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A Little Divination and Imagination

Successful divination requires focus, perseverance, and a little faith. Sometimes our paths come to a fork in the road, and much like that forked divining rod, we must follow our strongest intuition. Interestingly, life paths can indeed come full circle. I've come to believe that if we tune into what the divine is trying to whisper in our ears, we will take the paths we are intended to at the right moment in time. Perhaps we aren't ready for a certain direction at a given interval. That doesn't mean that roads aren't meant to be revisited. When I was a young girl, my favorite toy was a tape recorder. I delighted in creating radio plays and acting out favorite movies and TV shows with my closest friends. Conducting interviews was also a beloved pastime.

Flash forward several years later to graduating with a master's in digital communication strategies at Marquette University. Although I have a background in journalism and filmmaking, podcasting was something I naturally gravitated to with my studies and projects. It felt like coming home, and conducting interviews in this medium and editing them was the perfect way to express myself creatively. Since I recently decided to embark on a full-time freelancing career, it seemed like the perfect time to launch a brand new podcast: "Women Who Howl at the Moon."

Each month, I'll be talking with a different fearless and fierce female voice in the Witch and Pagan community. We'll focus on timely topics of discussion and let the featured guest share their personal stories and journeys with The Craft. This month, I was thrilled to enjoy a visit from Phyllis Curott for our debut episode. Phyllis is a renowned author, elder high priestess, and long-time activist for our community. She had much to share, and we're already looking forward to a part two of our lively discussion! You can leave comments and learn about upcoming episodes on the WolfWomenHowl Facebook page. Watch for an upcoming interview with Witches and Pagans' own Anne Newkirk Niven!

I'm particularly excited about Phyllis' own latest project, The Witches' Wisdom Tarot, coming out this month. The tarot deck will be available via her website and Amazon, and it is a wonderfully witchy collaboration between Phyllis and the the beautiful illustrations of artist Danielle Barlow. Just in time for Samhain and Halloween, why not treat yourself?

Tarot card illustration by Danielle Barlow.

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Colleen DuVall has written articles, plays, short films, and a novel. Most recently, her work has been featured in her new blog, Off The Beaten Path for the Shepherd Express online (, and the Wisconsin Life radio show for WPR. She recently adopted a little grey and white cat named Tessa, after beloved 22-year-old Bootise passed on.


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