Episode 21: Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman

Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman of Active Culture FamilyYaya Erin Rivera Merriman is a Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner, Ritualist, Goddess Scholar, Mother, and Artist. Best known as the director of Active Culture Family, Erin walks a path of community stewardship and service to Gaia through her roles as lead facilitator of the Medicine Mandala Green Magic Apprenticeship program, and as Priestess of Bridge Temple, a remote off-grid mystery school, healing sanctuary, culture farm, and library of earth magic located on sacred land in the Cleveland National Forest of San Diego, CA.

In this episode, Erin shares her path from a Connecticut upbringing to studying art to entering into a deep level of spiritual practice. We discuss chronic illness as teacher, the power of authenticity in marketing, and the shadow of life. Erin describes her role in offering the medicine of negative space and creating community.

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Show Notes

Connect with Erin:
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Instagram

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Episode 20: Courtney Alexander

Courtney Alexander Dust II Onyx on So You Wanna Be A Witch

Courtney Alexander is an artist, publisher, and the creator of the Dust II Onyx tarot deck. When I first saw images from her deck, I was left breathless with the depth and power that they hold. Courtney mentions in this episode that most of the tarot decks featuring people of color are not in fact made by people of color, and Courtney’s work cuts through that noise to offer a distinct and much-needed point of view for tarot.

In this episode, Courtney explores her journey from studying advertising to committing to being an artist, with stops along the way to explore her identity, body image, and spiritual life in the context of race. We talk about moving through this world in larger bodies, and Courtney shares how her early work examined size in our culture.

Courtney then traces the creation of Dust II Onyx: A Melanted Tarot from her first designs to the foundation point of featuring black people and images on a black background.  She shares about learning to trust herself through the process of writing the guidebook, and the challenges of using Kickstarter to launch Dust II Onyx and managing expectations.

Want to preorder the second edition of Dust II Onyx? You can do so here.

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Show Notes

Connect with Courtney:
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Courtney talks about the story of Roman Charity and how she painted herself into it.

V Magazine is the source of much of Courtney’s collage clippings for Dust II Onyx.

Courtney is inspired by the work of artists Wangechi Mutu and Mickalene Thomas.

Amanda Michelle Jones of Brown Girl Tarot edited the Dust II Onyx book.

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Learn more about your host Sarah M. Chappell and book an intuitive tarot counseling session here.

Episode 19: Samantha Story

 

Acupuncturist Samantha Story on So You Wanna Be A Witch

Classical Chinese Medicine has become a transformative part of my own health and wellbeing, and I am thrilled to have an expert on the podcast to share about her practice and experience! Samantha Story MS, L.Ac is an acupuncturist and healer based in New York City. Samantha stumbled upon Chinese Medicine and in it found the language and framework to describe the way she has always viewed the world.

In this episode, Samantha gives us a primer on Classical Chinese Medicine, how it differs from Traditional Chinese Medicine, and covers the basics of acupuncture and how it works. She also shares about starting her business, overcoming the discomfort of asking for money, the magic of continuity, and working with judgement.

And just when you think it’s over… Samantha turns the tables and asks me about my experience with Chinese Medicine! I talk about receiving treatment at the Daoist Traditions Student Clinic, and the books that Samantha had suggested that I read including The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted Kaptchuk, Between Heaven and Earth by Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold, and Stone Medicine by Leslie J. Franks. I also mention Ro Giuliano of Dreamers and Diviners who was my first acupuncturist.

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Show Notes

Connect with Samantha:
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Instagram
Facebook

 

See Samantha’s “metal mustache” here.

Samantha studied with Daoist priest Jeffrey Yuen and works at Treatment by Lanshin, Love Is Juniper, and Take Care NYC. She mentioned taking a tarot class with previous pod guest Lindsay Mack and training in breathwork with Erin Telford.

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Episode 18: La Vonne Natasha Caesar

La Vonne Natasha Caesar of The Lighthouse Vibration

Welcome to Season Two of So You Wanna Be A Witch! I am honored to kick off with the indescribably magical La Vonne Natasha Caesar. La Vonne is a medicine woman with a deep bag of tools who intuitively blends womb knowledge, Reiki, Thai yoga bodywork, and herbalism in her custom Total Energy Alignment (TEA) sessions. Her focus on womb energy and yoni steaming has helped her to facilitate great shifts in her clients, and in herself.

In this episode, La Vonne shares about her life-changing accident that left her clinically dead and shifted the course of her existence from poet and academic to healer.  La Vonne’s process of relearning to read, write, walk, and live on this physical plane exposed her to the modalities that would become her work. Her recovery led her through multiple suicide attempts and severe depression, and she shares about the nonlinear experience of living with the memory of death.  This is a deep and rich episode, punctuated by La Vonne’s poetic words and infectious laughter that includes talk of urine magic to win the lottery and a vibrational theory of race.

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Show Notes

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La Vonne mentioned the Mystical Yoga Farm where she received her yoga teachers training, and Ananda Ashram where she lived.

She quoted from The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles and Bringers of the Dawn by Barbara Marciniak.

Learn more about your host Sarah M. Chappell and book an intuitive tarot counseling session here.

Episode 17: Lauren Haynes

Lauren Haynes of Wooden Spoon Herbs

Lauren Haynes of Wooden Spoon Herbs is an herbalist with a beautiful product line out of the mountains of Georgia. She came to plant medicine through the DIY and punk scenes, and now offers over 50 remedies and has been featured in Vogue Magazine.

This episode dives right into the meat of running a soul-centered small business! Lauren shares about manifestation magic, southern folk medicine, conversing with plants, and the pressure to produce. We talk about plants for cute-as-a-button dreams, Stranger things, and the importance of good internet access.

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Show Notes

Connect with Lauren:
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Lauren studies with Appalachian herbalist Phyllis Light.

For amazing online writing on herbalism Lauren recommends Sophia Rose of La Abeja Herbs, Snakeroot Apothecary, Stina Swesey of Mother Mountain Herbals, and past podcast guests Milla Prince, Amber Hill, and Asia Suler.

For more about the intersection of energy and bodywork, Lauren suggests books by Candace Pert and Anne Kent Rush.

Learn more about your host Sarah M. Chappell and book an intuitive tarot counseling session here.

Episode 16: Barrie Cohen

 

Textile designer Barrie Cohen on So You Wanna Be A WitchHedge witch Barrie Cohen of Beezie Textiles is a fiber artist working to integrate plant magic and fabric for beauty and healing. Barrie’s experiences working on farms introduced her to herbal medicine and the deep lore of flowers. Now, she is using her art to craft custom garments and home goods full of plant power!

In this episode, we jump into the disconnect of growing up separated from the food system, the importance of washing your face, magical meanings of plants, and the synchronistic gifts of New York City. Barrie explores her journey to owning her own business, and shares a bit about how it is shifting in the next few months.  She also shares about natural dyes and offers some tips to get you started.

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Show Notes

Connect with Barrie:
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Barrie uses Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs to learn about their lore. She also recommends the work of Catherine Yronwode at Lucky Mojo.

Learn more about your host Sarah M. Chappell and book an intuitive tarot counseling session here.

Episode 15: Rochelle Eisenberger

Rochelle Eisenberger of Empress Herbs

Rochelle is so rad. She’s an herbalist with a private practice and retail shop and will just wrap you up in her passion for plants and help you to heal.  I met Rochelle while teaching at Everyday Magic and was taken by her warmth and willingness to share about her winding path to owning an herbal medicine bar in downtown Durham, North Carolina.

In this episode, we talk about gentrification, chronic illness, Jesus and fundamentalism, yarrow (praise be to yarrow), and Reiki as spiritual draino. Rochelle shares about the personal experiences that led her to herbalism and how they shaped her beliefs around what healing really is.

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Show Notes

Connect with Rochelle:
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Rochelle’s shop is inside Everyday Magic and next to The Zen Succulent.

Rochelle mentioned the Weston A. Price Foundation and the work of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Learn more about your host Sarah M. Chappell and book an intuitive tarot counseling session here.

Episode 14: Milla Prince

Milla Prince The Woman Who Married a Bear on So You Wanna Be A Witch

Milla Prince of The Woman Who Married A Bear and Fireweed & Nettle Herbals is the witch of my dreams. She’s a fiercely smart and hilarious folk herbalist, activist, and writer who single-handedly changed my life. To be clear, I’ve met only Milla once. But once was enough. Her passion charges through her work and the vulnerability she shares with us as she navigates the joys and struggles of running a business while trying to save the world.

In this episode of So You Wanna Be A Witch we talk about how Milla made me cry, cultural appropriation and the longing of the landless, business plans and the lack thereof, burnout, and salt. Milla speaks honestly about the sticky bits of product-based businesses, alternative economies, and the medicine that she is offering to this world.

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Show Notes

Connect with Milla:
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Milla mentioned Bill McKibbin and his book The End of Nature.

She references previous So You Wanna Be A Witch episodes with Amber Magnolia Hill and Asia Suler, as well as my rambling soliloquy. 

Milla and I met at Spirit Weavers in 2016, where she teaches.

Milla shared the work of her friend Ayana Young, who is the founder of the For The Wild non-profit and podcast.

Mugs are the most important thing in this world. Phoebe Wahl designs beautiful enamel mugs that are featured heavily on Milla’s Instagram. #muglife

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Episode 13: Sarah Magdalena Love

Sarah Magdalena Love

I have deep admiration for folks who are able to to meld the magic and the mundane in their work. Despite years of marketing, I still hold that somewhat separate in my mind from my healing and intuitive business, like somehow they cannot coexist in my mind at the same time.

Sarah Magdalena Love works in a place where that limit does not exist (YES THAT’S A MEAN GIRLS REFERENCE). Sure, they have two websites, one for web design work and one for witchy things. But at its core, their business is a united front. Sarah creates intentional websites and digital strategies for small, ethical business that are heartfelt and authentic. Their work centers sustainability and creates a bridge between big dreams and practical design solutions. Sarah is also a queer artist and writer, a lover of plants, a tarot reader and a magic maker.

In this episode, we cover everything from online branding and website tools to climbing sacred mountains in the dark with dogs. Sarah shares about hustling at a day job to grow their online business, how the law of attraction is a little bit bullshit in our structurally oppressive society, and pushing aside the binary baggage of traditional decks to develop a relationship to the tarot.

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Show Notes

Connect with Sarah:
Witch website
Web design site
Podcast
Instagram
Facebook

Sarah mentioned some tools they use in their business such as:

  • Canva: check out Sarah’s Canva branding course here. I use Canva for most of my graphics; it’s quite a bit more approachable than Photoshop.
  • Teachable: Sarah just launched a course on making courses here
  • ConvertKit: I use AND LOVE. This is an affiliate link; if you signup through it I receive a small commission which supports the podcast and you get an awesome tool to grow your mailing list. I’m seriously such a fan and happy to chat about ConvertKit if you’re interested in using it.

Sarah’s a fan of Rosemary Gladstar’s herbal work; check out her great introductory herbal medicine book here. They also shared a wish jar practice from Lisa Nagel, and have found the Little Red Tarot blog empowering.

Sarah reads tarot with The Wild Unknown and The Fountain Tarot decks, and loves the Vessel Oracle deck.

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Learn more about your host Sarah M. Chappell and book an intuitive tarot counseling session here.

Episode 12: Rachel Budde

 

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I have always been rather vain. Nothing wrong with that – I am a Libra, after all. But I care about how I look, how others perceive me, and the shape of the space I take up in this world. When I got sober and started back on the path of herbalism and alternative healing, I felt like I had to abandon any interest in my physicality. It seemed wrong to dress like I always had, to care about fashion or beauty, to wear makeup and spend time on my skin. I threw it all out, bought a bunch of linen, and focused my mind on more noble pursuits.

It was a little bit bullshit. But the fear that I feel, the fear that adornment is somehow a less worthy use of my time and energy, is very real. Rachel Budde joins me this episode to share about her journey as an artist and herbalist to become the founder of Fat and the Moon. Rachel’s product line is almost exclusively topical. She makes everything from deodorant and tooth powder to lipstick and eye kohl. She finds the ritual in adornment, the necessity in decoration. By drawing on her family’s Slovenian heritage and her own studies, she moves beauty and self-care from the profane to the sacred.

Rachel also dives into the development of her business as an extension of her artistic practice, creating a book proposal, and the idea of skin as the edge where we meet the world.

You can listen to the interview below, or on the podcasting platform of your choice. If you enjoy the show, please leave a review on iTunes so Rachel’s message can reach more folks.

(By the way, my darling and very loud dog makes a cameo in the middle of the interview. She feels very strongly about finding traditional ways of knowing without engaging in cultural appropriation, and wanted to make sure to share her opinion.)

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Show Notes

Connect with Rachel:
Fat and the Moon Website
Rachel’s Website
Instagram

Rachel has studied with Joshua Muscat, Isla Burgess, Aviva Romm, and Kathleen Harrison. She also had training in Hakomi somatic psychotherapy.

Rachel mentioned her friends and stockist Kitkitdizzi.

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