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Black Lives Matter + Social Justice

Black Lives Matter + Social Justice

June 20, 2020

As if a global pandemic wasn't enough to have going on, as if the murder hornets weren't enough, the trend of murders by police have been continuing, escalating, and demanding attention. So let's talk about #BlackLivesMatter, social justice, and how MUCH these conversations and activism really matter in the spiritual and witchcraft communities, what we can do if protesting and demonstrating isn't an option for us personally, and how we can address these issues on a more personal level and more socially. 

It's SO important that we talk about these things!

My website is over here: http://www.CrowSongLodge.com

My Patreon is here: http://www.Patreon.com/CrowSongCoven

And you can catch me on Twitter here: http://www.Twitter.com/CrowSongLodge 

Cleansing Essentials

Cleansing Essentials

May 25, 2020

Howdy, folks! Today I want to talk a bit about cleansing! I know it might seem basic to some folks, but sometimes cleansing is treated like a cure-all and gets over-used or used all on it's own, and I wanted to talk about it a little bit. We'll be discussing when to cleanse and when not to, grounding, elemental properities and activities, different types of cleansings, and a bit more - you know me, I get a bit rambly! 

My Twitter is over here: http://www.Twitter.com/CrowSongLodge 

My website is over here: http://www.CrowSongLodge.com

And you can support me on Patreon here: http://www.Patreon.com/CrowSongCoven 

And my YouTube Channel is over here: http://www.youtube.com/c/NatharaCS

My Background, My Bias

My Background, My Bias

May 11, 2020

A little bit rambly today. I want to talk about what's been percolating in my mind the last couple weeks, what I have been kind of working on, and then I want to talk about how I grew up and what my spiritual/witchy background is because I think it's really important to help understand what my viewpoints and biases are and why I have them and how I developed them. I try to be aware of my own biases and mention them as they come out, but the nature of biases is that they're not usually conscious, so..... I tried to keep it short, but I'm a rambly, tangenting person (thank goodness for editing!), but I'm sure you're used to that by now. 

A shout out to Karyn, the Lost Lemurian in this episode! Here's her YouTube Channel!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbznRPr1MTyLOv3hdh7JyMA

Some shade thrown at Night Shayde, you can find him on the podcast Flatline 2 Beatline. I'd give you a link, but every time I do, he switches hosts and the link is no longer any good, so use Google to find him. 

I talk about Mental Health in this episode! If YOU need mental health support, no shame in that. There's a ton of resources out there, but here are some folks who can be helpful:

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1-800-950-6264info@nami.org. NAMI operates an emergency mental health hotline Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. Operators can provide information about mental illness and refer callers to treatment, support groups, family support, and legal support, if needed.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): (800) 662-4357. SAMHSA runs a 24-hour mental health hotline that provides education, support, and connections to treatment. It also offers an online Behavioral Health Treatment Locator to help you find suitable behavioral health treatment programs.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): (866) 615-6464. This organization has a variety of methods for you to communicate with knowledgeable people about mental health issues. In addition to the phone line, there is a live online chat option. These resources are available Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

My website is over here: http://www.CrowSongLodge.com

And you can support me on Patreon here: http://www.Patreon.com/CrowSongCoven 

And my YouTube Channel is over here: http://www.youtube.com/c/NatharaCS

There’s Something About Starseeds

There’s Something About Starseeds

April 23, 2020

Hey guys! Today I want to talk a little bit about STARSEEDS - the basic idea behind the concept and how this plays out in real life. I love theory as much as the next person, but all the theory in the world doesn't matter nearly as much as what happens in real life.

In this episode, I talk briefly aboout mental health. Here is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Helpline if you need to reach out for assitance: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
And the website is here: https://www.samhsa.gov/       
And here is the Mental Health Alliance website: https://www.mhanational.org/im-looking-mental-health-help-myself

My website is over here: http://www.CrowSongLodge.com

And you can support me on Patreon here: http://www.Patreon.com/CrowSongCoven 

And my YouTube Channel is over here: http://www.youtube.com/c/NatharaCS

 

Cultural Appropriation

Cultural Appropriation

April 11, 2020

This episode is republishing a solo episode I did as part of WWT, since I had that conversation with Night Shayde about cultural appropriation last week. I've been about hip-deep in the topic of cultural appropriation (studying it) for over a decade now, so I'm going to share some of what I've learned and the understanding that I've come to on the topic.

Here are some other resources you can check out if you'd like to learn more:

she’s the one that’s been hip-deep in the topic of cultural appropriation for the last decade or so. We’re going to talk about the foundations of modern witchcraft, the use of sage and smuding, Burning Man festivals, and so much more! 

And here are some resources just for you:

“What is Cultural Appropriation?” – Origin of Everything
https://youtu.be/VQgF1f557YY

What to Wear (and What NOT to Wear) at Burning Man – Dustmight Camp
http://dustmight.camp/what-to-wear-and-what-not-to-wear-at-burning-man/

“Language Has Power: On Smudging and Appropriation” – Asali
https://www.asaliearthwork.com/blog/2016/2/21/on-smudging-and-appropriation

“Indigenous People Want Brands to Stop Selling Sage and Smudge Kits” – Huffington Post (includes interviews with Indigenous peoples)
https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/indigenous-people-sage-and-smudge-kits_ca_5cd579e0e4b07bc729786e25

“Black Magic: Hoodoo Witches Speak Out on the Appropriation of Their Craft” – Vice
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qkg93m/black-magic-talking-with-hoodoo-witches

“What is Cultural Appropriation Pt 1” – Maggie Haseman
https://www.mumblesandthings.com/blog/cultural-appropriation-1

My website is over here: http://www.CrowSongLodge.com

And you can support me on Patreon here: http://www.Patreon.com/CrowSongCoven 

Box of Chocolates - Debut Episode!

Box of Chocolates - Debut Episode!

April 7, 2020

This is the first and ONLY public episode for a new podcast in partnership with Night Shayde of Flatline to Beatline! During the first half the podcast, we'll be discussing a topic and sharing our diverse perspective on it, and the second half the podcast will be the JAILBREAK - where we each share topics, without warning, for discussion, to see where we agree and where we differ. We don't agree, for sure, but we keep it respectful. Future podcast episdoes of Box of Chocolates will be available through each of our Patreon accounts, exclusive for our Patrons! 

Linkies:

My Patreon, CrowSong Coven: http://www.patreon.com/CrowSongCoven

Night Shayde's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/flatline2beatline

Check out my website here: http://www.CrowSongLodge.com

Check out Flatline 2 Beatline here: https://f2b.podbean.com/

Are You a Real Witch?

Are You a Real Witch?

April 3, 2020

I see a lot of discussions going around about the difference between "real witches" and "fake" or "plastic" witches, so let's dig into what this is about and what it really means. Heads up! I get ranty! 

Support this podcast over at the Patreon here:
http://www.patreon.com/CrowSongCoven

And visit my website over here:
http://www.CrowSongLodge.com 

Science vs Spirituality

Science vs Spirituality

March 18, 2020

Hey, guys. In the light of the current Global Pandemic, I decided to bump up this topic on my list about how folks tend to rely entirely on spirituality instead of listening to science and common sense. I've been seeing a lot of woo-woo cures out there so... let's talk about it.

You can visit my website at: http://www.CrowSongLodge.com

You can follow me on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/CrowSongLodge.com

And you can support THIS podcast on Patreon at: http://www.patreon.com/CrowSongCoven 

You can catch Night Shayde over on his podcast, Flatline 2 Beatline here: https://castbox.fm/channel/id2525938

Spotlight on Night Shayde of Flatline 2 Beatline

Spotlight on Night Shayde of Flatline 2 Beatline

March 7, 2020

It's our FIRST interview! Today I'm talking with Night Shayde from the podcast Flatline 2 Beatline, who has been spotlighting smaller authors, creatives, and business folk in the pagan and witchy communities for over 6 months now, so it's only fair to shine the spotlight right back and give him dues, too! We talk about his background, get some exclusive information, and talk about the future of the podcast. You guys should also know, the new intro for my podcast and the mid-roll promo are ALSO by Night Shayde, so HUGE thanks to him for those!!!!

You can listen to Flatline 2 Beatline anywhere you can find podcasts, but if you want some links, here you go:

You can the podcast at https://castbox.fm/channel/id2525938

You can follow the podcast on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/F2BPodcast

You can follow Night Shayde on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/MjolnirForge

You can (and should!) support the Patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/flatline2beatline

You can visit my website at: http://www.CrowSongLodge.com

You can follow me on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/CrowSongLodge.com

And you can support THIS podcast on Patreon at: http://www.patreon.com/CrowSongCoven 

Let’s Talk Mediumship and Channeling

Let’s Talk Mediumship and Channeling

March 5, 2020

I've seen mediumship and channeling spoken about and discussed in some fairly consistent ways and I want to talk about it - how these two skills/abilities are similar, what their strengths are, what they're really like, whether or not they are "psychic," and whether or not they can be controlled. After over 30 years of psychic study and experience, I know some stuff.

During the podcast I mention:

My website, here: http://www.CrowSongLodge.com

My YouTube channel, here: http://www.YouTube.com/u/NatharaCS

If you want to support this podcast, that'd be awesome! Visit me on Patreon here: http://www.Patreon.com/CrowSongCoven