Witch Burnings

Witch Burnings

Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: the long history of women suppression; withcraft accusation for land theft from women; the crusade agains the Cathars; the consolidation of feudalism and the early witch hunts; the influence of the Roman legal code in the Spanish persecutions; the medieval patriarchal mentality in the bound up accusation “witch and whore”; accusations as a tool of control on the female population; the chastity ordeal of fire back to ancient Vedic and Blibical times; the dynamics of scapegoating.

The Ancestral Mother

The Ancestral Mother

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: Cailleach, the Old Woman; her aspect as megalith builder; the bones of the Earth; drinking from the pool of regeneration; the Cow Mother from Ireland to India; the temple, astronomical observatory and ancestral sanctuary at Newgrange; recent genetic evidence supporting the work of Marija Gimbutas; an ancestral mother to many people; the mythical degradation of women following the political and economic shifts to patriarchy; the Germanic Blessing Goddess of winter nights.

A Language of Consciousness

A Language of Consciousness

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about the chapter dedicated to the runes in her book “Witches and Pagans”: her newest book “Deasophy”, traditional images to contemplate and color; a broad range of meaning for the word “rune”; runes and ceremonial acts; cliches about the witches have basis in archaeological records; the origins of the word “heathen”; the modern reclamation of the Old Religion; Europe was wilderness; the mystics in the trees; the effect of language on the way we think; historic examples of the magical use of runes; haliorunnae, the women who commune with the ancestors; singing to remember.

The Women Who Know

The Women Who Know

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: the nectar of ancestral traditions; the sacred meaning of names for the wise women in Europe; demonization of the herbalist women through naming; a whole body of healing practices; life force medicine; seeress in the roof; witches as spiritual leaders; the women who see and know; cultural spells of patriarchy; the colonialist invention of white identity; honoring the indigenous names of the land.

Goddesses, Fate and Ancestors

Goddesses, Fate and Ancestors

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: remembering other ways to live; “witch hunts” in Europe, the prehistory of our current socio-political situation; the Three Sisters spinning the webs of Wyrd; ancient Norse and German cosmologies and the curving nature of Time; the archetypal Tree and Well; the pan-global symbol of the holy matrix of Being; the Maidens on the sea of Knowledge; the Faery Faith and the ancestral religion; the break up with ancient knowledge at the time of Industrial Revolution;  language and recreating the future web of meaning.

As The Witches Teach

As The Witches Teach

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: researching the spiritual heritage of Europe; decolonization and the ancestral recovery work of Europeans and Americans; reweaving the web of culture; suppressed histories: women, peasantry, religious minorities; pan-European spinner goddesses, distaffs and Pagan women’s weaving ceremonies; a long history of domination of women, people and Nature; the earliest written records of patriarchal misogyny; the mythological encoding of male domination; the higher accuracy of oralture (oral tradition culture); the megalithic womb-tombs; the sacred mugwort and the underworld journey towards a secret, healing name; understanding the demonization of the Earth-based sacred traditions of Europe.