I started a fun, personal video series via my YouTube channel on September 20, 2017 and so far have produced a set of 15 videos for 2017. After I figured out what exactly I wanted to do with the series (about 3 episodes in…starting around October…), I resolved to releasing one new episode every Sunday. For 2017, the episodes will end on Sunday, December 17. You can check out the schedule below, with direct links to each aired episode.
The premise of “Bell Chimes In” is me chiming in on a topic well-treaded in the metaphysical, occult, New Age, and alternative spirituality communities to give my perspective and just my opinion. This series isn’t about me, however. It’s about us. It’s about discourse and appreciating the collective ideas of a community. So after watching these videos, I hope you’ll chime in, too, whether that’s through a video of your own, a blog post, or just in the comment section to each episode. Even if you don’t chime in publicly, consider the episode to be a weekly prompt, and take the moment to reflect more comprehensively on your thoughts and your own position on the matter.
|#||Title of Episode||Video Length||Date of Publication||Blog Post|
|2||Placebo Effect and Magic||20:09||09/23/2017||Link|
|4||Syncretic Religious Practices||17:04||10/01/2017||Link|
|6||Witchcraft and the Witch||18:34||10/15/2017||Link|
|7||Law of Attraction||09:38||10/22/2017||Link|
|8||How Magic Works||23:14||10/29/2017||N/A|
|9||Past Lives and Reincarnation||28:28||11/05/2017||N/A|
|10||Selling Fu Talismans||16:25||11/12/2017||Link|
|11||My Ritual Items||17:01||11/19/2017||N/A|
|13||Witch Wars and Drama||30:21||12/03/2017||N/A|
|14||Soul Mates and True Love||14:24||12/10/2017||N/A|
|15||To the New Seeker||21:18||12/17/2017||Link|
A couple hat tips are in order for this 2017 series: Episode 7, “Law of Attraction,” was inspired by Ania from Tarot by Ania. What she first said on the topic linked here. Episode 12, “Evil Eye,” was inspired by Avalon. Initial article inspiring my video linked here. Episode 14, “Soul Mates and True Love,” was inspired by a tarot series produced by Ethony, linked here. There are many YouTubers who inspired Episode 15, “To the New Seeker” that it would get excessive to name and link here, so I’ve done that in the description box that accompanies the video when you click into it to watch and also in the accompanying blog post.
After making the video chat, sometimes I realize there were points I wanted to develop further or points I missed entirely, so when I feel it’s important to, I’ll extend the video via a blog post and write an addendum to the video. So be sure to check the description box of each video to see if there is an addendum blog post. Sometimes I like to hide the juicy personal stories or more provocative points in the post rather than talk about it in the video.
Even though names weren’t credited for all the episodes, you should know that every single episode of “Bell Chimes In” is inspired by topics that have been perpetuated for discussion in the communities and circuits I lurk in. In fact, that’s the whole point of the series. No topic is independently conceived by me. Rather, the whole premise for the series is I’ve been hearing folks chatter about something and so now I would like to chime in to share my own thoughts and opinions on that something.
Whenever a specific name can be credited for my inspiration, I will give it. But broadly speaking, by the time I get around to addressing these topics, usually a whole bunch of folks have already shared their point of view so it isn’t easy sourcing the topic back to its ground zero.
Also yes, I am painfully aware of how cheesy a lot of my video editing and production antics were, what with the sound effects and cuts. But I think I’ve got the cheese out of my system now, 15 videos later, so I’m anticipating less cheese in 2018. Just think of it as the price you pay for watching these videos. Part of why I make the videos is fun. I’m learning how to make videos, for starters, and derive much personal joy from inserting sound effects and doing weird jump cuts. So grin and bear it.
Although the 15-episode series for 2017 is done, the 2018 set is still on the drawing board. I don’t even know if the 2018 set will look anything like the 2017! Everything is open for discussion and for change. So if there is a topic you definitely want to see me chime in on in a future episode, let me know! If there’s a particular direction you envision the “Bell Chimes In” series going in, I’m listening and would be happy to hear your thoughts.
10/28/17 Update: Initially “Tradition vs. Solitary Occult Practice” was scheduled for Episode 10, November 12, but it has been moved into the 2018 series. In its place will be “Selling Fu Talismans,” in response to a question I was asked.