Speaker Spotlight: Tchipakkan
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.
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.
Tapping for Healing
Vampires in History
Art, Magic and Religion: Sacred Images
Werewolves- history and legend
Divination without Tools
Healing without Tools
RúnValdr (introduction and attunement)
RúnValdr (practice and other techniques)
RúnValdr (intro, attunement, practice)
Intro to Runes
Intro to Runes
RúnValdr Introduction –
RunValdr Intro & attunement
RunValdr & practice
RúnValdr: Intro & Attunement