Month: October 2015

Workshop Highlights: Tarot series on Saturday

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tarot cardsSaturday between lunch and supper Tarot lovers will be able to attend three workshops on the Tarot one after the other (with rest breaks, of course). First Kathryn Smith presents Mapping the Major Arcana on the Tree of Life: A survey of Systems, this is followed by Lois Fitzpatrick with the Tarot Major Arcana (last year she did the Minor Arcana). These are followed by A meaningful life with Tarot with Stone Riley. You also may wish to get to the Panel on How to Read Court Cards just before lunch in the Atrium.

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Panel Spotlight:Healing and other Magickal Businesses

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Akasha's Journey shelves“Do what you love, the money will follow” Sorry Ms. Sinetar, doesn’t always work that well! Some of us are led to “follow our bliss”, provide CAM healing when traditional medicine fails, to make the crystals, and books, and other tools of manifestation and magick available- because there are some things you can’t buy at Walmart! Whether it’s a Botanica, or a “New Age Shop” or Tea Room, you need a bit more than a great idea. Our Panelists have experience and can talk about what’s worked and under what circumstances (because each situation is different). Bring your own wisdom and stories to share as well!

Image from Akasha’s Journey the business of Maryalyce Merrit in Wassaic NY.

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Speaker Spotlight: Lauren Grover

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Lauren Grover by Regan MillerLauren Grover is both a presenter and vendor at CTCW, returning to this year reprising the Guedra- North African Women’s Trance Ritual which she first offered here in 2010.  Since Guedra dancing needs 8 people, please sign up for this at the registration when you come in (or during the conference); the workshop/ritual will take place on
Sunday morning.Lauren dancing

She will also be offering her services as a talented Henna artist during most of the conference as well as doing a workshop Henna in Ritual  Friday at two. Lauren Grover first studied henna, dance, and guedra in the Society for Creative Anachronism back in the early 90s. In 1993, she became New England’s first professional henna artist, and has taught, danced, and doodled all over the northeast since then. Lauren read far too many “Choose Your Own Adventure” books as a child to ever fully follow someone else’s spiritual path, but so long as there is kindness and joy, she feels that everyone has some truth. Paisley Peacock Body Arts (or on facebook here). Also www.BrassRingCT.com  See more images of her beautiful work on the vendor spotlight from the 1oth. henna-hand henna-back

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Thor Halvorsen on the New Normal

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samhain ancestorsCommuning with your Ancestors- it’s not just for Halloween! On the other hand, this is the time of the year when “the veil thins” and it’s a great time for dumb suppers and reaching out to your beloved dead. From the Day of the Dead (as celebrated in Mexico) to Dumb suppers in the Celtic traditions, from Shinto to Africa, humans communicate with those of their bloodlines, both close and distant- we hope for our mutual benefit.

My guest, Thor Halvorsen is a Deaf, Norwegian-Welsh, Poet, Musician, Pagan, Wiccan, ” computer-tinkin’-sci-fi fella”; he was a Military Brat, lived in Korea and Germany (traveled around a bit of Europe too), is Clergy, Educational Interpreter, Poet, Reader of Runes and Tarot, Deaf Educator, Deaf Professional, & Musician (plays Mandolin).

Thor HalvorsenHe has a fond appreciation for history, mythology, religion and social structure and sociology, and for the Deaf culture, especially in regards to the Education of the Deaf. He’s an Elder First Degree, Coven of Amber Heart, Coven of Amber Rose Tradition. His Path of Study is Norse, Welsh (Mostly Norse).
In a few weeks he’ll be teaching a workshop on this subject at the Changing Times-Changing Worlds Conference, but Wednesday you can get a preview (or if you aren’t in the New England area the second weekend of November).

We’ll be talking about near-death, death itself, and Ancestral Veneration,Traditional_Altar_for_the_Dead-Mexico also discussing the need for more people in the fields to acknowledge the need for work in this area, especially relating to grief, terminal long-term illnesses, and also how to work within belief systems, so that a person’s religious beliefs are honored. We’ll discuss the ways in which we modern folk can approach Ancestral Veneration, the ways which connection can be achieved, and talk about techniques to meet an ancestor.

Please call in with any stories or questions: 619-639-4606

To listen live: open a window on your computer to www.Liveparanormal.com, sign in, and click on Shows, and the New Normal to listen. To listen later at your convenience, shows are archived by date on LiveParanormal.com here, and they’re organized by date, topic and guest on Tchipakkan.com .

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Dealer spotlight: Tracy Andryc’s Labyrinths

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tracy's labyrinthsTracy Andryc will be doing a workshop Saturday: The Labyrinth: 4,000 Years of Mystery and Magic

But she will also have some of the labyrinths’ she makes. The labyrinth can be used as a tool that can re-integrate our scattered energy; mend our fragmented self and bring about deeper spiritual focus. It can lead us to divine inspiration, mirroring the journey of our lives with its twisting path leading to sacred center. Tracy takes a holistic approach to her labyrinth work by incorporating other modalities such as Reiki, crystal grids/healing, breath work, sound and sacred dance.

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She’ll be selling out of her room, which will be one of those opening on the Atrium. Look for her there!

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