I was interviewed by Emily Linstrom for Sabat Magazine,
I sometimes liken the popular resurgence of Witchcraft — and Paganism by proxy — to that old blessing-and-a-curse adage: a blessing in that what is arguably the world’s oldest and most oft-persecuted spiritual way is now widely accepted (or at the very least tolerated) by the mainstream, the curse being that, as with many deep-rooted paths that enjoy newfound popularity, there are those who are only too happy to exploit the trend. Gorgeously packaged and equally pricey ephemera, tomes penned by authors with varying degrees of experience and intent, and all manner of cosplay are now a social (and social media) norm, with the lines between celebration and appropriation more blurred than ever. But hey, at least some are having fun with it.
I’ve made peace with most of this. As a child of Paganism and natural Magick, I’m fiercely — and at the same time shyly — protective of my rituals, tools, and inner sanctums. I’m always honored to share what might be of value to others, but only when asked and with (I hope) the utmost sensitivity. Let others make of the faith what they will.
Playing Witch Police may be an ironic exercise in futility, but for the genuine souls pursuing their own sacred Magick it can be a different sort of trial to seek out the instruments and individuals that will contribute to and strengthen their potential, rather than jeopardise their trust — and wallet. To that end I reached out to Juliet Diaz, owner of November Sage Apothecary & founding Headmistress of The School of Witchery. I wanted to speak with someone who is dedicated to her Craft and work as a healer, but also a businesswoman and social media influencer.
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