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Continuing Ed for the Modern Witch: Podcasts

Most witches want to keep learning. If you’re like me, you want to expand your magick, explore different techniques or traditions, and develop a deeper relationship with deities and guides.

But it’s not always easy – especially for solitary practitioners, people with limited time or those on tight budgets. That’s why lately, I’ve fallen in love with podcasts. They’re a great way to learn about a wide range of witchy topics and get exposed to things you might not come across otherwise.

Also: FREE. And perfect for the time-pressed multi-taskers. Back in October, I started a new day job that added 90 minutes to 2 hours of commuting time to most of my weekdays. When I started going batshit in traffic, I realized a needed a distraction: I fell in love with audio books and podcasts.

I’ve started off with The Witch Wave and Modern Witch podcasts.

Modern Witch has a huge back catalog–the show is in its eighth season, with more than 90 episodes and plenty of topics to explore. I tend to skip around, rather than listening in chronological order. For example, after hearing singer Kellianna perform at an event, I listened to her interview with Devin Hunter. When I was shaking my head at some of the things I used to believe, the most recent episodes where Devin and my long-time friend Jess Carlson examine what they wish they had known about the craft when they were starting out helped me feel like I wasn’t alone.

The Witch Wave brings out my inner geek/fan girl in a big way. An interview with Courtney Alexander, creator of Dust II Onyx Tarot? Yes please. Hearing from Erica Feldmann, owner of HausWitch, my second-favorite shop in Salem? Validation that I need to pick up a copy of her book HausMagick next time I’m stocking my shelves over at Hive & Forge.

I can’t wait to listen to the interview with Madeline Miller, author of CIRCE; I’m just obsessing over whether I want to reread her magical book before or after I check out the podcast episode. Before AND after? Maybe.

Host Pam Grossman selects guests that pique my interest — artists, authors, activists and other magickal folks that encourage me to think in new ways or revisit certain pursuits. Hearing Pam’s conversation with Mallory Lance prompted me to order all three issues of Ravenous Zine: I want to check out the spells and stories, delve deeper into what Mallory had to say about activism, then use the magazine’s gorgeous images for SoulCollage. Triple win.

I’ve been so inspired by The Witch Wave that I’ve opted to sponsor the show: check out Episode #33, featuring Mya Spalter. I love her discussion of what it’s like to be a witch in retail – so fun.

What are your favorite witchy podcasts?

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