PMP: Hypersensitivity & the Pagan

Shauna Aura Knight joined RevKess and KaliSara for a wonderful discussion of hypersensitivity with a focus on the Pagan world. Relaying anecdotes from personal life, ritual situations, and throwing in some armchair psychology, the three had a rather informative talk about how being hypersensitive to their environment and other contributing factors can learn to move through life with a better understanding of how their selves react to the world.

A term that cropped up once or twice in the conversation was “kinesthetic”. In context of the conversation, Shauna was referring to kinesthetic sense. WikiPedia defines that as

Proprioception, the kinesthetic sense, provides the parietal cortex of the brain with information on the relative positions of the parts of the body. Neurologists test this sense by telling patients to close their eyes and touch their own nose with the tip of a finger. Assuming proper proprioceptive function, at no time will the person lose awareness of where the hand actually is, even though it is not being detected by any of the other senses. Proprioception and touch are related in subtle ways, and their impairment results in surprising and deep deficits in perception and action.

The idea of “micro expressions” was brought up just over half way into the show. If you are a fan of TV dramas then you might be familiar with the show Lie To Me. Taking the idea of “profiling” to the extreme of observing the smallest shifts in body language or facial expressions to better understand the emotional state of the individual. The TV show is based on the work of Dr. Paul Ekman.

Towards the end of the show, the focus shifted to Pagan leadership.

ADDITIONAL LINKS

MUISC

  1. Celia – Everyday Goddess – Breathe
  2. Tuatha Dea – Akasha (featuring Spiral Rhythm) – The Tribe
  3. Dragon Ritual Drummers – Heart Beat – Passage
  4. Damh the Bard – Ever with Me – The Hills They Are Hollow

Unfortunately for our live listeners the live stream ended before the show was over. But they didn’t miss much. Shortly after the top of the hour Shauna and KaliSara both lost their connection and RevKess did a quick wrap up. All three will return on February 2nd for a continued conversation about Pagan Leadership: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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Mama Dragon, Tell me a Story

Show notes from Murphy’s Magic Mess, 26 January 2014. Listen every Sunday at 9am Central for two hours of new age and Pagan music from around the world.

Murf, Phil and *K8 had a grand time putting together a selection of music and stories for you this week. It was so fun that they are going to do it again in the very near future! Charles, from the Red Grail, stopped in about half way through the show. You’ll probably be hearing more of him on the show in the near future.

  1. Storyteller – Heather Alexander – Wanderlust
  2. Marble Falls – Cornell Kindernecht & Martin McCall – Dreamtime
  3. Higher Power – Phoenix Rising – Mystic Places
  4. Ameno Amen – Akasa – Portal
  5. Mellow – Ricky Kej – Shanti Orchestra
  6. Othello’s Dream – Andre Feriante – Novella-Ukulele Mosaique
  7. Antlered Crown and Standing Stone – Damh the Bard – (title)
  8. Hunter’s Moon* – Gale Perrigo – Never Again the Burning
  9. Curnunnos – Kate West – Elements of Chant
  10. Kerplunk* – Amy Friedman – Tell Me a Story 2: Animal Magic
  11. Possum’s Last Dance  – Blackmore’s Night – Shadow of the Moon
  12. Ceileidh and the Night – Clan na Gael – Keepers of the Wind
  13. Piper and the Puca* – Ralf Weihrauch Trio & Mick Fitzgerald – (title)
  14. King of the Fairies – Horslips – Dance Hall Sweetheart
  15. Dance of Bride – Jana Runnalls – Return to the Goddess
  16. The Bride of the Forest* – Steven Porsch – Radio Paganistan
  17. Ancient Circle – 2002 – A Word in the Wind Disc 1
  18. Elephant’s Reward* – Amy Friedman – Tell Me a Story 2: Animal Magic
  19. Elephant – Heather Dale – the Green Knight
  20. Elephant Power – Bhagavan Das & MC Yogi – (title)
  21. Ganesh and Karthik, the Golden Mango* – Phil
  22. Ganesh is Fresh – Jai Uttal & MC Yogi – Elephant Power

*Stories

PMP: Shauna Aura Knight & Leadership

KaliSara has an essay coming out in the Moon Books publication Paganism 101: An introduction to Paganism by 101 Pagans, released February 2014. Her essay is in response to the topic of the Pagan priesthood. She shared her essay on the show while encouraging the listener to pick up a copy for themselves, available in Kindle and paperback.

We dived into a discussion of an idea proposed by Christine Kraemer on her Sermons from the Mound blog on Patheos.com. She proposes that bloggers and commenters sit down to coffee or some such and talk face to face. Great idea, but many bloggers and commenters rarely have the opportunity to do so, most of them living long distances from each other. But it does inspire a good idea…. Instead of spending all our time on Facebook, Twitter or wherever, we should spend time with people. Face to face.

Shauna Aura Knight was supposed to join us on the air, but a scheduling conflict came up which prevented her from doing so. We carried on as best we could without her direct input while discussed some of her recent articles on leadership in the Pagan community. Three articles in particular are available in the series as of show time.

In her Grassroots article, Shauna makes reference and links to an article by Ivo Dominguez Jr on the Pagans&Witches site about being the agent of change. She has also recently published an article on PaganActivist in which she talks about that dreaded idea, “paying for services“, which prompted RevKess to remember an article he wrote on the same topic for Off the Beaten Path.

Music

  1. Kellianna – The Ancient Ones – The Ancient Ones
  2. Cernunnos Rising – The Great World Tree – Urban Druid
  3. Frenchy and the Punk – Catapult to the Highlands – Thread & Stone
  4. SJ Tucker – In the House of Mama Dragon – Haphazard
  5. Omnia – Mercy Seat – Poetree

MMM: 011914 Animals & Healing

crayon animalsTo continue with our animal inspired shows this month, thank you Michelle for the musings, we launched into a delightful collection of songs from artists like the Beach Boys, Cornell Kindernecht & Martin McCall, Cynthia McQuillan, the Brave Combo and more. Along the way we introduced some brand new music (to us) from Cornell & McCall and Phoenix Rising.

Dr. E/Hyperion – founder of the Unnamed Path tradition and Santero conjure man

Towards the end of the first hour we paid homage to Dr E, the conjure man and Santero, as well as asked for healing energy to be sent towards Donald Michael Kraig, author and teacher, and Morning Glory Zell, Oberon’s beloved wife. Dr. E died of a heart attack early last week, and both Donald and Morning Glory are in hospital battling complications with cancer.

  1. Pet Sounds – Beach Boys – (title)
  2. Gecko – Cornell Kinderknecht and Martin McCall – Dream Time
  3. Golden Buddha – Phoenix Rising – Mystic Places
  4. Sky Children – Akasa – Portal
  5. Arabesque – Andre Feriante – Novella-Ukulele Mosaique
  6. Unicorns in the Forest – Gerald Jay Markoe – Ancient Ceremonies
  7. Fur and Feather – Anne Hill – Circle Round and Sing
  8. Children’s Totem Chant – Spiral Rhythm – Roll of Thunder
  9. Circle of Life (From Lion King), in the style of Gregorian Chant – Voices of Ascension – Bibbidi Bobbidi Bach
  10. Healing Circle Song – Crow Women – Crow Goddess

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    Donald Michael Kraig, author of Modern Magick

  11. A Lifetime Spent – Paul Spaeth – Redemption
  12. Taranis, Celtic – Get Tribal – God of Drum
  13. Feed the Birds (from Mary Poppins), in the style of Brahms – Shanghai Quartet –  Heigh-Ho! Mozart
  14. The Tortoise – Anne Lister – A Flame in Avalon
  15. Cats in the Dawn – Cynthia McQuillian – Bedlam Cats
  16. Three Ducks Waltz/Polka/Cha Cha – Brave Combo – Mood Swing Music
  17.  Cats and Fairies – Morgana Davies – Fairy Gifts-Celtic Folk Tales
  18. Were-Owl – SJ Tucker – Mischief
  19. Eagle – Life in General – No Need to be Lonely (Disc 2)
  20. The Waves Down In the Ocean –  Karan Casey and friends –  Seal Maiden
  21. Alligator in the House –  Tricky Pixie –  Mythcreants
  22. White Rabbit – Tuatha Dea – the Tribe

    Morning Glory

  23. Unicornis – Corvus Corax – Gimli
  24. The Tiger – Coyote Run – Between Wick and Flame
  25. House of Mama Dragon – SJ Tucker – Haphazard

Dr E, as Hyperion, guested on an episode of the Pagan-Musings Podcast in January of 2011. He joined RevKess and KaliSara to talk about the magick of men who love men and his tradition The Unnamed Path.

Donald Michael Kraig is the author of numerous books and articles, including Modern Magick and Modern Sex Magick. He has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.

Morning Glory, the beloved wife of Oberon Zell (founder of the Church of All Worlds) is an avid devotee of the Goddess. She paid KaliSara and RevKess an unexpected visit while they were interviewing Ariel, the editrix of The Green Egg, and Oberon in an episode of Pagan-Musing Podcast in June 2011. She spoke of her Goddess statue collection and Goddess retreats. She entered the ICU with kidney failure and dehydration related to recurring battle with cancer.

PMP: Enough is enough!

Show notes for Pagan-Musings Podcast, Sunday 12 January 2014:

RevKess and KaliSara call it as they see it in this edition of Pagan-Musings Podcast. Inspired in part by a blog entry on Radical Wind, your hosts stroll down the lane of radical thinking. The hosts did not set out to bash on Witch Wind or even on Z Budapest, but to call them out on the hypocrisy of their words and how those words hurt more than heal. They also covered some of the intersections of discrimination.

The topic focused heavily on the concepts introduced by Witch Wind’s blog article. “All intercourse is rape.” “Men crave power over women.” And other similar concepts. As well as talking about how Z Budapest has said that all men are secretly gay and are a danger to woman as they forcibly have sex with them to hide their gayness. (Unfortunately the article of Budapest’s that states is no longer online, but you can read segments of it in one of KaliSara’s blog posts from February 2012.)

The thrust of the topic addresses “intersectionality”. Wikipedia’s article on intersectionality begins: Intersectionality (or Intersectionalism) is the study of intersections between different disenfranchised groups or groups of minorities; specifically, the study of the interactions of multiple systems of oppression or discrimination.

KaliSara and RevKess would like to say thank you to their friend Arthur for sharing much of the below listed articles as well as many more.

Additional links pertaining to intersectionality

Music

  1. Celia – Ground, Center, & Shield – For the Asking
  2. Tuatha Dea – Irish Handfasting (fea. Damh the Bard) – The Tribe
  3. Avalon Rising – God Walks Among Us – Songs for the Goddess: A Pagan Music Compliation
  4. Paradiso & Rasamayi – Attuning to Onenes – Attuning to Oneness

MMM: Pet Shop Minions

One of our long time listeners called us last week to share that she had recently had to put her cat down. A said day indeed. Many of us have been there. She asked if we could play some cat songs for her. Unfortunately it was tracking week and the show was all mapped out. So to make up for that we decided to do an entire show of pet and animal music. Turns out we are going to do at least two! Here is the play list from Sunday 12 January 2014 on Murphy’s Magic Mess on KZUM in Lincoln, NE.

  1. Pet Sounds – Beach Boys – (title)
  2. Hero’s Journey – Akasa – Portal
  3. The Dragon’s Breath – David Arkenstone – The Celtic Book of Days
  4. Eyes in the Forest – Andre Feriante – Novella Ukulele Mosaique
  5. Unicorns in the Forest – Gerald Jay Markoe – Ancient Ceremonies
  6. The Siamese Cat Song [From Lady and the Tramp, in the Style of Falla] – Scott Tennant – Bibbidi Bobbidi Bach
  7. Adad, Babylon – Get Tribal – God of Drum
  8. Lake Monster-Spooky Foggy Harbor – Dragon Ritual Drummers – the Epic: a Drum Opera
  9. Big Cat – Afro-Celt Sound System – Vol. 2: Release
  10. Spirit of the Eagle – Craig Olson – Beyond the Ceder Moon
  11. Frog & Turtle/To be a Human – Dovie Thomason & Ulali – Lessons from the Animal People
  12. Children’s Totem Chant – Spiral Rhythm – Roll of Thunder
  13. Girl with Lion’s Tail – SJ Tucker – Mischief
  14. Dance of the Rats – Emerald Rose – Archives for Ages to Come
  15. Lord of the Pounce – Marc Gunn – Irish Drinking Songs for Cat-Lovers
  16. Hot Frogs on the Loose – Fred Small – Everything Possible: Fred Small in Concert
  17. Tennessee Bird Walk – Various Artists – Kookie Kountry
  18. I go Like the Raven – Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer – Drum Hat Buddha
  19. Autumn Cats – Cynthia McQuillian – Bedlam Cats
  20. Dog – Bryan Bowers – By Heart
  21. Doggie Dance – Big Lou – Dogs Playing Polka
  22. Dead Gerbil Jam – Kenny Klein – Fairy Queen
  23. Anti-Gerbil Song – Dale Bacon – unreleased single
  24. House of Mama Dragon – SJ Tucker – Haphazzard

PMP: Anything Goes & Anne Hill

To be perfectly honest, less than six hours before the show went live, RevKess and KaliSara had no real idea of what they were going to talk about in this week’s episode. Not because they were lacking for topics or were being lazy. Launching the year on the show can be tiring.  They want to make sure that they kick things off with a bang. So, for lack of being decisive, they were going to a strictly “anything goes” musings show. That all changed when Geoffrey Stewart, the lynch pin for the Pagan Values Blogject, tagged RevKess in a comment to a post in the Pagan Values group on Facebook. Anne Hill, who visited the show on 6 May 2012 to discuss her ebook The Baby and the Bathwater, is an instructor at Cherry Hill Seminary. This winter semester she has been asked to do a non-credited condensed version of her Pagan Ethics masters level class.

Real World Pagan Ethics is the name of the four week class being offered through Cherry Hill. Available to all students of Cherry Hill, first time or master’s program, for only $95. The core reading is from Brendan Myers’ 2008 release The Other Side of Virtue along with articles from various Pagans around the world who have participated in the annual Pagan Values Blogject – including this article from Deborah Lipp.

What does it mean to be an ethical magical practitioner? How can you tell if a teacher or coven leader has good boundaries? When we step into leadership, how can we make sure we are doing right by our communities? This course is designed to help clarify our internal ethical code, and then apply it to the areas of Community, Service, Ritual, and Leadership. The poet and philosopher M.C. Richards wrote, “It takes a golden ear to be empty enough of itself to hear clearly.” We will approach the formation of healthy, rigorous ethics and boundaries in the spirit of deep listening and open conversation, and follow where it leads.

Along the way they talked about ethics, leadership, elder care and more.

After Anne signed off, RevKess mentioned Boudica Foster’s republished article Celebrity Pagans, talking about what are commonly referred to as BNPs (Big Named/Nosed Pagans) and SJ Tucker’s upcoming changes to her music catalog, dropping the use of the word “Gypsy” in at least four songs and her bio. The discussion in comments is really interesting to read. (As well as taking a listen to an episode of Sound & Spirit on WGBH.)

Music

  1. Wendy Rule – Black Snake – Black Snake
  2. FishBird – Marie LaVeau – FishBird
  3. Damh the Bard – The Wicker Man (single release, 3 January 2014)
  4. SJ Tucker – The Great Velocipede Migration – Wonders