow!

Direct download: Podcast_9-2-15_edited.mp3
Category:Witchcraft -- posted at: 2:14pm CST

Episode 10: Spellworkin'

What is a spell? When should you do one? What are the consequences? What are the mechanics? Betwixt and Between chat about their spell experiences, philosophies, and even foibles. 

Check out betwixtandbetweennotes.wordpress.com for book references, pictures of the weeds discussed in the show, and other such tidbits.

Direct download: Podcast_mixdown1.mp3
Category:Witchcraft -- posted at: 2:50pm CST

Episode 9: Gardening, Ungardening, and Wilding

Betwixt and Between take time this episode to describe their gardens and how creating and tending them contributes to their individual spiritual practices. The discussion touches not only on the tended spaces, but on the untended spaces as well, and finally veers into a brief take on the recent online dialogue around Apocalyptic Witchcraft.

Check out our blog for pictures of parts of our gardens!

Some gardening and Green Witchy resources:

http://rueandhyssop.blogspot.com/

http://permacultureprinciples.com/

 http://witcheskitchen.com.au/the-witches-kitchen-garden/

http://www.alchemy-works.com/witchs_garden.html

http://www.tnps.org/ (or google your local native plant society)

 

For those interested in the Apocalyptic Witchcraft dialogue, check out the following links(this is just a sampling):

http://scarletimprint.com/2014/06/rewilding-witchcraft/

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2013/10/apocalyptic-witchcraft.html

http://sarahannelawless.com/2014/07/01/the-witch-and-the-wild/

http://thearrivalandthereunion.com/

Direct download: Untitled_Session_1_mixdown.mp3
Category:Witchcraft -- posted at: 8:54pm CST

Episode 8: Cultural Appropriation

Betwixt and Between talk with Mihika, a dear friend, scholar, practicing Hindu, and blogger behind OneHindu.net. This discussion asks what is cultural appropriation, why can it be problematic, and then turns to how to share another's culture in a (hopefully) non-problematic way. Together they explore power dynamics and privledge, aesthetics vs. deeper cultural meanings, and the role of guilt in approaching one's non-native culture.

Thank you again to New World Witchery, the iPod Witch, and any other podcaster or blogger who has been supporting us. What a great community this is!

See show notes for images of and a mantra to Saraswati.

Resources that informed this show:

onehindu.net

Inciting a Riot, Episode 38: Inciting a Hindu Riot (and the latest episode, #88, is about privledge. Co-inkydink!)

Devin Hunter's Modern Witch (Not Pagan Rapport, which is also lovely) Season 4, Episode 16: Pagans and Privilege

Lamplighter Blues, Episode 10: Baucherei (Not Pow Wow. Sheesh! Not batting 1000 here with the references...)

The Wild Hunt, "Hinduism, Indo-Paganism, and Cultural Appropriation" by Jason Pitzl-Waters

"Why I Can't Stand White Belly Dancers" by Randa Jarrar 

See show notes for a Privilege Walk workshop.

And special thanks to Milk and Magpie for creating some wonderful Betwixt and Between artwork for us!

Direct download: Podcast_7-15-14_mixdown_final.mp3
Category:Witchcraft -- posted at: 2:50pm CST