Abysmal Witch (5) - Farewell to a kindred spirit

• July 13th, 2011

Greetings to you all,

Yesterday I learned that someone I knew had died. Last night I did a ritual to give me a chance to say good-bye. This short, slightly disjointed (I recorded right after the ritual!) episode describes that ritual. On the blog I have both a post honouring the kindred spirit I lost (& those I have not) and one to go with this episode (has a couple pictures of the altar).

Much love, ~Abysmal Witch

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Episode 24: Altered States, Wiccan Rede and reflection, oh my!

• June 19th, 2011

Greetings and salutations!

Thank you for downloading, listening and otherwise engaging with me through this podcast. After a quick catch up on the local events that happened, we go straight into the first segment: Altered states of consciousness, particularly how to induce one by simply experiencing your world from a different physical perspective.

In the first break we listen to Heather Dale's Up Into the Pear Tree, a fun and lovely and tricksy song. :)

During the main segment I do my bit for the pagan virtues month by sharing my take on the Wiccan Rede: An it Harm None, Do what ye Will.

Then we learn that this episode is brought to us by the Magician and Raidho. Then a promo from fellow podcaster Kathleen of Borealis Meditation.

The final segment of the night was brought to you by Marc and Angel Hack Life. This is a fabulous reflective list that I strongly recommend checking out!

And we close out with my new favourite song from SJ Tucker: Cheshire Kitten (We're All Mad Here).

I hope you enjoy!

~Saturn. The Abysmal Witch

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Abysmal Witch (4) - My Personal Altar

• May 18th, 2011

Greetings and salutations.

This episode isn't a ritual but rather a sharing of one of my personal methods of working. Specifically, the altar I have to my Self. If you want a visual to go with this, please see my blog at Abysmal Witch.

Hope you find interesting, Saturn

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Episode 23: Purging in the Household Way

• May 10th, 2011

Merry meet and welcome, one and all!

It's been awhile in the arriving, but here it is, episode 23. Whew! To start off with, we have a Big P segment on the change of aging.

Our musical break features two songs from Beloved: Tree Song and Centuries Fade. Visit their site to download your very own free copy of Centuries Fade with their blessings.

The main segment of the day is a magical housekeeping segment made large. I talk about purging 'stuff' from our lives.

Break number two has a promo from Iron Powaqa and we learn that this episode has been brought to us by the Six of Swords and the run Kenaz.

I finish with discussing progressive relaxation as a meditation technique and then take you through the experience if you so desire.

I hope you enjoy the show!

Blessings of the deep and wild to you all,

Saturn

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Episode 22: Transformative Mysteries

• March 16th, 2011

Hi all!

Yes, after much time I am back! It's a bit of a rocky return, so please bear with me :) (or is that bare?)

In the opening I talk about my current circumstances, a bit of a review of my original and ongoing intention for the show and a few things I've learned in recent times.

During the break we listen to Going Huntin' and Jesus Brother Bob by Arrogant Worms. We also finish the show with their song Last Saskatchewan Pirate.

For the main segment I discuss transformative mysteries (which to my joy includes MEAD! lol) and then the second break we learn that this episode is brought to us by the tarot card The Moon and the rune Ingwar. We also hear from Arial at Appalachian Witch Doctor Tales.

We conclude with learning that Robin is the winner of the Faeries Guide to Green Magick from the Garden and by hearing what different people find most magical in nature. Thank you to everyone who emailed me!

And in closing some quick reminders: Misanthrope Press has extended the deadline for submitting short stories for their Etched Offerings pagan anthology to April 30, 2011; and Peter Dybing of Covenant of the Goddess has set up a donation site for pagans to contribute to Doctors Without Borders to support relief efforts in Japan.

And that should be it. But with a brain like swiss cheese these days (still recovering!), such is life.

Blessings of the deep and wild to you all, Saturn

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Episode 21: Alive but not kicking

• January 23rd, 2011

Hi all,

Just a semi-quick update on where I've been (which is nowhere), what I've been going through (which has been painful) and what I've been learning from the experience (40 minutes of rambling).

Hopefully I'll be back on the air within the next month. Miss you all,

Saturn

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Episode 20!!! Yippy Yule Musical Lunacy!

• December 12th, 2010

Merry meet to all and one!

While this won't be normal for me, I couldn't resist a Yule follow up to Zombiepalooza. Minus the psycho ads. And the zombie music. But with plenty of holiday nuttiness!

The show is filled with zany music: Here's the link for Bob River's music. And for Southpark A few other links that I could find are included directly below. The * ones are available on Music Alley. The rest are hopefully on iTunes. Go buy their music!!!

Elves (by Bob Rivers)

A Pirate Christmas by Tom Smith

The Restroom Door Said Gentlemen by Bob Rivers

Christmas Here on Mars by Bubble *

Police Stopped My Car by Bob Rivers

The unfindable song (my googlefu failed me, sorry!)

Carol of the Drunks by Bob Rivers

Santa who looks a lot like Elvis by Bob Rivers

South Park's O Holy Night

South Park's Christmastime in Hell

12 Strippers of Xmas by RaykoKRB

I am Santa Claus by Bob Rivers

Another Dick in the Mall by Bob Rivers

Linus & Lucy by J.E.L.L.i. *

The Dreidle Song from Southpark

A Jerry Springer Christmas by the Essentials *

Dick on the Snowman by Bob Rivers

Christmas Eve in the Trailer Park by Bill Kahler *

Walking Round in Women's Underwear by Bob Rivers

Yellow Snow by Bob Rivers

Cheesey cheesey by Martians *

Wreck the Malls by Bob Rivers

Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire by Bob Rivers

Merry Fucking Christmas from Southpark

Have a merry fucking yule everyone! ~mad hatter

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Episode 19: Dealing with Suicide

• December 7th, 2010

Merry meet to one and all!

Yes, episode 19 is finally out. Tonight we have the usual suspects, things that I've learned recently (ranging from mead making/goal setting to writing/goal setting...aparently all about goals lol) and a Big P segment on the impact of my spirituality on my suicidal experiences.

The first break is Hold On by Sarah McLachlan.

Then we head straight into the discussion on dealing with suicide when it's someone you know.

Second break tells us that this episode is brought to us by the Knight of Cups and the rune stones Fehu and Kenaz. And we hear a bumper from Kakophonos Podcast, thanks Rikki!

The episode ends with a call out to podkin to send me their promos, the winner of the Zombiepalooza contest (Congrats to Oraia! enjoy your Forest Grove Botanica goody bag), and a brand new segment and contest. The new WTF segment had two book reviews. The first was for Wisewoman's Cookery and the second (and also the prize for the contest) was Faeries Guide to Green Magick.

The final song of the night was Genesis's Follow You, Follow Me which I love.

Thanks for downloading the show and I hope you enjoy...or at least find it interesting.

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Abysmal Witch (3) - Past Connections

• November 10th, 2010

Merry meet and welcome to the 3rd abysmal witch episode. This is something of a tribute to Canada's Remembrance Day celebrations as well as introducing a new segment to the Abysmal Witch land: Abysmal Musings. As in thoughts and ideas I'm having, not all nice and organized(ish) and worked through over long periods of time but things that are just going through my head based upon the current topic.

Which in this case is past connections: personal life connections, anscestors, and country history.

I'm pleased to play a song by Tiller's Folly entitled Robbie McBeath, a hero from WWI. I also read In Flanders Fields in honour of Remembrance Day (that's a Canadian national holiday on November 11th if you don't happen to know).

And the episode concludes with a ritual to help me release negative emotions I have about a friendship that ended now years ago but where the unpleasant memories still linger.

I hope you enjoy ~The Abysmal Witch

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Mad Hatter 18! ZOMBIEPALOOZA!

• October 22nd, 2010

Oh yes, you heard right. The mad hatter got loose and did an entire episode devoted to zombies! Musical zombies, no less! It is zombiepalooza to the max!

So come join the party! Get ready for a tonne of ear worms to sneak into your brain and never ever leave!

All of the music is from Music Alley, check them out and download your favourites!

And don't forget about the contest! You have until the ides of November to get in your entry. Don't know what I'm talking about? I'm afraid the only way to find out is by listening to the episode.

Zombiepalooza featured the following music:

NPR Versus the Zombies by Will Ross

Zombie Girl by The Quintessentials

Zombie Apocalypse Barbecue by C.O.G.

Zombie Dance Party by Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion

I Fucked a Zombie by Mutilators

Zombie Island by Odd Austin

My Zombie Brother by Paul Luckey

Zombie Love Affair by Johnny O and the Jerks

Zombie Pirates in Love by Tom Smith

The Zombies Theme by E. Grizzly

Zombie Vampires from Hell by Harlequin Jones

There are Zombies On My Lawn (Again) by The Volume Brothers

Zombie Highschool by Sidekick Lupchen and the Bad Generation

Who Wants to be a Zombie Anyway? by The Mansfields

Super Happy Robot Zombies by Never So True

Zombie Style by Cyco Sanchez Supergroup

And finally....

Zombie Werewolf Alien Vampire Monsters by The Volume Brothers!

Yeeeeha!

~The Mad Hatter

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Episode 17: Being Suicidal

• October 12th, 2010

Merry meet and welcome to Episode 17! I'm hungover but couldn't resist recording for you, so hopefully it comes out well.

After a brief intro story-sharing about my weekend, including a trip to church for Compline, there's a break where I play Barenaked Ladies' War on Drugs. This is the intro to the first of a three part series on suicide.

In this episode I talk about being suicidal, including my own past experiences, some stats and some personal tips on how I handled it. NOTE: I am NOT a health care professional. This is my own experience.

Then we learn that this episode is brought to us by the Page of Shields and the rune stone Kenaz and hear a promo from The Infinite and the Beyond

We finish out with a Good Talk/Bad Talk segment, a Body Divine segment (which is intro'd by The Witch Dream by Brandon Moore from Music Alley) and a surprise final segment.

The last song of the night is also from Barenaked Ladies called Call and Answer.

Remember, look after yourself! Suicide isn't the easiest of topics, so if this episode disturbs you, please take care of yourself.

Blessings of the deep and wild to you,

Saturn

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Abysmal Witch (2) - Cat Guardian Spell

• September 29th, 2010

Merry meet to one and to all,

Yes, we finally have a second abysmal witch episode! Since everything is explained in the show, there isn't much for me to say here. The song that I play is The Calling by Max Pashm.

Deep and wild blessings to you all,

The Abysmal Witch

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Episode 16: Experiencing the Divine

• September 17th, 2010

Merry meet one and all! Finally this episode is out.

We start with a few thank you's, to Holly and to Onyx, reminder of the pagan anthology with Misanthrope Press that is taking submissions until October 31st. I share a bit of my recent learning experiences from Lady GaGa to knee braces.

The first break is S J Tucker's Pixie Can't Sleep.

Then it was straight into sharing all of the emails on how you experience the divine and a little bit on how I do, right after a digression into the Big P.

In the second break we learn that this episode is brought to us by the three of swords and the runes eihwar and nied. We also hear promos from New World Witchery and Borealis Meditation Podcast.

We conclude with magical housekeeping about purging stuff from our homes and the final song is from the Tricky Pixie cd. Oh, yes, we did have a winner! Polly is the lucky owner of the signed copy of Tricky Pixie.

Thank you for listening! I love sharing this experience with you.

Saturn, the abysmal witch.

(yes, you can find me at Abysmal Witch blog or on twitter by searching for Abysmal_Witch, neither of which I mention in the podcast, go figure.)

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Episode 15: Ancestor Worship

• September 1st, 2010

Yes, you read that right. Episode 15 is ancestor worship, not experiences of the divine. Due to complications at home and a distinct lack of time to do it justice, that episode has been delayed until after the long weekend and instead I bring to you an interview with my coven mate Holly talking about anscestor worship from the perspective of her native culture (she's Chinese - which is also essentially the subject of the Big P segment this episode).

We're a bit barebones due to lack of time, but I'm really glad that we were able to do this episode for you and we clearly had a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy listening to it.

We play a promo for New World Witchery and the final (and only) song of the night is Oh Shit It's the Faeries by Parnassus (laterly known as Chalice and Blade

Much love, Saturn

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Episode 14: Dreams

• August 14th, 2010

Merry meet and welcome to episode 14! Thank you for downloading the show, I hope you enjoy.

Today's announcements: Contest still open, get in those entries by Aug 20! Moment of silence for Isaac Bonewits and you can read some eulogies on: ADF website, the Wild Hunt and on Llewellyn. Reminder to get in those fiction submissions to Misanthrope Press for their pagan fiction anthology Etched Things.

We had new segments: The Big P, talking about the perspective of podcast listener compared to podcaster. Magical Housekeeping on Spell Disposal. Good Talk/Bad Talk on passive agressive communication.

Music was: Lullaby and Egi Taltos from the album Of Dreams Forgotten and Fables Untold by The Moon and the Night Spirit and Lullaby by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Played promos: New World Witchery and Spiritscast.

And the main segment of the show was on dreams, inspired by Cory at New World Witchery. Pages referenced included the Body Soul Writing workshop by Marlene Schiwy and the online store Forest Grove Botanica.

This episode was brought to us by the Knight of Swords and the rune Kenaz.

I hope you enjoy!

Saturn

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Episode 13: Yoga

• July 29th, 2010

Merry meet and welcome to Episode 13 of Pennies in the Well! Thanks for downloading, I hope you enjoy. :)

Aside from a love of ridiculously long words this episode, in the intro I remind you of the current contest to win a Tricky Pixie cd of Mythcreants signed by SJ Tucker & Betsy Tinny. Just email me at penniesinthewell@gmail.com (there's a lovely button the website that will take you straight to that) and tell me in 3 words or 30 how you experience in the divine. The draw will be at the end of August.

Also, Inanna of Misanthrope Press let me know of a pagan fiction anthology they will be putting out in spring of 2011. Submissions are open from Sep 1 of this year until Oct 31st. See their website for details.

Then we get into the yoga. With me in this episode is Tyson (you may remember him from episodes 3, 4 and 5 on the Book of the Law) of Media Astra Ac Terra and a bumper from Fire Lyte at Inciting a Riot.

This episode ends with a Divine Body segment where we take a quick look at the root chakra and I read a brief piece from The Body Sacred by Dianne Sylvan.

Thank you for taking the time to listen. Blessings of the deep and wild to you.

Saturn

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E12ish Mad Hatter: Pan!!!

• July 25th, 2010

Yes, this is a mad hatter special! And it's all about Pan. Pan! Pan! he's our man!

With Crowley's Hymn to Pan, the Homeric Hymn to Pan, the Orphic Hymn to Pan, some flute playing by yours truly, a reading from Invoke the Gods by Kala Trobe and finishes with Aphrodite and Pan by Kellianna.

Whew, wasn't that a lot all in one breath? But it's Pan, so craziness must ensue!

Enjoy?

Saturn!

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Episode 11: Beauty

• July 14th, 2010

Merry meet and welcome to one and all!

Yes, episode 11 is finally out! Thanks to all of your for downloading the show. And don't forget to email me with your experience of the divine for your chance to win a signed copy of Mythcreants by Tricky Pixie.

In the opening segment I read Chapter 11 of Crowley's Book of Lies [**NOTE**: In the episode I refer to it as the Book of the Law - that was a mistake brought on by daylight and my own foolish brain-to-mouth connection problem, it isn't book of the law, it's the book of lies!] and let you in on the secret topic of the week: Beauty in the context of a wiccan virtue as suggested by Doreen Valiente's Charge of the Goddess.

After a discussion on the joys of vacationing, we take a brief break and listen to Beauty of the Earth and Let My Eye Go to the Sun by Parnassus, the band later to be known as Chalice and Blade followed by a promo of The Wigglian Way.

Then it's all about beauty. I read The Chance to Love Everything by Mary Oliver from her book Dream Work. I also mention Etsy and Regretsy.

Take a small break and pull the 4 of cups and the rune Mannaz for Episode 11 and then play a promo for The Infinite and the Beyond.

I finish with a brief discussion on ugliness and then close out with I Hear You Calling by Chalice and Blade.

I hope you enjoy. Blessings of the deep and wild to you all,

Saturn

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Episode 10: Widdershins Circles

• June 20th, 2010

Merry meet and welcome to Episode 10!

Wow, how did we get here so fast? It's been a great trip and made worthwhile by all of you who listen, so thank you for downloading the show! Podkin love to the fellow podcasters as well. And now let's get into the heart of the episode:

But first, there will be a contest. Submit your name and some aspect of how you like to celebrate the divine (or not) to penniesinthewell@gmail.com by August 20, 2010 and you could win a copy of Mythcreants by Tricky Pixie signed by S.J. Tucker and Betsy Tinney!!

Now on to the topics. I discuss some of what I have learned over the last couple of weeks, including the joys of mead and my need for security within my home. I also highly recommend listening to Episode 20 of Media Astra Ac Terra for Oraia's discussion on emotion and intellect.

Break 1: Played Taglio by Tricky Pixie and a promo for Velma Nightshade's WitchesBrewHaHa.

Then a nice long discussion on widdershins circles, some cautions, some how-to's, some likely results.

Break 2: Me singing the chant Infinite Sun from an archive of Pagan Chants of the Month Archive, followed by a promo from Standing Stone and Garden Gate.

Finishing off I read Chapter 10 from Aleister Crowley's Book of Lies (here's a copy off of Invisible House's website) and discuss working on dark moons.

Closing out the show we have for your listening pleasure, Dryad's Promise also from Tricky Pixie.

I hope you enjoy the show!

Saturn

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Abysmal Witch (1) - Healing Spell

• June 8th, 2010

Merry meet to one and all,

And welcome to the inaugural show stealing segment: The Abysmal Witch. It is all ritual, all the time, with a bit of explanation thrown in for fun, okay, for clarity. In the intro I quote the first verse of the Witches Creed by Doreen Valiente. With a little garageband effect over top which really was just for fun.

During the show I play The Celts by Enya in the background, read the Witches Rune by Doreen Valiente and Gerald Gardner together (though the Eko Eko Azarak part at the end is considered typically part of a different chant).

I discuss the ritual very briefly at the end so please ask me questions if I didn't explain or say enough about what I was doing! Actually, any feedback on it would be greatly appreciated given that this was rather a departure from 'typical' podcasting.

Finally, I mention my blog: The Abysmal Witch.

And that, as they say, is that.

Blessing of the deep and wild upon you.

Saturn, The Abysmal Witch

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