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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TWIH Episode 75: Called by Kali with Chandra Alexandre

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In this episode we talk to Dr. Chandra Alexandre about her journey with Kali Ma and her experiences with the Divine Female. Not only through her travels and learning in India, and her current work in the Bay Area. What is Tantra and the SHARANYA practice? Why is daily practice important and how do you keep up a daily practice? How do we approach the everyday to support our own practices?

Note: Apologies for the Skype issues towards the end of the show. Skype was not cooperating well at the time. 

Dr. Chandra Alexandre is a Tantric Bhairavi, an initiator in the tradition of Kali, and founder of SHARANYA.  She holds a PhD in Asian & Comparative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies, a Doctor of Ministry degree, and an MBA in sustainable management. She accepted the non-dualistic path of vamacara Tantra at Kamakhya in Assam five years after her initiation on the dakshinacara path in 1998 in Orissa. Her life’s work is dedicated to personal trans-formation in service to social justice.

Links

www.SHARANYA.org (home site)

www.KaliVidya.org (an online mystery school)


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TWIH News: TuneIn, Easter, call for interviews, and Patreon

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Hi all!

First, the super exciting news: TWIH in now on TuneIn Radio! If you’re on TuneIn, there’s a button to the left you can click to follow my podcast. This also means if you have an Amazon Echo, you can now tell it to play This Week In Heresy!

Second: There won’t be an episode next week since it’s Easter week, and the last week of my Lenten/Easter working. New episodes will return the week of March 28.

Third: This is my sorta-quarterly call for interviews! If you would like to be on TWIH, or know of someone you think I should interview on TWIH, please let me know. While I’m generally interested in anything anyone suggests, I’m particularly interested in finding interviews from faith traditions that I haven’t had on the show yet: Muslims, Buddhists, denominations of Christianity that aren’t normally heard (Orthodox Greek/Russian, BaHai, etc), progressives of any of these faiths, and LGBTQA people of these traditions, etc. I’m also looking for progressives doing get out the vote work, protesting at political rallies, #blacklivesmatter movement, and clergy who are doing same. This isn’t a definitive list, but any suggestions or interest is welcome!

Fourth: If you have ever been on the show, or are a fan of the show, I could use your support. While this is a ministry, all ministries need support to sustain themselves. If you have the means and could spare $5, $10, or $15 per month, please consider subscribing to my Patreon page. If you’d like to make a one-time only donation, click here for the link to send a single donation via PayPal. I’m also open to doing public interviews as fundraisers. If you’re interested in something like that, please email me through my contact page. If you’re a fellow podcaster and would like me on your show, send me some email and we can schedule!

And, lastly: I hope you all have a great Equinox this Saturday and a very Happy Easter next Sunday!

Many Blessings on you and yours!

Rev. Gina

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TWIH Episode 74: The Polytheist Death Guild with Rebbeca Lynn Scott

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In this episode we talk about death and dying with Rebecca Lynn Scott, founder of the Polytheist Death Guild. She talks about her own experiences that lead her to creating the Guild and the importance and necessity of death rituals in our society. How do we talk about death in our society? How are we able to express grief? Do pagans (of any traditions) have a healthier view of death than other traditions?

Rebecca Lynn Scott is the founder of the Polytheist Death Guild and author of A Litany to the Many Dead, a set of prayers to those who have died. She is an Hellenic polytheist, a Hekatean, and a Dionysian. She is currently engaged in writing the funerary and mourning rituals for the Starry Bull tradition of Bacchic Orphism. She lives with her wife and assorted critters in Seattle.

Links

Email: polytheistdeathguild@gmail.com

Polytheist Death Guild: http://www.polytheistdeathguild.org/

GYST – Get Your Shit Together

The Green Burial Council

The National Home Funeral Alliance

My Gift of Grace card game

Where to join Bacchic Chat for PDG chats

Spring Mysteries Festival

Books 

A Litany for the Many Dead


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