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Embracing “Occult” power

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We are often afraid of power. A common aphorism is that “Power corrupts and Absolute Power corrupts absolutely.” Even when we are not concerned about what it might be doing to our spiritual health, we often wonder just how much power we can control…, and what if it gets away from us?

Our earliest lessons are our parents telling us not to “play with fire”, or “run with scissors” (much less use sharp knives or appliances). We have been raised on the story of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice and science fiction movies about how scientists don’t realize what effects they are creating: Godzilla or giant insects. It’s all too much for humans to control. Now we are looking at Climate Change, and extinction of multiple species, which seem to argue that the dire warnings were correct!

But let’s go back to our childhood lessons: eventually, we are allowed to use the car or the sewing machine, and we’re taught how firearms and medicines work. We are taught the balance between the risks and benefits, because while we could walk or bike everywhere, we’ll probably be able to get a better job if we can drive, and we would rather not be sick or disabled. When you have learned how to use them appropriately, powerful tools are beneficial.


I think most people think that “occult” is a scary word. In the Middle Ages, “malificia” was often used to gloss witch, herbalist, and poisoner. If you had the ability to heal, you had the ability to poison, and the assumption was made that you would do the worst. Having defined women as a “weaker vessel”, it was important not to let them have power, as they’d abuse it. (Similar to the reason it was illegal in the South to teach a negro to read.) A lot of modern Americans fear that if someone is “psychic” that means, not that they get (occasionally) useful flashes of information, but that they can hear what you’re thinking, or know your secrets, and will use that ability to take advantage of them. Since so little is known about psychic abilities, foolish fears find easy environment to grow.

Perhaps a reason behind this fear is that we can all think of times we acted on our worse impulses, and worry what would have happened had we had more power at that moment. Those moments scare us, and stick with us. We tend to forget all the times we had a nasty impulse and decided “that would be wrong/stupid” and discarded it. That’s forgotten (although far more frequent). Reinforce this with times we’ve seen others abuse power, and we can become afraid to embrace power of any sort whether psychic, political, or physical. But it’s as unreasonable to fear our “occult” abilities as it is to fear that if we light a campfire, we will set the forest ablaze. Sadly, the media is far more likely to use examples of things going wrong and getting out of control than mentioning normal daily occurrences. They aren’t “news”; they won’t sell ads. The result is that almost everything we hear about the occult is from horror movies.

There’s another “horror” story many know: Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” where a man caught out in the Yukon alone discovers just how important fire is to man in that environment. The horror comes not from the “unknown” but from that which the protagonist could have known had he been wise enough to learn.

We need to embrace the reality that like any other resource, we will learn how to control the fire, and not abuse it. We can resist our worst impulses. We can use our inner abilities to improve our lives. We do not need to give something up because it has the potential to do damage. The fire that burns also warms us, cooks our food, lights our way. The benefits come with control, from knowledge and practice, not avoidance.

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Panel Spotlight: Modern Myths

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Panel Description: What are our modern myths? Do comics qualify? Do TV Shows, or Movies? for example: Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Babylon 5, Star Wars, Firefly, Handmaid’s Tale, All in the Family, M.A.S.H, Charmed, Leave it to Beaver, LoTR, Harry Potter. Which worlds do you think serve as modern myths? What roles to they play in forming our worldviews?

Myths are the stories we tell ourselves to explain how the world work, which is why sometimes people use the word myth to mean something that isn’t true. The subjects of the stories are often “larger than life”, if not overtly supernatural. The ancient myths provide the symbolic vocabulary for us to discuss large issues, which is why our kids are ‘subjected’ to the Greek and Roman mythology in school, so they have an understanding of those common symbols.

But nothing is static, we constantly create new symbols that may serve us better than traditional ones. Alice negotiating the chaos of Wonderland and the Looking-glass world, or Dorothy trying to get back to a place where she felt she had a better chance to understand and deal with the forces that threatened her have given us modern myths.

If you have ever taken a quiz that tells you which Hogwarts House you’d be sorted into, or which character in the Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings you are (in your secret heart), you understand the tropes of those worlds. When you disagree with the meme generators who create the quizes, you are recognizing that there is an importance in the symbols we identify.

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In previous generations people would recognize the Biblical myths of The Widow’s Mite, but these days we know that Uncle Ben told Peter “With Great Power comes Great Responsibility”, and that Yoda told Luke “Do, or do not, there is no try”. These are the stories we are telling ourselves when we explain the world.

In the old days people didn’t expect that they would deal with their problems with the strength of Hercules, and these days we don’t expect to have Superman’s or even Wolverine’s powers. But we see how they keep going in the face of insurmountable odds- or use cleverness when strength is not enough, and we feel empowered.

Our panelists will be talking about how myths work for people and modern stories work better for us; bring your questions and insights.
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Amy Wilson and the Power of the Spoken Word

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Amy Wilson will join me on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.
Miss the live show? It’s archived here: http://tobtr.com/s/9906137
The words we speak carry a power. Many spiritual practices use chants, affirmations, incantations, or other magickal words to manifest a desired result. We often forget how our day to day spoken words manifest results in our everyday life and how it can amplify our magick or undo it. We will discuss how to go about recognizing and changing the way we speak to achieve our desired results.
As the old saying goes, “A Witch is only as good as their word.”

Amy C Wilson, Lady Minah of Other Worldly Waxes
Amy C Wilson is celebrated Spiritual Medium and Psychometrist who has worked with and read for individuals and missing person cases. She has been a practitioner of the Magickal Arts and has worked in various New York City occult stores for over 25 years specializing in healing others through Candle Magick. Amy holds Round Tables every month to discuss various life topics from a metaphysical perspective and how to transmute our energy into positive reflections into our outer reality. Amy also is the voice behind the Reluctant Spiritualist which she created to help other’s become more conscious of thought patterns that are holding them back from their fullest potential. You can find her at her shop Other Worldly Waxes in Beacon, New York

Want to catch this interview, call in with questions or be part of the live chat happening during every show? 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”.

To chat, you’ll need to sign in, it’s free, just 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 Amy questions in the chatroom, or leave questions here.

We’d love you to phone in: 619-639-4606 (live only). But 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 Tchipakkan and Amy Wednesday night from 8-9 at the New Normal on liveparanormal.com

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Appreciating the Crone

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Please join Tchipakkan on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

If you missed the live show- the archive is here.

Remember the exchange: “Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?”

“Witches are old and ugly!” responds Dorothy.

Women are said to go through three stages: Maiden, Mother and Crone. Let’s face it, not many of us are eager to embrace that third stage. We don’t have a better word for Old Woman: Hag, gorgon, harpy, fury, harridan, witch, biddy… beldam is the best the thesaurus was able to provide.

The image of the old witch, while it does carry an aura of power, knowledge, and wisdom, also includes significant baggage of frustration, infirmity, and ugliness along with implications of jealousy and bitterness. Many of these do NOT have counterparts in the image of elder males. In folklore the Crone is linked with death and change- Baba Yaga is described in similar terms to corpses. In modern fairy tales, before the beautiful enchantress does anything evil she becomes old and ugly.

What a pity that we should still be bound by such mental fetters when we are able to accept so many other things we’ve come to understand are just other ways of living in the world!

In honor of the Women’s March, I thought we could look at how we see women, where these archetypes come from, and what we can do to change them- first within ourselves, and then for the rest of the world.

 

Want to catch this show, call in with questions or be part of the live chat happening during every show? 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 me tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal on liveparanormal.com

 

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Starwolf on the New Normal Wed, 4/6/16 on Rare Crystals

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Starwolf will be Tchipakkan’s guest from 8-9 on the New Normal with Tchipakkan on Wednesday April 6th.

Listen to the archived show here.
In previous visits he’s talked about quartz crystals, and calcites and this time we’ll be getting to some of the properties of more rare forms: Moldavite, and Tectites, and possibly we may get to other rare crystals, although previous shows have shown that there is SO much cool information on each crystal that Starwolf can go on for the whole hour.

Sean-Kane-Starwolf_face0Tektites Starwolf is a shaman, Metaphysicist, and Paranormal Soldier of Fortune. He lifts hexes, puts up wards, deals with entities most people don’t want to admit exist, and builds amazing metaphysical machines. Tune in to hear his stories, and call in with questions about the properties of Crystals and stones. This time around we’ll be covering
Moldavite, Tectites, and other rare crystals.
These are stones that you’re going to want to know about.640px-Moldavite_Besednice

Starwolf will be talking with Tchipakkan about some of the less well known crystals on the New Normal. They’ll be talking about what these stones are, and their special useful properties.
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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