53. Modern Witchcraft History (at CritWitchCon 2022)
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by Traegorn, Trae Dorn
1w ago
This episode of BS-Free Witchcraft is actually a panel from CritWitchCon 2022 this last October. Spend an hour with Alex Wrekk, Bree NicGarran, Lozzie Stardust and myself as we talk about the history of modern witchcraft. Also you get to listen to me speed run like 130 years of history in under five minutes. It’s a lot of fun, and I think you’ll like it. (And, of course, don’t forget this show is part of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network, and funded by listeners like you via Patreon. Consider joining our Discord!) Music: “The Man With One Eye” (Trae Dorn) / Random Loops (Apple Music Library ..read more
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52. Another Spooky Episode
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by Traegorn, Trae Dorn
1M ago
It’s October, and that means we’re in the spookiest of seasons! With that in mind we continue the podcast’s long standing tradition of doing a ghost stories episode! This year Trae is joined by Jodie Haas, co-host and co-creator of Nerd & Tie Podcast Network Shows Cool & Unusual Punishment and Pour Man’s History, as they take a moment to talk about the nature of “ghosts,” the folklore that develops around them, bears as cryptids, and a particularly dark tale from Wisconsin’s history. It’s a fun ride. (And, of course, don’t forget this show is part of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network ..read more
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48. What Is a Witch?
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by Traegorn, Trae Dorn
5M ago
Can you believe we made it this long without doing an episode answering a question this basic? I mean, yeah, sure, I cover it a little in episode one — but after running across something online, I realized I really wanted to do something more complete on the matter. So that’s the question we’re answering this month. Mostly. Sort of. You’ll find out. And remember, if you want to get questions in for this year’s Q&A/Feedback episode, send them in before July 15th here! (And, of course, don’t forget this show is part of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network, and funded by listeners like you via ..read more
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45. Burnout.
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by Traegorn, Trae Dorn
9M ago
Burnout is something that every witch will likely have to deal with in their lives, and it’s just something we sort of have to deal with. So, in this episode, that’s what we’re talking about. And it’s mostly because, uh, a certain someone is currently burned out beyond all belief. (And, of course, don’t forget this show is part of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network, and funded by listeners like you via Patreon.) Music: “So I Said It,” “The Man With One Eye,” “Untitled Nonsense” (Trae Dorn) / Random Loops (Apple Music Library ..read more
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44. That Crystals Episode
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by Traegorn, Trae Dorn
10M ago
On this episode of BS-Free Witchcraft it’s finally come time for an episode on crystals. Yep, almost three and a half years into this witchcraft podcast, and we’re finally going to talk about the shiny rocks we all like to hoard. But here’s the thing — this might not be the episode you expect, because there’s a dark side to crystals. A dark side we all need to deal with and be aware of. The entire second half of this episode is a content warning. (And, of course, don’t forget this show is part of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network, and funded by listeners like you via Patreon.) Links: Tom Br ..read more
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43. “Lilith”
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by Traegorn, Trae Dorn
11M ago
As long as I can remember, people have been debating whether or not it’s okay for non-Jewish witches to incorporate Lilith into their practices. Is Lilith closed? Is it cultural appropriation? There’s so much misinformation in new age and poorly written witchcraft books on Lilith, it’s hard for some witches to get a clear picture. Like I’ve run into folks on social media talking about Lilith as a “Goddess,” which she very much isn’t. Let’s dive into the origins of the folklore surrounding this figure, and I’ll let you decide whether or not it’s okay to work with Lilith. But, uh, spoiler – I do ..read more
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42. The Myth Who Stole Christmas
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by Traegorn, Trae Dorn
1y ago
On this (very last minute) episode of the podcast, we’re looking at the myths surrounding paganism and Christmas… and how some of the claims that circulate this time of year don’t really have a lot of historical grounding. Or, in some cases, any at all. Frankly I just needed to do something that isn’t depressing to talk about after last month. (And, of course, don’t forget this show is part of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network, and funded by listeners like you via Patreon.) Important Links: The Heathen Celebration of Yule (and was it stolen?) (Ocean Keltoi) Music: “So I Said It,” “The Man ..read more
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41. Predators, Abusers, and Cults
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by Traegorn, Trae Dorn
1y ago
Content Warning: This episode discusses trauma, abuse, child sexual abuse, and other topics related to those issues. Listener discretion is advised. On this episode of BS-Free Witchcraft we’re talking about manipulators, predators, abusers, and cult-ish behavior in the modern witchcraft movement. From online spaces to real world ones, we need to know how to recognize and identify these behaviors. This episode focuses on trying to identify the issues to look out for, and Lee Bradford (creator of The Sweeney Tarot) appears to talk about their experience with a particular individual in real life ..read more
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40. Let’s Get Spooky-ish!
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by Traegorn, Trae Dorn
1y ago
Well, we’ve reached that special time of year where it’s time to talk about ghost stories on the podcast! Sort of! This year, Trae is joined by Lee Bradford (creator of The Sweeney Tarot), who returns to the podcast after three years. We talk about ghosts, cryptids, and legends that don’t quite pan out. This year it’s a much more general episode with a lot more fun debunking of weird cryptids and legends, and less ghosts… but there are still ghosts? There are still ghosts. I promise there are still ghosts. (And, of course, don’t forget this show is part of the Nerd & Tie Podcast Network, a ..read more
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39. Mabon and Aidan Kelly
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by Traegorn, Trae Dorn
1y ago
In the last few years there has been some minor push back against using the name “Mabon” for the Autumnal Equinox. In this episode we’re going to talk about how Mabon got its name, who came up with the name, and why exactly a small group of British Traditional Wiccans are so mad about it. Spoiler: it’s because a bunch of Gardnerian Wiccans are mad at Aidan Kelly. I know this episode is Wicca-focused, but I think it’s important information for most modern witches to know. Important Links: Seeking Witchcraft “Why ‘Mabon’ is a Lie” (September 18, 2020) Aidan Kelly “About Naming Ostara, Litha, a ..read more
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