The New Normal

My most frequent posts- next to each week’s letter, have been about the New Normal, but we are on hiatus. The tech issues have just gotten too frustrating. Could it be Blog Talk Radio? Could it be Live Paranormal? Could it be our computer connection? I don’t know. I don’t THINK it’s my computer, although I am becoming increasingly suspicious of the connection. We’d enjoyed high speed internet due to having the rich folks up the street that had it installed. I’m guessing that they have something better, so ours is suffering. Or maybe there are just more people on the line, more demand, so less flow for each of us.

It’s a rare day that we don’t have to reboot the modem a couple times, so that may be it. If so, I’ll have to find not just another venue for the show, but another carrier. I miss talking to the speakers on interesting topics, but really need to have a better way to do it- one where I’m not constantly having to call in because my call (the hosts) was dropped. I don’t understand these things, that’s why we have to pay to have someone else handle it for us. But at this point I do intend to start up again.

When I do, we may have it be part of CTCW- dedicated to our speakers- not that it wasn’t generally that already. At this point my only concern is losing the archived shows.

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Youth and the Perception of Magick on the New Normal

Please join Tchipakkan and Thor Halvorsen on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, – January 24, 2018,, 8-9 p.m. edt.

Miss the show? Listen to the archive here: http://tobtr.com/s/10546001

At some point many young people start noticing things we’d describe as magick, and try to learn more. Some explore on their own, some find books, others look in their community, a lucky few have family members who can teach them how it works, and how to develop their talents. (How to avoid easy mistakes!)
Everyone is psychic to some extent, with empathic or other talents. Some help comes from having a good grounding in folklore, and different religions can help or confuse the issue. Fairy tales have created stereotypes of witches as outlaws; every historical period has its own fears, whether Vikings or the atom bomb, the Black Death or AIDS, growing up is scary, and understanding magick can help you feel more in control of your world- but a misunderstanding can make you fear it.

If you started looking for magical mentoring when you were a kid (or teen) or have been a magical mentor to a youth, give us a call between 8 and 9 Wednesday 619-639-4606 (live only).

If you can’t make the live show 8-9- and have a question or comment, please feel free to write me a message and I’ll read it on the air.
Want to listen later? Live Paranormal.com archives its shows by date, and I archive them by date, guest, and topic on my website: https://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/ <https://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank>

Hope you can join us tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal. http://liveparanormal.com/<http://liveparanormal.com/>

To listen on your computer, open a window on your computer to www.Liveparanormal.com <http://www.liveparanormal.com/>, click play.
If you can’t tune in while we’re live (8-9 pm), all Live Paranormal.com shows are archived by date, and I’ll post the link to this show here after the show. If you know you’re going to listen later and have a question you’d like answered, look on the facebook events page and leave a question there. We’ll try to answer it during the show.

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Mithraism on the New Normal 1-17-18, 8 PM

Please join Tchipakkan and Jane Sibley, on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 8-9 p.m. edt.

Miss the show? Listen to the archive here:

http://tobtr.com/s/10528767

Jane will be talking about the Mystery Religion Mithraism which was huge in the Roman Empire. There are many interesting links between Mithraism and early Christianity (which probably borrowed the 25th of December from Mithraism for their own deo-genisis). However, this was, like the Elusinian Mysteries, a religion in which the followers were enjoined not to speak about it to those not also in the cult. Thus we know far too little about the beliefs and try to get clues from surviving Mithraea (their places of worship), which at very least indicate that it was quite widespread.

The image is of Jane speaking about the Mithraeum at the Museum at Yale.

Jane Sibley is an expert in many areas of folklore, and history in the areas of magick and religion, She’s co-founder and a speaker at the Changing Times Changing Worlds conference, and author of several books both fictional and non-fiction. She has a Ph. D in history/ comparative religion, and her dissertation was on thunder/lightning lore in religion and folklore, as well as iconography in the Indo-European world.

If you have any questions or insights, feel free to give us a call between 8 and 9 Wednesday 619-639-4606 (live only).

If you can’t make the live show 8-9- and have a question or comment, please feel free to write me a message and I’ll read it on the air.
Want to listen later? Live Paranormal.com archives its shows by date, and I archive them by date, guest, and topic on my website: https://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/

Hope you can join us tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal. http://liveparanormal.com/

 

 

To listen on your computer, open a window on your computer to www.Liveparanormal.com, click play.

If you can’t tune in while we’re live (8-9 pm), all Live Paranormal.com shows are archived by date, and I’ll post the link to this show here after the show. If you know you’re going to listen later and have a question you’d like answered, look on the facebook events page and leave a question there. We’ll try to answer it during the show.

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Gender-neutral Pronouns

I’ve been watching people make suggestions for gender neutral pronouns, so that people won’t get upset if you use the wrong pronoun and they are defining themselves as some form of GBLT, or to be more inclusive when speaking of a mixed gender group.

I have had it explained to me that using male pronouns as a default for all humans is part of the way males see women as not quite human. OK, I can get that some men feel that way about women, and some women are damned sick of being made to feel that way, but I tend to think it has a lot more to do with the way people treat men and treat women than the pronouns. We should work on treating men and women as equal although different. Yes it’s hard, but I think we need to do it.

But pronounds? I feel it’s like putting a band aid on a bruise to acknowledge the kid has a boo-boo, even though it’s not going to do any good for the bruise. If you can afford it, and it makes the kid feel better, why not. But it’s still hard not to know that it’s a waste of a band aid and that clearly the kid doesn’t know what a band aid is for.

Ethics of Casting spells on New Normal Podcast

12-27-17 Ethics of Casting spells Wednesday 8 pm est

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/liveparanormal/2017/12/28/ethics-of-casting-spells-12-27-2017-8-pm-edt

We’ve all heard the “An it harm none, do as you will”, and “Do as you will shall be the whole of the law”. We’ve also heard the Wiccan “Rule of Three”, where everything you send out comes back to you threefold, which should make anyone a bit hesitant to do someone harm. We all should also know that lots of people who use magick are not Wiccans; indeed many Christians (who have their own Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) create effects in accordance with their will, even if they add phrases like “for the best of all” or “this or something better”. Some call it “manifesting” or “prayer” not magick, but it seems to be pretty much the same thing.

However, given that humans seem to have this ability (to greater or lesser extent- but greater as we practice with it), we then must look at the ethics of doing something with this ability. Can we, as Breitbart reporter Charlie Nash said last week, accept that “feminist-inspired witchcraft movement is casting evil spells on White House officials” and that this is an “increasing thing under Trump”? Last February there was a similar story from the same source telling of Witches casting a binding spell on Trump. This could be just more Trump generated Faux News, or perhaps some of us are trying to use the resources we have to minimize the damage of an out-of-control government. If we complain about the rich “buying” favors, are we as bad as they if we use resources other people may not have to encourage the ends we want?

So Wednesday I’m going to talk about the ethics of using magick on other people, and I’d love others to call in with their perspectives, whether you’re for or against it, whether you’re a witch or not, whether you cast or manifest. Give me a call between 8 and 9 Wednesday 619-639-4606 (live only).

If you can’t make the live show 8-9- and have a question or comment, please feel free to write me a message and I’ll read it on the air.
Want to listen later? Live Paranormal.com archives its shows by date, and I archive them by date, guest, and topic on my website: https://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/

Hope you can join us tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal. http://liveparanormal.com/

(I’m trying to manifest the studio cooperating, as it has not been doing too well lately. Sorry about last week where we couldn’t get on at all!)

 

Mothers’ Night on the New Normal

The night before the Solstice is known as Mothernight aka Disablot, Disting, & Modraniht was the celebration /veneration of the Disir or Idisi- the female Ancestors.

People tend to know about the warriors who, when they died, went to Odin’s hall to feast and fight until they became his army at Ragnarok. But what about the women? Well, women who died in childbed, they were counted as having died in battle, but the others, they tended to stick around and watch over the family.

The night before the Solstice is the Norse festival of the Mothers, still celebrated by modern heathens. Yule Eve – On this night (approximately), a Germanic/Scandinavian Midwinter festival known as The Mother Night (or Modresnach) was observed. It was believed that dreams on this night foretold events in the upcoming year. Many of its traditions live on modern Christmas celebrations. The decorated evergreen tree was a symbol of the Tree of Life, or World Tree. The star atop the tree represented the pole star of the Star Goddess. The dinners and gifts were in honor of the food and prosperity given by the Mother Goddesses to their human children. Dreams are prophetic on this night, and this is a good time to contact your gran or great grandmothers for advice on dealing with your problems. I’ll probably brush on some other aspects of northern celebrations that have been transferred to Christmas, but tonight is a night to remember the ladies.

Midwinter Eve also known as St. Thomas’ eve became known for love charms and divination.

I’d love you to call in with questions or comments: 619-639-4606 (live only).
If you can’t make the live show 8-9- and have a question or comment, please feel free to write me a message and I’ll read it on the air.
Want to listen later? Live Paranormal.com archives its shows by date, and I archive them by date, guest, and topic on my website: https://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/

Hope you can join us tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal. http://liveparanormal.com/

Spirits of Christmas- Nisse/ Tomte 12-13-17

Please join Tchipakkan on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (St. Lucia Day), from 8 to 9 p.m. edt. Listen on your computer at http://liveparanormal.com/

If you missed the live show, it’s archived here: http://tobtr.com/s/10461525

By the way, this image is by Sussi1 over on deviantart- available for non-commercial use only. https://sussi1.deviantart.com/art/Tomte-107954573

This week I’ll be talking about the Swedish Tomte, the Danish and Norse Nisse, the Icelandic Yul Lads, English Brownies, and other spirits associated with the winter Solstice holidays. They are generally small, from a few inches to a few feet tall, often with conical or knit caps in red or some other bright color, and look a bit like garden gnomes. Nisse gained popularity during the romantic era and are popular Christmas decorations- along with amanita muscara mushrooms!
These spirits seem to partake both of the ancestral spirit as well as the house or land spirit, and are protective of those whose space and family they share. There are also many tales showing that one shouldn’t disrespect or take the Nisse lightly- for instance the story of the year the farmwife buried the butter in the Christmas porridge, and when the brownie thought he’d been stiffed, he killed the cow. When he ate the porridge, he discovered his mistake and switched the dead cow with a neighbor’s live one. Generally they protected the livestock and often seen with the farm cat.

The Yul Lads (and their mother’s cat) were less benevolent (Mom and the cat were known to eat naughty children) but have been made more safe for company in the modern world. But… I’ll be talking more about these stories on Wednesday and I’d love to have you to call in with questions or stories of your own: 619-639-4606 (live only).

If you can’t make the live show 8-9- and have a question or comment, please feel free to write me a message and I’ll read it on the air.
Want to listen later? Live Paranormal.com archives its shows by date, and I archive them by date, guest, and topic on my website: https://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/

Hope you can join us Wednesday night from 8-9 at the New Normal. http://liveparanormal.com/

There’s an amusing interpretation of a nisse here:

https://www.facebook.com/tine/videos/10159509940720548/

 

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Amy Wilson and Emotional Manifestationon the New Normal

If you missed the live show, here’s the link to the archive.

In these stressful times, sometimes it’s hard to not get afraid about the things we can’t control. Amy has worked to figure out how to make our unwanted emotions work for rather than against us. We will be talking about how our fear based emotions guide us through our lives to teach and transform us into enlightened beings. She will discuss how to recognize these emotions and learn how to transform them into positive experiences.

Amy C Wilson is a celebrated Spiritual Medium and Psychometrist who has worked with and read for individuals and missing person cases. She has been a practitioner of the Magickal Arts and has worked in various New York City occult stores for over 25 years specializing in healing others through Candle Magick.

Amy holds Round Tables every month to discuss various life topics from a metaphysical perspective and how to transmute our energy into positive reflections into our outer reality. Amy also is the voice behind the Reluctant Spiritualist which she created to help other’s become more conscious of thought patterns that are holding them back from their fullest potential.

We’d love you to call in with questions or comments: 619-639-4606 (live only).
If you can’t make the live show 8-9- and have a question or comment, please feel free to write me a message and I’ll read it on the air.
Want to listen later? Live Paranormal.com archives its shows by date, and I archive them by date, guest, and topic on my website: https://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/

Hope you can join us tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal. http://liveparanormal.com/

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Justice (from movies)

I’ve been binge watching “courtroom dramas” recently and just finished A Cry in the Dark. It’s the one about the real trial of Lindy Chamberlain who was accused of murdering her baby, when it had been carried off by a dingo (wild dog). I can’t help but be reminded of the “right to life-ers” who want to charge women who’ve had miscarriages with murder. Way to make a traumatic event worse! This was a case of “trial by media”, and I avoided paying any attention to the trial and the movie until now. As presented in the movie, there was a lot of forensic evidence that just went over the heads of the jury, so they decided she was guilty based on her unemotional behavior.

I also remember my friend Paul’s trial, where he was sent to prison because he’d accompanied a friend (some friend!) to an apartment where the man had beat his wife in one room, so badly that she later died, while Paul changed and fed the baby in another room. Later, the man turned states witness, but the furor was so great (not only did the mother die, but so did the baby because no one came back to help either of them), that the prosecution said “somebody must pay!”. Since they couldn’t try the murderer, or the police, who’d apparently been watching the apartment but left it alone hoping the father would come back to help the baby, all the weight of the law- and public opinion- fell on Paul. I’ll give you (and so did he) that condoning that a man could be allowed to beat a woman that badly because he thought she was unfaithful is not acceptable. But I find it worse that the public has such a taste for vengeance.

In so many of these trials I’ve watched, jurors, the public, and others who have nothing to do with the case, jump in and demand that “payment” must be made for the victims. What payment could give a victim back his or her life? How will making someone else suffer do anything to improve the situation? Yet so many people seem to feel that punishment is a good thing. No one has ever been able to explain this to me adequately. It has been proven that the severity of punishment doesn’t reduce acts (although the certainty of it does). No, it seems to be nothing more than feeding the appetite of the public for revenge.

There seems to be a feeling that if someone suffers, someone else should be made to suffer, and that this somehow makes things better. How? I’m good with consequences- if you do this, then you must try to make the situation better, even if this is a hardship for you. But just passing out punishment? No. I can understand someone who’s hurt wanting the person who’s done it to understand how much it hurts- perhaps if they realize the extent of the pain they’ve caused, they’d avoid doing it again. But this “punishment” goes beyond that. I don’t understand why they want it, I see no benefit to anyone. I understand that some victims see punishment as recognition of the suffering they’ve endured, and think that this is giving them “justice”.

I see this as wounding our society, and worse, unnecessarily. We are taking on the role of the party intentionally hurting individuals, and that cannot be a good thing for our group soul. The self righteousness of the “court system” may bother me because that is often one of my failings. I’m all for using the system to find out who is going to have to offer recompense, because often it is a burden to someone who didn’t intend, but did cause harm- for example a drunk driver does not INTEND to kill or maim others on the road. Still, in as much as possible, he must take responsibility for the results of his choices.  In the Chamberlain case, many people didn’t want dingos as a group to suffer for the (alleged) action of one, much as we shouldn’t judge all people in leather jackets or hoodies by the behavior of one jerk who happens to have been wearing that style when he did something awful. Can we not come to a place where we don’t judge a whole group by one of the members, and where we don’t see hurting others as a way of helping a victim?

I cannot help but feel that we do our society more damage by supporting vengeance than we help. I’m not sure how we can fix it. “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” was meant to counter acceleration of return, to restrain, not sanction vengeance. We should find better ways to respond. Frankly, I would like to think that the juries I’ve been watching in these movies are designed for dramatic effect, but I fear they are typical. They see someone hurting, and want to hurt someone back, even if it’s not the specific criminal. In In Cold Blood, the courts played with the sentencing to make it possible to keep the death penalty an option. In The Thin Blue Line, the cops went after an innocent adult because the criminal was a minor, and not eligible for the death penalty. Our thirst for vengeance warps our desire for justice. In 12 Angry Men, they showed how each of the jurors brought his own prejudices, as well as insights to the jury room. This is, I expect, what drama is for- from the ancient Greek religio-theatre to modern movies. How much insight into ourselves do we need before we desire to change?
How do we reduce the thirst for retribution  in ourselves and our society? Perhaps, like sexism, the first step is to recognize it.

Call in chat about CTCW on New Normal

Please join Tchipakkan and her guests on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

Miss the live show? Here’s the link to the archive.

We’ll be talking about the Changing Times-Changing Worlds Conference this past weekend.  Please let anyone who was there- as an attendee, vendor, speaker… know. We’re all busy but if you have that hour free, we’d love to hear from you!

It started Friday afternoon and ran until Sunday afternoon with both workshops and panels, rituals and a concert.  There were dozens of dealers and vendors, over 40 speakers and panelists. We celebrated Joy and our community.

CTCW brings people together from New England to Maryland, from many different communities, and we share a joy of exploring what we all know is real, even though our modern culture denies the reality of the paranormal/ supernatural/ metaphysical/ occult whatever you want to call it, we know it’s real and it works.

We love gathering where there is no need to try to justify and prove what we already know, instead our workshops go beyond introductions to these topics, but on to how-to and more advanced techniques.

Some of those who were there (still tired but exhausted) will talk about what they did there this year.

We’d love you to phone in with questions: 619-639-4606 (live only). If you can’t make the live show- please feel free to write a message and we’ll read it on the air, or ask questions (for example, yes, there are work-study options if you can’t afford to come

If you can’t tune in 8-9, Live Paranormal.com archives its shows by date, and I archive them by date, guest, and topic on my website: https://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/

Hope you can join us tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal , especially if you were there this year. http://liveparanormal.com/