Short Film: 'The Witch'

In Peter Grey's 'Forging the body of the witch', he speaks of witchcraft as currently experienced in our times as a kind of collective soul loss. Through a sensual, personal, and anecdotal exploration of the dynamics of eroticism, self-discipline, ritual action, and relationship, he not only informs the reader of their disenchanted plight but coaxes to the surface the sweet nectar of both personal and collective memory of embodied gnosis.

His conceded aim? "...[T]o clothe the work of the witch in the body from which it has fled in fear, rejected, or been driven from in pain." May we all retrieve what has been shed and misplaced, for nothing True is ever lost.

Much thanks to Paige Zaferiou for her collaboration and Katelan Foisy for being my muse.

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A Song From the Earth

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I woke up one recent morning and felt some anxiety about the class I’d be teaching that night. Suddenly I felt a song from within the Earth pouring out towards my heart.

You don’t understand.

I’ve been hustling for this for like three years now. Back then I learned that my connection to the Earth needed major improvement due to a plethora of abuses I’d committed in previous lifetimes and it was being reflected in various areas of my life. Thing is, those difficult conditions, were all I’d ever known. My earth (ground and context) was defined by a lack of Earth, which is very fucked up for a Taurus. As I received dreams of those past lives some nights, my spirit eager to resolve my relationship to the land, I felt overwhelmed and unable to transform anything so big, abstract, and defining. 

So I did the most powerful spell in the world and now the Earth and I are tight 4eva. #blessed


Nah. I worked my ass off.

I cried a lot, gave requested offerings, writhed in pain as I experienced abuses the Earth endured long before we were created, spent dozens of collective hours clearing hella ancient past life drama, crossed over dead people, gave more requested offerings, did a veritable shit ton of shadow work, got dragged on a month-long cosmic roadtrip of extraterrestrial proportions across the Northeast, cried some more, made power objects I was told to make, gave more requested offerings, befriended strange helping spirits with green faces and trees for teeth, cried some more, and sometimes felt suicidal, feeling victimized on a cosmic level.  

Perhaps most, I made the choice to open my broken heart again and again and again and choose to try to be intimate with this nebulous energy, our planet, that as a Westerner I’ve been purposefully abstracted from so I can unconsciously participate in ze’s exploitation.

 
 

I sang. A lot. This video is me singing a song of offering to the Earth a few months ago when Zen took me to Bernal Heights Park in San Francisco to pray. I shared some of my journey with her and how powerful this view on this hill was in light of it. This Being we call Earth is much bigger than I am, seemingly impersonal, and yet I am fed, clothed, nourished, nurtured, and kept in awe because of ze. Like many Beings, ze’s been royally fucked over (by forces I won’t describe here). Like all Beings, ze dreams, desires, and has goals for ze's Self.

As we move forward into new eras, may we know ze's body as our own. May we explore and consider a history that begins long, long before us and yet includes many of us in starring roles. May we come to know, viscerally, that energy is neither created nor destroyed - only transformed - and that we are all here, in this cosmic drama, together. Until the end.

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'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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