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Witch Hunt

 

There are witches all around us. You can find them anywhere…

The Witch on Wheels has been documenting her findings.

 

Meet Linn Richardson

 

A quadruple Aquarian, Linn Richardson is full of seemingly contradictory whims and behaviors. Highly intellectual and creative, she can converse on just about any topic, magickal or mundane.
“Normal is what’s normal for you,” Linn stresses.
Self assured, somewhat eccentric, quiet but powerful, and progressive with a rebel streak, she likes to identify a need and fix it. When it’s been me who’s needed fixing, I’ve found her advice to be on target – like this when I was in my over-planning mindset, “The multiverse conspires to deliver what you need when you need it. Do only that which you know is needed because the multiverse does what it does for a reason, and knows best 99% of the time.” 

1. Do you have a magickal name you’re willing to share?
Agamena

2. In what state do you reside?
Connecticut

3. How do you make your living?
Retired network engineer, project manager disaster recovery; now an artist.

4. Are you out of the closet? / Have you felt threatened?
Yes / No

5. When did you first know you were a witch? How long have you been practicing?
When I turned 15, 51 years ago.

6. How do you define your practice? Do you follow a specific tradition?
Eclectic. I draw from many cross-cultural traditions, but not all are Wiccan. If it works, it works. It’s your intent that makes it work. I will do candle blessings and herbal tinctures, but not as often anymore. I make my own spells as I go along. A lot of what I’m working in is the borderlands, the areas of becoming and change. 

7. What one object must be on your altar for it to be an altar?
Firelight and salt – those are the two I use all the time. Water I bring with me because we’re mostly water and I bring air because I breathe.

8. Do you have a daily practice?
Yes. I always greet the day as I’m going to bed, which is about the time dawn is coming. As I go to bed, I make a point of aligning my chakras and doing yoga breathing because it centers me, cleans me and opens me up because most of the time I’m traveling. I do a lot of astral traveling when I’m asleep and I like to start out balanced.

9. How do you respond when someone asks, “Are you a good witch or a bad witch?”
“Define witch.”

10. Do you have a familiar?
Yes. Bella. For 17 years she was my cat and my familiar. She died last year. Now she’s back but corporal; she still gives me advice and she’s usually right.

11. What gifts, skills or powers do you share?
Energy work (healing, precog, web work, weather), art. All of these things I can do magick with.

12. What was your most magickal experience?
I suspect the night I sang with the wolves under a Yosemite Falls moonbow. Could be when I first called lightning or rode a storm, or called a big wave. Could be the first time I time walked, or had a vision that came true, I can’t tell.

13. What is your favorite:
•Sabbat:
All are equal in their time
•Element: Air and water
•God: Neptune
•Goddess: Danu
•Animal or other totem: Yggdrasil, Manitous, the snake goddess
•Tool: My black opal ring
•Book: “Real Magic” by Issac Bonewits or “The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics” by Gary Zukav
•Tarot deck or card: Crowley’s deck, but I don’t use it much. Favorite card is the hierophant.
I prefer the Book of Changes (Tao te Ching) or dreams for divination.
•Gemstone: Black opal
•Ritual garb: Unnecessary
•Fictional witch: Baba Yaga
•Music / Performer: Leonard Cohen
•Spell or ritual: Storm riding
•Piece of wisdom: You encompass the multiverse.

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike

thewitchonwheels.com

All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice. When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at thewitchonwheels.com, Facebook and Instagram.