PMP: Why we do what we do

It has been five years since RevKess dragged KaliSara online to do the first episode of Pagan-Musings. Hard to believe it has been that long! And yes, RevKess had to “drag” KaliSara. He was unemployed and going stir crazy, trying to find something to fill his time while waiting for potential employers to get back with him. So he asked her, “Wanna sit in on my first podcast? I don’t know what I am doing, but it could be a lot of fun!” Five years later and they’ve hardly missed a week (those that have been missed have been due to technical difficulties).

Both hosts enjoy doing the show. They enjoy the music and meeting them musicians. They enjoy the books and talking with the authors. They enjoy sharing news and information with their listeners. On a deeper level, RevKess feels that the show, indeed almost everything he does with PMPChannel, is part of a calling that he has to teach. For KaliSara she feels that she has something to share with others, with the hopes that what she shares will be of benefit to others.

Along the way both hosts shared some of their favorite topics and guests. As you can see from the list below, PMPChannel plays host to other shows, some of them as one-off’s, some as series. PMPChannel plays home to the podcast version of Murphy’s Magic Mess and Lavender Hill from KZUM.

MUSIC

  1. Cernunnos Rising – The Witches Tree – Urban Druid
  2. Leigh Ann Hussey – Greenmantle – Homebrew
  3. Damh the Bard – Raggle Taggle Gypsies – Herne’s Apprentice
  4. SJ Tucker – Cheshire Kitten – Mischief
  5. Celia – Everyday Goddess – Breathe
  6. Lon Milo DuQuette – Sweet Babalon – I’m Baba Lon
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PWN: Faux news, discerning the truth from fiction in the news

RevKess and Zaracon freely admit that the Pagan Weekly News is not part of any recognized mainstream news service.  They do however endeavor to provide as accurate of information as they can during their broadcasts, often fact checking before, during, and after each broadcast to make sure that their information is correct. That said, PWN has earned a reputation in the Pagan world as a source for news.

Image from Faux News:Fairly Unbalanced on Facebook

Beginning the show with updates on the Marion Zimmer Bradley scandal and the discrimination issues Seekers Temple is facing in Beebe, AR (pt. 1, pt. 2), they moved to other cases of religious discrimination and separation of church and state in the United States. In the second hour Zaracon had to excuse himself for health reasons. RevKess moved into a discussion of how to discern truth from fiction in the news media.

LINKS

  • A Pagan priest in Huntsville, AL has become the center of national media coverage because of the city council changing their agenda and denying him the duty of the opening invocation for their June session.
  • Online source of information on religious tolerance, Wiccan section of the site.
  • SCOTUS’s recognition of Wicca and Santeria as religions protected under the law.

MUSIC

  1.  PWN Intro courtesy Aetopus
  2. Wendy Rule – From the Great Above to the Great Below – Black Snake
  3. Dragon Ritual Drummers – Zombi – Passage
  4. Lia Scallon – Mystery of Life – The Luminous Pearl
  5. Frenchy and the Punk – Make it Happen – Hey Hey Cabaret

 

PWN: Z & RevKess Return

After a long absence, Zaracon is easing back into podcasting. He joined RevKess this morning for a new edition of Pagan Weekly News. In the first part of the show you will hear why both Z and RevKess have been absent from PWN for a little while.

Here at the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel we love our musicians and we love to share their music with our listeners. Four of those musically inclined friends are either releasing new CDs this month or working on fund raising campaigns for upcoming CD releases. Mama Gina‘s second CD “The Undertaker’s Daughter” is due out the middle of March. Tuatha Dea is campaigning to raise funds for their “Tufa Tales” project. Heather Dale’s ambitious campaign to not only raise funds for a DVD but to tour her Celtic Avalon workshop is well under way. Frenchy and the Punk are also working on a campaign for their newest musical contribution.

Wiccanate Privilege has been a topic of late for many Pagans of various flavors. David Salisbury was simply musing on his wall Monday night and it turned into a wonderful discourse between many Pagans. If you can, we encourage you to read the thread. A similar discourse took place elsewhere on Facebook.

Heathens on the boundaries of Paganism, RevKess stumbled across a thread in the group Nebraska Heathens United that was inspired by the linked article.

Salem, Mass adds transgender to their non-discrimination laws. Witch City USA is just a little bit further along than some of her neighboring communities. Our gratitude to those who made this possible.

Arizona, among other states, has been battling for certain “freedoms” that would legally allow bigotry – beyond freedom of speech. These religious freedom laws would make it possible for business and professionals to refuse service to anyone who the individuals feel stand against their personal religious beliefs. Heather Greene covers the topic well in her article for the Wild Hunt.

Michigan same-sex marriage trial: RevKess gathered together a selection of links to articles and other coverage related to the on-going trial in Michigan. Those links are all thanks to his friend Cindy Clardy, a former programer on KZUM in Lincoln, NE.

Satanic Panic in South Africa is alive and well. Being spurred on by the Occult Crimes Unit of the South African Police Services and misinformation from evangelicals in the region, citizens are falling victim to false accusations of witchcraft and other demonic activities. IOL News out of South Africa is doing its part to “spread the word” on these supposed crimes and the jumping-to-conclusions by the Occult Crimes Unit.

The Norse Mythology Blog has once again been nominated for Religion Blog of the Year for the Bloggies. If the blog wins again this year it will be inducted into the Bloggies hall of fame, having received the award for three years.

MUSIC

  1. Mama Gina – Song of Atonement – Goddess Kiss’d
  2. SJ Tucker – Firebird’s Child – Solace & Sorrow
  3. Tuahta Dea – The Blessing – The Tribe (featuring Spiral Rhythm)
  4. Dragon Ritual Drummers – Serpentine Seduction – Tribal Magick
  5. Mama Gina – Freya’s Lullaby – The Undertaker’s Daughter

PMP: 2013 in Review

On this week’s edition of Pagan-Musings, KaliSara and RevKess reviewed some of the highlights of 2013. Not just from the series, but some of their personal highlights. Late in the show they talk about some of their plans for 2014.

The following list is some of our favorite shows from 2013, and favorites from our listeners, in particular order.

  • Theisms – In which RevKess and KaliSara attempt to give brief descriptions and conversations regarding many of the “theisms” of modern Paganism.
  • Native/Indigenous Gender Attitudes and Issues – In which KaliSara talks with Scott Marker of Turtle Creek Reservation, and his wife, about some of the issues and attitudes of gender in some of the Native American cultures.
  • PWN #79 – The most popular episode of Pagan Weekly News for 2013. Unfortunately, RevKess was not very good at show descriptions for PWN in January 2013, so you will have to listen to the show to know why it was so popular.
  • Officers of Avalon – In which KaliSara speaks with Amber Moon and Tim Flanagan of Officers of Avalon, a Pagan networking and support group for police, paramedics, firefighters, etc.
  • Wendy Rule & Living the Magick – In which RevKess and KaliSara talk with Wendy Rule about her music and her online class “Living the Magick.”
  • Crystal Blanton – In which RevKess and KaliSara speak with Crystal Blanton about her books and issues that are unique to Pagans of color.
  • Heathenry Panel – Not as much of a panel as it was supposed to be, but a good conversation nonetheless.
  • Kari Tauring – In which RevKess and KaliSara visit with Kari Tauring about Heathen magic.
  • Sacred Sexuality Pt 6 – In which KaliSara and RevKess are joined for a while by Stormcrow to talk about polyamorous relationships.
  • Dark Goddesses – In which KaliSara explores the Dark Goddesses of various pantheons and shares how they are not “evil” or always “negative.”
  • Walking Through the Dark – In which KaliSara and RevKess discuss facing our darkest fears and coming through at the over end.
  • Origami Condoms – An episode of Lavender Hill from October.
  • Civil Divisiveness – An episode of Lavender Hill from December.
  • Kyrja & Tonia – In which KaliSara talks with Kyrja and Tonia about authoring and illustrating Pagan Childrens books.
  • Kyrja & Attacking Religion – In which Kyrja talks openly about the various attacks she and her family dealt with from December 2012 into the middle part of 2013.
  • Kyrja follow ups….
  • Environmentally Conscious Pagans – In which RevKess and KaliSara visit with Shauna Aura Knight on how to be more environmentally aware as Pagans.
  • Telergy & the Legend o Goody Cole – In which RevKess has a conversation with Robert McClung, composer and musician with Telergy.
  • Heartland Panel – Live recording of the 2013 Heartland Speakers’ Panel, moderated by Barbara Criswell. Ed Hubbard, Janet Farrar, Gavin Bone, and Mike Nichols participating.
  • Norse Mythology – KaliSara has had several episodes regarding Heathenry in 2013, most of which RevKess was not available for. Here’s a primer on Norse myth.

We spent a little time discussing Peter Dybing’s “Ten Pagans Who Made a Difference in 2013“, more as a wish list of guests for 2014.

Music from this Edition

  1. Anima – Ancient Future – Light of Aluna
  2. Kari Tauring – The Wheel – A New Yuletide Celebration
  3. Emerald Rose – Freya, Shakti – Bending Tradition
  4. Robert Linton – Seasons of Years Past – Throughout the Autumn Light

PMPChannel: Call for Contributors

2013 is in full swing and the hosts and producers of the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel are busy working away on topics, interviews, stories, and getting more music to entertain the listeners. At this time they would also like to ask you, the listener, to contribute to the Channel.

podcastbannerad3Pagan-Musings Podcast: Hosted by KaliSara and RevKess, Pagan-Musings Podcast is the mother show of PMPChannel. The hosts are always on the look out for new topics that catch the interest of the general Pagan community and would like to hear from you on what you would like to hear included in their shows. Music, books, topics of interest, upcoming events, whatever you think is important to at least a small portion of the Pagan community will be considered. Contact the hosts at paganmusings@gmail.com if you have something would like to hear discussed on the show.

RevKess and KaliSara enjoy interviewing authors, musicians, and Pagans who are making a difference in the community. Some of the previous guests include Anne Hill, Peter Dybing, Kerr Cuhulain, Starhawk, Teo Bishop, and many more.

Authors can send ebooks or inquiries for mailing address to paganmusings@gmail.com. Musicians are encouraged to send mp3s to the same address. Anyone can be a person making a difference in their community, anyone could be a guest of the show.

PWN banner 1Pagan Weekly News: RevKess and Zaracon are always looking for other Pagans in the Global Community who would like to contribute to PWN. Recorded segments regarding news, events, and other information from your community is always welcome. You can email mp3s of your segments to paganmusings@gmail.com, please include “PWN submission” in the subject header.

Past topics discussed on PWN include the World Between Worlds conference, PantheaCon, U.S. politics, changes in the Pagan blogosphere, body image in the Pagan community, and world religions.

MPBTRadbannerMusica Pagani: RevKess is always willing to listen to good music. If you are a Pagan or New Age musician and would like to share you music with Musica Pagani and the listeners of the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel, please send samples to RevKess at paganmusings@gmail.com, please include “Muisca Pagani” in the subject header. Join musicians like Celia, Frenchy and the Punk, Damh the Bard, Omnia, Michael Brant DeMaria and others on Musica Pagani

If you would like to try your hand at podcasting, the producers of the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel are willing to help you explore that field of expression. For more information email paganmusings@gmail.com.

PWN #76: Show Notes

PWN banner 1Thanks to Peter Beckley, these show notes were made possible. You can listen to the 76th edition of PWN at this link.

Some of what was discussed on this edition of PWN:

Heather Dale asks if any fellow indy artists have had trouble monetizing their YouTube channel. Currrently she is a partnet with YouTube, but they don’t believe she’s written her music. Learn more by watching her plea…on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2KXakxq96w&feature=youtu.beA question of Pagan Solidarity-Part II: http://wildhunt.org/2013/01/a-question-of-pagan-solidarity-part-two.htmlWild Hunt Community Notes: http://wildhunt.org/2013/01/pagan-community-notes-the-pomegranate-ronald-hutton-witch-school-and-more.html

Pagan Living TV Episode 2 is now available: http://paganliving.tv/

Celia’s new Indiegogo Campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/CeliaSoundSpirals

Advertisers heard on tonights show:
Pangaia Metaphysical Store

Music from tonight’s show:
Artist – Track – Album
Omnia – Luna – Crone of War
Kenny Klein – Herne the Hunter – High Grows the Barley
Tricky Pixie – Tough Titty Cupcake – Mythcreants
Omnia – Taranis Jupiter – Wolf Love
Frenchy and the Punk – Galloping Glory – Thread & Stone (recorded as Gypsy Nomads)

Falling Behind & Playing Catch Up

Greetings, friends and listeners. RevKess here.

We’ve been very bad about posting to the site this summer. It has been one very busy summer. With fall just around the corner, I think it is time that we all buckle down and see what we can do to make this site what it is meant to be.

What we have been good about is producing the shows on a regular basis and mostly on schedule. I say mostly because the Zaracon Show has been a hit or miss this summer. Our good friend and fellow PMPC host has been experiencing some health issues all summer long and been unable to produce his show with any consistency. He has even elected to take a hiatus from all podcasting during the month of September.

Over the next several weeks, I will be going back through the shows we have aired and at the very least providing music play lists and important links for our listeners to catch on this site. In the mean time, my friends, please continue to bear with us as we attempt to build and grow this site to meet the standards that we (and we hope you) expect from such an informational page.

Thank you all for listening and sharing our show with your friends and family!

-RevKess