Witches Compass

Collection with 18 media items created by Jonathan Alpeyrie

10 Oct 2014 10:53

Brooklyn, 10/14
The season of the witch is back. From American Horror Story: Coven to a new exhibit at the British Museum called “Witches and Wicked Bodies,” witches are once again ascendant. The current neo-pagan revival is less evocative of the cutest witches we met in 1990’s – it is distinctly feminist. The new witch culture blends a kind of radical eroticism with metaphysical liberation — and it aims to change the world.
On the weekend of October 10th, we attended and shot the first anniversary of the Witches Compass, a monthly gathering of appropriately attired occultists at Kateland, a bookstore in Bushwick, Brooklyn that is at the epicenter of the local pagan universe. Katelan Foisy (also a painter, model, and tarot card reader) lead attendees through an immersive ritual cleansing to honor the Hunter’s Moon — with massive paper moons on display. Katelan and her witch-colleague Damon Stang are pioneers of the occult revival happening in this hipster enclave. A few days after the Witches Compass, I sat down for an interview with Katelan and Fred Jennings, the co-owner of Kateland. They explained what makes the third contemporary resurgence of the occult so different than the ones that have come before. Intrinsically feminist, LGBT-friendly, and politically active by nature, the new witches are in it for far more than just love spells.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Katelan Foisy at her home in Astoria, Queens, New York, next to her altar.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in the yearly ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy healing based on Native American Techniques and applied them in her everyday life practices.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Detail from Katelan Foisy’s altar.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Damon Stang, co-creator of the Witches’ Compass, praises the four elements as the Hunter’s Moon ritual begins on October 10th at Catland, in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
10 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Attendees deep in meditation as they listen to Katelan Foisy’s story of the carnival funhouse.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Katelan Foisy, painter, tarot reader, witch, and co-creator of the Witches’ Compass, helping attendees to untangle ropes that have been ritually tied to together to symbolize the bonds we need to break.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Katelan Foisy preparing a ritual candle with oils and herbs.