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.