Another solo show this week, inspired in part by Douglas Rushkoff's recent article on the grimness of the billionaire future.
We play around with notions of technology and personhood and agency and morality and AI.
Also hobbits. Enjoy.
This week, we welcome back to the show my good friend, Conner Habib. Writer, sex worker, activist, Anthroposophist and host of Against Everyone with Conner Habib.
And the topics under discussion are how desire destroys materialism and what a cosmic or fully haunted activism might look like.
This week we have one of my favourite discussions of the entire year.
Joining us is Dr Diana Walsh Pasulka. Diana is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. She is a specialist in Catholic history with a particular emphasis on the saints. Her current research sits in that really compelling intersection between psi, UFOs, technology and religion.
We talk saintly powers, Marian apparitions, UFOs, Vatican archives, Jacques Vallée and all that top shelf stuff.
So, so good.
In honour of a very special anniversary and in light of a new biographical series, Paul Weston returns to the show to regale us with his strange angelic blend of history, synchromystic analysis and personal adventure.
Rockets, redheads, dianetics, Beat poets and the Babalon Working. It's all in this week's episode.
This week sees the return of one of the show's most popular and only recurring episodes, our half-yearly catch-up with Austin Coppock.
Yes, we are halfway through 2018 but is the dumpster halfway through burning or is it just about to hit some highly flammable medical waste? Let's find out.
This week we welcome to the show Sinéad Spearing.
Sinéad is the author of the recently released Old English Medical Remedies. She joins us to talk about extracting ravens' eyes, the myriad uses of gall, hag attacks, the Nine Herbs Charm and many more of our favourite things.
This week, Gary Lachman returns to the show to discuss his two latest books, Lost Knowledge of the Imagination and Dark Star Rising.
In this wide-ranging chat we cover the Socratic Turn, how the west abandoned the imagination, how we might recover it and what happens in world politics if we pretend it isn't there.
Very good stuff.
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.
Note: There is extra material for this episode at the post page on runesoup.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
You'll find a collection of images from Marcus's hikoi on the post page at Rune Soup.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week we welcome worldwide bestselling author and researcher, Lynne McTaggart, to talk to us about her latest book, The Power of Eight.
A truly excellent and enlightening discussion!
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.
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.
For the final show of 2017, we welcome back the one and Conner Habib for a thrilling chat on seeing through the lunacy and restrictions of official reality, opening up a new politics, and how to manifest your best possible year.
This week we welcome back a very special regular guest for a very special recurring feature.
The one and only Austin Coppock gives us an end-of-2017 report as well as a peek through what I assume is an ornate, steampunk telescope of what is coming up in 2018.
Good times, as ever.
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.
This week we are speaking to ghosthunting's most dynamic duo, Dana Matthews and Greg Newkirk.
Greg and Dana have almost four decades combined experience into paranormal investigation and are the proprietors of the world’s only travelling museum of the paranormal and the occult.
He's back, ladies and gentlemen!
Austin Coppock returns for our biannual look at what the stars have in store for us for the remainder of 2017 and into 2018.
This week the singular polymath behind The Secret Sun -Christopher Knowles- returns to the show to review and dissect Ridley Scott's Alien Covenant.
Naturally that means the show contains quite a few spoilers if you have yet to catch the film. Although I would point out it is actually very difficult to spoil the plot of an Alien film:
Inevitably, the discussion ranges far and wide over the presence of 'Ancient Alien Theory' (AAT) in popular culture over the last six decades and what that might portend.
So yes. A great chat. Listen now, listen after you see the film. It's all good.
Why, The Secret Sun, of course.
This week we speak to professional astrologer, educator and fellow podcaster, Chris Brennan. Chris hosts The Astrology Podcast and is the author of the recently released book Hellenistic Astrology.
As you would expect, our wide ranging chat covers astrology's Babylonian and Egyptian origins, how it was used in the ancient world, how previous cultures conceived of it and how these conceptions changed over the intervening millennia.
We also talk about how one might use some of these recently-rediscovered methods and whether or not astrology is in another golden age.
This week we are speaking with Marcus Matawhero Lloyd. Marcus is a speaker, activist, digital evangelist and member of Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi tribe.
We chat about indigenous data sovereignty in the modern world, his experiences at Standing Rock and his journey to reconstruct the ancient Pā site of his ancestors.
Big thanks to Rune Soup Premium Member, Kiwi Charles, for putting us in touch. It's a brilliant conversation!
This week we are speaking with Mike Clelland. Mike is a blogger, artist, author, abduction researcher and UFO experiencer best known from his blog and audio series, Hidden Experience.
FINALLY we have a guest who answers the first question in the manner I had always hoped. It's a very good chat.
This week we speak to Dr Wolf Dieter Storl.
Dr Storl is an ethnobotanist, anthropologist, lecturer and author. He has spent time all over the world from Cheyenne lands to India, exploring the role of plants and healing in world cultures.
His latest book (in English), The Untold History of Healing, is an exploration of palaeolithic herb lore and medicine, as well as which components of this lore have survived down to us today.
A splendid chat.
This week we are speaking to investigative journalist, writer and producer Leslie Kean. Leslie is the author of UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record and the recently released Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife.
It's a fantastic discussion. Leslie's latest book is likely the best assembly of the many facets of After-Death research yet published -covering children's past life memories, physical mediumship, End of Life encounters and a whole lot more.
This week we are speaking to Lucy AitkenRead.
Lucy is a writer, video blogger and off-grid homesteader. She is the author of several books, including 30 days of Rewilding and is the first guest to record an episode of the podcast from inside a yurt!
This week we speak to Rosalee de la Forêt. Rosalee is an educator, clinical herbalist and structural medicine specialist. She is the author of the recently released book, Alchemy of Herbs.
We talk ethnobotany, her own journey from chronic condition to wellness, what herbalism is and how it relates to food, drinking, etc.
And then we also get some free advice for allergy season in the Northern Hemisphere and cold/flu advice for the Southern.
Good, delicious times.
This week we speak to Peter Mark Adams about his amazing new book, The Game of Saturn.
Recently released by Scarlet Imprint, The Game of Saturn walks us through the origin and meaning of the oldest 'tarot-ish' deck in the world, the Sola Busca card deck.
Peter talks us through the story of the emergence of these cards within an ascendant Northern Italy both exploring and putting to nefarious use its recently-acquired Byzantine magical inheritance.
The thesis is astonishing, the book is amazing, the conversation is scintillating.
This week we speak to the one and only Dr Dean Radin. Dr Radin is chief scientist at the institute of noetic science, an author of numerous books and articles and one of the world’s leading parapsychologists.
Obviously it's very good times.
Note: Apologies for the audio in the closing comments. I'm travelling again for the next couple of weeks and finding audio-friendly AirBnbs seems like more of a challenge than it should be!
This week we speak to musician, scholar and astrologer, Dr Angela Voss. Dr Voss is Programme Director for the ‘Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred’ MA at Canterbury Christ Church Cathedral University and is the author of the western esoteric masteries series book on Marsilio Ficino.
Ficino is one of the most fascinating people in European history, a cornerstone of the Renaissance and the story of western magic. So this is a great chat.
This week we speak to military remote viewer, Lyn Buchanan. Lyn is also an author, linguist and systems engineer.
We chat about the emergence of the remote viewing programme, its implications for our understanding of the universe, the side effects of CRV, viewing through time and a whole lot more.
Fantastic, fantastic chat.
This week we speak to witch, ethnobotanist, agriculturalist and artist, Becky Beyer. Becky is based in Appalachia and it is this bioregion that informs all of her work.
A really splendid discussion. Don't miss it.
This week we welcome back one of our most popular guests, Dr Jeff Kripal.
Dr Kripal last joined us to talk about his book, The Super Natural. Today we are speaking on the value of comparison, the role of the supernatural in culture, the rise of Esalen and the perennial need for art and creativity.
A fantastic chat.
This week, we welcome Dr Ian Evans, architectural historian, author and conservationist. Dr Evans’ 2010 thesis, ‘Touching Magic’, was the first ever academic examination of the historic use of witches marks, bottles and other apotropaic magic in Australia.
It's an absolutely fantastic chat. There are photos from Dr Evans' research available at runesoup.com, along with his entire thesis, some additional reporting on the topic and a video on the Tasmanian Magic Project.
This week we speak to writer and metaphysician, Benebell Wen. Benebell is the author of Holistic Tarot and The Tao of Craft.
It's a great chat, covering the history of Taoism and Taoist magic, differences in western and eastern sigil construction, Chinese diaspora lifeways, families hauntings and -inevitably- a little tarot too.
This week we welcome back Jesse Hathaway Diaz to talk Curanderismo, magical realism, Orisha traditions, and Aztec calendars and astrology.
This week we speak to writer, practitioner (and most recently translator of Le Livre des Esperitz for jake Stratton-Kent’s Pandemonium), Mallorie Vaudoise.
We talk the origin of the saints, the Italian American diaspora experience, the Black Madonna, necromancy, sacred dances and a whole lot more.
(For the book list, please visit runesoup.com)
This week we welcome back to the show none other than Jake Stratton-Kent to talk about his latest book, Pandemonium: A Discordant Concordance of Diverse Spirit Catalogues.
We also talk implicit and explicit ritual structure, the origins of spirit catalogues, how to think usefully about hierarchy and a whole lot more.
A splendid chat.
This week we speak to cultural anthropologist, researcher and practitioner, Ben Joffe. Ben’s particular areas of expertise include the anthropology of magic, the Tibet diaspora, ritual and esotericism.
A splendid discussion.
This week, all the way from the land of smiles, we welcome Peter Jenks. Jenx is the author of the recently published The Thai Occult and so we shall, inevitably, be speaking about the fascinating subject of Thai animism and magic.
An absolutely fantastic conversation.
This week we welcome back author, lecturer, rights advocate and renegade Anthroposophist, Conner Habib.
For our first show of 2017, we talk about how you can make it your year, the best mindset for challenging times and the personal power you have available.
Good times. Very good times indeed.
I'm excited to announce that -beginning in 2017- Rune Soup will offer a Premium Membership option.
Listen along -or watch the driving video on YouTube- and find out more about the membership and why it exists.
What a Rune Soup Premium Membership will do for you:
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This week we have our regular six-monthly chat with the one and only Austin Coppock about the astrological trends to note in the coming year.
We also talk cycle models, finding the right attitude, long range trends, eclipses and what could be in store for Trump.
This week we speak to podcaster and gnosis nerd, Miguel Conner, of Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio.
Topics covered include Simon Magus, heresy, developments in Gnostic research, competing Christianities and sacred window areas.
An absolute pleasure as always.
This week we speak to author John Higgs about the singular oddness that was the twentieth century -the century that gave us space travel, nuclear weapons, the internet, existentialism, quantum theory, chaos mathematics, some fairly impressive genocide events and the greatest material lift in quality of life for the most people ever.
Along the way we talk about Timothy Leary and the counterculture, meeting Robert Anton Wilson, Alan Moore's Fossil Angels and the shortcomings of transhumanism.
Very good times.
That means the podcast has been running -without interruption- for a whole year. If you've never done it before, you may be unaware of why I am quietly quite proud of this achievement.
If you have done it before -but not in a year where you secretly moved across the world and lived first in a house with no furniture, then an AirBnB, then lived without a fixed address for two months- well... look into it. It's not that bad. (Ha! Definitely do not do this. Fishing around in several suitcases for a microphone to setup on a bedside dresser in your brother's apartment while keeping Peter Levenda waiting. Yeesh.)
To celebrate, the obvious guest choice is guest number one, Peter Grey -this time dramatically improved with the addition of Alkistis to the discussion. And given that the show is about milestones, it seems the best thing to talk about is the year that was, as well as where magic is going in 2017.
Thank you all so much for listening. Roll on, Year 2!
This week we welcome back the one and only Peter Levenda to talk all things Lovecraft.
I've been looking forward to this one!
This week we have a very timely discussion with writer, teacher and activist, Lasara Firefox Allen about identity, justice, culture and self-limitation.
Also biodomes, growing up weird in California and feminist spirituality. Good times. Good discussion.
This week we speak to hoodoo and shamanic practitioner, speaker, teacher and activist, Khi Armand.
Naturally, we discuss the evolution of hoodoo, the impact of place and context on spirit work, the culture that is America, the role that shamanism and the spirits can play in uncovering your life's purpose and a whole lot more.
A splendid chat!
This week we speak to Julio Cesar Ody. Julio is a native of Brazil and has many years experience with spirit work. He is also a writer and a blogger and, conveniently for me, happens to also live on the east coast of Australia. No time zones for once!
We talk spiritism, grimoires, childhood séances, magical Brazil, and the general state of the magical Internet. Good chat. Good times.
This week we chat to novelist and Fortean researcher, Michael M. Hughes, about one of my absolute favourite subjects -the tarot. We also chat about a few other favourite topics, too -including UFO encounters and quality weird fiction.
It's a splendid, splendid chat.
This week's guest has been gracious enough to share some suggestions and pointers for the listeners, which you can find below:
The Way of Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards
by Alejandro Jodorowsky
One of the best books about Tarot ever written. Deep, philosophical, yet incredibly practical teachings from a true visionary. Jodo’s “rebuilt” deck that he produced with Phillipe Camoin includes details that are iffy (the Papesse’s “egg” being a prime example), but those are minor points in an otherwise essential text. Jodo’s numerology system is brilliant and the one I use for working with the minor arcana. Favorite quote: “To comprehend the Arcana, we have to enter inside them stripped of words. Better, we should allow ourselves to be possessed by them.”
Meditations on the Tarot
by Anonymous (Valentin Tomberg)
A profoundly spiritual work that uses the Tarot as introduction to esoteric Christian Hermeticism filtered via an unorthodox Roman Catholic lens. Definitely not for everyone, but if the description piques your interest, pick it up—its insights are revelatory. There is an intriguing photo that shows this book on Pope John Paul II’s desk.
The Inner Guide Meditation: A Spiritual Technology for the 21st Century
by Edwin C. Steinbrecher
A carefully constructed program to contact and work with one’s inner guide (HGA, daemon, genius) via the tarot archetypes, Jungian active imagination, and astrology. Israel Regardie called this book “One of the most significant contributions to occult history in modern times” and he was not exaggerating. This is true tarot magic, and, if you follow the program, the results may astound you.
Tarot—The Open Reading
by Yoav-Ben Dov
Another must-have if you decide to explore the Tarot de Marseille, it is especially useful for free-form spreads and readings “outside the box” with any deck. Ben Dov’s “open reading” style, an elaboration of methods he learned while studying with Jodorowsky, is very similar to the process I teach.
The Magical World of the Tarot: Fourfold Mirror of the Universe
by Gareth Knight
All of Knight’s books on the tarot are worth reading, but this is my favorite. It teaches you to approach the cards as spiritual beings through meditations and visualizations. If your interests lie in the magical use of Tarot and using the cards as a spiritual practice, grab everything Gareth Knight writes.
Tarot Magic: The Treasure House of Images (Second Edition)
by Gareth Knight
Another superb book by Knight. It complements The Magical World of Tarot and elaborate on his Fourfold Structure of the major arcana that is well worth studying in depth. The book also includes pathworkings as well as a number of rituals.
This is a high quality reproduction of the traditional Tarot de Marseille published by Nicholas Conver in 1760, with the expressions on the faces of the characters somewhat softened. The creator and artist is Yoav Ben-Dov, who wrote an excellent book on reading the TdM, Tarot – The Open Reading. Ben-Dov has also released the images of the cards under a Creative Commons license for personal use. It’s a great first TdM.
TdMs from Tarot of Marseilles Heritage
Yves Reynaud and Wilfried Houdin are master card designers who produce stunning facsimiles of historical decks that contain all the ink smudges, color mismatches, and paper imperfections of the originals. The decks include TdMs by Pierre Madenie (1709), François Chosson (1736), François Heri (1718), and Claude Burdel (1751). You can’t go wrong with any of them, and it feels like you are holding a historic relic in your hands. They come in a solid, telescoping box with a reproduction of the original packing sheet and are printed on very sturdy stock.
Tarot de Marseille de Jean Noblet
The oldest known Marseille tarot (c. 1650), restored and reproduced by Jean-Claude Flornoy, and one of my favorites. It is weirdly phallocentric, with the Fool’s fully exposed genitalia about to be shredded by the dog/cat/lynx and the Magician’s forefinger transformed into a penis. The cards are sturdy but smaller than average and easy to shuffle. This deck has a unique, iconoclastic charm and remains a favorite among many TdM loyalists.
Ancient Italian Tarot (also known as Soprafino)
A traditional Marseille design embellished in the 19th century with luxurious, richly detailed art. Hands-down one of the most beautiful tarots ever, with my favorite Star card of any deck. It has a warm, inviting feel and is one of my go-to decks for professional readings as well as personal use. Il Meneghello has a typically well-produced Soprafino that is essentially the same as the Lo Scarabeo version but on heavier stock and fancier packaging.
Not a traditional tarot, as it has 97 cards, with 41 major arcana cards instead of the usual 22. This facsimile deck from 19th century Florence has special relevance for magicians as it contains cards for each of the four elements and signs of the zodiac, which I find much more useful than the shoehorned Golden Dawn and Thelemic astrological correspondences. The gorgeous, limited printing of 1500 is available from Il Meneghello, and comes in a handcrafted box with a wax seal.
A fifty-card deck from the middle of the 15th century, based upon a series of engraved prints by an unknown Italian artist. This deck is essentially a treatise on late Medieval/early Renaissance society and spirituality, and is decidedly Neoplatonic, with the nine muses and Apollo, seven traditional planets, fixed stars, the Primum Mobile, and Prima Causa. Another non-traditional deck, like the Minchiate, that can be put to specific magical purposes, especially for those working with Hermetic and Neoplatonic systems. The Lo Scarabeo edition is embossed with silver foil and looks truly magical in candlelight.
The Alchemical Tarot: Renewed 4th Edition
One of the only modern decks I use with my clients. Robert M. Place is a tarot scholar and artist, and this deck is based in the alchemical tradition, with art drawn from historical manuscripts and integrated into the traditional tarot (with some similarities, especially among the minors, with the Rider-Waite-Smith, making it an easy transition deck for RWS aficionados). Place’s artistic style is appropriately ancient, and this deck feels and performs like an object out of time. This is a deck you can read with right of the box, and if you’re drawn to alchemy, it’s a must-have.
The Sola-Busca is the oldest complete tarot, and the first to use scenic art on the pip (minor) cards. The imagery is grotesque and oddly modern, at times resembling the work of the surrealists and H. R. Giger. It is a symbolically elusive deck and I have yet to crack its mysteries, but with the upcoming book by Scarlet Imprint, there is sure to be renewed interest in its enigmatic (and allegedly alchemical) imagery. The only available deck I am aware of is the lovely (but pricey) limited edition version printed by Wolfgang Mayer in 1998 and distributed by Giordano Berti.
This week the one and only Gary Lachman returns to the show to talk about Colin Wilson, existentialism, phenomenology and the twentieth century counter-culture.
A fantastic chat. Enjoy!
For Uncle Al's birthday week, we speak to Cath Thompson about her recently released The Magickal Language of the Book of the Law: An English Qaballa Primer.
EQ is an alphanumeric system derived from Liber Al that allows for the examination of any other text or concept within the context of a Book of the Law worldview.
We also talk art, magical misadventures and school séances. Good times.
This week we speak to the one and only Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold about his latest book, Ifá: Forest of Mystery.
We also discuss troll mountains, Quimbanda, fallen angels, spirits of the left hand and loads more.
This week we speak to the editors of Rubedo Press's latest publication, Cypriana: Old World, about all things Cyprian and Justina. Specifically that is Dr Al Cummins, Jesse Hathaway Diaz and Dr Jenn Zahrt.
We discuss St Cyprian's hagiography, the differences between his Northern expression and his Iberian one, Cyprianic grimoire magic, his cross-cultural and gender implications and a boatload more (including actual boats).
A splendid, splendid chat.
This week we speak to one of my very favourite UFO researchers, Dr Ardy Sixkiller-Clarke.
Ardy has been collating contemporary UFO encounters within an indigenous American context for many years, as well as experiencing a few of her own along the way.
These adventures are written up in three books (so far!) that you will find linked up in the show notes.
This week we speak to Senior Reseach Fellow of the Ngai Tahu Researcher Centre at Canterbury University, Dr John Reid. Dr Reid is a specialist in economic and social development within an indigenous context with a particular emphasis on New Zealand and Polynesian experiences.
Topics covered include the origins of animism as a term, why it is still useful today, how a river can be your ancestor, what animism looks like today and what it might look like tomorrow.
Dr Reid's recommendations for further study:
This week we are joined by fellow podcaster Scott Gosnell to talk about one of my very favourite topics; Giordano Bruno!
We also discuss fantasy novels, Bruno the character, Bruno the spy, Dame Francis Yates and the Art of Memory, Bruno’s cosmic schema and the construction of Brunoesque Memory Palaces.
This week we speak to Dr Penny Sartori about her research into Near Death Experiences: their prevalence, their implications for modern medicine, the impact they have in the lives of NDErs -and loads more to boot.
This week we speak to the one and only Jake Stratton-Kent. Author, researcher, grimoire specialist, raconteur... a man of many hats. (He also has some nice hats.)
Topics of discussion include the state of the world, the benefits of an apocalypse, itinerant magic, the origins of Goetia and the personalities of the grimoirists.
Jake's Encyclopaedia Goetica is comprised of
This week we speak to the dynamic duo behind Hadean Press, one of the leading lights of this occult publishing renaissance.
We discuss haunted dolls, ultraterrestrials, boiling pins to curse your neighbours. Jason Miller’s parties, doing battle in the french countryside, getting vigorously Cyprianed and a whole lot more.
I have been looking forward to today's episode for a long time. As you know, José's work has featured in two of my own books and his The Book of St Cyprian: The Sorcerer's Treasure really kicked my own practice up a notch when it came out.
We talk mythology, the difference between magic and mysticism, St Cyprian, folk Catholicism, cultural identity… and were-donkeys.
Very good times.
Get José's first book here.
This week we talk to author and musician, Joshua Cutchin, about the role of food in spirit and UFO phenomena.
We also talk Jazz, the South, alien pancakes, faery food taboos, plant spirits, offerings protocols and research advice.
This week we talk to author, translator and Lucumi priest, Eric Purdue about astrology, synchronicity, accuracy in divination, hurricanes destroying your library and all things Agrippa.
For show notes, you can go and bother Eric on Facebook here!
This week we get to talk about a few of my favourite things: hermeticism, Egypt... even New Zealand. Guiding us through these waters is author, editor and scholar, Dr Aaron Cheak.
Among the most-requested guests, if not the most requested, is none other than Peter Levenda.
Peter has written some pretty astounding books over the years and I relished the opportunity to chat to him about how they came about.
We also talk UFOs, Nazis, ceremonial magic, the importance of Place and much more.
Enjoy. I know you will.
Go and bother him on various media socials!
This week we speak to author and magical teacher, Josephine McCarthy. Our chat covers visionary magic, growing up weird, timing and ritual and a whole host of reflections from the teaching life.
The one and only Austin Coppock returns to Rune Soup to talk us through the second half of this largely-unlovely 2016.
Not to be missed.
In this week's episode we talk to Langston Kahn about the lack of initiation in western cultures, differences and similarities in shamanism across time, emotional clearing, the important of journeying and the implication of the return of the spirits.
This week we speak to artist, animist and author, Charlotte Rodgers about bones, art, the restless dead, non-verbal magic, international adventures, luck and what it is like growing up in New Zealand when you are a little different.
Mitch Horowitz joins us this week to talk
And a whole lot more.
In this episode we talk to Alkistis and Peter from the one and only Scarlet Imprint about the goddess who began it all, Babalon.
We cover John Dee and the Daughter of Fortitude, Jack Parsons and Liber 49, a true history of Babalon and the return of the witch cult.
Articles written by Peter and Alkistis mentioned in the show:
"I am the daughter of Fortitude, and ravished every hour from my youth. For behold I am Understanding and science dwelleth in me; and the heavens oppress me. They cover and desire me with infinite appetite; for none that are earthly have embraced me, for I am shadowed with the Circle of the Stars and covered with the morning clouds.
My feet are swifter than the winds, and my hands are sweeter than the morning dew. My garments are from the beginning, and my dwelling place is in myself. The Lion knoweth not where I walk, neither do the beast of the fields understand me. I am deflowered, yet a virgin; I sanctify and am not sanctified. Happy is he that embraceth me: for in the night season I am sweet, and in the day full of pleasure.
My company is a harmony of many symbols and my lips sweeter than health itself. I am a harlot for such as ravish me, and a virgin with such as know me not. For lo, I am loved of many, and I am a lover to many; and as many as come unto me as they should do, have entertainment.
Purge your streets, O ye sons of men, and wash your houses clean; make yourselves holy, and put on righteousness. Cast out your old strumpets, and burn their clothes; abstain from the company of other women that are defiled, that are sluttish, and not so handsome and beautiful as I, and then will I come and dwell amongst you: and behold, I will bring forth children unto you, and they shall be the Sons of Comfort.
I will open my garments, and stand naked before you, that your love may be more enflamed toward me."
This week we talk to anthropologist, editor, religious studies lecturer and brand new father (like, brand new), Jack Hunter.
In this wide-ranging and fascinating conversation, we talk Colin Wilson, Buffy, Going Buddhist in primary school, David Icke, the how’s and why’s of starting a paranormal anthropology journal, Spiritualism, Charles Fort, the Era of Witchcraft, how to save anthropology from itself.
This week we talk to writer, adult film actor, academic and all around sexpert, Conner Habib.
We cover books, Anthroposophy, gay modalities in culture and occulture, D&D misadventures and the challenges of sex magic today.
This is a fun one, folks. Ali and I cover:
In this week's episode, we talk to author and philosopher Mark Booth about the impact of the spirit world in human history, the experience of the supernatural, LSD and philosophy, what thinking about science in a mature way can tell us about reality, New Atheism, the sophistication of ancient cultures, the misinterpretation of ancient wisdom and the ins and outs of a working definition on magic.
Joining me from California is writer, artist, astrologer, editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology and doctoral student, Becca Tarnas. Becca’s current research is an examination of the convergence of images between Tolkien’s work and Jung’s work in his Red Book… as well as an exploration of the implications of such a convergence.
This is an absolutely fantastic discussion (literally). We cover the origins of Middle Earth, the composition of the Red Book, syncs and coincidences, the role of the imaginal and the mythic in ecology and the rise of diverse voices.
This week we talk to Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio's Miguel Conner about all things gnosticism:
- The origins of the gnostics
- The main gnostic groups
- How gnosticism relates to western magic
- How gnosticism relates to the wider pagan world
- UFOs and gnosticism
And ultimately, the 'shape' of the gnostic journey and how it has lasted into the modern era.
This week we are joined by Llewellyn Worldwide's senior acquisitions editor, and the editor of my own book, The Chaos Protocols, Elysia Gallo.
We talk love spells, magical writing, magical reading, Wyrd Minnesota, the role of magic and synchronicity in one’s career, and even cats.
The one and only Jason Miller! Talking love spells, adventurism, the ritual use of circles, occult publishing, appropriation and just This Magical Life in general.
For those of you who have already picked up a copy of my latest book, The Chaos Protocols, you’ll no doubt have detected Charles’s influence in a few of the chapters. He's among the cleverest independent financial minds out there today.
We don't just talk the Benjamins, however. We also talk gardening, nutrition, philosophy, what to study at college, digital currencies, and how talking about money is really talking about meaning, and the return of the real.
This week we talk to the wondrous Geraldine Beskin of the world famous Atlantis Bookshop.
Our freewheeling chat, conducted in the Gerald Gardner room of the shop, covers magical London, the Victorian occult revival, Austin Osman Spare and just a whole boatload of life advice for the magically inclined. Do not miss it.
Oh, but I was looking forward to this one. I've read a lot of Dr Kripal's previous work and the Super Natural seems perfectly timed to coincide with Star.Ships... other hands on the same elephant and all that.
Anyway, it's a good ol' chat. We conducted it via the Skype/phone octoparrot, which you may notice in the audio. Topics included
Raj and I have a good ol' chat about narrative, psychology, spirit contact, London, the role of art and plenty move.
Plus I got to nerd out about the X-Files with someone far more knowledgeable than me.
In this week's episode we talk to the queen of encyclopedias herself, Judika Illes.
Naturally the conversation roams across spells, magical advice, writing careers and tarot... so very much tarot.
This is not one to miss!
We talk to the one and only Ramsey Dukes (Lionel Snell) about his magical career, publishing, Austin Spare, the British magical renaissance, the rise of chaos magic and just life in general.
Do not miss this one!
On this episode we are joined by author, speaker and researcher, Chris Aubeck, to talk about his new book 'Return to Magonia', as well as Ufology and mythology in general. Good times.
Chris's website: http://www.chrisaubeck.com/
Chris’s latest book: http://www.anomalistbooks.com/book.cfm?id=85
The Magnolia Exchange: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/magonia_exchange/info
Chris’s Madrid UFO event: https://vimeo.com/129520716
This week I speak to the one and only Alex Tsakiris from the powerhouse podcast, Skeptiko. The show has been regularly namechecked at Rune Soup for years so it was a real personal pleasure to get some of Alex's time.
Time that I may or may not have monopolised slightly thanks to about a hundred Skeptiko episodes of pent-up opinion I foolishly thought would fit in a single episode. This one really is more of a conversation then, and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.
We talk through the limits of materialism (naturally), consciousness science, podcasting and having an authentic voice, money, the role of academia, UFOs and consciousness phenomena, the implications of after death communication and a whole lot more.
In this episode we talk to author, alchemist and Palero, Chris Bradford.
We cover Hawaii, island spirits and ghost stories, chaos magic in the 90s, spirit kingship, palo, spirit medicine, the interplay between African diaspora magic and the European tradition… even Magic: The Gathering!
In this week’s episode we talk to esoteric author and Rock N Roll Hall of Fame musician, Gary Lachman about his excellent new book, Secret Teachers of the Western World. We also cover Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, the 1970s New York occult scene, Colin Wilson.
Something for everyone!
In this episode, we talk to author and astrologer, Austin Coppock about how astrology works, what to do during retrogrades and whether or not Donald Trump is the next President.
In this bumper episode, we talk to The Secret Sun’s Christopher Knowles about the Nine, Esalen, elite belief systems, alien cargo cults, Star Trek, tarot, psychogeography and what may or may not be coming down the pipe in 2016.
‘Burn Witch Burn’, the film Chris references:
Also, the presentation from Dr LaViolette I reference actually talks about the B2 using electrogravitics. Got the wrong plane. As an apology, watch the whole presentation:
We talk to noted Fortean journalist and former professional combat magician, Cat Vincent about his life and adventures.
Topics include urban magic, sci fi fandom, Forteana, comics, Neil Gaiman, Slenderman, Colin Wilson, polyamory and all the Bob Wilson you could want.
Dr Cummins, occult historian extraordinaire, talks grimoires and the story of the western magical tradition.
We also discuss living in New York, studying under Professor Hutton and magic's relationship to the rise of modern science and medicine.
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As a special holiday treat, I sit down with my mother to talk about saints, the Dead, Aboriginal women's magic, haunted houses, sacred travel, energy healing and a whole lot more.
On this episode we talk to Sarah Lawless about witchcraft, herbalism, animism, working with your ancestors, working with plant spirits and a whole lot more.... including when and how to drop the C bomb!
Find out more about Sarah at sarahannelawless.com
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Scarlet Imprint's Peter Grey joins us to talk about his latest book, Lucifer: Princeps. We use this as a jumping off point to talk about the western magical tradition, grimoires, the role of the Dead and the impact of the rise of digital on the experience of magic.