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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Abysmal Witch (6) - the River of Living

• August 25th, 2011

Greetings to you,

First off, my apologies for the sound quality on this episode. Late nights, intoxicants and podcasting can have interesting results...

Second, this is a new type of Abysmal Witch episode, where I share my thoughts on a subject. How is this different from the regular episodes? In the PiTW show, I tend to have a more definite take on a subject, I'm relating experience and my conclusions. Here it isn't conclusion, it's musing. It's not pretty solid experience, it's exploration and potentiality.

And in this particular episode I share a dream I had, a vision if you will, of a way to view the experience of life.

Hopefully I made sense. I'm rather afeared that I didn't... lol ~Abysmal Witch

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Episode 26: Accountability, Limitations and Body Work, oh my

• August 9th, 2011

Merry meet and welcome to episode 26! We're a quarter of a dollar old. Wowsers.

In a nutshell, I talk about:

Accountability, and refer to a couple of iPhone apps: My Fitness Pal and Cash Trails.

Then a wee music interlude with Tiller's Folly's Twenty-Three Camels and a promo from The Magick Jukebox.

The main segment was from the "Guess the song, name the topic" contest from many episodes ago that was won by Tyson. So, with his suggestions in hand, I ramble on (or discuss eruditely, you choose) on self-imposed limitations.

We learn that this episode is brought to us by the Nine of Wands (I think, oops! put the card back before I typed this up lol) and the rune Othela.

And we end with a Body Divine segment on working with emotions via movement and then taking that a step further and using the same methodology to work with dreams.

The final song of the show is Kali-Ma by Kelliana.

Hope you enjoy!


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YEEHA! Episode 25 with a bang! of Mad Hatter Mead

• July 28th, 2011

Muwhahahaha. This is a mad hatter episode to beat all other mad hatter episodes to date. I ranted. I swore. I griped and sniped and even sang, poorly, but there was singing!

And mention of:

The Pagan Podkin Supermoot 2 which I will be attending.

The Regretsy Tarot Deck of fabulous awesomeness. Okay, have had total link failure with everything I've tried. Just go to www.kickstarter.com and search for "regretsy tarot" and you can't miss it. And they're selling out, so don't wait too long!

Aleister Crowley's Liber XCV - The Wake World

and Lon Milo DuQuette's Key to Solmon's Key

Enter the rabbit hole with me...if you dare. And leave only if you really feel you must.

Live and live well!

~Saturn, a Mad Hatter

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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,


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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,


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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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• 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!


~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,


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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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