At The Alchemist's Kitchen, we are dedicated to demystifying, celebrating, and honoring the Witch. The Witch represents a connection to our wildness, an exploration of mysticism, a trusting of our intuition, and a declaration of our creative power. This fall, we devote our energies to honoring the Season of the Witch.
Aligned in this effort is The Evolver, a podcast oriented around the emerging consciousness movement and spiritual awakenings, hosted by Alchemist's Kitchen co-founder Ken Jordan. From now until November, Ken will be in dialogue with an array of powerful and witchy women.
See below for what's already up and ready to listen to, and a schedule of what's to come!
Making Visionary Community
The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM), is among the most vibrant, innovative, and long-lived transformational communities on the East Coast. It revolves around the Visionary Art of painters Alex and Allyson Grey. Located about 2 hours north of New York City along the Hudson River in the town of Wappingers Falls, CoSM has long been a community where the psychedelic approach to the visionary experience is honored and supported, and the role of creativity in transformation is given pride of place.
In the first episode of the Season of the Witch series, Ken talks with CoSM’s head witch and den mother, Allyson Grey, about how she approaches her art as a form of service to others. She speaks directly to what it takes to create and nurture a community devoted to spiritual ideals — as a form of art. CoSM is actually incorporated as an interfaith art church. And they are in the process of building a visionary art temple called Entheon. Allyson also discusses her paintings of secret and sacred language.
The Art of Tarot
Tarot has returned as a popular intuitive practice, and The Wild Unknown Tarot, a New York Times bestseller, has become one of the definitive decks of the decade. Kim Krans’ delicate and numinous pen and ink deck has an indie music confidence about it. As Kim discusses with Ken on today’s episode, The Wild Unknown deck, and the decks and books since, appeared as she opened herself toward synchronistic and mystical currents in her own life — then led her in directions that she never saw coming. Her new book, The Wild Unknown Journal, invites you to be a co-creator — to draw or paint in collaboration with the suggestive images Kim offers as a starting point.
Artist and author Kim Krans received her BFA at Cooper Union in NYC, MFA at Hunter College, and is currently pursuing a MA in Jungian psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California. She teaches events and workshops that activate the forces of creativity and radical transformation through creative practices, meditation, and movement. Kim lives on the west coast where she surfs, draws, and wonders at those big wonders of life. You can meet Kim in the coming weeks touring for The Wild Unknown Journal — the dates are on her website.
You can find out more about Kim Krans at http://www.thewildunknown.com and on Instagram @kim_krans.
Robin Rose Bennet
Robin Rose Bennett is a compassionate, empowering herbalist and spiritual teacher. Since 1986 she has taught at schools, clinics, progressive and holistic organizations, herbal conferences, and is a repeat guest lecturer at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, St John’s Hospital, Montefiore Teaching Hospital, Beth Israel’s Nursing program, and Brown University Medical School. She is a faculty member of the New York Open Center and author of "The Gift of Healing Herbs" and "Healing Magic."
Pam Grossman is a writer, curator, and teacher of magical practice and history. She is the author of Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power (Gallery Books, 2019) and the illuminated manifesto, What Is A Witch (Tin Can Forest Press). Her writings about witches, occulture, and art have appeared in numerous mediums, including Sabat, Ravenous, Abraxas Journal, Sciences Occultes, Huffington Post, MSN, Film Comment, and Etsy. She is a frequent lecturer on the occult history of Modern art and the representation of witchcraft in visual culture.
Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a prominent voice in modern earth-based spirituality and ecofeminism. She is the author or co-author of thirteen books, including "The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess" and the ecotopian novel "The Fifth Sacred Thing, and its sequel City of Refuge."
Her most recent non-fiction book is "The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups," on group dynamics, power, conflict and communications.