Month: June 2019

Friction makes heat

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Life can be irritating. It’s not always pleasant. Frankly, depending on your mood- simply reading that may be irritating. Let me do it again. Sometimes that irritation can be good. Since this year’s theme is “Feeding our fires in times of need” I think of the image of someone starting a fire with friction- takes work, but if you need the fire, it’s worth it. I prefer the image from my childhood of getting out of the spring-fed lake where we’d stay in the water until our lips were blue and teeth chattering and my mother rubbing us with towels to warm us up. Or think of rubbing your hands together to warm them at an outdoor event. Sometimes the friction is good.

The question I’m asking myself this week is how far the analogy can be pushed? In the old TV show Babylon 5, the overarching conflict was between the Shadows who wanted war because it lead to progress, and the peaceful Vorlons who preferred stability. I think the conclusion we were supposed to come to was that a balance (one less destructive than war) between the two “ideals” was the goal humans should attempt.
Or to refer to an old joke: burning down the hut is the wrong way to cook a pig. We can have the benefits of the heat without an out-of-control conflagration.

Another image from the past is the old idea that to build muscle, you use ‘dynamic tension’- working against resistance creates the muscle. This is a good example of keeping the resistance under control to make it beneficial. Other similar images include the pearl that is created because the oyster was irritated, or the individual who ascribes their achievements to having had to overcome great challenges.

While there’s nothing wrong with learning life lessons or indeed, hard work, I will always recommend finding silver linings- or at least some good to come out of a bad situation, we don’t need to assume that everything extreme is bad, it may simply be how things are. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Learning to adapt to conditions is something humans are very good at. So when you experience friction, it may not always be a bad thing, it might be just what you need.

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Saturday Workshop Spotlight: Read Auras

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What Does Your Aura Say About You?   with Loonwitch

Every living thing has an aura; that essence of color,  light,  and energy that emanates from the physical form, creating an invisible force.  In this lecture,  learn what the aura is and how it can be photographed; learn what your aura says about you; how you can strengthen your aura to provide protection and improve your sense of well-being, and discover techniques to see and feel the aura through interactive exercises.  60 min

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Panel Spotlight: Crafts and Art as Spiritual Practice Panel

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Pop over to the panel page <http://ctcw.net/2019-panels/> and let us know if you’d like to be a panelist for this or any of the panels. We come up with about twice as many as we need, and run the ones that people seem to want the most. Even if you don’t want to be a panelists, let us know what you think in the CTCW fb group.

Creating art can be a way to create communication between the Divine and humans. Sometimes artists fall into altered states while working, and some think talent is a divine gift. But more practical work like weaving, spinning, carving, and other kinds of handwork also have the same effects. There is a whole body of lore regarding spiritual intent in performing these skills, such as making images of divinities, or items for use in religious services. Repetitive forms of handwork like spinning can induce trances, and the energy generated becomes part of the piece. Our panelists will discuss how they blend their handwork with spiritual work.

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Speaker Spotlight: Tchipakkan

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Tchipakkan is an artist, writer, healer, and eclectic pagan-heathen-rustic. Openly pagan since the 60s, she’s currently living on a small farm in NH aimed at self sufficiency and sustainability, with 3 adult children- all artists and writers, and a varying assortment of animals- friends and livestock. On weekends Tchipakkan teaches at SCA, pagan, SF and other conferences & festivals, while her daughters sell the family’s art through Cabochons, and they write, paint, sculpt, etc. the rest of the week. Her books include  Divine Cookies, The Heathen Cookie book, Anglo-Saxon Magic, and she paints book covers and portraits.

Tchipakkan (pronounced Chip ah khan, the t is silent), was co-founder and Chair Emeritus of CTCW, with Jane Sibley. She is an avid student of history, especially history of religion and magick. She practices divination including reading cards, runes, palms, as well as dowsing, numerology, astrology and almost any sort of divination from “acceptable methods” like handwriting analysis and meterology to psychometry. While a talented soothsayer, she’d rather teach people how the systems work than read for them- to empower them, and demystify the occult. The world is weird and wonderful enough that we don’t have to pretend to make it seem more so; much better to facilitate being able to work within the mystery! She continues to study, and avidly teaches all forms of healing available from herbalism, nutrition, RúnValdr, Reiki, Huna healing, and anything else that works. She also teachers any other useful skill, from sewing to brewing, historical interests merging fun with practicality. For example, she focuses seidhr studies on healing rather than oracular seidhr. (While soothsaying works, even given more information people still need to make up their own minds, and often can’t accept messages from esoteric sources. Better to empower people.)

http://www.tchipakkan.com/  When we are living consciously- every act is a prayer.

2019 classes
Building on RunValdr
I’ve been teaching RunValdr for ten years now, and some of you who’ve taken it may want some help trying new ways of using this system. Bring objects you want to turn into magickal objects, practice opening doors to other dimensions, learn how to set wards, talk about which symbols to use for specific types of healing. If you’ve been having problems, let’s address them. This is a powerful system, if you use it, but sometimes it’s easier to learn with someone there to back you up. Prerequisites: a RunValdr attunment and first class.

History of the Occult The last 50 years has been exciting, with the 60’s called “the Occult Explosion”, and the New Age. But there have been “New Ages” in almost every generation since the “Enlightenment”, and before that Magick was simply one of the things people studied. Knowing how things began can be useful for directing your attention to what you want to learn next. I’ll run through magic from the beginning of written history to the present, mostly from the European and Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern areas, and leave time for questions.

2018

Tapping for Healing
Vampires in History

2017

Art, Magic and Religion: Sacred Images

Werewolves- history and legend

2016

Divination without Tools

Healing without Tools

2015

Palmistry Basics

RúnValdr 

2014

RúnValdr (introduction and attunement)

RúnValdr (practice and other techniques)

2013

RúnValdr (intro, attunement, practice)

Runes

Practical Palmistry

2013

Practical Palmistry

Intro to Runes

RúnValdr  Introduction 

RúnValdr Activation

RúnValdr Practice

2012

Intro to Runes

Tchipakkanheadshot2

RúnValdr  Introduction –

RúnValdr Activation

RúnValdr Practice

2011

RunValdr Intro & attunement

RunValdr & practice

2010

RúnValdr: Intro & Attunement

RúnValdr Practice

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Workshop spotlight: The Celestial Hampster Wheel with Thor Halvorsen

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Our place within the Biological: The Hamster Wheel  with Thor Halvorsen
A discourse into the importance of philosophy, institutions & constructs, in regards to how the trickle down effect literally encompasses our worldview, our attitudes, and the long-game consequences of humanity upon our earth.
Discussion points: Global warming, influence of religious institutions, Attitude & the Colonizing mindset, Trade & Commerce, Possible Solutions & Considerations, Steps forward from here..

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