About Asa West

Asa West blends her witchcraft with her Jewish heritage and Secular Buddhism. She lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a librarian and priestesses at Reclaiming Tradition public rituals. She sells her zines at her Etsy shop (RedTailWitch) and offers sliding scale tarot readings at www.tarotbyasa.com.

Jewish Witch: The American’s Guide to Getting Ebola

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

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

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…]

Jewish Witch: Finding Asherah

It breaks my heart whenever I hear modern Jews talk about the end of Israelite paganism with relief and back-patting, as if the worship of a beloved goddess were akin to alcoholism or online poker. [Read more…]

Jewish Witch: The Witch in the Prayer Shawl – The Power of Sacred Garments

One of my very first decisions as a teenage Witch was that robes–at least, the quality of robes I could make myself or afford to buy–weren’t for me. Yet it never felt quite right to do ritual in my street clothes. [Read more…]

How a Jewish Witch is Formed

I finally let myself return to Witchcraft after I gave birth to my daughter. But there were aspects of Jewish practice that I didn’t want to leave behind. [Read more…]


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