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Tune in, turn on, and get magick with Poke Runyon, Archimage of the Ordo Templi Astartes. The O.T.A. is the oldest continually operating magical lodge in the US.


"Poke Runyon is the real deal ... an international magical treasure!" ~ Lon Milo DuQuette

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On Thursday November 5th, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the mysterious hypothetical Sephira of Da'ath. The eleventh sphere of the Tree of Life which was an actual sphere in the so-called Tree before the Fall. This sphere is on the brink of the Abyss between the dimension of Briah and Yetzirah and was originally attributed to Saturn which is the most distant planet visible to the naked eye in ancient times, thus theorized as the beginning of the physical universe. Da'ath means knowledge and is related to the descent of the Fallen Angels. This sphere is vitally important to magick and to magical yoga. Our texts will be Dion Fortune, The Seventh Ray, Book Three, The Red Ray, Hermetic Yoga, and The Book of Enoch, so for Halloween let us journey to Mot's domain in the mountain of darkness at the edge of the abyss.
On Thursday January 7th,2021 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will review "The Lost Pillars of Enoch" by Tobias Churton (2021)This is an important book on one of the most important themes underlying the Western Esoteric Tradition: the legendary secret wisdom  of the antediluvian civilization from before the Biblical flood that inspired later astrologers, alchemists, magicians, Kabbalists, Freemasons and Rosicrucians from the first century to the present. Beginning with Enoch's two pillars as recalled in Josephus, Churton follows the Ancient Wisdom theme through through Hermetic, and alchemical writings and on into the beginnings of Masonry. He cites the remarkable account of Scottish explorer James Bruce who brought the first copies of the Book of Enoch out of Ethiopia and reveals that Issac Newton was an alchemist and a Freemason. He carries his theme of ancient wisdom on through Blavatsky to Crowley, giving us a philosophical history of the Western Esoteric Tradition. This book is highly recommended.
This Thursday December 31st, New Year's Eve the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present our annual review of all the new shows aired in 2020. So keep your notebooks handy to jot down the dates and titles you may have missed so you can find them in the archives. We will try to recall some of the highlights as we go through the list. Due to the virus we did our seasonal ceremonies live on the Hermetic Hour with our members as the cast. So if you want to relive the sacred year, tune in and celebrate with us.
On Thursday October 29th the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the Fourth Sphere of the Qabalistic Tree of Life Chesed or Gedulah the sphere attributed to Jupiter the King of the planets, and the physical locus of the Third Eye. We consider Chesed the home of Dagon, Capricorn, the amphibian god of ancient Canaan, who is related to Poseidon the patron deity of ancient Atlantis which we also place in the Jovian sphere. Once again our texts will be Dion Fortune, Gareth Knight, Michael Greer, and our own Hermetic Yoga, Volume One. So if you want to visit the sphere of prosperity (and we could all use some of that) join us for an eye opener (Third eye that is).And those of you here in Southern California don't forget our Halloween Party Saturday night, with the infamous Mot Mass honoring the dead.
On Thursday October 15th, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present another discussion in our on-going series on the Spheres or Sephiroth of the Tree of Life. Sphere number five Geburah, the Sphere of Mars. We will cover different concepts and attributes of this sphere. It is traditionally ruled by Samael, the Hebrew counterpart of Satan, but the G.D. changed the angelic attribution to Kamael, connoting a less evil character to Geburah --or making it a "necessary evil" if you will. This is reflected in the planetary spirits. The intelligence of Mars is protective whereas the spirit is aggressive. We place the Canaanite War-Goddess Anath in Geburah. Again we will refer to our texts Dion Fortune, Gareth Knight, John Greer and our Hermetic Yoga. So, if you want to get tough with Hermetic Qabalah, tune in and find out how to sharpen your magical sword.
On Thursday December 10th, 2020 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a report on Rivendell our Church and Order Headquarters in Silverado, California where we have our magical temple and outdoor Henge. Rivendell just survived its second near disaster in this century this last week. Thanks to the God and the Goddess, Archangels Raphael and Michael, Paralda and Zephyrus, the Sylphs and Salamanders and our local fire department, we at Rivendell and Rivendell itself survived without damage, while 17 other homes in our town were destroyed. So this week the Hermetic Hour will honor and appreciate its home and give a history of the place and its unique community. So if you want to find out about America's magical headquarters tune in and I'll be your tour guide.
On Thursday December 3rd, 2020 The Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will welcome V.H. Frater Suon, Michael Beeson the host wizard of Youtube and Bitchute's "Hacking Fate" in a discussion of the 13th Century master astrologer Guido Bonatti and his significant contributions to Renaissance Astrology which is the practical philosophy behind Hermetic magick. So, if you want to want to make Picatrix work for you, tune in and take notes.
On Thursday October 8th, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the Sphere of Tiphareth, the sixth sephrioth on the Tree of Life. Tiphareth is called the Sphere of Beauty and is the center of the Tree just as the Sun is the center of the Solar System. It is the hub from which all the paths radiate and the downward reflection of the light from Kether. Mythologically it is the sphere of the dying gods, Osiris, Ba'al and Jesus, and thus the point of mystic transformation and enlightenment. Raphael is the presiding archangel and an agent of healing. Again our texts will be Dion Fortune, Gareth Knight and John Michael Greer. So join us for for an hour of inspiration as well get to the heart of old Adam Kadmon. Exam question: "How many kabbalists does it take to screw in a light bulb?" Tune in for the answer.
On Thursday October 1st, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present the third in our series of lectures on the Spheres of the Tree of Life, The Seventh Sphere, Netsach, the sphere of nature attributed to Venus and the home of the Goddess Astarte. Netsach has been called "The Sphere of the Mysteries" and the womb of the creative process. The Goddess Herself is the Seventh Sphere in that She contains all the spheres of the Tree within Herself and is thus the supreme Initiator. Once again we will refer to texts by Gareth Knight, Dion Fortune, John Michael Greer. and our own Hermetic Yoga, Volume One. Come join us for some deep meditations and reflections on the most intimate aspects of occultism.
On Thursday September 24th, 2015 the Hermetic Hour's host Poke Runyon will have as our special guest bestselling author Karim El Koussa, who will discuss his factual-historical "Jesus the Phoenician" and his Dan Brown style thriller "The Phoenician Code". Karim is in Los Angeles on a lecture tour. He'll be speaking and book signing at Glendale Masonic center on Sunday the 27th. We have reviewed Jesus the Phoenician on a previous broadcast and Karim honored us by quoting our review on the book jacket of the the hard back of "Jesus". Please join us for an hour of surprises such as "there was no Nazareth" in Jesus' time. And Bethlehem was really in Galilee. Most importantly Karim confirms what we have been saying for years. Jesus was the son of El, not Jehovah. So tune in and get the gospel Phoenician style.
We are finally going to publish the Seventh Ray Omnibus issue which we have been heralding for 20 years, reprinting the old journals from 1972 through 1978.The Seventh Ray, Book IV Omnibus Issue, The Violet Ray is a time capsule. Buried to preserve a record of the formative years from 1970 to 1978 of America’s longest running Ceremonial Magick lodge, the Order of the Temple of Astarte. The Seventh Ray journal was ressurrected at the turn of the century in a new format running for three issues from Book I to Book III in 2011. Now we are unearthing the time capsule and bringing back the originals in facsimilie to be studied and enjoyed by a new generation of magicians. In the pages of the old Seventh Ray you will find articles by William G. Gray, Frederick Adams, Geoffrey James, Luis T. Culling. David G. Kennedy and Janine Renee, and the first publication of Jack Parson’s Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword. You’ll find A History of the O.T.A. along with The Return of the Grail in the Age of Aquarius and Trisecting an Angle with a pentagram and those ribtickling cartoons. So watch for it and prepare to return to those thrilling days of yesteryear -- When Simon King of the Witches chanted Magnetic-Electric! Magnetic-Electric!
On Thursday evening September 17th, 2015, The Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present the third in our series of discussions on the Sephiroth of the Qabalistic Tree of Life, the eighth sephira Hod which is called Splendor and the sphere of the intellect. Hod is considered the sphere of Magick because it is the workshop in which astral preforms are created and sent to Yesod for eventual manifestation in Malkuth. It is presided over by the archangel Michael (some say Raphael) and operated by the craftsman-alchemist gods of various traditions: Thoth, Hephaestus, Vulcan, Tubal Cain and in our Canaanite pantheon Kusor. It is also the sphere of the Elohim (the Gods) and the Beni Elohim (sons of the Gods) so we might say it is strongly Pagan. We consider it Kusor's library, laboratory and workshop. Once again we will cite Dion Fortune, John Michael Greer, and Gareth Knight and our Hermetic Yoga book. So, if you want to get something done magically we will visit the place where creativity flourishes.
On Thursday August 25th, 2016 The Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on two modern classics that hold up mirrors to modern society and recent history: George Orwell's 1984 (1949) and Ortega de Gassett's Revolt of the Masses (1929). Both authors were socialists and both were involved in the Spanish Civil War. 1984 is called a "dystopia"and describes British post World War II socialism evolving into a nightmarish double-plus-ungood (Stalinistic) tyranny where everyone is brainwashed into believing that: "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance is Strength." In "Revolt of the Masses" Ortega de Gassett disputes the liberal dictum that universal literacy and education can ennoble and uplift "the common people" into a body politic capable of rational and reasonable self government, Hence democracy must be controlled by an intellectual elite (sound familiar). Both these books are classics and more important today than when they were written. We will try to put them in a Hermetic perspective for you (sociology is the new black magick) so if you want to peek into the future from way back when, tune in and we'll part the veil.
On Thursday September 10th, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present the second in our series of discussions on the Sephiroth of the Tree of Life, Yesod, the Foundation, the treasury of Images, the ninth sphere. Yesod is considered the transition point from the Yetzirah to the Ashia dimensions, from the etheric to the astral. It is related to the Moon and is called the sphere of the emotions, of memories and dreams. It is the sexual center both physically and spiritually. It is essential to the art of magick. Again our texts will be John Michael Greer's Paths of Wisdom, Gareth Knight's A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism and Dion Fortune's Mystical Qabalah. So tune in and come along with us as we delve into the mysteries of Yesod and Levanah.
On Thursday September 3rd, 2015, the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present the first of a series of lectures on the Spheres of the Qabalistic Tree of Life and their relation to Hermetic Magick. The texts we will refer to are: Paths of Wisdom by John Michael Greer, The Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune and A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism by Gareth Knight, and Hermetic Yoga, Beyond the Middle Pillar, Volume One, by Frater Thabion. Malkuth is the sphere where the Holy Guardian Angel(s) are contacted (there are three of them) and where we find the treasure cave of The Dragon. So, if you want to start at bottom and then follow the Dragon upward tune in and we will begin the journey.
On Thursday August 27th, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the theory that the Biblical Jesus of Nazareth, grandson of King Herod the Great was in fact not only the King of the Jews but through marriage to Mary Magdalene, a Phoenician princess and priestess of the Goddess, could claim to be King of all Israel. The new Melchizedek. Frater Thabion (Poke) will again be joined by Biblical scholar Frater Solomon (Mike) in explaining this remarkable and exciting story. We will cite The Naassene document of Hippolytus, The Lost Gospel, by Jacobovici and Wilson, Robert Graves' King Jesus, and Joseph Raymond's Jesus the Herodian Messiah. This is the beginning of the Holy Grail mystery. Join us for an hour of amazing revelations.
On Thursday September 24th, the Hermetic Hour will present a live broadcast of the Festival of Seven Gates, Astarte’s descent into the Underworld to ressuerrect Prince Baal. This is our 46th annual performance of this ancient Autumn Equinox rite which was inspired by Ishtar’s descent and Princess Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils. Tune in and celebrate with us. Astarte to the Dark Lord: “Seven Veils I left behind me, on the Gates through which I passed, Seven treasures given dearly, but I freely yield the last! For my hidden veil is darkness, where the final secrets lie…. In thy pride thou hast forgotten: Even Death must surley Die!”
On Thursday August 13th, 2015 The Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the Samaritans, and their position in Biblical and historical Palestine in relation to Magick and Qabalah. Poke will be joined by our Biblical scholar Frater Solomon. We will mention a remarkable discovery we have made in reviewing the newly translated Samaritan Torah, that tends to support our revision of the Tetragrammaton. We will also discuss the Samaritan Book of Joshua and Budge's comments indicating that the Samaritans developed gematria before the Judeans. Also that famous, or infamous Samaritan magician Simon Magus. Did he really fly? So if you want to find out what the "cursed Cutheans" have been up to tune in and we will climb Mount Gerizim.
On Thursday September 10th, 2020 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present an essay on Creative Freedom and Hermetic Philosophy. We will discuss the nature of God in the Hermetic Corpus and the concept that all humans are gifted with "Speech" (literacy) but only those who answer the call have "The Mind." This is a form of spiritual elitism more exclusive than Christian Salvation but more reflective of Human nature. We will trace the history of Hermetic study and practice in the Western World, its influence on Freemasonry and Western culture. We will examine its distortions which have given rise to the evils of the illuminati and communism. So, tune in and discover how to empower your dreams.
On Thursday August 6th, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a shocking new Conspiracy Theory based on archaeology, ancient history, mythology and anthropologica and medical research. It boils down to this log line: "Refugees from Atlantis conquered the ancient world with bread and beer." We will be citing current books by David Perlmutter and William Davis along with a review of what human beings are designed to eat and what wolves are designed to eat. How hunting and gathering humans were re-programmed or genetically modified to eat grain as slaves of the Gods, and then they turned wolves into dogs by a similar process. This is all highly controversial but there is good science and anthropology behind it. So if you want to free yourself of your slave collar (that's the spare tire around your waist), then tune in and we will start the revolution!
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Comments (7)

Kyle Linsly

good podcast, just please by a better mic, a zoom isn't expensive and sounds great.

Aug 6th
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JJ Todilinus

The fault, my dear Brutus, is not in the stars, it is in us. Remember, remember, the 5th of November, gun powder season and plot - remember, remember, Anesfeld field, and Tesla's light, remember, remember, the 15th of June, and the light of the Savior above.

Apr 27th
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Raistlin Hawthorne

It's odd but I think all Good Mages become poets+ However being a talented Mage does not guarantee being a Great Poet...+ ~Fr. Lucious III

Nov 23rd
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Raistlin Hawthorne

Love it... ~RAistlyin

Nov 23rd
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hud hudson

Dumb, nut case! as soon as he mentioned that he had been to a UFO conference, I knew this would be crap.

Oct 31st
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Ricardo Galvan

This podcast is slightly old, but I wanted to share my own Pepe story (which will include a very interesting synchronicity). Sometime around February, I experienced a crisis of faith. I was a born again Christian, Presbyterian, but suddenly became quite troubled. As I'm quite the right-winger, I was naturally surrounded by a lot of "Pepe" people, many of whom were either pagans or occultists. Through simply getting to know them very well, I developed a high tolerance and thus wasn't chasing anybody out of any temples. Of course, we were all Trump supporters, which automatically made folks a-ok in my book, regardless of their doctrine. Anyway, I became disturbed one day when I noticed that the theory behind magick--or one particular theory, anyway--was that belief in the ritual's success was itself the source of its success. This disturbed me because it is how prayer is supposed to work. "Whosoever believes" can move mountains. At around this same time, I began experiencing constant synchronicites related to the occult in some form or fashion. For example, picking up a random fiction book, with no clue as to the contents, and seeing references to "belief" shaping reality, or direct references to the occult or to occult symbology. I would go on the internet and see a news article related to the occult at the top of the page. Or else I would download a new game to play, witout any real research into the game, and find myself in a fictional world where the location is named "Sigil," there was a group of NPCs in the game called something like the Chaos Brotherhood or something of that nature, and an NPC explains the theory of magick that had put me into my crisis of faith to begin with! (The game is Planescape: Torment.) On top of all of this, I was also troubled by a sudden lack of answers to prayers in my life, as well as many other growing concerns (which I won't go into). Long story short, in a fit of depression, I decided to try sigil magick from a book on Chaos magick (this is a key point for the Pepe story to come). In fact, I did a huge number of sigils within a very short time. I did a sigil for a tornado to give me an extra day off from university, and I actually got it at the moment I gave up on it occuring. (The tornado warning centered directly over the school, with no damage of course.) I did sigils to get the attentions of a girl, and would suddenly see her surname on occult forums (her name was, weirdly, also the name of a famous sigil, Ellis, or "LS"). The results were quite amazing, to say the least. Then one day, and here is the Pepe connection, I saw a video by that Peterson fellow you mentioned in this podcast. The video was about the symbology of frogs as it relates to Pepe. There was talk of frogs as being shape shifters, coming out of primordial chaos, things of that nature. Well, my mother gives me a phone call not long after. She knows nothing of Pepe, mind you, nor of my dabbling in the occult. She proceeds to tell me of a dream she had... in the dream, I was unleashing hordes of frogs, causing chaos. The frogs were transforming into other animals, like lizards, fish, things of that nature. They were annoying the family pets. So this dream was essentially a direct connection between Pepe (the subject of the video I saw), the themes of chaos, as well as the sigil magick I was throwing out in large numbers, as I considered it a branch of Chaos magick! Now immediately after this phone call, I go into class. The professor says the following words, to comfort us about a complicated topic: "Don't worry about this [complicated subject], it's not like it's RAINING FROGS." Needless to say my mind was blown.

Jul 29th
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