Meet the Maker: Sister Spinster

Meet the Maker: Sister Spinster

The Sister Spinster line of potions has been a HausWitch staple since like, forever, energetically assisting with everything from Saturn Returns to anxiety to opening your third eye!

Creator Liz Migliorelli is an herbalist, educator and storyteller who lives in the Hudson Valley of New York, on Munsee-Lenape-Esopus lands. Liz’s work is informed by the old folk magic and medicine of her ancestors.

Liz has an active clinical practice where she works with folks one-on-one in collaboration with the plants. Her work as a clinical and community herbalist involves medicinal herbs, flower essences, personal ritual and nutritional recommendations in a harm-reduction framework. 

Liz belongs to a lineage of spinsters, apple romancers and herb-cunning folk. She is an animist who is in cahoots with birch trees and serpentine saints. Some of her favorite divination tools are beeswax, murky waters and chickens. She sings to flowers, grows a lot of garlic and makes regular offerings to Venus. She is fiercely devoted to Enchantment in all realms.

For over ten years, Liz has been teaching classes on medicine making, folk magic traditions, storytelling, hearth-culture, ancestral remembrance and mythopoetic herbalism. She has worked with thousands of students from around the world and hopes you will join her in the web of this work sometime soon.

What's your name/pronouns?

Liz Migliorelli, she/her


What’s your sun/moon/rising? 

Scorpio Sun / Leo Moon / Libra Rising 


When did you start your business? 

In 2012! Kind of hard to believe, but in December of last year Sister Spinster turned ten! 5th grade age! 


What's your favorite color?

It changes weekly. But I am usually drawn to pinks, greens and blues. 


Do you have a lucky number?



What's your favorite place to get takeout?

Wow, I live in a place where there isn't great take-out. My favorite place to get food to bring home is a 35 minute drive from me, so it's not something I do often. There's a great queer-owned Filipino market (another 30 minutes away, the woes of living in the woods) in Woodstock that I will sometimes get lunch from! 


What's the best show/movie you've seen recently?

I don't watch a ton of tv; it took my partner and I over a year to watch four seasons of Better Call Saul this past year (which demonstrates how extremely late to the game & out of the loop I am). I gravitate towards heists, cons and mysteries, but nothing scary because I am a wimp. 


Who are your favorite famous/fictional witches?

I loooove Monica Furlong's two YA-books Juniper & Wise Child. They are both named after the two witch protagonists of this series, Juniper & Wise Child. Such deep magic in these books. Also, of course, Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchet's Discworld series. If we are going mythic: Lilith, Baba Yaga, Marzanna, Hecate, Cerridwen, Befana, & Morgan le Fay. 



The days of the week carry just as much energy and symbolism as the months of the year or the phases of the moon, and that can be helpful for witches who like to time their spells with the vibe of the moment!Inside you'll find practices, associations and allies for each day of the week to help you infuse every day with magic.