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Astrea Taylor




April 2021



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Air Magic TWPT talks to Astrea Taylor

Astrea comes from a very non-traditional background. She identified as a witch far before she ever heard about Wicca or any other historical figure. The out-of-body experiences she had at young ages showed her a whole other world out there that’s made of energy and spirit. Her other witchy childhood activities included poppet magic, glamor, weather magic, faery workings, spirit communication, and trance states. She has always had a sense of energy. She had some prophetic dreams and psychic experiences too. These practices came naturally to her. She was drawn to repeat them because of the mysterious, ecstatic way they made her feel.   

After studying several religions as a teen, she concluded that none of them fit her well enough besides new age paganism and eclectic witchcraft. She delved into books like When God Was a Woman, The Chalice and the Blade, Women Who Run With the Wolves, and The Spiral Dance.  

Astrea began blogging on Patheos in July 2017, which to her was really fun. She was amazed that people were interested in her opinion. 

Intuitive Witchcraft was the result of decades of personal study and practice, both as a solitary practitioner and in groups. It incorporates absolute freedom with intuition and options to create a personally relevant spirituality. It also includes supportive psychology. While the book has some well-researched information the originated from witchcraft traditions, everything is presented as options. They’re not necessarily indicative of her practice, but they could be yours if they feel right.

She loves writing. Sharing her thoughts, visions, and stories with other people brings her so much joy. She self-published two fiction books in 2015 and 2017, and a poetry zine in 2000. When she's not writing or working at her full-time job, she enjoys walking in forests, lounging with her enormous cat, dancing with fire, wearing elf ears, acting goofy, relaxing with her muggle husband, and dressing up with friends.  

Astrea is a big believer in equality for all people, doing charity work, and donating time and money to charitable/non-profit organizations. Her favorite groups match her ethos of anti-racism, religious freedom, pro-LGTBQIA+ issues, and charities that assist victims of violence. It’s her hope that we can all lift each other up, respect our individualities, and be compassionate about our differences.    

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Yasmine Galenorn




June 2019



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Witching Hour TWPT talks to Yasmine Galenorn

New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author YasmineGalenorn writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance including the Fury Unbound Series, the Wild Hunt Series, the Otherworld Series, the Bewitching Bedlam Series, and a number of others, as well as metaphysical nonfiction books.

She wrote for traditional publishers for twenty years, up until 2016, and now she has moved into being an indie author to give herself more freedom. In the past, she haswritten paranormal mysteries, and nonfiction metaphysical books. With over sixty-five books on the shelves, she is the 2011 Career Achievement Award Winner in Urban Fantasy, given by RT Magazine. 

Yasmine is a shamanic witch and she is considered an elder in the Pagan community, having been in the Craft since February 29th (yes, leap year day), 1980. She walks an eclectic path and consider her life to be a blend of teacups and tattoos–the former in her china closet, the latter on her skin– she is heavily inked. You’ll find some of her magickal musings under the category of “Paganism” on her blog.

She lives in KirklandWA with her husband Samwise and their cats, where she collects daggers, teapots, and tattoos.  Yasmine is a shamanic witch, has been in the Craft since 1980 and has created her own tradition, and is considered an elder in the Pagan Community

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Thorn Mooney



July 2018



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Traditional Witcca TWPT talks to Thorn Mooney

Thorn Mooney is a a witch who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She began studying and practicing various forms of witchcraft as a young teenager. Now in her thirties, she finds herself a working Gardnerian priestess with a strong solitary practice that relies on techniques culled from an assortment of Western esoteric traditions and what is sometimes called “traditional” witchcraft.  She is also heavily influenced by an extensive academic background, having specialized in American religions, evangelical Christianity, and contemporary Paganism at the MA level.  She moonlights as a lecturer and independent scholar, but professionally she now works as a public high school teacher. Thorn holds an MA in religious studies and works as a university lecturer, musician, and tarot reader.

She is the high priestess of Foxfire Coven, which is a traditional Gardnerian inner and outer court operating in the University area of Charlotte. 

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Lasara Firefox Allen


July 2016



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Jailbreaking the Goddess TWPT talks to LaSara Firefox Allen

Lasara Firefox Allen is the best selling author of Sexy Witch (2005), and Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality (7/2016), both published by Llewellyn Worldwide. A wild hearted change agent, Lasara delivers tools for transformation, provides strategies for embodiment, and creates vibrant spaces for personal and collective liberation. Lasara’s coaching and teaching work weaves together themes of empowerment, embodiment, body positivity, sexual liberation, feminism, and owning our whole selves. 

Lasara has been the proud proprietor of a thriving online teaching and coaching practice for over a decade. She has helped hundreds of clients through major life transitions. Her Entrepreneurial Trainings for Wild Hearts program is rooted in the joy she derives from helping clients find their purpose and make their mark. Lasara loves to help clients transition to online teaching and coaching, and start making money doing exactly the thing that is in them, waiting to be done.

While still working in the world proudly as an ordained Pagan clergy member, she consider herself a true Mystic at heart, and have experienced the awareness that the teachings at the heart of all religions and spiritual methodologies offer opportunity for enlightenment, liberation, and the opportunity for merging with the divine One. 

Over the years she has offered workshops and classes on diverse topics; relationships and intimacy, sexuality, Mysticism and spirituality, and many others. She is married to the love of her life and partner in all things wonderful, arduous, glorious, and transformational, Robert Allen, and mother to two amazing daughters. These three are some of her greatest and truest teachers. 

She is grateful to live in the wilds of northern California with her sweet little family, and to surround herself with a community of loving, like-minded souls.

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Jonathan Tapsell  

Ameth: The Life
and Times
of Doreen Valiente



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AMETH TWPT talks to Jonathan Tapsell

Jonathan Tapsell was born in 1964 in Sussex, the last county to  convert to Christianity and only then at the point of the sword. His interests in history and the esoteric led him to be chosen to archive the worlds largest treasury of Witchcraft memorabilia – the Doreen Valiente collection in 1999. The result of Jonathan’s work led to the publication of
Doreen’s poetry being published posthumously in ‘Charge of the Goddess’. His own work includes making action films in Asia, educational documentaries for the House of Lords, organising festivals and writing in numerous magazines. As an author he has written several books including one which is considered a minor gonzo classic.

Ameth is the first definitive biography of Doreen Valiente (1922-1999), an English Witch who became known as 'the Mother of Modern Witchcraft'. Based on the author's work collating her artefacts, interviewing people who knew her, reading and researching numerous personal magical documents and correspondence bequeathed by Doreen, this book gives unparalleled insight into her magical life. Evocatively recreating the atmosphere of British Witchcraft post-1951 after the repeal of the Witchcraft Act of 1735, the author explores Doreen's magical journey, including her initiation and relationship with Gerald Gardner. We are guided on a journey from the 1950's through to the early 1970's as she worked and interacted with Charles Cardell and the Coven of Atho, Robert Cochrane and the Clan of Tubal Cain, as well as the Regency coven. Ameth chronicles the whole of Doreen Valiente's colourful and varied life.

“At this rite Gardner and Dafo gave their new initiate a secret Witch-name known only to those within the Craft. Doreen was from then on to be known as – Ameth. Gardner is likely to have said these words taken fromhis own Book of Shadows:

“Hear, ye Mighty Ones, (Ameth) hath beenconsecrated Priestess and Witch of the Gods.” before asking the Gods to depart. Ameth true to her secret oaths of the Old Religion wouldneither disclose to either her husband or mother that she was now a fully-fledged Witch.”…

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Gemma Gary

September 2012

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Traditional Witchcraft TWPT talks to Gemma Gary

Gemma is a student, practitioner, author and artist of the Old Craft. She lives in a remote farm cottage on the outskirts of St Buryan, in Cornwall’s Penwith region; Mainland Britain’s most south-westerly region.  The village and the surrounding area are particularly rich in Witch-lore and ancient sacred stone monuments. From her study window Gemma can see the famous ‘Merry Maidens’ stone circle. 

Gemma’s working interests and research encompass witchcraft, folk-magical traditions, folklore and customs of Cornwall, the West and beyond, as well as ‘Modern Traditional Witchcraft’ and the ‘Craft of the Wica’.  

In addition to her practices as a working Cornish witch and charm maker, Gemma is the current serving Magistra of Ros An Bucca, a traditionalist Cornish witch kord (clan).  

Whilst the public have been well served with numerous books dealing with the history of Cornish witchcraft, Gemma’s first book Traditional Witchcraft - A Cornish Book of Ways has been the first to explore Cornish witchcraft as a continuing, developing and evolving contemporary practice; for working witches and their clients in Cornwall still remain.

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Cat Treadwell

July 2012

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A Druid's Tale TWPT talks to Cat Treadwell

Cat Treadwell,  is a Druid Priest living in Derbyshire, England with her partner and animal family. She is a professional ritual celebrant and multifaith worker, travelling throughout the East Midlands and beyond. She is currently working from White Rose in Alfreton as teacher, healer and spiritual advisor.  

She is a Trustee of The Druid Network as well as Reviews Coordinator and Media representative; also Regional Coordinator (Derbyshire) for the East Midlands Pagan Federation and member of OBOD. She is a regular speaker on BBC Radio Derby and Nottingham, and has appeared on BBC News on behalf of The Druid Network and East Midlands Ambulance Service. She is a contributor to the international ‘Witches & Pagans‘ site, and she has also survived multifaith days at schools in full Druid regalia, as well as various encounters with national journalists.

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Katalin Koda

June 2011

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Fire of the Goddess TWPT talks to Katalin Koda

Katalin Koda is a passionate explorer of earth stories, women’s mysteries and the mythic expression of our world. A practicing Vajrayana Buddhist, Koda also works with indigenous wisdom and shamanism in her healing practice. She is a visionary artist, poet and dreamer and has been teaching workshops on women’s wisdom and spirituality, Reiki, shamanic journey and chakra healing for over fifteen years. Katalin resides in Hawaii.

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Raymond Buckland


The Romani Tarot Deck by Raymond Buckland
An Interview by Melanie Harris

Author of nearly 60 books and an expert on countless occult topics, living legend Ray Buckland, called the "Father of American Wicca," continues to make contributions to the Tarot and Pagan communities.  His enormously popular, hard to find, and highly sought after Buckland-Romani Tarot, illustrated by Lissanne Lake, will soon be back in print, scheduled for publishing at Galde Press this Spring.  I wanted to talk to Ray about what it takes to be a great Tarot reader, and find out the details about his latest creation and his upcoming projects.  

Known as "The Father of American Wicca," Ray Buckland was responsible for introducing Wicca to the United States. He was the author of the first American book on the Old Religion written by a witch - WITCHCRAFT FROM THE INSIDE - and has since written nearly sixty others, including the classic BUCKLAND'S COMPLETE BOOK OF WITCHCRAFT and the three encyclopedias: THE WITCH BOOK, THE FORTUNETELLING BOOK and THE SPIRIT BOOK.

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Maxine Sanders



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Fire Child by Maxine Sanders

Maxine is a highly respected Priestess of the Sacred Mysteries. She has encouraged, enabled and inspired students of the Priesthood to take on the conscious mantle of their spiritual potential. She believes the catalyst for that inspiration comes from the Cauldron of the Goddess in all its guises. 

Among Maxine's students and Initiates are those who have written authoritative books and informative works on Modern Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, Gods and Goddesses, Seasonal rituals, Sabbats, Ceremonial magic, Cabbala and The Sacred Magic of the Angels.

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