Interview with Lady Tamarra James of the Wiccan Church of Canada
Music by Katrin at Beltaine: A Pagan Odyssey
Keepers of the Flame TV Series
We are an educational and entertaining television talk show about Traditional Witchcraft, Paganism and Aboriginal Religions featuring lectures, interviews, music and entertainment from around the world. Friday Nights, 9:00pm Public Access Channel 10 in the Connecticut Valley. Began 2010 and now on the internet in 2013. For more information follow our blog at http://www.keepersoftheflametv.com Follow us on Vimeo http://www.keepersoftheflame.tv
Rev. Alicia Lyon Folberth is the spiritual leader of Panthean Temple in CT. She is the coordinator of Panthean Temple's "Beltaine: A Pagan Odyssey" retreat fest, and other special events dealing with Women's empowerment. An activist of conviction, Alicia is also a professional artist, writer, lecturer, teacher, and the producer of the new cable access television show, "Keepers of the Flame."
Her writing has been published in two books to date; Cakes and Ale for the Pagan Soul edited by Patricia Telesco, and Voices of Survivors edited by Namid, both are available on Amazon.com. Her advice tarot column "It's in the cards" has been featured in Finer Things Magazine and on PaganPages.org. She is in the process of writing and illustrating her own first book, which is a series of guided meditations and journeys.
To see her artwork and design, please visit http://www.facebook.com/flybynightstudio and http://flybynightstudio.blogspot.com/ Please join her every week for tarot readings live on Blogtalk Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/subrosamagick
Panthean Temple website: http://www.PantheanTemple.org
Tamarra was initiated as a witch on her 16th birthday, way back when people did that. But her big learning curve happened after she moved with her new husband Richard from Vancouver to Los Angeles. That city in 1977 was a hotbed of competing approaches and personalities; and it was there that R&T formed their first coven. Their wandering took them to New York, where competition among traditions was just as intense, and they learned all they could. Finally in 1979 they moved back to Canada, to Toronto.
In 1979 they opened The Occult Shop on Queen St, with a temple space in the back, and on the night of their first ritual a brick smashed through the shop window. The resulting press attention helped the business succeed. Since then, many other Pagan retailers have come and gone, but The Occult Shop lives on.
People who came to the shop demanded a Church, where they could worship openly like people of other religions, so they formed the Wiccan Church of Canada with R&T as their first priest & priestess. Since then, R&T have watched the Canadian pagan community grow, being involved in the first prison ministry, the first Pagan festival, the first Pagan conference, introducing Ontario Pagans to Americans and vice versa.
For 30 years, they have watched or been part of every aspect of the growth of the Ontario Pagan Community. Tamarra's women's group Sistrum is 26 years old. In the last few years, Richard has broadened the horizons to work for the Canadian National Pagan Conference.
Wiccan Church of Canada website: http://www.wcc.on.ca
Ever the hard worker, Katrin is about to reach a new level. She built esteem through three albums produced in the Boston area, but her new record was made in Woodstock and marks a quantum leap into the national spotlight. Katrin was helped by a Woodstock-based dream team of drummer/producer Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow), bassist Tony Levin (John Lennon, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), guitarist/harp player John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful), and guitarist Bill Dillon (McCartney, Robbie Robertson, Sheryl Crow, King Crimson).
"I have more of a sense of being decisive and more confidence in myself,'' she says, noting it's the first time she has worked with such heavyweights. "I'm being even more fearless.''
Read full bio here: http://katrinmusic.com/bio.html
Our introduction song 'Take Me Down Where the Pagans Go' is by Adala: