Mitch Horowitz joins us this week to talk
And a whole lot more.
In this episode we talk to Alkistis and Peter from the one and only Scarlet Imprint about the goddess who began it all, Babalon.
We cover John Dee and the Daughter of Fortitude, Jack Parsons and Liber 49, a true history of Babalon and the return of the witch cult.
Articles written by Peter and Alkistis mentioned in the show:
"I am the daughter of Fortitude, and ravished every hour from my youth. For behold I am Understanding and science dwelleth in me; and the heavens oppress me. They cover and desire me with infinite appetite; for none that are earthly have embraced me, for I am shadowed with the Circle of the Stars and covered with the morning clouds.
My feet are swifter than the winds, and my hands are sweeter than the morning dew. My garments are from the beginning, and my dwelling place is in myself. The Lion knoweth not where I walk, neither do the beast of the fields understand me. I am deflowered, yet a virgin; I sanctify and am not sanctified. Happy is he that embraceth me: for in the night season I am sweet, and in the day full of pleasure.
My company is a harmony of many symbols and my lips sweeter than health itself. I am a harlot for such as ravish me, and a virgin with such as know me not. For lo, I am loved of many, and I am a lover to many; and as many as come unto me as they should do, have entertainment.
Purge your streets, O ye sons of men, and wash your houses clean; make yourselves holy, and put on righteousness. Cast out your old strumpets, and burn their clothes; abstain from the company of other women that are defiled, that are sluttish, and not so handsome and beautiful as I, and then will I come and dwell amongst you: and behold, I will bring forth children unto you, and they shall be the Sons of Comfort.
I will open my garments, and stand naked before you, that your love may be more enflamed toward me."
This week we talk to anthropologist, editor, religious studies lecturer and brand new father (like, brand new), Jack Hunter.
In this wide-ranging and fascinating conversation, we talk Colin Wilson, Buffy, Going Buddhist in primary school, David Icke, the how’s and why’s of starting a paranormal anthropology journal, Spiritualism, Charles Fort, the Era of Witchcraft, how to save anthropology from itself.
This week we talk to writer, adult film actor, academic and all around sexpert, Conner Habib.
We cover books, Anthroposophy, gay modalities in culture and occulture, D&D misadventures and the challenges of sex magic today.
This is a fun one, folks. Ali and I cover:
In this week's episode, we talk to author and philosopher Mark Booth about the impact of the spirit world in human history, the experience of the supernatural, LSD and philosophy, what thinking about science in a mature way can tell us about reality, New Atheism, the sophistication of ancient cultures, the misinterpretation of ancient wisdom and the ins and outs of a working definition on magic.
Joining me from California is writer, artist, astrologer, editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology and doctoral student, Becca Tarnas. Becca’s current research is an examination of the convergence of images between Tolkien’s work and Jung’s work in his Red Book… as well as an exploration of the implications of such a convergence.
This is an absolutely fantastic discussion (literally). We cover the origins of Middle Earth, the composition of the Red Book, syncs and coincidences, the role of the imaginal and the mythic in ecology and the rise of diverse voices.
This week we talk to Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio's Miguel Conner about all things gnosticism:
- The origins of the gnostics
- The main gnostic groups
- How gnosticism relates to western magic
- How gnosticism relates to the wider pagan world
- UFOs and gnosticism
And ultimately, the 'shape' of the gnostic journey and how it has lasted into the modern era.
This week we are joined by Llewellyn Worldwide's senior acquisitions editor, and the editor of my own book, The Chaos Protocols, Elysia Gallo.
We talk love spells, magical writing, magical reading, Wyrd Minnesota, the role of magic and synchronicity in one’s career, and even cats.
The one and only Jason Miller! Talking love spells, adventurism, the ritual use of circles, occult publishing, appropriation and just This Magical Life in general.
For those of you who have already picked up a copy of my latest book, The Chaos Protocols, you’ll no doubt have detected Charles’s influence in a few of the chapters. He's among the cleverest independent financial minds out there today.
We don't just talk the Benjamins, however. We also talk gardening, nutrition, philosophy, what to study at college, digital currencies, and how talking about money is really talking about meaning, and the return of the real.
This week we talk to the wondrous Geraldine Beskin of the world famous Atlantis Bookshop.
Our freewheeling chat, conducted in the Gerald Gardner room of the shop, covers magical London, the Victorian occult revival, Austin Osman Spare and just a whole boatload of life advice for the magically inclined. Do not miss it.
Oh, but I was looking forward to this one. I've read a lot of Dr Kripal's previous work and the Super Natural seems perfectly timed to coincide with Star.Ships... other hands on the same elephant and all that.
Anyway, it's a good ol' chat. We conducted it via the Skype/phone octoparrot, which you may notice in the audio. Topics included
Raj and I have a good ol' chat about narrative, psychology, spirit contact, London, the role of art and plenty move.
Plus I got to nerd out about the X-Files with someone far more knowledgeable than me.
In this week's episode we talk to the queen of encyclopedias herself, Judika Illes.
Naturally the conversation roams across spells, magical advice, writing careers and tarot... so very much tarot.
This is not one to miss!
We talk to the one and only Ramsey Dukes (Lionel Snell) about his magical career, publishing, Austin Spare, the British magical renaissance, the rise of chaos magic and just life in general.
Do not miss this one!
On this episode we are joined by author, speaker and researcher, Chris Aubeck, to talk about his new book 'Return to Magonia', as well as Ufology and mythology in general. Good times.
Chris's website: http://www.chrisaubeck.com/
Chris’s latest book: http://www.anomalistbooks.com/book.cfm?id=85
The Magnolia Exchange: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/magonia_exchange/info
Chris’s Madrid UFO event: https://vimeo.com/129520716
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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