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The PDX Witch Guild Podcast

We are a guild of witches, not a coven. We all witch differently, none of us are Wiccan, and we all live in the Portland, Oregon area. Join us for discussions about our craft. Topics discussed include: Practice building, spell construction, thrift witchcraft, history, folklore, and making magic with what ya got!

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We are a guild of witches, not a coven. We all witch differently, none of us are Wiccan, and we all live in the Portland, Oregon area. Join us for discussions about our craft. Topics discussed include: Practice building, spell construction, thrift witchcraft, history, folklore, and making magic with what ya got!

4 - An Impromptu Discussion: Mercury Retrograde & the Solar Eclipse

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PDX Witch Guild Podcast #4: An Impromptu Discussion About Squatches, Mercury Retrograde, & the Impending Doom of the Eclipse Totality Here in Oregon

Alex: http://upthewitchypunx.tumblr.com/

Esme: http://witchbrarian.tumblr.com

Mary: https://needsomeshelter.tumblr.com/

Oregon Bigfoot Festival: http://oregonbigfootfestival.weebly.com/

Buy Alex's zine, Brainscan #33: DIY Witchery, An Exploration of Secular Witchcraft, here! https://portlandbuttonworks.com/zines-book-comics/zines/witchy/zine-witch-brainscan-33-DIY-witchery-alex-wrekk-secular-witchcraft

(It was Mary who sneezed.)

Witch ladder vs. shamble

A witch ladder: http://upthewitchypunx.tumblr.com/post/147946322843/witches-ladders

A shamble: https://headology101.tumblr.com/post/141621189164/the-art-of-shambles-by-miss-tick-a-shamble-a

Alt Press Fest: http://www.slcpl.org/altpressfest

Witchy shops in SLC: Crone's Hollow, Elemental Inspirations, Dancing Cranes Imports, Golden Braid Books

Joseph Smith Sphinx, http://gilgalgarden.org/the-sphinx/

Great Salt Lake, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Salt_Lake

Mary's next big ren faire event is Tortuga! http://piratesoftortuga.net/

Bonny Tyler: http://variety.com/2017/music/news/bonnie-tyler-eclipse-total-eclipse-of-the-heart-1202531190/

Obfuscate: to render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible.

Is Mercury In Retrograde? http://www.ismercuryinretrograde.com/

Circle of Salt, Felix's other podcast https://circleofsaltpodcast.tumblr.com/

If you have a question or want to get in contact with us for any reason, please send us an email at: pdxwitchguild@gmail.com

And all of the thanks to our Sound Wizard, Ian B., for recording our witchy blatherings.

Aug 26 2017



3 - Magical Correspondences (part 2) : Rocks and Twigs we like

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Welcome to Episode 3: Magical correspondences:  Rocks and Twigs We Like

Part 2 (the rocks)

This is part two of our discussion on magical correspondences. We highly suggest you go back and listen to episode #2, which is the first part of this discussion. In this episode, we discuss some rocks, minerals, and crystals we like as well as list some resources we like regarding correspondences. We now retrn you to our podcast already in progress.

The PDX Witch Guild podcast witches:

Alex upthewitchypunx.tumblr.com  Mary lemonbalmgirl.tumblr.com Emrys blue-index.tumblr.com Felix da-at-ass.tumblr.com Bea violetwoolgathering.tumblr.com Esme youlooksosmall.tumblr.com

Show notes:

- Tiffany Aching quote: "No, it can't be right. That's chalk country over that way," said Miss Tick. "You can't grow a good witch on chalk. The stuff's barely harder than clay. You need good hard rock to grow a witch, believe me." [from The  Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett)

- issues surrounding crystal mining

- John Dee

- spectrumly-inclined/stimming

- goldstone, opalite, heat-treated citrine vs normal citrine

- Sailor Moon (example of the use of planetary symbols)

- Richardson's Rock Ranch in Madras, OR

- Spirit quartz/cactus quartz

- Emrys is going to provide info on metal correspondences and beauty correspondences over at pdxwitchguild.tumblr.com

- Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

- Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham

- Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen by Scott Cunningham

- A Modern Herbal - see above

- Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires: the Classical Texts of Magick Deciphered by Aaron Leitch

- 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley by Aleister Crowley

- JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources; it can be accessed through institutions like universities and libraries that have a membership. JSTOR on tumblr.

Want to get in contact with the guild? Email pdxwitchguild@gmail.com!

Want to follow us on tumblr or find out when out next Portland-area meet-up is? Hit up https://pdxwitchguild.tumblr.com/.  

Thanks to Ian B the sound wizard for audio engineering and writing our theme song. Much thanks to Steve Larder for designing our logo.

May 18 2017



2 - Magical Correspondences: Twigs and rocks We Like (Part 1: The Twigs)

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In this 2 part episode we discuss magical correspondences, where the come from, how to use them, why we use them, and how you can fit them into your own magical practice building.

Content Note: at approximately 1:02:15- 1:08:40 we start to discuss gender, alchemical correspondences, and the construction of homunculi, which historically involved questionable acts involving a dead cow. Listener beware.


- Felix's tumblr: http://da-at-ass.tumblr.com/

- Cain/The Clan of Tubal Cain

- Trash witch: A witch who does magic utilizing trash or by other means of reclaiming that which has been devalued.

The PDX Witch Guild podcast folks are:

Alex upthewitchypunx.tumblr.com

Mary emonbalmgirl.tumblr.com

Emrys blue-index.tumblr.com

Felix da-at-ass.tumblr.com

Bea violetwoolgathering.tumblr.com

Esme youlooksosmall.tumblr.com

Show Notes:

- catalyst: a person or thing that precipitates an event or change

- The Golden Dawn

- O.T.O. = Ordo Templi Orientis

- sympathetic magic

- Sir James George Frazer & the Golden Bough

- Doctrine of Signatures

- curiosity cabinets

- Ray Comfort’s banana argument (video)

- god phone

- Blue: A History by Michel Pastoureau

- blue as devil's color starting in the bible as seen as a blue angel

- Codex Gigus

- Florida water

- Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells by Judika Illes

- The Modern Herbal by Margaret Grieve (Amazon) (Online)

- Hawthorne zine (Don’t have a link yet, will post to the tumblr)

- silver leaf mugwort (Artemisia Ludoviciana)

- Witch's Whisk

- smudging vs smoke cleansing, written by someone of indigenous descent

- cultural appropriation

- recaning

1:02:15 - beginning of the abhorrent cow story

- homunculus

Want to get in contact with the guild? Email pdxwitchguild@gmail.com!

Want to follow us on tumblr or find out when out next Portland-area meet-up is? Hit up https://pdxwitchguild.tumblr.com/.  

Stay Witchy and don't get tetanus!

May 02 2017

1hr 13mins


PDX Witch Guild 1

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The Wrong Question Many Answers or why we are witches, not Wiccans. Come along for a trip down several practitioners witch-jectory of origin stories. Get to know some members of the guild, sources of our inspiration, and places that make Portland special to us.

 Guild members in order of witch-jectory stories:

-Emrys is a glitch witch, book hoarder, and herbalist. They tend to wear bright colored lipstick. blue-index.tumblr.com

-Alex in an agnostic secular witch, friend of crows, shrine building enthusiast and puts witchy stuff on the internet at upthewitchypunx.tumblr.com (Gemini Sun, Leo Moon, Sagittarius rising)

- Mary is a secular cottage witch who also loves to read, be silly, and make art. She blogs about witchcraft, among other things, at lemonbalmgirl.tumblr.com

-Esme is a fictional character from the Discworld books, but also our resident witchbrarian and definitely not and orangatang.

-Bea is currently out of the country on a secret mission and we think she is pretty neat.

Find us on tumblr at pdxwitchguild.tumblr.com

artwork by Steve Larder

Music by Ian B and Tuxedocat

- Traditional Witchcraft (trad craft)

- Enter Three Witches by Kate Gilmore

- Eclectic witchcraft: a personal practice that is formed by incorporating beliefs and practices from different traditions all into one.

- Hedge witch: a witch who “crosses the hedge” and and engages in a form of astral projection; not at all related to green or plant witchcraft.

- Discworld Witch books https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witches_(Discworld)

- Secular Witchcraft is witchcraft practiced without religion. This does not mean atheist or agnostic in the same way that religious schools vs, secular schools does not mean the secular school are athiest.

- animism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animism

- changeling https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Changeling

- numinosity

- hypnogogia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnagogia

- Hildegard von Bingen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hildegard_of_Bingen

- godphone: the concept of being able to communicate directly with deity, of being able to receive complete messages

- mother 3 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_3

- magic machine

- sigil history https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigil_(magic)

- spoonie witch/spoon theory: the spoon theory is a metaphor for explaining the amount of energy a person with chronic illness or disability has for doing daily activities. More info here. Therefore, a spoonie witch is a witch with limited energy for performing witchcraft and may employ methods of spellcraft specifically meant to maximize available energy, make future spells easier, etc.

- Headology is “a sort of folk-psychology which can be summed up as "if people think you're a witch, you might as well be one". For instance, Granny Weatherwax could, if she wished, curse people. However it is simpler for her to say she has cursed them, and let them assume that she is responsible for the next bit of bad luck that happens to befall them” - Wikipedia

- Boudicea https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boudica

- unschooling https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unschooling

- Book curses seem to stem especially from medieval times when a book was a very expensive and valuable object. Many book curses exist, but this one is especially fun:

“For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, a book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand & rend him. Let him be struck with palsy, & all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain crying aloud for mercy, & let there be no surcease to his agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, & when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him for ever & ever.” - from the Monastery of San Pedro, in Barcelona

DIY Magic: A Strange and Whimsical Guide to Creativity - Anthony Alvarado


Bucky's Big Blue Book aka Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft - Raymond Buckland


Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner - Scott Cunningham


Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner - Scott Cunningham


Garden Witchery: Magick from the Ground Up - Ellen Dugan


Elements of Witchcraft: Natural Magick for Teens - Ellen Dugan


The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett


A Hat Full of Sky - Terry Pratchett


Earthbound (game)


Teen Goddess: How to Look, Love, & Live Like A Goddess - Catherine Wishart


The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett



The Art of War - Sun Tzu


The Devil's Dozen: Thirteen Craft Rites of the Old One - Gemma Gary


Charles de Lint anthologies


Holly Black


Neil Gaiman


Magical realism/urban fantasy



Good Omens: the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman




The Chronicles of Amber - Roger Zelazny


- chaos magic https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaos_magic

- witchcourse = witchy discourse

the Palms motel


Bombay Chaat House




Rimsky Korsakoffee House


Mount Tabor


Lone Fir Cemetery


Forest Park


Hoyt Arboritum


Tugboat Brewery


Washington Park


Washington Park MAX Station


- liminal space is a space in between or just after or just before.

Portland Nursery


Bosky Dell Natives


Mar 30 2017

1hr 10mins


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Very nice!

By Sumoichiro - Feb 15 2018
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Everything you’d want from a witchy based podcast! Well worth listening to! 😊✨

Keep making episodes!

By Emmafine222 - Aug 18 2017
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Love the podcast, nothing else like it.