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

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.

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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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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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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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