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  • 02:02

    PMP: Chris Orapello - Initiation rites

    in Spirituality

    Chris Orapello is a Pagan podcaster and an artist. He is a witch & animist, with a background in Western Occultism and Ceremonial Magick, and has been on his journey for 20 years. He is also a proud south Jersey Freemason. In the past, he was the vice president of his college Pagan organization while at Rowan University and later was the primary facilitator of his own group, The Marlton Witches’ Coalition. Currently, he has an exclusive collection of cast bronze items available for purchase at Eclectic Artisans, where they are made to order or they can be purchased already made at HEX, located in New Orleans, LA and Salem, MA.  Chris also publishes the yearly book A Witch’s Journey – A Journal which is the perfect companion to any witches’ personal Book of Shadows.


    Chris joins RevKess and Kalisara to talk about his perspective on initiation rituals: what they are and what they mean to the initiate.

  • 00:42

    Deepertruth: Drums Among The Mohawks

    in Religion

    St. John La Lande was only 18 years old when he joined French Jesuit missionary, Father Isaac Jogues to go to the land of the Mohawks. As a young boy, St. John had been captivated by the heroine stories told of Father Jogues.


    Father Jogues shared his tales and experiences of being a missionary among the Mohawks, bringing Christ and the gospel message to the people of the New World.


    St. John’s enthusiasm to do God’s work was recognized by all who knew him, he spoke of the exploits of the missionaries who gave their lives as martyrs in Indian Territory and longed to go there.


    Father Jogues originally arrived in North America for the first time in 1636 where he landed off the shore of Quebec. Father Jogues told his companion, Rene Goupil, “A century ago a Norman sea captain gave this place its name. He was on a ship here in the harbor, just as we are—only his ship was carrying the first white men to come up the Saint Lawrence River. When he saw the cliff there, the captain of that little ship was amazed. He cried out in his rough farmer’s French, ‘Que bec’ meaning ‘what a rock”.


    The dangers among the Mohawks were well known. The Indians there were animist in their religious practice. They were polytheistic believing in many gods. Much of their rituals and ceremonies were superstitious.

  • 00:30

    Cannabis Journeys-Shamanic Meditations to Consult the Spirit of Marijuana

    in Self Help

    This live circle is hosted by Quynn Red Mountain, shamanic practitioner and OOlah (One Who Balances).  She is also a shamanic performer and Animist Minister for Earth Web Media.  Quynn has practiced the shamanic arts since 1997 and in 2014 she was accepted into the Arizona Medical Marijuana program for a diagnosis of Cancer. Cannabis has been a great spiritual teacher for Quynn, and now she is blending her worlds publicly. Her intention is to create a safe space and drumbeat for people who are in the care of the Spirit of Cannabis, and those who want a more direct dialog with this powerful teacher. This podcast circle is specifically for those in a state Medical Marijuana program, and those who want to consult the Cannabis Goddess/Godd/Spirit regarding something in their life (healing, insight, divination, consoling,prayer). 


    Each episode will begin with an opening intention and prayer.  Quynn will share an example of the spiritual use of Cannabis around the world, and then she will guide listeners on a spirit world drum journey so each person can have a personal experience. Listeners can call in or email to share their journeying experience.  Sharing is encouraged.  The circle is closed with gratitude for the wisdom shared from the Spirit of the plant, and from within ourselves.


    Please do not listen to this audio while driving or anything potentially dangerous (physically or spiritually). The drumbeat creates a trance, treat it respectfully.


    Listen if you are curious.  Listen if you are in need of healing. Listen to bring balance to your relationship with Cannabis.  Honor the plant with other likeminded Humans.


    Our Shared Stories are our Combined Power


    Find out more about Quynn's approach to shamanizing at www.shamanworld.com

  • 02:11

    The Amethyst Oracle

    in Lifestyle

    L*I*V*E On Air Readings ... skype in or call 646.716.5510 during the show to receive a reading L*I*V*E on the air with Charlie and HiC !


    The Amethyst Oracle welcomes this month's guest, Karen Krebser, a seer, a diviner, and a card reader, a writer, a poet, a dramatist, and an all-around creative goober. As we explore the themes of love and sex, discover how Karen is Charming the Tarot by combining divination systems such as Tarot, Charms, Crystals and more to create multi-faceted readings. Charms are an increasingly popular form of divination in which symbolic items, or even everyday hum-drum items, are infused with meaning and cast across the cards. Using charms in this way can help provide clarity and add an extra layer of depth to your readings, whether you’re reading for yourself or for others.



    Karen Krebser a seer, a diviner, and a card reader, a writer, a poet, a dramatist, and an all-around creative goober. She's been living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area all her life, and has been engaged in spiritual practices for about as long (or longer). She's been actively studying the Tarot for almost twenty years, and providing insightful and creative readings publicly for over ten years. In addition to Tarot and cartomancy studies, her activities and explorations in several different spiritual traditions have brought her into a closer relationship with my ancestral origins. Karen is a pagan and an animist, and she believes that pretty much everything is alive and we're all in relationship with everything.

  • 01:06

    Headhunters and Venomous Birds: Lawrence Blair's adventures of Indonesia

    in Lifestyle

    Lawrence Blair has been an explorer for the past 35 years and is best known for his highly acclaimed TV series, Ring of Fire, which documented he and his late brother's 10-year odyssey throughout the Indonesian Islands-- an exploration that has made the annals of history. 


    In the 35th episode of SRO Conversations, Lawrence gives us an intimate view of his travels -- including his encounters with the Asmat peoples, who he says are given both the "distinction of cannibals and head hunters"; the discovery of Homo floresiensis on the island of Flores; the discovery of novel species-- from a venomous bird to a vampire moth; and how the loss of animist religions and imposition other religions has led to the destruction of the Indonesia ecosystems. 


    When asked if he feels as if he has sufficiently explored Indonesia he remarks, "I've only been exploring for 35 years. It would take lifetimes!" Listen to his tales of Indonesia and where he wants Richard Branson to travel to.


    To see more podcasts, visit www.summerrayne.net or follow on Twitter @sroakes.


    (This episode will be the second of five final podcasts before a major revamp of SRO Conversations. Stay tuned for more details).

  • 02:01

    Death Midwifery w/Angie Buchanan & Through the Eyes of Biblical Women w/Paula Fa

    in Spirituality

    Angie Buchanan, speaker, workshop presenter, Family Tradition Pagan, animist and Foundress of Gaia's Womb returns to VSF discussing our reclaiming our most important rite of passage - Death Midwifery.  She'll tell listeners the six essential documents you must to have control in your time of passing over, explain green burials and get into some death and dying rituals, including how to keep loved ones at home during the death process.


    Crossing the threshold into the second half of the show, Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti will discuss Through the Eyes of Biblical Women, delving into telling the stories of biblical women from a woman's perspective without patriarchal gloss.  We'll also find out why Barnes & Noble declined carrying her book, which finally gives women of the Bible a voice.

  • 00:59

    Part 2 - The Healing Drum

    in Health

    The Healing Drum: By Yaya Diallo and Mitchell Hall - Join us as we feature a worldwide best selling book based on a "collaborative project of two spiritually minded men from different cultural backgrounds. This book is noteworthy for its emphasis on the moral significance of music. In this time of unprecedented rapid change,The Healing Drum wisely suggests what music and musicians can do to help create a moral and spiritual world."(Spectrum Review). "Born in Mali, West Africa, and a member of the Minianka (Bamana)tribe, Yaya Diallo was raised in a culture that works,worships,lives, and breathes to the beat of the drum. An instrument for transmitting traditional knowledge among the Minianka, the drum is the focal point of Yaya's life story and his link-through the universl medium of music-with the Western world."-"Exploring the Minianka view of the human being and the cosmos relative to daily work,celebration, herbal medicine, dance,trance initiation and death, in the tradition of the Minianka, music is a remedy for both physical and psychological imbalances, harmonizing the forces of the visible and invisible worlds. Along with excerpts from the book we will discuss the message of The Healing Drum and how it can affect change in the African 

  • 00:38

    The Healing Drum

    in Health

    The Healing Drum: By Yaya Diallo and Mitchell Hall - Join us as we feature a worldwide best selling book based on a "collaborative project of two spiritually minded men from different cultural backgrounds. This book is noteworthy for its emphasis on the moral significance of music. In this time of unprecedented rapid change,The Healing Drum wisely suggests what music and musicians can do to help create a moral and spiritual world."(Spectrum Review). "Born in Mali, West Africa, and a member of the Minianka (Bamana)tribe, Yaya Diallo was raised in a culture that works,worships,lives, and breathes to the beat of the drum. An instrument for transmitting traditional knowledge among the Minianka, the drum is the focal point of Yaya's life story and his link-through the universl medium of music-with the Western world."-"Exploring the Minianka view of the human being and the cosmos relative to daily work,celebration, herbal medicine, dance,trance initiation and death, in the tradition of the Minianka, music is a remedy for both physical and psychological imbalances, harmonizing the forces of the visible and invisible worlds. Along with excerpts from the book we will discuss the message of The Healing Drum and how it can affect change in the African 

  • 00:33

    Mikki Davis

    in Spirituality

    Im so excited to be able to welcome Mikki Davis to todays program   Mikki Davis is a shamanic healer and intuitive who has studied shamanic traditions from around the world.  She is an ordained animist minister and certified yoga teacher, and the author of the ebook Office Shamanism.  Her services include: Private healing sessions and intuitive readings, in-person and by phone or skype Workshops Speaking engagements Ceremonies including weddings   To find out more, please visit www.shamanmikki.com   We may take a few callers toward the end of the program

  • 00:31

    The Healing Drum - Part VIII - Restoring Health

    in Spirituality

    The Healing Drum:By Yaya Diallo and Mitchell Hall- Music and Healing Join us as we feature a worldwide best selling book based on a"collaboration of two spiritually minded men from different cultural backgrounds.This book is noteworthy for its emphasis on the moral significance of music.In this time of rapid change,The Healing Drum wisely suggests what music and musicians can do to help create a moral and spiritual world."(Spectrum Review)."Born in Mali, West Africa, and a member of the Minianka(Bamana)tribe,Yaya Diallo was raised in a culture that works,worships,lives,and breathes to the beat of the drum. An instrument for transmitting traditional knowledge among the Minianka, the drum is the focal point of Yaya's life story and his link-through the universl medium of music-with the Western world."Exploring the Minianka view of the human being and the cosmos relative to daily work,celebration,herbal medicine,dance,trance initiation and death,in the tradition of the Minianka, music is a remedy for both physical and psychological imbalances,harmonizing the forces of the visible and invisible worlds.Along with excerpts from the book we will discuss the message of The Healing Drum and how it can affect change in the African diaspora and other communities of the world.A word about the Global"DAY OF THE DRUM"(JULY 3RD,4TH AND 5TH)COME "SHAKE THE WORLD"! We are encouraging established and young choreographers,dancers and movers to create works to.complement the Drum.DRUMMERS, DANCERS and SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS come take part in making history on this glorious global day of celebration!For more information please go to Facebook and search for name(IYPAD)

  • 01:34

    The Healing Drum - Part VII - Music And Healing

    in Spirituality

    The Healing Drum:By Yaya Diallo and Mitchell Hall- Music and Healing Join us as we feature a worldwide best selling book based on a"collaboration of two spiritually minded men from different cultural backgrounds.This book is noteworthy for its emphasis on the moral significance of music.In this time of rapid change,The Healing Drum wisely suggests what music and musicians can do to help create a moral and spiritual world."(Spectrum Review)."Born in Mali, West Africa, and a member of the Minianka(Bamana)tribe,Yaya Diallo was raised in a culture that works,worships,lives,and breathes to the beat of the drum. An instrument for transmitting traditional knowledge among the Minianka, the drum is the focal point of Yaya's life story and his link-through the universl medium of music-with the Western world."Exploring the Minianka view of the human being and the cosmos relative to daily work,celebration,herbal medicine,dance,trance initiation and death,in the tradition of the Minianka, music is a remedy for both physical and psychological imbalances,harmonizing the forces of the visible and invisible worlds.Along with excerpts from the book we will discuss the message of The Healing Drum and how it can affect change in the African diaspora and other communities of the world.A word about the Global"DAY OF THE DRUM"(JULY 3RD,4TH AND 5TH)COME "SHAKE THE WORLD"! We are encouraging established and young choreographers,dancers and movers to create works to.complement the Drum.DRUMMERS, DANCERS and SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS come take part in making history on this glorious global day of celebration!For more information please go to Facebook and search for name(IYPAD)