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Advanced and/or academic Pagan subjects such as history, ethics, sociology, etc.

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Kith & Kin

Upon my initiation as a Witch, I swore a vow that I assume many others have also sworn, which is to always protect and defend “my sisters and brothers of the Art.”  Now I’m wondering over the longer term exactly what that means.  Or what it might mean to me.

Who are my sisters and brothers?  Who are my kin?  This is a topic worthy of further exploration.  However, while awaiting that further exploration, I want to speak of my main takeaway from the 2015 Parliament of World Religions.

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Of Antler and Wing: The Convergence of Paganism with the New Age

In the line of work that I do, I have many opportunities to attend trade shows and fairs, setting up my business information and a small array of books and such for purchase.  Many times, given the titles of books on display and perhaps my brochure outlining services and modalities I provide, I have found myself facing the question “Are you New Age?”  Though some of what I do and what I offer does touch on aspects that are considered New Age, it is not a tag I have felt resonated with either my personal path or work.  But the question has often caused me pause.  Stymied on how to respond, I have pondered: What is New Age exactly?  What constitutes New Age practices?  What is different about what I do?  And, if not New Age, then what am I?

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  • Tiffany Lazic
    Tiffany Lazic says #
    Hi, Courtney ~ Yes, there is something of great profundity, I find, in opening ourselves to the full experience of life. I appreci
  • Courtney
    Courtney says #
    Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed this article a lot. I find the immanence of Paganism much more appealing than what you find in Bu

You find your inner light through silence.

Get still.

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Ted, Thank you so much for this. It resonates on a deeply personal level, as your writing often does.

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How pop culture predicts the future

I've always been fascinated in the predictive aspects of pop culture. Recently I watched the latest season of House of Cards and found that it eerily predicted some of what was happening in the current political climate. Even the actors of the show noticed those same parallels. Such predictive aspects aren't limited to the latest T.V. shows. Jules Verne wrote about submarines before the first one was invented. In various fiction books, games, and shows you end up finding that pop culture is predictive of something that shows up in our lives down the line.

I think that what pop culture really does is orient the consciousness of people toward manifesting what it shows. So it's not even so much of a predictive function so much as it plants a seed in your mind and if that seed is planted in many many minds than it makes an imprint on the superconsciousness of humanity and from there finds its way to someone who can create it.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I enjoy superhero movies. I enjoyed the recent Batman vs. Superman movie and I'm looking forward to X-men Apocalypse and Captain
  • Taylor Ellwood
    Taylor Ellwood says #
    Interesting perspective. Certainly one wonders what would happen if we had such people in our world.

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Meditations on Hávamál: 71-75

71.

Haltr ríðr hrossi,

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The Chaplain as Shaman

I wrote the essay below back in 2013 in an effort to explain my work as a chaplain and tie that work into my "earthy" spiritual roots.  I have recently started training in shamanic practices and find what I wrote below even more true now than when I wrote it a couple of years ago.  I hope to be able to continue to explore the similarities of shamanism and professional chaplaincy.

I'm not going to pretend to be an expert in Shamanism.  In my spiritual journey I've only touched upon shamanism; however, what I do know about shamanism gets me thinking about the similarity between shamanism and chaplaincy.  What I know about shamans is that they are typically considered a type of "wounded healer."  A shaman must have been sick to understand sickness.  A chaplain is like this too.  A chaplain deals with the spiritual and emotional pain of others.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    There is a scene in the Bible where King Saul is outside and a group of prophets comes down the mountain with sistrums and tambour

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Ides of March, 2016

That's what a fellow said to me in a dream last night. I had found myself in an alternate reality where I was still in my twenties, and employed in an automotive shop. I'd been given the job of coming in early the next morning and cleaning all the grease and oil off the concrete floor of a huge garage, which had been completely emptied to make my task easier. But when I got there, I found that huge slabs of the floor had been cracked and shifted and were lying on top of each other. Obviously, there had been a massive earthquake during the night. The devastation threatened to bring the whole building down on itself, with cinder blocks crushing anyone caught inside.

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you, Archer. I, too, was impressed with the phrase when whatever subconscious Guide gave it to me.
  • Archer
    Archer says #
    That's got to be the best title ever! And a beautifully written piece that lived up to it. Thanks for this Ted. Very helpful perso
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Yes, yes, yes. Timely. I will go share the link to your blog, on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google plus. Rock on! Considering that
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you, m'dear; as always it is comforting to be understood and to preach to your particular section of the choir! I'm glad th
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    So mote it be.

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