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: 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

The Mess Debuts Damh’s Wicker Man Single

Sunday the 5th of January brought what we believe to be a first on Murphy’s Magic Mess, the US debut of Damh the Bard’s newest single, The Wicker Man. Released to the public on the 3rd, to the best of our knowledge the Mess was the first terrestrial radio show to play this wonderful single from British Pagan/Druid recording artist Damh the Bard. You can listen to and purchase the single here.

I enjoyed teasing Murf and Kate, as well as the listeners, with hints at what was in store late in the show. Along with Damh’s single we also played a lot of new New Age music from artists like Kristin Amarie, Yang Yiing, Timothy Wenzel, Steven Vitali, Masako and Dan Chadburn. In the second half of the show we brought you new music from SJ Tucker, Wendy Rule and of course Damh the Bard. Along the way we played classic pieces from Inanna, Ubaka Hill and Lesiem. So much more. Check out the play list below for a full listing of the music.

Play List

Song Title Featured Artist Album
Wytches Chant ’98 Inkubus Sukkubus Away with the Fairies
The Other Side of Tristesse Masako Call of the Mountains
Mystery Dan Chadburn Nocturnes
Heaven, Human, Earth Yang Ying Elixir
A Sign of the Dragon Steven Vitali Language of the Soul
Winter in Shimla Kristin Amarie Notes from a Journey
The Bridge to Our Dreams Timothy Wenzel River Serene
Druids Trance Psicodreamics Ancient Wisdom
Rainbow People Inanna Skin and Bone
Ice Sorm Alexander James Adams Ember Days
Sahara Sunrise Sonic Tribe Sonic Tribe
Sistory Ubaka Hill Dance the Spiral Dance
Ave Fortuna Lesiem Mystic Spirit Voices [Intent City]
Carouselle Accolade Festivalia
Song of the Witches SJ Tucker Wonders
The Wicker Man Damh the Bard The Wicker Man
Seasons of the Witch FishBird FishBird
Salacious Claque Rosin Coven Sing Me Malaise

It was tracking again this week, so the play list reads differently than how I normally post it.

MP: Rock It, Pagan Style pt 1 & 2

Click to Listen

Click to Listen, pt 1 – Pt 2 available here.

Well now, would seem that RevKess has been even more neglectful of things than usual.  It has been some time since he did an edition of Musica Pagani. He’s making it up for it the best he can with a two parter: Rock It, Pagan Style!

Earlier in 2013, Kenny Klein launched a recording project with his touring band FishBird. Some of the music they did was rock-like covers of some of his older music. And of course, every good musician is experimenting with new pieces whenever possible. That’s just what FishBird has done.

In this two parter of Musica Pagani you will get a taste of FishBird as well as some other rocking musicians and bands with a distinctive Pagan flare. Everyone from Leigh Anne Hussey with her unreleased Uglytown demo to Wendy Rule and Rosin Coven, with stops along the way to visit with Omnia and Frenchy and the Punk.

We do hope that you have enjoyed this special edition of Musica Pagani!

Play List, Pt 1

  1. FishBird – Season of the Witch – FishBird
  2. Omnia – Intro (Anima & Faun) – Live Religion
  3. Omnia – Du Laman – Live Religion
  4. Omnia – Auta Luonto – Live Religion
  5. Wendy Rule – Continental Isolation – Continental Isolation EP
  6. Wendy Rule – The King Moon – Artemis EP
  7. FishBird – Fur and Feather (into) The Cuckoos Nest – FishBird
  8. Spiral Dance – Spirit of Albion / Wooden Box – Through a Sylvan Doorway (feat. Damh the Bard)
  9. Rosin Coven – Water Don’t Talk to Me – Sing Me Malaise

Play List, pt 2

  1. FishBird – Jam (session, into) Marie Laveau – FishBird
  2. Nuit – House of Sleep – Mother Night
  3. Nuit – Look at Me – Mother Night
  4. Uglytown – Babylon is  Fallen – demo (unreleased)
  5. Uglytown – My Winter Song – demo (unreleased)
  6. FishBird – Pagan Jugband Blues – FishBird
  7. FishBird – Fairy Queen (into) Mandrake – FishBird
  8. Frenchy and the Punk – Blacksmith – Elephant Uproar
  9. Fenchy and the Punk – Lunar Frenzy – Hey Hey Cabaret
  10. Frenchy and the Punk – Magician and the Dancer – Happy Madness
  11. Rosin Coven – House of Roses – Sing Me Malaise
  12. FishBird – Victor – FishBird
  13. FishBird – Little Amazon – FishBird

PWN #106 – Heather Greene & Pagan Media

On this week’s edition of the Pagan Weekly News, Heather Greene joined RevKess for a lengthy discussion of Pagan media. Heather is a contributor to Circle Magazine, a columnist for The Wild Hunt, an adviser for Lady Liberty League and the current National Public Information Officer for Covenant of the Goddess. She also writes on her personal blog about various topics.

The first half hour of the show was brief coverage of some Pagan related news as well as some goings-on in the United Kingdom. Heather joined the broadcast around the bottom of the first hour. For the majority of the program she and RevKess discussed a variety of Pagan media related issues. Rounding out the end of the show RevKess visited on a couple of other news items.

Links

Music

  1. Omnia – I Don’t Speak Human – Musick & Poetree
  2. Damh the Bard – Pagan Ways – Cauldron Born
  3. Spiral Dance (featuring Damh the Bard) – Spirit of Albion/Wooden Box – Through a Sylvan Doorway

Musica Pagani #10: Drumming in the Harvest

RevKess had a blast with the 10th edition of Musica Pagani. Drumming in the Harvest was full of drumming and lively music. A true harvest celebration.

With harvest related pieces from Damh the Bard, Jenna Greene, Cernunnos Rising and Heartbeat, as well as drumming interpretation of African inspired music from Hennie Bekker and rock styles from Omnia, this edition brings you a collection of music from around several places around the globe.

This was a real chance for RevKess to share some of his favorite drumming pieces he’s collected over the years, most of his favorite drumming groups have been kind enough to allow airplay on PMPChannel. Tuatha Dea, Elvendrums, Dragon Ritual Drummers and Frenchy and the Punk to name but a few.

  1. Dragon Ritual Drummers – Heart Beat – Passage
  2. Tuatha Dea – The Blessings – The Tribe (featuring Spiral Rhythm)
  3. Hennie Bekker – Cry of the Wilderness – Temba: African Tapestries
  4. Tuatha Dea – Bagabi – Kith & Kin
  5. Dragon Ritual Drummers – Bamboula – Volume 2
  6. Spiral Dance – Fae Dance – Through a Sylvan Doorway
  7. Frenchy and the Punk – Carnival – Elephant Uproar
  8. Frenchy and the Punk – The Chase – Elephant Uproar
  9. Damh the Bard – Lughnasadh Dance – Cauldron Born
  10. Spiral Dance – Pocket Full of Thyme/Guardian’s Dance – Through a Sylvan Doorway
  11. Cernunnos Rising – Hearbeat of Harvest – Wild Soul
  12. Jenna Greene – Harvest – Crossroads
  13. Heartbeat – Heartbeat of the Earth – Bloodmoon
  14. Omnia – Cernunnos – Sine Missione
  15. Omnia – Dionysos – Sine Missione
  16. Omnia – Flora – Sine Missione
  17. Frenchy and the Punk – Specter of Land and Sea – Elephant Uproar
  18. Elvendrums – Dreamtime – Gateway to Faerie
  19. Elvendrums – Walking in the Woods – The Dragon
  20. Omnia – Love in the Forest – Wolf Love 
  21. Omnia – I Don’t Speak Human – Musick and Poetree 
  22. Cernunnos Rising – The Great World Tree – Urban Druid 
  23. Tuatha Dea – The Hunt (Corners) – Kith & Kin
  24. Dragon Ritual Drummers – Serpentine Seduction – Tribal Magick (digital release)
  25. Wendy Rule – Elemental – The Wolf Sky
  26. Wendy Rule – Deity – Deity
  27. Spiral Dance – Summer’s Farewell/Bo Mhin Toitean/Idbury Hill – Through a Sylvan Doorway

Musica Pagani #7

Another edition of Musica Pagani is in archives. Thank you to all who listened live and to those who are listening in archives. RevKess enjoys music and enjoys sharing that music with people. Musica Pagani brings a wide selection of music to the listener from the New Age and Pagan music genres.

This edition featured music from Fiona Joy Hawkins, Al Conti, Brian Henke, Meg Bowles, Mama Gina, Frenchy and the Punk, Blackmore’s Night and Damh the Bard. The July start up music is from Jenna Greene and the closing song is from Tuatha Dea. Following is the detailed playlist with links to artists and some videos of the songs played during the program.

Piano, flute, guitar and synth for the new age section. Homegrown, drums, rock and bardic for the vocal Pagan section. Wonderful combination of sounds in this collection of music. A hearty thank you and much love to all the talents who have made their delicious music available to us here at the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel. The Musica Pagani show is for them and for you, the listener. Enjoy! and let us know what you think of the line-up by emailing us at paganmusings@gmail.com or commenting on this blog post.

Music

  1. Jenna Greene – Rise Up Singin’ – Crossroads
  2. Fiona Joy Hawkins – 600 Years – 600 Years in a Moment
  3. Fiona Joy Hawkins – The Lost Ballerina – 600 Years in a Moment
  4. Fiona Joy Hawkins – Running on Joy – 600 Years in a Moment
  5. Al Conti – The Merchant’s Rose – The Blue Rose
  6. Al Conti – The Rainbow Bridge – Northern Seas
  7. Al Conti – Quest for Orpheus – Poeta
  8. Brian Henke – A Dancing Gnome – A Child’s Garden
  9. Brian Henke – Willow – Seven Magic Spells
  10. Brian Henke – It’s a Beautiful Day – Seven Magic Spells
  11. Meg Bowles – Into the Gloaming – The Shimmering Land
  12. Meg Bowles – Night Walk Across the Isle of Dream – The Shimmering Land
  13. Meg Bowles – The Sweetness of Mist – The Shimmering Land
  14. Mama Gina – Freya’s Lullaby (single)
  15. Mama Gina – Flicker and Flame (the Firefly Song) – Goddess Kiss’d 
  16. Mama Gina – Sisters Waiting – Goddess Kiss’d
  17. Frenchy and the Punk – Specter of the Forest and Sea – Elephant Uproar
  18. Frenchy and the Punk – Orient Express – Elephant Uproar
  19. Frenchy and the Punk – Rock Paper Scissors – Elephant Uproar 
  20. Blackmore’s Night – The Spinner’s Tale – Dancer and the Moon
  21. Blackmore’s Night – The Last Leaf – Dancer and the Moon
  22. Blackmore’s Night – Lady in Black – Dancer and the Moon
  23. Damh the Bard – Ceridwen & Taliesin – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
  24. Damh the Bard – Spirit of Albion – Spirit of Albion
  25. Damh the Bard – The Land of the Ever Young – The Hills They Are Hollow
  26. Tuatha Dea – The Blessing – The Tribe

Video Bonus

Dancing Hands has been producing some wonderful ASL videos, here is their cover of Rootless by SJ Tucker. 

Damh the Bard performs the title track from Antlered Crown and Standing Stone live at the Glastonbury Assembly Rooms. 

 

PMP: The Basics of Spellcraft

KaliSara and RevKess scrambled at the last minute to decide on a topic for this edition. Originally, Tuatha Dea was going to be joining them for a conversation about their music and other wonderful things. Unfortunately, a scheduling conflict came up. So, KaliSara suggested visiting the basics of spell work.

As most people, at least when they are starting out, focus on love and money… Prosperity was the topic to launch the discussion with. Later in the show they touched  on love magick.

KaliSara describes her method of spell casting as “the constipated grunt.” RevKess is more or less a ceremonialist. He self described in the show as a 50/50 ceremonialist/”constipated grunter”.

One of the most common forms of spell casting is candle magick. Candle magick is the use of candles when doing magick.  That is a basic definition. The process of candle magick can vary from person to person. Essentially, most practitioners of candle magick will use color correspondences, oils and/or herbs, as well as other objects associated with the intention of the spell being worked. Raymond Buckland has two books on candle magick that the listener might find useful. Practical Candle Burning Rituals and Advanced Candle Magick. These are just two of the many books and resources for candle magick.

spell casting in progress - cat plaqueDuring the show, RevKess used the example of using a green candle for casting a prosperity spell. In the outline for such a spell, he suggests that you choose a green candle as it represents money. (Gold, silver, or white can be used if a green candle is not available. Truly, any color candle will work if it feels right to the spell caster.) One would “dress” or anoint the candle with an appropriate oil and roll it in dried herbs that correspond to the intent of the spell. As this example is a prosperity spell, RevKess suggests olive oil and cinnamon. He also suggested placing a circle of shiny new dimes around the candle. Here is one site which lists herbal correspondences for prosperity and wealth.

Knot magick is another method one can use to bring prosperity into their life. KaliSara talked about a basic knot spell that she has used in the past with some measure of success. Take a string, cord, ribbon, or even a length of your own hair. Tie a knot in one end, this knot represents you. At the other end tie a second knot, this knot represents your desired goal. Loop the cord and tie a knot that brings the previous two knots together. This brings you and the object of your desire together. Burn away the remaining cord as if you were burning away that which keeps you from your goal.

A simple knot spell chant or rhyme that RevKess has known for over 20 years:

By this knot of one
The spell has begun.
By this knot of two
It comes true.
By this knot of three
It must be.
By this knot of four
It’s empowered more.
By this knot of five
The power thrives.
By this knot of six
This spell I fix.
By this knot of seven
‘Tis manna from heaven.
By this knot of eight
It is my fate.
By this knot of nine
My desire is mine.

Herb craft and kitchen witchery are very powerful ways to bring about the manifestation of your desires. Linked above is a site that has some correspondences for herbs useful in prosperity magick. Keeping in mind that not all herbs are edible, kitchen magick or witchery brings the essence of the herbs into your body and as you digest them you incorporate those energies into your being.

Love magick….Well, now. What most people expect when it comes to love magick is that they can cast a spell to bring a specific person into their life for love and sex. KaliSara and RevKess do not condone such magick. Instead, for love magick, they both recommend that any spells cast should be to “bring love into your life.” Sounds cliche, but it is not. One very good way to bring love into your life is to learn to love yourself – all your beauties and all your uglies. It is only when you are comfortable with yourself and love yourself that you can be open and ready to accept the love of another who might be waiting just around the corner or may already be in your life.

Music

  1. Spiral Dance – Magick – The Quickening
  2. Wendy Rule – The Circle Song – The Wolf Sky 
  3. Tuatha Dea – The Blessing – The Tribe
  4. Isaac Bonewits – Call the Quarters – Avalon is Rising
  5. Damh the Bard – The Sons and Daughters of Robin Hood – Antlered Crown & Standing Stone
  6. Omnia – Stand Up – Musick 
  7. Heather Dale – Stone Soup – Call the Names
  8. SJ Tucker – In the House of Mama Dragon – Haphazard 

PWN #98: Summer Solstice, Snowden & More

The 98th edition of Pagan Weekly News aired at 9am Central on 18 June 2013. Among many topics discussed, RevKess and Zaracon spent some time with Summer Solstice, some recent and upcoming book releases and an update on PRISM and Edward Snowden.

Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice is being celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere this time of year. It is also known as Litha by some and Midsummer by others. The names for this festival vary depending on your tradition, heritage, culture and region. Suffice it to say, it is a celebration of Summer and of Life.

Our friends in the Southern Hemisphere are celebrating the Winter Solstice or Yule. We give a salute to them with a song at the end of the show.

LINKS

Music

  1. SJ Tucker – The Truth About Ninjas – Mischief
  2. Isaac Bonewits – We Won’t Shave Any Longer – Avalon is Rising!  (RevKess misspoke during the show, this is We Won’t Any Longer. Still a good song! RevKess may be making a video for We Won’t Shave Any Longer later this year.)
  3. Damh the Bard – Cloak of Feathers – Herne’s Apprentice 
  4. Spiral Dance – Solstice Evergreen – The Quickening

Update & Further Info on Snowden & PRISM

On Tuesday the 11th of June, 2013, RevKess reported on the PRISM scandal and the whistle blower Edward Snowden who at that time was hiding from US officials somewhere in Hong Kong. Since then, there have been some concerns on the veracity of his claims and his history.

Many media sites are defending Edward Snowden, the Guardian being one of them. Snowden approached the Guardian to get his story out instead of US news sources. Read why: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/11/edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-profile

Yet others say he has gone from whistle blower to traitor. See the story SCMP.com “Edward Snowden: US Government has been hacking Hong Kong and China. You can also read, on the Guardian no less, how Snowden has potentially weakened his own defense if brought to trial in the US on charges of espionage: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/11/edward-snowden-defence

Other related articles from the Guardian:

In other news….

PMP: Avoiding the Holiday Rush

ImageTo start out the month of December, RevKess and KaliSara talked about ways to celebrate the Winter Holidays without getting trampled in the holiday rush. Covering everything from shopping to family gatherings to creating family traditions, the show was filled with fun and information. Visit the BTR page for Pagan-Musings and listen to this episode and other shows from the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel.

Music Play List:

  1. Damh the Bard – The Sons and Daughters of Robin Hood – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
  2. Spiral Dance – Solstice Evergreen – The Quickening
  3. Bone Poets Orchestra – Solstice Call – Atheist Anthems
  4. Emerald Rose – Santa Claus is Pagan Too
  5. Marc Gunn – Celtic Christmas Elf Conscription
  6. Marc Gunn – Christmas in Scotland

leaf and bark candlesAs we move through the Winter Holidays there is a lot of pressure for everyone to do more. Before the influx of consumerism that is Western Civilization, people would take this time of year to regroup, to reflect and to prepare.

During the show, the hosts spoke about how they are going to attempt to avoid some of the holiday madness when it comes to shopping. KaliSara mentioned browsing around on Etsy and doing other online shopping. RevKess talked about starting the holiday gift shopping as early as the December before. Both mentioned the idea of regifting.

They also spent some time talking about how some people feel that when it comes to the big holiday dinner that they have to do it all themselves and if it doesn’t turn out perfect it was a failure. This simply is not true. First, you do not have to make every single dish your self. Second, accidents happen and sometimes they make the dinner that much better.

RevKess’s family likes to do a potluck dinner for most holidays. This enables the host(s) to focus on their guests. By providing the main dish, or some central dish to the meal, the host(s) have more time to prepare their home and make things as enjoyable as possible. This also allows the guests to bring a dish or more that they feel is important to their holiday celebration. Not to mention assures that there will be at least one dish they will enjoy.

It has been some time since his family has all gotten together for a holiday feast. Being one of seven children and each of his siblings having children (and many of them grandchildren already), a full family gathering can be a logistic nightmare. But it is something that he is looking forward to doing sometime in the future.

MysteriesOfHeaven

This is also one of the times out of the year where many Pagans take a little time to ponder and reflect on what they have accomplished in the past year. The Dark of the Year begins around Samhain and continues through (at least) Yule. Those who follow the Celtic calendar have already celebrated the New Year and those who follow the secular Western calendar are preparing to do so at the end of the month. During these two months many people look back over the year and what they have done. It is a time to analyze the events and things that they have in their lives to see what has served them and what has held them back. It is time to begin laying the ground work for the coming year.

In this time of family and celebration it is also a time for us to look to our past and to our future. What have we accomplished that has lifted us forward? What have we done that has held us back? What people and things have come into our lives that bring us joy and enlightenment? What people and things have come to us that do us nothing but harm? These are questions that we must ask ourselves from time to time. During the Dark of the Year seems just as good a time as any.

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