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Shamanism And A Psychic Fair

an essay

“Shaman Poster #1”

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I made this educational sheet to hand out free at our
Charity Psychic Fair this Saturday. The essay’s on the front
and your souvenir poster’s on the back. There’s no balloons,
but Beven will be cooking at the food stand. You’re welcome
to stroll among our little tents and chat us up, all for free.
But if you want a reading you must buy a ticket, either
$25 for 15 minutes, or $50 for a half-hour, which,
as such things go, is a low small-town rate.
It’s popular; we have lots of readers
and we draw a big crowd.
It’s part of our rural New England town’s annual fair.
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First, if i may, term­i­nol­ogy: Our culture uses 2 words
for the work done at a psychic fair. – I don’t much like
either one.

“Fortunetelling” is common speech, and i love common
talk, for i love Shakespeare. But the word “fortune”
suggests advis­ing Clients on Money and Luck,
which is a tiny fraction of our work.

“Divination” is more dig­ni­fied but i feel it’s impious,
for it means consulting Divine Be­ings. I ask the Cards
ques­tions; Or i’ll invite Client’s de­parted Loved One to
speak, then report what they say; Or i hear something
Client left unspoken and say that.

So let me replace the words. Let me say Readers and
Clients together practice our cul­ture’s favorite kind
of “Shamanism”.

I’ve studied this for years.

“Shamanism” is a scientific word from Anthropology,
and the Anthropologists define it broadly, including
certain practices in all the varied Human cultures.
What we do qualifies for inclusion.

For one thing, Sha­manism typically involves healing of
some kind. We heal broken hearts and broken lives.

Also: Some Clients ask how to find the right physician,
or how to live well with a terrible disease, and that’s in
our purview too.

But our DEEP likeness to the worldwide Shamanism
of Anthro­pology is this: We work in the realm of
Human Instinct.

Ancient ancestors gave us a treasure chest of instincts.
Our joy in natural gardening is theirs. How to parent,
how to teach, village-defense sol­diering, crea­ting and
beholding art, a world of rich Human instincts.

So it is with Psychic Arts.

For a moment accept Quan­tum Physics: You’re connec­ted
with everything. How would that look in your mind? It’s
the realm of Psychic Arts and we Hu­mans evolved to
walk there.

Now let’s ask Anthropology: What’s the deep worldwide
uni­ver­sal feature of Shamanism?

This: ..
You go out there and bring back something useful.

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My Paperback Book Store Link

Description From Its Main Page – Singing Fish Tarot

Heading Of The Singing Fish Main Page

Dear Reader Note:
I am an old Engineer, and this is pretty much a
discussion of making an advanced-design Tarot.

Description From Its Main Page – Spirit Hill Tarot

Dear Reader Note:
Spirit Hill is the 2nd deck i created, while i was well
established as a leader, artist & teacher among
New England’s Pagans. .. So, as you’ll see,
i felt perfectly free to experiment.

Description From Its Main Page – The Simple Tarot

( under construction )
( A piece near the end is not quite finished.)

Dear Reader Note:
Simple Tarot is the first deck i made, in 1979 – ’80.
So this discusses how i started in divination.

Concise Statement Of My Beef With The Army

Please note:
“Beef” is my generation’s military slang
for a
serious disagreement that might or did come to blows.

Yes i kno,
It was so long ago and still i write about it a lot.

But you understand:
When you wrestle a giant but stupid octopus,
it makes some moves so easily fended off,
that you put them out of mind for years,
and only see the horror of them later.

A lifetime later,
and i’ve just re-realized fully:
The Army responded to my sub-sub-officer rank
with not only 30 days in Army Jail; the bstrds
also, in a clumsy way, Tried To KILL ME,
for what they felt was treason, yet
it’s also indication of respect.

Those bstrds were crazy.

Yes, here is the end of this blog post.

The Birth Of The Universe & The Wilmington Massacre

The Birth Of The Universe,
13.7 billion years ago,
all things created.

The Wilmington White Supremacist
Massacre of 1898, possibly
300 people murdered.

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I might maybe claim to be a Semi-Pro Historian,
having taught at a great History Museum,
though in unpaid volunteer position.
BUT: I have done serious study
of the US. Civil War. .. Why?
My childhood was in the Jim Crow racist South.

Yet one fact never written in those serious books
of my childhood, was the hushed-up countless
Post-Civil-War White Supremacist Massacres
for political supremacy in a state or city.

Indeed, what my skeptical young eyes beheld in
those books (that’s in the 1950’s & early ’60’s)
was still the original Massacre Rationales!!!

Indeed, i learned of the Wilmington horror just today!
And deja vu: .. Me studying the rationales for that,
i saw that same lame racism of my childhood.

You know,
my mother’s father might be in that photo,
the one holding up a shot gun for the camera.
Back then he’s a responsible young businessman,
just as the Wikipedia article and the photo suggest.

(-Well actually, in 1898 Mom’s
Dad was only 12, so he’s the
boy in front at right, which
makes me wonder: did he
gaze out at the stars?-)

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(- Ps: I left this unfinished for a week, then saw the ending.-)

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