Episode 52: Arcanum with a Crossover

• September 5th, 2022

Well, it's been nearly a pandemic since last we chatted.  But huzzah!  It is happening!  It's a short episode because I'm exploring something new and weird.  This discussion on Arcanum (what is Arcanum?  well, listen and learn and discover that it's nothing new, but perhaps conveniently labelled) was not only recorded for here, as audio, but also livestreamed on YouTube! 

That's right, if you're inclined you can watch me babble instead of just listening to it.  And yeah, it's a rough episode because being watched is so much stranger than just being listened to.

Much love, fellow seekers.

Blessings of the wyrd and wyld to you.


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Episode 51: Communicating, Accepting, Witnessing

• April 5th, 2020

Greetings and salutations, to one and to all,

You could say that this episode is a part 2 to episode 49, expanding into some specifics around places to employ that REAL connected communication.  But since it was planned first, is it really part 2?  It's a more tangential relationship, I think, though still around communication.

We discuss 3 invitations/challenges on communication:

1) accepting apologies

2) letting people be in a difficult space, holding space for them and reflecting

3) witnessing people as they truly are

Good times ending with difficult times. 

With love, service, and the blessings of the deep and wild
~the Abysmal Witch

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Episode 50: Terra, Land, Bones and Naturum

• March 22nd, 2020

Greetings and salutations!

Welcome to an episode all about this planet and our relationship with it.

A discussion on Terra (and why Terra not Gaia), our bone ancestors, about land acknowledgements and why they are important (plus the power of orienting ourselves in the here and now) and a final comment on Naturum.

WARNING:  there is some difficult content in this episode, depending on your context.

Some reference material:

Truth and Reconciliation Commission:  http://www.trc.ca

Residential School History and Dialogue Center:  https://irshdc.ubc.ca 

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

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Episode 49: REAL Connected Communication

• March 8th, 2020

Greetings and salutations, my friends,

This episode is ALL about communication, REAL connected communication to be exact.  R(espectful)E(xperiential)A(uthentic)L(oving) connected communication.  What does that mean, how does it work, a slight commentary on two common less-than-productive responses (the martyr and the demon), and an honouring of the courage it takes to do it.

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

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Episode 48: TREASURE!

• February 10th, 2020

There be treasure...somewhere, mateys!  It be somewhere.  

Yes, this podcast episode is about exploring a potential new working tool:  Treasure.  A little commentary on holding two realities at the same time for exploring and making space for change happens too.  Okay, some other randomish other commentaries also happen (like the structure of existence), but mostly, this is about treasure.

Blessings of the deep and wild to you,
~the abysmal witch

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Episode 47: Ramblings on Soma, Will, Invitations and the Anxiety of Living

• January 15th, 2020

Greetings and salutations, 

I could try and tell you what this episode is about, to entice you into the rambling madness that is, well, this.  But that would suggest that there was intense focus and intentionality to what was done...and I feel like that is a stretch.  

I get into my terror and anxiety that sabotaged my life choices, then take a left into flipping some standard witchy perspectives and finish with a slide into the end of the world as we know it and the beginning of exploring ways to engage with that.

Blessings of the deep and wild, my loves,
~The Abysmal Witch

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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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