About this Episode

VYS0015 - Show Notes

It's the bleak midwinter: dark, cold, moods are low and the festive period seems like a year ago already - so who better for Hine and Buckley to catch up with than Jennifer Lane, author of The Wheel: A Witch's Path to Healing Through Nature and upcoming spell book The Witch's Survival Guide: Spells for Healing from Stress and Burnout: Spells for Stress and Burnout in a Modern World? Jenn talks about her journey from the depths of stress-induced illness to fully embracing life as a Green Witch, the deep connections between witchcraft, nature and wellbeing and how anyone can use a little bit of magick to fight off the seasonal blues. Recorded 16 January 2023.

Jennifer Lane Links

The Wheel: A Witch's Path to Healing Through Nature by Jennifer Lane

Pre-Order The Witch's Survival Guide: Spells for Healing from Stress and Burnout by Jennifer Lane

Information about The Black Air by Jennifer Lane (Jenn's upcoming YA Novel)

Jenn's Instagram

Jenn's Website

Book a Distance Reiki Session with Jenn

Sign up to Jenn's Mailing List

Other Links

Why modern-day witchcraft is on the rise - i Newspaper article

Buffy The Vampire Slayer


The Craft

A Beginners Guide to the Wheel of the Year - Artcile from the Self Care Emporium

Blue Monday by New Order

When is Blue Monday 2023 and why is it the most depressing day of the year? - Article from the Yorkshire Post

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) - NHS Inform

Hedge Witch: A Guide to Solitary Witchcraft by Rae Beth

Earth Magick: Ground yourself with magick. Connect with the seasons in your life & in nature by Lindsay Squire

Lindsay Squire's Instagram

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Grotbags: Mean Green Mother from Outer Space

Turn On to T-Bag S4E1 (1988)

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

The Worst Witch (1986) This 1986 film adaptation of the Worst Witch which co-incidentally stars Fairuza Balk, whi played Nancy in the Craft and Dorothy in the even more terrifying Return to Oz.

Mental Health Links (taken from the wonderful mental health charity Mind's website)

Samaritans - talk about anything that is upsetting you - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone). You can also call the Samaritans Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).

SANEline - If you're experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK. Offers a supportive listening service to anyone with thoughts of suicide - 0800 689 5652 (6pm–3:30am every day).

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). You can call the CALM on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight every day) if you are struggling and need to talk.

Shout. If you would prefer not to talk but want some mental health support, you could text SHOUT to 85258. Shout offers a confidential 24/7 text service providing support if you are in crisis and need immediate help.

The Mix. If you're under 25, you can call The Mix on 0808 808 4994 (3pm–midnight every day), request support by email using this form on The Mix website or use their crisis text messenger service.

Papyrus HOPELINEUK. If you're under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings, or concerned about a young person who might be struggling, you can call Papyrus HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm), email pat@papyrus-uk.org or text 07786 209 697.

Nightline. If you're a student, you can look on the Nightline website to see if your university or college offers a night-time listening service. Nightline phone operators are all students too.

Switchboard. If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you can call Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day), email chris@switchboard.lgbt or use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.

C.A.L.L. If you live in Wales, you can call the Community Advice and Listening Line (C.A.L.L.) on 0800 132 737 (open 24/7) or you can text 'help' followed by a question to 81066.