What is means to be a "witch" is one of the most misunderstood identities in American culture. For obvious reasons, most people think of green-faced old ladies cackling over cauldrons or Winifred from "Hocus Pocus" or even Satan himself.
But witches in real life are not like the stereotypes. And they have nothing to do with Satan. They are everyday women – and men – who find solace from a peaceful, powerful, nature-based religion called Paganism or Wicca, a modern version of the ancient Pagan religion.
In this podcast, Julie interviews Molly, who was in a coven for 8 years, and Renee – aka Luna, the witchiest of the witches. Both Renee and Molly are High Priestess of Magick and determined to share information about their spirituality rather than hide it in the shadows as witches have been doing for centuries. In short, they have "come out of the broom closet" and ready to shed light on what is often perceived as a dark topic.
Julie, although skeptical about witches at first, asks intriguing, burning questions about what it's really like to be a witch and, as always, brings hilarity to the interview.
Listen to it here:
"Dandelions: A Podcast for Women," hosted by Molly Snyder and Julie Davidson, drops on the last Monday of every month and is available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn/Alexa. We'd love it if you subscribed, and maybe even write a review on iTunes.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.