New Normal Kathryn Smith on Kaballah 8-16-17

Please join Tchipakkan and her Kathryn Smith on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt. Listen on your computer at http http://liveparanormal.com/

This year at the Changing Times Changing Worlds conference Kathryn  will be presenting Kabbalah: Concepts and Historical Overview

The Kabbalah, borrowed originally from Jewish mysticism, has become a fundamental building block of Western Esoteric studies. With mysterious diagrams, Hebrew letters, and often Hebrew terminology, it can seem impenetrable to the new student.

Most of us are not going to go into the decades of study the Kabballah requires, but would like to know a bit more, so I’ll be asking some basic questions of Kathryn about the major texts and schools, both Jewish and Christian, as well as history, concepts, and terminology.
If you’ve wondered about the Kabbalah and want to find out a bit more without being overwhelmed, this hour may provide just the right introduction.

Kathryn Smith has been a student of the esoteric in various forms since the mid 1980’s, and began studying with R. J. Stewart in 1996. Since then she been exploring both the Western esoteric traditions and fairy lore. She’s currently pursuing advanced studies in teaching esoteric topics with R. J. Stewart and Anastacia Nutt.

If you’ve wondered about the Kabbalah and want to find out a bit more without being overwhelmed, this hour may provide just the right introduction.

Kathryn has been a student of the esoteric in various forms since the mid 1980’s, and began studying with R. J. Stewart in 1996. Since then she been exploring both the Western esoteric traditions and fairy lore. She’s currently pursuing advanced studies in teaching esoteric topics with R. J. Stewart and Anastacia Nutt.

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 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/

 

Let’s Talk Unverified personal gnosis

July 26, 2017 UPGs with Thor Halvorsen

http://tobtr.com/s/10166025 link to archive

When you deal with the Occult, the Paranormal, the Supernatural, the Metaphysical, and especially when you discover that your belief systems are closer to those of pagan ancestors than those of the modern world, you have two resources: what’s been written down, probably by Christians who disaprove of or scientists who disbelieve the subject matter, or your personal experiences. You wouldn’t take on the inconvieniences of calling yourself a Pagan, Heathen, or Witch, if you weren’t pretty sure that what you’re dealing with is real, and your life will be better if you maintain a positive relationship with these beings that most of the world seems to be telling you are imaginary.

There are enough of us now, (1-2 million estimated) pagans or polytheists in the USA, that you may have found others to hang around with. You may have found a Hellenistic (Greek), Khemetic (Egyptian), or Heathen (Norse) group that worship the same gods, and would like to do it together. Reconstructionist Pagans try to find as much material (often called Lore) from the pre-Christian writings on which to base practices. But we come to this situation through personal experiences, and keep having them.

At the same time, we are modern people and know that it’s possible to hallucinate, to see something briefly and have your brain turn it into something different, or even just remember things incorrectly. How do you know the experience, the vision, that you had was real? Joan of Arc wasn’t burned for cross dressing, she was burned for believing her visions over the Churches objections. But polytheists don’t have experts to tell them what’s Canon, we tend to come to a consensus. If your personal experienced differs from historical sources, or others experiences, they’ll be less likely to trust your description. It’s an “unverifiable personal gnosis” they might say. If several others have, for example seen the goddess Hecate with blonde hair, others may be willing to say “I guess that’s how she’s appearlng these days.”

Gnosis btw, is a knowledge of spiritual mysteries.

Wikipedia tells us:

“Unverified personal gnosis (often abbreviated UPG) is the phenomenological concept that an individual’s spiritual insights (or gnosis) may be valid for them without being generalizable to the experience of others. It is primarily a neologism used in polytheistic reconstructionism, to differentiate it from ancient sources of spiritual practices.

The term appears to have originally appeared in print in Kaatryn MacMorgan’s book Wicca 333: Advanced Topics in Wiccan Belief, published in March 2003, but seems to have originated in German–Scandinavian Reconstructionist groups in the 1970s or 1980s. The same phenomenon has also been referred to as “personal revelation”, or “unverifiable personal gnosis” (in a somewhat derogatory sense).

Ideally the term is used to label one’s own experience as a new and untested hypothesis, although further verification from the spiritual interactions of others may lead to a certain degree of verifiability[disambiguation needed]. At other times, the term is used in either a value-neutral or disparaging sense, about someone else’s experience.”

Tune in to http://www.Liveparanormal.com, to listen on your computer. If you’d like to join the conversation, we’d love to hear your perspective and experiences. call 619-639-4606 (live only). If you know you’re going to listen later but have a question, leave a question on the facebook event page . We’ll try to answer it during the show.

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 on the New Normal, at LiveParanormal.com

Money and government

I was thinking about how people make “big” money these days. They make products- by finding places so economically strapped that they can pay slave wages. They find places where they can get resources for free, or nearly so, generally by taking them away from the people who live on the land with the permission of the government.They dump waste products without taking responsibility for cleaning up what hurts others, simply so they don’t have to pay for it.
Is there a way for people to make money on a large scale without exploiting people? Without making their profit by making sure that other people are working for almost no return under horrible conditions, by raping the land and fouling it?
If it is not the role of world governments to prevent these abuses, by making and enforcing laws stopping the people who are creating this (not just the ones who are caught up in the process), then what is a government for?

Starwolf talks about Bindrunes

Please join Tchipakkan and her guest Starwolf on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

We’ll be talking about bindrunes!

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

 http://liveparanormal.com/

The topic of the evening is Bindrunes and Rune Magick. We’re told that the runes were given to the Norse folks by Odin (or Freya). They’re a symbol system, an alphabet, a method of divination and a method of working with energy, and Starwolf and Tchipakkan will be talking about the more metaphysical uses of the Runes.

What is a bindrune? It’s when combine two or more runes often using the same long central line. The magickal properties of both/ all runes are still there. Why and how would you do this? Listen to learn more.

Want to catch this intTchipakkan Fair Richards-Taylor's photo.erview, or call in with your own questions?

If you just want to listen, you can go to the above site, click the “Listen Live and Chat” listing under the “radio-listen/chat room” heading, and click “LISTEN HERE” next to “the New Normal”.

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 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 Starwolf and me tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal on liveparanormal.com

 

 

 

 

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Please join Tchipakkan and her guest Starwolf on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.
We’ll be talking about bindrunes
It’s another podcast coming up for your education and entertainment!
Wednesday night Starwolf will be talking with Tchipakkan on http://liveparanormal.com/ from 8-9 pm.
The topic of the evening is Bindrunes and Rune Magick. We’re told that the runes were given to the Norse folks by Odin. They’re a symbol system, an alphabet, a method of divination and a method of working with energy, and Starwolf and Tchipakkan will be talking about the more metaphysical uses of the Runes.
What is a bindrune? It’s when combine two or more runes often using the same long central line. The magickal properties of both/ all runes are still there. Why and how would you do this? Listen to learn more.

Want to catch this interview, call in with your own questions?
If you just want to listen, you can go to www.liveparanormal.com , click the “Listen Live and Chat” listing under the “radio-listen/chat room” heading, and click “LISTEN HERE” next to “the New Normal”.

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 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 Starwolf and me tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal on liveparanormal.com

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New Page Werewolf handout

I just put up the handout to the Werewolf workshop I did at GNEW and will do again at Pennsic, Link here

To keep it to one double sided sheet I cut the bibliography down to my favorites. I am looking forward to writing the longer “booklet” with more fun information in it. It’s hard to leave out so much to get it down to the barely fleshed out outline!

What is mythology? on the New Normal

 

Please join Tchipakkan and her guest Thor Halvorsen on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

Will be archived here: http://tobtr.com/s/10136601

We’re going to be talking about Mythology, what it is, what it’s for, and how calling something a myth changes our attitude toward it.

A joke defines a myth as “what you call other peoples religions”.

Stories are often called myths (“just a myth”) to indicate that they are not true. Yet, while not factual, myths are stories that express fundimental truths, as seen by their culture.

How do you feel when/if a person from another faith refers to your religious stories as myths, but to their own as expressions of truth (although they may not insist that they are intended to be taken literally.)

We may talk about the dichotomy between monotheism and polytheism, the colonization/power structure of religion (when Thor was on in April, we talked about that, and this show is an outgrowth of that one); we can talk gods vs religion vs mythology. What are gods, what is worship, what is immortality? What is religion vs dogma?

Want to catch this conversation, or call in to be part of it? Call 619-639-4606 (live only between 8 and 9 Wednesday).

If you can’t tune in then, 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 Thor Halvorsen and me Wednesday night from 8-9 at the New Normal on www.liveparanormal.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Changing Times-Changing Worlds on the New Normal

Please join Tchipakkan on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.
If you miss the live show, here’s the link to the archive.http://tobtr.com/s/10122467 http://tobtr.com/s/10122467

Some years ago some friends and I decided we needed a conference for occult stuff in New England, and if no one else was going to do it, we’d do it ourselves. We wanted it to be more than just the “Spooky foo” collection of “isn’t that weird” experiences. Some of us had been doing psychic stuff and magick for 40 years or more, and wanted good instructive classes beyond the “introduction to” level. We also wanted to create / facilitate communication between different groups who do this stuff- who do energy healing, who talk to the dead, who dowse, who do divination, who know this stuff is natural and “Normal” (within certain parameters of normal). We called the conference Changing Times-Changing Worlds, because, as with the New Normal, we are hoping that in another generation we’ll have gotten to the point where the fact that people are psychic, that we can do magick, that “this stuff is real” will be accepted, and we’ll be able to mention it in public without worrying whether we’re going to be considered mad or stupid to believe in this.

The conference is going to be held in the Hudson Valley, November 3-5th this year, and if you want to learn more, listen on your computer at www.Liveparanormal.com, 8-9 edt Wednesday. (Or check out the website www.CTCW.net , or both.)

If you’d like to join the conversation, ask questions, please call in 619-639-4606 (live only).

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 me Wednesday night from 8-9 at the New Normal on liveparanormal.com

 

 

 

Learning Magick from Books of Fiction

Please join Tchipakkan on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

Link to show in archives

While we’d all love too be taught magick from witches or wizards from great volumes like the Owen’s Book of Shadows in the movie Practical Magic, or the volume in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice (minus the disaster unless it comes with the last minute save), the chances are good that you learned whatever you know either from books from Llewellyn, Weiser, or hand-copied from a friend’s hand-copied notebook. OR maybe, like many of us, you picked up techniques from the fantasy and SF books you read. It seemed like it might work, so you tried it, and maybe with a little tweaking it did work. Perhaps not as well as in movies, but many books have some good, solid technique in them. Others can teach us useful things about the supernatural world- while telling a useful story.

I’m going to run through a list of some of the books I’ve found useful over the last half century, and would love if you’d call in with some of your favorites as well. I’ll try to explain just what I like about my favorites, and where I think they shouldn’t be taken too literally.

Open a window on your computer to www.Liveparanormal.com, click the “Listen Live and Chat” listing under the “radio-listen/chat room” heading, and click “LISTEN HERE” next to “the New Normal”.

Want to share your own experiences- what books helped you develop your skills and talents? Call 619-639-4606 (live only). If you know you’re going to listen later but have a question or contribution, leave a note on the facebook events page; I’ll try to answer or mention it during the show.

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 me tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal on liveparanormal.com

 

 

 

 

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Werewolves and Shapeshifters on the New Normal

Due to a scheduling mix up, I am on my own tonight, so I will be talking about the class I’ll be doing at Pennsic and GNEW. I’ll be expanding it to include post 1600 history for CTCW (and won’t have to leave those stories out tonight.) Let’s hope the tech works this time.

If you missed the live show, here’s the link to listen in the archives.

This week’s New Normal Podcast is about Werewolves on www.Liveparanormal.com,
Tchipakkan will be talking about werewolves- shape shifters and what’s real and what isn’t.
Much of what you think you know (unless you’re a shifter yourself) probably comes from movies, fiction or even role playing games. But nearly every culture in every period has some version of stories of shape shifting, and what they have in common can tell us a lot about what’s probably at the core of the stories.
The stories as they differ from place to place and time to time can also tell us about the culture that generated them, and how they see this phenomenon.
Please feel free to join the conversation by calling in at 619-639-4606
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/

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 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/

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Paranormal Cleanup with Sarah Livermore

6-7-2017 Paranormal Cleanup with Sarah Livermore. moved to 6-21-17 (technical difficulties)

Miss the show? The archive is here.

Please join Tchipakkan and her guest, HPS Sarah Livermore on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

OK, you’ve weathered the crisis, you’ve dealt with the haunting, the poltergeist, the negative energy coming from an angry ex who doesn’t even realize that she’s sending bad stuff your way. The cord is cut, the shields are up, the annoying entity is gone. But you’re still a basket case. What do you do now?

Not that Sarah Livermore isn’t the one to deal with the initial problem, but tonight we are going to talk about what happens afterwards. We’ve all heard about PTSD, and battlefield clean up. Here’s a lady who’s been in the trenches, and stays after to help people deal with the aftermath.

A lifetime student of the occult,Eclectic Wiccan High Priestess; “I am the Pagan Exorcist. I am the witch you turn to when everyone else runs scared.”

I am the exorcist of last resort when all other methods have failed and or the Catholic Church has turned you down. I’m the witch you call when your house has been blessed by the priests of every church in town and you are still afraid to be there alone. I have worked in haunted churches, houses, and various other locations. I will work with anyone of any religion, race, or whatever. I was raised a witch in an interfaith family. I have been doing this all my life, and performed my first successful banishing at age 7. I’m a Wiccan High Priestess ordained since 2005.

Listen live on your computer to www.Liveparanormal.com, or call in with questions 619-639-4606.
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 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 Sarah and me tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal on liveparanormal.com

 

 

 

 

 

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