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How To Be Magical

How To Be Magical

By Soul Things Botanica
What do you get when you ask a Black round the way Brooklyn girl how she began her spiritual journey? Welcome to How to be Magical, the podcast!


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Mysticism & Music Pt. 2
Last week I sat with Brooklyn emcee and magical being Savage the Poet as we discussed his new project Keep Your Head in the Clouds. Listen to the Ep on Spotify and watch the video for ‘Plane’ on YouTube. It’s so dope and oh so dreamy! Here’s part 2 and the conclusion of our conversation, ‘Mysticism & Music’.
01:04:24
April 24, 2021
Mysticism & Music Pt. 1
It's National Poetry Month! This week's episode features the incredibly eloquent Savage The Poet. Listen in as we talk about the magic of music and about his journey as an independent artist. Check out his new EP 'Keep Your Head in the Clouds' and be sure to pop back in next week for the conclusion of this conversation. 
59:50
April 16, 2021
Dating While Elevating Pt. 2
A continuation from last seasons episode on dating.
51:13
February 12, 2021
Madamas
Happy Black History Month! Everyone’s spiritual practice is different and there are as many Madamas as there are women. This episode of the How To Be Magical Podcast is an in-depth discussion about who the Madamas are and the ways that we honor that commission of spirits. This week's special guest is vocalist, historian, and ethnomusicologist TreZure Empire.  Follow TreZure! Website Instagram Twitter Check out the Soul Searching blog for links, resources, and more information about what was shared in this episode.  Follow The How To Be Magical Podcast! Instagram Facebook
53:27
February 4, 2021
Reimaginations of Blackness
2021's first episode is all about history and how we can learn from the mistakes and triumphs of the past. 
44:26
January 14, 2021
Defensive Arts (part 2)
Let’s get really personal. Here’s my story and here’s why we, as a community, need to stand up for what is right. Your character is everything. Iwa pele cannot be purchased!
26:54
December 11, 2020
Defensive Arts & Left Hand Work
In this episode of the HTBM podcast Nikki discusses a few simple techniques to employ when doing protective work. As always check out the Soul Searching blog for links, resources and more information about what was shared.
51:31
November 14, 2020
The Good Spirits PART 2
In this week's episode, Nikki sits down with espirtista and Olorisha, John Michael Corales to go deeper into the origins and practices of espiritismo. From Espiritismo Cruzado to Espiritismo Criollo to family patron saints, listen in as JM goes in about The Good Spirits. Follow John Michael on Instagram at @elbrujocoral. As always be sure to check the blog for show notes, resources, and links to learn more about this episode.
57:03
November 5, 2020
The Good Spirits [Part 1]
In this week's episode, Nikki sits down with espirtista and Olorisha, John Michael Corales to go deeper into the origins and practices of espiritismo. From Espiritismo Cruzado to Espiritismo Criollo to family patron saints, listen in as JM goes in about The Good Spirits. Follow John Michael on Instagram at @elbrujocoral. As always be sure to check the blog for show notes, resources, and links to learn more about this episode.
55:13
October 29, 2020
The Path of Two Waters
In this week's episode of HTBM Nikki has a talk with writer Keka Araujo of Negra with Tumbao about Keka's journey as an Olorisha and priestess of Two Waters (Oshun and Yemaya). Follow Keka on social at @negra_with_tumbao on Instagram and Negra with Tumbao on Facebook. As always be sure to check the blog for show notes, resources, and links to learn more about this episode at https://blog.soulthingsbotanica.com/archives/869
58:56
October 22, 2020
The White Table
In this weeks episode of HTBM we are talking about Espiritismo! Listen in as Nikki is joined by Caribbean historian and culturalist Elliott Ray Lassi as they share their journeys in discovering their roots, ancestry, and personal histories through the vehicles of mediumship, prayer and ancestor elevation. Follow Elliott on Instagram at @elliott.r.lassi to learn more about his work as a writer, genealogist and musician. As always be sure to check the blog to get more information on this episode in the show notes https://blog.soulthingsbotanica.com/archives/859
01:17:59
October 15, 2020
The Kalunga Line
In this episode of the How To Be Magical podcast I am joined by the lovely Sade Oyaniiyun Adona aka @qweenkobra as we discuss dreams, egbe, and astral travel from an African diasporic perspective. Follow Sade on Instagram @qweenkobra and check the Soul Searching blog for more show notes and resources on this episode https://blog.soulthingsbotanica.com/archives/856
01:17:30
October 8, 2020
I Am
Full Moon in Aries and my birthday month? This episode is all about ME! Some personal revelations and a little social spiritual experiment that I hope I passed. For show notes and resources about this episode check the blog https://blog.soulthingsbotanica.com/archives/850
55:59
October 2, 2020
Carnival Tabanca
There was no West Indian Day parade in Brooklyn this year. In this episode of the How To Be Magical podcast I'm back with cousin Devante aka Di Chow Man. Listen in as we discuss the magic of carnival, how it became the essential diasporic tradition that we honor today and how we can continue to use it as a vehicle of protest and liberation. Follow Devante on Instagram @dichowman and @babacornhusk Check the Soul Searching blog for more show notes and resources on this episode https://blog.soulthingsbotanica.com/archives/839
50:15
September 24, 2020
Caribbean Connections & Diaspora Sounds
In this episode of the How To Be Magical podcast I talk with ethnomusicologist and vocalist TreZure Empire about the cross-cultural connection between Black Americans and Caribbean Latinx folks. There's so much to discuss but here's the raw convo between us two. Connect with TreZure on social to learn more about diaspora sounds and it's continued influence on our experience as children of the diaspora. Follow TreZure on Instagram at @trezureempire, @diasporaplay and @becomingthebotanica. For show notes and resources about this episode check the blog https://blog.soulthingsbotanica.com/archives/828
01:02:51
September 17, 2020
Who Are The Spiritual Baptists?
Welcome to the second season of the How To Be Magical podcast! The first episode is a super enlightening convo with Devante aka Di Chow Man about the origins and practices of Trinidadian Spiritual Baptist tradition. Be sure to connect with Devante on social as he is truly a wealth of information on Caribbean folk tradition and history. Follow Devante on Instagram @dichowman and @babacornhusk Check the Soul Searching blog for more show notes and resources on this episode https://blog.soulthingsbotanica.com/archives/830
01:00:53
September 17, 2020
The Essentials
What are the things that are absolutely essential in a time of uncertainty? How can we fortify ourselves, our ancestors and our tribe using the things we have at our disposal?
32:42
March 29, 2020
The Rona
Community wellness and ancestral guidance at the height of global Coronavirus Pandemonium. What would your great grandma do?
40:10
March 16, 2020
Put The Sage Down
On spiritual conservatism and blind consumerism. Why you can’t buy your way into your spiritual gifts when time, discipline and devotion are free!
31:38
March 3, 2020
Dating While Elevating
How do you navigate romance while on your spiritual journey? A quick talk about how working with your spirit guides can be a challenging yet rewarding process for your dating life.
34:25
February 25, 2020
Strong Rum + Stronger Prayers
What is your ancestors love language? Why do we pray? Why do we give offerings?
30:54
February 14, 2020
Bad Mind + The Evil Eye
What is malochia? What is bad mind? How do we participate in bad mind culture and what can we do when we get hit with the evil eye?
29:15
February 1, 2020
The Lab + The Scientist
What are some basic items to keep in your magical stash? What are some ways that you are documenting and tracking your spiritual journey? In this episode I’m sharing a few tips on how I stay focused and engaged on my path.
29:10
January 26, 2020
Altars
Your altars are a place to come together with your ancestors, honor your highest self and to do your spiritual work. What are some of the ways you can build and experience intimacy with your altar workings? Listen to find out more.
34:55
January 17, 2020
Readings 101
Have you ever gotten a reading? Are you curious about what to expect after you book one? Listen in to hear some tips on what to look for when scheduling a reading and how to get the most out of this sacred divination practice.
28:31
January 11, 2020
Get In Yuh Section
When starting your spiritual journey how can you stay aligned and committed when you aren’t fully sure of what you’re doing yet? Listen in to learn some ways you can strengthen yourself while challenging yourself to grow on your path.
36:58
January 5, 2020
Welcome to How To Be Magical, the podcast!
Happy new year! Welcome to How To Be Magical, The Podcast: one black woman’s journey to being who she is supposed to be in the eyes of her ancestors. Created by Nikki Buchanan of Soul Things Botanica, HTBM touches on myriad of topics such as how to connect with your ancestral energies, how to keep your head on straight when the world is testing you and how to exact yourself in a society that wants you to play small. Listen in every week for discussions about all things soulful from the perspective of a black native Brooklynite.
28:44
January 2, 2020