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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! Links Learn more about McCalla's method at Cauldron Black @saturnvox on Twitter and Instagram Book a Tarot reading with McCalla Ann Listen to the SaturnVox podcast Support SaturnVox and join the bookclub Credits The episode art features a photo from Wikimedia titled simply "Best Butterfly picture of the day". I think I agree. Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy
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. Links Frater Robert's website Connect with Frater Robert on Twitter 21st Century Rosicrucianism on Lewis Masonic 21st Century Rosicrucianism on Macoy Publishing Credits The episode art uses an 1886 photograph of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, downloaded from PICRYL. Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy
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. In all of the previous episodes, I have suggested chapters in Occult Philosophy that could be read to accompany your listening experience. But not this time! My guests and I will be mentioning quite a few books that have resulted from Agrippa's influence, however, and I will make sure to list them in the show notes. They will make excellent additions to your winter reading list! Links Agrippa's Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy with Douglas Batchelor (on this podcast!) Priddle's Rare Books and Antiques (R.A. Priddle's website) The Magus with R.A. Priddle (on this podcast!) The Great Book of Magical Art, Hindoo Magic and East Indian Occultism by L.W. de Laurence The Theosophical Enlightenment by Joscelyn Godwin Grimoires: A History of Magic Books by Owen Davies "The Conjuror's Toolkit 1400-1800: Ciphers, Images, and Magical Cultures of Power Within the Solomonic Grimoires" by Travis W. Shores Windcastle Press bottlerocketscience (Scott Gosnell's blog and podcast) Emergence Benefactors My review of the modern translations of Occult Philosophy J.F.'s translation, online for free! Credits Many thanks to R.A. Priddle and Scott Gosnell for their insights into the influence of Three Books of Occult Philosophy. Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy
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. Links Esoterica on YouTube About Dr. Justin Sledge Dr. Sledge's list of Kabbalah sources Dr. Sledge's Introduction to Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Dan Attrell's video on the Reuchlin-Pfefferkorn Affair (The Modern Hermeticist) On the Art of the Kabbalah by Johann Reuchlin (De arte cabalistica trans. by Sarah and Martin Goodman) The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age by Frances Yates Matt and Erik discuss Kabbalah on My Alchemical Bromance (Be kind, it was the second podcast episode I'd ever made!) My review of the modern translations of Occult Philosophy J.F.'s translation, online for free! Credits Many thanks to Dr. Justin Sledge for giving us so much incredible information on the history, philosophy, and influence of Christian Cabala. Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
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. Links Astral Magic by ɔ. Martiana at SARTRIX 36 Secrets with T. Susan Chang (more on Decans) Astrological Magic with Josh Proto J Swofford's Picatrix Decans Andrew B. Watt's Decan articles The Moon and Stars with Ryhan Butler (more on Lunar Mansions) My review of the modern translations of Occult Philosophy J.F.'s translation, online for free! Ted Hand and I discuss Atalanta Fugiens in this podcast episode. 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. Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
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. Links Letters to Friends of the Spirit: Martinist Views & Others (the book should be available by May 27th) Freemasonry as a Way of Awakening (buy it here) Mask Cloak Silence: Martinism as a Way of Awakening (buy it here) Beneath the Veil of Elias Artista: The Rose-Croix as a Way of Awakening, An Oral Tradition (buy it here) Michael Sanborn's lecture on YouTube: "French Illuminism: A Modern Approach" Rémi Boyer's homepage (in French) The art for this episode is a detail from O milagre das rosas by Lima de Freitas, acrylic on wood, 1987. Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
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! Links The Difference Between Thaumaturgy and Theurgy The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy Conjuring the Planetary Intelligences: Explorations in Practical Rosicrucianism, a lecture by Rob Gordon Seven Spheres by Rufus Opus Drawing Spirits Into Crystals (DSIC) by Pseudo-Trithemius. Check out Sam Block's exhaustive exploration of this technique or get the whole thing as a free ebook! Conjuring the Planetary Intelligences by David Rankine (this is Sloane MS 3821) My review of the modern translations of Occult Philosophy J.F.'s translation, online for free! 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. Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
Math and Magic

Math and Magic

2022-04-1436:32

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! Links Do Numbers Exist? The Theology of Arithmetic by Pseudo-Iamblichus Martianus Capella Magic squares on Wikipedia Melencholia I by Albrecht Dürer A previous discussion involving math and magic in Agrippa My review of the modern translations of Occult Philosophy J.F.'s translation, online for free! 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. Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
Finally, here is part four 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 the first two episodes, you can find them on the page for this series. In this episode, we will be taking a look at some pretty big topics: divine light and the senses. These form a pretty important core for the vision of magic outlined in this book, and I did as best I could trying to cover these topics and make sense of them. However, they are tricky, so I encourage feedback and questions if you feel like the topic hasn't been covered in enough depth. To understand how Agrippa believed that the senses work, we have to begin by examining his ideas on light. For this, we take a trip through the Ptolemaic worldview, explore the imagination, and look at some really bizarre and outdated scientific concepts. But all is not lost! Come with me on a strange trip—no need to bring your own flashlight! If you want to get a jump start on these topics, I would advise reading book one, chapters 49, 60, and 61. Links The Six Enneads by Plotinus Eros and Magic in the Renaissance by Ioan P. Culianu The Practical Art of Divine Magic: Contemporary & Ancient Techniques of Theurgy by Patrick Dunn My classes and lectures on the Art of Memory Art of Memory articles and episodes on this website My review of the modern translations of Occult Philosophy J.F.'s translation, online for free! Credits Victor Frankenstein was played by Charlie Claire Burgess, the infamous Word Witch! The background piano music is Sonata Number 48 in D minor by Domenico Scarlatti, performed by Andrew Fort. Go check out HOCUS! The artwork for this episode is a detail from the Aurora Borealis from the Trouvelot astronomical drawings (1881-1882) by E. L. Trouvelot. Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
What Is Magic?

What Is Magic?

2022-03-1131:21

This episode is part three 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 the first two episodes, you can find them on the page for this series. In this episode, we will explore Agrippa's definition of magic, both through his words and by examining it through a modern lens. Beginning with this episode, I will make a point to let you know precise chapters we will be discussing. This should give you the opportunity to read specific chapters in Occult Philosophy so you can be more informed of the topics we discuss in this episode. Agrippa's definition of magic can be found in book 1, chapter 2. In the 2021 Inner Traditions edition of Occult Philosophy, translated by Eric Purdue, this chapter begins on page 18. I would like to point out that we will almost never spend an entire episode discussing just one chapter, but since magic is at the core of our exploration of this book, we need to spend some time understanding exactly what we are talking about! This series of episodes about Occult Philosophy will most likely last until Summer. My Patreon supporters will be receiving each episode a week before the rest of the world, along with bonus materials such as full interviews, a glimpse at works in progress, and the opportunity to suggest further topics for this Agrippa deep dive. If you enjoy these episodes and want to help support their development, you can help out by sharing this podcast with a friend! Let your weird wizard buddies and witch pals know that we have embarked on this journey. And if you want to contribute monetarily, you can go to the Support page on this website and find a number of options. Links The Difference Between Thaumaturgy and Theurgy The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe On Magic by Giordano Bruno A Greased Pig: Defining Magic (Part One) and Part Two by Nicholas Chapel My review of the modern translations of Occult Philosophy J.F.'s translation, online for free! 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. Doctor Faustus was played by Tres Henry. "Tavern rainy night sleeping" by ilTerrible on Ambient-Mixer.com used under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 license. "Footsteps, Stones, A.wav" by InspectorJ of Freesound.org Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
Welcome to the second part of our deep-dive into Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's hugely influential giant book, Three Books of Occult Philosophy. In this episode, we will be searching for the answer to a pressing question: how did Agrippa manage to write such an enormous book before he even turned 25? Thanks to Eric Purdue's long work on his translation of this book, we have a pretty good answer: plagiarism! Agrippa used material from over 200 sources to compile and assemble Occult Philosophy. In many cases, he simply lifted complete passages from some of these sources. However, in spite of the rampant plagiarism in the text, Agrippa was able to assemble quotes and passages from these sources—some of them quite mundane—to put forth an argument for his own definition of an occult philosophy that proved to be both remarkable and influential. We will look at three of Agrippa's sources: Johannes Trithemius Pliny the Elder Johann Reuchlin This series of episodes about Occult Philosophy will most likely last until Summer. My Patreon supporters will be receiving each episode a week before the rest of the world, along with bonus materials such as full interviews, a glimpse at works in progress, and the opportunity to suggest further topics for this Agrippa deep dive. If you enjoy these episodes and want to help support their development, you can help out by sharing this podcast with a friend! Let your weird wizard buddies and witch pals know that we have embarked on this journey. And if you want to contribute monetarily, you can go to the Support page on this website and find a number of options. Links My review of the modern translations of Occult Philosophy J.F.'s translation, online for free! A Short History of Academic Plagiarism The Magus with R.A. Priddle The Aggripean Circle The Natural History of Pliny on Project Gutenberg The A.D. 79 Eruption at Mt. Vesuvius Pliny the Elder from Russian River On the Art of the Kabbalah by Johann Reuchlin, trans. Martin and Sarah Goodman Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated Edition edited and annotated by Arturo de Hoyos Credits Pliny the Elder was played by Andrew B. Watt. The lyre music was performed by me, Reverend Erik! Pretty good stuff, huh? I used an Aklot 7-stringed lyre that I attempted to tune to something representing a Pythagorean scheme. Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
Welcome to the first episode in a series that will be exploring the content, message, and ongoing influence of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's magnum opus, De occulta philosophia libri tres, better known in the modern world as Three Books of Occult Philosophy. In this series of episodes, I will talk to experts, translators, historians, and magicians to unravel the secret of this book of secrets, as we figure out not only where this important book came from, but why it has had such a lasting impact on the world. If we want to understand Occult Philosophy, we first need to take a look at the world in which Agrippa lived. This episode will begin by looking at the Holy Roman Empire, where Agrippa was born and spent most of his life, and then examine a few key historical topics that are relevant to Agrippa and Occult Philosophy, including: The Renaissance The Reformation Science and Philosophy Finally, this episode will give a general overview of Three Books of Occult Philosophy and outline a general plan for this series of podcast episodes. This series of episodes about Occult Philosophy will most likely last until Summer. My Patreon supporters will be receiving each episode a week before the rest of the world, along with bonus materials such as full interviews, a glimpse at works in progress, and the opportunity to suggest further topics for this Agrippa deep dive. If you enjoy these episodes and want to help support their development, you can help out by sharing this podcast with a friend! Let your weird wizard buddies and witch pals know that we have embarked on this journey. And if you want to contribute monetarily, you can go to the Support page on this website and find a number of options. Links My review of the modern translations of Occult Philosophy J.F.'s translation, online for free! Marsilio Ficino with Dan Attrell Giovanni Pico della Mirandola with Ted Hand Giordano Bruno and the Future with Scott Gosnell Credits This episode includes quotes from Douglas Batchelor, host of the What Magic Is This? Podcast, and Eric Purdue, whose translation of De occulta philosophia libri tres was published by Inner Traditions in 2021. This episode included music by JuliusH from Pixabay, along with Celebration by Alexander Nakarada. All music was licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License. Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
On the very eve of the New Year, I am joined by my two amazing friends, astrologer Andrew B. Watt and cartomancer T. Susan Chang, for part two of our 2022 Forecast! Join us as we put our divinatory skills to the test. As Andrew interprets astrological charts for each month, Susie draws Tarot cards, and I am there to moderate! Part two of the 2022 Forecast covers the months of July through December. Two special notes for this episode: All of us are offering 20% off divination services through January 5th. To take advantage of this, use code BIGASTRO22 on our respective websites, which you can find in the list of links below. There is a PDF that goes along with this episode! You can get a copy by signing up for the Arnemancy Newsletter! Oh yeah, and Happy New Year!!!! Links Get a Tarot reading from Reverend Erik! Book an astrological consultation with Andrew B. Watt! Get a Tarot reading from T. Susan Chang! T. Susan Chang T. Susan Chang bought her first tarot deck at a Barnes & Noble in New York, where she moonlighted as a reader while working in academic publishing. After leaving the city, she took her practice underground for many years, re-surfacing in 2015 and taking up the systematic study of esoteric correspondences in tarot. Along with deck creator Mel Meleen, Susie hosts the Fortune's Wheelhouse esoteric tarot podcast, which explores imagery and symbolism in the Rider-Waite-Smith and Thoth decks. She is the creator of the Arcana Case® for tarot decks, which can be found on her Etsy page, along with her line of esoteric perfumes. She reads tarot in person at the Inspirit Crystal shop in Northampton, Massachusetts Her online Tarot course, "The Living Tarot," course can be found on her website. She is the author of A Spoonful of Promises (2011), Tarot Correspondences: Ancient Secrets for Everyday Readers (2018), 36 Secrets: A Decanic Journey through the Minor Arcana of the Tarot (2021), and co-author of Tarot Deciphered: Decoding Esoteric Symbolism in Modern Tarot (2021). She collaborates with Jack Grayle on the online course Godsong: 365 Days of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Her interest in tarot is wide-ranging and passionate, and has included: Setting up 78 Spotify playlists for those interested in card-appropriate music memorizing astrological correspondences for the minor arcana while swimming laps writing tarot haiku and spells maintaining a sprawling Card-of-the-Day-tracking database (complete with elemental, astrological, and kabbalistical frequency and percentage pie charts). When not engaged in tarot-adjacent activity, she teaches writing at Smith College, and writes occasionally about food and cookbooks. She lives in western New England with her husband, two children, and a variable number of chickens. Andrew B. Watt Andrew Watt is an astrologer, poet and artist living in western Massachusetts. He works in textiles, wood and words to produce objects for practical magic and mysterious practicality, and seeks the honest wisdom found in the life of an artisan. Main website Patreon account Amazon author page Etsy website Twitter handle Tumblr handle Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
The new year is nigh! Once again, I am joined by my two amazing friends, astrologer Andrew B. Watt and cartomancer T. Susan Chang, to attempt to forecast the future. Together, we put our divinatory skills to the test. As Andrew interprets astrological charts for each month, Susie draws Tarot cards, and I am there to moderate! Part one of the 2022 Forecast covers the months of January through June. Two special notes for this episode: All of us are offering 20% off divination services through January 5th. To take advantage of this, use code BIGASTRO22 on our respective websites, which you can find in the list of links below. There is a PDF that goes along with this episode! You can get a copy by signing up for the Arnemancy Newsletter! Links Get a Tarot reading from Reverend Erik! Book an astrological consultation with Andrew B. Watt! Get a Tarot reading from T. Susan Chang! Andrew B. Watt Andrew Watt is an astrologer, poet and artist living in western Massachusetts. He works in textiles, wood and words to produce objects for practical magic and mysterious practicality, and seeks the honest wisdom found in the life of an artisan. Main website Patreon account Amazon author page Etsy website Twitter handle Tumblr handle T. Susan Chang T. Susan Chang bought her first tarot deck at a Barnes & Noble in New York, where she moonlighted as a reader while working in academic publishing. After leaving the city, she took her practice underground for many years, re-surfacing in 2015 and taking up the systematic study of esoteric correspondences in tarot. Along with deck creator Mel Meleen, Susie hosts the Fortune's Wheelhouse esoteric tarot podcast, which explores imagery and symbolism in the Rider-Waite-Smith and Thoth decks. She is the creator of the Arcana Case® for tarot decks, which can be found on her Etsy page, along with her line of esoteric perfumes. She reads tarot in person at the Inspirit Crystal shop in Northampton, Massachusetts Her online Tarot course, "The Living Tarot," course can be found on her website. She is the author of A Spoonful of Promises (2011), Tarot Correspondences: Ancient Secrets for Everyday Readers (2018), 36 Secrets: A Decanic Journey through the Minor Arcana of the Tarot (2021), and co-author of Tarot Deciphered: Decoding Esoteric Symbolism in Modern Tarot (2021). She collaborates with Jack Grayle on the online course Godsong: 365 Days of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Her interest in tarot is wide-ranging and passionate, and has included: Setting up 78 Spotify playlists for those interested in card-appropriate music memorizing astrological correspondences for the minor arcana while swimming laps writing tarot haiku and spells maintaining a sprawling Card-of-the-Day-tracking database (complete with elemental, astrological, and kabbalistical frequency and percentage pie charts). When not engaged in tarot-adjacent activity, she teaches writing at Smith College, and writes occasionally about food and cookbooks. She lives in western New England with her husband, two children, and a variable number of chickens. Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
Happy holidays, everybody! What is more packed with holiday cheer than Enochian magic? In this episode, I am joined by Cliff from Enochian Today to discuss his extensive and in-depth exploration of Enochian magic. Our conversation briefly covers the history of Enochian magic and the partnership between John Dee and Edward Kelley, and then we dive deep into the evolution of the system and Cliff's work with gebofal. Gebofal is a 49-day ritual that works with complex tables found in the Liber Logaeth. Cliff explains how he worked with these tables, the mathematic structure of these tables, and the hierarchy of spirits that seem to be laid out in the Enochian heptarchy. This is complicated magic, and if this episode interests you at all, please be sure to check out Cliff's blog for an in-depth look at his process. Cliff has practiced ceremonial magic for about twenty years, and has been deeply involved in Enochian magic for about two years or so. Links Enochian Today Building Your Lightbridge Cliff's July 2020 post about Enochian Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
If you are saying right now, "Reverend Erik, this should have been your Hallowe'en episode," know that I agree. And here is why: joining me for this episode is Denny Sargent, author of the recently released book Werewolf Magic: Authentic Practical Lycanthropy. He is, of course, here to talk about werewolves. Our conversation covers Denny's background as an occultist and magician, and then we explore how the concept of werewolf magic came about, and how it was developed. We discuss the history of shapeshifting as well as the nature of its practice, including topics such as spirit vision, the "Double", and other related concepts. Most importantly, Denny is a lively and engaging speaker, so we talk for a long time and only sometimes get off topic. I think you'll be proud of us! Denny, also known as Aion 131 and Hermeticusnath, is a Seattle writer, artist and university instructor whose extensive global travels and esoteric studies informed the backbone to numerous published books. Involved for decades with many esoteric traditions, the author has published works on alternative religions, Hermetic magic, Taoism, animism, Shinto, and Tantra. His published books include Global Ritualism, The Tao of Birth Days, Your Guardian Angel and You, Clean Sweep, The Book of the Horned One, Naga Magick, Dancing With Spirits, and Werewolf Magick. If you are interested in helping protect wildlife, especially with gray wolf restoration, please consider a donation to Defenders of Wildlife. Links Denny Sargent's home page Werewolf art gallery Denny Sargent on Instagram Denny Sargent on Facebook Denny's YouTube channel Werewolf Magic: Authentic Practical Lycanthropy Denny's author page on Amazon Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
In this extra special episode, I will be interviewing two Tarot decks. I know what you are thinking: Tarot decks don't talk. But what if they could? Well, let's find out. My first guest this episode is an old and slightly crazy friend, my first edition copy of Robert M. Place's Alchemical Tarot. And after that, I'll be working with my second guest: the brand new Moonlit Hermit Tarot from J Swofford. I will be using a Tarot spread made specifically for interviewing Tarot decks. When some Tarot people get a new deck, one of the first things they do is an interview spread. This spread can supposedly help a reader forge a deeper connection with their divination tools. However, this might not be a very old tradition. The earliest example of one of these spreads that I was able to find on the Internet is from the Æclectic Tarot forum, in a 2010 post from a user called FireRaven. I have found a number of other spreads in various Tarot blogs and on other websites, but all of them seem to be derivative of the spread originally created by FireRaven. Here are the six basic questions from this spread: Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic? What are your strengths as a deck? What are your limits as a deck? What do you bring to the table? What are you here to teach me? How can I best learn from and collaborate with you? What is the potential outcome of our working relationship? The Alchemical Tarot I have a long history with this deck. I won it in a raffle back in 2003 or 2004. I knew I would win it before my name was drawn, which felt weird at the time. For many years it was my primary deck. I used it as a focus for Tarot meditation. When I started reading for others, I used this deck frequently. But very often, the readings were weird, uncanny, or strange. Sometimes strange things would happen while I was reading with this deck, so eventually, I stopped reading with it for others. If you want to hear one spooky story surrounding this deck, listen to the episode! And, spoiler alert, below is a photo of my reading. The Moonlit Hermit Tarot This brand new deck was just published earlier this year by J Swofford. It is based on the Tarot de Marseilles, which is a different system than I am used to. It has 78 cards like a standard Tarot deck, plus 4 cards that were originally meant to represent the Goetic kings: Oriens, Paymon, Amaymon, and Egyn. This deck is available in the Arnemancy Shop! I have only used it for a few test readings, so it is still very new to me. Will I need to turn to the Little White Book to interpret my interview reading? Listen to the episode and find out! Again, here is a photo of my reading. Links FireRaven's original forum post Join the Hermetic House of Life Discord! Get the Moonlit Hermit Tarot by J Swofford Get the Alchemical Tarot, 5th Edition! Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
In this very special episode, C.R. "Chuck" Dunning, Jr., joins me to discuss meditation and mysticism in group practices. Chuck recently published a new book, The Contemplative Lodge: A Manual for Masons Doing Inner Work Together, which is a companion to his earlier book, Contemplative Masonry: Basic Applications of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagery for the Craft. While these books speak about Freemasonry, the techniques and insights come from Chuck's decades of experience as a counselor, meditator, mystic, and magician. Our discussion covers a lot of ground, but we focus on how group work can help enhance mystical and magical progress. We look at techniques ranging from Rosicrucianism to mystical Christianity to Freemasonry, including a few stopovers with old favorites like the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Kabbalah. Chuck has a lot of wisdom to share, and I believe that his words and wisdom can offer a great deal of guidance to everybody, not just Freemasons. As a disclaimer, I am the editor of The Contemplative Lodge. I have also known Chuck for over 20 years, and consider him an important teacher in my esoteric and occult work. My ongoing friendship with Chuck has only heightened my respect for his work. It is my belief that you, dear listener, can also learn a great deal from what he has to say. Links Chuck's website The Contemplative Lodge: A Manual for Masons Doing Inner Work Together Contemplative Masonry: Basic Applications of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagery for the Craft Chuck Dunning on My Alchemical Bromance: Interview part 1 Interview part 2 The Return of Chuck Dunning Chuck's lecture at Research Lodge of Oregon Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
In this episode, I am joined by Heather D. Freeman to discuss digital occultism in all of its glorious forms. We cover virtual ritual, WitchTok, bots, social media, familiars, spirit helpers, next generation Gardnerian Wicca, and many more fascinating topics. Heather is Professor of Art in Digital Media at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and creator of the Familiar Shapes podcast and short film. She is also an occultist, initiate of Gardnerian Wicca, and author of the forthcoming zine by Theurgical Studies Press, "The Piedmont Path: A Witchcraft Oracle of Contemporary North Carolina". Perhaps the element of this episode that delighted me the most is that it has been a continuation of conversations I have been having with other tech-savvy occultists like Tres Henry, Nick Chapel, Lailokens Awen, and others. There is so much to be exploring in this particular field, and we all benefit from having people like Heather blazing a trail. Links Familiar Shapes Trailer to the short film Theurgical Studies Heather D. Freeman's website Hawkfire Coven Heather Freeman on Twitter Heather Freeman on Facebook Halloween Livestream with Cryptic Cocktails Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
In this episode, I am joined by astrologer, author, and artist Cat Rose Neligan. Cat incorporates astrology into her work coaching small business owners, helping artists, writers, musicians and all kinds of creatives to better understand themselves, identify their calling, and share their work with the world. Cat and I discuss the personal daimon, a tutelary spirit with a long and varied history. Some associate it with the holy guardian angel, some with a protector spirit, but Cat has found that the personal daimon is perhaps more strongly connected with guiding us toward our destiny than anything else. She discusses methods of both contacting and working with your daimon, the daimon's astrological associations, and other related topics. Many listeners will be familiar with various aspects of this topic already. Socrates, for instance, is famous for having a daimon that spoke to him. Many of us have experimented with the techniques of the Book of Abramelin or the teachings of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Even the various helper spirit rituals of the Greek Magical Papyri might be related to this topic. Cat's work with the personal daimon has led to a book! If you are interested in this book, check out the Kickstarter campaign and lend your support! The campaign runs through October 31, 2021. Links Cat Rose Astrology Cat Rose on YouTube Cat Rose Astrology on Instagram Daimon Name Generator Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt
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Sheta Kaey

Hi Erik!

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