This week we speak with the one and only Tobias Churton about his latest Crowley book, Aleister Crowley in America.
We discuss his New York experience, mountain climbing in Mexico, to what extent he was working for British Intelligence, his curious UFO incident in New Hampshire and a whole lot more.
A splendid discussion with one of my favourite authors. Enjoy.
Another solo show this week. (Sort of.)
There's some further elaboration required on some of the notions skimmed in the Thanksgiving episode, plus some real talk on what is to be done.
We return to normal programming for the rest of the year, but -like the Double Talking episodes- this is in danger of becoming a sporadic new format!
And as it is just me, there are no show notes. Although you'll find a companion video at runesoup.com.
A solo show this week.
Just me, talking about history and how we think with the past when it no longer matches up to our expectations of the present.
Big shout out to all our American cousins doing exactly this under the challenging conditions of a competitive eating environment.
Paul Weston on the mic this week. Paul is an author and lecturer based in Glastonbury, and one that I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with in the flesh multiple times.
Today he joins us to talk about synchromystic creative journeys, psychogeography, mermaid goddesses, ancient Egyptian spirits and the works of Kenneth Grant.
This week we welcome Dr Richard Miller. Dr Miller is a radio host, former advisor on the Presidents Commission on Mental Health and founding board member of the Gestalt Institute.
He has been a clinical psychologist for over fifty years and has been on faculty at the University of Michigan and at Stanford University.
He joins us today to talk about the history and status of psychedelic medicine.
This week, Peter and Alkistis of Scarlet Imprint return for their now-traditional 'state of the magical world' address.
We talk trends in occultism and culture, the impact of Sola Busca and the looming return of the Djinn.
This week we are joined by master herbalist, ritual artist and educator, Catamara Rosarium. Catamara is the proprietor of Rosarium Blends and the co-founder of the Viridis Genii conference.
We talk plant magic, astrological timing, weeds, psychedelics and growing a poison garden. Great stuff.
This week the amazing José Leitão returns to the show to update us on his Ninth-Gate-style Cyprian quest across Portugal and to talk to us about his latest book, Bibliotheca Valencia, out from Hadean Press.
We chat about perpetual almanacs, magical bestiaries and the impact of culture and context on praxis. Great stuff.
This week we are speaking to Ivy Bromius. Ivy is a magician, tarot reader and writer with a specialism in project management. She writes about the how and why of where these topics blend at Circle Thrice and that is also what she joins us today to discuss.
Along the way we also talk haunted mirrors, UFO sightings, desert fairies and where magic and careers overlap.
This week, we are speaking with Danny Nemu. Danny is a writer, presenter and researcher in the fields of psychedelics and the history of science.
We cover ayahuasca, the shortcomings of double-blind experiments, drugs in the Bible and flesh-eating bacteria. Also other things, obviously. Great stuff!
Another double-talking episode this week. Sarah and Juniper talk us through plant allies, entheogens, journeying and just generally interacting with the non-human world in a neighbourly fashion.
There's also some great ritual advice for solo and group praxis. Fantastic stuff.
This week we are speaking with the luminously bright Sam Block. Sam is a blogger, magician and geomancer. We talk divination, spirits, Greek Magical Papyri and -as you might expect- geomancy.
Very good times.
This week we are speaking to my good friend and the internet’s master of conspiramonies, Greg Carlwood. As you are no doubt aware, Greg is the prolific and thoughtful host of The Higherside Chats. In a thematic follow up to last week’s show on Gnosticism, it seems useful to explore how we map and respond to the known and unknown in our world.
And so that’s what we are going to do. Enjoy.
This week we are taking the new format out for another spin by welcoming back two popular previous guests, Miguel Conner and Chris Knowles, to double talk the most contemporary of ancient philosophies -Gnosticism- and whether or not we live in the most gnostic of times.
This week we are speaking with Dr Francis Young. Dr Young is an historian, author and translator, hailing from and with a particular interest in East Anglia. He joins us today to speak principally about the history of exorcism and his book, A History of Exorcism in Catholic Christianity.
This week we are debuting a sporadic new show format.
For the 'Double Talking' episodes we bring back two prior guests for a three headed discussion about various shared topics.
First cabs off the rank are Dr Al Cummins and Julio Ody and the topic is all things practically grimoiric.
Right here. This is my jam.
This week sees the return of one of the show's most popular guests, Lionel Snell aka Ramsey Dukes.
Lionel joins us to discuss his most recent book, My Year of Magical Thinking, as well as various magical ways of being in the world and their benefits.
This week we are speaking with my good friend, Deborah Castellano. Deb is a fiction writer, blogger, witch, weaver and author of Glamour Magic which -if you’re listening to the show on podcast Thursday- was released yesterday.
We talk ritual, death customs, learning magic by doing magic and -of course- glamour in the twenty first century.
This week we are speaking to Dr Camelia Elias.
Originally from Romania and based in Denmark, Camelia is a firebrand fortune teller, tarot teacher and author of several books. She is the writer behind the popular Tarotflexions blog and joins us today from a mountain in Norway.
We discuss growing up around cartomancers, the best headspace for divination and how to read like the Devil.
This week we are speaking with the one and only Dave Lee.
Dave is an author, novelist, breath working and personal development coach based in the UK. He is also one of the formational influences on the rise of chaos magic. Dave has himself been a practising magic for over thirty five years.
His latest book is Life Force and it arrived just in time to line up with our sporadic series of energy model discussions.
We also talk LSD, meta-models, chaos magic history and personal metaphysics.
This week we will begin something of a sporadic miniseries on energy.
A number of premium members have remarked that I’m typically pretty down on energy models. And I suppose I am, but with the qualification that I am pretty down on the prevailing energy models we have inherited from the 19th century with very little subsequent criticism. Freed from these unexamined assumptions, 'energy' in the broadest sense is an inarguable component of worldwide magical systems.
In many ways, this may be the final shoe to drop in this current magical revival. Restoration of context is well on its away. The decolonising turn is a bit behind that but also on its way.
So to kick it all off, we are speaking with Phil Watt. Phil is a writer, podcaster, self-described neoshaman working exclusively with an energy model and -living my actual dream- a market gardener in the delightful New South Wales town of Bellingen.
This week, we're trying something new. I'm dancing talking with myself about discourse, analogue networks and the whole point of speaking and listening on magical and psi topics.
The show is also my meandering post-analysis of Chaotic Good -the event I participated in with Conner Habib and Caitlin Doughty in Los Angeles last week.
This week, our man in Thailand returns to talk us through the world of Sak Yant.
Now, today’s episode is going to be a little different. In between recording it and releasing it, Jenx has had to pulp every remaining copy of the book we’re discussing. There’s no real point in talking about the why but it has nothing to do with what’s between its covers, so to speak.
As a result, Jenx is keen to have the content come out in other formats, which includes this podcast. Some of it will be showing up in the next book that we talk about at the end of the episode. And over the next couple of months, I’ll also be publishing some of the interviews with the adjarns as well as various images from the now forbidden book on the blog. Be sure to jump over to ‘The Thai Occult Book’ Facebook page and follow for further material.
This week we are speaking to the one and only George P Hansen.
As most of you probably know, George is a parapsychologist, researcher and author of the much admired psi classic, The Trickster and the Paranormal.
This week we are speaking to Dr Beatriz Labate. Bia is an anthropologist and author or editor of dozens of books and academic papers on psychedelics. She is one of the world’s leading experts on ayahuasca culture and indigeneity.
I have been trying to get our calendars to line up for most of this year so I was very much looking forward to our conversation.