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A chat with Lupa about bones

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LupaLupa is an author, artist and nature-lover living in Portland, Oregon. Her most recent books are New Paths to Animal Totems: Three Alternative Approaches to Creating Your Own Totemism, and Plant and Fungus Totems: Connect with Spirits of Field, Forest, and Garden.Lupa has been making art out of hide and bone for nearly 20 years, and her latest project is The Tarot of Bones: A Natural History Divination Set, currently being funded through Indiegogo through to May 19, 2015.Psyche: First of all, congratulations on having your Indigogo campaign funded within your first 100 hours, that’s wonderful! It’s an unusual deck, and I wanted to know why tarot, why bones?Lupa: Back in October [2014] I had a piece in a local gallery that had a group show with a tarot theme. It was my usual assemblage style, it had a coyote skull and some other things, basically pointing toward the Five of Coins. Putting the piece together, enjoying the show and being able to see everyone else’s interpretation of the tarot and their works, by the end of the evening I felt really inspired. Read More

A chat with Yvonne Aburrow about diversity

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Yvonne AburrowYvonne Aburrow is one of my sister writers at the Patheos Pagan channel and she’s also the author of the newly published book All Acts of Love and Pleasure: Inclusive Wicca from Avalonia Press. I had the opportunity to catch up with her recently and I asked her about her practice and her new book: what inspired it, what drove it, and how it connects to issues that are currently hot topics in the Pagan community.Yvonne Aburrow holding All Acts of Love and PleasureSable Aradia: So tell those who might not be familiar a little about you. What is your background in the Craft?Yvonne Aburrow: I was initiated into Gardnerian Wicca in 1991. The thing that made me realise that I am a Pagan was reading Puck of Pook's Hill, by Rudyard Kipling. I was lucky enough to find a coven that was also interested in our connection to the land and local deities and spirits. I am also interested in Hinduism, Taoism, and Norse, Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Sumerian, and Roman Paganism, and my personal or household deities include deities from several different pantheons. I enjoy the earthy and sensual aspects of the Craft, and I believe that Wicca is a partnership with the deities, rather than them serving us, or us serving them. Read More

A chat with Benebell Wen about analytic tarot

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Benebell WenBenebell Wen's first book, Holistic Tarot, has just been published with North Atlantic Books. Holistic Tarot is a comprehensive guide to tarot, great for beginners just learning the cards, intermediate students needing guidance to get deeper into the cards, and business tips for professionals.In this chat, we talk about Benebell Wen's first deck, fortune telling, Eden Gray's influence, and reading tarot for teddy bears. Read More

A chat with Jason Miller about sex magick

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Jason Miller (Inominandum)Jason Miller (Inominandum) is a sorcerer, author and teacher. I recently had a chance to talk with him about his fourth book, Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit, which recently came out from New Page Books.He's been interviewed quite a bit lately in various podcasts (which I highly recommend checking out), and I wanted to take our talk in a new direction.We chat about sex magick, the dangers of marathon sex sessions, and when it's appropriate to let your partner know that you're a wacky occult sex magician.Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit, by Jason MillerPsyche: For those who haven't yet read Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit, could you tell us what it's about? Jason Miller: The book is about using sex as a tool in magick and spirituality, as opposed to using magick for finding sex, which is good too, but it's a separate thing.Sex is this immensely powerful, primordial experience -- at least good sex. It hits us on all the levels. In my second book, The Sorcerer's Secrets,  I talk about the mental or divine level, the energetic level, and the bodily level. The magick of sex must have been so important to prehistoric man. Physically speaking, this is what results in people. You can divert that into something else. This is the power of creation. It's just natural to want to harness that. And use it for your own evil purposes [he laughs], or to harness that energetically.I think there are very few people who don't feel the energies of the body working during sex. You take somebody who is just an energetic dullard -- doesn't practice yoga, doesn't do tai chi, goes to martial arts and doesn't know what the hell their sensei is saying when they say ki -- just not tapped into that bodily energy at all. I think during sex, even they feel the energy of the head and the way it moves in the belly, and gathers. There's this energetic response to sex that just pumps the volume up on the energy level.On the mental plane, you have this mental explosion: le peitit morte, what the French call "the little death," because it's this ego shattering moment -- at least good ones. Read More

Words of the magi: An interview with Alan Chapman and Duncan Barford

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Altered States, photo by H Koppdelaney
Alan Chapman and Duncan Barford of The Baptist's Head and Open Enlightenment were kind enough to answer several questions I put to them.
Did you formulate the Core Practice techniques immediately after attaining the Knowledge & Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel [K&C], or did it follow your successful crossing of the Abyss? ALAN: I attained the K&C using a free-form ritual technique, but I came to develop a simpler method based on Father Thomas Keating's centred prayer as I persisted in invoking the HGA through the years.The bare-bones Core Practice described in Alan's essay bears a strong  resemblance to vipassana meditation, and Duncan has mentioned a long-standing interest in Buddhism. In your work, each of you pay homage to Daniel Ingram and his fantastic work. At what point did you pick up the links between wisdom traditions and decide to adopt vipassana into your regular practice? Read More

Interview with John L. Crow

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Podcast set, photo by Patrick Breitenbach
John L Crow hosted the popular podcast Thelema Coast to Coast, and is currently pursuing a PhD. in American Religious History at Florida State University.
This interview was conducted on Saturday, September 4th, 2010.Psyche: Thelema Coast to Coast was an excellent podcast running from 2005 to 2007, one of the first of its kind and I believe the first to be solely dedicated to Thelema. It's been almost three years since your last episode. Do you miss it?John L. Crow: Yes and no. The podcast was certainly a product of its time and filled a particular need within the Thelemic community. I miss the interaction with the larger community, the feedback and so forth. But I honestly don't miss producing the podcast itself. It was a lot of work and now that I am in graduate school, I simply do not have the time.I have been asked if I will ever resurrect the show. Read More

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