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Up the Witchpunx #4: Radical Hope

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Emily Dickinson said that hope is the thing with feathers, but the creators of Up the Witchpunx have produced something far grittier and more substantial. Radical Hope is a zine born from punk, witchcraft and street-level activism; it has “claws and teeth.”

Radical Hope “looks like cop cars on fire, politicians resigning in disgrace, and sabotage of planet­-killing industrial capitalism…” However, Radical Hope is also a cultural and spiritual change document, born from the Oly Witch Crew’s collective work in linking activism, occult and magickal work and a punk rock ethos.

Along the way, the writers and artists dispel notions of fluffy new-age sentimentality and do-no-harm politics. “Our magick bashes back. We believe that industrial capitalism, if unchallenged, means the death and defilement of the Goddess and all she represents. Thus hope is found in insurrection, and not in anything else.”

The angels and prophets of Radical Hope are queers, punks and suicide survivors who have clawed their way back from their personal abysses bearing dangerous gifts. Radical Hope is their manifesto.

Includes interviews with artist, dollmaker and healer Kook Teflon and illustrator and The Next World Tarot creator Cristy Road. Featuring work by Rust Belt Jessie, Dylan Ce, Myke Moon, Adriana Lopez, Christian Lee, Malachi Phelps, Spiggy Suarez, GG Irkalla / Lillita Lustre and Ezmyrelda Andrade.

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Flowers of Praxis

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Political Magick, pagan anarchism, witchpunk, Circle Ansuz, Gods & Radicals, W.I.T.C.H, WAFT, Scarlet Imprint, are all great examples of the radicalization that is happening in paganism at an astonishing rate. There is an enormous amount of amazing art and writing coming out of this cultural shift. In Flowers of Praxis, the creators of Up the Witchpunx offer a full thesis on the intersection of the political and spiritual, through a gnostic lense, ending by proposing an economic program that’s just as useful to secular activists as it is to Occultists.

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Arcane Perfection: An Anthology by Queer, Trans & Intersex Witches

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ARCANE PERFECTION is a collection of essays, poetry, art, rage, love, rituals, spells, and musings by, for, and about Queer, Trans, and Intersex Witches. The book began as a coven project to further curate the Witchery of our Queer, Trans, and Intersex members, and then the project was expanded to encompass Queer, Trans, or Intersex people from around the world.

Contributors answer questions like: How have you overcome discrimination? How have you encountered the Divine? What are your experiences with magic as a Queer person? How has Witchcraft empowered your life as a Queer person? Can you tell the story of your transition through the Tarot? What is your relationship to the world, to Pagan community, to Queer community? Do you have a rant that needs to be screamed into publication? How are you uprooting heterocisnormativity in the Pagan community and beyond? How have you dealt with loss, invisibility, violence, disability, racism, power, capitalism, jealousy, change, and love?

Arcane Perfection mixes personal stories with mythology, spiritual and political visions, and actual witchcraft, including rituals and spells such as the “Queer Sovereignty Spell for Pride, Power and Protection,” and the “Deadname Decoy Spell.” Articles like “Queer Bears & Berserkers,” “Candles for Queer Magic,” “The Transgender Body as Holy and Liminal Witchcraft,” and “A Trans Positive Ritual Space” are some of the explorations of queer- and trans-centric magickal practice.

We want Queer, Trans, and Intersex Witches to be able to pick up this book, find their experiences reflected within, and feel surrounded by the magic of others like them.

Also available for:
Kindle eReader from Amazon Kindle: Arcane Perfection Kindle Edition ($0.99)
Printed Paperback: Print edition ($12.74)

This PDF is free or pay what you want – just enter “0” in the price box to receive this book for free. 562 pages. Edited by Pat Mosley, Dylan Ce, Redbud Collective, and friends.

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Road Heart Volcano #6

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Road Heart Volcano #6 is a free 20 page e-zine of a personal nature by author, artist and Up the Witchpunx creator gg Irkalla. It is a look into gg’s internal artistic world which often is unseen in Up the Witchpunx, as well as things gg has pulled out of her archive and pieces of zines from years back.

Gg reflects on rural punk movements, rural culture, and her unorthodox childhood in the essay “Heathen Hicks, Styxx and Bricks.” She gets into one of the themes that has defined her work with zines and activism so far, the emerging connection between witchcraft and punk rock subcultures.

The zine explores collaborative art made by gg and Dylan Ce on personal mythology, rural culture, and a concept the two writer/artists developed together, the texture web or “yin:web.” The textural or yin web is an effort to reclaim a DIY, unpolished internet that serves the purposes of discovery, magick and artistic creation rather than searchability, filter bubbles and NSA spying.

Road Heart Volcano is an essential for fans of punk, witchcraft, cultural critique and any of gg’s previous work.

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Up the Witchpunx #3: Pre-Apocalyptic Consciousness

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This issue, titled “Pre-Apocalyptic Consciousness” engages boldly with controversial ideas about humanity’s future, and what that means in the context of witchcraft and punk rock. Also includes color front and back covers. This is a very big zine with a lot of love and fierceness in it.

Please note: Peter Gray’s essay, “Rewilding Witchcraft,” is not included in digital editions by author request. The essay is available in the print edition only. Currently the print edition can be purchased in the Up the Witchpunx store.

Featuring:

  • Tons of comics, titled weird things like “a christian larvae” and “the best thing about internet addiction is nothing”
  • A Curse on Darren Wilson
  • Spooky lovecraftian vignettes by the Dali Trauma
  • Ashes of Irkalla Pt. 2, a brief look at a stern androgynous topless radical fairie playing with ashes
    and a lot more.

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Up the Witchpunx #2: Feat. Gina Hopkins

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Up the Witchpunx #2 is labor of love funded by more than 10 generous Kickstarter backers in 2015. Explores the foundations of witchpunk, plus spooky fashion photography, witchy fiction, collage art, and prisoner support.

Featuring:

  • an interview with fashion designer Gina Hopkins + a 14 page fashion spread
  • “Ashes of Irkalla”, a witchpunk fashion shoot featuring GG Irkalla and Mirror X in a northern rainforest.
  • Keeping up with the Filth Family, a comic about Archons, Gnosticism and cuddling
  • a rune translation contest
    and a lot more!

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