Jane Gray: Books, Movies, Pop Culture and Magick

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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.

On facebook you can check out her page Jane Gray, the Bookwyrm’s Lair. On Vimeo, you can see some of her reviews on supernatural subject matter at Elegant Mess on Vimeo.

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!

 

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Shauna Aura Knight

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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.

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Thought for the week

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Underlying Principles of Divination

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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”.

I also plan to talk a little about learning some of these systems, so if you want to share advice on what books or systems you’d recommend to beginners, do join me!

 

 

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Shell Divination on the New Normal

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Podcast- December 30, 8 pm est shell divination

This week Tchipakkan will be talking to Charles Butler Neto. Charles is an esoteric teacher trained in Christianity, Wicca, Santeria, and Umbanda.
“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 wCharles-Butler2007e 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.)

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or leave questions here and we’ll get to them so you can listen to the podcast at your convenience.

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