Host Marla Brooks stirs the cauldron every Thursday night at 9:00 PM ET on Para X with interesting guests from both the Pagan and Paranormal realms.
Brandon Weston-Ozark Folk Magic
Bring traditional methods of healing and magic into the modern world with this impressive book on Ozark folk magic. Providing lore, verbal charms, healing plants, herbal recipes, magical tools and alignments, and more, folk healer Brandon Weston sheds light on the region's secretive culture and shows you how to heal both yourself and others. Ozark Folk Magic invites you to experience the hillfolk's magic through the eyes of an authentic practitioner. Learn how to optimize your healing work and spells according to the moon cycles, zodiac signs, and numerology. Explore medicinal uses for native Ozark plants, instructions for healing magical illnesses, and how modern witches can feel at home with Ozark traditions. Combining personal stories and down-to-earth advice, this book makes it easy to incorporate Ozark folk magic into your practice.
Philip Coppens-Odyssey of the Gods
Erich von Däniken's monumental Chariots of the Gods changed the way generations have looked at mythology, ancient history, and the possibility of advanced beings from other worlds visiting Earth. Now he tackles the history of Greece and again challenges our beliefs about how our civilization arose. Using painstaking archaeological research and evidence from the writings of Plato and Aristotle, he suggests that the Greek "myths" were, in fact, very much a reality, that the Greek "gods" were actually extraterrestrial beings who arrived on Earth many thousands of years ago. Philip Coppens was not only a good friend of von Daniken, he was also a colleague and the editor of Odyssey of the Gods. Many who have read the book may find von Däniken's conclusions astounding, but they are argued with such vigor and clarity that you'll be forced to consider the implications of his findings for mankind.
Tim Shaw-Automatic Writing
I always knew that my Grandmother Grace had practiced automatic writing and she told me about some of what messages that were sent to her, but I never spoke to her in depth about it. When she passed, she left a legacy of those writing sessions, and I was recently given those precious papers. I generally knew about what automatic writing was about, but after reading through some of Gram's pages, more and more questions about the process kept popping up in my head, so I called upon Tim Shaw, my go-to guy for all my metaphysical quandaries. He not only answered my specific questions, but also added lots of general information, so at that point, we decided that since neither of us had really done shows on automatic writing before, it was high time to do so. Having Grandma Grace's writing sessions to refer to and talk about, that personal touch made a generally informational show much more compelling.
Raven Grimassi-Communing with the Ancestors
In his wonderfully informative book, readers will explore the realm of the ancestors with the late author and Pagan scholar Raven Grimassi. In his fascinating and far-ranging guide, you will learn practices and rituals both ancient and new for communing with the ancestors, including How to build shrines and altars and make offerings,Where to find and work with sacred sites, power places, and special portals to the ancients,Guided imagery that will take you into the "Cavern of the Ancestors," the spiritual corridor where the ancestors can be directly approached,How to access the Spirit-Rider, an ancestor that can travel between the realms of mortals and ancient,How to see and understand the restless dead who remain bound to the Earth realms,The role of reincarnation in the soul's relationship to ancestral lineage, plus some of the extraordinary folklore, legend, and superstition surrounding the topic.
J. Allan Cross-American Brujeria
American Brujeria is about the fascinating blend of American and Mexican folk magic currently practiced by those living in the US but whose roots are steeped in Mexican culture. The author, who has named this tradition “American brujeria,” explores this magical system, while also offering practical advice on using it. American brujeria is a living, vital tradition that -- while it shares things in common with other folk magic traditions, such as American Conjure—also features its own unique traditions, as well as familiar ones, such as the veneration of saints, both canonized, such as Guadalupe, and folk saints like Santa Muerte.
American Brujeria includes stories from Mexico (folk saints, the story of Guadalupe), the influence of Catholicism, the art of limpias (spiritual cleansings), spell casting, oil crafting, praying the rosary (in English and Spanish), making an altar to Guadalupe, using novena candle magic, crafting protective charms from saints’ medals, and more.
Damh the Bard-Sabbat
The sabbat of Beltane and the release of Damh's new album were happening at the same time, so it was only logical that I have him on the show to talk about both Sabbat's. And because Beltane is not far off I thought this was a good choice of archive to post this week. As always, when Damh is my guest it's a fun, interesting and musical show.