Hex Positive, Ep. 12 – Witching From The Broom Closet

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It’s easy to find advice and information on creative ways to gather supplies and practice your craft. But what’s a witch to do when your living situation makes open practice impossible? This month, I dive into a plethora of tips for all my darling stealth witches out there – how to gather supplies, cast spells, conduct research, venerate your chosen deities, and generally survive as a witch when you’re stuck in the broom closet. (And yes, I also talk about that particular expression.)

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Hex Positive, Ep. 12 – Witching From The Broom Closet

It’s easy to find advice and information on creative ways to gather supplies and practice your craft. But what’s a witch to do when your living situation makes open practice impossible? This month, I dive into a plethora of tips for all my darling stealth witches out there – how to gather supplies, cast spells, conduct research, venerate your chosen deities, and generally survive as a witch when you’re stuck in the broom closet. (And yes, I also talk about that particular expression.) A transcript of the episode is available here: Hex Positive, Ep. 12 – Witching from the Broom Closet. Bree’s WordPress Shop – Books, Kits, Buttons, and much more! Please rate & review, and follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon. Proud member of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network. This episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: Portland Button Works – http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com PBW Witch Shop – http://www.PBWwitchshop.com MUSIC CREDITS Intro & Outro – “Spellbound” & “Miri’s Magic Dance” Ads – “Feelin’ Good,” “Danse Macabre – Violin Hook” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Witchcraft Books on Dropbox

Hello, witches! Since I’m always harping on about learning your history and checking your sources, I thought I’d help folks get a head start by compiling some source material.

To that end, I’ve started a Dropbox folder with a stash of historical texts on witchcraft, magic, and related topics. Nearly everything I’ve managed to find so far is public domain (thank you Project Gutenberg), with the exception of a very thorough herbal grimoire I found online some years ago and a book of witchcraft from the 1970s that appears to be out of print.

I will be continuing in this vein with future texts that I find. Everything will be public domain or cited to the source that it came from, in PDF format. I will NOT be including PDFs of any book currently in circulation with a copyright linked to a living author or estate. The point of this folder is that everything in it should be free for sharing and open use as research materials.

Below is the initial list of titles. I tried to include as many as I could find, with a focus on some oft-cited classics. I will be adding new texts as I find them.

  • A Collection of Rare and Curious Tracts on Witchcraft and the Second Sight, by David Webster (1820)
  • A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718, by Wallace Notestein (1909)
  • British Goblins, Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions, by Wirt Sikes (1880)
  • Curiosities of Superstition, by W. H. Davenport Adams (1882)
  • Daemonologie, by King James I/VI (1597)
  • Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry, Edited and Selected by W. B. Yeats (1888)
  • Irish Witchcraft and Demonology, by St. John Drelincourt Seymour (1913)
  • La Sorcière, or The Witch of the Middle Ages, by Jules Michelet (1863)
  • Lives of the Necromancers, by William Godwin (1834)
  • Magic and Fetishism, by Alfred C. Haddon (1906)
  • Magic and Witchcraft, by Anonymous (1852)
  • Modern Magic, by M. Schele de Vere (1873)
  • Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics, by Richard Folkard (1884)
  • Practical Psychomancy and Crystal Gazing, by William Walker Atkinson (1908)
  • The Devil in Britain and America, by John Ashton (1896)
  • The Discoverie of Witchcraft, by Reginald Scot (1594, 1886 reprint)
  • The Extremely Large Herbal Grimoire (date unknown, internet publication)
  • The Golden Bough : A Study of Magic and Religion, by Sir James George Frazer (1890)
  • The Illustrated Key to the Tarot, by L.W. de Laurence (1918)
  • The Magic of the Horse-shoe, by Robert Means Lawrence (1898)
  • The Mysteries of All Nations, by James Grant (1880)
  • The Mystery and Romance of Alchemy and Pharmacy, by Charles John Samuel Thompson (1897)
  • The Superstitions of Witchcraft, by Howard Williams (1865)
  • The Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut by John M. Taylor (1908)
  • The Wonders of the Invisible World, by Cotton Mather and A Farther Account of the Tryals of the New-England Witches, by Increase Mather (1693, 1862 reprint)
  • Witch Stories, by E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton (1861)
  • Witch, Warlock, And Magician, by W. H. Davenport Adams (1889)
  • Witchcraft & Second Sight in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland, by John Gregorson Campbell (1902)
  • Witches’ Potions & Spells, ed. by Kathryn Paulsen (1971)

Additional texts added 12/31/20:

  • A Compleat History of Magick, Sorcery, and Witchcraft, by Anonymous (1715)
  • A True and Faithful Relation of What Passed for Many Yeers Between Dr. John Dee and some Spirits, by John Dee (1659)
  • Crystal Gazing, by Northcote W. Thomas
  • Malleus Maleficarum, or Hammer of the Witches, trans. Montague Summers (1486, 1928 translation)
  • Occult Science in Medicine, by Franz Hartmann (1893)
  • The Book of Ceremonial Magic, by A.E. Waite (1913)
  • The Complete Herbal, by Nicholas Culpeper (1652, 1850 reprint)
  • The Devils of Loudun, by Edmund Goldsmid (1887)
  • The History of Witchcraft and Demonology, by Montague Summers (1926)
  • The Old English Herbals, by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde (1922)

For more information or to find additional texts, I suggest visiting Project Gutenberg, Sacred Texts, and Global Grey Ebooks.

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that these texts are (with few exceptions) more than a century old, and may contain depictions, references, or language that are outdated and inappropriate. The point of including these documents is to provide access to historical texts for research and reference. Inclusion in the collection does not equal unconditional agreement with or wholesale approval of the contents.

Take everything with a grain of salt and remember to do your due diligence!

Happy Witching!   -Bree

Witch Ways, Ep. 08 – Ornament Charms

On this episode of Witch Ways, it’s time to crack open your craft boxes and make some ornament charms! I’ve adapted the Witchballs chapter of Grovedaughter Witchery for this episode, and included a score of recipe ideas to get you started on your projects. Feel free to create your own!

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MUSIC CREDITS
Music: “Christmas Fairy” https://www.purple-planet.com

 
 

Hex Positive, Ep. 11 – Secular Celebrations

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When you’re a secular witch in a spiritual world, it can be hard to know what to do around the various holidays. So I’ve decided to sit down and parse out what non-religious celebrations for witchy holidays might look like. I’m using the Wheel of the Year as a model, since it’s easy to follow, but all of the ideas presented in this episode can be applied to whatever seasonal festivals you enjoy.
 
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MUSIC CREDITS
Intro & Outro – “Spellbound” & “Miri’s Magic Dance”
Ads – “Holiday Weasel,” “Feelin’ Good,” “Danse Macabre – Violin Hook”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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BONUS – Witchsongs with S.J. Tucker

Now available on Patreon –

It’s a super special guest episode of Hex Positive! Pardon my joyous cackling as I welcome the absolutely fabulous S.J. Tucker to the show for a chat about music, magic, and all the ways they intersect. We get gloriously off-topic in all directions, giggle a bunch, and Sooj delivers a surprise that brings me to tears. Stay tuned after the outro for Sooj’s marvelous song, “Witchka!”

May you raise your eyes and never bow your head. We are not alone.

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Follow @sjtuckermusic on TikTok and Instagram, and catch her shows at Online Concert Thing.

To find out how to get access to more great bonus episodes like this one, visit my Patreon.

BONUS – Fall Feast Recipes

In this special holiday bonus episode, I share some of my favorite autumnal feast recipes – Roast Turkey with Cranberry Stuffing and Apple-Potato Dressing, Colcannon, Oven-Roasted Asparagus and Brussel Sprouts, Cranberry-Pumpkin Bread, and Pumpkin Spice Coffee. A full transcript of this episode is available in PDF form here – BONUS – Fall Feast Recipes.

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Come visit my table at the RVA Witches Unite Yule Market on Dec. 6th!

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MUSIC CREDITS
“Wish Background” & “Miri’s Magic Dance”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Shop Now Open!

Greetings, witches!

Weather or no weather, the RVA Witches Unite Samhain Market was a smashing success! A few folks were Mad-Maxing it with tarps and tents out in the parking lot, but we still made it happen. Thankfully, the rain let up after a couple of hours, and the rest of the day was sunny and beautiful.

Many MANY thanks to Misty & her crew, and the fabulous people of Diversity Richmond for their hard work and tenacity on making this event happen despite all the setbacks! Can’t wait for Yule!

And now that the market is over, my Shop page is officially open again! All the merch has been restocked (with the exception of Hexbreaker Powder, still not sure when I’ll be making more of that), and I’ve added a special post-Samhain treat for everyone who wanted to make the market but couldn’t.

Trick-or-Treat Tote Kits
Contains: Pocket Notebook, Witch Broom Pen, Incense Matches (random scent), Three (3) Assorted Herb Packets (random), Two (2) LED tealights, Black & White Embroidery Floss, Pentacle Necklace, Stickers
Comes in a reusable 8″ Halloween tote
$15.00 each
(13 available, WILL NOT RESTOCK)

Check out the Shop page and start sending in those orders! There may be SLIGHT delays in shipping due to the current state of the postal service and the ongoing election, but I’ll do my damnedest to get everything shipped out in a timely fashion.

Cheers, darlings! And if you haven’t done it already, GO VOTE!!!!

Hex Positive, Ep. 10 – Personal Traditions with Kai (of “Witchcraft for the Restless”)

Good morning, witches!

It’s November, and the new episode of #HexPositive is now in your feeds!

Since October was positively BONKERS, I’m giving myself a bit of a break and releasing a Patreon bonus episode. I sat down with my good buddy Kai aka TheRestlessWitch for a chat about holidays and personal traditions, and we got INTO IT. This was a really fun conversation, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did.

Make sure you check out my October guest appearance on Kai’s podcast, “Witchcraft for the Restless,” and show her some love!

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Halloween Treat – “A Purveyor of Small Enchantments”

Happy Samhain, witches! As a special Halloween treat, my original short story “A Purveyor of Small Enchantments” is new available in the #HexPositive feed.

It’s a fun and whimsical tale of a witch who sells potions and charms to travelers in a fairytale forest. When an errant customer brings trouble to her door, what’s a witch to do but defend her home?

“I don’t give refunds on improperly-used magical items!”

Hope you enjoy the story, and have a safe and prosperous Samhain!