a starnight dwell

Welcome to the sidereal picture show. 
An exploration of the imagination through starlight.
Focusing on art, magic, culture, astrology, and esotericism.

No. 3

Starry Other Folk - The Lesser Spring
with Sasha Ravitch
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Sasha Ravitch, astrolater, folkloric-witch, and all around bestie joins the show to discuss her idiosyncretic astrological practice as well as fixed stars, spirit work, and of course relating to other in a starry context.

By other, we mean those beings often found in liminal places; the ones who we intentionally refer to in an indirect way. In this same fashion the means we may use to access these worlds are often unorthodox, if not outright fantastical. The way our personal experience comes up against or alongside established tradition is another theme of the show. 

With direct experience from her pratice as well as some professional recommendations, this episode sets a proper mood for future interviews as we continue to explore imagination and its role in spheres of knowledge making, creativity, and the like. 

Sasha’s Info:
︎ @sasha.ravitch
Sasha’s Patreon

Music: ‘Going North’ by Mother Nun

No. 2

The Hand of Fatima - Cassiopeia
with Dr. Amina Inloes
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Recorded and released on Laylat al-Qadr, or the Islamic ‘Night of Power,’ Dr. Amina Inloes joins us to discuss her newest book, completed on behalf of the late Eva-Maria von Kemnitz, on the multivalent yet mostly apotropaic symbol of the khamsa or the ‘Hand of Fatima.’ Found in the night sky as the constellation known as Cassiopeia, we also muse on star lore and various connections between this symbol and similar myth themes, archetypes, and cultural manifestations. 

Amina’s Info:
︎ ︎ @Arabic__Magic
︎ @AminaInloes
Book will be published by Brill 

Music: ‘Going North’ by Mother Nun

No. 1

House of Stars
Solo Show
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In this inaugurating episode I discuss the ethos of the show as well as some underlying spirits guiding the process. Most importantly I outline the other-under-world journeying inherent in imaginal exploration; perhaps best visualized by the celestial Milky Way and the containment of all visible stars within her body.

Night Sky Goddess Nut / Tepeyollotl (Jaguar) & Calli (House) - Akbal (Cave/Dawn) / The Tragedy of Macbeth / ‘Sable Crossings: Underworld Markings Along the Milky Way’ by J.M. Hamade / ‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ by Sigmund Freud / Coast to Coast AM / The Harrowing 

Music: ‘Going North’ by Mother Nun