Hex Positive, Ep. 021 – Witchcraft and Modern Law

As promised, the followup episode is here! This time, I’m digging into witchcraft as it relates to modern law, plus covering a few key 20th-century events that I missed in Episode 20 and some legal codes that may apply to your practice even if they don’t deal with witchcraft directly. We’ll also be discussing some instances of modern witch hunts that are still occurring in some parts of the world and there are articles you can check out for more information below.

(Incidentally, the information I discovered while researching modern witch persecutions is EXACTLY why I get so cheesed off when some privileged politician whines about being the target of “a witch hunt.” Like buddy, you don’t even know the meaning of the word. Having to face the consequences of your own actions isn’t a witch hunt. That’s just cosmic justice serving up a long-overdue headslap.)

Witch With Me – Book Club and 2021 Witch Census

Samhain Witch Market
Diversity Richmond, Richmond VA
Sunday, October 17, 2021, 3pm-9pm
Indoor/Outdoor, Masks Required
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SOURCES

Folk Magic – Powwow: History and Practices (LearnReligions.com)
Analysis | In Canada, pretending to be a witch is a punishable offense (Washington Post, Oct. 31, 2018)
Victoria clears witches for takeoff (The Sydney Morning Herald, July 21, 2005)
Modern-day witches still facing ‘endless abuse and threats’ (The Independent, Feb. 09, 2020)
Witch Hunts: a global problem in the 21st century (Deutsche Welle, Oct. 08, 2020)
Chinese ‘witches’ are banding together after rural Chinese communities ostracise them (AP, South China Morning Post, Jan, 16, 2018)
Why Do Witch Hunts Still Happen? (Smithsonian Magazine, Oct. 30, 2015)
Witch Hunts Today: Abuse of Women, Superstition, and Murder Collide in India (Scientific American, Jan. 11, 2018)
“They Burn Witches Here”; Papua New Guinea: Asia’s Fastest-Growing Economy Burns Witches (Huffington Post, Oct. 29, 2015)
Witch Hunts Are Back – And This Time They’re Targeting Female Activists (HuffPost Brazil, Nov. 01, 2019)
Witch Trials in the 21st Century (National Geographic, Jan. 21, 2011)
Modern witches are stepping out of the shadow of Germany’s folklore (Sleek Magazine, Apr. 30, 2019)

Wikipedia Article – Rehmeyer’s Hollow
Wikipedia Article – Satanic Panic
Wikipedia Article – West Memphis Three
Wikipedia Article – Modern witch-hunts
Wikipedia Article – Witchcraft Suppression Act of 1957
Wikipedia Article – Mpumalanga Witchcraft Suppression Bill

BOOKS AND PODCASTS

America Bewitched: The story of witchcraft after Salem (Owen Davies)
American Hysteria, Eps. 4 & 5 – “Satanic Panic, pt 1 & 2”
BS-Free Witchcraft, Ep. 10 – “The Satanic Panic”
BS-Free Witchcraft, Ep. 32 – “A New Satanic Panic?”
Lore, Ep. 62 – “Desperate Measures”
Morbid Podcast – Ep. 122-125, “The West Memphis Three, pt 1-3”
Sacred Actions: Living the Wheel of the Year though Earth-Centered Sustainable Practices (Dana O’Driscoll)

This episode is sponsored by:
Portland Button Works – http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com
PBW Witch Shop – http://www.PBWwitchshop.com
Global Grey Ebooks – http://www.globalgreyebooks.com

Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! You can also find me as @BreeNicGarran on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and WordPress. For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon.

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MUSIC CREDITS
“Spellbound” & “Miri’s Magic Dance”
Ads – “Feelin’ Good,” “March of the Spoons,” and “Danse Macabre – Violin Hook”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

BONUS – The Dabbler’s Guide to Witchcraft with Fire Lyte

Surprise surprise, witches! It’s a special bonus episode! This month, I sat down for a chat with the absolutely delightful host of the Inciting A Riot podcast and soon-to-be-published author, Fire Lyte. We talked about how he got his start in witchcraft, how his holistic views on education influenced his practice, and how the events of 2020 informed and influenced his forthcoming book.
The Dabbler’s Guide to Witchcraft is available for pre-order, so make sure you reserve your copy today!
Also, make sure you check out Inciting A Riot wherever you get your podcasts and on Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram.
Follow Hex Positive on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! You can also find me as @BreeNicGarran on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and WordPress. For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon.
Visit my WordPress shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft!
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MUSIC CREDITS
“Spellbound” & “Miri’s Magic Dance”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Witch Ways, Ep. 17 – The Golden Tree

Now available wherever podcasts are found!

Whether you need a change in circumstances or a quick boost to your bank account or you just want to go to the festival, “The Golden Tree” just might be able to help. Make the charm when you can, then use it when you need it. Adapted from The Sisters Grimmoire, Vol. I, 2nd edition.

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MUSIC CREDITS

“Carpe Diem” & “Teller of Tales”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Listener Ghost Stories, pt 2

The Halloween season is upon us! And that means pumpkin spice goodies, spooktacular scares, and of course, another installment of Listener Ghost Stories on Hex Positive.

Last year’s turnout was absolutely amazing, and I’d love to see that repeated this year. There are lots more listeners in the crowd now and I’m sure some of you have creepy stories to share.

So whether it’s an encounter at a historic haunt or that weird house you grew up in or that chilling scare during a ghost hunt or something strange you’ve run across during your witching, I want to hear about it! Send your stories to BreeNicGarran@gmail.com with the subject “Listener Ghost Stories.”

The episode will premiere a week early on my Patreon and then in the main feed on Halloween. I’ll include as many stories as I can.

Can’t wait to hear your stories! Let’s get spooky!

Addendum: I’ll be accepting submissions until October 1st, so make sure you send those emails sooner rather than later!

Hex Positive, Ep. 20 – Witchcraft and the Law

Grab your pencils, witches – it’s time for a history lesson! This month, I’m digging deep into the history of witchcraft-related laws and how changing views on magic, religion, and superstition first denied the existence of witches, then panicked over their alleged activities, and finally settled into something resembling common sense. This is a long slog, encompassing over 3000 years of history from a broomstick-height view, and I get off on a few tangents where history crosses paths with modern issues. But if you’re a history buff, you’re gonna love this episode!

I ended up having to split this subject into two installments, since the project turned out to be a little too ambitious for a single episode. Part Two will be up later this month, when we’ll explore modern laws related to witchcraft and some of the actual witch hunts still occurring in the world today.

Transcript Available Here: Ep 20 – Witchcraft and the Law transcript

This episode is sponsored by:
Crowsbone – http://www.crowsbone.com
Portland Button Works – http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com
PBW Witch Shop – http://www.PBWwitchshop.com
Global Grey Ebooks – http://www.globalgreyebooks.com

Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! You can also find me as @BreeNicGarran on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and WordPress. For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon.

Visit my shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft!

Proud member of the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network.

MUSIC CREDITS
“Spellbound” & “Miri’s Magic Dance”
Ads – “Holiday Weasel,” “Feelin’ Good,” and “March of the Spoons”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Witch Ways 16 – Sweetening Powder

Planning a little persuasion magic? Need to improve someone’s attitude? Mix up a batch of Sweetening Powder and start turning those opinions in your favor. (This recipe and many more are available in Pestlework!)

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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.

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MUSIC CREDITS

“Carpe Diem”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

BONUS- Witchcraft Activism with Alex Wrekk

In this special bonus episode, I sit down with Alex Wrekk of Portland Button Works to discuss the role of witchcraft in modern activism. (Standard tangents apply.) We also talk about the upcoming SASS Witch Con which you should DEFINITELY check out!

NOTE: The con may be over, but replays will be available soon! Check the website for more details.

Visit my shop for books and other witchy goodies!

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

MUSIC CREDITS

“Spellbound” & “Miri’s Magical Dance”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Hex Positive, Ep. 19 – The Trouble With Tarot

(UPDATE: Fixed audio issues and restored first half. Thank you for your patience!)

Tarot and tarot-reading have been a part of the modern witchcraft movement since the 1960s. But where did these cards and their meanings come from? Are they secretly Ancient Egyptian mystical texts? Do they have their origins among the Romani people? Are they a sacred closed practice that should not be used by outsiders?

Nope, nope, and nope.

This month, we delve into the actual history of tarot cards, discover their origins on the gaming tables of Italy and France, meet the people who developed their imagery and symbolism into the deck we know today, and debunk some of the nonsense that’s been going around lately concerning their use. The Witchstorian is putting on her research specs for this one!

SASS WITCH CON REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Join us August 13-15 for panels, talks, workshops, vendors, chats, and community for science type witches!
All Access and discord server: $25
Recorded access and discord server: $15
Check out the Facebook event page for registration, vending opportunities, super neat merch, and programming including our free Witches’ Brew event on August 6 to find out what we are all about.

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.

This episode is sponsored by:
Crowsbone – http://www.crowsbone.com
Portland Button Works – http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com
PBW Witch Shop – http://www.PBWwitchshop.com
Global Grey Ebooks – http://www.globalgreyebooks.com

Visit my WordPress shop to purchase my books, exclusive podcast merch, and homemade accoutrements for your craft!

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Soundbyte from Futurama (“The Series Has Landed,” S1E2), The Curiosity Company, 20th Century Fox Television, Rough Draft Studios, 1999.

MUSIC CREDITS
“Spellbound” & “Miri’s Magic Dance”
Ads – “Holiday Weasel,” “Feelin’ Good,” and “March of the Spoons”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Special Event – Ask Me Anything!

It’s finally happening! Now that we’ve reached the first monthly goal on my Patreon, it’s time for the AMA video. But before I can do that…I need questions to answer.

To submit your question, send it to my email at BreeNicGarran@gmail.com (Subject: AMA Questions).

And you really can ask me just about ANYTHING! Want to know something about my journey as a witch? Maybe a craft question you’ve been itching to ask? Inquiries about my books or the podcast? Want to know how I function as a witch while dealing with ADHD? Curious about me as a person? Want to say hi to Havoc and Penny? Go for it! (If we’re lucky, they might agree to make an appearance.)

I’ll be accepting questions from now until midnight EST on Sunday July 11th. That gives you just one week to get them sent in, so don’t delay!

The video will premiere on my Patreon and then will later be posted on my YouTube channel. So if you want exclusive access to the premiere before anyone else sees it, make sure you sign up before the end of the month.

I look forward to hearing from all of you!

Hex Positive, Ep. 18 – When Spells Don’t Work

Look alive, witches! Episode 18 of Hex Positive is now available on your favorite podcast app.

So there you are – you’ve done your prep, you’ve cast your spell, annnnd now you wait. And wait. And wait some more. (How long does this take, anyway?) So how do you know if your spells have worked? And what happens if they don’t work at all?

This one comes with a little extra philosophizing on why we get so down on ourselves when witchcraft doesn’t work the way we expect it to. And of course, some extra affirmations for those of you who need to hear them.

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.

This episode is sponsored by:
Crowsbone – http://www.crowsbone.com
Portland Button Works – http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com
PBW Witch Shop – http://www.PBWwitchshop.com
Global Grey Ebooks – http://www.globalgreyebooks.com

Visit my WordPress shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft!

Proud member of the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network

MUSIC CREDITS
“Spellbound” & “Miri’s Magic Dance”
Ads – “Holiday Weasel,” “Feelin’ Good,” “March of the Spoons,” and “Danse Macabre – Violin Hook”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/