Chance J. Feldstein (they/them) is a storyteller, actor, game designer, and mytho-alchemist, who has studied mythology and psychology since elementary school. They specialize in transformative games and improvisational storytelling. They are culturally Jewish, and their primary spiritual paths are eclectic pagan, Discordian, and Taoist. Their core values for art and life, as of a few years ago, are described in this post.
All writing on this site, excepting guest blog posts and direct quotes, is Chance’s personal work. Their professional game-writing credits are listed here.
Custom Games, for your home, school, business, or club. Give me a theme, message, or lesson, and I will design a new game around helping your players to explore or learn it, at their own pace. Or I can run an existing game like Dungeons & Dragons, if your group prefers that. Either way, my goal is to ensure that everyone in the group learns something new or looks at something old in a new way, as a natural and effortless consequence of gameplay.
Storytelling, for children, adults, or a mixed audience. I specialize in improvisational storytelling: I solicit a few suggestions from the audience, and build a story for those people. For children, a responsible adult may suggest a broader theme or lesson for me to embed within the story. Narrative is unique in its ability to teach lessons in a way that they can remain in the unconscious mind, unlearned, until the listener is ready to think about them. Suddenly they will remember the story, as if by magic. Getting to be a part of this process is part of why I love what I do.
Divination with archetype cards. My goal is to help shed some light on where you are stuck in your life right now, how to overcome some of your weaknesses, and how you might use your strengths more effectively. The archetype cards tend to reveal what ideas and themes are important in your mind, bringing up important questions about how to relate to them in the future.
Energy Work on spaces and people, with a focus on bringing forth what is missing, completing what needs to be whole, and discarding what no longer serves the client or the space. I was trained in Usui Reiki Ryoho, Level 1 in 2008, and have practiced other forms of energy work since 1999.
Marriage Ceremonies, written specifically for you, based on your existing beliefs and traditions. In terms of style, my specialties include Abrahamic, Wiccan, Heathen, Roman, Neoplatonist, Discordian, and secular humanist. I’m an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, and can perform marriages in Pennsylvania and many other states.
Mythic Consulting, the personalized process of discovering and transforming the archetypes present in your life. This process varies a great deal, depending on the situation and what the client is trying to accomplish. However, you can get a good idea of the way I weave my mythic webs (so to speak) here and here. I suggest trying an archetype card reading first, to see if mythic consulting might be right for you.
Ritual Design is recommended for those who need some help creating a ritual for a specific effect, either once or as a daily devotional practice. The end result can be performed on it on your own, or with help from a friend. Here is an example of a progressive, feminist, inclusive, pagan-friendly Jewish holiday ritual I co-wrote for Purim (“Jewish Mardi Gras” or sometimes “Jewish Halloween”) with Sara Mastros.
Spiritual Advising. We talk about your beliefs, your morals, and what you want to create in your life. I can help you figure out a good way to honor or request help from a specific deity, or I can assist in finding the god(s), pantheon(s), or religion(s) that fits you best. If you are feeling stuck or blocked in your existing religious or spiritual practice, I am glad to assist you in finding new enthusiasm or purpose.
To the greatest extent possible in a for-profit business, I operate according to the following philosophies:
Official Policies & Legalese:
All services are $100 per hour, remotely or in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.
Sliding scale is available on a case-by-case basis. Please ask if you need to. I am here, first and foremost, to help people who need it. Money should not be a barrier to that, as long as the person pays what they can afford.
Half-hour minimum for remote work; one-hour minimum for house-calls or businesses.
Same-day cancellations will be billed for the applicable minimum, except in case of true emergencies such as fire, family emergency, serious illness, or earthquake.
Services described above are not therapy or a replacement for therapy, and are for entertainment and informational purposes only. In other words, everything I do is Sacred Play. As my friend Sara likes to say,
“We Dance to grow stronger;
We Play to finish the Work.
That Game is all that matters;
disregard if you’re a jerk.”