This week, we welcome back to the show one of my favourite guests from last year, Dr Diana Walsh Pasulka.
Diana is chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and joins us today to discuss her recent book, American Cosmic.
We explore interacting with off-planet intelligences and what such practices might actually do to you; as well as meaning and synchronicity; and how contact events become religious over time.
This week, we welcome back to the show Dr Jeffrey Kripal to talk about his latest book, The Flip.
Dr Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University and is the associate director of the Center for Theory and Research at Esalen.
The Flip is a fascinating exploration of what happens when hard scientists or medical professionals encounter something anomalous or out of place within their materialist framework and then... flip.
Along the way we talk models of mind, science's impact on mysticism, what the Humanities can do better, and feeling our way toward a much better understanding of the imagination.
This week, we are joined by author, traditional witch and fellow southern Tasmanian, Lee Morgan.
In this free-ranging, in-person discussion, we explore the elusive challenge of definitions, restoring the imaginal to prominence, responding to and with place, self-censorship and UPG, and a whole lot more.
This month's solo show is fairly self-explanatory, to be honest.
This week we welcome to the show Dr Monica Gagliano.
Dr Gagliano is an evolutionary ecologist and the author of the fantastic book, Thus Spoke The Plant. We chat about her experiences running experiments on plant communication and cognition, as well as her experiences learning from and with both indigenous plant teachers and plant spirits themselves around the world.
Very much my jam.
This week we welcome to the show fellow podcaster, Laura London. Laura has a background in neuroscience, astrology, kundalini yoga and Transcendental Meditation.
She is the host of one of my favourite podcasts, Speaking of Jung and joins us today to have a wide-ranging chat about -what else?- but Carl Jung himself.
Joining us this week for a chat about both one of my very favourite things and very favourite people is filmmaker Lance Mungia. Lance is the director of the recently released feature documentary, Third Eye Spies.
So in this extended discussion, we explore remote viewing, the amazing Russell Targ, the experience of actually making the film and also speculate on the cosmic implications of the efficacy of remote viewing in general.
This week we welcome to the show author, teacher and animist, Daniel Foor. In addition to being an initiate in several global traditions, Daniel is also a doctor of psychology and licensed psychotherapist.
He joins us to talk about ancestral healing, the positive and negative impact the dead can have in our lives, the difference between an ancestor and a dead person and what the ongoing opportunities and responsibilities we among the living have to those in the spirit world.
A little later than usual, and timed to coincide with the Glastonbury Occult Conference launch of Paul Weston's latest book, The Occult Battle of Britain, I am pleased to present another patented episode of Storytime with Paul!
Listen in as we discuss the book, its backstory and how it wove its way into Paul's life, what even was the Occult Battle of Britain, its antecedents, and what significance it might hold for us at this particular point in the timeline.
In which we unpack the aftermath of the fire, the completely successful group enchantment that ended it, and ponder some ways of talking about and thinking with dragons.
I know I promised a solo show on my experiences so far with this 53,000 hectare fire encircling the farm but, a few hours ago, it occurred to me there might be a way of framing the tale so that it is more useful or at least magically interesting to you.
So with very little notice and coming off another podcast recording, Austin agreed to pull a chart together for Tasmania and we use an analysis of that as a frame for discussing my experiences.
It’s not technical -how could it be, if I’m involved?- but for you astro nerds out there, the Aries and Libra ingress charts for Hobart, as well as the base chart we drew up for Tasmania, are all in the show notes, with Austin’s commentary.
This week, we welcome to the show the legendary Robyn Francis. Robyn is one of permaculture’s leading teachers and proponents.
We talk about the movement's early days, some reasons for optimism today, interconnectivity and building stone circles in the subtropics.
Note: This episode was recorded on location. You can view the video version on YouTube.
This week, we are joined by Dean of Religion at Vassar, Dr Christopher White.
Christopher joins us to discuss his recent book, Other Worlds: Spirituality and the Search for Invisible Dimensions. Along the way, we talk Flatland, Narnia, the role of dreams in one's life and the true merit of 'fantasy' fiction.
Really good stuff.
Continuing our January series of guests here to get your head in the game for 2019, this week we speak to artist, author and art therapist, Angela Kirby.
Angela takes us through her journey as an artist, what it's like living out in the Australian desert, and which techniques you can use at home to utilise artistic or creative capacities for either psychological growth or healing.
Really good, useful stuff.
And we're back!
Kicking off January's run of guests here to get you all setup for 2019, we welcome back to the show Conner Habib. Conner is a writer, teacher, sex worker, anthroposophist and activist.
He joins us today to explore desire and whether we experience it in the most optimised way. We also chat about Wilhelm Reich, the Left's problem with witchcraft, anthropology and Christmas.
For the final episode of the year, please enjoy this bumper edition forecast for the first half of 2019 with Austin Coppock.
After we debrief on 2018 and talk about what's coming up, Austin and I also spend some time exploring some of the topic areas we touched on at 'So Below'. And then we take some questions from people who watched the live recording (which you can find on YouTube).
What else would the November solo show be about but So Below -the astrological magic event Austin and I hosted in Melbourne last weekend?
There's also a good deal of talk on the hows and the wheres of magic and astrology's general overlap, as well as why one might want to look at it from a specifically chaos magic perspective.
This week we speak with science writer and cultural anthropologist, Dr Eric Wargo.
Eric is the man behind the nightshirt.com and the author of the recently released book, Time Loops.
We talk retrocausation, precognition, and whether our capacity to ‘feel the future’ extends beyond the human world, what that might say about the structure of the universe and our role in it.
This week we return to one of our most popular topics of conversation... Tarot!
Joining us to do so is author, professional card reader, podcaster and tarot teacher, T. Susan Chang.
We cover fortune telling, journeying with tarot, using playing cards, how to get to know new decks and bravely attempt to work out quite where it is 'meaning' comes from.
This week, we welcome Mitch Horowitz back to the show to talk about his latest -and frankly fantastic- book, The Miracle Club.
Mitch and I chat about the origins of New Thought, its shortcomings and areas of much-needed improvement, as well as some of the contemporary scientific data that suggests there really is something fundamentally true and important about your attitude and headspace and how it might impact reality.
Really, really good stuff.
In October's solo show, we discuss the eruption of the witch into so-called 'popular culture', with a particular emphasis on the reboot of Charmed, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and American Horror Story: Apocalypse.
And, for once, there aren't spoilers!
It is once again time for our annual catch up with Alkistis and Peter of Scarlet Imprint! I always look forward to these discussions as -for one- I learn so much and -for two- it gives me those warm, 'find the others' feels.
This week's episode has all of that in spades. We talk angels, landscape, tarot, books and, inevitably, witchcraft and the wider culture.
This week, we welcome to the show physicist, light therapist, researcher and author of Light Therapies: A Complete Guide to the Healing Power of Light, Anadi Martel.
Now, if you’ve read Pieces of Eight, or if you’ve seen some of the premium member bonus material, you’ll know I’ve long been fascinated by what we stupidly still call ‘alternative medicine’ rather than the more clunky if not much more accurate ‘modes of living and healing that do not emerge from a dysfunctional belief system’.
And I’m especially interested in the ones that, whilst they are used for treatment, are better thought of as unavoidable universals. You don’t have to use acupuncture, right? But you can't avoid having a relationship with light, and sunlight in particular.
It is nowhere more obvious that we have a complete failure in the descriptive powers of the official version of reality than when it comes to accounting for the effects of sunlight, mindfulness meditation, forest bathing, and so on.
This week we speak with artist, teacher and maker, Daniel Mack. Daniel is also the chairman of the Seligmann Center Committee in upstate New York and joins us to talk about the life and work of the surrealist painter, Kurt Seligmann -in particular his book, The Mirror of Magic, first published in the late forties.
In this wide ranging discussion, we talk art, irrationality, the impact of the Unconscious on the flow of history, early experiments in creative homesteading and the remarkable Seligmann himself.
This week we welcome back to the show one of the most popular returning guests, Jenx.
As you might expect, he’s back in your ears talking us through Thai Occultism, to coincide with his recently released tour de force, The Thai Occult.
Along the way, we cover land spirits, uses for specific ghosts, the universality of candle magic and the many nuances of love charms.