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.