Art Heals Earth

zaneta sykes on Sound Magic and Seasonal Shifts 🍁 Sound Artist, Witch, Percussionist, and Creativity Activist | 009

September 14, 2020 Megan Reich Season 1 Episode 9
Art Heals Earth
zaneta sykes on Sound Magic and Seasonal Shifts 🍁 Sound Artist, Witch, Percussionist, and Creativity Activist | 009
Show Notes

zaneta (they/them) is a queer multi-identities sound artist, creative expression activist/educator, percussionist, witch, healer, and Tarot reader, whose work spans a wide range of offerings, from the magical to the non-profit. The core thread that runs through their work is that creative expression is a birthright and is essential to our well-being. To that end, zaneta co-directs the non-profit, inner arts initiative, reads Tarot for creative healing, trains teachers to decolonize music ed, creates soundscapes for spellwork, holds ceremonial performances, and offers classes for drumming, sound art, and magical and creative empowerment. Their ritual soundscapes, meditations, upcoming ceremonies, and tarot readings can all be found at their site www.soundartmagic.com
 
In this episode, we discuss: 

  • 2:54 – How zaneta’s journey with PTSD led them into using field recordings and sound talismans as tools for healing and invoking memories
  • 11:54 – Sound rituals and their ability to create a space for connection and community
  • 18:34 – zaneta’s field recording process and connecting to a place through listening
  • 23:03 – Being in right relationship with the source of your listening
  • 30:07 – The importance of starting where you are in establishing right relationship
  • 32:17 – zaneta’s Sacred Seasons project: connecting to the seasonal shifts of nature through sound 
  • 41:15 – zaneta’s witchcraft practice as a tool to liberate their creative expression 
  • 47:56 – Magical correspondence and ritual as symbolic action  
  • 52:23 – zaneta’s work with Inner Arts Initiative 
  • 58:24 – Creative expression as the missing link to collective healing
  • 1:01:39 – A question zaneta is asking right now
  • 1:06:46 – What gives zaneta hope right now 
  • 1:08:39 – zaneta’s Mabon event on 9/20/20

zaneta’s Instagram
zaneta’s website
SACRED SEASONS: MABON - a livestream sound ritual for the Autumn Equinox

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Podcast Artwork: Alex Reich
Music: Kai Engel, "Scenery" (CC-BY)