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)