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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What Kind of Psychic are You- on the New Normal Wednesday

5-24-2017 What Kind of Psychic are You?
Please join Tchipakkan on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.
If you missed the live show, the archive is here: http://tobtr.com/s/10041441

The New Normal shows are about making the paranormal practical, about creating a world where in the next generation there will be no prejudice against the psychic, where people accept that human beings are naturally psychic. As with other talents, psychic abilities are varied, and they respond to practice and effort. That’s what we need to do. Even as some people are good at sports, others good at music, or writing or math, some people are telepathic, some clairvoyant, some people are healers, some people are dowsers, some people are empaths, some are animal communicators, some communicate with the dead,…

There are SO MANY kinds of psychic talent. Some people have one obvious talent, some several, others have put a lot of work into developing their gifts, others haven’t, since they don’t believe in them. (Others because they’re afraid of them.)
We’re going to talk about many of the different ways that people can be psychic. You many have never even considered some of these forms of being psychic. I, for example, seem to have the ability to talk to bugs. Not generally useful, or impressive. I’m sure there must be others out there.

If you want to call in with ideas or questions, please do: 619-639-4606 is the number, call between 8 and 8:45 edt. On Wednesday. To listen, go to http://www.Liveparanormal.com on your computer and click on Listen. If you listen to the recorded podcast later you can still leave a question on the fb page, and I’ll try to answer it while we record.

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/

Spring Planting Magick with Jane Sibley

Please join Tchipakkan and Jane Sibley on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

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

Do you talk to your plants and seeds, your cuttings and land?

The world is waking up (northern hemisphere), what are you doing to help? Back in the 60s people started noticing that when you talk to your plants they respond. Huge discoveries were made at Findhorn, in Scotland about plant Divas. Now we are learning more and more about how plants and fungus communicate. Traditional cultures practiced community rituals to help the new plants grow, from throwing water at each other to raising energy by dancing and drinking spring wine. What do you do?

Jane and I will tell what we do, and what we’ve heard of: from Hocktide celebrations to burning the boogg to tossing dolls in rivers. All these rituals are intended to give energy to the living earth and get the goodwill of the spirits of growing things. What do we know? What have we learned or lost? Join the conversation!

Call 619-639-4606 between 8:05 and 8:50.

If you just want to listen (while doing other stuff on your computer), you can open a window on your computer to http://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 have a question but can’t call the live show, leave a question in the facebook events 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 Jane and me tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal on liveparanormal.com

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CAM on the New Normal with Cathy Kane

If you missed the live podcast, it’s archived here.

Wednesday night author and CTCW speaker Catherine Kane will be joining Tchipakkan from 8-9 pm on the New Normal podcast- shared on http://liveparanormal.com/

The topic of the evening is complementary and alternative medicine. When it’s what you need, mainstream medicine rocks! but there are other forms of medicine that can also help you, depending on your situation. Some are things that you can hire people to do, some are things that you can do yourself- but they’re all practices that work and play nicely with mainstream medicine;

And we’re gonna take a tour of as many as we can in an hour podcast…*

Want to catch this interview, call in with your own questions or be part of the live chat happening during every show?

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”.

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)

If you want to call in, the number is: 619-639-4606 (live only).

If you can’t tune in 8-9 Wednesday, Live Paranormal.com archives its shows by date, and Tchipakkan archives them by date, guest, and topic on her website: https://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/
If you can’t join the live show, you can leave a question here on FB and we’ll answer it in the podcast for you to listen to later.

Hope you can join me next Wednesday from 8-9 at the New Normal on liveparanormal.com

*According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) can include the following:

  • acupuncture,
  • Alexander technique,
  • aromatherapy,
  • Ayurveda (Ayurvedic medicine),
  • biofeedback,
  • chiropractic medicine,
  • diet therapy,
  • herbalism,
  • holistic nursing,
  • homeopathy,
  • hypnosis,
  • massage therapy,
  • meditation,
  • naturopathy,
  • nutritional therapy,
  • osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT),
  • Qi gong (internal and external Qigong),
  • reflexology,
  • Reiki,
  • spiritual healing,
  • Tai Chi,
  • traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM),
  • and yoga

Recommended links:

books:

Herbal Contraindications and Drug Interactions: Plus Herbal Adjuncts with Medicines

A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition: Improve Your Health and Avoid Side Effects When Using Common Medications and Natural Supplements Together

Websites:

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/integrative-health

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/complementary-alternative-medicine/basics/definition/PRC-20021745

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=31077

Emotional Freedom Technique site

Emotional Intelligence and Your Success

Web MD. check what they have for vitamins, integrative health, Peppermint, Ginger, Olive oil, Garlic

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Sociology of Religion on the New Normal

Please join Tchipakkan and Thor Halverson on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

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

Where does Religion come from, and what happens to it along the way? Let’s face it, “Someone out there” talks to us, gives us useful information, and things move around. We see things, hear things, feel things. We can pretend that this doesn’t happen, but it’s bad science to try to explain it away rather than figure out what’s going on. These voices and inner messages may come from our ancestors (that’s how some identify themselves) or pixies causing trouble (one explanation). Humans have psychic experiences, and in pre-history religions developed as much to explain these experiences as to explain “natural phenomena” (the usual justification for religion).
Sociology is studying the role religion plays in our live. We will look at how religion has been used by humans, for example the Colonization of Belief. How religions like Christianity have relegated some religions into mythologies, devoiding them of religious status and practice and rights,.. treating them as dead religions, or “useless ridiculous beliefs”, regardless of whether those religions actually still have followers or not.

Once they are removed from religious rights and status, these beliefs lose representation and are removed from being considered in the cultural expectations and knowledge, only preserved as “folktales”. Granted, some current practitioners may be recreating practices, but that doesn’t negate the validity of their belief.

Religion has been used as the justification for war, for colonization, for eradication of other religions and peoples It also been used for political and social conformity, influence, and control. Religions borrow ideas from one another, although they rarely admit it. One thing is for certain, all religions evolve and change over time. If we are going to direct where Religion is going, we need to acknowledge that it does change, and see what makes it more likely to change and how those processes work.

Join the conversation!

Call 619-639-4606 between 8:05 and 8:50.

If you just want to listen (while doing other stuff on your computer), you can open a window on your computer to http://www.Liveparanormal.com, click the “Listen Live and Chat” listing under the “radio-listen/chat room” heading, and click “LISTEN HERE”
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 Thor and me tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal on liveparanormal.com

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Spring planting magick on the New Normal

Please join Tchipakkan and Jane Sibley on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

Do you talk to your plants and seeds, your cuttings and land?

The world is waking up (northern hemisphere), what are you doing to help? Back in the 60s people started noticing that when you talk to your plants they respond. Huge discoveries were made at Findhorn, in Scotland about plant Divas. Now we are learning more and more about how plants and fungus communicate. Traditional cultures practiced community rituals to help the new plants grow, from throwing water at each other to raising energy by dancing and drinking spring wine. What do you do?

Jane and I will tell what we do, and what we’ve heard of: from Hocktide celebrations to burning the boogg to tossing dolls in rivers. All these rituals are intended to give energy to the living earth and get the goodwill of the spirits of growing things. What do we know? What have we learned or lost? Join the conversation!

Call 619-639-4606 between 8:05 and 8:50.

If you just want to listen (while doing other stuff on your computer), you can 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”.
We’d love you to phone in with questions: 619-639-4606 (live only). If you have a question but can’t call the live show, leave a question in the facebook events 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 Jane and me tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal on liveparanormal.com

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Spring herbs: medicinal and magickal

Please join Tchipakkan and Jane Sibley of Auntie Arwens Herbs  on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

If you miss the live show the archives are here:

We’ll be talking about herbs and their uses, concentrating on the Spring herbs and how to use them for healing and magick.

Jane is also known as Auntie Arwen, and her shop Auntie Arwen’s Spices, offers herbs, spices, salts and blends from around the world. While you really must find them at an festival or market some time, just to sniff many of the culinary herbal blends (you can’t do that over the air), we are going to be talking about other aspects of herbs and spices- the magickal and medicinal (because herbs were the beginning of most medicines). (We’ve done this together at Earth Spirit’s Twilight Covening as a weekend intenstive on spiritual herbalism.)

Most people have heard about willow bark as the precursor of aspirin, and that cherry bark is in cough drops, but there are so many other herbs that we will talk about that you can use to help you in many first aid situations. We’re concentrating on the ones you can find and use in spring, like dandilions, chickweed, violets, lambs quarters, mints, wood sorrel, & coltsfoot flowers. We’ll try to cover both wild herbs you’d collect and ones you’d grow, perhaps talk about the ones you may be planting now. (This offers us the chance to do shows later on summer and fall herbs as well.)

If you’d like to catch this interview, call in and be part of the live chat happening during every show? Call 619-639-4606 between 8:05 and 8:50.

If you just want to listen (while doing other stuff on your computer), you can open a window on your computer to http://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 call in with questions: 619-639-4606 (live only). If you have a question, but are busy during the live show, leave a question in the facebook events 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/

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Pet Psychics and Psychic Pets

Please join Tchipakkan on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.  If you missed the live show- it’s archived here.

Pets are close companions; they can even feel like part of the family. And sometimes their behavior is “inexplicable”. Does your cat chase “poultermice”? That’s what we call it when they seem to be chasing something, but we can’t see it. (It could be pixies I suppose…)

We’ll be talking about the things we’ve seen, or heard about (personal stories are the best, of course), such as the cat funeral a friend observed. Many people have seen ghosts of their pets, and many pets seem to be more sensitive to ghosts than humans.

There are also animal “whisperers” who seem to be able to communicate with our non-human companions, and even pet mediums (although we’ll probably also talk about how to spot a scam in case you are thinking of hiring one).

Want to catch this interview, call in with questions or be part of the live chat happening during every show? The Call in Number is 619-639-4606

If you just want to listen (while doing other stuff on your computer), you can 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”.

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 –Name- questions in the chatroom, or
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 and me tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal on liveparanormal.com

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The Stories we tell ourselves

One of these days I have to actually see Hamilton. This shouldn’t be a problem, as I am exceptionally fond of musicals. I haven’t made the effort because I was immediately repelled by the images I saw in ads of young women dancing around in what was clearly underwear while the men were fully dressed. It seemed sexist to me, and still does, although in other musicals from Oklahoma to 7 Brides have women dancing in their drawers (not with men around).
But recently I’ve been reading (in _American Nations: History of Rival Regions_ ) about history from that period, and wonder just how much BS has been included.
I know that when I picture John Adams, it’s William Daniels I see, not the round face we have preserved in portraits, or the brilliant mind shown in _Abigail and John_, I fear that someone has latched onto the snippet that Hamilton was from Barbados, just as, when I was young, the “black pride” people latched onto the idea that if Cleopatra was Egyptian, she must have been black, and put her forward as another powerful black woman who’s race had been suppressed by biased white historians. She wasn’t. (The Ptolemaic pharaohs were Greek, from the time that Alexander’s generals split his empire up- they just took the title Pharaoh because that’s what Egyptians called their rulers.) It’s a lovely idea that one of the founding fathers was at least a little bit black, but it doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. (Also, I’m not a huge fan of rap or hip-hop and musicals are expensive.)
Now I read that Hamilton was strongly anti-democratic (he helped put in the Electoral college to protect the government from the commoners), and that he profiteered from the post war debts to the soldiers, he was against a free press, and all sorts things we don’t usually associate with Founding Fathers. I was also surprised at reading that Wilson, who is portrayed in the musical _1776_ as a wimp, was a powerful representative of the Appalachian side of Pennsylvania. It makes me suspicious of the other (appealing) characters from _1776_, and how their portrayal may be only what the story being told required. Eleanor of Aquitaine was an amazing woman- but look how differently she is portrayed in _Becket_ and _Lion in Winter_.
The stories we tell ourselves have to be taken as what we need to hear, not what is necessarily true. They show *A* truth, and to a great extent they create truths. There is a reason that some people will not believe evidence right before their eyes if it challenges a core belief. That’s such a human characteristic, I’m sure that it’s true of me as well, and wonder what things I believe that are not true, but that serve me. When we look at this what we can learn is what our needs are.  For example, if we look at what Trump supporters believe that isn’t true, we can figure out how to help them with their real problems. We only tell ourselves false stories when it fills a deep need. Sometimes that need is also BS, for example, when our inner critic tells us we are fat or stupid, it may indicate our need to be accepted, to agree with the people who first told us that. The story that Hamilton was black probably reflects the need for respect that doesn’t come with  slave labor, no matter how important that work was. Sadly, it does seem to present the need to excel and gather wealth and power in a more positive light than I’d put it, but it makes sense for modern blacks just as Hamilton’s early years make sense of his later behavior.
When we create stories about ourselves, they do become part of the fabric of the future, so we’d better be careful. Much of modern thought is grounded in the myth of infinite resources that was created in early America, and we are unwilling to let go, as that would require us to change both our sense of what’s right and wrong, and our behavior. So when we make stories, about ourselves or our past, we should think carefully about what we are saying and the consequences of taking that as a given, because future generations will.