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The Blackthorn Grove

The Blackthorn Grove

By Amy Blackthorn

A podcast where where witchcraft meets with good friends over tea to talk about the nature of magic, and community.
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The nature of Community with Mortellus
The nature of Community with Mortellus
Sponsored by BlackthornsBotanicals.com  Blackthorn's Botanical Wellness, out October 31st, 2022 from Weiser Books. Mortellus stopped by to catch up, and the amazing stories we exchanged were moving and empowering. Content warning: frank discussion of parenting, aging, inter-personal relationships,  and brief mention of surviving s*icide towards the end of the episode.  Mortellus at PanParaCon Sept 30th-Oct 2nd 2022 or at PanParaCon.com and Mortellus.com
01:36:42
September 29, 2022
The Comfy Cozy Witch
The Comfy Cozy Witch
Jennie Blonde: An eclectic Pagan witch with a love of hearth and home witchery, Jennie has been practicing witchcraft for twenty years. She lives in Pennsylvania with two furry familiars, one witchling, and her husband. Hearth and Home Witchcraft Blending storytelling, witchcraft, and warm advice, Jennie Blonde (the @comfycozywitch) offers recipes, rituals, and spell work, to nourish yourself and your family. Hearth and Home Witchcraft explores the following topics: rituals for protection and cleansing the hearth and home kitchen witchery, creating a kitchen altar, and recipes and rituals for nourishment the witch’s altar, tools, and spells, and creating a sacred space, no matter the size of the home herbs and plants, grounding rituals, and meditations to connect you with the earth witchy self-care, complete with rituals and recipes for ritual bath salts, oils, balms, and more Sponsored by AmyBlackthorn.com and BlackthornsBotanicals.com Mentions: So Potent Art: The Magic of Shakespeare by Emily Carding The Ritual Deck by Cassie Uhl
01:06:47
August 25, 2022
Queer Qabala w/ Enfys J. Book
Queer Qabala w/ Enfys J. Book
Enfys is a nonbinary, bisexual clergy member within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, and the High Priest of the Fellowship of the Ancient White Stag (Near the District of Columbia). Enfys has been studying the Qabala since 2012 and teaching since 2015 including presenting at the Sacred Space conference. 
01:11:29
July 11, 2022
Positive Pagan with Lisa Wagoner
Positive Pagan with Lisa Wagoner
Lisa Wagoner stops by to talk about how to maintain a positive outlook when the world is out of control. LisaWagoner.com for autographed copies This episode sponsored by Blackthorn's Botanical Wellness, out November first wherever fine books are sold.
51:43
July 08, 2022
Music and the Tarot
Music and the Tarot
Exploring the connection between the tarot and our lives through music. Check out TarotTunes and MusicalConversations! Horse with No Name' America (Death) 'John Law Burned Down the Liquor Sto' by Chris Thomas King (Seven of Swords) 'Cult Leader' by King Mala (Emperor R) 'Is You Is or Is you Aint my Baby?' BB King version (The Lovers) 'The Band Played Waltzing Matilda' the Pogues (The Fool) 'Hoochie Coochie Man' by Muddy Waters (Magician) 'Beat the Devil's Tattoo' by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 'Vehicle' by Ideology (The Chariot) 'Veteran of the Psychic Wars' by Blue Oyster Cult (The Hanged Man) 'You Can't Lose What you Aint Never Had' by Muddy Waters (Five of Cups) 'Way Down We Go' by KALEO (The Tower)
39:50
July 02, 2022
Secular Voting for Witches
Secular Voting for Witches
Rachele Walter stops by the podcast to talk about why secular voting is important for witchy and Pagan-umbrella voters.  She is a secular activist in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is Chair of Secular Democrats of Nebraska, President of Lincoln Atheists, and the Director for American Atheists-Nebraska. She has been involved in politics for over 35 years. 
58:06
June 29, 2022
Daily Magic w/ Judika Illes
Daily Magic w/ Judika Illes
Daily Magic is a perpetual calendar focused on days of spiritual and magical significance. April 30th for example, is perfect for spellcasting—especially spells for love, romance, fertility, and prosperity. Judika Illes teaches you how to create rituals and cast spells, provides recipes for potions, and offers advice on creating feasts to honor sacred beings. Judika Illes is an independent scholar, educator, and author of several books of folklore, folkways, and mythology. Judika is a graduate of Rutgers University and has a certification in therapeutic aromatherapy from the Australasian College of Herbal Studies. Her books include Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells, Encyclopedia of Spirits, The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, The Weiser Field Guide to Witches, and The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal (published under the name Judith Joyce). :This episode sponsored by Blackthorn's Botanicals:
01:12:06
May 26, 2022
Practical Occult w/ Alison Chicosky
Practical Occult w/ Alison Chicosky
Alison stops by the podcast to talk about thaumaturgy, the Greek Magical Papyri, and results based practices Practical Occult (www.practicaloccult.com) Forthcoming: The Secrets of Helios: Unlocking the Practical Uses of PGM IV. 1596-1715 Sponsored by Blackthorn's Botanicals (BlackthornsBotanicals.com)
59:25
May 18, 2022
Lessons From The Empress
Lessons From The Empress
Lessons from the Empress: A Tarot Workbook for Self-Care and Creative Growth A hands-on workbook for using tarot to discover and express your authentic self―the foundation of true self-care. Cassandra Snow has been a tarot reader in some capacity since they were eighteen years old and have gone pro for the last decade. Their work includes teaching and writing about tarot and witchcraft as well as doing readings. Cassandra is also calling on their BA in Theatre Arts and Humanities from Waldorf College for this project, and the decade-and-a-half experience they have leading creative teams as a theatre director, producer, and show curator with Gadfly Theatre Productions. Siri Vincent Plouff is the brain behind the radical Heathenry podcast, Heathen’s Journey. Siri runs several flagship teaching programs, such as the annual Witchcraft Immersion, which is a witchcraft apprenticeship program, and Radical Runes. They have been a practicing witch for nearly twenty years and have been reading tarot and runes professionally for six. Sponsored by Blackthorn's Botanicals dot com.
01:04:22
May 10, 2022
Disability in Paganism: Two perspectives
Disability in Paganism: Two perspectives
Heather K Veitch has been practicing Witchcraft for over thirty-five years, and holds degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2014, and has been exploring how to best modify her magical practice to support the ups and downs of her condition. Visit her online at http://www.heathwitch.com and @heathwitch on Instagram and TikTok.
01:45:34
April 19, 2022
Talking Tarot Mood with Natalie Meraki
Talking Tarot Mood with Natalie Meraki
Natalie Meraki is the creator of Tarot Mood deck, the Mood Oracle, Young Witch Tarot deck and a raucous fun time was had by all. (There are some brief mature themes in this episode, so listen wisely.) Check out Natalie's Create your own Tarot deck workshop! https://nataliemeraki.com/ @TarotMood on Insta @MerakiMetaphysical on TikTok Other resources: 78 Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack The Ultimate Guide to Tarot by Liz Dean Tarot Teas: BlackthornsBotanicals.com
01:08:02
March 30, 2022
Pagan Businesses
Pagan Businesses
Today I'm answering questions about what it is like to own a Pagan business, what we experience that non-Pagan businesses don't have to navigate, and how to make your Pagan business happy, healthy, prosperous and protected.   Blackthorn's Protection Magic out March 1st from Weiser Books. Download the first two chapters free at AmyBlackthorn.com
40:49
February 04, 2022
Samhain Minisode
Samhain Minisode
Readers have submitted stories and comments about persecution faced by witches in the workplace and in their community. Content warning: threats of harm.
25:37
October 27, 2021
Hex Twisting and Protection Magic
Hex Twisting and Protection Magic
Sponsored by BlackthornsBotanicals.com Diana Rajchel stops by the podcast to chat about reversing curses in a variety of communities, how magic feels differently in city settings and the nuance of being an invited guest.   http://dianarajchel.com Https://facebook.com/dianarajchelauthor instagram: @drajchel TikTok: spooncherry01 Hex Twisting: Countermagick Spells for the Irritated WitchPaperback – Out December 8, 2021 Amy is now on TikTok! @BlackthornsBotanicals Blackthorn's Protection Magic: A Witch’s Guide to Mental and Physical Self-Defense by Amy Blackthorn  | Out Mar 1, 2022
55:43
October 23, 2021
Meditative Moment: Summer Sounds
Meditative Moment: Summer Sounds
Relax with me while we listen to the sounds of late summer in the Eastern Great Deciduous Forest. Breathe deeply and allow yourself to journey to the forest.
42:46
September 05, 2021
Interview: Shanna Stoker
Interview: Shanna Stoker
Join me in listening to the stories of art, tarot, and the connections witchcraft brings us with Shanna Stoker, descendant of Bram Stoker and creator of the Terror Tarot.
54:02
August 24, 2021
The Hexing Panel episode
The Hexing Panel episode
I'm joined by an expert panel to talk all things Hexy. Ivo Domínguez, Jr. www.newalexandrianlibrary.com  Byron Ballard, www.myvillagewitch.com Diotima Mantineia, www.uraniaswell.com Mortellus, Mortellus.com Show Notes: Content Warning: Minute 50-108 for survivors of violence Books Mentioned: Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations by Alexander Carmichael Practical Techniques of Psychic Self-defence by Murry Hope Hex Twisting: Counter-Magick Spells for the Irritated Witch by Diana Rajchel Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen Blackthorn's Protection Magic: A Green Witch's Guide to Self Defense by Amy Blackthorn Four Elements of the Wise: Working with the Magickal Powers of Earth, Air, Water, Fire by Ivo Dominguez Touch the Earth, Kiss the Sky: Allowing the Rational Mind to Welcome Magic & Spirituality by Diotima Mantineia Roots, Branches & Spirits: The Folkways & Witchery of Appalachia by H. Byron Ballard Seasons of a Magical Life: A Pagan Path of Living by H. Byron Ballard
01:35:48
June 05, 2021
Ritual Etiquette
Ritual Etiquette
Learn what’s expected of us as we start interacting with people outside again! From what to bring, or not bring to ritual, to who to talk to and when.
59:12
May 27, 2021
Nicholas Pearson Flower Essences from the Witch's Garden
Nicholas Pearson Flower Essences from the Witch's Garden
Nicholas Pearson stops by to chat with us about his books, crystals and plant spirits.   Nicholas Pearson is a flower essence practitioner and researcher whose love for plants grew alongside his love for the mineral kingdom. Best known for his work with crystal healing and Reiki, Nicholas is also a practicing witch and occultist. An internationally acclaimed presenter, Nicholas is the author of several books, including Crystals for Karmic Healing, Crystal Basics, and the forthcoming Flower Essences from the Witch’s Garden. He lives in Orlando, Florida. Find him at https://www.theluminouspearl.com
47:48
May 12, 2021
Beltane Salon with Cyndi Brannen
Beltane Salon with Cyndi Brannen
Cyndi Brannen of Keeping Her Keys and I got together for Beltane and chatted about:  our favorite herbal allies plant symbolism in magic Aesthetics in Witchcraft  maintaining healthy boundaries communicating with plant spirits and our top 3 plants to include in a witch's apothecary.
50:11
May 04, 2021
Courtney Weber Interview
Courtney Weber Interview
Courtney Weber is a Witch, author, Tarot adviser, and activist. She is the author of 'Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess,' 'Tarot for One: The Art of Reading for Yourself,' 'The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might and the forthcoming 'Hekate: Goddess of Witches.' She is a co-host of 'That Witch Life' podcast. She has been featured in Maxim, Playboy, Huffington Post, Vice, and the Thom Hartmann Show.  Visit her online at www.courtneyaweber.com.
54:06
April 29, 2021
Magical Herbalism for Beginners
Magical Herbalism for Beginners
This is a great interview with a friend of the podcast who had some questions for me about how to get started in incorporating herbs into our magic.   Check out AmyBlackthorn.com to book a reading with Amy!  Brought to you by BlackthornsBotanicals.com 
23:53
March 10, 2021
Graveyard Dirt and Necromancy
Graveyard Dirt and Necromancy
It's our one year birthday!   In this episode we have the fabulous Mortellus back with us to talk about the useful materials we can find to incorporate in our magical practice and how they demystify necromancy.  Hint: most of us are practicing necromancy, without even knowing it!  Find Mortellus' book, "Do I Have To Wear Black? Rituals, Customs and Funerary Etiquette for Modern Pagans" and other handmade curios at Mortellus.com 
01:02:13
February 08, 2021
Roots, Branches & Spirits: The Folkways & Witchery of Appalachia Release: Feb 8, 2021
Roots, Branches & Spirits: The Folkways & Witchery of Appalachia Release: Feb 8, 2021
The southern Appalachians are rich in folk magic and witchery. This book explores the region's customs and traditions for magical healing, luck, prosperity, and more. Author Byron Ballard―known as the village witch of Asheville, North Carolina―teaches you about the old ways and why they work, from dowsing to communicating with spirits. H. Byron Ballard, BA, MFA (Asheville, NC) is a western NC native, teacher, folklorist, and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at several festivals and conferences, including the Sacred Space Conference, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Starwood, Hexfest and many others. She serves as senior priestess and co-founder of Mother Grove Goddess Temple and the Coalition of Earth Religions/CERES, both in Asheville, NC. She podcasts about Appalachian folkways on "Wyrd Mountain Gals." Her essays are featured in several anthologies and she writes a regular column for SageWoman Magazine. Find her online at www.myvillagewitch.com.
01:01:31
January 27, 2021
Witchcraft For Beginners
Witchcraft For Beginners
Widely requested topic, WFB features a DOUBLE LENGTH EPISODE with words from: Mortellus https://www.mortellus.com Seeking Witchcraft Podcast anchor.fm/seekingwitchcraft Irisanya Moon www.irisanya.com Patti Wigington www.pattiwigington.com Heather, https://thephoenixnest-healing.com/ Misha Magdalene www.mishamagdalene.com That Kentucky Witch, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGUcGNGB-ZQ&t=10s Blackthorn's Botanicals https://BlackthornsBotanicals.com Blackthorn's Botanical Brews, Available wherever fine books are sold.
02:14:40
November 15, 2020
Botanical Witchcraft with Cyndi Brannen
Botanical Witchcraft with Cyndi Brannen
This is an hour-long salon discussion about botanical witchcraft with 'Keeping Her Keys' author Cyndi Brannen.  https://keepingherkeys.com Featuring tidbits from both authors Amy Blackthorn and Cyndi Brannen discussing protection of the home, how to begin a botanical magic practice, how to start a relationship with your Spirits of Place, and more! Cyndi discusses her new book, 'Entering Hekate's Garden' and what our 'weeds' are trying to tell us.  
01:01:31
November 09, 2020
The Fear of Witches
The Fear of Witches
It's 9 days to Halloween and I'm seeing more (Non-Pagan) people mentioning their fear of Witches.  I try to tease out those strands with past  experience and truth.  There's an announcement about my brand new candle line as well! Find those at BlackthornsBotanicals.com  As always you can email me your thoughts at blackthorngrovepodcast at Gmail dot com.
46:17
October 23, 2020
Competition in Witchcraft
Competition in Witchcraft
Is the competitive spirit destroying your practice? 'Comparison is the thief of joy' -Theodore Roosevelt If you do the thing that makes your heart sing, you'll bring magic into the world.   30-page preview of Blackthorn's Botanical Brews, out Oct 5th tinyurl.com/blackthornsbotanicalbrews.com Brought to you by BlackthornsBotanicals.com 
33:38
September 02, 2020
Blackthorn's Botanical Brews, Out Oct 5th, 2020
Blackthorn's Botanical Brews, Out Oct 5th, 2020
You can read the excerpt at TinyUrl.com/BlackthornsBotanicalBrews There are ones for Sacred Smoke, and Blackthorn's Botanical Magic as well. Tinyurl.com/SacredSmokeBook Tinyurl.com/BlackthornsbotanicalMagic 
32:42
August 19, 2020
Magic, True Will and Eyrie Twilight
Magic, True Will and Eyrie Twilight
Interview with Thelemite, producer of Hexwork Burlesque and all around awesome human, Eyrie Twilight.
52:00
July 17, 2020
Interview with magician and author, BJ Swain.
Interview with magician and author, BJ Swain.
Author of ‘Living Spirits: A Guide to Magic in a World of Spirits’ and ‘Luminarium: A Grimoire of Cunning Conjuration,’ BJ chats with us about his history blending several magical traditions and a history with the OTO with the divine practice of honoring his ancestors and Hekate.
44:60
May 29, 2020
Breath Work In Magic
Breath Work In Magic
We explore six methods for calming and centering yourself, to connect with your inner self in times of stress.
43:32
April 29, 2020
Mortellus on Dying Pagan.
Mortellus on Dying Pagan.
Mortellus is the High Priestess of the Coven of Leaves in Rutherfordton NC, a Gardnerian Coven operating an Outer Court training group who like to say that they are a bubbling cauldron of bitter esoterica slithering their way through Western North Carolina. Additionally, she is a Mortician, Author, Medium, and Necromancer. Her book of pagan death rites and rituals for Llewellyn is set to come out Winter of 2020 with a second un-announced project in the works. Currently, she resides on 3 acres that are hastily becoming overgrown again with her husband, daughter, two year old boy girl twins, two chickens, and one really, really ridiculous dog. Follow Mortellus on social media at: Insta: acrowandthedead Twitter: acrowandthedead Facebook.com/mortellus tinyurl.com/y5zzbnn3
46:04
March 27, 2020
A few of my favorite things!
A few of my favorite things!
A casual chat about some of my favorite magical small businesses. Perfume, jewelry, candles and soaps, all for your enjoyment.
42:36
March 21, 2020
Health, Wealth and Happiness
Health, Wealth and Happiness
De-stigmatizing mental health, money and magic, and striving for personal happiness in our practices.
44:51
March 11, 2020
Buzzword Witchcraft: Let’s get past the labels and embrace the Witch.
Buzzword Witchcraft: Let’s get past the labels and embrace the Witch.
We’re talking about kicking gatekeeping, embracing the practices and how our practices effect our lives. You’ll get a little background on Amy Blackthorn in an interview and a segment on touch, consent and hugging.
51:27
February 29, 2020
February 29, 2020
February 29, 2020
00:48
February 29, 2020