11-30-16 The Wild Hunt
Tchipakkan on the New Normal Wednesday night (November 30th) from 8 to 9 pm edt. as she talks about Ghost Armies.
From earliest times, there have been reports of groups of specteral entities, often in the sky, often dangerous to encounter, although not always, commonly called the Wild Hunt, and associated with the dark time of the year. These reports have continued in every period, up to the modern song Ghostriders in the Sky. One might even include Santa Claus as a part of this tradition, especially when some of the earliest versions were also bringers of gifts and blessings.
The Wild (or Infernal) Hunt, Herlaþing, Hounds of Annwn, Wilde Jagd, Noisy Riders, in folklore are tales of an army of spirits who could be heard passing on winter nights, and if directly encountered was dangerous to body and soul. From souls of sinners or unbaptized babes to pagan gods, these were objects of horror, pity and danger, or at least contact with the divine. I’ll try to cover as many versions as I can, from the Benadanti through the cursed huntsmen, to the Krampus connection.
11-22-16 Havamal Rune Query w/ Jane Sibley
Do you do rune magick or any other sort of magick? The Havamal verses 143-145 asks 8 questions about using the runes, but I find it applicable to many sorts of magick, theurgy as well as thaumaturgy. Over the centuries many people have given their interpretation of what these verses mean, and I’ll be giving mine.
Here’s the original- 8 to 9 I’ll be giving the translations (I’m not giving them all here as there are many) and sharing what I think they mean.
Vet du, hur du rista skall? Vet du, hur du reda skall?
Vet du, hur du färga skall? Vet du, hur du fresta skall?
Vet du, hur du bedja skall? Vet du, hur du blota skall?
Vet du, hur du sända skall? Vet du, hur du slopa skall?
11-16-16 Occult Day Why is it not “Normal”?
So how do you feel about being just another “cute fringe idea”? Why is it that if a movie has something occult in it, it’s defined as a “horror” movie? Let’s talk about why it is when most humans have abilities to sense, to heal, to be aware of the energies of other beings, to effect the world around them, why is it that it’s “para” normal, “super” natural, and occult. It’s freaking normal. It’s the way the world is! Why are people made uncomfortable by it, and how do we deal with the reactions of people who are willfully ignorant of what we’ve come to accept?
w/ Jane Sibley and Thor Halvorssen
11-2-16 Changing Times Changing Worlds
This weekend the Changing Times-Changing Worlds conference is happening in Cromwell CT with workshops on Divination, Magick, Healing, Spiritual practice and other stuff that some people don’t accept as part of the real world. But it is, and the world will work better if we can just dump this stupid division between science and all the things science says aren’t acceptable. It’s real, deal with it!
Tchipakkan, the host of the New Normal, and Jane Sibley started the conference seven years ago to help try to get people to start talking about the paranormal in the real world. Until we can accept it, figure out how it works, and how to make it useful, we’re going to keep handicapping ourselves. During our lives we’ve watched as things from chiropractic, homeopathy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine have gradually become accepted (although they are still pooh poohed by some doctors). ESP has become accepted. It’s no longer a question of if it exists, but how can we use it, and what are the risks and benefits?
Raven Kaldera is a Northern Tradition shaman, homesteader, diviner, psychic vampire, herbalist, intersex/ transgender activist, Ordeal Master, Speaker for the Transgendered Dead, polyamorous parent, and author of many, many books, articles, and short stories. Raven is a builder of bridges between worlds, a crosser of boundaries between communities, a Reweaver of the Web. He is the Dreamer Whose Dreams Come True. “‘Tis an ill wind that blows no minds.”
Raven and Tchipakkan will be talking about the plant spirits, communicating with them, and how this can really help when you are trying to work with plants for healing and magick. There will also be some fun stories- like when Raven was given a hard time by a vegetable. The pagan community is often eager to talk about working with animal spirits, but plant spirits are there, and incredibly eager to work with and help us.
9-27-16 Rebooting Spiritual Practice Zhenya Amditis
In spirituality as in life, there are cycles of ebb and flow where one feels more or less comitted and active in various areas such as one’s health, family, passions. When other challenges distract us from our connection with Spirit, it is beneficial and even necessary to allow those challenges to lead us to a new level in our journey. We will talk about specific steps to take your spiritual growth to the next level.
Zhenya has been communicating with the spirit realm since the age of three. Today, not only does she possess academic expertise in the occult arts (particularly divination), but she also has approximately 30 years of experience helping people to answer life’s questions through the tarot, spirit mediumship, and direct communication with a client’s spirit guides and the angels. Zhenya holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures focusing on literature and culture of the Victorian era, particularly the connection between women, folklore, and the occult. In addition to over 20 years of experience teaching at the college level and mentoring students, she has published research on the religious renaissance of turn-of-the-century Russia, including the influence of Buddhism and Hinduism in Russia. She currently serves on the faculty of Westchester Community College, where she teaches courses on English composition, angels, tarot, fairies, Russian culture, and folklore.
7-27-16, You aren’t Crazy, you are just Psychic with Kim Snowhawk
Auntie Kim Snowhawk Hart is known within the Native American community as a story teller and uses native American stories as a teaching tool. But Wednesday we’ll be dealing with the world looking at you as if you’ve lost part of your mind because you know something you “can’t know”. You aren’t crazy, you are just psychic.
7-20-16 Physical Symptoms from Psychic Blocks Zhenya Amditis
Zhenya has been communicating with the spirit realm since the age of three. Today, not only does she possess academic expertise in the occult arts (particularly divination), but she also has approximately 30 years of experience helping people to answer life’s questions through the tarot, spirit mediumship, and direct communication with a client’s spirit guides and the angels. Zhenya holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures focusing on literature and culture of the Victorian era, particularly the connection between women, folklore, and the occult. In addition to over 20 years of experience teaching at the college level and mentoring students, she has published research on the religious renaissance of turn-of-the-century Russia, including the influence of Buddhism and Hinduism in Russia. She currently serves on the faculty of Westchester Community College, where she teaches courses on English composition, angels, tarot, fairies, Russian culture, and folklore. http://tobtr.com/s/9113005
7-13-16, Comics and their mythological role in the modern world. Deb Hanscom Jarvis
While Myths are non-factual stories, at the core they express the deepest truths of a culture.
Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Wolverine, even the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, each of these characters provide recent generations with expressions of how the world works, what it means to be a hero, or human, or part of a group or an outsider trying to be part of a group. In the middle ages fairy tale characters were often poor youngest sons or daughters. Often modern heroes are socially awkward when not playing their costumed role, and this speaks to modern issues with identity. Their attributes reflect abilities we see ourselves as needing.
Myths, taken from old traditions, as well as the way neo-pagans see and interact with the ancient gods are different than they were first recorded. Characters and themes from old cultures are reworked in modern stories, gaming, and even religion. Myths express world view. Humans need myths to understand our world. Please listen and join this conversation.
CoyoteSkyWoman has been a member of the Pagan community in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for the last 25 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.
8-29-16 Sha- “the Loonwitch” Professional Psychics
The LoonWitch got her start at a young age working with a natural divination form called augury. Though she was too young at the time to understand what she was doing, it helped to hear validation from friends and neighbors when her predictions would come true. Around the age of 12 she started working with The Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling cards, and progressed to the Tarot, Runes, Angel, Crystal, Pendulum readings and Aura Photography. She is also a Reiki Master, and ordained minister, and magickal practitioner.
These days the LoonWitch is a student of life, and a teacher of many subjects. She is an internationally known psychic balancing her passion with the need for a corporate job
and time for her family.
While Sha travels all over the world reading in different venues, this Friday she will be opening her own office space in Taunton: The LoonWitch’s Sacred Grove, where she will see clients for readings, healing and whatever else! Do check out her website http://www.loonwitch.com/ for more information, and listen live on Wednesda, when you’ll be able to call in with questions on any of these topics. Sha is one of the few practitioners I know who advertises making charms for people, and showing them how they work. She’s an amazing lady!
6-23-16 Charles Butler Neto helping pagans in prisons
6-15-16 Maxine Meilleur Psychic Medium.
6-8-16 Correspondences between Major and Minor Arcana’s
I’ve asked Kirstin Houseknect back for more talk about Tarot. This time she’ll be pointing out how there are correspondences between cards in the major and minor arcanas, which allow the cards to mention the same thing more than once in a reading, which allows us to get more clairity.
Kirsten studied Tarot both Formally with teachers, and informally with self study for many years. After researching the symbols and number meanings used in the original Tarot images of the “Rider waite” deck, she finally moved past the difficulty of reading the minor arcana, AND found new ways to get overall answers from a spread.
6-1-16 Taylor Elwood Pop Culture Magic
“Have you ever watched a television show, or read a book and been inspired to work magick based on what you’ve seen or read? If you have, you’re not alone in thinking that. More and more people are discovering that the modern mythology of pop culture has answers for their spirituality and approach to magick.
Pop culture is the mythology of our times, offering us a universe full of new gods, stories, practical magickal techniques and a lot more! It is a reflection of the need for magick to change and evolve with the times. With Pop Culture Magick you can take the cartoon characters of today and make them into the elder gods of tomorrow.
In his book you will learn how to:
Create Pop Culture godforms and entities
Invoke yourself into a godform or a person
Integrate pop culture into existing magickal paradigms
Charge sigils by playing video games
And much, much more!I’m Taylor Ellwood. I’m a mad scientist, magical experimenter and a publisher of cutting edge esoteric books. I’m always developing new systems of magic, combining various magical practices and techniques with other disciplines and practices. I also teach classes on magic, provide tarot readings, and offer one-on-one magical apprenticeships for anyone looking to expand their spiritual horizons and change the way they understand practice magic. Oh and did I mention I’m also a business/author coach.
I have a broad and extensive background in both Western and Eastern esoteric practices including Taoism, Dzogchen, Chaos magic, neoshamanism, Hermeticism, Quabalah, and so on and so forth. But I’m interested in more than just the esoteric traditions and because I believe in living a holistic life, I think its important to apply everything I know to my spiritual practices (and vice versa) so you won’t just find me exploring magic, but also business, science, literacy, and other topics, in order to apply all of them to each other and as a result experiment with what I can do as a magician and a human being. If that appeals to you, then this site is for you and I look forward to working with you. Learn more about my approach to teaching magic.
– See more at: http://www.magicalexperiments.com/about-taylor-ellwood/#sthash.XiS50Htu.dpuf ”
and don’t miss his fb pages including Pop Culture Magick, because one hour is not enough! http://tobtr.com/s/8936455
5-25-16 Challenges for Deaf Pagans Thor Halvorssen
Tchipakkan’s guest on the New Normal this Wednesday (May 25th) will be Thor Halvorsen. As a Pagan and an advocate for the Deaf, Thor has seen issues many of us may have been totally unaware- and has been working on developing the specialized vocabulary for American Sign Language (ASL). ASL has no sign for Wiccan- you must spell it out. The British (BSL) Sign for Witch is based on the hooked nose of the traditional hag, and not particularly appropriate for modern Wiccans and other neo-pagans who happen to be deaf.
Thor Halvorsen is currently working on a book which will deal with many issues deaf pagans face historically, and in the modern world, from forced conversions during colonization, the historical degrading of not just pagans, but women, and folks with disabilities (including the Eugenic’s movement). He’ll discuss how signs are often developed by non-pagan, non-deaf people for use by those for whom it is most pertinent without any input from them. Mostly these words are just left out, leaving it impossible for the deaf pagans to speak about important aspects of their lives. Language requires both the “speaker” and recipient to use the same terms for understanding. Without a common symbol set, not communication can take place- effectively silencing the discussion.
I’m pleased to share this because of The Christopher Columbus Effect: the Deaf world exists and possible members unawares, AND Deaf are unaware of Pagan/Wiccan world exists. Thor would like to spread awareness that the language construct is a cultural extension, requiring symbols, vocabulary, etiquette, ritual, rites of passage, tools, dieties, and interpretations all of their own, and so the language will only be valid and thus accepted if those of the community accept and recognize these vocabulary as being fitting and representative of their culture, and are willing to adopt them into wider usage.
6-18-16 Number Symbolism and the Tarot Kirsten Houseknecht
We’ve asked Kirsten back to talk about Tarot, and share with us her insights on using the symbolism of numbers, and other patterns in reading Tarot.
Kirsten studied Tarot both Formally with teachers, and informally with self study for years. After researching the symbols and number meanings used in the original Tarot images of the “Rider waite” deck, she finally moved past the difficulty of reading the minor arcana, AND found new ways to get overall answers from a spread.
5-11-16 Tarot Spreads Tchipakkan
I’ve been doing Tarot for about 50 years now, and both know several layouts, and make them up as I need to. If you’d like to have a reading on something (and don’t mind having “the whole world” listening in, please call.
If you to are a Tarot reader and want to call in and compare techniques, please feel free to call and we can chat. Not every technique works well for every reader, and your perspective may be better than mine for someone in the audience. Or we can share stories!
I plan to talk about the common 10 card “Celtic Cross” spread, the “yes-no” spread, various 3 card spreads, single card focus spreads, mixed deck readings, reduced deck readings, and the 12 card year reading. I’ve done full deck spread once, but it’s incredibly time consuming.
This program I don’t plan to talk about different meanings for the cards, but simply spreads or layouts, and how that works with the reading.
(By the way- you might try googling Tarot Spreads- there are a LOT! What fun!)
5-4-16 Maryalyce Merrit how to Manifest Abundance
Tchipakkan and Maryalyce we talk about how to get what we want (not what we fear).
Everything in the world has an energy or vibration, and by using the inherant properties of everything from crystals to herbs to times of day or season, we can work with the flow, not against it.
Let’s discuss abundance! For some of us, this is the beginning of vending season, we’ll talk about how to tap into the energy of abundance and not get stuck in the scarcity mindset out of fear. We will discuss essential oils, deities, stones, herbs, and runes that you can work with to bless your cash box, cash, and vending set up. How to use “self talk” to avoid sabotaging ourselves. Do you have your own business? For those in less seasonal, or more “mundane” jobs, we can cover things we can do to make check books, atm cards, & pay stubs into magickal charms to power your move toward positive goals.
Do you need help with your techniques? Do you have experiences to share, something that’s worked for you?
4-27-16 Janine Marie Gorham pagans in prisons
Given the common assumption that prisoner’s will reform if they “let Jesus into their hearts”, some pagans find a less than hospitible environment to express their spirituality in a prison environment. The field of prison ministry for Pagans is growing but we can always use more help.
Janine Marie, as present President of the Maine Pagan Clergy Association, and has been active in the Pagan Community in Maine since 2000, Priestess/Gythja and Healer and Mentor. JanineMarie has been a practising Heathen for seven years, and is in Service to her Gods, Kin, Ancestors and Community.
Both of our guests work to help those in jail practice spirituality in their own way. Sometimes it takes imagination to figure out how to work within the system.
5-20-16 New Technology and Ancient Religions Coyote Skywoman
While the age of the Internet and social media has had many positive benefits, there has been a strong downside to the increased web connectivity. With a new generation of up and coming witches and pagans making their way into adulthood, now more than ever, there is a lack of diverse groups to support them. The few groups that have survived the technological transition see an increasing influx of people seeking to make an actual connection to each other and the divine. Join us as we explore the changes over the last twenty years as the web online has all but supplanted the process of traditional web weaving.
Coyote Skywoman as we talk about the benefits and difficulties that come along with this new technology as we embrace ancient religions.
Coyote Skywoman has been a member of the Pagan community in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for the last 25 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.
4-13-16 Taylor Elwood Inner Alchemy
In Inner Alchemy: Energy Work and the Magic of the Body you’ll explore spaces unknown and places unvisited, right within your own body! The alchemy of the body and all of its mysteries are a fascinating realm, but often people ignore this realm, taking for granted the miracle that that they have around them everyday.
Have you ever wondered how you could work with your senses more? Or have you wondered when you’ve been sick if what you’re feeling is remotely useful? Inner Alchemy answers these questions and more! Explore the depths of your brain and meet neurotransmitter spirit guides who will guide you to better physical and psychological health. Discover the miracle within your DNA. Learn about energy work and what it can offer you.
I’m Taylor Ellwood. I’m a mad scientist, magical experimenter and a publisher of cutting edge esoteric books. I’m always developing new systems of magic, combining various magical practices and techniques with other disciplines and practices. I also teach classes on magic, provide tarot readings, and offer one-on-one magical apprenticeships for anyone looking to expand their spiritual horizons and change the way they understand practice magic. Oh and did I mention I’m also a business/author coach.
I have a broad and extensive background in both Western and Eastern esoteric practices including Taoism, Dzogchen, Chaos magic, neoshamanism, Hermeticism, Quabalah, and so on and so forth. But I’m interested in more than just the esoteric traditions and because I believe in living a holistic life, I think its important to apply everything I know to my spiritual practices (and vice versa) so you won’t just find me exploring magic, but also business, science, literacy, and other topics, in order to apply all of them to each other and as a result experiment with what I can do as a magician and a human being. If that appeals to you, then this site is for you and I look forward to working with you.
See more at: http://www.magicalexperiments.com/about-taylor-ellwood/#sthash.XiS50Htu.dpuf
4-6-16 Starwolf Advanced Crystal Magick
In previous visits he’s talked about quartz crystals, and calcites and this time we’ll be getting to some of the properties of more rare forms: Moldavite, and Tectites, and possibly we may get to other rare crystals, although previous shows have shown that there is SO much cool information on each crystal that Starwolf can go on for the whole hour.Starwolf is a shaman, Metaphysicist, and Paranormal Soldier of Fortune. He lifts hexes, puts up wards, deals with entities most people don’t want to admit exist, and builds amazing metaphysical machines. Tune in to hear his stories, and call in with questions about the properties of Crystals and stones. This time around we’ll be covering
Moldavite, Tectites, and other rare crystals.
These are stones that you’re going to want to know about.
3-30-16 Jeffrey Cerneson New England Cunning Man
Cunningfolk were the folk healers and magick users who practiced into to the 20th century in many areas. Called wisemen and women, healers, fixers, virtuous ones, some called themselves white witches, while others insisted they were the opposite of witches, helping to counter bad magick with good. Although what they called themselves varied by region and individual, they were definitely magick users. Even in the modern world as scientists distanced themselves from magick, belief continues, since it’s harder to disbelieve when you’ve experienced it.
Jeffrey Cerneson is a modern cunningman from New England who embraces both the modern and ancient world, combining practices from many cultures.
We’ll be talking about what cunningmen do these days, so please call in with any questions: 619-639-4606
JEFFREY CERNESON has been wandering the crooked paths of sorcery for nearly 30 years. His journey began after a series of personal and spiritual crises following his involvement in the first Gulf War. His wanderings led him from humble beginnings in Anglo-Saxon traditions to the mountains, temples, and hidden doors of the ancient wisdom of the Wu Shaman of China; those Taoist Sorcerers and Sages who have preserved the old sorcery in their secret martial, healing and spiritual arts. He has been trained as a Daoshi; priest, healer and alchemist, by such teachers as Huo Zhi Lian, Tzu Kuo Shih, and Feng Song, and is accounted a disciple of the Tao. From his wanderings in the Far East, he returned to explore the roots of his own blood and ties to the land of his birth. Being of Abenaki heritage, he undertook an apprenticeship in Native American Medicine ways and healing in exchange for the knowledge he brought from China. There he learned singing medicine, the Medicine of the sweat house and the sacred pipe, and the calling of spirits for healing, power, and balance. As he became a primary singer for an Absaroke Wicasa Wakan (Crow tribe ceremonial leader, and medicine person)., his own medicine grew, as did his yearning for his European heritage. While this training was essential to deeper understanding, it has always been in his own cultural heritage that his heart belonged, so he returned to studies of both his Norman ancestors as well as his Southern French ancestry. He began to re-examine the cunning arts of the Northern peoples on his own. With his newly awakened senses, and comparing what he experienced afar with what has been written and passed down, his wisdom potency and insight have grown beyond what was ever possible for him before those wanderings. Perhaps most important to the integration of all that he has learned, he has studied the Old World Witchery of Southern Europe, and the Etruscans through training and initiation with Raven Grimassi, and Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi. He is an initiated member of the Ash, Birch and Willow tradition and as such is a Pharmakeute; spiritual botanist and also a cunning person of the Greenwood who lives in partnership with the green world as the heart of his life.
3-23-16 Mike Dolan Psychic Fairs and Pagan Festivals
We’ll be talking about the importance and interest in psychic events/ fairs/ conferences in the modern world.
Mike Dolan is a man who wears many hats, he’s a musician (he performed with the group Featherscale, and now alone), a craftsman (practically a wizard in wood who, indeed, makes wands among other things sold through his business Haunted Wood. He teaches, (care and feeding of magical tools at Changing Times-Changing Worlds). He has done painting as street performance, he writes, he consults, and for the last five years he has organized a psychic fair in New Hampshire coming up on April 2nd: the Magick Marketplace and Psychic Fair.
Almost any weekend you can find some gathering of people interested in magic and psychic phenomena somewhere, and I’m looking forward to asking Mike for his perspective on what it is about this side of our lives that makes us need this sort of gathering. We love the cool stuff to buy, the entertainment, the workshops, and who doesn’t want to get some word from “the other side” on how to make their life work better? I’ll ask him how he finds and chooses the merchants and soothsayers, healers and psychics who make this event so popular, and why there is still a place for this sort of fair in the modern world.
3-93-16 Tchipakkan Energy working system RunValdr
RúnValdr is a system of energy manipulation that was created starting in 2004 by Rod Cox, and he’s developed it since then. It has a strong resemblance to the energy healing system Reiki, but encorporates the Scandinavian symbol set known as the Runes, and several other symbols created for this system as well.
I’ve been teaching, and using, this system for over 10 years now, and know that it works. I have used it to stop at least a dozen migraines- and that all by itself would justify learning this technique, but it does so much more. You can use it for protection, you can use it for healing, you can use it for astral travel, and for creating magickal objects.
I am not going to be able to “attune” you during the podcast (I’ll explain what that is) basically to enable you to use this system, but I can cover the background information that we always need to set first. If you like what you hear, you can contact me or Rod, or the people we’ve attuned, or they’ve attuned and we’ll keep spreading this farther.
I figure the more healers out there, the better in this world.
You will want to go to my website to access visuals to follow along.
After hearing this Introduction to RunValdr, some people decide they really want to have the attunement, and some decline- either way is OK. There are many ways to access the various energies humans can manipulate, and only you can say which are the one(s) that are right for you. I like the energy of the runes, and the direct way that RúnValdr works.
2-3-16 Hypnosis what it can do and can’t: Past Lives, Healing
Hypnosis- what is it, and what can it do for me? Like so many other things having to do with our subconscious minds, most of us are a bit confused about, and maybe even a little nerbous about what hypnosis can do and can’t. This is not surprising when the closest many of us have come to hypnosis is seeing a show where people are hypnotised, and those are designed to be amusing.
Dennis Windsinger Seavey is a hypnotherapist, and speaker at Changing Times Changing Worlds, (also an artist, musician, song-maker, film-maker, bodybuilder, historian, martial artist, EMT, healer, shaman, and a trained scientist). He’s done parapsychological research, ghost busting and gotten into trouble (from both sides) for applying the scientific method to metaphysical phenomena.
Hypnosis is undoubtedly one of the most misunderstood techniques in use today. Discover the real facts about what hypnosis is and what it is not.
Some of the common questions I expect to ask Dennis Seavey-Windsinger:
What is hypnosis?
Can a person be hypnotized against his will?
Can hypnosis make a person perform acts he doesn’t want to do?
Does being a strong-minded person make hypnosis easier or harder to do? How does hypnosis relate to sleep?
How much control does the hypnotist have over the subject?
Is hypnosis addictive?
What can hypnosis cure?
How do you find a qualified hypnotist if you want hypnosis therapy?
Can hypnosis help you remember past lives?
Can hypnosis plant false memories?
2-24-16 Holidays and Rites of Passage
Those who’ve known me for long know that my passions include history and food, and these come together to create a fascination with holidays. Why are certain days considered holy? Why do humans need holidays? What do they have in common?
Many times holidays provide an occasion for us to stop and orient ourselves with our culture, with the world around us (passing of seasons), or with the gods and spirits with whom we interact. Rites of Passage usually mark a change in our relationships with others- birth, death, marriage, becoming an adult, joining a group that is seen as different from other groups within our culture. Often we take these occasions to remind ourselves of old stories, we eat (or avoid) special foods, we clean ourselves and our living spaces. If these actions weren’t important, they would not be so prevalent. Looking at what they mean, what they do, we can make them more meaningful in our own lives. When we don’t celebrate the “mainstream” holidays, and try to get time off for minority religious or personal holidays, how does that effect your relationship with those around you, both those who share, and who don’t share your faith based holiday?
2-17-16 Runes and Rune Divination
The point I hope to make is that Runes are not Tarot Cards. That said, I do accept that any system of divination that works – works. You can make up systems from scratch. You can incorporate bits of different systems together, and they will work. There is an amazing story (sorry, I don’t remember the source) about a cliff face in Scandinavia where it looks like there’s a long strip of runes cut into the rock, and when I say long, I mean a half mile. Someone copied them and translated them from Old Norse which resulted in a lovely poem in an ancient style. Except that later, it turned out that the “runes” were just the natural, random fragmentation of the rock. I’d say this is sort of a “if a hundred monkeys bank on a hundred typewriters for enough years…” situation. Something in the soul of the transcriber saw poetry in the marks, and the poem was there, even though no one wrote it, and no one else had seen it. Divination sometimes works like that.
A rock that has an inclusion shaped like a Hagal that you trip over has been there for millions of years, maybe dozens of people have even tripped over it. But if YOU see it, and see the hagel, and it feels like that’s a message for you that day, there probably is. You might not trip on it tomorrow, or might not see the hagal even if you trip on it on another day. That’s how omens work. The runes are just the symbol set- the vocabulary your subconscious is using to talk to your consciousness. Another person might see kanji or an astrological symbol. We see what we need to see.Even so, I don’t like reading runes as if they were tarot cards. I think the “Myrkrune” (reading any rune that’s “upside down” as the darker, or more negative aspects of the symbolism) as being borrowed straight from Tarot cards, and inappropriately. I love the Tarot. I think reading reversals is a great way for a more nuanced reading (if you want me to do a show on tarot reversals, let me know) but that’s tarot. The lesser arcana are symbols using numbers and elemental qualities, and the major arcana draw on assorted archetypal symbolism from Western Ceremonial Magic which has evolved over the past few centuries. But Runes don’t have reversals. They were written backwards, frontwards, upside down, and around the freaking dragon! It’s historically inappropriate, and besides which, there are other ways to get a nuanced reading!
I learned to read runes from Jane Sibley in the SCA (in the Soothsayer’s Guild), over 30 years ago, and her technique, learned from her Norwegian grandmother, uses Rune sticks. There are two ways of making rune sticks- one is to take a branch (I used pieces from our orchard about the size of my wrist) and split them with a knife & mallet. Jane uses twigs. I use the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, Jane uses the Younger Futhark. Either way the runes are marked on each stick or “tine”. Use the symbol set that speaks to you. You can also make a quick starter set with simple popsicle sticks or coffee stirrers. I’m hoping Jane calls in, and we can talk about Runes and Divination, but I also plan to talk about the history of runes and how they were used for communication and magick more than divination. I or we’ll talk about Ralph Blum’s rune tiles and whatever else comes up.
2-10-16 Thor Halvorsen Divination, Symbology, Culture and identity
2-4-16 Is Everyone Psychic Catherine Kane on the New Normal
Please join Tchipakkan and her guest author and psychic Catherine Kane on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, 8-9 p.m. est.
Cathy writes: (from her blog: foresightyourctpsychic)
“Is everyone psychic? I don’t know. I haven’t met everyone yet, but we’ve got another podcast coming up where we’re going to talk about that.“We’ll be talking abut psychic abilities- what kind of psychic skills there are, how to know if you’re psychic, ways to build your psychic skills and fun and useful things you can do with them.
“If you close your eyes and concentrate now, I’ll bet that you can catch a glimpse of how much fun this show is going to be!
“Want to catch this interview, call in with your own questions or be part of the live chat happening during every show?
The call in number is 619-639-4606, and if you’re busy that hour, leave any question you’d like answered here, and catch the answer on the archives. (the link will be posted here too!)
The call in number is 619-639-4606, and if you’re busy that hour, leave any question you’d like answered here, and catch the answer on the archives. (the link will be posted here).
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. Her writing has been seen in magazines such as Thorn, the Door Opener, and Helix; and she is the author of “Adventures in Palmistry” and “The Practical Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better“, “The Lands That Lie Between“, “Magic for Pennies“, and “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams“. 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
Can’t wait until Wednesday night? (or want more later?) You can also find Foresight on Facebook. Catherine’s Amazon page, and her writing blog.
1-27-16 Tchipakkan & Taylor Elwood discuss Space/Time Magick
Join Tchipakkan and Taylor Ellwood as we discuss space/time magic and how it works. We’ll explore what the fundamental principles of space/time magic are and how someone can work with space/time magic. We’ll even mix in some pop culture magic and look at how pop culture mythology encourages space/time magic. The study of metaphysics is the study of reality- how the multiverse works. Since it’s all connected, I expect we will explore a range of topics.
Taylor Ellwood is a self described mad scientist, magical experimenter and a publisher of cutting edge esoteric books. “I’m always developing new systems of magic, combining various magical practices and techniques with other disciplines and practices. I also teach classes on magic, provide tarot readings, and offer one-on-one magical apprenticeships for anyone looking to expand their spiritual horizons and change the way they understand practice magic.
“I have a broad and extensive background in both Western and Eastern esoteric practices including Taoism, Dzogchen, Chaos magic, neoshamanism, Hermeticism, Quabalah, and so on and so forth. But I’m interested in more than just the esoteric traditions and because I believe in living a holistic life, I think its important to apply everything I know to my spiritual practices (and vice versa) so you won’t just find me exploring magic, but also business, science, literacy, and other topics, in order to apply all of them to each other and as a result experiment with what I can do as a magician and a human being.”
Learn more about Taylor at
Some of his books include Space/ Time Magic, Pop Culture Magick, (and Pop Culture Magic 2.0, and Pop Culture Grimoire) The Book of Good Practices, Inner Alchemy, & Manifesting Wealth, as well as others. (Amazon page)
1-20-16 Jane Gray books Pop Culture and Magick on the New Normal
This week we are going to talk about books and Pop culture Magick! I love books, and most of my friends do too. This week my guest is going to be Jane Gray, (aka Elegant Mess) who is a Second Generation Geek, posing as cheerful and mild-mannered Bookwitch. She’s a literary critic with a penchant for purple, paperbacks and pretty costume dramas.
We’ll probably talk about recent and upcoming books she’s read (what’s your “must read” list for people who are interested in magick?), While setting this up she mentioned an upcoming Lovecraftian horror “life of Lizzie Borden”.
We’re also going to talk about Popculture magick, a subject that gets a lot of attention at the CTCW conference. The truth is, that magick is mostly learned by personal experimentation, and we get a lot of our ideas from the fiction we read. The popular fiction of the last century has shaped the magic we use in the 21st. I know there are a lot of authors from Bob Asprin to Kathrine Kurtz who have had as much impact on my understanding of Magick as any of the “how-to” books from Llewellyn!
1-13-16 Shauna Aura Knight author, ritualist, and artist
An artist, author, ritualist, event organizer, and spiritual seeker, Shauna travels nationally offering intensive education in the transformative arts of ritual, community leadership, and personal growth. She is passionate about creating rituals, experiences, spaces, stories, and artwork to awaken mythic imagination.She is the author of the The Leader Within, Ritual Facilitation, Dreamwork for the Initiate’s Path and Spiritual Scents. She’s also a columnist on ritual techniques for Circle Magazine, a regular blogger for Pagan Activist, and her writing appears in the anthologies Stepping in to Ourselves: An Anthology of Writings on Priestessing (Goddess Ink), A Mantle of Stars (Biblioteca Alexandrina), and Calling to our Ancestors (Asphodel Press).
She’s also a fantasy artist and author, including the paranormal romances A Fading Amaranth, The Truth Upon Her Lips, Werewolves in the Kitchen, Werewolves with Chocolate, A Winter Knight’s Vigil , and the urban fantasy The White Dress, the Autumn Leaves .
Shauna’s mythic artwork and designs are used for magazine covers, book covers, and illustrations, as well as decorating many walls, shrines, and other spaces. Learn more at
1-6-16 Underlying Principles of Divination
Please join Tchipakkan on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, 1-6-16, 8-9 p.m. est.
New Years, being liminal time is a big night for divination, and I’ve been thinking about the many techniques and methods of divination since then, and the underlying principals that “explain” how they work. (And isn’t that what we’re trying to do?
Some forms of divination carry messages from otherworldly beings- gods, ancestors, angels, guides and totems, Others put you in contact with your inner self (or selves), your higher self, or your subconscious, either of which may be thought to have access to awareness that our conscious self suppresses. Other forms of divination are simply ways of observing patterns in the world, similar to techniques used for medical diagnosis, or predicting the weather.
This week I have no guest, but will be rambling on about these techniques and principles, although I’d love to hear from other practitioners. Please call and share your perspective, and experiences, whether you read cards or palms, do psychometry or scrying, or pass on information from friends on the “other side”.
12-30-15 Charles Butler Neto on Shell Divination
“I read dillogun (Santeria), Tarot, and some palms. I am a theologian and writer by trade. I am attending school at Howard University School of Divinity and work with Rising Sun Outreach Ministry. a chaplaincy corps reaching out to caregivers. I have been a chaplain working with the Federal prison system, working as a religious services contractor with FCI Cumberland, FP Hazelton, and the Secure Female Facility at Hazelton. I sing with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. I am a composer, a playwright, an author, a storyteller, a critic, a proofreader, an editor, a mystic, a poet, and a few other things.”
While usually it is women who do the shell reading, Baba Charles has shown a surprising facility in this practice and will be coming on to talk about it to us. Umbanda and Candomble recognize that gay men and trans-people have a special gift for working with shells and welcome them into their circles.Originally scheduled for Wednesday the 23rd this conversation has been continued to December 30th, so we can go more deeply into this fascinating system. I’d also like to talk to Charles more about his work with pagans in Prisons. (He was able to give us an overview for 20 minutes, you can listen to here.)
12-16-15 War on Christmas? Pagan Origins? Secularism? Political Correctness?
12-9-15 Prison Ministry for Pagans with Janine Marie Gorham on New Normal
Janine Marie, at present serves as President of the Maine Pagan Clergy Association, and has been active in the Pagan Community in Maine since 2000.Priestess/Gythja, Mentor and Healer. Janine Marie has been a practising Heathen for seven years.
She stands in Service to her Gods, Kin, Ancestors and Community.
12-2-15 Sha Blackburn talks about the Magick of Days
Sha the Loonwitch Blackburn will be on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, 12-2-15, 8-9 p.m. est.
Please join Tchipakkan and Sha “the Loonwitch” Blackburn. We’ll be talking about The Magick of Days! A seven day class Sha will be starting on the 6th!
Each Day has its own unique energy, color, planetary alignment, and folklore. In the Magick of Days, We will discuss the energy alignments with the selected day of the week. How the alignments change through the moon phases and seasonal changes; how you can attune yourself to these energies to incorporate them into your spiritual practice. We will finish 2015 with new knowledge that will help us manifest our bliss in 2016! Attend all 7 in the series, or just the day that most interests you! https://tockify.com/spiritualbistro/detail/40/1449450000000
Tune in and see why this topic is so exciting! If doing something on one day rather than another increases the odds of it being successful, why not take advantage? Please call in with any stories or questions: 619-639-4606
Sha Blackburn is The LoonWitch a psychic intuitive healer. She incorporates a variety of psychic tools including the tarot, runes, the pendulum and psychometry to help her clients transform their lives. She is an honest and insightful psychic, who has been studying and practicing various forms of divination for over 20 years. Sha is also a Reiki Master in the Usui System of Natural Healing, a Holistic Therapist certified by the American Institute of Natural Healing in Reflexology, Acupressure, and Chinese Herbology. In addition, Sha is an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church. Sha is a gifted teacher, helping adults and children define their spiritual path and work toward a happier future. Sha is a teacher at The Learning Connection in Providence, RI where you can study Tarot and the Aura with her. She also facilitates workshops in her shop, The Mystic Room.
12-25-15 Tchipakkan the Supernatural / Paranormal/ Metaphysical Community
There’s a joke that it’s good to have an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out. Tonight we’ll be talking about the difference between not refusing to believe the evidence in front of your eyes, and believing everything that supports your argument.
We’ll also talk about the way we manage to alienate each other by disparaging other groups and how this “tribal” aspect of various communities has held back progress because you can’t learn useful and valuable information and techniques from someone you’ve disrespected.
Please join this conversation by calling in 619-639-4606 We’d love to hear your experiences.
“I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.” – C.G.Jung
“A long time ago a bunch of people reached a general consensus as to what’s real and what’s not and most of us have been going along with it ever since.” – Charles de Lint
“In the future, it [will be] deemed a great oddity that 20th-century scientists had discovered elementary physical particles but had failed even to consider the possibility of elementary psychic factors.” – KURT GÖDEL
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.― Søren Kierkegaard
11-18-15 Tchipakkan on the New Normal: Crystal Grids
My Guest this week is Maryalyce Merrit and we’ll be talking about Crystal Grids. Crystal grids are used in Reiki and in work with Angelic Entities Join us in the chat room or call in with questions. “She changes everything she touches and everything she touches changes”
Maryalyce (aka Akasha’s Heart) has been practicing witchcraft and the magickal arts since 1994. She is an ordained minister, priestess, ritualist, writer, teacher, and healer. She is a member of the Hands On Trade Association, is a Reiki Master Instructor and Practitioner, Advanced Level IET Practitioner, Run Valdr Instructor and Practitioner, and teacher of such things like reading Tarot and Medicine Cards, Introduction to Wicca, Introduction to Witchcraft, Witch-Crafting (making magickal tools), How to Organize/Construct/Lead Rituals, and others. With her passion for just about all things esoteric, metaphysical, astrological, and deeply spiritual, she decided to follow her soul’s journey to feed, educate, and empower the world community. This may be in the form of oracle readings for seekers, healing sessions, healing circles, or Reiki instruction among others. As a dog lover, she extends this healing to not only dogs, but other animals and familiars as well. Maryalyce is an ABCDT Certified Dog Trainer, and she and her rescued dog, Cody, are a registered Delta Society Pet Partner therapy team. Akasha’s Journey has evolved from the same passion for magickal living and crafting tools and items for people and their pets to assist them on their own journeys. Part of Maryalyce’s dream is to make healing & learning how to heal accessible to the community and the people who truly desire it, and of course, the beautiful animals who cannot ask for it themselves.
Come visit me and begin your transformation. The joy is in the journey. www.akashasjourney.com
11-10-15 What would you include in a Paranomal Conference?
This weekend in Northampton Mass, there will be a conference for all things Paranormal: Changing Times-Changing Worlds. Changing Times-Changing Worlds is a conference for exploration of metaphysical/paranormal/supernatural/mystical/occult/psychic topics including energy healing, divination, spiritual practice and folklore, as well as creating connections between the many groups that study and practice in these areas. Our aim is to break down barriers to acceptance and communication, and advance our knowledge of the paranormal and spiritual. At this conference we explore all things metaphysical: healing, divination, energy work, manifestation, spiritual practices, folklore, and all the many parts of the whole that make up life.
My guest this week is my co-chair, Jane Sibley. Five years ago we decided that since New England didn’t have a conference of this type we’d just do one ourselves. Everyone we know does some of this (reiki, dowsing, soothsaying, shamanism, etc.), but it’s all swept under the rug. We’re not supposed to talk about it in case people thing we’re nuts. But if we don’t start talking about it, how will we advance our knowledge? If we don’t share our discoveries, how will we be able to build on what has already been done? We’re like people working on a secret project- each only able to see their little part. So we decided to do it, and invite everyone: Witches and scientists, pagans and new agers, dowsers and mediums, healers and shaman.
We’d love to see you at the con, (Check out the website http://ctcw.net/) but if New England is a bit too far for you- listen in- and feel free to call in: 619-639-4606 If YOU were doing this conference, what would you include?