Women in the Occult, Part 3: Denise Alvarado

Denise Alvarado is an expert on folk magic traditions found in New Orleans and across the US South.  She’s written some very interesting books on hoodoo and vooodoo and puts out a magazine dedicated to the conjure tradition.  She definitely qualifies as a prominent and long-time figure in the US occult scene who can teach us a lot.  And I should note that my online interactions with her over the years have shown her to be a very kind and gracious person.  

To learn more about her many impressive accomplishments, check out her about.me page: https://about.me/denisealvarado

Also take a look at her blog:
http://conjureartquarterly.wordpress.com/

 


I’m featuring a series of posts dedicated to women who are witches, grimoire magicians, healers, savants, and all-around badasses.  I’m doing this for one specific reason (aside from the fact that it’s good to give credit where credit is long overdue): young women, especially young witches, need positive role models in the world of the occult.  Like anything else, it’s historically been a male-dominated field (on the surface).  But to say that only men have been great occultists and have changed the world thereby would be false.  Here, I’m going to point out contemporary and historical women who qualify as “badass women occultists.”

Women in the Occult, Part 2: Josephine McCarthy

I’ve interacted with Josephine McCarthy off and on over the years and I always come away with something interesting.  She’s taught me a number of things about what she refers to as “visionary magic,” and I think that’s accurate because she is definitely a visionary.  She’s also a prolific author, a no-bs practitioner of magic, has a powerful oracle deck made expressly for people leading the magical life, and has the confidence of an advanced practitioner who has pushed the limits of consciousness and magic.  We can learn a lot from her and so I include her in this series.

Read this excellent interview of Josephine by the very talented Frater Acher on his blog, Theomagica:

https://theomagica.com/blog/josephine-mccarthy-on-the-magic-of-the-arbatel

Check out her website: https://josephinemccarthy.com/about/

And take a look at her and Frater Acher’s magical curriculum, Quareiahttps://www.quareia.com/#main


I’m featuring a series of posts dedicated to women who are witches, grimoire magicians, healers, savants, and all-around badasses.  I’m doing this for one specific reason (aside from the fact that it’s good to give credit where credit is long overdue): young women, especially young witches, need positive role models in the world of the occult.  Like anything else, it’s historically been a male-dominated field (on the surface).  But to say that only men have been great occultists and have changed the world thereby would be false.  Here, I’m going to point out contemporary and historical women who qualify as “badass women occultists.”

Women in the Occult, Part 1: Sarah Lawless

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I’m starting a series of posts dedicated to women who are witches, grimoire magicians, healers, savants, and all-around badasses.  I’m doing this for one specific reason (aside from the fact that it’s good to give credit where credit is long overdue): young women, especially young witches, need positive role models in the world of the occult.  Like anything else, it’s historically been a male-dominated field (on the surface).  But to say that only men have been great occultists and have changed the world thereby would be false.  Here, I’m going to point out contemporary and historical women who qualify as “badass women occultists.”

First one is Sarah Lawless (http://sarahannelawless.com/about/).  I’ve followed her writing and work for a long time.  She describes her spiritual work like so:

I am a witch and embrace its full definition. I grow the poisonous plants associated with our art for millennia, I curse, I collect bones, I work rites of folk magic, and I read tarot cards, tea leaves and palms. I can be found in the woods,  under the moonlight, by a fire, and in forgotten graveyards.  You can see healing herbs in my garden, a soothing elixir to heal a broken heart in my pantry, and me, in my kitchen, cooking delicious meals. 

We can learn a lot from her.  Go to her website and check out what she has to say.