Yup. Changing Times-Changing Worlds folk who read Tarot and noticed that the theme this year is change may have been thinking about the Tower.
With a name like ours, and a goal to change the world (to make acceptance of the “occult” but natural parts of it more accepted), why did it take us 9 years to actually have change for a theme? Part of it may be that it was already covered by our basic goals, and also, it’s a challenging concept. Prosperity, Joy, Healing, those are more likely to attract people.
Change can be unpleasant. And yet as those who read Tarot know, sometimes even the most catastrophic change is ultimately good for you, even if initially painful. It gets you out of old patterns that may not serve, it frees you from old restrictions, it brings new knowledge.
Our family has an expression: “If the gods tap you on the shoulder and clear their throats, you should take the hint, because if you don’t, they will bring out the Cosmic 2×4”. That’s what the Tower is, and indicator that you’ve been ignoring all the prophecies, omens, hints, etc. that your guides, ancestors, gods, God, (or whoever helps you) have been sending your way, and they’ve decided you need the “clue by four” to get you back on the path you should be on. Expect revelation. Also expect a lot of work, because when the old is torn down, there’s rebuilding to do. Oh well.
We’ve spent many years building a base for this conference, this community. It’s time to expand and make whatever changes we need to make to better meet our needs.
To teach effective, practical use of energy work and magick;
To encourage intermediate and advanced work, classes and presentations;
To better grasp the history of esoteric studies and spiritual practices;
To foster communication between the communities who study and practice these.
How difficult would it be to get the modern, scientific world to accept the psychic, spiritual, magickal world? That “rational” world is the status quo, and we are at the point of change. The trigger for change is all of us who have had personal experiences with the paranormal and wind ourselves trying to get that accepted by others. When the whole system is set up to deny and mock those who accept the occult, if you come out for it, you are going to bear the brunt of the resistance. You will also give hope to others who have also experienced it, and felt safer not admitting it publicly. The more people who come out and say “yes, I’ve seen a ghost”, “yes, dowsing works”, “yes, people have ESP”, “yes, we can communicate with plants” and are willing to come out as accepting supernatural beliefs, the more people will say “That makes so much more sense given my personal experience” (and maybe our ancestors weren’t all foolish to believe in this stuff after all).
Integration will require that many things change in our parent culture. Medicine could go forward with more success, and fewer side effects. We’d stop exploiting the natural resources because we’d respect their consciousness. People will have to find other things to mock in order to feel superior to someone else. (Wouldn’t it be nice if we could skip that!) All of these changes would be hard, but can grow out of simply raising the next generation not telling them what’s impossible.
As the chart shows, once we’ve gotten through Integration, we’ll be working on a higher level. Another way to look at it is that we’ll be ready to negotiate the next change and keep moving, spiraling ever upward.
Occult Jigsaw Puzzle Panel, Forcing Correspondences:
You can find books with lists and charts of correspondences to use in your magickal work: which tarot card represents the same energy as which rune or Sephirot, or chakra or astrological sign. This drives some of us crazy. There are many real correspondences out there- the Sun and the metal gold and fire, masculine energy, these are the correspondences on which alchemy is based. But when people see that there’s a sun and a moon in the tarot and then try to make the various runes match up to tarot cards or astrological signs, the systems break down and chaos reigns. Come and share in this discussion where panelists will try to figure out which correspondences work and which are forced. Often the problems with such meshing are due to the fact that these systems can be meshed without an understanding or care for the culture of which they originated. This is a form of misappropriation, because these systems are inseparable from the context of culture and language. And sometimes- they just don’t work.
Zhenya has been communicating with the spirit realm since the age of three. Today, not only does she possess academic expertise in the occult arts (particularly divination), but she also has approximately 30 years of experience helping people to answer life’s questions through the tarot, spirit mediumship, and direct communication with a client’s spirit guides and the angels. Zhenya holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures focusing on literature and culture of the Victorian era, particularly the connection between women, folklore, and the occult. In addition to over 20 years of experience teaching at the college level and mentoring students, she has published research on the religious renaissance of turn-of-the-century Russia, including the influence of Buddhism and Hinduism in Russia. She currently serves on the faculty of Westchester Community College, where she teaches courses on English composition, angels, tarot, fairies, Russian culture, and folklore.
2016 workshops offered:
Interfacing the Cards: Creating Your Own Tarot Spreads
Faces of the Divine: Fellow Travelers on Your Spiritual Journey
Where do Old Psychics Go to Die?: Pro seminar on Rebooting Spiritual Practice
Put the Client First: Proseminar on “Client-Centered” Service and Mentorship
She will also be offering readings. Schedule one at the readers table.
Please join Tchipakkan and her guest Sha- “the Loonwitch” on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, 8-26-15, 8-9 p.m. est.
If you missed the live show, the archive is here: http://tobtr.com/s/9052447
The LoonWitch got her start at a young age working with a natural divination form called augury. Though she was too young at the time to understand what she was doing, it helped to hear validation from friends and neighbors when her predictions would come true. Around the age of 12 she started working with The Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling cards, and progressed to the Tarot, Runes, Angel, Crystal, Pendulum readings and Aura Photography. She is also a Reiki Master, and ordained minister, and magickal practitioner.
These days the LoonWitch is a student of life, and a teacher of many subjects. She is an internationally known psychic balancing her passion with the need for a corporate job
and time for her family.
While Sha travels all over the world reading in different venues, this Friday she will be opening her own office space in Taunton where she will see clients for readings, healing and whatever else! Do check out her website http://www.loonwitch.com/ for more information, and listen live on Wednesda, when you’ll be able to call in with questions on any of these topics.
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 .