When you hear the word ‘witch’, do you imagine broomsticks and pointy hats? Steaming cauldrons? The AMAZING 1993 movie Hocus Pocus? Well, Britton isn’t any of those things. (Though she does collect bones, herbs, and views the Devil as an ally.) Her interview is fascinating!
Tell us a bit about yourself!
Of course! I am 31 and originally from Georgia (no accent, boo!) and was born on a military base. Army brat through and through! I moved all over until I landed quite happily in Portland, OR where I have been a resident for close to 9 years now.
For work, I am the nose, creator and founder of my business Haus of Gloi. We’re a vegan bath and body company specializing in made from scratch products and hand blending our own perfumes.
I’ve been doing this for about 8 years now and it’s FINALLY gotten to the point where I can start living the ‘self-employed dream’ of getting paid and having fun (it’s a LOT of hard work folks!). Long-distance hiking is my jam and at the beginning of July I will be hiking 400 miles along the Oregon Coast Trail. Witch Wandering is my hiking blog. Pacific Crest Trail is next year, that’s 2660 miles of hiking!
You’re a practicing witch. Under your definition, what does that mean? And would you consider ‘witch’ a label of your religion? Your job? Your hobby? A little bit of all three?
To consider oneself a witch is such a personal thing. For me it’s about being an intermediary between seen and unseen worlds and riding that line, constantly challenging myself, ushering in transformation into my own life and to the lives of others and my community. Living my life to it’s fullest extent no matter what the cost. And of course slinging spells, brewing potions and reading cards!
How is what you’re doing different than Wicca?
Ultimately, if I was to describe my practices I am a pagan animist and polytheist who practices folk magic, ancestor veneration, bio-regional herbalism, divination and yet, has not renounced my Christian upbringing or roots.
The area I live in now though definitely played a role in calling me and waking me up. The Pacific Northwest seems to do this to people, it’s a very magic land and my love and reverence for it runs deep. The land here speaks loudly.
Do the people in your life know you’re a witch?
Most of them know and are completely okay with it. Recently I came out to my father and while we still love each other, we do have our moments of disagreement.
You use a lot of tools in your practice – bones, feathers, crystals, etc. Where do you get these? And how can you tell a ‘good’ bone from one that won’t be useful to you?
I also do a lot of wildcrafting, which is the practice of gathering wild medicinal plants, trees and fungi. When you go out to gather medicine, whether it be spiritual or for your actual physical well being – you are opening yourself to the spirit of a place and to the plants trees and rocks of the area.
If you listen carefully and respectfully, watch and observe, they will teach you things and you can hear them speak. It isn’t always in a language that we humans can understand.
Can you give us an example of a common spell that you perform?
I have experienced much personal growth and self knowledge – the learning and experiential growth never ends. Business success and achieving things I never thought possible for myself. Oh, and a whole lot of weirdness! But I’m OK with that 😉
What tools/books/websites/groups have helped you expand your practice?
Every little action that we do in the now shapes our future. I believe that we should rid ourselves of the shame and guilt that holds us back, and live as true to ourselves, our passions and desires as possible.
If you do this the road will be hard, as it isn’t easy being unconventional in this world, but it will be beautiful and transformative, and you will never ever regret that.
Do any of you dabble in the occult? Do you have any questions for Britton? I realize that some people might not agree with, support, or understand Britton’s worldview. As always, respectful disagreement is welcome. Incendiary comments will be deleted.