I was interviewed by Emily Linstrom for Sabat Magazine,
It’s been roughly two years since I first became acquainted with Juliet Diaz, apothecary owner and founder of The School of Witchery, now November Sage Herbarium, and almost a year since our first Sabat interview. I had just moved overseas, and found that even with my own steadfast rituals and much-loved mentors back in the States, I longed for something I could connect with and contribute to, even from afar. A community of sorts, if only through writing — which was exactly how I came to know Juliet.
As a writer and soon-to-be weekly video correspondent for November Sage, I’ve come to appreciate those who not only identify as Witches, but act from what I believe is the true nature of Witchcraft: inclusion. Welcomed as a writer AND Witch AND unabashed history nerd, a place was created for me at November Sage that not only included but celebrated those aspects that make my craft unique to me; there was no costume or voice I was expected to adopt, only my own.
Individuality is everything to Juliet, and she practices and preaches from a stance that encourages independent thought and exploration. So when she announced the release of her book Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within, published by Hay House, I was admittedly skeptical. Would this be just another niche gift book, lovely to look at but ultimately of little value to the reader, with impossible-to-procure items and equally impractical methods for applying them? (Alas, I’ve been burned before. You?)
Personally speaking, when it comes to healing and strengthening through Witchcraft, I’m not looking for whimsy or thinly-veiled exercises in narcissism; I don’t want co-opted Magick. So I was overjoyed to be proven wrong in my doubts when reading Witchery. Consisting of time-honored spells, rituals, and DIY remedies, as well as moon, crystal and herbal Magick, Witchery is both companion and grimoire, penned in the familiar voice of a friend who happens to be a successful Witch influencer. To put it another way, Witchery could just as well be kept alongside one’s recipe books and medicinal guides as displayed on a coffee table. The information is both sacred and accessible, a balance I often feel is missing from the modern Witchcraft phenomenon.
A year after that initial Sabat conversation concerning the commodification of Witchcraft, Juliet and I once more convened to talk about Witchery.
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