Slight delay to this week's episode, for reasons that are explained in it.
But this week, we explore the potentially contentious statement that spirit contact is, in fact, easy.
These solo shows are in danger of becoming an accidental series.
This week, we are speaking with my good friend, Kaitlin Coppock.
Kaitlin is the owner of Sphere and Sundry, an online-store-meets-ritual-art-project dedicated to expertly elected talismanic materia.
So of course, we talk talismans, as well as how or why they might work, in addition to astrology in general, while sharing a few thoughts on its current moment of cultural prominence.
This week, we welcome to the show Brian Lord. Brian is a graduate student in psychology, a special collections archivist and Masters student at the University of West Georgia.
He joins us today to talk about the legendary Ingo Swann, as well as the complete, unpublished Ingo Swann manuscript he discovered in the archive and went on to publish.
This week, in what is probably one of my favourite ever episodes, we welcome to the show Elizabeth Krohn.
Elizabeth, along with Dr Jeff Kripal, is the author of Changed in a Flash, which is the story of her being struck by lightning, dying and returning from the afterlife very much changed.
A truly fascinating discussion. Enjoy.
This week we speak to anthropologist, writer, teacher and Maya shaman-priestess, Gabriela Jurosz-Landa.
Gabriela is the author of Transcendent Wisdom of the Maya and she joins us today to talk about Maya cosmology, ceremony and understanding of time.
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.