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Missing Witches is a research-based, feminist, occult storytelling project. We go looking for the witches we've been missing.

Missing Witches Risa Dickens + Amy Torok

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

Missing Witches is a research-based, feminist, occult storytelling project. We go looking for the witches we've been missing.

    What Is A Shaman? Panel & FUNDRAISER

    What Is A Shaman? Panel & FUNDRAISER

    In this episode, inspired by the crazy events of January 2021, we ask: What is a Shaman? And: Who qualifies? We've gathered an INTERNATIONAL panel to discuss (among other things) Indigenous and Nordic perspectives on the word Shaman, and together we discuss the Hows and Whys of its usage. Thanks to our amazing panel of friends and coven mates: Margrét Stefánsdóttir (Denmark), Granddaughter Crow (aka Dr. Joy Gray) (USA), Michelle Beausejour (Canada), and Amanda Amour Lynx (Canada).
    This episode will also function as a FUNDRAISER for Native Women's Shelters so PLEASE consider making a donation (details in the episode and on our website) for a chance to win some AMAZING prizes, donated by the Missing Witches Coven At Large.

    • 1 hr 56 min
    BELTANE 2021 w Amy & Risa: Turning and Burning

    BELTANE 2021 w Amy & Risa: Turning and Burning

    In this episode, Amy and Risa take a patented Missing Witches Spiral of conversation around the Beltane Bonfire of Imagination. We dance around our future plans, our May fundraiser for Native Women's Shelters (KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THIS, WE'VE GOT SOME AMAZING RAFFLE PRIZES FOR DONORS), and our love of fire, literal and metaphorical. Turning (the Wheel) and Burning (the system).
    Image by Amy: We officially launched our Instagram on Beltane 2018 and I made some digital art for that post, so I figured I'd honour the anniversary with another digital bonfire.

    • 50 min
    WF Annwyn Avalon - We Are The Sacred Chalice And The Sacred Well

    WF Annwyn Avalon - We Are The Sacred Chalice And The Sacred Well

    Annwyn Avalon, water witch, asks how can we - within our own practice, lives and cultural structures - create something that is supportive of other water protectors all over the globe. In conversation with Risa, Annwyn shares how she came to the path of the water priestess and her vision for how people all around the world can join in the work of protecting the sacred water.

    • 45 min
    MW Scott Cunningham - There Can Be No Monopoly On Wisdom

    MW Scott Cunningham - There Can Be No Monopoly On Wisdom

    For so many of us who deviated down the occult aisles, Scott Cunningham was our first. We likely didn’t know he was gay, that wasn’t part of what he shared, but he made this other crucial choice that opened a magic and unexpected door to a way of relating to the living world, to ourselves, and to magic. And then he lived the craft and labour of that choice with incredibly generous dedication. He left 22 books in his 36 years, before he crossed to the summerland in 1990, taken by AIDS-related cryptococcal meningitis.

    The crux of the change he made, a change that unleashed ideas and philosophies and practices of nature-based spirituality on white North America and ushered in the most popularity Wicca and witchcraft had ever seen, was that he validated and empowered the lonely...

    This episode is dedicated to the queer, and to the lonely.

    • 49 min
    WF Emmie Tsumura - You Have To Believe In Magic

    WF Emmie Tsumura - You Have To Believe In Magic

    In this episode, Amy chats with an old friend: Artist, Activist and Cancer Warrior Emmie Tsumura about her Japanese ancestry, art-making, pigeons and her project Pigeons for the People. Emmie shares some of the best advice she ever received, a healer told her: You have to believe in Magic. Emmie assures listeners, when you are looking for your ancestors, know that they are also looking for you.

    • 53 min
    MW Mayumi Oda - I Opened The Gate, Laughing

    MW Mayumi Oda - I Opened The Gate, Laughing

    In this episode, Amy paints a picture of Goddess Artist, Anti-nuclear/Anti-War Activist, Shinto Buddhist Gardener Mayumi Oda.
    Through Mayumi’s lens we’ll connect the Garden to the Land, war and nukes to paint and silks, art to activism, Hindu Gods to Buddhist monks, birth to death, and in death we return to the garden.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Bananabeansinjeans ,

My favourite podcast show

I find it hard to get into most podcasts but this one has me hooked. Amy and Risa are well informed women who research and share amazing and at times tragic histories of witches, as well as interviewing contemporary witches. I find myself missing their new episodes as they slow down to monthly podcasts to work on their forth coming book, but I am so excited to read it!

Shaka Booboo ,

Thank you for Ep 46: Samhain Special

Thank you for Ep 46: Samhain Special. Going through a loss, your episode brought great comfort and perspective. I discovered your podcast by way of Witch Wave who I came across from an article in the Sunday New York Times. Looking forward to listening further.

autumnriver ,

Earth based witchy wisdom

This podcast is such a gift! My favourite podcast out there. It’s magic and truth and all the beloved things. As a gender and health reform researcher, I see this podcast holding so much divine integrity of finding the witches who have been silenced and providing strong research data for those who love to learn. The content covered is a full spectrum of present say and historical topics with hosts who have created a coven. Love, love, love.

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