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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.