Modern Witches Confluence

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Alejandra Luisa León is an Artist, as well as a Tarot, Astrology and Numerology professional. She is the creatress of The Lioness Oracle Tarot, and Vision of the Muse, divination decks she collaged using found paper images. She has been immersed in studies and practice of magic and the divinatory arts for 17 years, and shares this experience from a place of love and openness. She provides readings and classes in the Bay Area of California, and resides in Oakland.

 
 
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Atava Garcia Swiecicki, MA, RH (AHG). Atava’s ancestors are Polish, Mexican, Hungarian and Navajo. She is inspired by her plants and guided by her dreams. She is an herbalist, healer, and teacher who is dedicated to remembering the healing traditions of her ancestors and supporting others to reconnect with their ancestral medicine. She has been studying and practicing the healing arts since 1992 and has been trained in acupressure, Jin Shin Jyutsu®, herbal medicine and curanderismo. Atava has been mentored by western herbalists, Mexican curanderas and traditional indigenous healers. Atava has researched extensively the indigenous healing traditions of both her indigenous Mexican ancestors as well as her Polish Slavic ancestors. She is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and sees clients in her private practice in Oakland. Her healing practice includes herbal medicine, flower essences, dream work, curanderismo and deep genealogy coaching. She is the founder of the Ancestral Apothecary School of Herbal, Folk and Indigenous Medicine and also produces a hand-crafted herbal product line. Her websites are Ancestral Apothecary and Ancestral Apothecary School.

 
 
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Ayana Young is a lover and protector of the wild. She was studying Ecology at Columbia University when the Occupy Wall Street movement began. Amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she co-created the Environmental Working Group to help orient the movement to the realities of a suffering planet. From there she moved West to her beloved Cascadian bioregion, starting an organic farm and wild foods cartel on an Oregon mountaintop. In Portland, she had the fortune of learning from the herbalist Cascade Anderson Geller before her passing. Ayana then studied Restoration of Natural Systems at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and is currently creating an ecological research center and native species nursery in the Southern tip of the Cascadian bioregion. Along with the restoration of damaged landscapes, Ayana is committed to protecting intact ecosystem. Ayana hosts For The Wild Podcast (formerly Unlearn & Rewild) and teaches about empowered earth stewardship, leads biodiversity enhancement workshops and facilitates panels across North America.

 
 
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Cybele taught magic, ritual & meditation with the Reclaiming Collective and its founding member, Starhawk from 1984-97 in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Over the past two decades, Cybele has taken her longtime practice of working with the body and dreaming into the earth-work of Stone Medicine. Her meditations & devotional study of stone-lore and geology led to the creation of a pair of 8-session monthly workshops  that combine healing work with stones, color and the chakras - the 7 Gates Journeys. The first 7 Gates cycle ascends the chakras for purification & the second cycle descends for manifestation. Students completing both cycles are invited to become Stone Keepers, Priest/esses of a particular stone & color for a year. Cybele has practiced hands-on healing & intuitive work since 1979, focussing on trauma/sexual abuse recovery since 1988 through Bodywork and group work. Cybele (AKA Suzette Rochat) is a Lomi Bodyworker, Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, and Intuitive Stone Healer, practicing in Sebastopol and San Francisco. Find more info about Cybele.

 
 
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Eliza Swann is an interdisciplinary artist, intuitive, writer, educator, and community organizer based in Los Angeles and New York. Eliza received a BA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and received a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Central St. Martins in London. She has trained in hypnotherapy at the Isis Centre in England, Vedic cosmology and yoga with Dr. Vagish Shastri in Benares, India, and Tarot and Western Magical Practice with the Builders of the Adytum Western Mystery School. Eliza has guest lectured at UCLA, the Hammer Museum, the San Francisco Art Institute, Central St Martins, Cal Arts, the Dia Museum, and is currently a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute. She is the founder of The Golden Dome School, a curatorial and educational platform that studies intersections of art, metaphysics and ecology.

 
 
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Ecstatic Witch, Queer Fat Burlesque Dancer, Chanteuse, Model and Art Activist Irene McCalphin is one third of the diverse witchcraft ternion The Virgo Homo Thugs for the Revolution. As co-founder and massage therapist of A Sovereign Embodiment Healing Collective (ASE) and board member of the Body Political Irene blends magic with massage, storytelling and performance art. Their work focuses on liberation, healing and reclaiming space for marginalized community. They are currently working on a book and facilitating the creation a healing and retreat space for queers & femmes in Grass Valley, CA. For info on upcoming events, classes and more go to Mammy is Dead.


 
 

Madre Jaguar is a Reiki Master, Shamanic Healer, Clairvoyant, Tarot Reader, Teacher, Birth Doula and Intuitive Artist. Madre Jaguar has always walked between the worlds. Ever since she can remember she has experienced visions, prophetic dreams, visitations and a strong clear connection to her Spirit team. The daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, of Mayan and African descent, Jaguar was born in the vortex that is Los Angeles, California and raised in Mexico, land of Catholic Mysticism and Magic Realism. Jaguar spent most of her childhood observing and studying the cycles of Nature, connecting and experimenting with the energy of the elements, animals, herbs, plants, flowers, crystals... As a child, her maternal grandmother taught her ways to communicate with the plant kingdom and ways in which these allies could be used to treat all kinds of ailments from a tummy ache to a broken heart. As an adult, a passion for helping others and a strong desire to help propel positive change in the world around her, led Jaguar on a path of self-discovery and exploration of different healing modalities including Reiki, Shamanic Practices, Folk Magic, Herbalism and Tarot. In 2016 I was initiated into the Shipibo lineage of plant medicine and curanderismo. It was in the Amazonian jungles of Peru that she received the name “Madre Jaguar,” which means Jaguar Mother, a protector and healing spirit. Madre Jaguar believes that Love is our super power, and as human beings we are here to bless and be blessed by all of creation. Through her healing practice, readings, classes and projects Jaguar’s goal is to help you connect with the inner power, wisdom and magic that lies within, all while helping you remember your Divine origin and unique soul purpose.

 
 
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Mauricio Garcia is a perfumer, creative director, certified aromatherapist and practitioner of traditional witchcraft based in San Francisco. His fascination with the botanical world began in his Abuela’s small, yet flourishing garden in foggy South San Francisco. Through Herbcraft Perfumery, Mauricio teaches classes on natural perfumery and medical aromatherapy, as well as formulates bespoke enchantments and fragrances for individuals and indie product lines. The union of the material and spirit worlds is the heart of Herbcraft— a crossroads of alchemy and spirit work. Mauricio also gives talks and workshops on ‘fragrant witchcraft,’ the use of botanical materials in magic and ritual, and the exploration of the relationship between practitioner, plant spirits and botanical geniuses.

 
 
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Strange Magic is a show for the thinking witch. They talk tarot, magic, intersectional feminism, ritual, archetypes, psychology, magic in pop culture, and more. Hosted by Amanda Yates Garcia, the Oracle of Los Angeles, and Sarah Faith Gottesdiener— 2 professional witches with decades of experience. The show is produced by art witch and music maven Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs.

Amanda Yates Garcia is a writer, artist, professional witch, and the Oracle of Los Angeles. Amanda and her work have been featured in The Millions, LA Times, Time Out, LA Weekly, GOOP, Glamour, The London Times, CNN, Salon, HuffPo, the Otherppl literary podcast, and a viral appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight. She has led classes and workshops on magic and witchcraft at UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal State Pomona, MOCA, The Hammer Museum, LACMA, The Getty and many other venues. Co-host of the popular Strange Magic podcast, Amanda's first book Initiated: Memoir of a Witch is coming out September 2019 via Grand Central / Hachette.

Sarah Faith Gottesdiener is an creative living in LA. Since 2007 she has run and created work for the feminist art and design studio Modern Women, which sells apparel and printed matter of all kinds. Sarah's popular self-published Many Moons Workbook series sold over 50 k copies and raised over 20 k for non-profits and grassroots orgs supporting systemically oppressed folks. Sarah has taught visual art and design at CalArts, Otis, and Scripps college, and has taught hundreds of folks workshops on metaphysical subjects all over the US, Canada, and the UK. Sarah has read tarot professionally since 2012, after 6 years of study, and gratefully reads hundreds of wonderful folks a year in her private practice. She has been featured in TeenVogue, Vogue, and a bunch of other places you can google. With her friends Amanda Yates Garcia & Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, she talks about tarot and magic over at the Strange Magic Podcast. Her book about the moon comes out on St. Martin's press sometime in 2020.

 

 

My name is Ylvadroma Marazanna Radziszewski, I am a High Priestess, a temple tender, traditional witch, sex worker, FemDom, teacher, writer, artist, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist.  I am also a chronically ill, disabled, non-binary trans femme and a survivor of childhood incest and sexual assualt.  I currently live on occupied Duwamish and Coast Salish land, now named Seattle. I’m a white person of Slavic, Polish, Balkan, and Romani ancestry. I was born on occupied Tequesta, Ais, and Jeaga land, now named Florida. I approach my work with a commitment to further understand how access to wellness and traditions of magic is complicated by and interconnected with the violence of settler-colonial, cis/het centric, ableist, white supremacy and capitalism; centering my practice in service to those most affected by systems of kyriarchal oppression. As someone who was raised outside of my Romani & Polish cultures due to colonialism, genocide, diaspora, and white supremacy and as someone who benefits from gadjeness and white privilege, my work focuses on magic as reparation, service, and radical resistance. My altar centers supporting sex workers, black, brown, and Indigenous community members, survivors of trauma & abuse, survivors of incest & assault, chronically ill folx, Trans & Non-Binary specific health concerns, addiction recovery, and folks navigating the complexity of mental health concerns.