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The Modern Hermeticist himself in the house. Dan Attrell is here to talk all about translating one of the preeminent texts, maybe the preeminent text, in the history of Western esotericism: the Picatrix.

The Picatrix is perhaps the premiere text written on the subject of astrological magic - a manual for constructing talismans, mixing magical compounds, summoning planetary spirits, and determining astrological conditions. Originally composed in Arabic around the 11th century, it was then translated into Latin in the 13th century, and it is that Latin translation that Dan and his co-translator David Porecca have worked to produce this new English version, which offers important insights not only into occult practices and beliefs but also into the transmission of magical ideas from antiquity to the present.

Dan is an historian, classicist, philosopher, and musician. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Classical Studies, a Masters in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures from the University of Waterloo with a thesis on shamanic motifs in the ecstatic mystery rites of Attis and Cybele. He’s also completed a Post-Baccalaureate in Classics at UCLA, focusing on the translation of ancient Greek and Latin texts. And he is currently at the University of Waterloo doing his PhD in History on Renaissance Hermeticism/Platonic Orientalism, Medieval religion, and science.

Some of you also know him from his Modern Hermeticist YouTube channel, where he has more than 30,000 subscribers and has produced some of the most in-depth material on the subject of Hermeticism in his series of lectures called Encyclopedia Hermetica.

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The morality and ethics of the Picatrix
Nigromancy vs necromancy
The hierarchy of beings in the Picatrix
The concept of Perfect Nature
Trying to figure out what the hell the quadrivium actually is
The original author of the Arabic text
The concept of God in the Picatrix and in magic
The type of rituals in the Picatrix
The role of psychoactive substances in Picatrix rituals
The intentions of the original author

RESOURCES

The Picatrix on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780271082127
The Picatrix on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ufstHy
Dan’s website: https://themodernhermeticist.com/
Dan’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcluftdk1tuDU71ZdGNpHTA

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Bruce H., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Timothy W., Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., Colleen F., Catalina M., Saliyah S., Michael W., Raymond G., Kevin C., Michael S., Blake S., Kyle A.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Returning guest Douglas Rushkoff is back to spit some hot fire about his latest book, Team Human, a manifesto written with one goal in mind: to remake society and culture in our image and in our favor; to reconnect with ourselves and with each other; and to return to our roots as the social creatures we truly are, with face-to-face interactions IRL, as they say in the not-so-social media.

For those of you don’t know Doug or didn’t hear him way back in episode 17, he is perhaps the most accomplished guest to grace the airwaves with me. He’s an award-winning author, broadcaster, and documentarian who studies human autonomy in the digital age. He hosts the popular Team Human podcast, has written more than twenty books, contributes regular columns to Medium, CNN, Daily Beast, and the Guardian; has made two PBS Frontline documentaries; and has also coined such concepts as “viral media” and “social currency.” He’s also a research fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he is a professor of media theory and digital economics.

This chat is Doug firmly in his element, riffing on topics such as technology’s antihuman agenda, digital and social media, spiritual pursuits, language, nature and art. You will absolutely hear why Doug was named one of the world’s ten most influential intellectuals by MIT.

There’s no Patreon extension this time due to the length of the chat, so this is the full show for everyone. I originally did have about 20 minutes of it chunked out for an extension, but based on the material, I just wanted everyone to hear it all. And hear it all I hope you do.

RESOURCES

Team Human on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780393651690
Team Human on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Ew935X
Doug’s website: https://rushkoff.com/
Team Human podcast: https://teamhuman.fm/

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Bruce H., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Timothy W., Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., Colleen F., Catalina M., Saliyah S., Michael W., Raymond G., Kevin C., Michael S., Blake S.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Hopefully by now you’ve heard the last episode with Gordon White and Jay Springett, because it is a great companion piece to the conversation you’re about to hear with our guest, Dr. Kasper Opstrup.

Kasper is a writer and researcher of what he calls radical culture, specializing in concatenations of art and literature, radical politics, and occultism as counterculture and underground phenomenon. Kasper published his PhD in book form back in November 2017. It’s called The Way Out: Invisible Insurrections and Radical Imaginaries in the UK Underground 1961-1991.

His book charts a hidden history of experiments with cultural engineering, with the hopes of expanding current discussions of art, media, politics, radical education and the occult revival. Along the way, we encounter a series of figures – including William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Genesis P-Orridge and Alexander Trocchi – all of whom blurred the lines between inner and outer, the invisible and the material. But instead of turning things upside down, the world was to be changed from the inside out.

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Using fiction and images to navigate a territory
Image politics and the production of myth
The Situationist idea of détournement and its similarity to cut-up
The consciousness consciousness
Identity politics
Immigration & psychogeography
Foucault’s idea of the apparatus
Becoming invisible & refusing identity

RESOURCES

Download The Way Out: http://www.minorcompositions.info/?p=822#more-822
The Way Out on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2EwpWPh
Kasper on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kasperopstrup/

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

Occams Laser - “Martyr Farker (Occulture Edit)”: https://occamslaser.bandcamp.com/track/martyr-farker

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Bruce H., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., Colleen F., Catalina M., Saliyah S., Michael W., Raymond G., Kevin C., Michael S.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

We’ve got a really cool episode here with Gordon White and Jay Springett.

Most of you know Gordon. He’s been here before, back in episode 66, and he’s the man behind the magic at the Rune Soup blog and podcast. He’s also the author of three books, StarShips, The Chaos Protocols and Pieces of Eight. And some of you in the Twitterverse surely know Jay. He’s @thejaymo out in those parts. Jay will tell us a bit about himself up front in the chat here, so I won’t repeat any of that, but this chat is focused on one of Jay’s chief concerns and passions - and one of Gordon’s as well - and that is the movement known as solarpunk.

What is solarpunk? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like, and we’ll explain it in the discourse you’re about to hear.

One caveat before we get to it, though: Jay and Gordon only had an hour to chat, so no Patreon extension here. Gordon and Jay were actually hanging out together down on Gordon’s farm, which Gordon had just returned to after some crazy wildfires in his area, and I did not want to monopolize much of their time, so we covered as much as we could in that hour, with the hopes of giving some context to this solarpunk thing and also laying the foundation for the ideas both in the narrative of this show and, more importantly, in your consciousness.

RESOURCES

Gordon’s website: https://runesoup.com/
Gordon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gordon_white
Jay’s website: https://www.thejaymo.net/
Jay on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thejaymo
SolarPunks.net: https://solarpunks.net/
Gordon’s blog on hopepunk: https://runesoup.com/2018/12/hopepunk-is-insufficiently-optimistic/
Recent talk from Jay on solarpunk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kgrwUmdV2A
Jay’s solarpunk reference guide: https://medium.com/solarpunks/solarpunk-a-reference-guide-8bcf18871965
Article on the political dimensions of solarpunk: https://medium.com/solarpunks/on-the-political-dimensions-of-solarpunk-c5a7b4bf8df4
Vox article on hopepunk: https://www.vox.com/2018/12/27/18137571/what-is-hopepunk-noblebright-grimdark
Solarpunk manifesto: https://hieroglyph.asu.edu/2014/09/solarpunk-notes-toward-a-manifesto/

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Tees, tanks, hoodies, crops, hats. Check ‘em out: https://www.occulturepodcast.com/merch/

MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

Occams Laser - “Martyr Farker (Occulture Edit)”: https://occamslaser.bandcamp.com/track/martyr-farker

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Bruce H., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., Colleen F., Blake S., Catalina M., Saliyah S., Michael W., Raymond G., Kevin C., Michael S.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the ol’ self-grappling show, we’re venturing back into the dark side of occultism with Jasun Horsley.

Jasun was here just a couple episodes ago talking about the first half of his new book, The Vice of Kings: How Socialism, Occultism and the Sexual Revolution Engineered a Culture of Abuse. That chat focused primarily on the Fabian Society and their brand of socialism and how it has shaped, or helped shape, modern society and the culture of abuse that seems to have grown up in it.

This time around, Jasun is going to dig a bit deeper into the role occultism plays in this, particularly the brand of occultism made popular by Aleister Crowley. We also touch on the left-hand path as social engineering, and Crowley’s influence on Timothy Leary and Wicca.

It is quite a thought-provoking chat, so make of it what you will. Pun intended. Of course, any healthy discourse and discussion is encouraged.

PATREON EXTENSION
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Returning to nature & nature worship
Sex magick and gender & sexuality liberation
More about pedophilia in the DSM-5
The influence of primitivism on Crowley & the Fabian Society
Whether conversations like this help or only aid in the normalization of behaviors

RESOURCES

The Vice of Kings on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781911597049
The Vice of Kings on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2RMqjgb
Jasun’s website: https://auticulture.com/
Episode 119 with Jasun: https://www.occulturepodcast.com/archive/vice-of-kings

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If recurring monthly support via Patreon isn’t your thing, we do accept one time-donations via PayPal, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple. Every little bit helps. https://www.occulturepodcast.com/donate

MERCH

Tees, tanks, hoodies, crops, hats. Check ‘em out: https://www.occulturepodcast.com/merch/

MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

Occams Laser - “Martyr Farker (Occulture Edit)”: https://occamslaser.bandcamp.com/track/martyr-farker

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., Colleen F., Blake S., Catalina M., Saliyah S., Michael W., Raymond G., Kevin C., Michael S.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Nikki Wyrd is in the house. This chat was inspired by a lecture she gave at the Occulture conference in Berlin last fall on age-old magic and ways to approach death. It was an appropriate theme there, because of the time of the year, and I still think it’s appropriate here in the northern hemisphere because we’re right in the middle of winter, which, if you deal with such seasons, you get it.

And it’s also appropriate considering recent space weather. That astrology’s been crazy recently, especially with that recent lunar eclipse. Lot of things changing, lot of things evolving, lot of things ending, lot of things dying. Such is the cycle of life.

Nikki doesn’t do a lot of podcasts these days, from what I’ve seen anyway, so for her to make some time for us was much appreciated. And hopefully the content and context of the chat resonates with some of you out there.

RESOURCES

Nikki’s website: https://theblogofbaphomet.com/
Nikki on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NikkiWyrd

DONATE

If recurring monthly support via Patreon isn’t your thing, we do accept one time-donations via PayPal, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple. Every little bit helps. https://www.occulturepodcast.com/donate

MERCH

Tees, tanks, hoodies, crops, hats. Check ‘em out: https://www.occulturepodcast.com/merch/

MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

Occams Laser - “Martyr Farker (Occulture Edit)”: https://occamslaser.bandcamp.com/track/martyr-farker

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., Colleen F., Blake S., Catalina M., Saliyah S., Michael W., Raymond G., Kevin C., Michael S.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Jasun Horsley is the author of The Vice of Kings: How Socialism, Occultism and the Sexual Revolution Engineered a Culture of Abuse.

He returns to the podcast for another conversation after rattling a few cages back in episode 90. But that is exactly why I asked him back. I want to rattle some cages every now and then. I think that’s necessary. And the title is quite reflective of the content of the book and the content of this conversation.

We are going to chat a bit about Jasun’s family history, which has ties to the Fabian Society and their socialist ideals and subsequent cultural movement, which may be the driving force behind the idea known as social engineering. We also talk about the role of occultism in this.

One note, though. We had to cut this way shorter than we both probably would have liked, because Jasun’s schedule changed on the day of the interview. So a bit of a shorter show here both on Patreon and the free feed. Although there is a Patreon extension of about 22 minutes, which is where we talk a bit about the role the sexual revolution played, or plays, in this culture of abuse.

Regardless, open ears, open minds and open hearts required if you choose to venture further. I mean if you ain’t comin’ correct like that - well, this is not for you.

PATREON EXTENSION
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Ritual sexual abuse & pedophilia
The sexual revolution of the 1960s & possible associated social engineering programs
The Fabian role in the mental health development of children

RESOURCES

The Vice of Kings on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781911597049
The Vice of Kings on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2RMqjgb
Jasun’s website: https://auticulture.com/

DONATE

If recurring monthly support via Patreon isn’t your thing, we do accept one time-donations via PayPal, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple. Every little bit helps. https://www.occulturepodcast.com/donate

MERCH

Tees, tanks, hoodies, crops, hats. Check ‘em out: https://www.occulturepodcast.com/merch/

MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

Occams Laser - “Martyr Farker (Occulture Edit)”: https://occamslaser.bandcamp.com/track/martyr-farker

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., Colleen F., Blake S., Catalina M., Saliyah S., Michael W., Raymond G., Kevin C.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Jeff Nixa is a shamanic practitioner, teacher and author of The Lost Art of Heart Navigation: A Modern Shaman’s Field Manual. In 2010 he founded Great Plains Shamanic Programs, an array of counseling, healing and education services, including one-on-one fire talks, seminars, university classes, outdoor retreats, and wilderness trips.

In this chat Jeff and I are going to dig a bit into what is known as the heart path and that lost art of heart navigation. Basically, that’s taking wisdom from ancient shamanic traditions and using it to teach ourselves how to follow our heart so we live a more fulfilling life.

And despite what I just said about my personal new year celebration, I think it’s a great chat for this time of year when many of us are looking to make some changes in our lives. And it is a great companion to the last episode of 2018 about the forgotten art of love.

I was under the weather a bit when we recorded this. I think I had a bit of what Jeff calls hurry sickness. Just working myself into a state of dis-ease. Regardless, this conversation is - well, it’s fucking poetry on tape, I think. Yeah, I said tape. I’m analog, man, and I’m not the least bit ashamed of it.

Anyway, I do hope you enjoy this, and I hope you get on the Patreon to hear the extension, because it’s well worth it.

PATREON EXTENSION
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Soul loss, soul extraction, soul retrieval
Dragons and dragonwork
How to alleviate self-induced suffering
Mindfulness and the body’s energy cycles
Toltec wisdom and shamanism
What dreams tell us about the heart path
Guided and unguided shamanic journeying

RESOURCES

The Lost Art of Heart Navigation on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781591432852
The Lost Art of Heart Navigation on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2VFbviA
Jeff’s website: https://greatplainsguide.net/

DONATE

If recurring monthly support via Patreon isn’t your thing, we do accept one time-donations via PayPal, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple. Every little bit helps. https://www.occulturepodcast.com/donate

MERCH

Tees, tanks, hoodies, crops, hats. Check ‘em out: https://www.occulturepodcast.com/merch/

MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

Occams Laser - “Martyr Farker (Occulture Edit)”: https://occamslaser.bandcamp.com/track/martyr-farker

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Dan iel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., Colleen F., Blake S., Catalina M., Raymond G., Elegwen O., Saliyah S., Michael W., Raymond G.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

It’s the last show of 2018, and this year-end show has somehow developed a theme of what we call in my hood, real talk. Last year I chatted with a man named Gilbert Bates about love, the three levels of consciousness, primal pain and primal therapy, which got a tremendous response. So with that in mind we return to the subject of love to close out the Gregorian calendar year that has been 2018.

Our guest for this one is Dr. Armin Zahdeh, who published a book in 2017 called The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why It Matters. Armin is a cardiologist and professor at Johns Hopkins University. He has authored more than 100 scientific articles and is an editor of scholarly books in medicine. Besides medicine, he has a strong interest in philosophy with a particular focus on mending its ideas with concepts from biology and sciences.

In the book, Armin revisits psychologist Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving and examines love through the lenses of biology, philosophy, history, religion, sociology, and economics to fill in critical voids in Fromm’s classic work and to provide a contemporary understanding of love and a look at its role in every aspect of human existence.

There’s a lot packed into this conversation, including love as a religion, love’s similarity to creativity, what Armin thinks of polygamy and so much more. Just a raw, honest chat about love. I even said during the chat this is nothing that groundbreaking, and it really isn’t, but that’s what I like about it. It’s just real talk about the one subject that seems to continue to elude us both individually and collectively. Especially collectively.

It’s been a trying year for some of you out there, and with that in mind, there is no Patreon extension here. This is the full show for everyone, so I hope by the end of it you walk away with, at least, a reminder and some reassurance.

RESOURCES

The Forgotten Art of Love on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781608684878
The Forgotten Art of Love on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2RlxZpu
Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780061129735
Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LDklbO

DONATE

If recurring monthly support via Patreon isn’t your thing, we do accept one time-donations via PayPal, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple. Every little bit helps. https://www.occulturepodcast.com/donate

MERCH

Tees, tanks, hoodies, crops, hats. Check ‘em out: https://www.occulturepodcast.com/merch/

MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

Occams Laser - “Martyr Farker (Occulture Edit)”: https://occamslaser.bandcamp.com/track/martyr-farker

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Dan iel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., Colleen F., Ed O., Blake S., Catalina M., Raymond G., Elegwen O., Saliyah S., Michael W.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

It is with certain seasonal celebrations in mind that we welcome back the one and only Dr. Al Cummins. Al, of course, is a professional diviner and historian, as well as a poet and consultant of all things magical. He was here not too long ago, back at the beginning of October in episode 105 where we talked about geomancy, cartomancy and other forbidden arts. And what a great companion piece that is to this chat that you’re about to hear.

Al is going to rap about a book he published earlier this year called A Book of the Magi: Lore, Prayers and Spellcraft of the Three Holy Kings. And in the Patreon extension we’ll also get into one of those other forbidden arts - necromancy, particularly as it was practiced in 17th century England, which is a period Al has some serious interest in.

One note on the chat: a couple Skype dropouts, which I did not notice live, but nothing that detrimental to the quality of the audio or the conversation, which is a rather jolly one.

PATREON EXTENSION
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Defining necromancy in theory and practice
Why Al is particularly interested in 17th century necromancy
Death rituals and customs from the time period
Sin eating
Soul cakes
Working with corpses and humoral theory
The tripartite soul
The relationship between necromancy and scrying
Ghosts in early modern England
Practical necromantic advice

RESOURCES

A Book of the Magi at Revelore Press: https://revelore.press/product/a-book-of-the-magi/
A Book of the Magi at IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781947544062
A Book of the Magi at Amazon: https://amzn.to/2GKpEaT
Al’s website: http://www.alexandercummins.com/
Al on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grimoiresontape/
Al on Tumblr: http://grimoiresontape.tumblr.com/
Al on Twitter: https://twitter.com/algremlin
Al’s previous appearance: https://www.occulturepodcast.com/archive/grimoires-on-tape

DONATE

If recurring monthly support via Patreon isn’t your thing, we do accept one time-donations via PayPal, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple. Every little bit helps. https://www.occulturepodcast.com/donate

MERCH

Tees, tanks, hoodies, crops, hats. Check ‘em out: https://www.occulturepodcast.com/merch/

MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

Occams Laser - “Martyr Farker (Occulture Edit)”: https://occamslaser.bandcamp.com/track/martyr-farker

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Dan iel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., Colleen F., Ed O., Blake S., Catalina M., Raymond G., Elegwen O., Saliyah S., Michael W.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Brad Warner is the author of six books, including the critically acclaimed Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality. This book put Brad on the map in the Buddhist community because of its no-nonsense, plainspoken - and maybe even outspoken - approach to zen, meditation and the nature of individual reality.

In fact, Hardcore Zen actually begins with these words: “Nothing is sacred. Doubt - in everything - is absolutely essential. Everything, no matter how great, how fundamental, how beautiful or important it is, must be questioned.”

So you know that yours truly - what, with my plainspoken mantra recited at the end of each episode - you know that this is right up my anti-dogmatic, anti-authoritative alley.

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Psychedelics in Buddhism & drug-based spirituality
Encountering demons during meditation
Conspiracy thinking
The self image as a useful fiction
Teaching Buddhism in the same way you teach art
“From birth to death, it’s just like this”

RESOURCES

Hardcore Zen on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781614293163
Hardcore Zen on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Ezvw4F
Brad’s website: http://hardcorezen.info/
Brad on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brad.warner.zen
Brad on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BradWarner
Brad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hardcorezenbrad/
Brad on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCav0RPngCHFrVUl8iGxnilw

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

Occams Laser - “Martyr Farker (Occulture Edit)”: https://occamslaser.bandcamp.com/track/martyr-farker

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Dan iel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., Colleen F., Ed O., Blake S., Catalina M., Raymond G., Elegwen O., Saliyah S., Michael W.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Dr. Nick Berry is the proprietor of Essential Oil Wizardry, which is, I dare say, the leading essential oils company in the world. Sorry, doTerra. But not sorry. Because Nick has definitely set the standard for essential oils, with custom extraction methods and meticulously harvested and crafted blends. I mean, he’s using ultrasonic technology, he’s amplifying the oils with targeted frequencies in crystal bowls, he’s imprinting the oils with orgonite, mixing in ormus. He’s an artist, magician and alchemist in the purest sense of the words.

What’s more, he takes a holistic approach to health and wellness that supports mind, body and spirit. He’s a licensed pharmacist with a diverse background integrating the study of plants, pharmacology, alchemy, superfoods, therapeutic-grade essential oils and nutrition.

Needless to say, Nick knows his shit. And hopefully after some time with him, you’ll know some shit too - and hopefully be at least somewhat curious about incorporating essential oils into your daily health and wellness regimen.

If you are curious, check out https://essentialoilwizardry.com/occulture and use the coupon code ‘alchemy’ to save 10%.

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CO2 extracts, floral absolutes & ultrasonic extracts
Ormus, monoatomic minerals & live oil infusions
Orgonite & crystals
Plant consciousness & plant intelligence
Some oil recommendations for common illnesses, pain relief, digestion, immune support, lucid dreaming, negative energy, psychic protection, botanical perfumes

RESOURCES

Essential Oil Wizardry: https://essentialoilwizardry.com/occulture (use coupon code ‘alchemy’ to save 10%)
Essential Oil Wizardry on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EssentialOilWizardry
Essential Oil Wizardry on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essentialoilwizardry/
Essential Oil Wizardry on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EssentialOilWiz
Essential Oil Wizardry on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJX1xCbR8c_7IcBvk1xSNsw
Essential Oil Wizardry on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/EssentialOilWiz/
Nick’s personal website: http://drnickberry.com/

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

Occams Laser - “Martyr Farker (Occulture Edit)”: https://occamslaser.bandcamp.com/track/martyr-farker

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., Colleen F., Ed O., Blake S., Catalina M.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Our guest this time around is Dr. Kristen Gallerneaux, an artist, curator and sonic researcher with a Ph.D. in Art Practice & Media History, an MA in Folklore and an MFA in Art. She is also the Curator of Communication and Information Technology at The Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, Michigan, where she continues to build upon one of the largest historical technology collections in North America.

But it is Kristen’s recent book High Static, Dead Lines that forms the basis for our conversation. This book has been described as “a literary mixtape that explores the entwined boundaries between sound, material culture, landscape and esoteric belief.”

The book contains essays and fictocritical interludes are arranged to evoke a network of ley lines for the “sonic spectre” to travel through—a hypothetical presence that manifests itself as an invisible layer of noise alongside the conventional histories of technological artifacts. And the connective thread is the recurring presence of sound charting the contentious sonic histories of paranormal culture.

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Tree telephony & the internet of trees
Charles Francis Jenkins’ work on marine fax machines & listening to Mars
Hacking TV stations & broadcast possession
ARPANET, bridging dimensions, witchcraft & coding
Legend tripping & local folklore
Imprinted trauma & memory on objects & physical places
Loving the trauma of horror films
George Tyrell’s theory of apparitions & “when I think a haunting, I make a haunting”

RESOURCES

High Static, Dead Lines on Strange Attractor: http://strangeattractor.co.uk/shoppe/6111/
High Static, Dead Lines on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781907222665
High Static, Dead Lines on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2R0L581
Kristen’s website: http://kristengallerneaux.com/
Kristen on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/k_gallerneaux/
Kristen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kgallerneaux/

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

Occams Laser - “Martyr Farker (Occulture Edit)”: https://occamslaser.bandcamp.com/track/martyr-farker

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., Corey T., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., VH Frater RC’s Hermetic Study Group, Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., James B., Colleen F., Ed O., Blake S.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Stefan Kiesbye is the author of the recently released novel Berlingeles, a dystopian cyberpunk story that conjures up names like William Gibson, Philip K Dick, Franz Kafka and the television series Black Mirror.

Stefan teaches creative writing at Sonoma State University in Northern California and Berlingeles is his sixth novel. It’s set in a future Los Angeles that has been walled in, much like Berlin back in the day, and follows the stories of Gaz, a rising member of the city’s most notorious street gang, and a 96-year-old man known only by the letter K.

Here’s a line from the synopsis of the book: “Seeking a way out of this hellish maze of sweeping slums, waves of violence, and little hope, Gaz might just have found his path to salvation, while the underworld hangs on the prophecies of blind prophet Gerut, and the rest of the lost city still smolders in the ashes of a civil war.”

And a story like that, with themes like this, combined with Stefan’s background, made for quite the chat, so hopefully you take something positive from this. Maybe the following dialogue will help you tear down whatever wall has been built around you.

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More about the virtual & augmented reality
Religion & divination
The future of the little things
Pop culture in the future
Lizard people & labyrinths in LA
Stefan chooses a city to wall himself in & the three books he’d take with him

RESOURCES

Berlingeles on Revelore Press: https://revelore.press/product/berlingeles/
Berlingeles on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781947544086
Berlingeles on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DwPtYG
Stefan’s website: https://stefankiesbye.com/
Stefan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/skiesbye

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

Occams Laser - “Martyr Farker (Occulture Edit)”: https://occamslaser.bandcamp.com/track/martyr-farker

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., Corey T., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., VH Frater RC’s Hermetic Study Group, Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., James B., Colleen F., Ed O.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

We are all the way live with this one, and that’s because we welcome an old friend back into the house. Susie Chang returns to the show to talk about her life, her journey and her new book Tarot Correspondences: Ancient Secrets for Everyday Readers.

Some of you surely know Susie as the cohost of the Fortune’s Wheelhouse podcast, which I geek out on every Wednesday. And some of you may remember her first visit here back in episode 70 with her co-host Mel Meleen.

For those who don’t know Susie, she’s a multi-talented artist and creator. Many different areas of practice and expertise, and I think that came through in the conversation you’re about to hear. And that conversation lives at the same intersection that some of my favorite chats live at: this nexus of idea-sharing, personal introspection and a healthy dose of laughter.

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The switch of the order/number of the Strength and Justice cards
Why the Golden Dawn system is still the standard bearer in tarot and Western magick
The Four Temperaments in the tarot
Finding balance in the tarot
Breaking down the correspondences in the Queen of Cups

RESOURCES

Tarot Correspondences at IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780738755120
Tarot Correspondences at Amazon: https://amzn.to/2T9xahv
Susie’s website: https://www.tsusanchang.com/
Fortune’s Wheelhouse podcast: https://www.patreon.com/fortuneswheelhouse
Susie’s Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/tarotista
Susie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tsusanchang
Susie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tsusanchang/
Susie on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/t.susan.chang
Episode 70 with Susie and Mel Meleen: https://www.occulturepodcast.com/archive/hierophant

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., Corey T., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., VH Frater RC’s Hermetic Study Group, Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., James B., Colleen F., Ed O.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Chris Knowles is the synchromystic mind behind The Secret Sun, a blog that should be required reading for any open-minded types out there.

Some of you are no doubt aware of Chris’s work on his blog, and if you’re not, you’ll get a crash course here. And just a crash course, not a deep dive. Because Chris is so much more than just his blog. He’s also the author or co-author of three books, the Eagle Award-winning “Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes”, “The Complete X-Files: Behind the Series, the Myths, and the Movies”, and “The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll”. He’s also had a career in the advertising, publishing and entertainment fields.

All of that forms the basis for our chat here, about Jack Kirby, black magick LARPs, and if you’re on Patreon, the siren of the philosophers.

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The increase of siren symbolism in culture
Supernova 1987a
Chris’s definition and views of apocalypse
The constellation Lyra
Star maps
Sound/sonic frequency bridging dimensions
James Joyce’s fractal writing
The Massive attack album that was recently coded into DNA
What music is

RESOURCES

Chris’s blog: https://secretsun.blogspot.com/
“It’s No Game” blog entry: https://secretsun.blogspot.com/2018/10/its-no-game.html
John Michael Greer blog mentioned by Chris: https://ecosophia.dreamwidth.org/34648.html
Thomas Sheridan video mentioned by Ryan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL8SIu5mHGM
Chris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SecretSunBlog

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., Corey T., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., VH Frater RC’s Hermetic Study Group, Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., James B., Colleen F., Ed O.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Happy Halloween or Samhain or Day of the Dead or whatever you may be celebrating this time of year.

And we have an apropos show for you this time around. Dacre Stoker and JD Barker are in the house. They are the co-authors of the recently released novel Dracul, the official Stoker-family endorsed prequel to the original Dracula story. Very cool, very excited to have them here for our annual Halloween episode.

As you will hear in the chat, Dacre is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker, the author of that original Dracula story. Dacre is a former teacher and athletics coach; he even coached for Canada during the Olympics. But he’s made the transition to full-time writer and speaker. He gives presentations about Bram and Dracula, takes folks on tours of sites related to the Dracula mythos as well as the real-life inspiration for the character, Vlad the Impaler. And, along with his wife, manages the Bram Stoker Estate.

JD is an international best-selling author whose work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction and the supernatural. His first novel Forsaken was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Best Debut Novel and won a handful of others including a New Apple Medalist Award. Any occult fans out there would definitely enjoy that novel. And that Bram Stoker nomination is what led to this Dracul collaboration.

So let’s close our eyes and hope that this vampire thing is just imagination, but something tells me sooner or later you’ll hear that creature creepin’ up behind. And when it does--well, no mere mortal can resist.

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The importance of eyes and eye colors in Dracul and the work of James Joyce
The Hellfire Club’s inclusion in the story
Scrying as a scientific method of locating people
Bram’s view of the occult
The roots of traditional vampires and vampire tropes
Capturing the Victorian/Gothic aesthetic and atmosphere on the page
The pacing of the book mirroring the lure of the vampire

RESOURCES

Dracul on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780735219342
Dracul on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Q2EZDF
Dacre’s website: http://dacrestoker.com/
Dacre on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dacrestoker
Dacre on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dacrestoker/
JD’s website: http://jdbarker.com/
JD on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therealjdbarker
JD on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jdbarker
JD on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdbarker_author/

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

Nightmare Before Christmas - “This Is Halloween (Ponzoo Trap Remix)”

Rezo - “Horror Music Mashup Remix - Halloween Special”

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., David B., Corey T., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., VH Frater RC’s Hermetic Study Group, Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., James B., Colleen F., Ed O.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

You won’t find too many people who work in and around paranormalia like our guest this time around. His name is Joshua Cutchin, and he’s the author of the recently released Thieves in the Night: A Brief History of Supernatural Child Abductions.

Thieves in the Night deals with complex and delicate issues pertaining to human sexuality, reproduction, mental health, and gender, with a particular focus on the Faery Faith and the parallels to UFO and extraterrestrial abduction experiences.

And as Josh himself notes in his intro to the book, this should be treated as a thought experiment and launching point for further discussion and debate of the paranormal, rather than objective truths. Which is an approach I can absolutely get down with.

And get down with that approach Josh and I most definitely did.

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The story of the Tailor and the Changeling
Changeling analogs in the alien hybrid theory and other spiritual and Fortean phenomena
More on mental disorders and changelings
The Sasquatch analog/connection to the fae/alien abduction motif
Josh’s next book, co-authored with Timothy Renner and tentatively titled Weird Bigfoot
The phrase fairy tale and what Josh thinks that really means
Some of Josh’s favorite abduction anecdotes from the book

RESOURCES

Thieves in the Night on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781938398957
Thieves in the Night on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2POpv67
Josh’s website: https://www.joshuacutchin.com/
Josh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoshuaCutchin
Josh on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joshuacutchinauthor/

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., David B., Corey T., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Colleen F., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., VH Frater RC’s Hermetic Study Group, Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Maginfinit, Andy E., James B.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

I remember the first time I sat down and watched Night of the Living Dead. I was 16 years old, and I rented the VHS tape, no joke, from my local video store. Around this time of year. And I was blown away by the aesthetic of the film, the black and white, the social commentary, and what I would later come to know as the zombie motif in fiction.

And I’ve been - not obsessed - but heavily interested in this motif since then. And I’ve been looking for someone to chat with about it for two years now. Because not only is the zombie an integral part of horror fiction and greater pop culture, it’s an integral part for an entire sociopolitical and religious structure that emanates in Haiti.
You wouldn’t know that if all you know about the zombie is from George Romero films or Walking Dead comic books. Thankfully, our guest this time, Dr John Cussans, is in the house to dig deep into the history of the zombie and tell us about something he calls the zombie complex.
John is an artist, writer and educator based in London with an academic background in art history and theory, and cultural history. His work is informed by critical re-evaluations of anthropological theory in the mid 20th century, and investigates patterns of theoretical and practical convergence between contemporary art, philosophy, psychology, social movements and popular culture from a post-colonial and anti-imperialist perspective.
That is the foundation for his book Undead Uprising: Haiti, Horror and the Zombie Complex, which explores the uses of Haiti as a locus for Euro-American fears about African culture and spirituality in the Americas, and their sublimation into popular horror tropes, and which forms the basis for our chat here.
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More about the book The Magic Island and its fascinating, enigmatic author William Seabrook, who apparently was a pioneer in S&M, bondage, and also spent some time with one Aleister Crowley
Seabrook’s supposedly cannibalistic tendencies
The legacy of the first zombie film, White Zombie
Cinema as hypnosis
The evolution of the zombie motif in cinema with the release of Night of the Living Dead
John’s idea that all horror expresses what we desire

RESOURCES

Undead Uprising on the publisher’s website: http://strangeattractor.co.uk/news/undead-uprising-haiti-horror-zombie-complex/
Undead Uprising on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781907222474
Undead Uprising on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CJRVeP
John’s website: https://codeless88.wordpress.com/
John’s BC Time-Slip work: http://bctimeslip.skullcrackersuite.org/

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., David B., Corey T., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Colleen F., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., VH Frater RC’s Hermetic Study Group, Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Maginfinit, Andy E.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Our guest this time is one of the first guests to share the airwaves with me. His name is Peter Bebergal, and he’s written maybe the coolest book you’ll read this year. Actually there’s no maybe about it. It’s the coolest. It’s called Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural, and it’s a journey through the attempts artists, scientists, and tinkerers have made to imagine and communicate with the otherworldly using various technologies, from cameras to radiowaves to maybe even something like this here podcast.

Which makes sense, because technology has been used for centuries to bridge the gap between the material and the mystical, revealing that the workshop and the séance parlor have more in common than we might think. And if technology is the bridge between worlds, then I say we’re living in the most magical time in recorded human history.

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Performance and it being the most potent form of magic
The role of emotion in magic
Stage magic, technology and Harry Houdini
Peter’s trip to a seance in New York
Phantasmagoria and the television as the new phantasmagoria
The dream reality, the subconscious and a contraption known as the Dreamachine
Audio frequencies inducing out-of-body experiences
Peter’s experiments with EVP for the book
More about the analogy Peter made between magicians and hackers

RESOURCES

Strange Frequencies on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780143111825
Strange Frequencies on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CfOETq
Peter on Twitter: https://twitter.com/peterbebergal
Peter’s previous appearance: https://www.occulturepodcast.com/archive/occult-imagination

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Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

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This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., David B., Corey T., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Colleen F., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., VH Frater RC’s Hermetic Study Group, Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Maginfinit, Andy E.

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Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Dr. Al Cummins is in the house to chat about some of the forbidden arts, as they were known during the Renaissance: a few different forms of divination, including geomancy, which Al is gearing up to teach here very soon. More on that after the chat. And also cartomancy, which both fascinates and excites me, probably in an unhealthy, strange sort of way.

Of course, Al is a professional diviner and historian, as well as a poet and a consultant of all things magical. His approach to ritual, divination, and sorcery comes from both a long-term practice and an academic background in the history of early modern magic.

And we put that background to the test at the very end of this chat. We had a little fun, and if you’re a patron, there’s something really cool in store for a couple of you here soon.

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Saint Raphael the Archangel and working with him for matters of health and healing, both physical and psychological
The physical, psychological and spiritual nature of magic itself
A bit about the cut-up technique made popular by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs, and how it relates to occult philosophy and magical practice
And the magic of scissors

RESOURCES

Al’s Geomancy Foundation Course - starts October 4: http://www.wolf-and-goat.com/Services/geomancy.html
Al’s website: http://www.alexandercummins.com/
Al on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grimoiresontape/
Al on Tumblr: http://grimoiresontape.tumblr.com/
Al on Twitter: https://twitter.com/algremlin

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Seisachtheia, Bruce H., David B., Corey T., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Colleen F., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., VH Frater RC’s Hermetic Study Group, Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

Michael Wann is going to talk about the Kavanaugh-Ford story here, but more on a psychological, symbolic, archetypal level. We’re not getting political about it. We’re not dismissing the allegations or the claims of anyone involved. We recognize the systemic cultural problems that this story highlights. We’re just not talking about them directly. I guess you could say we’re looking at a more occulted layer of what this story represents. We’ll also touch on the connection between the Kavanaugh-Ford story and the recent UFC fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, as well as Kanye West, SNL, Donald Trump and pro wrestling.

It’s the first of October so you know what that means. It’s time to get a bit spooky. And who better to get spooky with than Tracy Twyman. Because I’ll tell ya, every time I listen to her talk, I get the bejesus scared out of me. She’s real, she’s raw, and she brought something fierce here.

Of course, Tracy needs no introduction. She’s been here before in episode 58 to discuss her novel Genuflect and some of the wild ass ideas she threw in there. I’d recommend listening to that first if ya haven’t heard it yet. It’ll give some further context to this discussion. But not completely necessary.

Tracy’s had quite an interesting trip around the sun since then, though, and she will tell us all about it, or as much as she wanted to about it, and how she sees it all connecting inside this Metaverse we seem to be living in.

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Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel Snow Crash and the parallels the book’s narrative has with the internet and modern technology
Inanna and the Tower of Babel
Pepe the Frog being an optic virus

RESOURCES

Tracy’s website: https://tracytwyman.com/
Episode 58: https://www.occulturepodcast.com/archive/tracy-twyman
Tracy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universalagent

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Matt A., Kaleb H., Seisachtheia, Bruce H., David B., Corey T., David G., Jeremy V., Maginfinit, Marcelo T., Cameron H., Christopher B., Colleen F., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., VH Frater RC’s Hermetic Study Group, James B., Nick F.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

And the plot just continuously thickens. Or maybe it continually thickens. I still don’t have this grammar thing down.

Anyway, I’ll tell you who does have the grammar thing down. William Shakespeare. Or Shack-speare. Or Shake-spears. Whoever that is, whatever that is, you can’t deny the utter brilliance of those plays and sonnets. And you can’t deny that the Shakespeare authorship mystery is one of the more intriguing cultural conundrums that we know of.

But our guest this time around takes the authorship mystery and turns it up to 11. His name is Alan Green, and he’s worked for the past 15 years trying to solve not only who was Shakespeare, but what was Shakespeare. That’s resulted in one book, with two more on the way, and several videos and multimedia presentations available on YouTube.

You will come to know a lot about Alan over the course of the next couple hours, because this is a bit of a different chat than I’ve heard from Alan before. And the Patreon extension here is well worth $2, or more, a month. It’s chock full of good shit, as they say where I’m from.

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More about the mathematical constants found on the cover of Shakespeare’s Sonnets & their connection to mystery schools, secret societies & John Dee
Thales, who was Pythagoras’ mentor and whom the Thales Theorem is named after, and how that theorem connects to the Great Pyramid in Egypt
Yet-to-be published work from Alan, including his work on the world’s first crossword puzzle, which as you might guess, connects to the Shakespeare mystery and the Enochian table constructed by John Dee and Ed Kelley
How Alan’s background in music prepared him to comprehend the mathematics involved in his research
More about the Rosicrucian connection to this story. Hint: rose gold
And then we asked the most important question, not who was Shakespeare, but what was Shakespeare. Hint: bath

RESOURCES

Alan’s website: http://tobeornottobe.org/
PDF that was mentioned: http://bit.ly/alangreenpdf
BARDCODE on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2JIi9lAMN9lEJ6x_CO0RTQ/videos
The Shakespeare Equation on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ishakespeare0/videos
Alan on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bardcode/
Alan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebardcode/
Alan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BardCode

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Matt A., Kaleb H., Seisachtheia, Bruce H., David B., Corey T., David G., Jeremy V., Maginfinit, Dunzo, Marcelo T., Cameron H., Christopher B., Colleen F., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., VH Frater RC’s Hermetic Study Group, James B., Nick F.

REMINDER

Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

If you’re like me and you’re a fan of short stories, detective fiction and the occult, then a book like The Weiser Book of Occult Detectives is something you rush to pick up at the old brick-and-mortar. So imagine my delight when that exact book arrived unexpectedly on my doorstep one day. And imagine my further delight to see Judika Illes’ name on the front cover.

Because, even if you’re not that into the occult, if you don’t know much about the people who write in this genre, Judika’s name is one you’ve seen if you’ve wandered through any bookstore. Sadly, if you’re wandering through one of those chain bookstores, her books are typically lumped into the New Age section and relegated to a dimly lit corner. But any curious bookworm will have undoubtedly seen her name at the bottom of a spine on those shelves, and that is exactly how this curious bookworm first learned the name of Judika llles.

Judika is, of course, a prolific scholar, educator and author of several books of folklore, folkways, and mythology about the subjects of magic, the occult, divination, diverse spiritual traditions, witchcraft, and the paranormal. I originally reached out to her to discuss The Weiser Book of Occult Detectives, but as it turned out, that was only a drop in the old cauldron, because this chat took us in all kinds of directions. You might say it turned out to be a bit encyclopedic itself, because we wandered through many pages of the occult encyclopedia, and I think you will dig each and every one of them.

RESOURCES

“The Weiser Book of Occult Detectives” on IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781578636242
“The Weiser Book of Occult Detectives” on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NjP1mE
Judika’s website: http://judikailles.com/
Judika on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJudikaIlles/
Judika on Twitter: https://twitter.com/judikailles

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We recently released new merch! Check it out: https://www.occulturepodcast.com/merch/

MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder”: https://soundcloud.com/thevulturex/2-i-want-to-be-a-robot-tribute

PRODUCTION & LICENSING

This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Matt A., Kaleb H., Seisachtheia, Bruce H., David B., Corey T., David G., Jeremy V., Maginfinit, Dunzo, Laura L., Marcelo T., Cameron H., Christopher B., Colleen F., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., VH Frater RC’s Hermetic Study Group, James B., Nick F.

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Love yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.

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CategorySpirituality & Faith

OCCULTURE penetrates your cochlea at 528 Hz with conversations on occult philosophy, paranormal phenomena & hidden stories from the cultural milieu.

Hosted by Ryan Peverly, the show generally covers subjects such as magic, astrology, alchemy, witchcraft, UFOs, religion, spirituality, mythology, cosmology, fringe sciences, & alternative history (what intelligence agencies call conspiracy theories). From time to time, the show also covers stories from pop culture that interest the host. It's that whole one-for-you, one-for-me thing.