Down at the Crossroads - Music. Magick. Paganism.Author: Chris Orapello & Tara Maguire
21 Oct 2018

Down at the Crossroads - Music. Magick. Paganism.

Download, listen or watch all podcasts

Join us for in-depth interviews and discussions with today’s most influential Pagan artists, authors, musicians, teachers, leaders, bloggers, podcasters, and more! The conversations are sure to be inspiring, insightful, entertaining, and always engaging. Exploring topics that will turn the Pagan community on its head in an attempt to gain a new perspective on life, all while hearing some great music by today’s greatest Pagan and Pagan inspired musicians and bands. Down at the Crossroads is where today’s Paganism crosses paths with the world! Hosted by Chris Orapello and Tara Maguire.

  • Listen

    DatC #089 - Textile Artist, Polly Lind

    Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight Tara and I speak with witch, animist, and textile artist Polly Lind to discuss her background in witchcraft and her wonderful art. Polly is a witch in New Zealand and is a Fabric Artist who makes modern tapestries, banners, and wall hangings that have been inspired by magic, mythology and ancient cultures from around the world. It was great to finally speak with Polly as she is not only an artist and a fun guest, but she also has background in religious studies. It was interesting to hear how the availability of books in New Zealand shaped the witchcraft and pagan communities there. Also, if you’re a Flat Earther, you’re probably not going to like our discussion about how witchcraft in the southern hemisphere differs from the northern hemisphere. All in all, Polly was a fun guest and we hope you think so too!

    Featured Songs:

    Links:

    ------------------------------------------------------

    Call and leave us a message at (856) 481-2984

    Find the show on:

    iTunes . Stitcher . Google Play . Spotify . iHeartRadio

    Player FM . Podbean . Libsyn . RSS . Facebook

    And on other podcast services!

    ------------------------------------------------------

    ***Support the show on Patreon!***

    Receive special benefits, show swag, extra content, and more!

    -------------------------------------------------------

     


  • Posted on 30 Sep 2018

    download
  • Listen

    DatC #088 - Six Ways with Aidan Wachter

    Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight Tara and I speak with talismanic jeweler, musician, and author Aidan Wachter about his work, music, and new book Six Ways: Approaches and Entries for Practical Magic. We learn about Aidan's origins, his beginnings with magick and jewelry making. Plus his relationship to groups and their nature and his music which not many people seem to know about. As we talk about his book -Six Ways- we learn about some of the stories behind the work and how it came to be. As well as explore his definition of magick, his approach to working with spirits, and what his current practice looks like. This was a friendly and fun discussion and we were extremely thankful to finally meet with Aidan on the show.

    Six Ways is a collection of approaches and entries for practical magic. It is not a system, grimoire, or belief system. The focus is on the development of healthy spirit ecologies with a decidedly animist bent. - Aidanwachter.com

    Featured Songs:

    Links:

    ------------------------------------------------------

    ***Support the show on Patreon!***

    Receive special benefits, show swag, extra content, and more!

    -------------------------------------------------------

     


  • Posted on 31 Aug 2018

    download
  • Listen

    DatC Film Club 1 - Suspiria (1977)

    Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we usually cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers, but tonight that’s not happening because it’s film club time. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight Tara and I turn our eyes and minds to Dario Argento’s 1977 film Suspiria. That's right, make some popcorn, secure your copy, sit down, get comfortable, lower the lights, and join us as we watch and discuss tonight's movie. Please be aware that this episode does contain spoilers and we will be having a pre-movie discussion and then a post-movie discussion, however we won't be watching the film during the recording of the episode.

    Featured Music

    Links

    **If you like what you've heard, please consider supporting us through our Patreon page and check out the show archive for other great content!**

     


  • Posted on 22 Jul 2018

    download
  • Listen

    DatC #087 - The Elements of Spellcrafting with Jason Miller

    Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight Tara and I speak with author, sorcerer, and teacher Jason Miller to discuss his recent book The Elements of Spellcrafting: 21 Keys to Successful Sorcery. However, we start the conversation with learning about his background (because oddly enough we never actually talked about it before) as well as ponder what his super villain name might be. While in our discussion of his book we explore his thoughts regarding enchantment and making your life more enchantable, the idea of harm none and magickal caveats in spellcrafting, substitutions in magick and in one's practice, the pitfalls of striving for absolute authenticity, his beliefs about magick and how he thinks magick works, and more. All in all it was a really good to talk and we hope you enjoy what Jason had to say.

    There is no shortage of spells out there. Some books highlight thousands of spells, but do any of them actually work? And how well do they work? I don’t mean just getting a result—I mean getting a result that matters, a result that will impact your life or the lives of those you work for. The Elements of Spellcrafting provides the most effective and efficient ways to get things done with magic. The Elements of Spellcrafting identifies and explains 21 keys to successful sorcery—a best practices of sorcery—in three sections:
    • Principals and strategies for how best to apply magic before you begin.
    • Methods and tactics that will ensure a positive outcome.
    • How to take spells to the next level—building a life of spiritual accomplishment and material success beyond the basics.
    If you have ever cast a spell that didn’t work, The Elements of Spellcrafting will help you figure out why. If you regularly cast spells that seem to work but you still wind up in the same circumstances, this book will definitely help you chart a new course for victorious spellcrafting. - The Elements of Spellcrafting, back cover

    [caption id="attachment_6628" align="alignright" width="177"] Blood red torma offering described by Jason. Photo by Jason Miller.[/caption] Featured Songs:

    Links:

    ------------------------------------------------------

    ***Support the show on Patreon!***

    Receive special benefits, show swag, extra content, and more!

    -------------------------------------------------------

     


  • Posted on 17 Jun 2018

    download
  • Listen

    DatC Minisode 4 - Catbutts & Checklists

    Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame, and we usually cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers, but tonight that isn't happening because it's minisode time! I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight Tara and I sit down to discuss spell-work, favorite spells, spell mistakes, backfires, and even mishaps. Along with our main topic we'll be discussing updates regarding us, the show, our book, as well as reading listener email and during the episode we even make a quick phone call with Australian visionary songstress Wendy Rule to talk about her Full Moon Magic live stream concerts. All in all, it’s another good time and we hope you enjoy it.

    Minisode Topic: Spell-work

    • How do you define/explain what a spell is?
    • What are your favorite go-to “back pocket“ spells?
    • What was your first spell?
    • Spell backfires or mistakes?

    Featured Songs:

    Links:

    ***Support the show on Patreon!***

    Receive special benefits, show swag, extra content, and more!

     


  • Posted on 23 Apr 2018

    download

Follow Playlisto