Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Wytch Files Ep.05 - Witching & Bitching (2013)

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3.5 / 7.0

Welcome to Episode 5 of The Wytch Files, where we review the 2013 Spanish comedy/horror film "Witching & Bitching," directed by Alex de la Iglesia.


 In this episode we discuss radical feminism and real history of Zugarramurdi in the Pyrenees mountain region of Spain. Learn about the mythology of the ancient Basque people that resided there and the infamous witch trials of 1611.

Feeling adventurous? Plan a trip to the caves for the El Dia de la Bruja celebration at the Summer Solstice and visit the witchcraft museum of Zugarramurdi.

Sing the Basque Barbarous words  of power below along with us! This song is a 1969 Basque mythology-based folk song by Mikel Laboa. While the first few words translates to numbers 1-9, the rest doesn't seem to translate into anything coherent. 


"Baga, biga, higa, laga, boga, sega, zai, zoi, bele, harma, tiro, pun!"








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Friday, March 18, 2016

The Wytch Files Ep. 04 - The X-Files, Part 1 (1993-2002, 2016)

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3.5 / 7.0


Hello and welcome!  In today's episode, we take a trip back in time to review a T.V. show very dear and near to our hearts.  This special show is the X-Files!  We combed through ten seasons of the show to find episodes that featured some form of magic or magical worker(s).  We chose 8 episodes (including one episode from the recently aired Season 10 of the show) that met this criteria.  In part 1, we cover three episodes that we felt were the best out of the chosen eight episodes.  So without further ado, the three best episodes were:

1) Die Hand Die Verletzt (Season 2, Episode 14)

2) The Calusari (Season 2, Episode 21)

3) Theef (Season 7, Episode 14)


For further reading on Satanic Panic look at Michelle Remembers - Part 1, Part2, and Part 3. For more information on Satanism visit The Church of Satan, The Satanic Temple, and this article on Theistic Satanism and all about Azazel! Or maybe plan a road trip to the American Stone Henge?

Here is more on Romanian folk beliefs discussed in the Calusari.

We have a lot of goodies on magic discussed in Theef, including a three part article on Appalachian folk magic from New World Witchery. Delve into Hoodo and Conjure, and learn what to do with goofer dust, poppets and chicken's feet.







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Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Wytch Files Ep. 03 - The Witch: A New England Folk-Tale (2015)

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5.0 / 7.0 


Greetings! In Episode #003, we review the 2015 independent film, The Witch: A New England Folk-Tale written and directed by Robert Eggers and starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie and Harvey Scrimshaw. In addition to the review, we briefly explore the Calvinist religious world-view, the characters’ temptations, witch familiars, and some magical practices employed in Colonial America for protection against witchcraft.

Film specs can be found on IMDB.

PBS gives a deeper look at who the Puritans were and what life was like in 1630 New England.

Here is some archeological information about witch bottles, about scratching a witch and the making of flying ointments by Sarah Anne Lawless.

We would like to give a huge shout out to Corey Hutchison - of the excellent podcast & blog New World Witchery - for his blog posts below on magic in Colonial America which were of immense help to us when putting together this episode:

Some examples of Colonial magic witch lore.

(A Little) More Colonial (and Native American) Magic

Magic books in the American Colonies: The Devil's Book


((UPDATE: Corey at New World Witchery released his own review in their 89th episode, a couple of days after we recorded ours. Be sure to check it out!))

 



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