It is with regret that I am notifying listeners that Iron Powaqa Radio will be going on hiatus as of this month. I am hopeful it will be a temporary one, but honestly I just do not know. I want to leave the possibility open that I will record again, but at the same time and to be very honest with those who do listen, there are several things happening in life right now.
Due to those things time is an issue and factor. My professional life has changed in the past year and may (or may not which can be just as much of an upheaval) change again soon. My personal life and goals have abruptly shifted and I need to attend to my dreams and needs or they will fade.
The other issue is that as my path has changed a bit I don't feel I have a great deal to offer in terms of a "pagan podcast". I have tried to switch things up to sort of shift toward where I am heading but I don't think it is working, frankly. Listenership has fallen off, feedback is fairly non-existent and I am not feeling that I have much to offer in terms of what people crave at this time. This is not meant to be a negative statement. It is what it is, we all change, we all have our priorities and our tastes and can all respect each other within those preferences.
I will still blog when I can and I do not intend to close up shop on this site. It is more of a diary and journal to keep me company on my own path and be there for others if they feel the same. Blogging is much less labor intensive than podcasting, which may be why many of us fall back to it when we just don't have the time or the gumption to pick up a microphone, splice, edit, upload...
Thanks to all for listening over the past four years! If and when IP Radio returns, in whatever form that may be, you will be the first to know!
Be Magical, Be Brave, Be Well and don't forget to be mostly Wicked!
We start our journey down into the depths of our minds and souls on IP Radio with some quiet thoughts and random fun.
First, Samhain wishes to those gone but never forgotten. Then some spoiler fun with Entertainment Dissident Radio and a visit from the top of the mountain where rednecks rule and zombies...die!
Enjoy and welcome to the night life!
Join me for a very special episode dedicated to Animal Ancestors and what they have meant throughout my own life.
I'll briefly touch on my own alter dedicated to these ancestors of a different kind and share some of my experiences with the creatures who have changed my life through sharing their wonderful energy and souls with me.
If you love animals and if you have special animals in your life, I encourage you to reflect on them not only in this special time of year but to honor them with an a place on your alter or even an alter all their own as I do.
Link directly to the episode on Podbean HERE
Music for this episode: Sleep In Peace by Craig Austin
This is a picture of my entire Animal Alter, which is also a bookshelf. One of my projects this season is to relocate the alter portion for an easier work space. The alter is under a slanted ceiling on our landing so while cozy and dark, ;) I have a need to expand the work I'm able to do there at this time.
Some of the photos and other items on the alter...
IP Radio is back for the fall 2013 season and we have some programming changes, some new stuff, some different stuff and we get to find out how Gillian really feels about the state of modern Paganism in general.
This is a fairly short episode and in the future, episodes will be shorter in general, or possibly released on the same date but as part one and part two. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, it is easier for me to find time to record in short bursts than in long ones. Second, I have really crappy internet. HA. So, it is easier to upload shorter spots. No great mystery - just convenience and techno woes ;)
Dreaming of horses.... This episode is dedicated to the fabulous equine in our lives whether he be only in our dreams or actually in our backyard!
LINK TO THIS EPISODE ON PODBEAN
In our latest episode we discuss how we manifest the Goddess in our lives and what She means to us. How do we define Her? How do we honor Her? And most importantly, how is all of that influenced by our societal expectations and norms?
We take a little detour with my own personal journey, which is now embracing the Crone within.
I would like for this discussion to go much, much longer so for the podcast I am simply opening up the questions. Please feel free to comment or email me with your thoughts on your own relationship with the Goddess is YOU see Her.
IP Radio link for this episode
Our Pagan Creature Feature belongs to some cloven feet and fun! Check out our Creature Feature page for the lowdown on Billy!
Not long ago i had the distinct pleasure of being invited by SilverShadow of the Pagan Rapport to sit down and chat with him about magic, nature and spirituality. Oh, and movies and snakes too. LOL.
Check out what we both had to say at The Pagan Rapport site or by subscribing to The Pagan Rapport on iTunes.
Hopefully we'll get together again soon as we realized we ran out of time pretty quickly!
The next episode of IP Radio is in the works. In the meantime, take a minute to look around here and get to know the place. And, as always, don't forget to be just a little wicked!
Spring is finally here and I feel like I have never been SO ready in my life! What a long winter it has been in so many ways. The weather being the most obvious. From mid October until just this weekend we have had cold rain, wet snow, winds, more rain and snow, ice and....well, winter really got all its rocks off this year to say the least.
So, I'm pretty damn happy to be recording the usual welcome Spring episode, even if it is a little later than normal.
I will be planting soon. Again, running a bit behind due to Mother Nature. So, we are taking a look at how to get the most out of your little seeds and help them grow up to be big, strong herbs and flowers. We also take another look at our furry feline friend, this episode concentrating on cat energy and what it can bring to your life.
And, something else I will be exploring further - what to do with all of the residual energy left over from a season of inner work?
Comments welcome. Hope you enjoy
Sooo...this question was posed by my friend and listener Mimi the other day on Twitter:
@Mimi_81 - Topic to think over: I feel w/so many good shows fading, is it still worth keeping up with pagan podcasts anymore? Has the era seen its day? As podcasters, what are your views on the state of podcasting?
What an awesome question that immediately got me thinking. And thinking. And contemplating some more. And then I sat down to type my thoughts and I sat there. And sat there. And played
on the internet for a little bit and sat there some more… It isn’t like I don’t have anything to say it is just that I don’t know how to put down what I do have to say and if I’d try to record it I would probably just end up babbling about nothing and really, ya’ll hear me to that plenty so I'll give it a shot in written form.
Speaking from the perspective of my particular contribution to podcasting I can only say that my recording schedule has slowed considerably this past year and no one is more aware of that than I am. Illness has played a role in delays a few times but my main source of time conflict has become my career. Being a victim of my own drive I guess, I have found that as my work life has become more demanding my spare time has become less plentiful. And I’m not complaining about my career path but the reality is that there aren’t enough hours in the day to devote to everything I want to do and I also need to sleep. I need LOTS of sleep. LOL. Still, I do not intend to quit podcasting, although I can no longer promise a weekly show and sometimes I can’t even promise a monthly one (as in last summer). But, a monthly show is what I will continue to strive for so long as I feel a pull to hook up a microphone, open my mouth and abruptly insert my foot often enough.
Those are the practical logistics and obstacles in my opinion. But, there are others. First, inspiration. There
comes a point (or even several) in the life of every podcaster, blogger, writer, creative person in general when you just got nothin. Nothing to say, no ideas, no creative juice, no ponderings of any sort. Or, you are just fresh out of material that you think anyone would find interesting because you can’t find any yourself. I know that for me, there are even certain times of year when I am completely uninspired. These past three weeks for instance have been particularly difficult in terms of seasonal inspiration. As someone who draws a great deal of my own creativity from the outdoors, I’ve hit a wall at winter’s end. Or, there are times when emotionally I just don’t have the energy. Magically we refer to having “dry spells” and I think in podcasting, like anything else, you can have them too. And sometimes dry spells turn into long periods of nothing and sometimes podcasts just fade because of it.
And speaking of material, I think that sometimes it just runs out. How many books do we have on our shelves detailing Wicca 101? How many podcasts have we listened to about the same? How many times can we review correspondence charts and do we even want to? Even in going beyond the basics, how far can you really go? How many different things can you talk about in relation to belief, practice, spirituality itself? At first it seems like the list would be endless but there really is some repetition involved. That isn’t to
say that revisiting things can’t be interesting but it is difficult to do so and at the same time grow, which is what we all are hopefully trying to do spiritually.
Change. People change and grow. Maybe they grow away from podcasting or maybe they take a different turn in their own path and there isn’t a peg that will fit in the podcasting hole. Sometimes these changes can lead to interesting discussion. Other times they are better left unsaid and explored off the air. I tend to share my ponderings and even my doubts because I’m comfortable with them. I don’t really care if people know that half the damn time I think I might be an atheist while the other half I believe there is truly magic in the world. It is my life and I’m allowed. Other people might be more attached to whatever persona they have created on air and doubts aren’t comfortable to them so they don’t want to share them. And again, maybe this is when the voices fade away.
From the perspective of a listener, as I am also a listener of podcasts, time is always a factor as well as content. For all the reasons above, listeners may come, go, leave and come back, or move on. I tend to listen to podcasts while training or driving. If you change your gym routine or your job, your listening habit might get thrown for a loop and forgotten.
I think from both perspectives – podcaster and listener – we all have some things in common. Life is not
getting any slower and the amount of information we have thrown at us isn’t getting any less. From the
perspective of writer, producer and main actor I more times than not feel pressured by my own protestant work ethic as a million other things get thrown my way daily and for me this can lead to creative paralysis.
As a listener I see things downloading and feel the same sort of oh my god not one but three downloads before muttering about how I will never catch up. Information overload either way and it leads me down a road to indifference eventually.
So, what IS the state of pagan podcasting? I mean, for certain there are still a ton of pagan podcasts out there and probably more being thought about, thought up and recording even as I type this. I cannot say that the era of the pagan podcast is over but the rate of new podcasts has indeed slowed and many of my own favorite podcasts have faded at this time. That is not to say that we aren’t still out there, morphing into other forums and types of media. Some podcasters blog too and find it easier to do so because there are less time constraints, equipment woes, etc. when time is tight. I enjoy blogging for these reasons and I am also extremely active on my own website as well as Twitter (and Facebook to a lesser extent).
Maybe podcasting for many pagans is like a television show. You know, most great shows have this
life of their own where you are getting to know the characters and falling in love with the story for the first season and possibly even the second. Things happen and they are awesome, awful, funny, sad but always tremendously entertaining. Then we start to critique this season’s writing as opposed to last or how
one character develops as over another. We get antsy for something new or we miss the way things were back in season one or we disagree with the writer’s perspective or the show just plain old runs its course. So, I guess in podcasting as in television, eventually every show’s era must end. Sad yes but how long can zombies really walk around and eat people anyway? Don’t answer that.
I Want To Believe. Really, I do. In a lot of things. The Divine, The Rainbow Bridge, that truth prevails, the good guys win, true love... Well, the last one might be a stretch. LOL.
Sometimes, however, what I believe collides with what people expect I believe and the two don't seem to play well together. And other times, I question what I believe entirely or at least question why I believe it or not. I'm only human see and I guess that is part of my need to question in the first place.
So, a big portion of episode 44 is a big bunch of those feelings and questions and possibilities and just plain ramblings.
But don't let that scare you away! We also spend some more time with our good pagan creature the Cat. We take a look at a few of the many myths and legends involving our wonderfully wicked companion and then we further our catness by examining what kitty leaves behind during our green segment. That's right - we talk cat litter and what goes in it, where it comes from and where it goes after the stuff that goes in it gets, you know....in it.