Mussar is the practice of increasing ethics and morality, and joining me to discuss this topic is Greg Marcus. Mussar is a thousand year-old Jewish spiritual practice. Greg is a recovering workaholic and the creator of American Mussar. He offers guidance on living a life of mindful harmony and spiritual integrity, drawing upon Jewish teachings and contemporary wisdom alike. Today he is a writer, speaker, coach, workshop facilitator, stay at home father, and full-time rabbi in training. He’s the author of The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar
Join me as I sit down for coffee with Greg Traw, a local Portland artist and musician who has created an incredible Tarot deck: the Dracxiodos Tarot. We talk about Greg’s history with the Western esoteric tradition, Eastern religions, artwork, Tarot, and how it all comes together in his work. We also dive into the connections between Tarot and Kabbalah.
Andrew B. Watt joins me on this podcast episode to discuss various visions of the future and how we as magicians, occultists, and wizards can prepare for the future — any future! In particular, we discuss the competing ideas of John Michael Greer and Gordon White, futures both pessimistic and optimistic. We also take a look at the 200 and 800 year Jupiter-Saturn cycles proposed by noted astrologer Austin Coppock. How valid are any of these future predictions and what can we do to get ready?
This conversation was a blast. Andrew is a great thinker and we really dive into some current topics in a way I’m not sure this podcast has ever explored before. Let us know what you think in the comments — and in the meantime, here are some links!
Recommended reading before diving into this episode is book 4, chapter 5 of the Picatrix — yes, ultimate nerds that we are, our entire discussion about your future does end up rooted in an ancient book on pagan Arabian astrological wizard junk. Enjoy!
In this spooktacular podcast episode, Montana Jordan joins me for a live Ouija board session. I really don’t want to give anything away about our session — let’s just say that we make contact, and it’s an interesting contact. Even more interesting is that we set up the Ouija board in my ritual space, and Montana has some stuff to say about that, too! Montana also shares some very special news about an upcoming project.
Listen to our special Samhain-Halloween Spooktacular, my friends, and enjoy!! By the way, the intro is remixed with some piano by me.
I first met Ingrid Kincaid in 2017 when she visited my Masonic lodge to give a lecture on Yule and ancient Northern European traditions. Her name kept coming up in conversation after that as many of my friends and associates told me I should talk to her about runes. I finally reached out to her and we met in her home to record this podcast episode in the shadow of her giant mounted caribou head.
Ingrid Kincaid has been studying the runes for 40 years. She has published two books on the subject. Her expertise is held in such high regard that she is known as the Rune Woman. In this episode, Ingrid and I discuss her unique approach to the runes and to ancestral knowledge. We talk about how she discovered the runes, what wisdom they have brought her, and how her ongoing work with them has changed and influenced the world around her.
Coleman Stevenson of the Dark Exact joined me at the Rose City Book Pub for a live podcast recording, and it was great! We filled up the venue and more than forty people were in the audience. We talk about Tarot, art, the process of creation, creativity, cats, and all kinds of great stuff. The Q&A session with the audience was particularly invigorating.
This was our first live recording and we didn’t always do a great job getting the microphones to some of the questioners! However, overall this was a great event and I look forward to doing another one.
Through all of my writing on Hermeticism and Hermetic philosophy on this blog, I’ve recommended a number of books. In this post, I’ll pull them all together to create a reading list for those interested in the subject. (more…)
S01E08 Ritual and Consciousness with Scott Stenwick
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This episode, I’m joined by Scott Stenwick. Scott has been practicing ritual and ceremonial magic for more than thirty years. He has published two books on the subject of Enochian magic and is a longtime Ordo Templi Orientis initiate. He has maintained a blog since 2006 on which he has published many of the so-called secrets of modern ceremonial magic in the interests of free and open inquiry. In addition to his Enochian series, he has written several works of paranormal fiction and contributed anthology articles on various magical topics.
As you can imagine, our conversation gets into some great stuff, including models of consciousness, the role of ritual, operant fields, and then also a lot of Enochian. It’s a wild ride!
This year has seen a lot of changes for this website. When I launched the Arnemancy Podcast in June, I also gave myself my first reading with Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot deck. I attempt to interpret it in that podcast episode, and it’s worth a listen. However, now that it’s been a few months and I’ve heard some feedback about that reading, it’s time to revisit my interpretation. (more…)
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