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Meet Your Angels with Catherine Kane

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Angels are present throughout history throughout the beliefs of many cultures. Most of all, angels are present in the lives of each of us today, watching over us, guarding and guiding us, helping us to live our best lives possible. They can help us with health, prosperity, living our callings and many other important facets of our lives. In Meet Your Angels , you will not only learn about the history and beliefs about angels, but also practical skills to help you contact your angel, develop an angel team and work in concert with your angels to have a better life. This class designed for seekers of all skill levels.

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Cultural Appropriation in Pagan Practice

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If you missed the live show, the archive is here

Please join Tchipakkan and her guests on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

I recently read an ebook, Talking About the Elephant, a collection of essays about different aspects of cultural appropriation and how it occurs in Neo-pagan culture. Ii can highly recommend the book, and it’s a discussion that really should not be avoided, especially as so may of our traditions do draw inspiration from the spiritual practices of other cultures.

None of us wants to be guilty of “plastic shamanism” or to participate in cultural appropriation- disrespecting the spiritual and intellectual rights of other cultures, yet when all humans are psychic and working with the same basic spiritual abilities, can we be told that we are not allowed to do what others do when working with spirits? Anyone (with training) can visit the Akashic Records, but should only those with a background in Sanscrit call them that? Anthopologists have popularized the term Shaman (used by Tungusic Spirit Workers); since most cultures have someone who does this work, so should we reserve the term for only the handful of those in that culture? Let’s face it, as extensive as English is, it has very few terms for spiritual concepts, so, as usual, it borrows terms from other cultures- and we often go to other cultures for a deeper understanding of how anything from chakras to other levels of consciousness work.

Magickal practitioners, (like Samuel MacGregor Mathers & Moina Mathers illustrated in Golden Dawn robes) also have a tradition of borrowing concepts and props from other cultures, as did early 19th c. Druids, and many others. At what point does imitation stop being flattery and become appropriation? Any of us who truly respect our teachers and models need to look at these issues and try to find the lines we don’t want to cross before we find ourselves defending actions about which we aren’t really comfortable. We cannot keep “ignoring the elephant in the room”.

I’d really love to have people call in and share their perspectives on this important subject. The New Normal is live, on LiveParanormal Wednesdays at 8, and the call in number is 619-639-4606

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) If you know you’re going to listen to the archives later, later but have a point or question, look on the facebook events page and leave a question there for me to share during the live show. I post a link to the archives on the fb event page and on my website: http://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/ (LiveParanormal archives them only by date and New Normal).
You can get the kindle book on Amazon, and the paperback book is still available from Lupa at:

http://www.thegreenwolf.com/books/

 

 

 

 

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Runes on the New Normal February 17, 2016

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Runes Lakewd1-lady-aurelie-Version-2Please join me, Tchipakkan, on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, 2-17-16, 8-9 p.m. est. on LiveParanormal.com

I’ll be talking about Runes and Rune Divination.

In my opinion, 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.

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 .    Tchipakkanheadshot_face0

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