TWIH Episode 79: The Needles and the Compassion Done with Denise Cicuto #orlando

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Denise Cicuto returns in this episode to talk about her call to study acupuncture through a visitation by Kuan Yin. We talk about her journey, not only through acupuncture school, but her spiritual journey with Kuan Yin and her current studies of the spiritual side of acupuncture . We also discuss the nature of Kuan Yin, and how compassion isn’t necessarily “fluffy”. We also talk about the importance of self care when doing activism and after major emotional events such as Orlando.

Denise Cicuto is a Witch and Healer. She is a third degree Priest in the Circle of Cerridwen. In another magickal tradition, she is a Gryffindor. Part of her spiritual mission includes leading an interfaith ceremony for those who have experienced pregnancy loss. The ceremony is called Spirit Babies and takes place at least once a year around the Winter Solstice (TWIH Episode 23: Mourning Pregnancy Loss Through Ritual). You can find some of her spiritual musings, which include incorporating Chinese Five Elements into Pagan ritual, at Through the Dragon Door.

A Licensed Acupuncturist, Denise is co-host of TCM Talk, a live show on Periscope focusing on different health issues and how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help. Denise is currently working towards certification in Alchemical Healing with Lorie Dechar and Benjamin Fox. She writes on her own acupuncture blog and also for AcuTake which is a great website for explaining acupuncture to people in a very down-to-earth way.

Links

Cicuto Acupuncture

Circle of Cerridwen (st4r.org)

Books

Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing by Lorie Dechar


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Monthly Call for Interviews and Patreon Support!

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It’s once again time for monthly call for interviews! If you are interested in being interviewed, or know someone who you think I should interview for This Week In Heresy, please let me know.

To get an idea of what I’m looking for, click here. On my wishlist of people I would really would like to interview are (but definitely NOT limited to): LGBTQIA people involved in Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and other faith paths; multi-faith people with practices other than Wicca and Christianity; people who are members of the Quakers, BaHai, Humanist, etc; anyone working in the #blacklivesmatter movement; clergy working in the #blacklivesmatter movement; Latino/a or Hispanic theologians/clergy; atheists; politicians who would like to speak to a spiritual audience; indigenous people who would like to talk about Thanksgiving and other issues; women who would like to talk about abortion and healthcare issues…

Basically, anyone of a progressive and spiritual bent of any tradition (or multiple traditions) who would like to speak to a multi-faith/interfaith audience.

Again, click here for more information, or contact me with any questions you might have. Feel free to share this on all the social medias!

I’d also like to ask that if you have some cash to spare, please consider pledging on my Patreon page. What you might not know is that, all told, each podcast takes approximately 5-6 hours of work from concept to promotion. I don’t receive any money or sponsorships at the moment to do this podcast, nor do I really want to fill up my website with Google ads that will annoy people. So, if you are willing and able, head over to Patreon and help me continue to make this podcast. Alternately, you can make a one-time contribution via PayPal here. If you can’t support me financially, your retweets, re-blogs, shares on Facebook, reposts, etc. are just as important. The more the word gets out about TWIH, the more people can hear these stories.

Regardless of how you support me, I do thank you for the support!

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TWIH’s 2nd Anniversary and Summer Hiatus

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This month marks the 2nd anniversary of This Week In Heresy. It’s been pretty amazing to see where the podcast has gone since I started it. I’ve been able to interview many amazing people over the last couple of years and get to bring many diverse progressive voices to the podcast realm.

But it takes a good deal of work to produce a weekly podcast. Every episode takes 3-4 hours of work just to record and edit, let alone the work to find and schedule interviews. While I still want to keep doing This Week In Heresy, I realized recently that I need to take a hiatus to refresh and re-evaluate what I want to do with TWIH and it’s format. I’m also working on a book that I’d like to publish by the end of the year, and I have a couple of other big projects on the back burner that I really want to move to the front of the queue.

That being said, TWIH will be on hiatus for July and August. I have three interviews in the hopper that will be released to round out this month which I think you’ll really enjoy. I’ll still be looking for interviews during July and August, so if you have suggestions, still feel free to contact me about them. I hope to come back in September with more interviews and hopefully some new directions for This Week In Heresy.

I’d like to thank everyone who has supported This Week In Heresy over the last two years! Your support has meant a lot to me. I’d like to especially thank my wife, Sarah, for all of her support and technical help since the beginning. She has always believed in this work, and it was her encouragement, love, and support that has made this podcast possible.

Thank you all, and I’ll see you in September!

Rev. Gina

PS: I also hope to do some more photo shoots with my wife. Here’s the first one we did of Ereshkigal:

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TWIH Episode 78: The Magick of Pagan Music with Sharon Knight

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After a brief TWIH hiatus, we return with our guest Sharon Knight, a pagan musician who does both solo work and plays as a group with her partner Winter in Pandemonaeon. We talk about the art of performing, the magickal experience of being on stage, the future and past of pagan music, and how music influences her work, both spiritually and professionally. We also talk about her latest album and the work that goes into writing, recording, and making videos for an album.

  

Note: Please excuse the audio weirdness. We were having a bad Skype day.

Festival Favorites Sharon Knight and Winter are internationally touring musicians in the mythic-Celtic vein. Their penchant for combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling has inspired their own style, “Neofolk Romantique”. This often sounds less Celtic and more “Folktales that ran away with the Faeries at the turn of the century and took cover in an old trunk bound for the circus, which was then commandeered by pirates.” This suits them fine.

They have shared stages with mythic music favorites such as Faun, Omnia, Corvus Corax, SJ Tucker, Tricky Pixie, Heather Dale, Wendy Rule, Stellamara, and many more. They have recently completed a 100% crowd-funded CD and music video featuring several of these artists, called Portals, which they are touring to support now.

Links

http://www.sharonknight.net/

http://sharonknight.bandcamp.com/album/portals

https://www.patreon.com/SharonKnight


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Monthly Call for Interviews and Patreon Support!

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It’s once again time for monthly call for interviews! If you are interested in being interviewed, or know someone who you think I should interview for This Week In Heresy, please let me know.

To get an idea of what I’m looking for, click here. On my wishlist of people I would really would like to interview are (but definitely NOT limited to): LGBTQIA people involved in Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and other faith paths; multi-faith people with practices other than Wicca and Christianity; people who are members of the Quakers, BaHai, Humanist, etc; anyone working in the #blacklivesmatter movement; clergy working in the #blacklivesmatter movement; Latino/a or Hispanic theologians/clergy; atheists; politicians who would like to speak to a spiritual audience; indigenous people who would like to talk about Thanksgiving and other issues; women who would like to talk about abortion and healthcare issues…

Basically, anyone of a progressive and spiritual bent of any tradition (or multiple traditions) who would like to speak to a multi-faith/interfaith audience.

Again, click here for more information, or contact me with any questions you might have. Feel free to share this on all the social medias!

I’d also like to ask that if you have some cash to spare, please consider pledging on my Patreon page. What you might not know is that, all told, each podcast takes approximately 5-6 hours of work from concept to promotion. I don’t receive any money or sponsorships at the moment to do this podcast, nor do I really want to fill up my website with Google ads that will annoy people. So, if you are willing and able, head over to Patreon and help me continue to make this podcast. Alternately, you can make a one-time contribution via PayPal here. If you can’t support me financially, your retweets, re-blogs, shares on Facebook, reposts, etc. are just as important. The more the word gets out about TWIH, the more people can hear these stories.

Regardless of how you support me, I do thank you for the support!

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TWIH Supports Progressive Christian Alliance’s Letter to @WildGooseFest

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TWIH supports the Progressive Christian Alliance in calling out the Wild Goose Festival (which is located in North Carolina) about their lack of clear anti-harassment and inclusion policies. I hope that they will clarify their policies in support of the safety of LGBTQA people at their event.

Read the open letter, and please pass this along if you agree.

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TWIH is Now on Google Play!

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I’m happy to announce yet another way to list to This Week In Heresy! You can now listen through Google Play Music on Android, iOS or the web!

To go to the Google Play site, click here.

You can also listen to the show though:

iTunes (Web, iOS)
TuneIn (Web, iOS, Android, and Amazon Echo)
Stitcher (Web, iOS, Android)
Pocketcasts (Web, iOS, Android)

Happy listening! And if you’re liking what you hear on This Week In Heresy, why not support me through Patreon or PayPal? Thanks!

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TWIH Episode 77: The Politics of the Body with Irene McCalphin

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Irene McCalphin joins us this week to talk about the intersections of fat liberation and marginalization. Why is it important to have representation in spiritual imagery, both in regards to race and body size? Why is the language of our rituals important? How can we move through learning about these issues of marginalization and come to a place where we can see outside of ourselves to a more inclusive community? Why is it important to keep the language of the diet industry out of spiritual space? How can kink (BDSM) be used as a spiritual tool and a pathway to a positive self image?

Note: This episode discusses BDSM used as a way of spiritual expression and as a spiritual tool.

Irene McCalphin is a Bay Area writer, performance artist and eater of food in public. She blends modern movement and words with neoburlesque to create socially conscious art pieces that add voice to marginalized communities and celebrates the human body.   A published author and poet Irene draws attention to the ever evolving intersections of fat, feminism, kink, spirituality and human sexuality.

She has facilitated and spoken at events such as NOLOSE, Fat Activist Conference: Tools for the Revolution and Fatty Affair. She has spoken at several universities including Berkeley, Stanford, Mills College and San Jose State. As a producer and presenter she consciously centers marginalized groups for spotlight appearances at events such as BayCon, Folsom Fringe, Red Hots Burlesque and Hubba Hubba Review.

Connect to her on social media and find out about all her shows and presentations via facebook, twitter and instagram or follow her at her sorely mismanaged blog.

Links

Website: theungratefulfatbitch.com

Twitter: @MagnoliahBlack


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Monthly Call for Interviews and Patreon Support!

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It’s once again time for monthly call for interviews! If you are interested in being interviewed, or know someone who you think I should interview for This Week In Heresy, please let me know.

To get an idea of what I’m looking for, click here. On my wishlist of people I would really would like to interview are (but definitely NOT limited to): LGBTQIA people involved in Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and other faith paths; multi-faith people with practices other than Wicca and Christianity; people who are members of the Quakers, BaHai, Humanist, etc; anyone working in the #blacklivesmatter movement; clergy working in the #blacklivesmatter movement; Latino/a or Hispanic theologians/clergy; atheists; politicians who would like to speak to a spiritual audience; indigenous people who would like to talk about Thanksgiving and other issues; women who would like to talk about abortion and healthcare issues…

Basically, anyone of a progressive and spiritual bent of any tradition (or multiple traditions) who would like to speak to a multi-faith/interfaith audience.

Again, click here for more information, or contact me with any questions you might have. Feel free to share this on all the social medias!

I’d also like to ask that if you have some cash to spare, please consider pledging on my Patreon page. What you might not know is that, all told, each podcast takes approximately 5-6 hours of work from concept to promotion. I don’t receive any money or sponsorships at the moment to do this podcast, nor do I really want to fill up my website with Google ads that will annoy people. So, if you are willing and able, head over to Patreon and help me continue to make this podcast. Alternately, you can make a one-time contribution via PayPal here. If you can’t support me financially, your retweets, re-blogs, shares on Facebook, reposts, etc. are just as important. The more the word gets out about TWIH, the more people can hear these stories.

Regardless of how you support me, I do thank you for the support!

If you like what you hear, please support me through Patreon. Your support lets me keep doing what I do! You should also vote: Click here to learn how to register to vote.

TWIH Episode 76: Being Heathen with Cara Freyasdaughter

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In this episode, we talk to Cara Freyasdaughter, where we discuss her journey to Heathenism, her introduction to Freya and Freyr, and some of the issues that are challenging modern Heathenism. What are  CUUPs and ADF? What does the lore say about racism and other issues that have been being dealt with within the Heathen community?

Cara Freyasdaughter is a devotional polytheist dedicated to Freya and Freyr who works within a “reconstructed-ish” Heathen tradition. A current member of The Troth and ADF, she writes a biweekly blog on Patheos’ Agora channel called “Happily Heathen”. Currently, Cara leads Heathen rituals and Runes ‘n Lore classes for the White Oak Grove CUUPs group and is a member of the Sinnissippi Tuath ADF Grove in northern Illinois.

Links

Email:  cara@goldandredthread.com

The Troth (http://www.thetroth.org) The Troth is the largest International heathen organization. They are open and welcoming to people from all backgrounds.

Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (https://www.adf.org)—While this is officially a “druid” fellowship, all Indo-European mythologies are honored. ADF has a large, active, and diverse Heathen contingent.

Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans: http://www.cuups.org/

“Happily Heathen” on the Patheos Agora Channel (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/author/cfreyasdaughter/)

“Huginn’s Heathen Hof” (http://www.heathenhof.com)

“A Community of Gods Surround Me” (communityofgods.wordpress.com)

“Freya: The Gold Thread” (thegoldthread.wordpress.com)

 

Books

Modern Heathen Practice:

Original Sources:


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