A Common Craft

Episode 2: Ritual

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Witchcraft and the archetype of the Witch are explored through interviews, found sound, commissioned music and storytelling. This second episode of A Common Craft looks to ritual and working with ritual. I talk to Trustee of the Doreen Valiente Foundation Ashley Mortimer, author and historian Kassia St Clair, celebrant Keli Tomlin and doula Dee Coe about Doreen Valiente, doulas, the colour purple and rituals for letting go.

A Common Craft is a series of podcasts about the archetype of the Witch, Witchcraft and magic and how these subjects may affect our daily lives- sometimes without us even noticing. Through interviews and storytelling, each episode will present a journey of occult ideas, feminism, healthcare, gender and popular culture. As Witchcraft becomes increasingly popular, I ask what we can learn from it's unorthodoxy and how it might make the future more magical for us all.

A Common Craft was made by Blue Firth commissioned on behalf of Waking the Witch, a touring exhibition which looks to the importance of craft, ritual and land on the practice of the ever shifting figure of the witch.

Episode Two

Interviews were held with Ashley Mortimer (Trustee of the Doreen Valiente Foundation), Kassia St Clair (Cultural historian and writer), Dee Coe (Doula) & Emily Wilczek & Baby Ida, Keli Tomlin (Celebrant) Original music by Hawthonn.

In Mighty Revelation by Hawthonn from the album Red Godess (Of This Men Shall Know Nothing)

Improvised incantations composed and sung by Freya Barlow, Blue Firth & Isabel Jones

Additional music by: Eden Ahbez - Full Moon, Daniel Kolbialka- Blue Spirals, Lena Platonos - The Witches, Third Ear Band - Fleance, Isla Cameron – O Willow Waly, Helen Banks – Do you know

Obsidian Mirror written by Blue Firth read by Isabel Jones

Audio extracts include: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1998), Secrets of the Unkown – Witches 1989, Hocus Pocus (1993), The Innocents (1961), The Owl Service (1969)