Oracle Cards with Sophia Shultz on the New Normal

Please join Tchipakkan and her guest Sophia Shultz, on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

Please join Tchipakkan and her guest Sophia Shultz, on the New Normal Wednesday on www.LiveParanormal.com

Born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, Sophia Kelly Shultz has been working professionally as an artist for 29 years, at first specializing in “fantasy” portraits in which customers could order portraits as, for example, centaurs or fairies, etc.–and more recently in the spiritual and mythological paintings for which she is now widely known.

In 2013 she released the Stone Circle Oracle, and this year produced the Promethean Oracle. Each of the cards in either deck is a small version of one of her beautiful paintings, with deeply meaningful images, which will allow you access to the psychic insight that open you to hidden wisdom. The Promethean Oracle taps into the wisdom of many mythologies and cultures.

Many people assume that all “fortune telling” cards are a variation on Tarot, but there are many other ways to tap into our subconscious- or that of the Divine.

See more of her work here: https://badgersoph.deviantart.com/

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, leave a question on the fb  event page (or email me), and we’ll try to answer it during the show.
If you can’t tune in 8-9 pm eastern, 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/

Here is the website for the  new deck:

http://www.schifferbooks.com/the-promethean-oracle-6311.html

The art can be found here:

https://badgersoph.deviantart.com/gallery/56703690/Art-for-New-Deck

Hope you can join Sophia and me tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal on liveparanormal.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ethnocentricism and the Power of Words

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt., Tchipakkan and Thor Halvorsen will be talking about Ethnocentricism.  If you miss the live show, the archive will be here: http://tobtr.com/s/10284843

This isn’t going to be a discussion of supernatural or paranormal abilities or practices, but the subject comes from the issues of how cultures can program us to treat those who are different unfairly, and how we can attempt to avoid this in ourselves.

Thor Halvorsen is a student of sociology and language, and he will address how apologetic language and status differences in regards to language use shapes our perceptions, and how we see those in other religions, and how we see ourselves.

How we speak not only reflects role expectations, class, and gender bias, it also creates it. Using examples from the religious and cultural treatment of Native Americans, African Americans, the Deaf, and women, and other religious and cultural colonialism, we will look at how we use everyday speech to create a world that perhaps we didn’t intend.

We will talk about creation of modern myths, and stereotypes in media (think about the images movies portray of our culture as rich, white, and violent).

The modern metaphysical community is aware of the power of Affirmations: what you think of gains power, what you speak of becomes real. We need to become more conscious of how our words create reality. We don’t need “spells and charms”, speech, writing and the internet is powerful enough. We need to use it with more intent.

To listen on your computer go to www.Liveparanormal.com (sign in- signing up is free), click Show Directory under Shows. and click “LISTEN HERE”. Call 619-639-4606 to join the conversation (live only). Other episodes are archived.
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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Talk Like a Pirate Day

This is a great day to remember what a combination of imagination and the internet can do.
Wikipedia says: “International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD, September 19) is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, U.S., who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. For example, an observer of this holiday would greet friends not with “Hello,” but with “Ahoy, matey!” The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy.
According to Summers, the day is the only known holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. During a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of “Aaarrr!”, and the idea was born. That game took place on June 6, 1995, but out of respect for the observance of the Normandy landings, they chose Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember. (much more on Wikipedia)
 
Spin-offs of this invented holiday include talk like Shakespere Day, Talk like William Shatner Day, and even Skulk like a Ninja Day. There are other sources of weird holidays as well. I remember a calendar when I was a kid with a holiday every day; it included four or five Bluebeard’s Wedding anniversaries. There are holidays made up for TV shows: Festivus (Seinfeld), Freedom Day (Futurama), or Best Friends Day (Sponge Bob Square Pants), or books/movies- Hogwatch (The Hogfather), or Durin’s Day (LotR), or even comics- Sadie Hawkins Day was made up by Al Capp for L’il Abner, but it’s become a part of culture. Terry Pratchett’s 25th of May where those in the Glorious Revolution of Treacle Mine Road “wore the lilac”, has become a day to support Alzheimer’s awareness in honor of Sir Terry. Marketers have been using holidays to promote their products since at least the 19th century. The folks at Wellcat have come up with many, some of which have taken off (at least on the internet) Weird Al’s song Weasel Stomping Day parodies this phenomenon.
So just as we remind kids that anything that goes on the internet may haunt them forever, we also can revel in the idea that two racquetball players can create a holiday just for fun that will spread across the world.

Starwolf talks Otherkin on the New Normal

Please join Tchipakkan and her guest, Starwolf, on the New Normal.
You’ve probably heard of Transexuals, those who believe that they were born in the body of the wrong gender, but do you know someone who was born in the entirely wrong species? Maybe you are one? Have you tried to wag your tail, spread your wings, or been surprised by the body you are in? Perhaps you are pretty sure that you are really a fae, a dragon, or a direwolf? Discussions of Reincarnation often touch the point that we may not always incarnate as humans, but when we start talking Otherkin, we begin to explore what it means to be human when you have been something else and humans are not naturally familiar to you. This level of kinship feeling goes beyond identification with and attraction to another type of being.
Starwolf, a shaman and otherkin himself, will talk about this phenomenon with Tchipakkan on the New Normal Podcast Wednesday at 8 edt. Listen live on your computer at http://liveparanormal.com/  , and you can call in with questions or comments if you like 619-639-4606, 8:08 to 8:45.
As a shaman, Witch, professional psychic, Reiki Master and metaphysical engineer and soldier of fortune, Starwolf brings a broad range of knowledge and experience to the fields of magick, metaphysics and spirituality. His practical approach to adapting traditional metaphysical elements to modern lifestyles pulls magick into the twenty-first century. You can find him and his wife Catherine online as Foresight (the Information you need for the Adventure of Life) at www.ForesightYourPsychic.com  or www.ForesightYourCtPsychic.wordpress.com
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/

The Kabbalah with Kathryn Smith (take 2)

Please join Tchipakkan and her Kathryn Smith on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, September 6, 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.

This is not the same as the coming workshop, but me asking questions on what modern magick users should know about the Kabbalah. 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/

Energy Healing with Catherine Kane Wednesday night

August 23, 2017 Energy healing with Catherine Kane

Please join Tchipakkan and Catherine Kane on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt. If you missed the live show, the archive is here: http://tobtr.com/s/10243119

Popular “small medium at large, Cathy Kane will be joining me again. You may have seen her and her husband Starwolf at many a show or Renn Fair all over New England, reading palms and helping people make their lives better; or you may have seen her speak at Changing Times-Changing Worlds, or read her many books, or visited her websites Foresight (the Information you need for the Adventure of Life) at www.ForesightYourPsychic.com or www.ForesightYourCtPsychic.wordpress.com

 

The topic of the evening is energy healing. We will be talking about a wide range of energy healing techniques, their pluses and minuses, what you need to use them, how energy work can support your health and that of those around you and any other questions that you have on the topic.

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”.

You can call in with a question or comment at 619-639-4606 (live only).

 

And, if you can’t tune in at that time, Live Paranormal.com archives

its shows by date, and Tchipakkan archive them by date, guest, and topic on her website: https://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/

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In praise of weeds

A weed is an unwanted plant, a plant growing in competition with cultivated plants.

A weed is generally hated, considered superfluous, if not harmful. The harm, of course, comes from the assumption that the herb is taking from the plants one wants there simply by existing, that it is valueless or even troublesome, if only because getting rid of them makes work and is not consistent with our imagined garden or lawn. In fact, many herbs improve conditions for other plants around them. We just don’t check.

Emerson said: “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.”

Clearly there is nothing different about a weed except our perception of the plants. The problem is not in the weeds, but our minds.  Perhaps if we call it wort or weod as in the Old English source of the word, we wouldn’t think of them so harshly.

When I began studying and learning to identify medicinal and edible wild plants, fields and forests and roadsides became a vast resource to me. It’s our minds that need changing, not our the content of our yards. (unless you have eliminated the clover and dandelions and burdock and thistles and nettles from your yard- in that case, your yard should probably change.)  While not what we were planning or hoping to grow, weeds are often hardier and more useful than what we try to grow.

Herbalists say that if a new plant appears in your yard, it’s because you need it, and I’ve found this to be true. I don’t recognize a new plant, I look it up, and usually discover it helps a problem that someone in the house has. Even “normal” people talk to plants, because they grow better when we do.  Herbalists thank our herbs when we harvest them. Animists, like me, will ask a plant if it wants to help the patient, and sometimes one plant does and another plant doesn’t, even if they are the same species, and growing next to each other. Plants have consciousness and want to help us. I sometimes worry that they are like the Shmoos in Li’l Abner, too good to be true. We just need to know them better.

Eyeore said: “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.”

We need to learn more! Although they often do seem to want to help us, I also wonder if perhaps even herbalists and botanists may still be ignorant about plants place in the world. (Just look at all the amazing things we are discovering about mushrooms/mycelium!) There may be so much more than we know about them which explains why they are willing to sacrifice their bodies for our benefit. They may be more evolved than us, who knows? When we talk about “Saving the world” we really mean “saving humans”. Perhaps when mushrooms save the world, it won’t include us anymore. If we can’t understand that we are not the world, not even the most important thing in the world, we may have failed as a species.

An analogy from weeds:

At this point in political history, I can’t help thinking about how so many people seem to see other people as weeds. They want to get rid of them because they don’t recognize their value; they are simply unaware of anything except that those other people are not what they planned and expected to see in their world, so they want to “weed them out”. Kill them, or at least remove them from where they live. They don’t realize that if they did this, it would destroy the complex system that makes everything work. They seem to think that if they get rid of or hide things that bother them, they will feel better. They don’t see how impossible it is that if they get rid of the “weed-people”,  all the thing those people they despise do will be done automatically, (if we get rid of our “untouchable” caste, and suddenly we won’t need to defecate any more). It’s far too easy to simply decide to eradicate something that you don’t like, and assume that your life will be better, rather than trying to figure out why it’s there, and what it is that bothers you about it. The glyphosate crisis has illustrated the foolishness of that theory pretty well.

Plants have always been allies of humans, and it’s only when we decide that we prefer one plant over another, defining them as weeds, that we create an unbalanced ecosystem that will not support us. Go out to your doorstep and see what weeds you have there- bring them in and do an internet search and find out what the world is telling you that you need. You may be surprised to discover that weeds love you, and are trying to help.

Paul Harvey said “When there’s too much of it a flower becomes a weed.”

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Coyote Skywoman on the New Normal: The Alchemist

This week Tchipakkan and her guest Deb CoyoteSkyWoman will be discussing the best seller The Alchemist on The New Normal on www.liveparanormal.com.

If you missed the live show, it’s archived here: http://tobtr.com/s/10228735
CoyoteSkyWoman, has been a member of the New England Pagan community for the last 30 years, and she has been a practicing shaman for only a little bit longer than that. She works closely with the trickster spirit, Coyote, and has worked with The Sagefire Fellowship and A Sacred Place since their inceptions. A frequent speaker at the Changing Times-Changing Worlds conference, she has spoken on Tricksters, Channeling, Modern and Historical Paganism, and our relationship with the Devine and the Land.
Wednesday we’ll be talking about a powerful book, the Alchemist, written by Paulo Coelho and fist published in 1988. This novel is about a quest by an Andelusian Shepherd, Santiago.
Among the bits of wisdom in this allegory is the idea of your Personal Legend. Your Personal Legend “is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.” also that “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Whether you’ve read the book yet or not, the concepts are fascinating.

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, leave a question on the facebook event page, and 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/

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