Tuesday, October 27, 2015

KOTF 20: Interview with Grey Cat, St. Patrick's Day, and divination with Tarot.

In this episode Rev. Alicia Folberth interviews the late author Grey Cat, founder of the NorthWind Tradition of American Witchcraft - salvaged from the previous television show on VHS. Excerpts from the Ostara episode with Iris Chausse on St. Patrick's Day and divination with Tarot. Music by Shaman Starseed and Wendy Rule, both recorded at our festival Beltaine: A Pagan Odyssey. Video from Omnia on their Wolf Love CD. ASL by Ashmere Ra

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 on the internet since 2013.

GREY CAT (1940-2012)
"Grey Cat was the author of “Deepening Witchcraft: Advancing Skills & Knowledge”, and a contributor to several other books, including “Exploring the Pagan Path: Wisdom From the Elders,” and the Chas Clifton-edited “Witchcraft Today” series. Grey Cat served as the editor of The Crone Papers for four years, and had held leadership positions within the Covenant of the Goddess and Ar n’Draiocht Fein. Grey Cat founded the NorthWind Tradition of American Witchcraft, and was an elder is several other American Witchcraft traditions.
   Perhaps Grey Cat’s largest contribution to modern Paganism was her outspoken advocacy for elders within our communities, and the need to ground our traditions in wisdom and hard-won experience. She was part of a larger movement towards acknowledging the aging of the Pagan community’s first and second waves, and the changing spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of those populations. “Deepening Witchcraft,” which was published in 2002, along with similar books like Ellen Cannon Reed’s “The Heart of Wicca: Wise Words from a Crone on the Path,” published in 2000, were seen as a corrective to a Wiccan/Witchcraft community that had become overly focused on younger adherents, “101″ instructional tomes,  and unbridled eclecticism in the 1990s.
   Grey Cat was a much beloved figure for many Pagans who treasured her wisdom and plain-speaking, her absence will most certainly be felt. May she rest in the arms of her gods, and return to us again."

  “I never saw witches as ugly. I never saw being a crone as a terrible thought.” – Grey Cat

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 also a contributor to Grey Mare on the Hill to be published in December 2015. Although long overdue, Rev. Alicia 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 andhttp://flybynightstudio.blogspot.com/ 
Her psychic readings and online store can be found at www.SubRosaMagick.comwww.facebook.com/SubRosaMagick and www.etsy.com/shop/SubRosaMagick
    Panthean Temple website: http://www.PantheanTemple.org/ 

Brahm Stuart & Catalina Colibri
     Born in Panama, raised in New Orleans and Mississippi, B. Stuart mastered the Celtic fiddle the old way, in the pubs and forests of Ireland, from both human and elven masters. Since the mid eighties Brahm has been based in the New York area. In the nineties, he led Celtic-Folk/Earth-Music group, SHAMAN, that recorded 5 albums and played at many venues including the United Nations, Starwood music festival, Earth Day and Renaissance Festivals, political rallies, benefits and witches balls. Other credits include many on-stage performances alongside many great musicians including Rick Danko, Jorma Kaukonen, Paul Winter, Glen Velez, The Wolftones and Alan Stivell. He was an original member of the Celtic rock band, The Clan, and performed with the Italian folk music group, I Guillari di Piazza for over 12 years. A master performer on accoustic guitar, fiddle, voice, percussion and tin whistle in several folk traditions. At present, Brahm and Catalina (harp, energy and percussion) are the core members of the Mystic Minstrels.
     Born and raised in New York City, Catalina is a third generation musician; her father was the principal timbales player in the world famous bolero/salsa group, Trio de San Juan. She started playing guitar and percussion from an early age, and later fell in love with Irish mythology and Celtic harp which she studied beginning in the mid nineties. She has now been playing Celtic harp professionally for over 10 years, both with the Minstrels and as a solo harpist. On percussion, Catalina plays bodhran (Irish framedrum) and Middle Eastern framedrum and is quite accomplished in authentic Italian tambourine styles as well. Catalina has performed at many prestigious events, galas and weddings with performances at the Cloisters Museum in New York City, Caramoor Center for Music Arts in Katonah, NY, Metropolitan Museum, The University Club and Gracie Mansion in New York City. Catalina has recorded two solo harp albums, Mystical Journey and The Trees of Pan on the Solstar Communications label.

The bohemian PaganFolk band "OMNIA" revolves around the many varied compositions, stories and musical abilities of Jenny and Steve Sic Evans van der Harten. Together with their band consisting of the handsome pagan "guitar hero" Philip Steenbergen (guitars), crazy Didgeman Daphyd Crow (slideridoo, vocals and percussion), Rob van Barschot (drums and percussion) and assisted by their amazing live-crew, they tour throughout Europe and beyond.

   "Every so often Melbourne throws up a singular talent, someone previously hidden amongst the well-established musical tribes, someone possessed of a unique vision. Wendy Rule, the vocalist, songwriter and visionary, is such and artist. Beat Magazine, Melbourne"
    With the release of her fifth full length album, The Wolf Sky, Wendy Rule has firmly established herself as one of Australia's most uniquely gifted and prolific artists. Her music is a passionate union of her incredible voice moving from soaring heights to intimate whispers and her beautifully dark and visionary lyrics. Wendy's live performances draw on her love of ritual and theater, enticing her audience into an otherworldly realm of power and Magic. After years of local shows and national tours, Wendy's music is now being recognized internationally. She has recently returned from her 9th tour of the USA, and has also performed in France, Germany, England and Scotland.

Our introduction song 'Take Me Down Where the Pagans Go' is by Adala: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/adala
New episodes to come. Stay tuned!

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