Cosby Verdict and my Reaction

I don’t watch TV, and generally only listen to the radio in the car, so I only get news from the occasional post on facebook. Today I saw that Bill Cosby is going to jail for molesting women. I had heard, but not paid attention; I don’t pay attention to celebrity focused news. I read it anyway.
I did watch the Cosby show, at least the first few seasons, and way back when, I watched I Spy. But what Cosby was to me was the comedian. I think we had all his albums, Why is there Air? Is a very Funny Fellow, Right!, To Russell My Brother, whom I slept With.

Cosby was the guy who taught white America that we are all pretty much the same. We all get toothaches and somehow miss that Midol will relieve pain whether we’re male or female, we all lie to our wives about whether the water is too cold, our kids confuse us, thinking about Biblical stories as if the people were real makes them much more interesting… People are people, and I think that it’s a pity, but coming from an era of segregation, we didn’t know that.
Now he’s teaching us once again that color doesn’t matter. What matters is privilege. Not white privilege, obviously. But male privilege and especially privilege of money. He has money, and had a reputation as a “nice guy”. But apparently this nice guy didn’t seem to think that drugging women so he could use them sexually was wrong, and it angers him that many other people do.

My friends don’t expect him to go to jail. They figure he’s got the money to keep on with appeals until he dies. Or maybe he’ll go to one of those rich offenders “prisons” like Martha Stewart where he has restricted options, but certainly not the conditions of a kid put away for holding pot and “resisting arrest”. Money. Right. His lawyer claimed the women were making up the charges to get the attention. Other women are left traumatized- probably for the rest of their lives because PTSD is like that. I didn’t realize there was a statute of limitations on sexual assault.

But clearly when you are rich and famous you figure it’s OK to “grab ’em by the pussy”. I can think of someone else who’s going to be very offended when he comes to trial for his offenses. They don’t think they are doing anything wrong- and yet they know they are. They wouldn’t be offended if they didn’t. At the same time this is happening the Incel movement is making women aware that men feel violence is justified if they aren’t getting sex. We have horribly let our children down if they can grow up feeling that this sort of attitude is in any way normal or acceptable. We may be breaking down the male female barriers. But the privilege of money is going to be a LOT harder.

 

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Badmouthing the Enlightenment

For many of us it is clear that reality consists of more than the physical world. In the 18th century “The Enlightenment” happened, and people decided that Science was what could be measured, and anything else was delusion or hoax. We make fun of those who turn their back on evidence because it doesn’t fit into their world view. They argue that if the evidence indicates [something magickal] is real, then the evidence must be flawed, because it can’t be real. In Monsters, John Michael Greer points out that scientist who believe in ESP do so because of the evidence, but those who don’t, believe despite the evidence because they don’t accept the reality. Science should argue that where the evidence points, is reality. If we don’t have the tools to measure it, perhaps we need to develop the right tools. I myself have been right there mocking those who deny the reality experienced by many people, “just because” it doesn’t fit in their world view. I feel we need to be comfortable with recognizing that we have holes in our awareness.

At the same time, it occurs to me that the 18th century was following on the heels of the 17th- the time of the great Witchcraft Hysteria. It probably clung to dependence on physical facts because of the clearly demonstrated risks of accepting “spectral evidence”. It may be that the current upswing in the freedom to publicly profess religiously based hatred has made that idea seem more clearly dangerous to me.  Just because someone fervently believes something does not mean that their belief should dictate law, or even support it when it goes against basic human rights of those who believe differently. Whether the Evangelical Religious Right or the Taliban (or the Puritans setting up their isolationist community in the New World), people’s rights to believe in the spirits with whom they commune should only be tolerated as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. This is how we decide whether someone is a Son of Sam or Elwood P Dowd (in Harvey). Are the things they see and we don’t telling them to hurt themselves or others? (I could compare the dottie aunts in Harvey to those in Arsenic and Old Lace.)

The thing is that if we let the people who are very sincere in their beliefs of the damage done by witches or Democratic Socialists, use those fears to harm people who are posing no real risk outside their own minds, our culture is in trouble.  As Harold Hill said in the Music Man, there needs to be something dangerous for him to save the town from. People in fear will follow those who claim to be able to save them whether from Immigrants, Jews, the Illuminati, or Vampires. I’m suddenly better able to sympathize with those who had seen a century or more of violence: Protestant against Catholic, Christian against Jew,… it became easy to blame it all on religion as a whole.

While in a small village it’s easy to accept that what everyone believes whether they can see it or not is simply real, when you get into larger groups and people believe in an assortment of things not everyone else experiences, it becomes easier to just dismiss everything everyone can’t see. Sadly, I think we can all think of things that we have evidence for that others can’t see.  But what is perceiving a spirit who’s there, and what’s an auditory hallucination? Again, I’m going to come back to- is what you see or hear helping you? Is it motivating you to hurt anyone else or yourself? I think it would be impossible to think that the philosophers of the 18th century were not reacting to the religiously based violence of the “early modern” era. Go ahead, believe whatever you want. But your belief doesn’t give you the right to make policy or attack your neighbors because “Jesus told you” to do so.

I think I’ll cut them some slack in the future (but I still believe in ghosts).

 

No New Normal for a while

Having gotten tired of the technical difficulties I experienced with the New Normal, I have ditched LiveParanormal, which had hosted it. Was it them? Was it the increased volume of people on the internet that had slowed it down? My computer? The server? Or maybe the hosts? I checked everything I could on my end, but what do I know about computers? Rob Szarek, the producer, assured me that it couldn’t be them or Blog Talk Radio, but then again, he did issue a blanket request to all hosts not to talk about the technical problems when they happened (I did tend to apologize when guests calls- or mine- were dropped), which leads me to believe that it wasn’t just my show. Frankly, in the past six months there was rarely a show where someone’s call wasn’t dropped, often mine. I discussed what to do when that happened with guests, rather than the content of the show, when getting ready for the program.

I still feel strange on a Wednesday evening when I am not rushing to be ready to do the show, and I miss talking to the guests about things one avoids talking about in general company. I hope I’ll be able to start again in a new venue, and soon. I thought I should mention because someone might be wondering.

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.

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.
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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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