Month: February 2017

Talking to Gods and Spirits on the New Normal

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Please join Tchipakkan and her guest Jane Sibley on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt. If you missed the live show, it’s archived here: http://tobtr.com/s/9856173
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.
Want to catch this interview, call in with questions or be part of the live chat happening during every show?  Call 619-639-4606 with questions or comments.
 
 
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: http://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/
 
Hope you can join Jane and me tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal on liveparanormal.com
 

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Joy, and good lighting

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This is a favorite quote about Joy from the writer (political activist, public speaker, teacher) Anne Lamott. And it’s true, most people respond better to you when you look happy. This doesn’t quite mean that smiling makes you look better (sometimes it makes you look nervous).  On the other hand, studies have shown that Smiling can influence your emotions and actually make you happier, so it may be worth a shot. I have always felt that as long as I’m a fat person (someday, maybe…) I might as well present myself as a jolly fat person rather than a grumpy fat person, and that seems to have served me well.

I also feel that if you  are going to wear make up, you should be conscious in how your using it. If it’s something you’re doing to make more money, honour that! Some women call the make-up they wear too go to the office “war paint”; others use the term for the dating makeup. It’s there to make them visible, or invisible, to fit in, or stand out. Like “shape shifting” it’s consciously deciding what face and identity you are sharing with the world.  There’s the “game face”, the face that you’re ready to participate totally. (Or, I like to think of the way fans paint up their faces to support their sports teams. This sublimates their entire identity in with the other fans of their team.

That image reminds me of the faces made by the Maori when they do their haka. The energies they raise come from the sound, the movements, and their facial expressions. Everything contributes to the ritual. There could be whole books on the importance of the face tattoos of the Maori culture, or how facial decoration helps define culture and how the physical interacts with the spiritual and emotional planes (indeed, we’d love to have someone do a workshop on it!).

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I recently read a wonderful article by a young New Zealand woman who has gotten the traditional chin tattoo of her people (moko kauae), and how it has changed her life. In many ways the cosmetics we use every day are also intended to show a cultural solidarity with those around us.

Many women just FEEL better when they’ve added a bit of color to their faces. Yes, most modern cosmetics are intended to make you look younger and healthier (thus, more powerful).  But we can also have fun with it. I, myself, am partial to glittery fingernail polish and temporary tattoos! (A lovely thing about being so old that no amount of makeup is going to make you look 30 again, is that it goes back to simply being decoration for fun!) So put on your happy face, or your team face, or your panda face, whatever works for you right now! If no makeup at all is good for you, that’s great! If a bit of sweat and some soil from your garden is you’re preferred application, go for it! The energy the image creates is the point, isn’t it?

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Thor back to continue Ethics discussion

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Please join Tchipakkan and her guest (CTCW speaker) Thor Halvorsen at 8 pm Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

If you miss it, the archive is here:

http://tobtr.com/s/9838561

This is a continuation of the discussion of ethics on the New Normal from three weeks ago. (listen to that podcast here.) There was just so much to cover, that we didn’t get to, so I asked Thor back.

There are folks just assume that anything you do with magick, manifestation, or even prayer is suspect. Part of it is old prejudices against magick and witchcraft. Even in the modern world, if you don’t know how it works, how can you protect yourself against it?  It also goes along with the idea that if there’s nothing wrong with it, why would you “hide” it?

We  referred 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 covers Honesty, Self awareness, Love, Helping, Harming, Sex, and Will (is there anything more ambiguous than “do as thou will”?!). Thor is Wiccan, although Tchipakkan isn’t, so we’ll be hitting it from both those perspectives. I also recommend the book An’ Ye Harm None: Magical Morality and Modern Ethics, by Shelley Rabinovitch and Meredith Macdonald.

Not everyone is Wiccan, so we’re going to go beyond some of that, although embracing the philosophy behind it. Thor is a Wiccan, Norwegian-Welsh Pagan, Poet, Musician, Diviner, Deaf Educator, with a fond appreciation for history, mythology, religion and social structure and sociology.

With the new political elite aligning themselves with alt-style uber-Christianity, Paganism acceptance of magick, (as well as emphasis on equality of women and acceptance of GBLT lifestyles) may put us in the crosshairs of their attention. Even if we are generally too small for their attention, our ethics may lead us to stand between them and other targets 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 Americans and as individuals decide when, why and if one person’s rights violate those of another?

Feel free to call in and join the discussion, ask questions or just listen to the show. Open a window on your computer to www.Liveparanormal.com, click the “Listen Live and Chat” listing under the “radio-listen/chat room” heading, and click “LISTEN HERE” next to “the New Normal”.

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: http://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/

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

 

 

 

 

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Ecstasy

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Have you felt ecstasy?
This is another aspect of this year’s theme, and we encourage speakers to share proposals about this aspect- from whatever background you approach it.

It is said that Bernini’s model got the look of bliss by achieving orgasm, and many people have equated the feelings from sex with spiritual bliss.

Kabbalah teaches the joining of ‘male & female’ toward the goal of re-acheiving the monad,or godhead.

Kundalini Yoga explores the movement of energy through the pathways of the body. Love of many sorts is bound up in bliss and ecstasy.

Bliss can be taking that long awaited family vacation to the Grand Canyon, or finally getting in to a hot steamy tub at the end of a long day.

Ecstasy takes us into a realm of divinity most often decidedly different than the mundane areas of daily existence. Though it need not remain so ratified. A sunset , the smell of the ocean on a breeze or the brush of one hand upon another can easily and simply stir ecstasy.

Perception and perspective are unique to individuals.

Have you felt ecstasy?

Ecstasy- another aspect of joy or bliss. During the 90s, academia discovered the neo-pagan movement and many books about it were written. One of the most consistent conclusions drawn was that modern pagans want a direct, ecstatic communion with spirit which is not generally available in modern religion.

Ecstasy can be achieved by guided meditation, by dancing, by drumming, by ingesting substances that open the mind to other levels of consciousness, all of which are common techniques in neo-paganism, and in other growing religious movements as well, such as the charismatic churches. When direct contact with Spirit is available, being told how wonderful it is, and that only certain special individuals get to have it seems unfair to say the least.

 

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Living in Interesting Times with Catherine Kane

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Please join Tchipakkan and Catherine Kane on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

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.

If you’d like to call in with questions or contributions to the conversation, the number is 619-639-4606.
If you just want to listen (while doing other stuff on your computer), you can open a window on your computer to www.Liveparanormal.com, click the “Listen Live and Chat” listing under the “radio-listen/chat room” heading, and click “LISTEN HERE” next to “the New Normal”.

If you want to chat, you’ll need to go to the top of the home page on the extreme right and click “Join” to set up a personal account (it’s free but takes a few moments, so you might want to do this in advance) You can ask –Name- questions in the chatroom, or
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: http://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/

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

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