Episode 46: I Grieve

• December 26th, 2018

'Tis the dark time of the year (for us Northern hemispherers), a time to go internal, to rest with our inner darkness, or in my case, grief.  We are not well equipped in modern north american society to deal with grief, yet here we are, living it.  Exploring that, the important power of perspective and a few other things be the topic of this episode.

Blessings of the deep and wild to you,
Violet, the Abysmal Witch

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Episode 45: Completion and more?

• November 25th, 2018

Well, this was my second podcast in two weeks when I recorded it, set it to upload and failed to hit the publish button.  So now it is two weeks later, what I had written up about it is gone and my memory being what it is, so is my knowledge of precisely went into it.

I do know there was a lot about completion.  To know more, you'll just have to listen to it.

With love and blessings of the deep and wild.

The Abysmal Witch

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Episode 44: Incubating the Flow

• November 6th, 2018

Hello and welcome!

First, a topic warning:  racism and other 'isms are discussed using in example at least one racist word.  

Second, what's this episode about?  A glimpse into my current worldview with a focus on Universal Flow, incubation, reflection and what that means from a personal development and magical development point of view.  Per blaterent.

And no, the numbering jump is not an error. 

Blessings of the deep and wild to you,

Violet, the Abysmal Witch

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Episode 41: Love to You, Imbolg, Reflection Abacus & Wake Word Part 3

• January 27th, 2017

Phew!  Lots going on in this episode.

Welcome to Episode 41.  I start with a little shout out of love to all those suffering in the Trump world and then off we go to a magical place called Sneaky Hollow, where I tell a story about Siwamo, a little Asian demon, and how they spend their Imbolg day.  

In the third (or second, depending on your viewpoint) segment, I talk about a magical/meditative/reflective tool I use that for convenience I will now refer to as a reflective abacus.  If you want to see what it looks like in action, check out my A Witch's Perspective video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTckUUj0Nx4

Then naturally I conclude with Part 3 of the Wake World.  

Keep living, keep becoming, you wondrous and worthwhile people.


The Abysmal Witch

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Abysmal Witch: Episode 9: Practical Qabala!

• December 26th, 2016

Merry Yule!

This surprise abysmal witch mini-sode is brought to you by the desire to give a gift to everyone this Yule season.  I'm offering a course on Practical Qabala that is free for anyone registering by March 15, 2017.  Check it out at http://www.terraarcanum.org/qabala-t/.  

There's also some tidbit thoughts around hosting your own teas, the joys of retreating from the world and some snow love.

Blessings of the deep and wild to you all!

~The Abysmal Witch

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Episode 40: Making Beds, Rituals and Wake World Part 2

• September 22nd, 2016

Well, just goes to show that we never know what the future will bring.  Welcome to Episode 40 of Pennies in the Well.  The episode that wasn't sure it would ever be.  

Mabon starts us off, as does a discussion of the need for reclusion.  Then a jaunt in making beds the magical way, a bit of a blather on doing ritual with an hourglass for timing and fun (This Ritual Has 27 Minutes, so Canadian of me, eh?) and finishing with Part 2 of the Wake World by Aleister Crowley.  

Happy listening!
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Episode 39 - Making Time, Covens Stealing Men & Waking Up

• August 5th, 2015

Can you believe how long it's been since my last episode?  Yes, so can I.  Time flies when you've too much on the go.  And even when there's less.  Regardless, here and now we are, with a fresh episode for your listening pleasure?  perusal?  propinquity?  (I'm not even sure what that means but it was fun to type.)

We start with an exploration of one way to approach prioritizing in your life.
Then there's a break for Fruitcakes, the Jimmy Buffet song, for reasons that are important personally.  
I share a brand new project that is at its first and beginning, a birthday gift to my coven mate, though if it becomes useful and used, it shall last longer than the year I've paid for the domain name.  :)  www.manstealingcoven.com  C'mon, you know you wanna look.
This episode is brought to us by the Hanged Man and Kenaz.
And we conclude with a rousing rendition of Part 1 of Crowley's Wake World.  
The Abysmal Witch.
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Episode 38 - Self Sex Relationship & Happy Challenge

• January 12th, 2014


But I get ahead of myself.  Welcome to Episode 38 of Pennies in the Well.  We shall not speak again of Episode 37.  It shall be as one that never happened, and that is for the good.

Episode 38 looks at the relationship we have with our bodies, starting from our sexual connection to ourselves and travelling from there as well as a Mission Magical segment on reflecting on all the feel good moments of the day.

This episode was brought to us by The Hanged Man and the Wyrd stone (yes, the wyrd stone is not a traditional futhark concept, but it's in that rune set and it's what I drew, so there it be).

And then the episode ends with Gentle Storm from Betsy Tinney's new album "Release the Cello" which is fabulous and you should go download it right now.
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Abysmal Witch #8 - We’re All Mad Here & Service/Slave

• January 12th, 2014

Merry meet and merry talking!  Not that it's been awhile but wow, when did you last see a podcast from here in your feed?

It's an odd episode, tossing out a few thoughts and sharing some stories on a certain acceptable level of madness that we should well embrace, in my opinion followed by some meandering thought exploration of service and master/slave dynamic and what that can mean in a spiritual context.

The show finishes out with "No Place Like Home" from Marianas Trench, a band I've become exceedingly fond of.  It's an even better song when you've listened to the album as it embraces components of previous songs in its making.

Have missed you somewhat fiercely.
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Episode 36: Ancestors, Desks and Stars

• January 5th, 2013

Merry meet and welcome to the show notes for Episode 36 of Pennies in the Well.

Link worthy notes are:

First song of the night: <a href="http://www.kellianna.com/buy.php">This New Day</a> on Kellianna's "I Walk With the Goddess"

The magical working of the final segment:  <a href="http://darkstarworking.wordpress.com/">Dark Stars</a>.

This episode was brought to us by the Three of Wands and Algir.

Final song of the night:  <a href="http://www.kellyclarkson.com/us/music/stronger">Stronger</a> by Kelly Clarkson.

Blessings of the Deep and Wild to you all,

Saturn, the Abysmal Witch

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Episode 35 With a BOO!: The 13 Nights of Halloween

• October 18th, 2012

On the 13th night of Halloween my zombie gave to me...

13 Witches Flying (The Witching Hour by <a href="http://www.musicalley.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=e8c1b691821dbc52466b0b86e0b5ef28">Robin Brock</a>)

12 Graves A-Waiting (In the Graveyard by <a href="http://www.musicalley.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=c4e5b3e065585d29d8c2abc534dec485">Lucy in the Ocean with Tentacles</a>

11 Children Screaming (What's All the Screaming About by <a href="http://www.musicalley.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=e904d52d9368f4caec0236c41bc54890">Robot Goes Here</a>

10 Ghosts A-Haunting (Ghost Dance Mix by <a href="http://www.musicalley.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=9c637e89bc85f9dccfb905a2e6ded582">Jo Flanders</a>

9 Ghouls Lurching (Ghoul Au Go Go by <a href="http://www.musicalley.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=e2f44964107287f1046412f4e2ab1aed">The Texreys</a>

8 Vampires Sucking (Vampires Suck by <a href="http://www.musicalley.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=0d0198b06f78829727afc5ffe189101f">Odd Austin</a>

7 Werewolves Howling (Werewolf Girlfriend by <a href="http://www.musicalley.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=3f84313506c222c29422ff5dabe72a6f">Aliens and Strangers</a>

6 Pumpkins Smashing (The Pumpkin Grave by <a href="http://www.musicalley.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=1948cb238d1b4d9274fdf1dd71fc2981">The Martians</a>

5 Rotting Corpses (Good-looking Corpse by <a href="http://www.musicalley.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=7d903aaa3ea2f2674468acf3ed321737">Sunspot</a>

4 Evil Horsemen (Apocalypse by <a href="http://www.musicalley.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=e7cdfc5a1a4a00e7e57e08ca4aa07410">Avery Fantom</a>

3 Rabid Dogs (Rabid Grandma by <a href="http://www.musicalley.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=3fd16634fb8f8c18c1f5b5d561bd9db9">Screwy from St. Louie</a>

2 Stabbing Knives (Stab City by <a href="http://www.musicalley.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=fdc5b368725b49784f257c8dd9e044df">As Tall As Lions</a>

and some BRAAAAIIIIIIINNNNNSSSSSSS (Beware of the Zombie Bombie Bear by <a href="http://www.musicalley.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=7a4148172793b492f830b5f298e0ce8a">Cyco Sanchez Supergroup</a>

For links to the "sponsors" please visit <a href="http://paganpodkin.webs.com/ppsm2012.htm">Pagan Podkin Supermoot 2012</a>.  And if I missed any of the great sponsors, my apologies, I did my best in the moment to get everyone.

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Episode 34: A Little Bit Everywhere

• September 11th, 2012

Greetings, wellians!

It's been awhile which has resulted in a thought explosion!  None of the usual segments made it into this episode.  Instead I mused and meandered and muttered my way through a variety of topics in which I mention:

  • <a href="http://paganpodkin.webs.com/">Pagan Podkin Super Moot 3</a>
  • Contest to win a copy of Misanthrope Press' <a href="http://www.misanthrope-press.com/pages/bookdetail/Etched">Etched Offerings</a> by leaving a comment or rating on <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/pennies-in-the-well/id359327185">iTunes' Pennies in the Well</a> and emailing me at penniesinthewell@gmail.com to let me know you did it:  contest ends Dec 31, 2012
  • <a href="http://www.greeneladymusic.com/">Jenna Greene</a> and her song <a href="http://www.greeneladymusic.com/music/?lyrics=Crossroads_Crossroads>Crossroads</a>
  • yo mama

May it not be nearly so long before you hear me again.  Blessings of the deep and wild to you,


~The Abysmal Witch

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Abysmal Witch (7) - Magical Travel

• May 19th, 2012

Come for a journey with Holly and I as your magical tour directors.  We will direct you to the safety ex---to the various ways in which you can bring a greater magic and magical awareness to any travel.  Plus, we rave about the Mayan ruins.  Plus, we just rave.

Bon bons.

Saturn & Holly.

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Episode 33: Changing Beliefs, Finding Passions

• April 16th, 2012

Hello, Glorious Ones!

I have missed you.  You will hear me say that often in this podcast.  So I should let the podcast speak for itself and give you those nitty-gritty handy-dandy funk-n-wagnalls links and details.

The episode starts with a reading of chapter 33 of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley">Crowley's</a> <a href="http://hermetic.com/crowley/libers/lib333.html>Book of Lies</a>.  I mention the craziness of life.

There is music:

<a href="http://www.kellianna.com/buy.php">Kelliana</a>'s This New Day from I Walk With the Goddess and

<a href="http://www.michellemays.com/">Michelle Mays</a>' Creation from Fireleap

Then there is much talk about changing our beliefs, "Flipping our B instead of the Bird" with reference to a workshop by <a href="http://www.elaineallison.com/">Elaine Allison</a>.

Episode 33 is brought to us by the Ten of Wands and the rune Nied and we hear a promo from <a href="http://www.baphmetis.com/>Baphmetis Meditation</a>.

The last segment is on passion.  WOOHOO :D  We all need more.

And finally, our last song of the 'cast is Temple Gates by <a href="http://www.james-asher.co.uk/>James Asher</a> from his album Shaman Drums.

Blessings of the deep and wild to you all.

Saturn, the abysmal witch.

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Episode 32: Gossip & Groups & Ranting, Oh My

• February 1st, 2012

Happy Imbolc to all!

Saturn lost her brain yesterday.  If you've seen it, please email her.  In other news, a new episode of Pennies is out.  It starts with a bunch of announcements, it finishes with a lovely song by <a href="http://www.skinnywhitechick.com/">S J Tucker</a> and has another one by her in the middleish.

Oh yes, and there's a rant.  That's pretty much the whole middle.  Ranting on group communication, gossip, the ease of negative crap to go through a community and the rarity of follow up to create understanding.  There's also a promo from <a href="http://www.borealismeditation.com/">Borealis Meditation</a> and we learn that this episode of insanity was brought to us by the tarot the Ace of Spears (i.e. Wands) and the rune Uruz.

There's also reference to <a href="http://www.misanthropepress.com/</a>Misanthrope Press</a> who has given me a copy of their recent release "Etched Offerings" which is a pagan anthology that I will be passing on to one of you wonderful people.  More contest details will follow but this who want to get in early, just rate me or leave a comment on iTunes for Pennies, email me at penniesinthewell@gmail.com to let me know you have and voila! thou art entered.  Into the contest.  Not any other kind of enterting.  That would require additional negotiation.

There were also balloons but I don't think anyone but me knew about that.  Oh well.  Happy living!

~Saturn, the Abysmal (and addled) Witch

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Episode 31: Getting SMART on Goals

• January 2nd, 2012

Greetings, salutations and freakin' high fives to everyone!

Yes, by Gods, it is another Pennies episode, and in under a week.  Feeling inspired, I am.

We travel through many arenas, from Magical Housekeeping on cleaning up that altar, to a Body Divine segment on playing with breathing.  The main topic is all about setting goals, using the <a href="http://topachievement.com/smart.html">SMART method</a> (this is but one website out of many options, it's very wide-spread).  At the very end there's a new segment:  Mission Magical.

This episode was brought to us by the tarot card:  The King of Cups and the rune stone:  Beorc.

Middle music is Get Started by <a href="http://www.gangagiri.com/">Ganga Giri</a> and end music is Change the Way Things Are by the band formerly known as <a href="http://www.gaiaconsort.com/">Gaia Consort</a>.

And <a href="http://paganpodkin.webs.com/">Pagan Podkin Super Moot 3</a> will be in San Fransisco, October 5-7!  Meet up on the 6th.  :D

Much love to you all,


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Episode 30: Being Excellent at Rest

• December 31st, 2011

And no, the title is not a reference to Bill & Ted.

Merry meet and welcome to the 30th episode of Pennies in the Well!  Sneaking it in just under the 2011 wire.  Phew!

In this episode I focus on rest and relaxation and the power of being quiet and regeneration.  And change.  Definitely a bunch about change in there.  And some Salem, but that's mostly about shopping.

I reference: <a href="http://www.TreasureMountainMining.com">Treasure Mountain Mining</a>

<a href=" https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nu-Aeon/118943151458893">Nu Aeon</a>

<a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Be-Excellent-Anything-Four-Transforming/dp/1451610262">Be Excellent at Anything</a> by Tony Schwartz

There's also a new promo from Oraia Helene for the renamed podcast <a href="http://sphinx.libsyn.com/">Between the Earth and Stars</a> and we learn that this episode is brought to us by the Wheel of Fortune and the rune stone Eihwaz.

Blessings of the deep and wild to you all,

Saturn, the Abysmal Witch

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Episode 29: Mad Hatter’s Monster Mash Up 2011

• October 28th, 2011


Welcome, if you dare, to the Mad Hatter's Monster Mash Up with special guest stars Colonel Claymore and Sister Crystal Rainbow (and yes, Sparkle Raven, but I don't like to talk about that time in my life.)

The music you hear is:

This is Halloween by Marilyn Manson

I Put on Spell on You by Nina Simone

Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell

Devil Went to Georgia by Charlie Daniels

Spider by Nail

Boris the Spider by the Who

Spider-man theme song from 50's tv show

I Fucked A Zombie by the Mutilators

Zombie Pirates in Love by Tom Smith

Zombie Apocolypse BBQ by C.O.G.

Silver Shamrock song from Halloween 3:  Season of the Witch (thank you, You Tube)

Dragula by Rob Zombie

Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack

Monster Mash by Bobby "Boris" Pickett

and finally the theme from Halloween.

Have a most fabulous New Year, one and all.  And remember, Safety Third.

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Mad Hatter’s Super Happy Fun Magic Trip Tips

• September 30th, 2011

The title says it all, witches.

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Episode 27: The Scary Topic of Weight

• September 13th, 2011

Hi all,

Yes, I have dared to tread where only idiots usually go, the land of weight. I attempt, and I don't know how well, to discuss a variety of issues around weight, society, choices, underlying issues and all kinds of nasty things that go into our collective insanity regarding the amount of flesh on our bodies.

But first, I address a small addition to the Tyson discussion on getting past limitations.

The first break has us listening to We Come from Monkeys by blog post by The Body Sacred.

And then we learn that this episode was brought to us by the King of Pentacles and the rune Nied. You get to hear a promo from Media Astra Ac Terra.

The final segment is a Body Divine on getting in touch, literally!, with our bodies.

There is a postscript. And then the final two songs are by Michelle Mays, the first is Gently Johnny and the second is Earth My Body.

I hope you enjoy. Truly. But I'll take anything that isn't horribly hurt and upset by my treatment of the topic. Hmmm, gunshy much? Why yes, yes I am. Talking about charged topics when you can't act and react in accordance to your audience's reaction(s) is horrific. But I did it anyways. Yay me? You be the judge.


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