The Lore of the Crooked Man

DSC01888Please join Tchipakkan and Mockingbird on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, April 15th, 2014, 8-9 p.m. edt.  We’ll be exploring the Lore of the Crooked Man.

Do you remember the nursery rhyme:

“There was a Crooked Man, and he walked a crooked mile, he found a crooked sixpence against a crooked style, he bought a crooked cat who caught a crooked mouse, and they all lived together in a little crooked house.”  ?

This is not just a fun rhyme to share with children, but it (as well as many other folk tales and nursery rhymes, carries secret metaphysical lore hidden in the familiar images.

Some say that Mother Goose rhymes contain hidden lore of ancient pre-Christian mystery traditions. Mockingbird is going to share his interpretation of how the symbolism in the poem reveal powerful secrets of ancient sages, hidden in a children’s poem.

Francis Braunlich was born in 1943, and grew up as a mathematician, and developed into a musicologist, and Mockingbird was “born” in a sacred circle 1974. He has studied pagan and traditional symbolism and has developed this fascinating concept which can be demonstrated through the poem. and the gods know where we’re going to go once we head down this (crooked) road‽

Want to catch this interview, call in with questions or be part of the live chat happening during every show? If you just want to listen (while doing other stuff on your computer), you can open a window on your computer to, click the “Listen Live and Chat” listing under the “radio-listen/chat room” heading, and click “LISTEN HERE” next to “the New Normal”.

If you want to chat, you’ll need to go to the top of the home page on the extreme right and click “Join” to set up a personal account (it’s free but takes a few moments, so you might want to do this in advance) You can ask Mockingbird questions in the chatroom, or on the phone. We’d love you to phone in with questions: 619-639-4606 (live only). If you know you’re going to listen later but have a question, look on the facebook events page and leave a question there. We’ll try to answer it during the show.

If you can’t tune in 8-9, Live archives its shows by date, and I archive them by date, guest, and topic on my website:

Hope you can join Mockingbird and me tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal on


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