Stardust Sessions with Lozzie Stardust – King James, the Godliest Boy Who Ever Godly-Boy’d (HIATUS BONUS)

In this special hiatus presentation of my Patreon series “Stardust Sessions with Lozzie Stardust and Bree NicGarran,” we’re fulfilling a promise made in our inaugural episode and having a go at King James the Sixth of Scotland and the First of England. Same guy, weird title, and as the scholars called him – the Wisest Fool in Christendom. Or as Lozzie calls him The Godliest Boy Who Ever Godly-Boyed.

In this series, we’ll be covering the life of King Jimmy from his early years as a boy king of Scotland through his involvement with a number of witch trials, his reign as King of England, and his contributions to literature and religion, which were by no means insignificant. By the end, you’ll probably have a much better understanding of why I boo every time the man’s name is mentioned.

Fair warning: We are not the least bit reverent. Also, we may have accidentally strolled out of the loo with our skirts tucked into our knickers at some point during the discussion. 

Sources & Recommended Reading

Wikipedia Article – James VI and I 

Encyclopedia Britannica – James I, King of England and Scotland 

The Cradle King: The Life of James VI and I, the First Monarch of a United Great Britain, Alan Stewart, St. Martin’s Press, 2003.

God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible, Adam Nicolson, Harper, 2003.

King James VI and I and the Reunion of Christendom (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History), W. B. Patterson, Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Daemonologie, King James VI/I, 1597.

The Demonology of King James I: Includes the Original Text of Daemonologie and News from Scotland, Donald Tyson, Llewellyn Publications, 2011.

Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition, Richard M. Golden, ABC-CLIO, 2004.

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MUSIC CREDITS

“Netherworld Shanty” & “Miri’s Magic Dance”

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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BONUS – Stardust Sessions LIVE! (Crit Witch Con 2022)

While you’re all patiently riding out the podcast hiatus, here’s a little treat to tide you over!

Earlier this year, Lozzie and I were panelists at the Critical Thinking Witch Collective online convention and we did a LIVE run of Stardust Sessions during our joint session on modern witchcraft, with special guest moderator Lee Curtis-Rogers of Do The Magical Thing. We wore our fanciest hats and had a lovely chat about how pop culture and modern witchcraft reflect and represent each other, delving into some of our favorite examples along the way. The audio is available here and the video version, with hats included, is available on my Patreon. (Extra special thanks to Maya for helping me locate the files – you’re a peach!)

Stay tuned for the winter season – if I find time to breathe while we’re moving house, I may pop some Patreon extras here in the feed.

Hex Positive will return in 2023!

Check my WordPress for full show notes and a list of sources, as well as show notes for past episodes and information on upcoming events.

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 the Willow Wings Witch 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)

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Witch Ways 26 – The Fox’s Gift

Every so often, a witch’s work needs to be done in secret, and we must be cunning and full of tricks in order to make sure our magics are not discovered until they’ve had a chance to work. Borrow a bit of that guile with The Fox’s Gift, from the pages of The Sisters Grimmoire. (For more fairytale spells, you can purchase a copy on Amazon or from my shop!)

Visit the Willow Wings Witch Shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft (including copies of The Sisters Grimmoire)! Check my WordPress for updates, as well as show notes for past episodes and information on upcoming events.

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

“Carpe Diem” and “Lord of the Land”

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Apothecary & Crystal Witch Market – Post-Event Wrapup

Had a fantastic day at the Apothecary & Crystal Witch Market at Diversity Richmond on Sunday! The place was HOPPING, we had lots of people come through and despite the heat, everyone was having a good time. I had some minor technical difficulties at opening because of an app update, but thankfully it was quickly resolved and table visitors were very patient.

Quite a few readers and listeners came by my table to say hello, which is always the highlight of any event for me, and I’m glad that most of these occurred when I actually had a minute to talk. (There were a surprising number of Critters as well…or maybe I’m just learning to pick them out in a crowd now.) Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

New Hex Positive logo and Always Practice Safe Hex tagline stickers in waterproof vinyl are now available in the Willow Wings Witch Shop (picture is forthcoming). I’ll be ordering new designs with some of the proceeds from this market. Hoping to have those available next month.

Can’t wait for the Samhain Witch Market in October – hope to see you there! 😊

Hex Positive, Ep. 032 – Guides Not Gatekeepers

Volunteer educators are the backbone of the witchcraft community. That can be a huge boon to newer witches, but it can also cause problems when needless gatekeeping or misinformation start to become too prevalent. In this episode, I’ve set out to clarify a few things about what it means to be a volunteer educator, what it takes to be a guide and a resource, and how we can avoid passing bad information or making newer practitioners feel unwelcome.

And since I didn’t want to raise this topic without also providing some resources to point people toward, make sure you stay tuned for the Volunteer Educators Showcase later this month!

Apothecary & Crystal Witch Market
Diversity Richmond, Richmond VA
Sunday, August 7th, 12pm-5pm
Indoor/Outdoor, Masks Requested
Facebook Event Page

Check my WordPress for full show notes and a list of sources, as well as show notes for past episodes and information on upcoming events.

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 the Willow Wings Witch Shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft!

Proud member of the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network.

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

MUSIC CREDITS

“Spellbound” & “Miri’s Magic Dance”
Ads – “Feelin’ Good,” and “Danse Macabre – Violin Hook”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Witch Ways 25 – Home Blessing Powder

Now available on your favorite podcatcher!

Break out your potion kits – it’s time to make some Home Blessing Powder! From the pages of Pestlework, this powder is suitable for any spells you wish to cast around your dwelling which deal with the wellbeing, safety, and happiness of the homestead and those who live there.

Visit the Willow Wings Witch Shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft (including vials of Home Blessing Powder)! Check my WordPress for full show notes and a list of sources, as well as show notes for past episodes and information on upcoming events.

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

“Carpe Diem” 
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Hex Positive, Ep. 031 – Witching with ADHD with Lozzie Stardust

This month, I wanted to talk about a subject near and dear to my own heart – what it’s like to be a witch with ADHD. I invited my good buddy and everyone’s favorite horrible goose, Lozzie Stardust, to join me for the discussion. Buuuut since we’re both in the club, things went off the rails pretty quickly. (We regret nothing. 😅)

So we wound up having a rollicking discussion on how to be a witch with ADHD and also providing a window into what it’s like to actually have this condition. (If the content of this episode resonates strongly with you and you have never been tested for or diagnosed with ADHD, you may want to look into it.)

Apothecary & Crystal Witch Market
Diversity Richmond, Richmond VA
Sunday, August 7th, 12pm-5pm
Indoor/Outdoor, Masks Requested
Facebook Event Page

Check my WordPress for full show notes and a list of sources, as well as show notes for past episodes and information on upcoming events.

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 the Willow Wings Witch Shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft!

Proud member of the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network.

This episode is sponsored by:

Portland Button Works – http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com

PBW Witch Shop – http://www.PBWwitchshop.com

MUSIC CREDITS

“Spellbound” & “Miri’s Magic Dance”
Ads – “Feelin’ Good,” and “Danse Macabre – Violin Hook”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Shop Update – Witch Web Kit Price Increase and Powder Restocks

Due to an increase in component prices and some changes to the contents of the kits, I’m increasing the prices of the Witch Web kits from $5.00 to $7.00.

The kits will include the usual hoop and black and white embroidery floss, plus a pair of flosses in an additional color, which will vary. (Mostly they will be green, blue, and purple due to demand, but other colors are available. If you have a favorite, please feel free to specify it with your order.)

All powders apart from Home Blessing Powder are currently out of stock due to the fact that I’m waiting on a shipment of glass vials. I hope to have them back in stock in the coming weeks.

Restocks of buttons and stickers are also on the horizon, after I get my car’s air conditioning fixed.

Thank you for your support and your patience!

UPDATE: The vials arrived and all the powders have been restocked! Grovedaughter Witchery has been reordered from the printer and should arrive in a couple weeks, but The Sisters Grimmoire and Pestlework are still available. New Witch Web colors and sticker designs are also forthcoming, so stay tuned!

Witch Ways 24 – Mirror, Mirror

Sometimes the mirror doesn’t show us what we want to see. So here’s a spell inspired by a much-beloved fairy tale to help increase beauty and self-confidence. And it fits easily into your daily routine! And remember, darlings – you’re already gorgeous. If others can’t see it, that’s THEIR problem.

Visit the Willow Wings Witch Shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft! Check my WordPress for full show notes, as well as show notes and sources for past episodes and information on upcoming events.

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.

Proud member of the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network.

MUSIC CREDITS

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

Strawberry Supermoon 2022

Grab your baskets and your moon jars, witches – it’s time for the Strawberry Supermoon!

Strawberry Moon

The Strawberry Moon is the name given to the full moon which occurs in the month of June in the Northern Hemisphere. The name is taken from the ripening of those little red heart-shaped berries we find in so many summertime treats. Strawberries are typically ready to harvest beginning around the summer solstice, though this will vary depending on variety, planting times, and local weather. The Strawberry Moon, sadly, does not turn pink to match the berries.

Other European names for this moon include Honey Moon, Rose Moon, and Mead Moon. Indigenous names for the June moon include Blooming Moon (Anishinaabe), Green Corn Moon (Cherokee), and Hatching Moon (Cree).

What Does It Mean For Witches?

Full moons are excellent times for bringing wishes to fulfillment and plans to fruition, all the more so under one named after a prolific berry. Supermoons amplify this effect, so this is an optimal time to make things happen!

Your intuition may be stronger than usual during this time, so pay attention to those little inklings and gut feelings that won’t be ignored. They might be telling you something important. Dreams may also be more vivid, though not necessarily more accurate or revealing.

This is a time to explore things that catch your attention or pique your curiosity, and to let yourself be open to new ideas and new opportunities.

What Witchy Things Can We Do?

With a supermoon in the sky and the summer solstice hot on its’ heels, it’s time to prepare for a full bloom. Here’s hoping you’ve been nurturing those plans and seeds of growth you planted in the spring, because they’re about to start flowering and the way is clear to sow the next stage of your plans. What they will be and what new prospects the summer will bring is entirely up to you.

With the moon in Sagittarius, it’s a good time to look ahead to the future. Think on the plans you have in process and let yourself dream of how things might turn out. If you’re inclined to journaling, make a note of how things are going so far and how you hope they’ll turn out. Pick your favorite divination method and do a reading for the month ahead. (Make sure you write that down too so you can check back later!)

This is a great time to go berry-picking or flower-gathering, so check your area for pick-your-own farms or farmer’s markets with local produce. Have a picnic with friends or just enjoy a quiet afternoon with your own thoughts and a few favorite treats. Make a jar of sun tea or a sweet and summery berry salad. If you’re partial to strawberries, indulge that sweet tooth!

Charge your crystals and spell jars and moon water under the light of Strawberry Moon to catch the energy of blooming flowers, ripening fruit, wishes coming true, and carefully-laid plans realized.

Spend a little time reflecting on how your year has gone thus far. Try to focus on the things that have improved and how you’ve grown as a person and in your life journey. Reflect on your accomplishments and what you plan to do next. Take a moment to be unashamedly proud of yourself for everything you’ve done and for making it this far despite everything life throws at you.

For more ideas on how to celebrate the Strawberry Moon and the Summer Solstice, check out Hex Positive Ep. 11, “Secular Celebrations” on your favorite podcatcher.

Happy Strawberry Moon, witches! 🌕🍓

Further Reading:

Strawberry Supermoon: Full Moon in June 2022, The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Strawberry Moon 2022: The Spectacular Spiritual Meaning of June’s Full Moon, The Peculiar Brunette

Everyday Moon Magic: Spells & Rituals for Abundant Living, Dorothy Morrison