PMP: Kerr Cuhulain – Witch Hunts, The Wizard

KaliSara and RevKess were joined once again by Kerr Cuhulain, now retired from the Canadian Police, to talk about his many projects and the work he has done for the Pagan community. Kerr is the author of several books, including Full Contact Magick, How to Be Glorious, The Wizard, and Witch Hunts. The focus of this episode was on the re-release of Witch Hunts and the publication of The Wizard, both available through Dark Moon Press. In his previous visit we focused on How to Be Glorious, 15 December 2012.

Kerr was running a little late, so the first 30 minutes of the show has KaliSara and RevKess talking food. What better topic for a bunch of Pagans?

Both hosts have had the pleasure of spending some one on one time with Kerr Cuhulain at Heartland 2012. They sat together to observe his Armoring Ritual that year where he shared his duties with Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary. Towards the end off this episode you can hear Kerr talk about the armoring ritual, and modern knighthood, and some of the surprises he has had during that ritual.

Kerr Cuhulain was the first openly Wiccan cop anywhere in the world (1977). Though many may have been in law enforcement prior to his coming out to his superiors, Kerr was the first. He made a name for himself in Canada as the liaison between the Pagan community and the police during the Satanic Panic of the 80’s and 90’s. Since that time he has been asked to speak at many conventions of law enforcement and been involved in the background work on many cases, including the West Memphis 3.

Now that he is completely retired from his police work (most recently as a 911 dispatcher) he says that we can expect more books, workshops and other projects coming from him. He is a former Preceptor General of the Officers of Avalon and has been involved in the ground work for many other organizations for first responders who are Pagan. The hosts are looking forward to talking with him again in the near future, perhaps even face to face again.

MUSIC

  1. Damh the Bard – The Songs and Daughters of Robin Hood – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
  2. Cernunnos Rising – The Witches Tree – Urban Druid
  3. Mama Gina – Waking Panther – (single, available on ReverbNation)

A Messy Blues

ad bannerFor the fifth year in a row Phil cobbled together a Blues program to fill the time slot for Murphy’s Magic Mess on KZUM. Every Labor Day Weekend KZUM preempts all programming for 83 hours of Blues. In the past this has been more of a challenge for Phil and the rest of the Mess, this year was different. The challenge was to whittle it down to two hours of music. Didn’t quite happen that way, he had 2 hours and 27 minutes of music and Murf  joined the fun with another 47 minutes of music. Clearly not everything on their lists got played.

Kate was off for the weekend attending a family gathering. Michelle and her husband stopped in briefly to share the fun of Murf’s birthday.

 

The following is the played list of music.

MUSIC for 31 August 2014

  1. Outside the Blues – The Bodhi Brothers – Organically Grown
  2. Movin’ Out Blues – North Sound – Jazz Wolf
  3. I Wanted You to Walk (Right Thru That Door) – Candye Kane – Comin’ Out Swingin’
  4. City Streets – Lisa Hilton – Getaway
  5. Los Angeles Blues – Ciro Hurtado – Los Angeles Blues
  6. Homeless Blues – Linda Herschorn – Roots and Wings
  7. Cello Noodle 3-1-14 – Betsy Tinney – unreleased
  8. Boston + Blues – Lisa Hilton – Getaway
  9. The Devil is an Angel Too – Janiva Magness – Bury Him at the Crossroads
  10. Bury Him at the Crossroads – Janiva Magness – Bury Him at the Crossroads
  11. History of the World – Coyote Poets – Pandora’s Box
  12. I Got the Will (But I Can’t Find My Way) – Etta James – Seven Year Itch
  13. Celluloid Heroes – Blackmore’s Night – Autumn Sky
  14. Skye Boat Blues – Tuatha Dea – Kith & Kin
  15. Reincarnation Blues – Skypilot – Under the Radar
  16. Working Girl Blues – Reel World String Band – Mountain Songs
  17. Talking Wheelchair Blues – Fred Small – Heart of the Appaloosa
  18. Howie’s Norvegian Bluess – Tom Smith – And They Say I’ve Got Talent
  19. Overflowin’  Cat Box Blues – Cynthia McQuillan – Bedlam Cats
  20. I Used to be a Powerful Priestess – Leigh Ann Hussey – Homebrew (radio edit)
  21. Hoopty Blues – Murphey’s Midnight  Rounders – Running on Empty
  22. Black Swan Blues – SJ Tucker – Stolen Season Sneak Peaks EP
  23. Blood and Bones – Coyote Poets – Pandora’s Box

On Sunday 7 September 2014 we’ll return with our usual Mess of music and fun, plus the second half of the SJ Tucker and Betsy Tucker interview from 19 August.

Blues with a Lavender Blush

LHv6AEvery Labor Day Weekend KZUM has their Blues Blow Out. 83 hours of nothing but the Blues. This means that for those 83 hours all other programs are preempted. Including Lavender Hill with Corwin and Phil.

Corwin gladly took on the challenge again this year to fill the hour with Blues music by LGBTQ artists. Following is the list of music played, a few of the pieces were contributed by Phil. Both would like to say thank you to JD Doyle of Queer Music Heritage for the hard work that he has been putting over the years to give the world a history of music from the LGBTQ perspective.

MUSIC list for 31 August 2014

  1. Freakish Man – The Vinyl Closet – Pink, Black, and Blues
  2. Blues Oh Blues – Ma Rainey – Black Bottom
  3. The Man I Love – Billy Tipton – Sweet Georgia Brown
  4. Wild Honey – Hugh Lawry – Didn’t It Rain
  5. Banana in My Fruit Basket – Vicki D’Salle – Live at Pride Alive
  6. Alexander’s Ragtime Band – Bessie Smith – Empress of the Blues Vol. 2
  7. Walkin’, Talkin’ Haunted House – Candye Kane – Sister Vagabond
  8. Cemetery Blues – Bessie Smith  – The Complete Recordings  Vol. 1
  9. The Dog Was Here First – Gaye Adegbalola – Bittersweet Blues
  10. Lucky Rock Blues – Ma Rainey – Black Bottom
  11. Too Old Maids – The Vinyl Closet – Pink, Black, and Blues
  12. Lush Life – Billy Strayhorn – Lush LIfe
  13. Blue Spirit Blues – Bessie Smith – The Complete Recordings Vol. 1
  14. She Just Wants to Dance – Gaye Adegbalola – Bittersweet Blues

We’ll return to regular programming for Lavender Hill next Sunday, the 7th of September.

PMP: Celia, an interactive interview

KaliSara and RevKess decided to try something a little different with this weekend’s edition of PMP. A live, interactive interview with their guest Celia. In this interactive interview the listeners and fans got to help with asking the questions! Though no one braved the lines and called in with their questions, the hosts did receive several questions and suggestions on where to go with the show. To all those who added to the fun, thank you!

Two years and one month ago Celia visited with RevKess on Musica Pagani. That show aired
lived on 10 July 2012. They first connected face to face at her 2012 concert in Omaha, NE at the First Unitarian Church. RevKess reviewed that concert on the Pagan Weekly News on 5 March 2012.

Earlier this summer Celia released the digital version of her new album Shaman Journey, soon to be available on CD through CDBaby. She has toured the new release across the country with 30 concerts in 60 days. Quite the ambitious tour! She’s back home in Prescott, AZ with her partner Charlie who also went on tour with her. The album is the first in a series of Sound Spirals that Celia has been working, recording her live concerts and taking the best cuts of her newer meditative and energetic pieces to create collections of healing and inspiring music for the listening audience. These Sound Spirals came about as a response to the comments from fans that Celia’s music has taken them on a journey, a seeing, or other voyage of inspiration as well as in response to the requests for music that can be used in meditation, reiki, or other spiritual practices.

Celia spoke in depth about her music, her inspirations, her life, and her love. You’ll have to tune into the archive of the show (click the show logo above) to hear about why she does what she does.

Celia’s Golden Rule: Do unto others as others would have you do unto them.

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Celia & RevKess, Omaha 2012

Celia paraphrased singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie during the show, “It’s not how good a song is, it’s how much good a song does.” The full quote from Guthrie reads:

“I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing.Because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim too ugly or too this or too that. Songs that run you down or poke fun at you on account of your bad luck or hard traveling.

I am out to fight those songs to my very last breath of air and my last drop of blood. I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built.

I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work.”

Celia’s Laughter Yoga Party on the Phone , Monday through Friday at 11:11am. Call 605-475-3200, code 523391#. Follow Celia on Facebook for more details.

 MUSIC

  • Ancestor Dance – Shaman Journey
  • Symbol – live version
  • Everyday Goddess – Breathe

Being a talker, a great conversationalist, Celia kept RevKess and KaliSara busy throughout the show. The above three tracks were all time allowed. You can hear more off her music on her website.

PWN: War, war is stupid and people are stupid….

Fair warning, on this edition of the Pagan Weekly News both RevKess and Zaracon get up on their soapboxes. Way up!

War is a topic that no one really wants to talk about. Unfortunately it is the topic on a lot of people’s minds these days. In the United States, the Middle East, Russia, and elsewhere around the globe. Neither Zaracon nor RevKess have served in the military, but they know many people who have or are currently serving active duty. RevKess’s father served over seas during the Korean “Conflict” (War) and several of his nieces and nephews have been in the Middle East during the second Gulf War. War, conflict, strife. It all touches us somewhere and somehow. Whether we are at work, serve in the military, or know someone who is. It touches us all.

Before diving into the meat and bones of the main topic for the show, Z and Kess spoke briefly about crowd sourcing and funding. Taylor Ellwood recently published an article on that very topic on the Agora for Patheos Pagan Channel. The Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel has been a big proponent of crowd sourcing and plans to continue to be so. Having helped with projects for Tuatha Dea, Brendan Myers, Frenchy and the Punk, The New Alexandrian Library, and many others.

“I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”~George McGovern

A note about the Israeli-Palestinian War: Heather Greene, columnist on The Wild Hunt and National Public Information Officer for Covenant of the Goddess, encouraged RevKess to reach out to Pagans in the Gaza area. Several false starts later he concluded that technology was not going to allow it to happen. Facebook messages and other attempts met with error messages and software failures. There are Pagans in that area and the hosts of PWN hope to be able to give them a voice in the near future.

 

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Call it a conflict, call it a war. The military shambles in the Gaza Strip have been going on for decades, if not centuries. Here are some links to articles that give background and current information on the war in the Israeli-Palestinian area.

More from the Middle East

Russia and the Ukraine

In Pagan News

MUSIC

  1. PWN intro courtesy DragonSong
  2. Culture Club – War Song (clip)
  3. Damh the Bard – Sons & Daughters of Robin Hood – Antlered Crown & Standing Stone
  4. SJ Tucker – Poem of War – Ember Days
  5. Heather Dale – United at War – Call the Names
  6. Paradiso & Rasamayi – Wisdom Warrior – Attuning to Oneness
  7. SJ Tucker – Alligator in the House – Sirens

 

PMPC: Gem & Crystal Magick

KaliSara and RevKess talk gem and crystal magick on this week’s edition of the Pagan-Musings Podcast. This topic was requested by listeners. Neither host is an expert in the field, but both have personal experience working with gems, crystals, stones, and metals (minerals) in their magickal practices.

Listeners are encourage to suggest topics for the show. Listeners can also make recommendations for potential guests, or maybe even become guests themselves. Such suggestions can be made through the Facebook page for the show or through email.

Books Sited

Stones talked about during the show

  • Tiger Iron: Composed of golden tiger eye, red jasper, and black hematite. Tiger Iron combines the qualities of these three minerals. It can also be used to assist in creative endeavors, prompting the artistic abilities toward wondrous beauty and works. [paraphrased from Love is in the Earth]
  • Mugglestone:  According to www.ravenandcrone.com, mugglestone is ” also called Tiger Iron is a grounding stone that also brings protection, especially protection from danger. It is also a stone of clarity, particularly clarity of knowledge, enabling one to see the truth below the apparent surface of issues. Mugglestone also helps with creative endeavors and all types of artistic abilities. It is used to bring strength, vitality, confidence, willpower, and balance. It is an excellent stone for people wishing to bring more motivation to their lives. In folklore and crystal healing lore, Mugglestone is said to balance white and red blood cells, increase natural steroids, and improve muscular structure, and help with healing legs, sexual organs, liver, and the nervous system. Mugglestone harmonizes well with garnet, golden labradorite and all members of the quartz and jasper family. Mugglestone is related to the sacral, solar plexus and root chakras. Mugglestone is a combination of hematite, red jasper, and sometimes yellow jasper or golden tiger eye.”
  • Malachite: “[I]s a powertful stone but one that needs to be handled with caution. It is best used under the supervision of a qualified crystal therapist. It is toxic and should be used only in its polished form. Avoid breathing its dust [....] Malachite amplifies both positive and negative energies. It grounds spiritual energies onto the planet. It is believed by some people hat malachite is still evolving and will be one of the most important healing stones of the” current age. [The Crystal Bible]

    Crystal Grids can be used for many reasons and may be as elaborate or as simple as the practitioner prefers. Photo from http://newworldgifts.net

  • Selenite/Selenium: Sometimes called TV stone as it was used to make the screens of the older style tube TVs. “Selenite is a calm stone that instills deep peace and is excellent for meditation or spiritual work. Telepathy is enhanced by each person holding a piece of pure-vibration selenite.” [The Crystal Bible] RevKess mentioned during the show that he has used selenite to treat muscle issues in his back.
  • Clear quartz: One of the most commonly found and used stones, quartz in its clear form is a universal stone. It can be used for healing, grounding, cleansing, psychic work and so much more. Clear or rose quartz can be placed on electronics to help balance the electromagnetic fields. Quartz, in its many variations, has 53 pages devoted to its uses and properties in Melody’s book.
  • Obsidian: This tone is volcanic glass. It comes in many colors, each having slightly different properties. “The intrinsic properties of the numerous forms of obsidian include the reflection of ones flaws and the promotion of a clear picture of the changes which are necessary to eliminate the flaws. The energies of obsidian produce blunt answers, focusing ones inner vision and, actually, stimulating a picture or vision of the required course of action.” [Love is in the Earth]
  • Onyx: Onyx can be found in many colors including black, gray, white, blue, brown, yellow and red. “Onyx is a secretive stone that assists in keeping your own counsel. However, onyx is said to hold the memories of things that have happened to the wearer. It can be used for psychometry, telling the story to those who are sensitive to irs vibrations.” [The  Crystal Bible]
  • Garnet: “Named for the seed of the pomegranate, granatum, it is said to be good luck to be given a garnet but bad luck to steal one. Five hundred years ago it was used to drive off phantoms and demonds. Garnet is a powerfully energizing stone that protects you, and is said to warn of approaching danger, but draws harm to enemies.” [Encyclopedia of Crystals]
  • Lapis Lazuli: A dark blue stone with flecks of gold, lapis lazuli is perhaps most known for its use by the ancient Egyptians, the blue markings on the face of Tutankhamun’s funeral mask are inlays of lapis. Lapis resembles the night sky and perhaps is assoiciated with Nuit, Goddess of the night sky, and her Babylonian counterpart Ishtar. Lapis is RevKess’s “power stone”.
The Metals

Image from TheWhiteGoddess website.

Metals are also powerful tools for magick. According to The White Goddess website, there are seven noble metals that were used by the ancients. These metals are copper, iron, gold, silver, lead, tin, and electrum. The latter being a naturally occurring alloy of silver and gold and contains the properties of both.

Copper: Use copper in rituals, spells and amulets to promote love, sensuality, friendship, positive relationships of any kind, negotiations and peace.

Iron: Use Iron in rituals, spells and amulets to promote energy, strength, determination, will-power, assertivity and aggression, fertility-rites, beginnings and undertakings, speed, power and courage.

Gold: Use the metal gold or the colour gold in rituals/spells concerning Sun-deities, the male force, authority, self-confidence, creativity, financial riches, investments, ,fortune, hope, worldly and magical power. Wear golden jewellery to improve self-confidence and inner strength.

Silver: Use the metal or the colour silver in rituals, spells or talismans concerning Moon-goddesses, the female force, cycles, emotional and/or hormonal imbalances, reflecting or neutralizing negativity, dreams and intuition, psychic work and psychic abilities.

Lead: Use lead in rituals, spells and amulets to promote contact with deep unconscious levels (the underworld), deep meditation, banishing negativity, breaking bad habits and addictions, protection, stability, grounding, solidity, perseverance, decisiveness, concentration, conservation, and material constructions (buildings, etc.)

Tin: Use Tin in rituals/spells promoting abundance, prosperity, success in business and in legal matters, stimulation, attracting what you desire, energy, healing, regeneration and rejuvenation.

MUSIC

  1. Lia Scallon - Walk in Beauty – The Luminous Pearl
  2. Cernunnos Rising – Urban Druid – Urban Druid
  3. Paradiso & Rasamayi – Harmonic Ascension – Attuning to Oneness
  4. Frenchy and the Punk – She Was a Flapper – Bonjour Batfrog

PMP: Crystal Blanton & Shades of Faith

Crystal Blanton returns to Pagan-Musings to talk about her new anthology Shades of Ritual. Crystal last visited with KaliSara and RevKess in 2011 to talk about her anthology Pain and Faith in the Wiccan World (please note, RevKess misspoke as to when Crystal was first/last on the show). Both this new anthology and her earlier edited work Shades of Faith share essays and personal experiences from several Pagans of color. In late 2014 or early 2015 another anthology will be released that talks about race issues from several Pagan perspectives, Bringing Race to the Table. Crystal will be visiting with the hosts again for that release, perhaps with her co-editors.

In a first for PMPChannel, five of the contributors to the anthology, including Crystal herself, joined in the conversation. In this special three hour edition of Pagan-Musings you will hear from these contributors about being a  Pagan of color. You will also hear the white folks on the show, RevKess and KaliSara, ask questions in an attempt to get a better understanding of what it might be like to be a person of color in the Pagan world.

The Guests (and when possible, links to their websites)

Crystal Blanton is an activist, writer, priestess, mother, wife, and social worker.  She is a advocate for true diversity and multiculturalism within the Pagan community.  Crystal is the author of Bridging the Gap and Pain and Faith in a Wiccan World, and the editor of Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism and Shades of Ritual; Minorities Voices in Practice. She also writes for The Wild Hunt, Sage Woman, and Daughters of Eve, a community blog on Patheos.com.  A frequent speaker at Pagan conferences and festivals, and in her professional life, she serves disenfranchised youth in Oakland, California, while studying for a master’s degree in social work at a California State University.

Luna Pantera is a native San Franciscan and mother of an amazing 24 year old. She is an out of the Broom Closet Witch, professional tarot reader, Navigator at the Cross Roads, Master Reiki Practitioner, and body worker specializing on adult survivors of sexual assault. She currently works at the Mystic Dream in Walnut Creek, CA. She is the founder of Theatre of the Ancestors. She is a feature author in the anthology, “Shades of Faith; Minority Voices in Paganism,” and is currently working on her forthcoming trilogy, “Both Sides Now.” She co-facilitates retreats up to Mount Shasta.

BlackWitch: Olivia Haynes writes Black Witch, a blog centered on the intersection of being Black and Pagan. She also currently resides in her hometown of Baltimore City, MD.

Clio Ajana is a high priestess, Hellenic Alexandrian tradition and Director of Education, E.O.C.T.O. She is deeply passionate about numerology, astrology, and writing as a spiritual practice. A writer for Daughters of Eve, her current projects include a work on the individual’s quest for a spiritual home, a second work on the intersection of racism, homophobia, and religious non-acceptance in modern society.and an exploration of eldercare in Paganism.

Szmeralda Shanel MA is a visual, ritual and performance artist. She is an initiate in the Anderson Feri/Faery tradition, a  founding member of CAYA coven and an ordained priestess of Isis/Auset with the Fellowship of Isis and the Temple of Isis. Szmeralda is the founder of The Iseum of Black Isis, an iseum dedicated to Goddess Spirituality and Sacred Arts. She currently lives in Chicago, IL and works as a teaching artist, expressive arts therapist/facilitator, and tarot reader.

Alisa Kuumba Zuwena (passed away before the book went to press), Crystal read an exert from Alisa’s contribution so that her “voice” could be heard during this broadcast.

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by, Peggy McIntosh was cited as a resource by all five guests.

MUSIC

  1. Big Bad Gina – Freedom Connection – Lake of Dreams
  2. Queen Mother Imakhu – Sacred Mother (Anuk Mwt) – Water Woman
  3. Spiral Dance – Raven’s Lore – Magick
  4. Omnia – I Don’t Speak Human – Musick & Poetree
  5. Frenchy and the Punk – Batgirl – Bonjour Batfrog