These are the links to the New Normal Shows 2017
January 4 A personal History of Neopaganism
I’ve been openly pagan since I realized that was the best description of my belief system back in the 60s, and following the normal human pattern, have sought others who shared my views, skimming around the edges of the New Age and Neo-pagan and heathen movements. I’ve met and associated with some of the “names”, and some have called me an elder (although I’ve pretty much dodged that bullet). I’ll be talking about some of the groups I’ve joined, or just hung around with, from the Process- Church of the Final Judgement, to finally generating the New England Peasant Pagan Tradition (because people always ask you what you “are”), and will cover psychics, Wiccans, Heathens, Strega, activists and (without outing them) “closetted” people I’ve known. The rise of “festivals” and Pagan Pride Days, and some of the problems and solutions they’ve created.
As a historical scholar, I am painfully aware of how personal a view this is, and would love to have anyone else who’s lived through this period and has stories and views to contribute to call in and share them.
The number is 619-639-4606.
I’ve also studied the history of witchcraft and various pagan practices from indigenous ones being revived, to how conversion from pagan to Monotheist happened. I will probably cover some of that too.
January 11. Jane Sibley. Which system for which Divination?
Palmistry, Astrology, Tarot, Runes, I Ching, dowsing, oracles, crystal gazing, dream interpretation…. If you have learned more than one technique for divination, how do you know which one to use for a given reading? If you are thinking about learning a new system. how do you choose one?
If you don’t have a crystal ball, that sort of makes it difficult to use. If you haven’t learned palmistry or I Ching yet, that’s another way to eliminate some of the options. But when you do have several from which to choose, or if you are trying to decide which to add to your tool kit, what are the strengths and weaknesses of each?
Please do call in if you have experience with one or more divinatory techniques. If we get several practitioners we should have a spirited discussion So tune in on Wednesday at 8 (or catch the archive later)
Remember the exchange: “Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?”
“Witches are old and ugly!” responds Dorothy.
Women are said to go through three stages: Maiden, Mother and Crone. Let’s face it, not many of us are eager to embrace that third stage. We don’t have a better word for Old Woman: Hag, gorgon, harpy, fury, harridan, witch, biddy… beldam is the best the thesaurus was able to provide.
The image of the old witch, while it does carry an aura of power, knowledge, and wisdom, also includes significant baggage of frustration, infirmity, and ugliness along with implications of jealousy and bitterness. Many of these do NOT have counterparts in the image of elder males. In folklore the Crone is linked with death and change- Baba Yaga is described in similar terms to corpses. In modern fairy tales, before the beautiful enchantress does anything evil she becomes old and ugly.
What a pity that we should still be bound by such mental fetters when we are able to accept so many other things we’ve come to understand are just other ways of living in the world!
In honor of the Women’s March, I thought we could look at how we see women, where these archetypes come from, and what we can do to change them- first within ourselves, and then for the rest of the world.
January 25. Thor Halvorsen. When Why if…? Magickal Ethics
We’ll be talking about ethics this week. Some folks just assume that anything you do with magick, manifestation, or even prayer is suspect. It goes along with the idea that if there’s nothing wrong with it, why would you “hide” it? We’ll be referring to the most excellent workbook When Why If…? by Robin Wood (perhaps better known for her art and Tarot Cards). While aimed at helping Wiccans understand how to decide what the Wiccan Rede (“An you harm none, do what you will”- which IS really ambiguous) means, the Rule of Three, etc. Of course, not everyone is Wiccan, but Robin’s book leads the reader through chapters on Honesty, Self awareness, Love, Helping, Harming, Sex, and Will (is there anything more ambiguous than “do as you will”?!). More importantly, it’s also a workbook, with exercises that will help the reader figure out the answers to ethical problems for him or herself which is much more powerful than simply doing as you are told, and taking it on faith that whoever told you must be right.
But not everyone is Wiccan, so we’re going to go beyond some of that, although embracing the philosophy behind it. Thor is a Norwegian-Welsh Pagan, Wiccan, Poet, Musician, Diviner, Deaf Educator, with a fond appreciation for history, mythology, religion and social structure and sociology.
And with the new political elite aligning themselves with hate groups, with anti-gay and alt-style uber-Christianity being supported, Paganism’s emphasis on equality of women and acceptance of GBLT lifestyles may put us in the crosshairs of their attention. Even if we are too small for their attention, our ethics may lead us to stand between others to protect them from harm; we must look at the issue of protecting ourselves in conjunction with advocacy and social justice. How do we as a nation and as individuals decide when, why and if one person’s rights violate those of another?
February 1. Book Recommendations
One thing people often ask is what books I recommend to a new practitioner, and this, of course, depends on what practice we are talking about- parapsychology? Magick? Paganism? … as well as their age, what they’ve already accomplished, what their needs are. The panel each year at the Changing Times Changing Worlds convention on book recommendations is popular, and I have my favorites of course. I’ve had to replace my copy of Richard Cavendish’s The Black Arts five times, because when I loan it, it never seems to come back to me. I think that says something about the book.
But there are so many ways to learn about stuff! There are classics like Drawing Down the Moon, and Spiral Dance, and Cunninghams Solitary Practitioner. I have fantasy books I think can teach you a great deal- from Robert Asprin’s Myth Inc series, to Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni series. There are books on Paganism and ethics from Wood’s When Why …if? to Tsivia Rabinovich’s An ye harm None. Catherine Kane’s books on Palmistry and Empathy are fantastic. So yes, I have favorites and will try to cover as many books and subjects as I can, giving why different books are better for some people than others.
February 8. Corbie Mitleid Clean out your Life Closet
Corbie Mitleid, psychic, and author joins Tchipakkan on the New Normal Wednesday night to talk about her new book :_Clean out your Lifecloset_. All advice, whether about actually cleaning physical closets or about getting your life going the way YOU want it to, can be frustrating. It always seems that they are suggesting things you’ve already done, or can’t do for some reason. Sometimes it feels like they are suggesting that you aren’t trying. It’s not a matter of motivation, but of technique.
Corbie is here to help with practical, (mostly) gentle, effective techniques that can help you do what you want to do in a way that works for you. Listen in (and call in) for advice directly from Corbie, and do buy the book- unless your life is already everything you want it to be.
Corbie is a Certified Professional Tarot Reader and Psychic, trained medium and ordained minister. She speaks at holistic expos, and seminars, as well as individual sessions with clients worldwide.
February 15. Catherine Kane Living in Interesting times
Looks like we have been blessed (or cursed) with the traditional “May you live in interesting times!”, or maybe we have chosen to live during this period of history because it offers us so many options for doing good.
Still, doctors are seeing the results of the long-term stress resulting in lowered immune systems, and many symptoms from physical to mental to emotional. So I asked Catherine, who often helps people deal with life’s challenges (do check out her books on Amazon), to come on and give us some solid advice we can use right now to protect ourselves, so we can feel better, and maybe keep doing the things we’d like to do.
She also suggested posting the link to a show I did with Starwolf earlier (July 4, 2012 https://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/starwolf-techno-magick-magickal-tools-warding-and-curse-lifting/ ) in which he covered techniques for energetically protecting yourself from the less helpful (OK, harmful) energies floating around.
Catherine Kane is a professional psychic, a Reiki Master, a bard, a metaphysical Christian, and a delighted student of the Universe (amongst other things). She brings creativity, an eclectic body of knowledge, and an attitude of fun to empowering people to find and live their best and brightest dreams. She is the author of many books including “The Practical Empath”, and “Manifesting Something Better“. Visit her and husband Starwolf online as Foresight (the Information you need for the Adventure of Life) at www.ForesightYourPsychic.com and www.ForesightYourCtPsychic.wordpress.com
you can also find Foresight on Facebook.
February 22. Thor Halvorson Ethics Pt II
See above, January 25th
March 1 Jane Sibley Communicating with the God(s)
We’ll be talking about communication with and from the gods/ God and supernatural beings.
How do we communicate with divinity/supernaturals? There’s prayer, in some cases, sacrifice, etc. Divinity (depending on religion) might answer in thunder, lightning, unusual events, etc. . (This show will be a preview of one of the worshops Jane will be giving at the Changing Times-Changing Worlds Conference in November.)
For example, in the Libri Fulgurales (Etruscan-Roman), if lightning was seen in the sky, that was divided into a 12 sector hemisphere. Where the lighting originated, and where it ended up was of significance. Each quadrant was overseen by one or more gods/goddesses. We see in the Old Testament a lot of lightning and thunder lore.
Other than omens, we’ll probably cover direct communication, and intermediaries (oracles and mediums), as well as types of divination.
Jane is a speaker at CTCW, and author of several books both fictional and non-fiction. She has a Ph. D in history/ comparative religion, and her dissertation was on thunder/lightning lore in religion and folklore, as well as iconography in the Indo-European world.
March 8 Jason Nadeau Ancestor Work
When we look beyond the “Attend church on Sunday, pray if you fear for your life” level of religion, many people feel the call of those who came before them. We find great meaning in practices that have been dropped in the modern world, but are an integral part of spiritual and religious life for people from cultures all over the world: Africans, First Nations, Traditional Chinese and Shinto, Hindu, Celtic and Heathen, Khemetic, even Christianity has some- trick or treating goes back to giving Soul Cakes to children in exchange for their praying for your beloved dead. Modern Spiritualism is a way to get in touch with dead friends and family. You may discover that working with ancestors provides an integral part of your spiritual practice, no matter where your family came from.
Jason Nadeau has been working with ancestors, bringing ancient practices into modern life and that’s what we’ll be talking about. “We are the product and life of our ancestors. Once on the other side they can see things far down the horizon and can help guide us. Those that lived a less than kind life often want to make things right and can be powerful allies while those who were our supporters in life often continue being so after crossing to the other world.”
Jason is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher, Shamanic Practitioner, and Certified Firewalk Instructor. He’s been on a spiritual path for over 20 years and has been a full-time Massage Therapist/Bodyworker/Spiritworker for over 12 years.
March 15. Starwolf Magickal Protection
We’re having our favorite metaphysicist and “Psychic soldier of fortune”, Starwolf back to go over techniques for keeping ourselves safe in “interesting times”. He has over 30 years of experience as a shaman, Wiccan Priest, and metaphysical engineer. As well as being psychic, his engineering attitude leads him to experiment to find techniques that work best, using everything from the innate properties of stones and plants to the natural, but often forgotten, abilities of people.
Currently many of us are feeling a bit overwhelmed by how fast changes are happening, which can leave us feeling apprehensive. Unfortunately, this is likely to attract more chaotic energy. The best way to counter this is to assert control over your own life, step by step. Starwolf will explain how to take some of the first, very practical, effective, and affordable steps to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our immediate environment. Tune in on Wednesday evening, and if you have a question, a question about some specific problem, do call in 619-639-4606 (only during the live broadast 8-9).
March 22 Amy Wilson The Power of the Spoken Word
The Power of the Spoken Word
The words we speak carry a power. Many spiritual practices use chants, affirmations, incantations, or other magickal words to manifest a desired result. We often forget how our day to day spoken words manifest results in our everyday life and how it can amplify our magick or undo it. We will discuss how to go about recognizing and changing the way we speak to achieve our desired results.
As the old saying goes, “A Witch is only as good as their word.”
Amy C Wilson Lady Minah of Other Worldly Waxes Amy C Wilson is celebrated Spiritual Medium and Psychometrist who has worked with and read for individuals and missing person cases. She has been a practitioner of the Magickal Arts and has worked in various New York City occult stores for over 25 years specializing in healing others through Candle Magick. Amy holds Round Tables every month to discuss various life topics from a metaphysical perspective and how to transmute our energy into positive reflections into our outer reality. Amy also is the voice behind the Reluctant Spiritualist which she created to help other’s become more conscious of thought patterns that are holding them back from their fullest potential. You can find her at her shop Other Worldly Waxes in Beacon, New York
March 29 Cultural Appropriation in Paganism
with Jane Sibley and Thor Halvorsen
I recently read an ebook, Talking About the Elephant, a collection of essays about different aspects of cultural appropriation and how it occurs in Neo-pagan culture. Ii can highly recommend the book, and it’s a discussion that really should not be avoided, especially as so may of our traditions do draw inspiration from the spiritual practices of other cultures.
None of us wants to be guilty of “plastic shamanism” or to participate in cultural appropriation- disrespecting the spiritual and intellectual rights of other cultures, yet when all humans are psychic and working with the same basic spiritual abilities, can we be told that we are not allowed to do what others do when working with spirits? Anyone (with training) can visit the Akashic Records, but should only those with a background in Sanscrit call them that? Anthopologists have popularized the term Shaman (used by Tungusic Spirit Workers); since most cultures have someone eone who does this work, so should we reserve the term for only the handful of those in that culture? Let’s face it, as extensive as English is, it has very few terms for spiritual concepts, so, as usual, it borrows terms from other cultures- and we often go to other cultures for a deeper understanding of how anything from chakras to other levels of consciousness work.
Magickal practitioners, (like Samuel MacGregor Mathers & Moina Mathers illustrated in Golden Dawn robes) also have a tradition of borrowing concepts and props from other cultures, as did early 19th c. Druids, and many others. At what point does imitation stop being flattery and become appropriation? Any of us who truly respect our teachers and models need to look at these issues and try to find the lines we don’t want to cross before we find ourselves defending actions about which we aren’t really comfortable. We cannot keep “ignoring the elephant in the room”.
April 5. Pet Psychics and Psychic Pets
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).
April 12. Spring Herbalism and Herbal magick with Jane Sibley
April 19. Jason Nadeau Firewalking