October news!

Happy October!

Yes, indeed, it’s finally Pumpkin Season (or as I prefer to call it: Pomegranate Season), and all sorts of witchly winds are starting to blow. I hope your full moon was fruitful, and that you are getting ready to turn inward and commune with spirits of all sorts.

My month kicked off magically, as I got to deliver my “Witch Pictures: Female Magic and Transgression” presentation as a guest lecturer at the New School to a Witchcraft and Feminism class last week. I also participated in New Zealand’s tremendous “Occulture: The Dark Arts” exhibition via a filmed piece at my home and a live Q&A Skype session, both of which screened at the City Gallery Wellington last week. The film will be made available online soon, and I will be sure to let you know when it’s up.
In the meantime, there are plenty of other ghoulish and ghostly goings-on:
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THE 3RD OCCULT HUMANITIES CONFERENCE AT NYU IS THIS WEEKEND!
 The third Occult Humanities Conference at NYU is nearly here and is SOLD OUT. However, PLEASE NOTE that the vending area, gallery exhibition of Tin Can Forest’s work, Saturday night evening performance, and Sunday evening closing reception are all FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th, per the posted schedule on the website.

 


We can’t wait to see you at some or all of our occultic weekend.

 

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SABAT 4: ELEMENTS

I’ve been thrilled to be a contributor to every issue of the exquisite Sabat Magazine since it launched, and the next one is really something special. Sabat 4: Elements is a 5 poster, unbound booklet, with each piece focusing on one of the 5 elements. It’s part periodical, part dark art. My essay, “Dirty Divinity,” is in the Earth section, and I was honored to get to dig deep for this one. Order your copy of the Sabat 4: Elements set here.
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LITERARY WITCHES OUT TOMORROW!

 



As I mentioned in the last newsletter, I wrote the forward to “Literary Witches” by Taisia Kitaiskaia with illustrations by Katy Horan. It’s out tomorrow, so please support these wyrd women and pick up your gorgeous copy in a bookshop near you or online here.

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IN WILD AIR

I’ll be the featured guest for the In Wild Air newsletter next week. All issues are archived online eventually, but if you’d like to read mine ASAP, you can sign up for the newsletter here.
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WITCH WORKS 
 
My WitchEmoji sticker pack for iPhone iMessage is still going strong, and it is perfect for your texts about Halloween hijinx and Samhain schemes. It’s got loads of great reviews and is super fun to use, so do make sure to nab yours here. 
And of course, What Is A Witch, my and Tin Can Forest’s illuminated incantation in book form, is a perfect gift for your favorite witches! 
 
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There’s more exciting news on the horizon, so you will most likely be hearing from me again later this month. Until then, may your veils be thin, your coats thick, and your hearts full of might and magic.

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TONIGHT Art & the Occult panel at NoMad

I’m very excited to take part in The Assemblage’s Art & the Occult panel at 7pm tonight. It’s at The Assemblage NoMad at 114 East 25th St, and it’s free. It will be moderated by Haley Houseman, and feature Kevin Pelrine of the Tarot Society and artist Holly Simple. Tickets here. Come one, come all!

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Summer News!

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM

VERY EXCITING: the third Occult Humanities Conference at NYU will be taking place on October 13-15, 2017.



It is once again co-organized by Jesse Bransford and myself, and this year is shaping up to be the most magical yet. Full details are here, with even more to come. Tickets for the weekend are available here, so do be sure to get yours soon, as they will sell fast.
 

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APPEARANCES & APPARITIONS


On Friday, September 1 at 7pm, I’ll be participating in the “Witch as Muse” panel discussion at the Seligmann Center in Sugarloaf, NY, alongside Sarah Potter, Kristen Sollée, and Cody Rounds. This is in conjunction with the “Season of the Witch” exhibition up now, which will be on view that evening. More info here.

On Thursday, October 5th at 6pm (New Zealand time), I’ll be participating remotely in “Night of the Witch” at City Gallery Wellington in honor of their “Occulture: The Dark Arts” exhibition. I’m going to be doing an illustrated reading of “What Is A Witch” and then a conversation and Q&A about art and witchcraft. More info here.

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SPELLCASTS FOR PODCASTS

I was honored to be a featured guest on the fabulist, feminist Stories of Strange Woman podcast. I had so much fun with this conversation, and it is quite extensive thanks to the great questions from twin hosts Tracy Hurley Martin and Tonya Hurley. Listen to the episode here.

And I’m grateful to The Wytch Files for doing an entire episode on “What Is A Witch,” complete with a stellar review and some annotations and other additional research. Listen to it here.

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BOOK, BOOK, AND CANDLE



I wrote the forward to “Literary Witches” by Taisia Kitaiskaia with illustrations by Katy Horan. It’s out on October 10th, but you can pre-order this gorgeous book here.

And I’m thrilled to be featured in Kristen Sollée’s “Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive,” available now.

(OK, no actual candle news to speak of, but do be sure to check out my friends Mithras Candle online or in person at the Occult Humanities Conference if you’re in need of further illumination!)

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SHE’S SUCH A SHAMELESS WITCH

Lastly, a reminder that “What Is A Witch,” by me and Tin Can Forest is available for purchase here, and in many fine shops across the globe.

And my WitchEmoji sticker app for iPhone messaging is available here to charm your mobile coven.

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Thank you for your continued support of my wyrd work. It truly means the world.

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Wonder Woman

Hello, I saw Wonder Woman, and I had some feelings about it.

Tonight: Digital Witchcraft Panel at The Alchemist’s Kitchen

Very excited to be participating in this panel on Digital Witchcraft at The Alchemist’s Kitchen. It starts at 7:30pm, and tickets are available online or at the door. More details:

Join OcCulture Talks this month as we bring witches of Web 2.0 into the physical space to talk witchcraft, social media and community building.

We’ll be chatting with women across the community about how they connect, leverage the digital space, and launch web-based businesses that deal in the occult.

Joining us are:
Pam Grossman – the force behind Phantasmaphile and What is a Witch, who recently released the best selling WitchEmoji pack

Lindsay Mack – Tarot reader of Wild Soul Healing and tarot instructor know for her focus on healing through tarot

Jeanna Kadlec – astrologer and tarot reader with a focus on working with businesses.

We’ll hold a roundtable discussion with these powerful women, and open our conversation to a Q&A afterward.

Join us for a slice of digital craft IRL!

$15 advance
$20 at the door

 

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Happy Walpurgisnacht!

Edward Gorey “Dancing on the Sabbath”

My 10 Ways to Celebrate Witches’ Night This Weekend is up on Medium now.

WitchEmoji is #1!

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WHOA!  WitchEmoji is the #1 sticker pack in the App Store!  Thank you so much to those who have downloaded it – I’m so grateful for the support.

A couple quick reminders:

  1. If you’re not familiar with stickers or are having trouble finding it in your phone, installation instructions can be found in the FAQ section of witchemoji.com
  2. If you downloaded it and you dig it, would you please leave a review in the App Store?  It really, really helps.
  3. And would you kindly also spread the word?  If WitchEmoji’s momentum keeps up, it will mean I can add more stickers and expand to other platforms (e.g. Android) down the road.

Big BIG thanks again for the WitchEmoji love!  I hope it brings you lots of good magick.

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Introducing WitchEmoji!

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I’m over the moon to announce that my WitchEmoji are now available in the App Store!

WitchEmoji is an iMessage sticker pack for all of your witchy needs.  It contains images of witches, spell craft objects, familiars, and magic symbols in a variety of skin tones and colors.  Use it to make your texts more magical!

WitchEmoji was created out of my desire to have delightful witchy/Wiccan/Pagan images to use in iMessage.  I couldn’t find any I was satisfied with, so I decided to make some myself (with the help of one amazing emoji designer).  There are 80 stickers in this pack, so plenty to choose from.  You can see more samples of what’s included here.  I hope you love them as much as I do.

Read more about WitchEmoji here!

Like WitchEmoji on Facebook here!

Download WitchEmoji here!

And if you dig it, please give it some nice, shiny ratings in the App Store, then kindly help spread the word.

Thank you and BEST WITCHES!

April Magix

I’ve got two appearances coming up, and would love to see you at either or both.

One of my favorite annual happenings is MoCCA Arts Fest, NYC’s biggest indie comics celebration. Thrilled to be appearing there this weekend on behalf of Tin Can Forest. I’ll be happy to sign copies of What Is A Witch for you. Come visit at table D 152!

MoCCA Arts Fest

The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 1 – 2nd from 11:00am – 6:00pm at the luxurious and modern Metropolitan West located on West 46th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. Mere steps from the Hudson River Greenway and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, MoCCA’s host venue will encompass two floors of exhibitor tables, a gallery of original art showcasing the work of special guests, and pop-up cafés throughout the space.

Price of admission is $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under ten are free.

More info here
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Next up is a 20 minute or so version of my “Witch Pictures” presentation which I’ll be giving at SEPTEMBER Gallery’s glorious-looking WITCHES show in Hudson, NY. It will be part of an evening of performance taking place on Saturday, April 22nd at 6pm.
Rosy Keyser “Terrestrial Mime”
WITCHES
March 18, 2017 → May 07, 2017
Performances Saturday, April 22, 6pm

Marianne Vitale

Exhibition essay by Susan L. Aberth

SEPTEMBER Gallery
449 Warren Street #3, Hudson, NY 12534
Open FridaySaturday, Noon-6pm, or by appointment

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In other news, volume 3 of the beauteous Sabat magazine is out now, and my “Crowning the Crone” essay is included in it.

You can order your copy here, or pick one up at these fine purveyors.

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Lastly, was honored to be profiled in Haute Macabre this month, and included in this article about witchcraft and beauty for Teen Vogue. Feminist witching FTW!

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“Dead of Winter: Cinema of the Occult” festival at The Brattle this weekend!

I am *thrilled* to announce “Dead of Winter: Cinema of the Occult,” a film festival I co-curated with magickally-minded writers, Peter Bebergal & Janaka Stucky, happening at Boston’s premiere art house cinema, The Brattle.  It starts this Friday and goes through Feb 2nd, and will feature some of my all-time favorite witchly movies.

Still from “The Love Witch” (2016)

I’ll be there in person this weekend as part of 2 events (and lingering to watch some films, too):

This Friday, Jan 27th at 7pm: A Cinema of the Occult panel with Peter and Janaka to kick off the festival

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This Saturday, Jan 28th at 7pm: My presentation, “What Is A Witch: Female Magic and Transgression in Pictures

Details about the festival and events:

Dead of Winter: Cinema of the Occult, Friday, January 27 – Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Brattle is excited to team-up with three noted authors to co-curate this series of magical movies: Peter Bebergal, Pam Grossman, and Janaka Stucky. Each will contribute their own introductions and illuminations for films during the series and we kick off the program with a panel featuring a conversation between the three on Friday, Jan 27. This series explores images of the occult in cinema – mostly dealing with the Western traditions of witchcraft and ritual magic – from 1950s (NIGHT OF THE DEMON, BELL BOOK & CANDLE) to today (THE WITCH, THE LOVE WITCH).  A full listing of all of the films can be found here.

Peter Bebergal is the author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll and the forthcoming Strange Frequencies.

Pam Grossman is an independent curator, writer, and teacher of magical practice and history. She is the creator of Phantasmaphile.com and the author of the illuminated manifesto, What Is A Witch.

Janaka Stucky is an American poet, performer, and publisher. He is the founding editor of the independent publisher Black Ocean and the author of the full-length poetry collection, The Truth Is We Are Perfect.

Tickets for all events and films available here.

And here are some nice write-ups about it all in the Boston Globe and on The Arts Fuse.

Do join us!

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