Down at the Crossroads: Interview with Artist, Author and Witch Sarah Anne Lawless

Down at the Crossroads— Podcast: #039 — Sarah Anne Lawless

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039_sarah_ann_lawlessThank you for joining me Down at the Crossroads where we have the conversations that the pagan community needs to have.  Because as you know, we are, “Pagan culture for the Seasoned Pagan.”  Tonight, we meet with beloved occult artist, author, blogger, and witch Sarah Anne Lawless who is known for her artwork and her long-time running blog which can now be found at her website sarahannelawless.com.

A professional artist, writer, and witch, Sarah’s work has been published in various books, magazines, and online in The CauldronHex MagazineWitches & Pagans, WitchvoxSerpent Songs, and Hoofprints in the Wildwood. She is a carver, painter, and illustrator working in the mediums of bone, wood, ink and paint creating original artwork, talismans, and ritual tools. Sarah is an animist, initiated witch, and wortcunner with a love of otherworldly beauty, folklore, mythology, poisonous plants, wildcrafting, wild places, and bones. – Bio, sarahannelawless.com

Sarah and I discuss her path, the touchy issue of mental illness in the Pagan community, finding a teacher, as well as her recent projects, like her involvement in the Pagan Bundle, and publications like her appearance in Scarlet Imprints latest anthology of witchcraft essays titled “Serpent Song.”  And along with some great discussion we also get to hear music by Omnia, Sharon Knight and T. Thorn Coyle, Eluveitie, SJ Tucker, and Swallows. Enjoy!

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  • Daniel Gill

    This was a great podcast on Rudolf Otto, who is in my opinion the most important religious thinker who had ever lived. And if you wanted to understand initiation in Shinto or Korean shamanism or other living pagan traditions , what they do how they do it and why they do it, you need to hear this podcast.

    http://expandingmind.podbean.com/mobile/2012/10/14/expanding-mind-daemonic-creativity-101412/ .

    For English shamanic stories, read the masters of horror like Algernon Blackwood’s The Wendigo or The Willows, or Arthur Machen’s The White People . or H. P. Lovecraft and so on. Or read the best.. read Whitley Strieber’s Communion .

    http://www.teemingbrain.com – this is a great blog, all about English supernaturalism.

    Initiation into the path, all over the world is the same, offer your soul profusely.

    Mushi-shi : The Cure Lies In The Curse

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcoZHk3M3io

  • Daniel Gill

    for me .. on Strieber.. it’s all about the emotion that he’s talking about, and the cosmological perspective he offers. he opens your mind to the numinous, descending out of Chaos, and the dread that the numinous brings, is to such a fever pitch that once you put his books down like Lovecraft like Machen or Blackwood that experience and cosmology stays with you. the dread is the temporal distortion , which is the catalyst through which one communes with the spirit world. so, to read authors like that, and to be familiar with Otto’s theories on religion, is integral. it’s the difference between whether you can initiate yourself or need someone else to initiate you.

  • Daniel Gill

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIzVtcjVLRw

    this film is an interesting example.. there are shit tons of films made about Mae Nak. This ghost story , and the dread, belong to the most esoteric Buddhist practices in Thailand. So yeah, dread is pivotal. Without dread you have nothing.

  • Daniel Gill

    Dread Dread Dread and sorrow and more dread and more sorrow. That’s esotericism. Lovelorn Ghosts. Machen-esque

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