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Intuitive Tarot with McCalla Ann
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Among the many different paths for reading and interpretive Tarot, you’ll frequently hear mention of intuitive interpretation. While this might sound as if the reader ignores established symbolism and meaning for the cards, this is not really the case. In this episode, I am joined by SaturnVox’s McCalla Ann to discuss her approach to intuitive Tarot.

McCalla Ann is a podcaster, student of Bridal Mysticism, and professional diviner. She runs SaturnVox, a multimedia occult education and divination platform based out of New Orleans.

I think you will find that what McCalla means by “intuitive” is more complex and nuanced than you might expect.

This episode is also the first part of a collaboration that this podcast is having with the SaturnVox podcast. On November 12th—my birthday!—McCalla will be releasing her interview with me on the SaturnVox podcast, where I will go into my model of Tarot divination using the art of memory. Be sure to check it out!

Credits

The episode art features a photo from Wikimedia titled simply “Best Butterfly picture of the day”. I think I agree.

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21st Century Rosicrucianism with Frater Robert Gordon
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It has been over 400 years since the first Rosicrucian pamphlets were published, on the eve of the Thirty Years’ War. Now, in the 21st century, Rosicrucianism continues to thrive and remain relevant. Frater Robert Gordon joins me in the first episode of season five to discuss his new book, 21st Century Rosicrucianism.

Frater Robert received a B.A. (Hons) in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne and an M.A. in Museum Studies from University College London. His vast experience includes professionally managing the St Paul’s Institute (an ethics think tank run by St Paul’s Cathedral in London), working for the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace, and working for the Garden Museum (an independent museum devoted to the legacy of John Tradescant and the final resting place of Elias Ashmole).

He has been practicing Rosicrucianism for over 20 years and is an active member of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, the Order of the Rose and Cross, and A.E. Waite’s Fellowship of the Rosy Cross.

21st Century Rosicrucianism is now available from Lewis Masonic in the UK and Macoy Publishing in the USA.

Credits

The episode art uses an 1886 photograph of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, downloaded from PICRYL.

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Three Books of Occult Philosophy
Three Books of Occult Philosophy
Agrippa's Continuing Influence
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Welcome to the final episode of our in-depth exploration of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy. Since this is the final episode of the series, don’t start listening here. Catch up on all of the episodes in this series on the podcast’s website.

We have been all over Occult Philosophy, and explored everything from its historical context to its complex cosmology and fascinating theories on divine light. We will look at the influences that Occult Philosophy has had in the nearly 500 years since its original publication.

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Agrippa’s Christian Cabala

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Three Books of Occult Philosophy
Agrippa's Christian Cabala
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Finally, after a short hiatus, here is part eight of our exploration of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy. The previous episodes of this podcast dealt primarily with material from books 1 and 2, but now it’s time to dive into book 3, The Divine World. Joining me for this discussion is Dr. Justin Sledge of the Esoterica YouTube channel! We will specifically be discussing the Cabala of Occult Philosophy and Agrippa’s place in the birth and propagation of Christian Cabala.

If you would like to do some reading before listening to this episode, I think you can get a pretty good overview of Agrippa’s take on this topic by reading book 3, chapters 10 through 25. However, note that references to Cabala, the Hebrew language and alphabet, and Jewish mysticism crop up throughout book 3.

You can’t really deny that Kabbalah is one of the cornerstones of Western occultism. It crops up everywhere from Solomonic magic to Tarot to the Golden Dawn. If you’ve looked into it at all, you’ve probably come across the concept that Kabbalah is usually split into three main branches, differentiated in the way they are transliterated into English.

  • Christian Cabala, spelled with a C, is our main topic in this episode.
  • Hermetic Qabalah, spelled with a Q, is the variety used by modern ceremonial magicians.
  • Jewish Kabbalah, spelled with a K, is the original strain of Jewish mysticism that the others pull from.

And always remember, if you want to catch up with the rest of the Agrippa series, you can visit the home page for the series.

Credits

Many thanks to Dr. Justin Sledge for giving us so much incredible information on the history, philosophy, and influence of Christian Cabala.

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After a busy summer filled with other work and some exciting train travel, Arnemancy is back! I have some exciting announcements and some fun plans for the future.

New Books

First, I’ve added two new books to the Arnemancy Shop. The first is A Small Collection of Specialized Spreads, vol. 3, which continues the tradition started in volumes 1 and 2. For each of these volumes, Coleman Stevenson contacted Tarot and card readers from around the world and collected contributions of card spreads for divination. They work for both Tarot and oracle cards and display a wide variety of amazing creativity. In volume 3, I was honored to work with Coleman to share the Uncanny Spread-Building Spread, which is a tool to help you design your own card spreads.

The second new book is the HOCUS Tarot Chapbook, which is a collection of prose, poetry, and art that has been collected and edited by Andrew Fort, the brains behind HOCUS. And what is HOCUS? It is none other than the Hermetic Order of Clandestine Urban Scribes, a literary reading group in Portland, Oregon, that operates under the guise of an ancient secret society. I helped them write and design their framing ritual, as well as MC events as their venerable Grand Editor.

By the way, HOCUS is currently accepting submissions for our October 21st reading. If you are interested, click here to learn more!

New Podcast

Wiz Biz with Alexx and Erik Wiz Biz with Alexx and Erik is a new podcast I’m creating with my good friend Alexx Bollen. It’s a very fun, light hearted exploration of the amazing cartoon Adventure Time, where Alexx and I use all of our vast occult knowledge to examine the rich and magical world of this animated masterpiece.

I would love it if you would listen to the trailer and then try out an episode!

More Agrippa

Earlier this year, the Arnemancy Podcast began an in-depth exploration of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy, but due to external circumstances, I had to take a break during the summer. Well, I’m back at it, and there are just two episodes left.

One of those final episodes, Agrippa’s Christian Cabala, is now available on Patreon. It features Dr. Justin Sledge of the incomperable Esoterica YouTube channel! You can sign up to support me via Patreon to get access now, or wait a week and get access on the normal Podcast feed.

And More Plans!

Given all of the new stuff I’ve learned during the Agrippa project, I am also currently working on revamping a few of my other offerings, such as the Planetary Magic class series and the Other Trithemian Art class.

If you sign up for the newsletter, you’ll be the first to know when those are available!

Three Books of Occult Philosophy
Three Books of Occult Philosophy
Astrological and Planetary Magic
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It’s finally time for part seven of our exploration of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy. In previous episodes, we have examined both the structure of Occult Philosophy and the worldview it attempts to explain. We are finally ready to take a closer look at one of the topics that this massive work is best known for: planetary and astrological magic!

This episode will cover a lot of material from across book 2 of Occult Philosophy. If you are looking for sections to read before listening to this episode, I would suggest starting with book 2, chapter 29, and reading through chapter 50. You’ll also want to read chapters 58 and 59, as I reference them specifically. However, after this episode, I believe you will want to spend some serious time studying all of book 2, especially going back over the parts about planets and spirits from earlier on.

As we will discover, both planetary and astrological magic cover a wide range of practices that occultists of all varieties are likely familiar with. You will find sigils, prayers, petitions, spirits, and hymns. In fact, this type of magic also leans heavily on occult correspondences, which can include metals, stones, crystals, herbs, foods, and animals.

And always remember, if you want to catch up with the rest of the Agrippa series, you can visit the home page for the series.

Credits

  • Thanks to Tuomo Sipola for his translation of the First Emblem from Michael Maier’s Atalanta Fugiens. Tuomo and others in the #languages-and-linguistics channel in the Hermetic House of Life Discord server all helped to figure out the mystery of this poem.
  • Thanks also to Josh Proto and J Swofford for their help in explaining and untangling the numerous mysteries of astrological magic and electional astrology.
  • Thanks also to Eric Purdue, who helped quite a bit with this episode behind the scenes.

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Friends of the Spirit with Michael Sanborn
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Greetings, listeners! For the past few months, we have been enjoying a deep exploration of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy, and now it’s time for us to make a brief detour. This bonus episode is an interview with my friend Michael Sanborn, who is releasing a translation of a new book, Letters to Friends of the Spirit by Sylvie Boyer-Camax and Rémi Boyer. This is a book about mysticism, Martinism, and modern Rosicrucianism, and I am certain you will find the interview quite interesting.

Michael Sanborn is a book designer and translator specializing in contemporary European esoterica. He participates in several esoteric traditions, including Neoplatonism, and Templarism. He is also a gnostic bishop and a member of Azoth Temple in Portland, Oregon.

Rémi Boyer has explored at length the world of the avant-garde, initiatory traditions, and philosophies of enlightenment. He works within the setting of the House of Surrealists in Cordes-sur-Ciel, for a new alliance between traditions, philosophies of awakening, and the artistic avant-garde. He is the author of some twenty specialized works, particularly on Western initiatory movements.

Letters to Friends of the Spirit, like the previous three translations of works by Rémi Boyer, is published through Rose Circle Publications, the imprint founded by noted esoteric author and translator Piers A. Vaughan.

We will be returning to Occult Philosophy next episode, so for now, please enjoy this bonus interview.

The art for this episode is a detail from O milagre das rosas by Lima de Freitas, acrylic on wood, 1987.

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The Power of One

This essay is a meditation stemming from visits to three shops in San Francisco, all of which provide items and services that can be utilized in spiritual systems, especially in alternative and non-mainstream beliefs. The three stores include a botánica (Tres Niñas Blancas in the Mission), an importer (The African Outlet in the Bayview), and an occult shop (The Sword and Rose in Cole Valley). These are merely local examples; you can find your own version of this story in your own town. The reasons why people frequent shops like these, and the functions these shops serve in their community, highlight changes on the spiritual landscape, which are worth exploring, namely:
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Three Books of Occult Philosophy
Planetary Spirits and Intelligences
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Here we are, at part six of our deep dive into Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy. We’re over halfway done! I know it’s been a weird ride, but hold on, because we haven’t gotten to the strangest stuff yet.

At this point in our exploration, we have developed a strong idea of Agrippa’s world and some of the basic premises of Occult Philosophy. We have looked at history, the nature of light and the cosmos, and the mathematical underpinnings of Renaissance magic. Now it is time to finally explore one of the strangest and most exciting elements in Occult Philosophy: spirits!

Discussion of spirits occurs throughout this enormous work, but if you want some reading to get into before listening to this episode, first re-read book 2, chapter 22, and then read book 2, chapters 55 through 57.

Daemons, daimones, angels, demons, and intelligences—these are all words that describe spirits. Sometimes they are various categories of spirits, other times they are words for “spirit” in another language. From time to time, even the gods are referred to as spirits. In this episode, we explore why that is, and maybe we even look at some ideas surrounding how you can communicate with them. I warned you that we hadn’t gotten to the strangest stuff yet!

Credits

  • Prospero was played by the incomparable Coleman Stevenson, the author of many books of poetry and Tarot lore, and the creator of multiple decks, including The Dark Exact Tarot.
  • Joshua Proto has created over 100 astrological talismans according to traditional sources like the Picatrix, Three Books of Occult Philosophy, and the oral teachings of select Buddhist Texts. Josh frequently helps clients find talismanic and ritual solutions to a variety of astrological and magical problems through his website.
  • Epic storm recording by Placidplace from Pixabay.
  • The episode art is based on detail from The Annunciation by El Greco, c. 1590–1603.

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Math and Magic

Three Books of Occult Philosophy
Three Books of Occult Philosophy
Math and Magic
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Let me congratulate you on having both the courage and curiosity to listen to this episode! This is part five of our deep dive into Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy. If you feel lost and would like to catch up with earlier episodes in the series, you can find them on the series page.

Why are courage and curiosity so important for this episode? Because we’re going to be talking about math. Math and magic. I have been looking forward to this episode for a long time, but I know that for a lot of people, the idea of reading about and learning about math is pretty miserable. When occultists discover how much Agrippa loved math, and how central math is to Agrippa’s Occult Philosophy, they sometimes seem pretty disappointed.

Much of book two of Occult Philosophy deals with numbers and mathematics. If you would like to really get an amazing head start on this episode, read books 2, chapters 1 through 23. However, if that is too much, I think you can be pretty well prepared for this episode by just reading book 2, chapters 1, 2, 21, 22, and 23.

Some of the math topics we will be talking about in this episode are the philosophical concept of number, the relationship between math and occult correspondences, magic squares, and sacred geometry. There is a lot of great material, and I hope you give it a listen even though math might seem like it’s a bummer!

Credits

  • Eric Purdue has studied metaphysics and the occult and has practiced magic and astrology for more than thirty years, with a particular focus on practical folk and astrological magic.
  • Andrew B. Watt is known to long-time listeners of the Arnemancy show. He’s an astrologer and textile artist living in western Massachusetts, and an enthusiast of geometry and number theory.

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