Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast

Jane Bonis

Welcome to Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast!

Jane Bonis—also known on social media as the Aquarian Music Witch (AMW)—is a Philly-based musician, witch, and philosopher on a journey through the realms of spirituality, music, politics, and beyond. In each episode, Jane invites you into their world, where the mystical meets the melodic. Whether diving into personal musings or engaging conversations with captivating guests, this podcast serves as a sanctuary for curious minds and free spirits.

Episodes Explore:

  • Spirituality: We talk awakening, divination, alchemy, magic, and energy… and navigate the complexities of these mystical concepts, including issues of whitewashing and appropriation that can obscure or even negate their truth. This podcast embraces a hopeful philosophy that honors magic while also critically examining it, and debunks common skeptical critiques that themselves may be entangled in colonization, to offer a nuanced philosophical understanding of these profound spiritual dimensions.
  • Music: Jane brings an extensive education in the field of music, including multiple graduate degrees and hours of written and released original music, to the table as we discuss how societal structures estrange us from our own musicality and discourage us from realizing that our music is magical. This podcast encourages us to reclaim our own musical energy, and gives practical advice for doing so.
  • Philosophy: We explore the depths of knowledge, meaning, and the divine, guided by principles of semiotics, intersectionality, and critical theory, among other frameworks. This podcast invites listeners to ponder life's deepest questions from diverse philosophical perspectives.
  • Politics & Beyond: We navigate through intersections of politics, society, and spirituality, offering unique perspectives and critical analysis. Drawing inspiration from thinkers like Audre Lorde, Kimberle Crenshaw, Michel Foucault, and Judith Butler, among many others, and in light of the transformative potential of the Age of Aquarius, we explore the interconnectedness of these elements that shape and influence our world.

With a blend of introspection, wisdom, and a touch of magic, Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast is your guide to an eclectic, thought-stirring journey. Tune in for a symphony of ideas and a magical brew of enlightenment.

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Episodes

AMWPod S1E21 | Interview with Melissa Dunphy
May 1 2024
AMWPod S1E21 | Interview with Melissa Dunphy
In today's episode of "Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast," Jane sits down with the remarkable Melissa Dunphy, a true luminary in music composition.The conversation begins on the topic of the Hannah Callowhill Stage, an exciting upcoming performance venue spearheaded by Melissa and her husband, Matt, in Old City Philadelphia. Jane and Melissa next touch on Melissa's inspiring journey as a composer, particularly her exploration of political themes through music, and comment more generally on the intersection of politics and classical music. They question the construct of time especially in light of the pandemic's disruptions and its relevance to the realm of music, and discuss the transformative experience of sound walks and the art of deep listening, pondering whether political music holds the power to catalyze change on a global scale. Tune in as they unravel these fascinating threads and embark on a thought-provoking exploration of music's profound impact on our world.Bio: Born in Australia and raised in an immigrant family, Melissa Dunphy herself immigrated to the United States in 2003 and has since become an award-winning and acclaimed composer specializing in vocal, political, and theatrical music. She first came to national attention when her large-scale work the Gonzales Cantata was featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, National Review, and on Fox News and The Rachel Maddow Show, where host Rachel Maddow described it as "the coolest thing you've ever seen on this show." Other notable works include the song cycle Tesla's Pigeon, which won first place in the NATS Art Song Composition Award, and choral work What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach? which won the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers Competition and has been performed nationally by ensembles including Chanticleer and Cantus.In 2024, Dunphy was awarded and Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts. She was the recipient of a 2020 Opera America Discovery Grant for Alice Tierney, an opera commissioned by Oberlin Conservatory which premiered in 2023 at Oberlin and Opera Columbus. She has been composer-in-residence for the Immaculata Symphony Orchestra, Volti, and the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, and her commissions include works for the BBC Proms, the BBC Singers, VOCES8, Cantus, the Mendelssohn Chorus, ACDA Eastern, the American Guild of Organists, and the Kennett Symphony. Dunphy is also a Barrymore Award-nominated theater composer and served from 2014-2023 as Director of Music Composition for the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference.Dunphy has a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.M. from West Chester University and is on faculty at Rutgers University. She is president of the board of directors for Wildflower Composers and serves on the board of Lyric Fest. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Matt; the Dunphys are currently the owners and developers of the Hannah Callowhill Stage, a new performance venue in Old City Philadelphia which they hope to open in 2026, and co-hosts of the popular podcast The Boghouse about their adventures in Philadelphia colonial archaeology.https://www.melissadunphy.comhttps://amwpod.supercast.com
AMWPod S1E20 | Slavic Magic, Pagan Music: Interview with EC Jarecke
Apr 24 2024
AMWPod S1E20 | Slavic Magic, Pagan Music: Interview with EC Jarecke
In this episode of "Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast," Jane dives deep into the worlds of Slavic folk magic, pagan choir music, and labor law with the brilliant EC Jarecke. EC, a practitioner of Slavic folk magic, weaves a captivating tale of their journey from studying opera in Louisiana to rediscovering his passion for songwriting in the enchanting landscapes of Colorado.The episode opens with Jane and EC discussing the rich traditions of Slavic folk magic, exploring its practices and the mystical elements that inspire EC's creative process. As the conversation unfolds, EC shares her experiences and insights into how their magical practice influences their musical life. In particular, EC highlights their participation in the Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir, a Colorado-based pagan choir.Towards the end of the episode, the conversation takes a turn as Jane and EC touch on the realm of labor law, and EC shares thoughts on the current state of law and justice in America.Bio: EC is a Slavic folk magic practicioner who studied opera in Louisiana before returning to their true love of songwriting in her home state of Colorado. He is currently studying law with hopes of working as a labor lawyer by day and Joan Jett cover artist by night. They love fine wine, tequila, and cats.Tiktok: musick_mage for witch stuff, ec_jar for music stuff Insta: ec_jarOrpheus Pagan Chamber Choir insta: @orpheuspaganchamberchoiramwpod.supercast.com
AMWPod S1E18 | Interview With Dawoud Kringle (a.k.a. Dawoud the Renegade Sufi)
Apr 10 2024
AMWPod S1E18 | Interview With Dawoud Kringle (a.k.a. Dawoud the Renegade Sufi)
On this episode of Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast, Jane sits down with Dawoud Kringle, also known as Dawoud the Renegade Sufi, to discuss his perspective as an Islamic composer, author, and musician. Dawoud has recently introduced the world to the mesmerizing sounds of the Dautar, an instrument of his own creation that combines qualities of the guitar, sitar, and cello.The interview also touches on Dawoud's recent article on Palestinian music and musicians. Through their conversation, they illuminate the role of music as a tool for survival, political action, and connection within and across communities. A link to the article can be found here: https://doobeedoobeedoo.info/the-music-scene-in-palestine-yes-theres-one/Bio: Dawoud Kringle (a.k.a Dawoud the Renegade Sufi) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, leader of the ensemble God's Unruly Friends, and solo performer. Recently, Dawoud had introduced the Dautar into his music. The Dautar is an instrument he designed and commissioned to build that combines the guitar, sitar and cello. Dawoud’s music blends, jazz, world, rock, cinematic, electronic, ambient, and orchestral. It has been described as sounding like “Hans Zimmer and Jimi Hendrix fighting over a beautiful princess from another galaxy.” He is comfortable in applying unprecedented concepts, techniques, and electronics, a fearless blending of genres, and his focus on the psychoactive properties of sound. He has performed in the US and Europe, appeared on many recordings - including 13 self-produced solo albums, and has enjoyed radio airplay in the US, Europe, Russia, and Indonesia. He produced his own concerts as a solo artist and bandleader, and has experience composing for film, theater, and dance performances. His neoclassical compositions include chamber works, a symphony, and an orchestral fantasia based on a combination of Indian Raga and Persian Maqam. He is also a skilled improviser and often improvises entire concerts. Some of the people he has worked with include Lauryn Hill, Nona Hendryx, The Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars, DJ Celt Islam, SoSaLa, Ravish Momin (Sunken Cages), Mark Deutsch, Ustad Muzalim Hussain, Idries Muhammad, Jesse "Cheese" Hameen, Junni Booth, Daniel Carter, and many others. He is a published author, multi-discipline visual artist and has experience as an audio engineer (live, recording, and radio broadcast), and as a radio show and podcast host and producer. He is a member in good standing with Musicians For Musicians, and the New York Composer’s Circle.Dawoud's socials: https://www.instagram.com/godsunrulyfriends/ https://www.youtube.com/@GodsUnrulyFriends linktr.ee/dawoudtherenegadesufihttps://amwpod.supercast.com
Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast S1E13 | Soundwave Wizardry: Interview With C-Flat Sounds
Mar 13 2024
Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast S1E13 | Soundwave Wizardry: Interview With C-Flat Sounds
In this episode of Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast, Jane explores the mystical world of psychedelic rock with special guest Craig, also known as C-Flat Sounds. Hailing from the enchanting landscape of Australia, Craig brings a unique perspective to the realm of music as a true wizard of rock.Throughout the conversation, Craig shares insights into his musical journey, which blends elements of psychedelic and grunge rock with influences from druidism and other mystical knowledge. With a DIY ethos, he navigates the modern music landscape by leveraging platforms like TikTok for advertising, and crafting his own music videos.Jane and Craig engage in a thought-provoking discussion on topics ranging from the mystical properties of psychedelic mushrooms to the complexities of conspiracy theories and government interference with off-grid living. Drawing from his deep connection to the Australian wilderness, Craig offers glimpses into his daily life surrounded by the country's diverse wildlife. His special bond with animals serves as a source of inspiration and spiritual connection, adding an additional layer of depth to his artistic expression.As the episode unfolds, Craig and Jane also explore the importance of community in the pursuit of artistic and spiritual fulfillment. Through shared experiences and mutual support, they highlight the transformative power of connection and collaboration.Join us on a mesmerizing journey through the realms of music, mysticism, and wildlife wonders in this captivating episode of Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast.Bio: Just a humble wizard, who happens to rock.Linktr.ee/c_flatamwpod.supercast.com
Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast S1E11 | Witchcraft and Weavings: Interview With Attacus Thorn
Feb 28 2024
Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast S1E11 | Witchcraft and Weavings: Interview With Attacus Thorn
Join Jane on Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast as we explore the fascinating world of witchcraft with guest Attacus Thorn. In this episode, Attacus shares their journey into witchcraft, starting at a young age due to supernatural experiences that led to a necessity for protection and manifestation practices. They discuss their initiation into Wicca and finding a sense of belonging within a coven.Jane and Attacus explore gender within Gardnerian Wicca, debunking myths and discussing the importance of decolonization in spiritual practices. Attacus shares insights on privilege, inclusivity, and community building, emphasizing the need for education and accountability.The conversation extends to music magic, healing through sound, and overcoming challenges such as imposter syndrome and stage fright. Attacus opens up about their traumatic experiences in music education and the healing power of artistic expression.Attacus also discusses their involvement in community projects like Eclectic Grove and Fox and Toad magazine, aimed at providing inclusive spiritual resources and fostering connections. We discuss their therapeutic journey through fiber arts and the role of crafting in mental well-being.Tune in for an insightful discussion on shadow work, magical practices, and the perpetual journey of self-discovery. Don't miss out on this enriching exploration of witchcraft and music with Attacus Thorn.Bio for Attacus Thorn:I'm 31, about to be 32 in April, I'm trans and nonbinary as well as neurodivergent, and I've been a practicing witch since I was about 14. I was born and raised in south east Florida, and left to settle in the central PA area with my fiancé and our three cats. I'm a 3rd Degree Gardnerian High Priestex running my own coven and preparing to also open up an eclectic grove where I will teach the basics of witchcraft, paganism, and Wicca from a gender nonconforming perspective with a focus on the decolonization of neopagan and modern witchcraft practices. I'm also a writer for the newly published Fox & Toad magazine, a seasonal publication that highlights the nature, magic, and metaphysics locally to and around Pennsylvania. I'm some flavor of psychic and an energy healer with a background in helping with non human entities, and I have a deep love for sound healing and spiritual activation through music. My hobbies include Dungeons & Dragons, crochet, weaving, painting, performing arts, and I recently took up learning how to spin my own yarn. My neurodivergent special interests are moths, tattooing, ecologically safe and self sufficient homesteading and food forests, and paranormal history and folklore just to name a few.#QueerWitchcraft #DecolonizingSpirituality #MusicMagic #FiberArts #CommunityBuilding
Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast S1E9 | Writing and Healing: Interview With Natalie Banks
Feb 14 2024
Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast S1E9 | Writing and Healing: Interview With Natalie Banks
On this episode of "Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast," Jane talks with best selling and award winning author Natalie Banks. Natalie opens up about her early struggles and how writing became a way to cope with her emotions. Despite a hiatus during motherhood, Natalie's passion reignited, leading her to complete numerous novels.The discussion explores some of the themes prevalent in Natalie's work, particularly of reality beyond the visible world and time perception. They dissect themes of resilience and loss, drawing from personal experiences with tragedy. Natalie shares how her own journey through grief inspired her writing.As they explore the writing process, Natalie identifies meditation as a tool to tap into creativity. They discuss the energetic exchange inherent in writing and its reciprocity with the audience. Natalie emphasizes the importance of maintaining boundaries and authenticity amidst the pressure of public scrutiny.The conversation extends to Natalie's spiritual awakening, sparked by questioning traditional religious teachings and culminating in a profound near-death experience. This encounter with the divine reshaped Natalie's perspective on existence and further fueled her commitment to personal growth and authenticity.Bio: Natalie Banks is a Best Selling and Award-Winning author and a previous recipient of The North Carolina Governor's Writing Award. She weaves characters with relatable humanity and stories that touch the heart and soul. She has quickly become a favorite among readers. When not writing, she spends time on the beach in North Carolina with her husband and children.Officialnataliebanks (Instagram)Amwpod.supercast.com
Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast S1E8 | Chaos and Connection: Interview With Cody Curtis (@SynthesisBegins)
Feb 7 2024
Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast S1E8 | Chaos and Connection: Interview With Cody Curtis (@SynthesisBegins)
Join Jane in a raw and insightful episode of Aquarian Music Witch: The Podcast featuring Cody Curtis, also known as @SynthesisBegins on TikTok. In this conversation, Jane and Cody discuss the chaotic start to the new year, including unexpected family dynamics, a leaky bathroom, and a stolen car, setting the tone for the unpredictable energy of 2024.As Cody shares their personal journey, listeners gain a glimpse into their spiritual awakening that began at a young age, marked by chronic panic attacks and a search for meaning. Cody's path to enlightenment and recent reawakening offer a unique perspective on personal growth.The conversation takes a thought-provoking turn as Cody and Jane discuss the importance of community, the balance between hermitage and connection, and the challenges of building communities and coalitions within leftist spaces. As the episode unfolds, Cody and Jane also deeply explore the concept of love, debunking societal expectations and emphasizing the significance of care over flashy Hollywood narratives and expecting people to play a certain role in your life.Tune in to this vulnerable episode as Jane and Cody explore chaos, spirituality, and the pursuit of meaningful connections.Cody's Bio: I've been a lot of places and seen a lot of things, yet all I know is that I know nothing. Everything I learn winds up leaving me with more questions than answers.@SynthesisBeginsamwpod.supercast.com