Podcast 3 – Hot & Cold Spells, A Story, and A Contest



In this episode, we talk about periods of waxing and waning interest in witchcraft, and how to get out of non-practicing rut.  Then we have a reading of “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  We also announce our first ever contest (make sure to listen all the way to the end of the show).


Download:  New World Witchery – Episode 3


Young Goodman Brown,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

We also mention A Pagan in the Threshold in this podcast, which is another excellent Pagan podcast.

Promos & Music

Title music:  “Homebound,” by Jag, from Cypress Grove Blues.  From Magnatune.

Promo 1- A Pagan in the Threshold

Promo 2- Forest Grove Botanica

Promo 3- The Celtic Myth Podshow


Our first ever contest!  We’re looking for weather lore, so please submit yours for a chance to win our prize, a copy of Cat Yronwode’s Hoodoo Root & Herb Magic. Please see Blog Post 11 – A Contest! for more details.

8 thoughts on “Podcast 3 – Hot & Cold Spells, A Story, and A Contest”

    1. Hi Juni!

      Thanks for the promo! We’ll be including it in Show 4 along with the fabulous interview with you and Brendan. I hope that’s okay 🙂

      We don’t have a promo yet; we’re hoping to get one together soon, so as soon as we do I’ll get it over to you.

      Thanks also for the show love! You rock!

      All good things to you and Bren!


  1. Oh and you wondered about the Stang in this episode, you’ll have to listen to Episode 7 of Stone Gate (the short name lol) for my discussion on the Stang!

  2. Another great show!

    As for ‘cold’ spells — I got through them too. I usually do what you all suggested, try a new method or find a fresh perspective. To get out of my current rut I’ve been reading mythology. The Greek gods especially have such melodramatic stories! I’ve been getting excited about magic and the gods again and am learning quite a bit, too.

    1. I love the Greek myths! That was largely how I first entered Paganism, through the study of Greco-Roman mythology. Well, that and my lifelong love of and fascination with magic, lol.

      I don’t know if you’ve read any of them yet or not, but there’s a series of books from Canongate (sp?) which is the ancient myths (mostly Greek) retold by some of the best writers of our time: Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Atwood, Viktor Pelevin, etc. If you’re looking for a fun way to engage the myths in a modern context, I highly recommend them.

      Roberto Calasso’s Marriage of Cadmus & Harmony is another great text for reading Greek mythology; it helped me to understand how mythology isn’t a concrete, locked-up version of storytelling, but an evolving tradition. It let me encounter multiple variations on the stories without saying “this is the correct version, and this other one is a mutation.” Instead, each version is given equal treatment–it keeps myths from becoming dogmatic and prevents the “one, true, original” myth mentality that seems to cause so much argument and aggravation, even among Pagans. Lol, or at least, it did that for me. Your mileage may vary 🙂

      Thank you again for your great responses! We look forward to hearing from you in the future!


  3. Morning!

    You two are lovely to listen to, even first thing in the morning when most of the world is just that bit darker and grumpier (or wait, maybe it’s just me…)

    One analogy I like for the periods of rest, or one type of cold spell, is that it’s a period of digestion. When we get excited and eager and we’re reading books and doing things and going full tilt, it can be like eating a massive meal. Eventually you have to stop eating (or explode like that guy in Meaning of Life, wafer thin mint anyone?) and digest it. This can be done in smaller cycles, learning some then relaxing and staying quiet it with both in regular small bursts, but if not, I find it can lead to larger times of withdrawal as the rest of you, not just the mind and the engaged part of spirit, work at integrating all of that learning into who we are.

    One of my favourite ways of re-engaging in the Craft or dealing with a withdrawn or depressive time is to look for the magic in everything. I might look at a beach and wonder what I would use from it as representations of the four elements if I was to do circle just then, or really notice the blooms on the trees and how I associate that with deity and the life-force of the universe. I’ve even played with categorizing gas station give-away stuffies into the four elements. I like the categorization game, what element would this fit best with? Which deity would I associate that plant with? But sometimes for me the cold periods really been about re-connecting with my Self more than my Craft or really focusing in on the practical side of living. Which in my opinion should not be automatically considered a cold period for spiritual development, as imo, spiritual development impacts and is impacted by all levels of living. I do find that staying connected with my practice can help keep me stabilized as I work through my own shyte, but when even the enjoyment of practice is gone, refinding that can be a very difficulty road.

    Wow, that’s way more esoteric and hopefully sensical for this time of morning than I would have expected of me.


    1. Well thank you very much, Saturn!

      I just listened to your podcast the other day and I think I’m going to like it. Can’t wait for your next episode 🙂

      That’s definitely an interesting way of reconnecting, and I like your metaphor of digestion. There definitely is a sort of “incorporation period” after that initial white-hot passion phase, I think. I think a lot of people eat at the table of witchcraft and decide they don’t like the flavor, and that’s fine. Those that keep coming back for more, though, get quite the robust meal…at least I think so. But then, who knows, I might wind up bloated and near explosive levels someday with that approach.

      Hee hee…”it is only wah-fur thin!”

      Thanks for the comment!


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