Katelan Foisy is a mystic, an artist, a writer and has even been named as ‘A female Jack Kerouac.’ by Taylor Mead. I was very lucky to chat to her and explore her world of creativity and magic.
I would like to start at the beginning. How did you discover the world of magic and mysticism?
What would you call yourself? A mystic? A witch?
How would you define magic?
I can see that you are very much a practitioner of the tarot, palm reading and spell work, these are all very traditional practises – how do you view the more modern use of the occult?
If someone wanted to begin a journey into magic and mysticism – what would you recommend they do/read?
Jambalaya by Louisa Teish is great as well as Rootwork by Tayannah Lee McQuillar. Tayannah also came out with a historical fiction book called Creole Fire which is wonderful. I often like to read historical fiction having to do with real life practitioners as bits of truth leak out in fiction. My godfather, Ochani lele’s work is great as well.
You are an amazing artist and I wondered how much your art and magic intermingles – if at all?
What is an average day for Katelan? Talk me through some of your routines and favourites things to do.
You often post pictures of your beautiful home, a bohemian paradise. What inspires you to create such a beautiful space?
And finally…what is the greatest advice you have ever been given or the greatest advice you can give the readers?
There was a time I lived my life in fear because I was afraid everyone would leave. I had a lot of death early on in my life and I struggled to get through the pain of it for a long time. I was tapped in but I was also caught in a loop of thought that wasn’t conducive to my well being. So this small tidbit of advice has always stuck with me and changed my outlook on the world around me.
List of Books from the people of the Internet:
Psychic Self Defense by Dion Fortune
Secret History of the World by Jonathan Black and Mark Booth
The Healing Wisdom of Africa by Malidoma Some
Training and Work of the Initiate by Dion Fortune
Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune
On Becoming an Alchemist by Catherine MacCoun
Northern Mysteries & Magick by Freya Aswynn (for Norse and rune-related stuff)
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
A Witches Bible by Janet Farrar
The Sea Priestess (Dion Fortune novel)
In Dark Places of Wisdom, Peter Kingsley
The Psychic Pathway by Sonia Choquette
The Book of Results by Ray Sherwin
Oven Ready Chaos by Phil Hine
Liber Null /Psychonaut by Peter Carroll
The Spiral Dance by Starhawk
The Sorceress Crossing by Taisha Abelar
Moonchild by Aleister Crowley
Anything by Jung and Miyazaki
The Invisibles by Grant Morrison
Promethea by Alan Moore, J. H. Williams III and Mick Gray
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
City Magick by Christopher Penczak
THE INNER SKY by Steven Forrest
Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler
Modern Magick by Donald Michael Kraig
The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
Lavinia by Ursula K. Leguin
Liber Kaos by Peter J. Carroll
Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson
Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey
Basic Magick by Philip Cooper
The Magical Revival by Kenneth Grant
Book of Lies by Crowley
Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
The Vorrh by Brian Catling
Septumus Heap series by Angie Sage
Staubs and Ditchwater by H Byron Ballard
Anything by Margot Adler and Isaac Bonewits