By Caden Ziegler
Web Content Contributor
You have your crystals and your smudge stick, but there’s still something missing. Something you can’t quite put your finger on. You find yourself wandering around a bookstore (or maybe the internet) and you stumble across a word that carries quite a bit of umph: Witch.
Immediately, a gnarled-nosed woman appears in your mind, hunched over a boiling and bubbling cauldron. Maybe, you click on an article or flip through the pages of that book and wow— you’re overwhelmed. All the names, herbs and paths bombard you, and you have no idea where to start.
I’ve been in the position for a few years; looking around, trying something out and then pulling back because I have no idea what I’m doing. Luckily, however, I found a podcast that made things a lot simpler.
Witch B***h Amateur Hour (WBAH) was started by two cousins in Fort Worth, Texas. Charlye Michelle and Macy Frazier began hosting WBAH on June 13, 2018, and have been releasing a 30-minute to-hour long bits of magic every week. They cover plenty of introductory topics that range from knot magic, crystals and chakras to covering different gods, goddesses and the famous witches of history.
The two hilarious women are able to easily break down complex topics into simple (and often somewhat obscene) language, making “witch-babies” feel comfortable with their level of knowledge. The variety of topics they cover is also incredibly helpful and they have series that divulge bits and pieces of a topic at a time, not to overwhelm the listeners. This podcast is such an excellent resource for any witches or spiritually-minded people out there.
“Absolutely adore this podcast, for the beginner or years-in witch alike – it’s golden…”
Some of my favorite kinds of episodes are the ones where they go into the different crystals and herbs I use in my daily practice. They will go into the physical, magical and medical properties but will also touch on how it is harvested from the environment. I have even stopped using some herbs and materials, like sandalwood, after reading about the unethical way they are being extracted and sold on such a large scale.
In another episode, they delve into the mysterious life of New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveaux. The talk about some of the great feats she accomplished, the conspiracy theories around her magic, and even sprinkle a couple witchy tips throughout their recount of her life. They even talk about characters in our history that many people don’t even know about; a recent episode discusses Malin Matsdotter, an alleged witch during the Great Noise— a wide-scale witch execution— of Sweden.
Not only does WBAH supply you with tons of information, but it also has a few “spookysodes” full of creepy stories of ghosts and urban legends. They each have a couple stories they’ve found, but also open it up to the listener’s stories (yes, I have definitely sent a couple in). I love being scared, so naturally I love these episodes.
That being said, they have scared the living daylights out of me. I listened to one while I was driving on a country road late at night and I. Could. Not. Handle. It. I wouldn’t even check my rearview mirror because I was afraid of seeing a black-eyed child staring back at me. What’s worse than a child? A child with black eyes, that’s what. Listen at your own risk, but the best horror episode is this one, where they discuss those creepy kids.
However, I don’t think I would want to hear all these horrific stories with anyone else other than these two fantastic witches. Michelle and Frazier have such a wonderful energy to them, that it’s so easy to absorb all the information coming from my speakers. They offer a digital space that allows for people to connect in a warm and not-so-serious environment.
“Feels like sitting down to sesh [sic] with your witchy [b***h] buds in the best setting.”
These girls are on the up-and-coming, and have even recently released their own merch for their listeners. I truly think they are going to be a loud and clear voice in this wave of witchy-awakenings.
So if you feel like getting your witch b***h on, here is the link to the first episode.
Featured screenshot by Caden Ziegler via Witch B***h Amateur Hour.