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Rune Soup

A weekly podcast about magic, culture and the paranormal. Coming to you from the foothills of Australia's Blue Mountains.
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Welcome to the Rune Soup weekly podcast! Find the site at runesoup.com.

Aug 2, 2018

This week, we are speaking with Kenric McDowell. Kenric is a musician, public speaker, and AI curator for Google Research. We discuss AI, inevitably, but not from either a lurid ‘the world is ending’ way or from a 'techno-utopian jibber jabber' way.

Instead we look at what the implications of AI are for personhood, a theory of technology and its appropriateness, and whether we’re teaching AI to think or AI is teaching us to.

Very, very good times.

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Jul 30, 2018

As promised, and just in time, here's the July solo show.

It was gonna be too annoying to have dropped a week for mere illness after 136 episodes delivered rain, hail, or shine in five countries, on boats, in hotel rooms, and so on.

So! The broken run has been mended with a Mars Retrograde ghost story.

Enjoy.

Jul 25, 2018

This week, we welcome the one and only Richard Dolan to the show. As you’re very likely aware, Richard is the author and publisher of many books in the UFO field, as well as a radio host, trained historian and gifted public speaker.

We actually met out in the central Australian desert in May of this year and had the opportunity to chat about what’s right and what’s wrong with the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH).

For those of you who are unaware, ETH is the model for UFO phenomena that asserts that a majority or possibly all cases -credible ones, at least- are best explained as encounters with beings from other planets… rather than, say, extra dimensional, demonic, spiritual, earth-based or under-earth entities that predate mankind and all the other non-ETH hypotheses.

Anyway, splendid stuff.  

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Jul 12, 2018

Another solo show this week, inspired in part by Douglas Rushkoff's recent article on the grimness of the billionaire future.

We play around with notions of technology and personhood and agency and morality and AI.

Also hobbits. Enjoy.

Jul 4, 2018

This week, we welcome back to the show my good friend, Conner Habib. Writer, sex worker, activist, Anthroposophist and host of Against Everyone with Conner Habib.

And the topics under discussion are how desire destroys materialism and what a cosmic or fully haunted activism might look like.

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Jun 27, 2018

This week we have one of my favourite discussions of the entire year.

Joining us is Dr Diana Walsh Pasulka. Diana is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. She is a specialist in Catholic history with a particular emphasis on the saints. Her current research sits in that really compelling intersection between psi, UFOs, technology and religion.

We talk saintly powers, Marian apparitions, UFOs, Vatican archives, Jacques Vallée and all that top shelf stuff.

So, so good.

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Jun 20, 2018

In honour of a very special anniversary and in light of a new biographical series, Paul Weston returns to the show to regale us with his strange angelic blend of history, synchromystic analysis and personal adventure.

Rockets, redheads, dianetics, Beat poets and the Babalon Working. It's all in this week's episode. 

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Jun 13, 2018

This week sees the return of one of the show's most popular and only recurring episodes, our half-yearly catch-up with Austin Coppock.

Yes, we are halfway through 2018 but is the dumpster halfway through burning or is it just about to hit some highly flammable medical waste? Let's find out.

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Jun 6, 2018

This week we welcome to the show Sinéad Spearing.

Sinéad is the author of the recently released Old English Medical Remedies. She joins us to talk about extracting ravens' eyes, the myriad uses of gall, hag attacks, the Nine Herbs Charm and many more of our favourite things.

Great stuff.

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May 30, 2018

This week, Gary Lachman returns to the show to discuss his two latest books, Lost Knowledge of the Imagination and Dark Star Rising.

In this wide-ranging chat we cover the Socratic Turn, how the west abandoned the imagination, how we might recover it and what happens in world politics if we pretend it isn't there.

Very good stuff.

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May 17, 2018

This month's solo show is my impressions and observations from spending last week out in the desert with a group of amazing people.

It covers Aboriginal star lore, Songlines, the Dreaming and how we can think with and derive inspiration from indigenous lifeways.

There are a bunch of photos from the trip on the post page at runesoup.com.

Enjoy!

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May 8, 2018

This week, Dr Jack Hunter makes his return to the show.

Jack is the author and/or editor of Talking With The Spirits, Strange Dimensions, Why People Believe in Spirits, Gods and Magic, Damned Facts and the recently published Engaging The Anomalous.

He joins us for a fascinating chat about spirits, anthropology, ecology, animism, the limits of our modern frames in coming to terms with all these notions and a surprising detour into the state of permaculture. Enjoy.

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May 2, 2018

Something of a special episode this week. Julio Ody returns to the show for a vigorous discussion of the best depictions of spirits and the spirit world from a practitioner perspective on film and television.

We spent the past week throwing titles back and forth to each other, compiling the list, striking some names and adding others. I had to break out my old DVD collection from storage and then find some way to actually play them. (There is at least one good thing about the modern world: the demise of DVDs with their auto-playing trailers, copyright warnings and animated menus.)

Some of the category winners may surprise you almost as much as the exclusions.

Great fun. Enjoy.

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Apr 25, 2018

This week we welcome Jason Louv to the show. Jason is an occultist, author and journalist. He joins us today to talk about his latest book, John Dee and the Empire of Angels.

Along the way we cover the prevalence of magic in Elizabethan England, the influence of Enochian on the story of western ritual magic and the role of the extradimensional in world politics.

Great stuff. 

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Apr 18, 2018

Another solo show this week, and -fair warning- an intense one. But we need to talk about antiwar strategies as the war cycle continues its uptrend.

Open up those liquor cabinets.

Apr 11, 2018

Dr Dean Radin joins us once again this week to talk about a topic near and dear to all our hearts, which also happens to be the title of his latest book: Real Magic.

We cover NDE evidence, how one might conduct experiments to demonstrate the reality of spirits, strengths and shortcomings of scientific epistemology, tea, chocolate and goats.

Great stuff. Do yourself a favour and check out the book.

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Apr 4, 2018

The X-Files is, once again, over for good probably.

Who better to unpack -and possibly redeem- the significance of the final series and stitch the whole corpus together than the syncosphere's x-iest polymath, Chris Knowles of The Secret Sun?

Note: If you've not finished season 11, this show is pretty much 90 minutes of spoilers. If you have, it is 90 minutes of redeemers. Adjust accordingly.

Mar 28, 2018

This week we are speaking with Corinne Boyer. Based in the particularly green Pacific Northwest, Corinne is an writer, teacher and all around expert in folk herbalism and traditional plant lore. She joins us today to talk about her latest book, Plants of the Devil.

We also chat poisons, edibles, science, naturopathy and the long term impact of fairy tales on kids. Nice one!

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Mar 21, 2018

Another solo show this week, and not for reasons of plague cancellations.

It is past time to think with and through some challenging thoughts around Classical Liberalism, pleasure, and the pros and cons of tidying your room.

Mentioning no names, bucko.

No show notes this week, apart from a link to a recent blog post.

Mar 14, 2018

This week, we welcome back Marcus Matawhero Lloyd.

You may remember Marcus from an episode last year where he talked us through his experiences at Standing Rock, as well as parts of his journey rebuilding an ancestral Pa site on the east coast of New Zealand’s north island.

Since we last spoke, Marcus has kept adventuring, and he joins us today to discuss his recent hikoi for water.

We also talk about ancestral spirits, rivers-as-persons, forest encounters with angry entities and old/new roads to a better ecology. Splendid, splendid stuff.

Show Notes

You'll find a collection of images from Marcus's hikoi on the post page at Rune Soup.

Mar 7, 2018

This week we welcome back the one and only Dr Jeffrey Kripal to talk about his latest book, Secret Body. Dr Kripal's work is regularly namechecked on the show, on the blog and in my own books. We can only expect that to continue given the topics covered in Secret Body.

Along the way, we also discuss the new comparativism, 'the human as two', taboos and the transmoral, and homoeroticism in Christianity.

Splendid, splendid stuff.

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Feb 28, 2018

This week we welcome back Mr Glastonbury himself, Paul Weston.

Paul was on the show late last year talking us through the high strange journey of how his latest book came about. Said book is now out in the world, so we pick the story back up and run it to its conclusion.

Along the way, we talk synchronicity, developing one's personal magical calendar, astrotheology, understanding extradimensional contact and at least one Celtic saint.

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Feb 21, 2018

This week, we are speaking to visionary artist and tarot historian Robert M Place. Robert is an author and the creator of several of the most exciting decks in recent times, including a personal favourite of mine, The Alchemical Tarot.

We talk dreams, symbolism, Neoplatonism, and the story of these funny little pieces of paper and their impact on the world.

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Feb 14, 2018

This week we welcome back to the show Chiron Armand.

Khi is a currently travelling shamanic practitioner usually based out of New York.

He joins us today for a wide ranging chat covering Wetiko and how to get our heads around it, matching meaning and experience, soul retrieval and mediumship.

Good times.

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Feb 7, 2018

This week we are stretching the tin can telephone cable as far as it can stretch, from southern Tasmania all the way to Svalbard in the Arctic circle. Our guest is Al Borealis, creator and host of Forum Borealis and our topic is the state of alternate research in 2018.

We discuss Antarctica, breakaway civilisations, the secret space programme, disinformation, missing money and the Nazi International.

Good times.

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