Down at the Crossroads - Music. Magick. Paganism.
Down at the Crossroads features one on one interviews and discussions with today’s most influential Pagan artists, authors, musicians, teachers, leaders, bloggers, podcasters, and more! The conversations are sure to be inspiring, insightful, entertaining, and always engaging. We will attempt to push the community forward and take devil’s advocate to a whole new level. Exploring topics that will turn the Pagan community on its head in an attempt to gain a new perspective on life, all while hearing some great music by today’s greatest Pagan and Pagan inspired musicians and bands. Down at the Crossroads is where today’s Paganism crosses paths with the world! Chris Orapello also hosts the meditation podcast Baphmetis Meditation (baphmetis.com). **This show is formally known as The Infinite and the Beyond.**

064_ivodweb_med_hrHello and thank you once again for joining me down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight we meet with author and teacher Ivo Dominguez Jr. Previously appearing on the show via the two episodes (#062 and #055) recorded at FaerieCon, Ivo is an elder and one of the founders of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel the very same organization which has given birth to long anticipated New Alexandrian Library, and he's even recently released a book titled "Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans" available from Weiser Books. Ivo and I have a great discussion about his several involvements and his new book, but we only scratch the surface of his role in the Pagan despite our time together.

(The following book information is from Ivo's website)

064_astrologybookivo_med_hr-4Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans: Using the Planets and the Stars for Effective Spellwork, Rituals, and Magickal Work

ISBN: 9781578635757 | Paperback | $18.95 | 6 x 9 | 256 pages | January 2016 | Weiser

More often than not, people think of astrology as a tool for divination or the exploration of one’s personality. Astrology is considerably more than that. It is a sacred science, a highly descriptive symbolic language, and it is also a technology that can be applied to ritual, herbalism, the use of crystals, and much more.

This is a practical handbook for any practitioner of magic to use in building individual rituals and creating the most effective magic. Concise, focused, and expertly presented, this book teaches the core concepts of astrology so that wiccans and pagans can truly apply it to their practices.

Please buy at a local store as your first option. If that is not possible you can order at Amazon.

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happy_anouncementA short audio announcement about my YouTube channel A Witch in Southern New Jersey. Music "Hallowed Ground" by Rest You Sleeping Giant

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063_cory_hutchesonHello and thank you once again for joining me down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today's most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight Tara joins us as we meet with Cory Hutcheson of New World Witchery to discuss his podcast, his path as a witch, his thoughts about witchcraft and we close the show with a chat about Krampus and the annual Philadelphia event known as Krampuslauf.

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panel_reaching_the_next_genHello and thank you once again for joining me down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today's most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight we visit FaerieCon for a panel I moderated titled Reaching the Next Generation, which featured notable authors and leaders such as Ivo Dominguez Jr., Raven Grimassi, David Salisbury, Byron Ballard, and Michael G. Smith. During the panel we discuss the issues and problems of bridging the gaps found within a multi generational, diverse, and every developing religious community. Though we only manage to scratch the surface of this complex issue a lot gets addressed during the one hour panel session.

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061_Rugf1_eGHello and thank you once again for joining me down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today's most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight I meet with Rune Soup Blogger and Chaos Magician Gordon White about his article, Counting Witches On Pinheads, which he published in November of 2014 on the Rune Soup. Gordon and I have a great discussion about Chaos Magick, his article, and what he thinks the modern witchcraft movement should be doing. Gordon was a great guest and we had a lot of fun during this conversation.

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060_hughHello and thank you once again for joining me down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today's most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight I meet with Hugh Carey who happens to be one of the hard working men behind the online retailer Eclectic Artisans and the popular witchy subscription service Sabbat Box. Hugh and I have a great discussion about his businesses as well as the issues surrounding being a retailer in the Pagan community as well as the misconceptions and backlash that can often happen as a result. Sabbat Box has been in high demand since its unveiling in Spring of 2015 and it doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.

Below is an excerpt from an article posted on the Wildhunt Blog back in April of 2015 showing some of the backlash Hugh and Tom experienced:

...the problematic nature of even some Pagan ‘products’ such as Sabbat Box. We should be wary of attempts to sell us items evoking ‘Pagan Community’ and the imagery of magic, because this is the same ploy used to sell items devoid of meaning. - Click here for the complete Wildhunt article

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059_saraj-232x300Hello and thank you once again for joining me down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today's most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight Tara and I meet with beloved blogger, artist, and professional witch Sarah Anne Lawless to discuss witchcraft, her blog, entheogens, flying ointments, and the idea and practice of soul flight. We have a great discussion about her work and experience as a non Wiccan witch and her flying ointments that are available online through the Black Arts Foundry website.

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58_stolen_season_albumHello and thank you once again for joining me down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today's most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight we meet with beloved singer songwriter, pixie pirate, myth punk, folk rocker S.J. Tucker to talk about her new album Stolen Season, what went into the creation of it, as well as her music, the genus loci, some of her personal path, and her unexpected draw towards Hoodoo and Vodou. SJ is a great guest and we had a rather intense conversation that kind of broke my brain a little by the end of it.

In 2014, S. J. celebrated ten solid and joyful years of touring and performing. This year, she’s released a new album called Stolen Season, which explores her Mississippi Delta jazz and blues roots more than ever before. On her plate for the rest of 2015 are such treasures as a new illustrated book based on her Wendy & Peter Pan songs (with an album to follow), a myths-and-literature-inspired song collection called Stormchaser, a video game soundtrack, and a long-awaited follow-up to her spiritually focused Blessings album, called Rootless. - sjtucker.com

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057_damh_the_bard_sabbatHello and thank you once again for joining me down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today's most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight we meet with podcaster, Druid and Song writer Damh the Bard to talk about his new album Sabbat, his work as a musician, and his position as the official Pendragon for The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD). Damh and I have a fun discussion beings fans of each others' podcasts (DruidCast) and I of his music and work. There is a lot of laughing in this episode and in my excitement of speaking with him for the first time I got a little too close to my microphone at times which you may notice. All in all, this chat was a great time and I hope you enjoy it!

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056_shauna_aura_knight_2Hello and thank you once again for joining me down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today's most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald, and no longer congested host Chris Orapello and tonight we meet with author, teacher, and blogger Shauna Aura Knight to discuss activism, how to get involved, and her experiences with being an activist. Shauna and I have a powerful and eye opening discussion as we put our ears to the ground about some hot button issues while I try extremely hard to not sound as congested as I was when I spoke with her. So, please forgive me for how I may sound in this episode. LOL

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