Clearing Spaces, Impact Shamanism, & Greenwood Conjure

13 Jan

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So much has changed over the last year and it feels great to finally catch everyone up!

My new book, Clearing Spaces, came out with Sterling Ethos and Architectural Digest published a short editorial on it titled “3 Easy Ways to Give a Room Good Vibes.” The book combines (almost) everything I know about folk magic and shamanic healing for resolving energies in any type of environment and includes a number of recipes, case studies, and a whole chapter on diagnosing spatial concerns.

I closed Conjure in the City in August, 2016 to re-vision my work and where it was heading. Out of that was borne two new practices – Impact Shamanism and Greenwood Conjure (with Paige Zaferiou of Paige Z’s Tarot and Tea, with whom you should book a New Year’s Reading this. very. instant. Grrl is magik).

 

impactlogoSo what’s Impact Shamanism, you ask?

Impact Shamanism empowers Creatives, Leaders, and Visionaries to make their mark on our world and use their gifts to meet the unique challenges of our time. The Brooklyn-based consulting practice provides restorative solutions and transformative tools to help you be the change you wish to see in the world. (Be sure to join the mailing list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram!)

greenwoodconjurelogoGreenwood Conjure is a sacred arts superteam of trained spiritworkers based in Brooklyn, NY.  Through practices grounded in intimacy with helping spirits including allies in the plant, mineral, and animal worlds, we provide tools for spiritual remediation, goal achievement, and living authentically. (Be sure to join our mailing list, like us Facebook, and follow us on Instagram!)

And I got to talk about folk magic and shamanism on Gordon White’s podcast Rune Soup!

So here’s to a new year and new projects. I hope you’ll join me (and Paige Z., of course!).

Upcoming London, UK Events

27 Apr

Psycho-Analysis Art and the OccultPsycho-Analysis, Art, & the Occult

Friday, May 6th – Sunday, May 8th
Candid Arts, 3 Torrens Street, EC1V 1NQ, London

Psychoanalysis, Art and the Occult is a three day conference taking place in Angel, London; curated by Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson. I’ll be presenting my paper on initiation and rites of passage titled Before and After: Devouring Tigers in the Houses of Darkness and co-facilitating the closing ceremony. Speakers will be from the English and New York occult scene, psychoanalysts and artists.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together a diverse group of psychoanalysts, occultists and artists to share their views on human subjectivity and culture. Through an investigation of the unique modes and methodologies utilized by each individual practitioner, we may explore human experience via the convergence of domains that rarely speak to one another yet often work in similar and complementary ways.

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 10.13.59 AMLove Magic in Hoodoo

Tuesday, May 10th, 7:30 – 9pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street WC1E 7BS, London

At the historic Treadwell’s, I’ll be giving a talk on the principles operating in love magic in hoodoo, the African-American folk magic tradition. In this lecture, I’ll explain the key ideas and central practices; personal concerns and their uses; the idea and use of ‘sweeteners’; as well as how hoodoo understands and implements binding and domination towards practical ends. NOTE: This is a lecture on theory and ideas, not a practical workshop.

Price: £8  Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online

What Makes People Change?

31 Dec

“My consultation with Khi Armand was an extraordinary and profound experience. He effortlessly, courageously, and powerfully demonstrates the artistry and competency of a highly adept and masterful healer.” – M.B., Portland, OR

As 2015 winds down, we all find ourselves in the age-old position of asking what resolutions we should make this time?

5334c620bfce083a539d8a7cIn our culture, this question is beleaguered by jokes and memes as to how long those resolutions will actually be kept, the joke being that, no matter how well-intentioned or good for us they may be, they won’t last.

From undergrad, through grad school, and right into my practice as a full-time intuitive, the same question has followed me: How do people change?

What makes a person do something different this time, or choose an unexpected route after years of walking in the same lane?

What’s the thing that makes the difference between an old life and a new life?

One of the first things I discovered is that we’re not good at living new lives because, in our death-fearing culture, we’re terribly afraid of letting go of our old ones. Death is a metaphor for all transformations we are called into – all shedding of skin like snakes that is, likewise, completely necessary for our survival – but we are hoarders, dragged kicking and screaming by Life into our abysses as if New Life isn’t promised to us (as it is to all things) on the other side.

On one hand, people change whether they like it or not. But there are those who can accept change, and those who are rarely willing to entertain it.

Another thing I discovered is that behavior is borne from values and values are embodied. It is not enough to think about a thing to make it a part of you. It is not enough to read statistics about how good it is for your body or  the environment. Those things we want to achieve and do need to be embedded within us at a core, unshakeable, experienced, felt, embodied level.

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And for most of us, what’s already embedded at that core level is stuff we’ve forgotten that, nonetheless, creates habits in both our thinking and our actions, for better or worse.

But we can choose differently.

One of the gifts of divination is the ability to see our lives and the stories we tell ourselves about our lives from an entirely new perspective. We can see what’s at the root of the experiences we seem to encounter again and again and get clear answers about what’s needed to make the change we’ve been wanting to see.

Shamanic healing offers the power of transformation at a core level in an amazingly short time, providing the possibility of spiritual cleansing, retrieval of soul parts, and clearing of ancestral patterns all in a single session.

Root DoctorThrough this Monday, January 4th, all Intuitive Consultations are 33% off and
30-minute Consultations are available for a limited time as well.

A shamanic healing session can take place within a 60-minute Intuitive Consultation, so choose that if you’re feeling that’s what’s most needed in your life at this time.

Gift certificates are also available for that person in your life who you know could use the gifts of clarity and empowerment to make 2016 their best year yet.

December Events: Intro to Southern Conjure + More

9 Dec

Between book writing (yes, there’s a new book!) and client work, I’ve not been blogging as much as I’d like to BUT I’ve been able to plan three events for this month here in NYC!

These three events are a bit of a red carpet for things taking place next Spring so to make sure you stay in the loop, sign up for the Conjure In Your Inbox newsletter (they get exclusive cool stuff there on the regs, btdubs).

Radical Gardeners host Khi Armand:

An Open Discussion on Plant Spirits & Resistance

Monday, December 14th @ 7:30pm

The Base, 1302 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn

hoodoo“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” – Audre Lorde

Objective empiricism posits a dominance of the physical senses for what can be known about our world, but many indigenous knowledges maintain animistic worldviews that hold our world as an enchanted one. An enchanted world can possibly shift our lives from one of separation to one of restoration. Amongst the folk magic, witchcraft, and indigenous traditions of Brujeria, Hoodoo, Lucumi / Santeria, Haitian Vodou, etc., we find tools and practices for battling everyday oppressions as well as the strain of systemic inequity.

In this talk, we’ll look at:

*the historical role of the witch / ritualist as revolutionary leader; from Harriet Tubman to Dutty Boukman,

*animism as an antidote to capitalism,

*folk magic remedies for battling gentrification, economic inequality, and legal inequity;

*plant spirits as long-term allies toward cultivating well-being for healthier selves and communities.

We welcome all to bring their own histories and questions!


Intro to Southern Conjure

Thursday, December 17th @ 7pm

Catland, 987 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn

conjuremanshandEver thought of selling your soul to the Black Man at the Crossroads, or least finding out whatever happened to your mojo?

Heard of tricks being laid and folks getting crossed up, but ever wondered what all of that juju was about?

Join Khi Armand for a talk on the tradition of practical folk magic popularly known as Hoodoo, Rootwork, and Conjure. Grounded in the spiritual and sorcerous practices of Black Americans living throughout the American South and interweaving American Indian herbalism, European folk and grimoire practices, Kabbalistic and Eastern magic throughout its lore, hoodoo is perhaps as popular today as it was in the early 20th century.

Through lecture, music, and video, Khi will discuss the history, materia magica, and technology of hoodoo, share remedies for a variety of conditions, discuss hoodoo’s impact on popular culture, and tell tales from his practice as a contemporary urban hoodoo root doctor.

A brief Q&A will follow the talk.

$10 entry

2nd Annual Harriet’s Apothecary Holiday Bazaar & Swag Swap

Sunday, December 20th @ 12pm – 7pm

Black Women’s Blueprint, 279 Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn

Harriet's ApothecaryJoin me at Harriet’s Apothecary: Winter Solstice Edition, where I’ll be vending handcrafted, traditional medicine from within the Southern Conjure tradition including:
* condition oils,
* sachet powders,
* condition spritzers,
* and bath crystals
 

along with divinations via Tarot, casting of bones, geomancy, and bibliomancy.

Khi Armand is an NYC-based intuitive consultant and shamanic healer who provides transformative solutions for life and business. He is the proprietor of Conjure in the City and author of Deliverance! Hoodoo Spells of Uncrossing, Healing, & Protection.

New Dates! Online Trance, Mediumship, & Divination Class

13 Sep
A Hamatsa shaman in a state of trance.

A First Nations Hamatsa medicine person photographed in a trance state.

If you were considering joining the 6-week online webinar series on Trance, Mediumship, & Divination, it’s not too late!

Some late summer technical difficulties and unexpected inquiries about the class resulted in its postponement to its definite new start date of Tuesday, October 6th @ 8:30pm EST (and as the webinars will be recorded, attendance at the live class is not necessary for participation).

However, a number of great things happen from this:

  1. The class completely misses Mercury Retrograde, which can take a toll through unexpected technical and communication mishaps.
  2. The class will take place during the time of year famous for the Veil being thin between our world and the spiritworld (hence holidays like Samhain, All Saint’s Day, and Dia de Los Muertos). It’s the perfect time to deepen skills in psychism and divination.
  3. I got to do a whole episode of On Sacred Ground on cultivating skills in trance and mediumship!

So, the details are as follows (registration ends September 25th):

Tuesdays, October 6th – November 10th, 2015 @ 8:30pm EST
 
Since ancient times, magicians, diviners, witches, root doctors, and spiritworkers in every culture have been able to skillfully work with non-ordinary states of consciousness – trance states – to receive information, explore different planes of existence, communicate with unseen helping spirits, and re-weave the threads of fate.
 
This class is especially helpful for:
  • people who are ready to go deeper on their personal healing paths,
  • tarot readers, palm readers, astrologers, and other types of diviners who are ready to sharpen and expand their skills,
  • healers, mediums, spiritworkers, magicians, and root doctors eager to engage their helping spirits and the Spirit world more fully in their practices,
  • and artists, visionaries, and other creatives ready to plumb the depths of their internal landscapes toward inspiration and creative expansion.
 
In this 6-week immersion, participants will:
  • gain applicable skills in multiple forms of trance including dreaming, mediumship, embodiment, shamanic journeywork, and visualization,
  • deepen intuitive divining skills across multiple platforms,
  • meet and develop relationships with personal helping spirits and learn to interpret their symbolic language,
  • learn how to troubleshoot and resolve energetic patterns in our lives and environments,
  • and explore ways of incorporating skillful trancework into their current spiritual practices.
 
Classes will be held weekly via online video webinar and outside resources (readings, online videos, etc.) will be provided weekly. There will also be a group forum. As the subject matter is broad and deeply transformative, active participation through completion of weekly homework assignments and regular exercises is expected.
 
Register early (limited slots available) and register here!

Business Solutions & Shamanism

14 Aug
6 of Cups

The 6 of Cups card in the Tarot often indicates something from the past returning in an attempt to be resolved.

To me, shamanism is about finding solutions we would probably not find anywhere else. One of my favorite stories from the past few months is of a consultation that I had with a client at the Hoodoo Heritage Festival at Lucky Mojo Curio Co. in Forestville, CA . The client was a young woman who runs her own intuitive consulting practice focused especially on work with the tarot as a tool of divination.

After sorting through the more mundane details of what she could expect this summer, we arrived at this season’s primary lesson for her – structure. Though passionate and creative, like many spiritually-inclined folks, she not only lacked grounding but subconsciously resisted it. I could relate to the experience that being human can sometimes feel dense, heavy, and restricting. Gratefully, there are innumerable tools to remedy such feelings and bring greater grace to physical embodiment.

The lessons around grounding and structure were not new to her; the 6 of Cups card indicated that this season would not only provide a new glimpse of an old pattern, but that it would be experienced within her family dynamic. And this was accurate, she said, as she’d be helping her practical, grounded father manage his business temporarily over the upcoming months. The anxiety she felt about their incompatibility was palpable, borne from a childhood spent under his constricting glare.

Since she was able to locate a felt sense of that anxiety in her body, we moved right into an emotional clearing session, bringing back a lost childhood part of herself that felt more animal than human, more wild than civil, letting that part know that it was loved and could come along and enjoy the ride. An expanded sense of being instantly came over her as she experienced greater safety in her body and her True Nature. The seeming insurmountability of the lesson eased.

(The link above is to Langston Kahn’s emotional clearing practice, my own mentor in that modality.)

SpiderTransforming rigid internal patterns can seem daunting, if not impossible, and many folks don’t know where to start aside from obsessively thinking about ways to avoid or transform them. This is one of many places where allies in the plant and animal worlds can be extremely supportive as they lend us their perspectives – their medicine – to help us make the changes on an energetic level.

Though I’m used to retrieving plant and animal allies on behalf of clients, divination indicated that my client should go to Spirit herself and ask for one of the latter to help her find a new way of not only looking at structure, grounding, and organization, but experiencing it.

She came back to me about two hours later excited as hell.

“I found it! I found my animal ally.”

“Who?” I asked, curious that enough time had passed for a suitable ally to have made itself known.

“I went wandering in the labyrinth and asked for my ally and immediately saw a spider weaving its web in the trees. Spider creates a structure so it can capture the resources it needs to survive and, when its done, can pack it up and go.”

It was so jaw-droppingly appropriate. It comes to mind that spiders can also create multiple structures in different locations to capture those resources and return to them later to retrieve what they’ve caught. Little tending is needed after the initial structure has been built.

This ally was perfect for a woman-on-the-go who wanted to enjoy the openness, creativity, and freedom her chosen career afforded her, but needed to ensure that she wasn’t sabotaging her own interests by a) re-living old childhood traumas and b) not having her basics covered.

Anyone who knows me knows that I talk about plant spirits A LOT, but Animal Helping Spirits are a close second in my life. One of the most exciting times in my work is when I’m in journey for a client and one makes its aid known.

The question most folks ask is: What do I do when I get an Animal Helping Spirit?

The following two episodes of my podcast, On Sacred Ground, address that very question through anecdotes from both my personal life and my practice:

On Sacred Ground with Khi Armand (Ep. 8): Animal Helping Spirits, Part I

On Sacred Ground with Khi Armand (Ep. 9): Animal Helping Spirits, Part II

There are more ways of engagement than even these two episodes suggest, so you can be sure it’s a topic I’ll be returning to here.

Shamanic solutions for our lives and businesses abound and simply require that we that we receive and engage the answers we are given.

Khi Armand is an NYC-based intuitive consultant and shamanic healer who provides transformative solutions for life and business. He is the proprietor of Conjure in the City and author of Deliverance! Hoodoo Spells of Uncrossing, Healing, & Protection.

Online Trance & Mediumship Class + Anniversary Sale

11 Aug
Image from Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

Image from Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

The WayBack Machine is a truly glorious invention for archiving the ever-changing landscape of the world wide web. I’d known that this month, August, marked the five year anniversary of Conjure in the City‘s existence, but I hadn’t known that yesterday – the day I waybacked myself – was LITERALLY its birthday, marked by my first blog post on my original site.

It’s been an amazing experience being a full-time intuitive, shamanic, and magical consultant working with incredible people and transformative tools to help heal old stories and shape brand new realities in our lives and in the world at large.

To celebrate this Five Year Anniversary, all consultations are 33% off through August 20th AND the ever-popular Spirit Guide Consultations have been extended 30 minutes because I just can’t cram all that stuff into just one hour. Dead folks really know how to talk!

Khi Armand, Conjure in the City

And in other news, I’m teaching a 6-week online webinar series that starts September 1st titled

Tuesdays, September 1st – October 6th, 2015 @ 8:30pm EST

(Classes will be recorded so participation without live attendance is possible.)

Since ancient times, magicians, diviners, witches, root doctors, and spiritworkers in every culture have been able to skillfully work with non-ordinary states of consciousness – trance states – to receive information, explore different planes of existence, communicate with unseen helping spirits, and re-weave the threads of fate.

This class is especially helpful for:
  • people who are ready to go deeper on their personal healing paths,
  • tarot readers, palm readers, astrologers, and other types of diviners who are ready to sharpen and expand their skills,
  • healers, mediums, spiritworkers, magicians, and root doctors eager to engage their helping spirits and the Spirit world more fully in their practices,
  • and artists, visionaries, and other creatives ready to plumb the depths of their internal landscapes toward inspiration and creative expansion.
In this 6-week immersion, participants will:
  • gain applicable skills in multiple forms of trance including dreaming, mediumship, embodiment, shamanic journeywork, and visualization,
  • deepen intuitive divining skills across multiple platforms,
  • meet and develop relationships with personal helping spirits and learn to interpret their symbolic language,
  • learn how to troubleshoot and resolve energetic patterns in our lives and environments,
  • and explore ways of incorporating skillful trancework into their current spiritual practices.

Classes will be held weekly via online video webinar and outside resources (readings, online videos, etc.) will be provided weekly. There will also be a group forum. As the subject matter is broad and deeply transformative, active participation through completion of weekly homework assignments and regular exercises is expected.

Limited slots are available, so register early.
Class Investment: $250
booknow

Participants will receive an introduction to the course via e-mail and instructions for how to access the weekly video webinars over the weeks leading up to the first class.

In addition to group lessons, feedback, and interaction, this class will provide a lot for those seeking personal mentorship toward enhancing their psychic gifts and visionary skills. It’s been on my heart for a long while and it’s a thrill to see it finally manifest.

Khi Armand is an NYC-based Intuitive Consultant and Shamanic Healer who provides transformative solutions for life and business. He is the proprietor of Conjure in the City and author of Deliverance! Hoodoo Spells of Uncrossing, Healing, & Protection.