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A weekly podcast about magic, culture and the paranormal. Coming to you from the foothills of Australia's Blue Mountains.
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Welcome to the Rune Soup weekly podcast! Find the site at runesoup.com.

May 23, 2018

This week it is my extra special pleasure to be speaking with one of the co-originators of permaculture itself, David Holmgren. David is an author, educator, designer, activist and permaculturalist (obviously) with many decades experience.

He joins us today to talk about his fantastic new project and accompanying book, Retrosuburbia, the details for which you will find in the show notes.

Extremely good times.

Show Notes

Note: There is extra material for this episode at the post page on runesoup.com

May 17, 2018

This month's solo show is my impressions and observations from spending last week out in the desert with a group of amazing people.

It covers Aboriginal star lore, Songlines, the Dreaming and how we can think with and derive inspiration from indigenous lifeways.

There are a bunch of photos from the trip on the post page at runesoup.com.

Enjoy!

Show Notes

May 8, 2018

This week, Dr Jack Hunter makes his return to the show.

Jack is the author and/or editor of Talking With The Spirits, Strange Dimensions, Why People Believe in Spirits, Gods and Magic, Damned Facts and the recently published Engaging The Anomalous.

He joins us for a fascinating chat about spirits, anthropology, ecology, animism, the limits of our modern frames in coming to terms with all these notions and a surprising detour into the state of permaculture. Enjoy.

Show Notes

May 2, 2018

Something of a special episode this week. Julio Ody returns to the show for a vigorous discussion of the best depictions of spirits and the spirit world from a practitioner perspective on film and television.

We spent the past week throwing titles back and forth to each other, compiling the list, striking some names and adding others. I had to break out my old DVD collection from storage and then find some way to actually play them. (There is at least one good thing about the modern world: the demise of DVDs with their auto-playing trailers, copyright warnings and animated menus.)

Some of the category winners may surprise you almost as much as the exclusions.

Great fun. Enjoy.

Show Notes

Apr 25, 2018

This week we welcome Jason Louv to the show. Jason is an occultist, author and journalist. He joins us today to talk about his latest book, John Dee and the Empire of Angels.

Along the way we cover the prevalence of magic in Elizabethan England, the influence of Enochian on the story of western ritual magic and the role of the extradimensional in world politics.

Great stuff. 

Show Notes

Apr 18, 2018

Another solo show this week, and -fair warning- an intense one. But we need to talk about antiwar strategies as the war cycle continues its uptrend.

Open up those liquor cabinets.

Apr 11, 2018

Dr Dean Radin joins us once again this week to talk about a topic near and dear to all our hearts, which also happens to be the title of his latest book: Real Magic.

We cover NDE evidence, how one might conduct experiments to demonstrate the reality of spirits, strengths and shortcomings of scientific epistemology, tea, chocolate and goats.

Great stuff. Do yourself a favour and check out the book.

Show Notes

Apr 4, 2018

The X-Files is, once again, over for good probably.

Who better to unpack -and possibly redeem- the significance of the final series and stitch the whole corpus together than the syncosphere's x-iest polymath, Chris Knowles of The Secret Sun?

Note: If you've not finished season 11, this show is pretty much 90 minutes of spoilers. If you have, it is 90 minutes of redeemers. Adjust accordingly.

Mar 28, 2018

This week we are speaking with Corinne Boyer. Based in the particularly green Pacific Northwest, Corinne is an writer, teacher and all around expert in folk herbalism and traditional plant lore. She joins us today to talk about her latest book, Plants of the Devil.

We also chat poisons, edibles, science, naturopathy and the long term impact of fairy tales on kids. Nice one!

Show Notes

Mar 21, 2018

Another solo show this week, and not for reasons of plague cancellations.

It is past time to think with and through some challenging thoughts around Classical Liberalism, pleasure, and the pros and cons of tidying your room.

Mentioning no names, bucko.

No show notes this week, apart from a link to a recent blog post.

Mar 14, 2018

This week, we welcome back Marcus Matawhero Lloyd.

You may remember Marcus from an episode last year where he talked us through his experiences at Standing Rock, as well as parts of his journey rebuilding an ancestral Pa site on the east coast of New Zealand’s north island.

Since we last spoke, Marcus has kept adventuring, and he joins us today to discuss his recent hikoi for water.

We also talk about ancestral spirits, rivers-as-persons, forest encounters with angry entities and old/new roads to a better ecology. Splendid, splendid stuff.

Show Notes

You'll find a collection of images from Marcus's hikoi on the post page at Rune Soup.

Mar 7, 2018

This week we welcome back the one and only Dr Jeffrey Kripal to talk about his latest book, Secret Body. Dr Kripal's work is regularly namechecked on the show, on the blog and in my own books. We can only expect that to continue given the topics covered in Secret Body.

Along the way, we also discuss the new comparativism, 'the human as two', taboos and the transmoral, and homoeroticism in Christianity.

Splendid, splendid stuff.

Show Notes

Feb 28, 2018

This week we welcome back Mr Glastonbury himself, Paul Weston.

Paul was on the show late last year talking us through the high strange journey of how his latest book came about. Said book is now out in the world, so we pick the story back up and run it to its conclusion.

Along the way, we talk synchronicity, developing one's personal magical calendar, astrotheology, understanding extradimensional contact and at least one Celtic saint.

Show Notes

Feb 21, 2018

This week, we are speaking to visionary artist and tarot historian Robert M Place. Robert is an author and the creator of several of the most exciting decks in recent times, including a personal favourite of mine, The Alchemical Tarot.

We talk dreams, symbolism, Neoplatonism, and the story of these funny little pieces of paper and their impact on the world.

Show Notes

Feb 14, 2018

This week we welcome back to the show Chiron Armand.

Khi is a currently travelling shamanic practitioner usually based out of New York.

He joins us today for a wide ranging chat covering Wetiko and how to get our heads around it, matching meaning and experience, soul retrieval and mediumship.

Good times.

Show Notes

Feb 7, 2018

This week we are stretching the tin can telephone cable as far as it can stretch, from southern Tasmania all the way to Svalbard in the Arctic circle. Our guest is Al Borealis, creator and host of Forum Borealis and our topic is the state of alternate research in 2018.

We discuss Antarctica, breakaway civilisations, the secret space programme, disinformation, missing money and the Nazi International.

Good times.

Show Notes

Jan 31, 2018

This week, we are joined from Sri Lanka by Dr Chandra Wickramasinghe. Dr Wickramasinge’s astronomy and astrobiology career stretching over many decades has taken him all over the world.

He has worked with, published with and befriended some of the twentieth century’s leading space thinkers including the legendary Sir Fred Hoyle and Arthur C. Clarke.

He joins us today to talk about panspermia, evolution and the origins of life on earth.

Extremely good times.

Show Notes

Jan 24, 2018

This week we welcome back to the show Langston Kahn.

I met Langston in London in 2016 and was immediately impressed with his sincerity in using magical and shamanic techniques for compassionate ends in a contemporary setting.

And as this is the final show for January in which we wind up our series on getting one’s head in the game for what is going to be an intense year, it struck me that there was probably no one better to pull a lot of these threads together for us.

We discuss grounding, energy hygiene, boundary management, some more advanced journeying techniques and a whole lot more.

Top stuff.

Show Notes

Jan 17, 2018

This week we welcome worldwide bestselling author and researcher, Lynne McTaggart, to talk to us about her latest book, The Power of Eight.

We cover:

  • The how's and why's of group intention.
  • The scientifically observable impact on oneself when praying for others.
  • An optimal structure for groups.
  • The philosophical implications of the research Lynne has conducted and presented.

A truly excellent and enlightening discussion!

Show Notes

Jan 11, 2018

Due to a string of low probability events -both positive and negative- we're activating an emergency solo show this week.

The topic is cycles, cycle models, where and how they align in 2018. As it is a solo show, there are no show notes, but you may wish to read Austin's 2018 report for context.

Jan 2, 2018

Starting 2018 off with a bang. The first guest of the year is none other than Dr Rupert Sheldrake. Dr Sheldrake joins us to talk about his latest book, Science and Spiritual Practices, which is already available to you lucky people in the UK, and will be out later in the year if you live outside the UK.

A fantastic chat, unsurprisingly.

Show Notes

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