What’s your favorite breakfast food? I’m from Jersey—so pork roll egg and cheese on a hardroll with French fries! But on Sundays an Italian pastry and an espresso.
Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? Mine? Hehehe! Seriously, I would love for folks to read (and use) any of the River Cottage series of cookbooks. The TV show is great too. Food is such an important part of our lives. Knowing how to cook and knowing where your food comes from, how veggies and fruits are grown and how animals are raised is so important. The author Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall covers all of it beautifully.
What makes you laugh? A really good cat or dog meme. Like this one:
Song that never gets old: Anything Frank Sinatra sings
Drink of choice: Morning, coffee. Afternoon, tea. I should probably drink more water…
Would you rather be hot or cold? Cold—I love sweaters!
Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? I like them all—but to live, I’d split my time between forest and beach
Favorite color? Honestly, I love them all. It depends on what mood I’m in. Lately I’ve been drawn to oxblood, especially for nail varnish. It’s such a cool color!
Best movie line: “Can you dig it?!?!?!?” (from The Warriors)
Last thing you splurged on? This amazing perfume called “Portrait of a Lady”—I found it in a post by the AstroTwins (http://astrostyle.com) about sexy scents for Scorpio season. It’s the perfect blend of two of my favorite scents: patchouli and rose ♥
Bonus Q: What does it mean to be “Pagan” for you, personally? To me, being Pagan means being free. Life is a journey and there’s so much to discover. Recently my friend and Reiki teacher Jennifer Wood wrote a post on social media about her beliefs and it inspired me to do the same. This is where I am at this moment. Who knows what the future, or the road, holds (note: the quote is from Jennifer)?
I have practiced both Catholicism and Wicca. Both are very much a part of me, but I cannot call myself either Catholic or Wiccan. I still believe in Jesus, the Saints, and Mother Mary, and from my little experience thus far, it seems that just about every religion has a version of these archetypes. “I believe any name for God/Goddess is still the One and same Divinely intelligent creative force that is evident in the geometric patterns we observe in how life and the universe grows and expands.” I believe in magic and prayer and have a funny feeling that they’re the same thing. I believe in the palatable energy that can be felt and sometimes seen in all living things.
I believe in the immortality of the soul. No one ever dies, really; the essence of what makes each of us unique lives on and on and on. When I called myself the Wandering Witch I didn’t realize that it was more than just a name. It is me. The Road is my Path, and I have found many truths upon it. I’ve also encountered cultural and spiritual practices that have resonated with me—and for these I acknowledge and thank their sources as far back as I can trace them. We are more alike than different. I love and honor my ancestors, and through them I have been given precious gifts and insights. I bless and am blessed by them all: Christian, Wiccan, Pagan, Italian, English, French, Scandinavian, Irish, and, of course, American. I am so grateful for the joyful, painful, loving, scary, evolving, enlightening adventure that is this life. I will always be a Pilgrim.
Natalie Zaman is the co-author of the Graven Images Oracle deck (Galde Press), and the YA novels Sirenz and Sirenz Back in Fashion (Flux) and Blonde Ops (St. Martin's Press). Her work has appeared various Llewellyn annuals, as well FATE, SageWoman, and newWitch. Currently, she writes the "Wandering Witch" feature for Witches&Pagans magazine. For more information on Natalie, including special appearances, visit NatalieZaman.com. Have young ones in your home and hearth? Brew a cup of tea and visit Broomstix--her online collection of crafts, stories, ritual and art for Pagan families.
In her newest book Magical Destinations of the Northeast: Sacred Sites, Occult Oddities and Magical Monuments (Llewellyn), Natalie serves as our mystical tour guide through various states in the northeastern USA, delving into magickal correspondences, sacred temples, spiritualist groups, Native American sites and more. Click here to get it from Amazon.com!