About Asa West

Asa West practices Reclaiming Tradition Witchcraft and blends her practice with her Jewish heritage and Secular Buddhism. She blogs at asawest.wordpress.com, and you can find her zines at etsy.com/shop/RedTailWitch. She lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a librarian and priestesses at Reclaiming public rituals.

Jewish Witch: The American’s Guide to Getting Ebola

Asa West

Black and brown lives, in the ideology of the West, are simply worth less than white lives. At all times, in every way. This attitude simmers, then erupts when a white person has the gall to treat black and brown lives as important. She’s seen as a traitor. How dare she prioritize “them” over “us.” [Read more...]

Jewish Witch: Ancestors and Genocide


There are only so many prayers you can say for the dead before, like the dybbuk of Jewish legend, they begin to graft themselves onto you. [Read more...]

Jewish Witch: Fasting, Shamanism, and the Otherworld


It’s well-documented that fasting is a tool in the shaman’s toolbox. It fosters altered states. It induces visions. With that in mind, I decided to make my Yom Kippur fast this year an explicitly magical practice. [Read more...]

Jewish Witch: My Devotionals, Part 2 – The Work

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My devotionals consist of my declaration to the Goddess, followed by devotionals to the deities I’m working with, then a hello to the fey folk and ancestors and spirits of the land, a lovingkindness chant, and finally a few moments of silent meditation. The latter three always feel pretty straightforward. But the deity devotions tend to give me trouble. [Read more...]

Jewish Witch: My Devotionals, Part One – The Shema

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It’s funny–whenever my practice begins to falter, whenever I get tied up in how to please this deity or how to work that spell, it’s science that helps me center myself. The Tree of Life and the breathing Earth. The race of electrons and the swirl of galaxies. These things are my declaration. My Shema. [Read more...]

Jewish Witch: Despair, Tikkun Olam, and Rewilding Witchcraft


My job, as a Witch, is to explore my own wildness–to embrace it and understand it and fashion it into a weapon that heals. My job is to embody that deep paradox. My job is to face it without denial, rather than ignore it and thus let it control me. [Read more...]

Jewish Witch: I Have Conversed with the Morrígan about Gaza


Would you take me seriously if I suggested that the Morrígan advocates nonviolence? [Read more...]