'Rune Soup' Episode w/ Gordon White: Wetiko, Mediumship, & Soul Retrieval

Gordon White - author of some of the most visionary texts on magic and the occult to have been published in the last few years - also interviews some of the most thought-proving spiritworkers in contemporary Western culture. From Al Cummins and Mallorie Vaudoise, to Jesse Hathaway and Julio Cesar Ody (and many, many others), he's curated a smorgasbord of informative, exploratory audio from experts and innovators in religio-magical practice.

I was privileged enough to be invited back onto Gordon's podcast - Rune Soup - just recently.

This week we welcome back to the show Chiron Armand. Khi is a currently travelling shamanic practitioner usually based out of New York. He joins us today for a wide ranging chat covering Wetiko and how to get our heads around it, matching meaning and experience, soul retrieval and mediumship.

Spring Classes: Intro to Energy Hygiene & Trance, Mediumship, & Divination

This year I'm turning more of my attention to teaching and have a series of online classes lined up in addition upcoming in-person events (maybe near you!).

The first two classes this year are Introduction to Energy Hygiene and Trance, Mediumship, and Divination.

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Saturdays, March 24th - April 14th, 2018

How can subtle, unseen energies contribute to feelings of stress, low energy, and depression?

What is energetic theft and how can we protect ourselves from it?

How common are psychic attacks and spirit intrusions?

Who are my protector helping spirits?

In this introductory class, we'll explore answers to the above questions and much more. Exploring indigenous and folk concepts of wellness and energetic health on levels both personal and society-wide, we'll engage ancient and innovative tools and techniques toward ensuring greater energetic clarity, health, and integrity in our lives, families, and environments.

This class is especially helpful for:

  • people who are ready to be better stewards of their energetic wellbeing
  • people who are ready to claim greater power over their life experience
  • people who identify as empaths and those sensitive to subtle energies
  • people who are ready to shift our culture toward one of accountable, healthy spiritual adulthood

In this 4-week intensive, participants will:

  • be empowered to identify, discern, and clear energetic intrusions
  • learn traditional and innovative methods of spiritual cleansing and protection for persons, places, and objects
  • cultivate relationships with their own helping spirits toward maintaining healthy energetic boundaries
  • deepen their relationship with Earth, the building blocks of life, and their own personal power

So, what are just some of the benefits of taking energy hygiene seriously?

  • Less stress
  • Greater ease and sense of flow
  • More joy and experience of synchronicity
  • More mental clarity
  • Greater personal vitality
  • Greater abundance
  • ...and so much more (duh!)

An advanced 8-week class will be open later in the year to those who have participated at this introductory level. Dates will be announced during the class.

Classes will be held live via online video conferencing for four (4) Saturday mornings back-to-back beginning March 24th, 2018 @ 12pm EST / 9am Pacific. As the subject matter is broad and deeply transformative, active participation through daily exercises and completion of weekly homework assignments is strongly encouraged.

For those unable to join the live webinars due to time zone constraints, recordings will be available.

Class Fee: $100

Have questions about the class? E-mail info@impactshamanism.com.

Register here.

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Building Skills in Consciousness Awareness & Engagement

Tuesdays, March 20th - June 12th, 2018

Since ancient times, witches, root doctors, magicians, shamans, diviners, and spiritworkers in every culture have been able to skillfully work with non-ordinary states of consciousness to receive information, explore different planes of existence, communicate with unseen helping spirits, and re-weave the threads of fate.

This class is especially helpful for:

  • people who are ready to go deeper on their personal healing paths,
  • tarot readers, palm readers, astrologers, and other types of diviners who are ready to sharpen and expand their skills,
  • witches, healers, mediums, magicians, and root doctors eager to engage their helping spirits and the Spirit world more fully in their practices,
  • and artists, visionaries, and other creatives ready to plumb the depths of their internal landscapes toward inspiration and creative expansion.

In this 12-week intensive, participants will:

  • gain applicable skills in multiple forms of trance including dreaming, mediumship, embodiment, shamanic journeywork, and visualization,
  • deepen intuitive divining skills across multiple platforms,
  • meet and develop relationships with personal helping spirits and learn to interpret their symbolic language,
  • learn how to troubleshoot and resolve energetic patterns in our lives and environments,
  • and explore ways of incorporating skillful trancework into their current spiritual practices.

Classes will be held live via online video conferencing every other Tuesday evening (beginning March 20th, 2018 @ 8pm EST / 5pm Pacific) and outside resources (readings, online videos, etc.) will be provided weekly. As the subject matter is broad and deeply transformative, active participation through daily exercises, completion of weekly homework assignments, and participation in the private Facebook group are strongly encouraged.

For those unable to join the live webinars due to time zone constraints, recordings will be available.

Class Fee: $275

(Listen to hear Chiron speak on trance and mediumship skills in Episode 24 of On Sacred Ground.)

Have questions about the class? E-mail info@impactshamanism.com.

Register here.

Class size is limited so early registration is encouraged.

What past students have said about Trance, Mediumship, & Divination:

"I took Chiron Armand's class on Trance, Mediumship, and Divination and it was one of the most transformational experiences I have had. Chiron has a way of meeting you where you are in your journey while at the same time encouraging you to push out of your comfort zone. In the process he inspires confidence in your own abilities and gives you the tools to continue to grow and learn long after he is done teaching you. I highly recommend any time you can spend learning with him."

"Working with Chiron in such an intimate setting invites his magic and helpers to come into your life to assist the process. There is an abundance he extends beyond experience, and the offerings he gives provide pure, transformative energy.”

“You open pathways and show us how to bring the True Hallucinations.”

"I have a greater confidence in my own intuition and ability to interact directly with spiritual beings."

"I think I would have been even more interested to study with you if I had known the breadth of your studies/worlds because they are deep.”

"I think that is my fave part of your teaching style - you drop pppearrrrlllsss of wisdom that are so exciting, and I write them down with such glee. They just stream out and it's a joy to be on the receiving end of that.”

"I got so much from participating, from techniques on how to apply discernment to new clearing techniques and accelerated spiritual development. Big. Huge. Steps forward."

Chiron Armand, instructor, brings a wealth of knowledge from his background as a spirit-initiated shamanic healer, hoodoo root doctor, Houngan Asogwe in Haitian Vodou, and quimbandeiro com licenca in Brazilian Quimbanda. Holding a Masters in Performance Studies from New York University and a BA in Ritual Anthropology from Hampshire College, he is the author of Clearing Spaces: Inspirational Techniques to Heal Your Home and Deliverance: Hoodoo Spells of Uncrossing, Healing, and Protection.

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Spirit Encounters: An Intimate Evening of Mediumship (San Francisco, CA)

Your soul's purpose in life is a brand new, never-before-seen, cutting edge innovation on Earth. It is the person you've come here to be, shining a light on the work that you've come here to do.

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You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.
— Martha Graham

From ancestors to spirit animals and powerful allies in the plant, mineral, mythological, and angelic realms, you've been armed since birth with a team of wise, loving spirit guides available to you 24/7, reflecting back to you your unique medicine through the gifts and perspectives they bring into your life. 

Hosted in a private loft in San Francisco, this intimate, revelatory, insightful, comedic, and sacred evening will begin with ritual acts of spiritual cleansing followed by personalized spiritual transmissions within a group setting. Participants will receive directly channeled information about and from their own personal helping spirits and actions it best serves them to take to cultivate these relationships and be more of the people they come here to be.

Date: Friday, January 26th, 2018 @ 7pm-10pm | Cost: $50
Participants: Maximum of 15 participants. Open to ALL, no experience necessary.

To RSVP, book your ticket here.

What to bring: blanket, pillow, pen and notepad, small candle (a tealight is fine)

(Participants and the general public also have the option to book one of four available one-on-one Shamanic Divination & Healing Session slots on Saturday, January 27th to address additional life questions and conditions. These sessions will take place through the afternoon and the early evening at the same location and must be booked in advance here.)

About Chiron Armand: Chiron Armand is a spirit-initiated shaman holding additional initiations in the traditions of Haitian Vodou (Houngan Asogwe), Brazilian Quimbanda (com licenca), and the Unnamed Path. He is the author of Clearing Spaces: Inspirational Techniques for Healing Your Home (Sterling Ethos) and Deliverance!: Hoodoo Spells of Uncrossing, Healing, and Protection (Missionary Independent). Armand holds a MA from New York University in Performance Studies and BA from Hampshire College in Ritual Anthropology.

Questions? Contact Chiron Armand @ Impact Shamanism
website: http://impactshamanism.com
E-mail: info@impactshamanism.com

Tickets: A pre-purchased ticket is required for this event. To RSVP for free community events, please send an email to zencohenprojects@gmail.com. Thank you!

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Business Solutions & Shamanism

 The 6 of Cups card in the Tarot often indicates something from the past returning in an attempt to be resolved.

The 6 of Cups card in the Tarot often indicates something from the past returning in an attempt to be resolved.

From the archives of the City Conjure Blog:

The 6 of Cups card in the Tarot often indicates something from the past returning in an attempt to be resolved.

To me, shamanism is about finding solutions we would probably not find anywhere else. One of my favorite stories from the past few months is of a consultation that I had with a client at the Hoodoo Heritage Festival at Lucky Mojo Curio Co. in Forestville, CA . The client was a young woman who runs her own intuitive consulting practice focused especially on work with the tarot as a tool of divination.

After sorting through the more mundane details of what she could expect this summer, we arrived at this season’s primary lesson for her – structure. Though passionate and creative, like many spiritually-inclined folks, she not only lacked grounding but subconsciously resisted it. I could relate to the experience that being human can sometimes feel dense, heavy, and restricting. Gratefully, there are innumerable tools to remedy such feelings and bring greater grace to physical embodiment.

The lessons around grounding and structure were not new to her; the 6 of Cups card indicated that this season would not only provide a new glimpse of an old pattern, but that it would be experienced within her family dynamic. And this was accurate, she said, as she’d be helping her practical, grounded father manage his business temporarily over the upcoming months. The anxiety she felt about their incompatibility was palpable, borne from a childhood spent under his constricting glare.


Since she was able to locate a felt sense of that anxiety in her body, we moved right into an emotional clearing session, bringing back a lost childhood part of herself that felt more animal than human, more wild than civil, letting that part know that it was loved and could come along and enjoy the ride. An expanded sense of being instantly came over her as she experienced greater safety in her body and her True Nature. The seeming insurmountability of the lesson eased.

Transforming rigid internal patterns can seem daunting, if not impossible, and many folks don’t know where to start aside from obsessively thinking about ways to avoid or transform them. This is one of many places where allies in the plant and animal worlds can be extremely supportive as they lend us their perspectives – their medicine – to help us make the changes on an energetic level.

Though I’m used to retrieving plant and animal allies on behalf of clients, divination indicated that my client should go to Spirit herself and ask for one of the latter to help her find a new way of not only looking at structure, grounding, and organization, but experiencing it.

She came back to me about two hours later excited as hell.

“I found it! I found my animal ally.”

“Who?” I asked, curious that enough time had passed for a suitable ally to have made itself known.

“I went wandering in the labyrinth and asked for my ally and immediately saw a spider weaving its web in the trees. Spider creates a structure so it can capture the resources it needs to survive and, when its done, can pack it up and go.”

It was so jaw-droppingly appropriate. It comes to mind that spiders can also create multiple structures in different locations to capture those resources and return to them later to retrieve what they’ve caught. Little tending is needed after the initial structure has been built.

This ally was perfect for a woman-on-the-go who wanted to enjoy the openness, creativity, and freedom her chosen career afforded her, but needed to ensure that she wasn’t sabotaging her own interests by a) re-living old childhood traumas and b) not having her basics covered.

Anyone who knows me knows that I talk about plant spirits A LOT, but Animal Helping Spirits are a close second in my life. One of the most exciting times in my work is when I’m in journey for a client and one makes its aid known.

The question most folks ask is: What do I do when I get an Animal Helping Spirit?

The following two episodes of my podcast, On Sacred Ground, address that very question through anecdotes from both my personal life and my practice:

On Sacred Ground with Khi Armand (Ep. 8): Animal Helping Spirits, Part I

On Sacred Ground with Khi Armand (Ep. 9): Animal Helping Spirits, Part II

There are more ways of engagement than even these two episodes suggest, so you can be sure it’s a topic I’ll be returning to here.

Shamanic solutions for our lives and businesses abound and simply require that we that we receive and engage the answers we are given.

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