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Talking occultism, psi, history and culture. Coming to you from sunny west London!
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This week we welcome to the show Ryan Edward. Ryan is an artist, designer and deck creator. In fact he is responsible for one of my favourite Lenormand decks, the Maybe Lenormand. He joins us today to talk us through the process of deck creation, how design informs fortune telling function, the story of the Lenormand cards through time, the difference between divination and fortune telling and what it was like growing up in a funeral home. Super fun chat. Show Notes Get the Maybe Lenormand. Ryan's newsletter. Ryan on instagram.
This week, we are joined by artist and adventurer, Lucy Delics. Originally from England, Lucy has lived all over the world and currently lives in the Cusco area of the Peruvian Andes where she created The Visionary Path Tarot. Lucy joins us today to talk about finding one's creative voice, making art with plant medicines, healing personal and ancestral traumas and living in Peru. Great stuff! Show Notes Get The Visionary Path Tarot. Lucy and her husband's website and blog. Lucy on Instagram.
This week, adding to our growing number of triple-header interviews, we welcome back to the show Mitch Horowitz and welcome to the show for the first time Richard Smoley. Mitch, as regular listeners would be aware, is a public intellectual and occult historian with an expertise in New Thought. Richard is a writer, editor and public speaker specialising in esoteric thought. He is the author of numerous books including the classic (and one of my personal favourites) The Dice Game of Shiva. Mitch and Richard join us in this episode to explore the antecedents to New Thought, differing theories of mind and what is and isn't genuine skepticism.  (Note that this is a video discussion on YouTube as well.) Show Notes Mitch's article for Boing Boing on James Randi. Mitch's website. Mitch on Twitter. Richard's website.
This week we are joined by philosopher, professor and speaker, Matt Segall. We discuss Platonism vs Neoplatonism, theories of mind and the natural world, and how it is we can or might know anything at all. A really rich and thought-provoking conversation. Show Notes Matt's website, Footnotes to Plato. Matt's YouTube channel. Matt on Twitter.
This week, we welcome to the show Dr Bayo Akomolafe. Bayo is a psychologist, educator and philosopher working and playing principally in the fields of decoloniality and ecology. He joins us today for a very special episode to celebrate the culmination of the premium member course on Custodianship, to talk about making sanctuary, fugitive spaces and post activism. "What if the way we respond to crisis is part of the crisis?" Show Notes Bayo Akomolafe's website. Bayo's essay, The Allegory of the Pit or The Irony of Victory. The Emergence Network. Interview with Bayo: Let Us Make Sanctuary. Interview with Bayo: Unlearning Mastery.
Another swapcast this week, with the lovely Joanna Farrer of Coffee and Divination. We talk to each other about our shared love of tarot: where it began, when it began, best approaches, that sort of thing. And we also talk about homesteading and navigating right relation with both land and home spirits. Two of my very favourite things. Oh, and if you're reading this in your podcatcher, I should tell you we did this as a video recording. Show Notes Coffee and Divination. Joanna Farrer's personal and music site. Joanna on Twitter.
The one and only Khi Armand returns to the show this week with some medicine for our extremely challenging times. What lessons are we being invited to learn? What sort of healing might be available in this moment and no other? What kinds of Ceremony are best for now? Really good stuff. Also some travel stories and 30 Rock. Because that totally counts as being with this moment.     Show Notes Chiron's blog and website, Impact Shamanism. Chiron on Twitter. Chiron on Instagram. Chiron's Amazon author page.
Breathe Together | Solo Show

Breathe Together | Solo Show


An unusual solo show this week. We have an introduction from me and then it's a recording of a classic Michael Parenti lecture, Conspiracy and Class Power, which you can also find in the show notes. Speaking of show notes, they're rather extensive everywhere but YouTube, and best found at the actual post page. Show Notes Firstly, the rest of the 'series' in which this show would reside, were it a post. How you play is what you win. Hypostasis of the farmers. The nightingale of eternal meaning. Alien invasion as self care. Medicine songs. Talking The Invisibles. Secondly, the Parenti lecture, its inspiring TMBS clip, and a bit from Ben Burgis on populism and liberal scolds:   Next is a quotation from the blog draft that won't see the light of day, followed by links to what I consider three very useful posts from the rebooted archonology series a few years back: Jupiter is still in Capricorn. One way of being with this is to see him as a teacher of hard truths. The other side of that is that you are or should be learning just what it takes to run the world. To administer the physical plane. To see how the sausages are made and what they are made of. The great teacher has shined a light and I worry that some of you shut your eyes. Open them, please. This is very serious now. If you would like to understand who is 'behind' this in large part. Call them the Anglo-Americans, the Atlanticists, the dollar syndicate, Mr Global. Who cares? It is the interlocked shelob's web of supranational organisations and think tanks that evolved out of the Round Table model. Call them the Davos class. Then you need to understand both how and why they run the world the way they do. And that's here with Miles Copeland. And finally -doing triple duty as a Rune Soup recommendation by also being a limited hangout, and written by a shaman- you need to see how the syndicate uses economics to have entire countries do what they say. (This is the system Russia and China are doing their best to extricate themselves from for obvious reasons.) Next is Charles Eisenstein, and an excerpt from his conspiracy essay. “Conspiracy theory” has become a term of political invective, used to disparage any view that diverges from mainstream beliefs. Basically, any critique of dominant institutions can be smeared as conspiracy theory. There is actually a perverse truth in this smear. For example, if you believe that glyphosate is actually dangerous to human and ecological health, then you also must, if you are logical, believe that Bayer/Monsanto is suppressing or ignoring that information, and you must also believe that the government, media, and scientific establishment are to some extent complicit in that suppression. Otherwise, why are we not seeing NYT headlines like, “Monsanto whistleblower reveals dangers of glyphosate”? Information suppression can happen without deliberate orchestration. Throughout history, hysterias, intellectual fads, and mass delusions have come and gone spontaneously. This is more mysterious than the easy conspiracy explanation admits. An unconscious coordination of action can look very much like a conspiracy, and the boundary between the two is blurry. Consider the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) fraud that served as a pretext for the invasion of Iraq. Maybe there were people in the Bush administration who knowingly used the phony “yellowcake” document to call for war; maybe they just wanted very much to believe the documents were genuine, or maybe they thought, “Well, this is questionable but Saddam must have WMD, and even if he doesn’t, he wants them, so the document is basically true…” People easily believe what serves their interests or fits their existing worldview. In a similar vein, the media needed little encouragement to start beating the war drums. They knew what to do already, without having to receive instructions. I don’t think very many journalists actually believed the WMD lie. They pretended to believe, because subconsciously, they knew that was the establishment narrative. That was what would get them recognized as serious journalists. That’s what would give them access to power. That is what would allow them to keep their jobs and advance their careers. But most of all, they pretended to believe because everyone else was pretending to believe. It is hard to go against the zeitgeist. The British scientist Rupert Sheldrake told me about a talk he gave to a group of scientists who were working on animal behaviour at a prestigious British University. He was talking about his research on dogs that know when their owners are coming home, and other telepathic phenomena in domestic animals. The talk was received with a kind of polite silence. But in the following tea break all six of the senior scientists who were present at the seminar came to him one by one, and when they were sure that no one else was listening told him they had had experiences of this kind with their own animals, or that they were convinced that telepathy is a real phenomenon, but that they could not talk to their colleagues about this because they were all so straight. When Sheldrake realised that all six had told him much the same thing, he said to them, “Why don’t you guys come out? You’d all have so much more fun!” He says that when he gives a talk at a scientific institution there are nearly always scientists who approach him afterwards telling him they’ve had personal experiences that convince them of the reality of psychic or spiritual phenomena but that they can’t discuss them with their colleagues for fear of being thought weird. This is not a deliberate conspiracy to suppress psychic phenomena. Those six scientists didn’t convene beforehand and decide to suppress information they knew was real. They keep their opinions to themselves because of the norms of their subculture, the basic paradigms that delimit science, and the very real threat of damage to their careers. The persecution and calumny directed at Sheldrake himself demonstrates what happens to a scientist who is outspoken in his dissent from official scientific reality. So, we might still say that a conspiracy is afoot, but its perpetrator is a culture, a system, and a story. The Conspiracy Myth - Charles Eisenstein Lastly but the opposite of leastly, is Whitney Webb talking about the next three or four months. (And if you are a premium member, this goes well with yesterday's Q&A with Alison McDowell.)
This week, we continue to play with some novel show formats. I am joined by three of the conveners of the upcoming Nura Learning course, Cohering the Radical Present: Integral Consciousness in Daily Life. We have two first time guests: Dr Barbara Karlsen, a practising somatic psychotherapist and continuum movement instructor. Jeremy Johnson, founder of Nura Learning, author and president of the International Jean Gebser Society. And one returning guest: Brandt Stickley, practitioner and professor of Classical Chinese medicine at multiple academic institutions and senior instructor and board member of Dragon Rises seminars. The subjects under discussion today fall entirely under staying with the trouble: how to, why to, and who best to show us. Really good, important stuff. Show Notes Cohering the Radical Present: Integral Consciousness in Daily Life. Barbara Karlsen. Jeremy Johnson Jeremy on Patreon. Jeremy on Twitter. Jeremy's book, Seeing Through the World: Jean Gebser and Integral Consciousness. Brandt Stickley Brandt's website and blog. Brandt on Twitter.
Keeping the swapcast train rolling this week, we are joined by author and fellow podcaster (obviously), J. David Osborne. David is the author of multiple novels and is a fellow superfan of Grant Morrison's The Invisibles. Who better, then, to talk about the series' heightened value in These Capitalised Times, as well as the role of creativity in responding to and thriving in eras of unrest? A super enjoyable conversation! Show Notes Listen to The JDO Show and No Country here. Follow J. David Osborne on Twitter here. J. David Osborne's novels: By The Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends. Black Gum. A Minor Storm.    
Something a little different this week. I am both the guest and the host in today on today's episode. And fellow podcaster, James from Hermitix, is himself both guest and host. We talk about and through accelerationism, the state of various discourses, what to do when doing anything makes everything worse, where (and how?) to find meaning in These Capitalised Times and whether or not an exit is even possible. Show Notes Hermitix Podcast. Hermitix on Patreon. James on Twitter. James's course, taught in conjunction with Matt Colquhoun, The Philosophy and Politics of Accelerationism.
Trying something a little different with this month's solo show. We're putting a couple of 20th century American thinkers in dialogue around the topic of stories, meaning and what makes a life significant. Show Notes The Myth of Redemptive Violence. Walter Wink. What Makes A Life Significant. William James.
Thought leader, speaker and innovator, Carol Sanford, joins the show this week. We discuss indigenous thinking, metaphor, and her latest book, The Regenerative Life: Transform Any Organization, Our Society, and Your Destiny. A fascinating and eye-opening discussion. Show Notes The Regenerative Life: Transform Any Organization, Our Society, and Your Destiny. Carol's website. Carol's articles on Medium. Carol's first appearance on Making Permaculture Stronger. Carol's second appearance on Making Permaculture Stronger.
One of our most popular guests returns to the show this week. Mitch is an historian, speaker, public intellectual, editor and author. He joins us today to talk about his latest book, The Miracle Habits: The Secret of Turning Your Moments Into Miracles. We talk about focus, vitality, how best to use money and the destructive power of gossip among many other topics. There’s even a bit about Tucker Carlson. Enjoy. Show Notes The Miracle Habits: The Secret of Turning Your Moments Into Miracles. Mitch's website. Mitch on Twitter. Mitch on Instagram.    
Time Magazine's Hero of the Environment and Green Book Award winner, Michael Shellenberger, joins the show this week. Michael has been an environmental activist since his teens. He founded an Amnesty International chapter at his high school, he travelled to Nicaragua to support the Sandinistas in the 80s, he ran for governor of California, he has published multiple books and founded and runs Environmental Progress. Michael is one of the world's leading public intellectuals when it comes to clean energy and he joins us today to talk about his latest book, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. Show Notes Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. Michael's open letter, On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare. Accompanying slides for Apocalypse Never.
Talking about talking is less Seinfeldian than it might initially appear. Everyone's favourite Canadian scamps join the show to talk about their journey with Grimerica and what's it like to be broadcasting now, versus at the outset. Obviously we get into the speculative weeds of what's going on and what we can do about it on a group but also individual level. We literally discuss discussing. We also talk about chickens, UFOs, guns and dinosaurs being shot at with lasers from flying saucers. There's a lot going on here, put it that way. Enjoy. Show Notes Grimerica. Grimerica on Twitter. (This is Darren, specifically.)
The one and only Dr Joseph P. Farrell joins us this week! Dr Farrell publishes and speaks in a wide variety of topics, from ufology to alternate history to politics to theology. On the occasion of the publication of his latest book, The Tower of Babel Moment, we have a wide ranging chat on some of the subjects that underpin his many interests: Music, linguistics, magic as harmonics, and what our relationship to culture is and our role within it. Enjoy! Show Notes The Tower of Babel Moment. Dr Farrell's blog and website. Dr Farrell's YouTube channel.
It's that time of year again! The one and only Austin Coppock joins us to talk about the astrology of the second half of all *this*. We discuss the most important configurations to be aware of, and situate them in some of the longer trends and cycles that are playing out, then we have a lively Q&A with members and patrons.
Talking Evil | Alex Tzakiris

Talking Evil | Alex Tzakiris


The one and only Alex Tzakiris joins us this week for an extended and challenging discussion on the nature of evil. Alex is in the process of writing a book on the subject, pulling together the testimony and opinions of multiple guests on his excellent podcast, Skeptiko. What does psi data tell us about the possible existence of evil? What about cross-cultural comparisons? We have a frank and challenging discussion. This is a firecracker of an episode. Or maybe I just smell brimstone? Show Notes Preorder Alex's book, Why Evil Matters: How Science and Religion Fumbled a Big One. Alex's site and podcast, Skeptiko.
This week, we welcome to the show Brandt Stickley. Brandt is, among other things, Assistant Professor in the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, Visiting Professor at Dragon rises College of Oriental Medicine, acupuncturist, herbalist and a Classical Chinese Medical practitioner working in the Portland area. He joins us today to talk about Classical Chinese medicine, of course, but in the particular context of what insights it might provide for more holistic, spirit-inclusive healing modalities in general. A fascinating and timely discussion. Enjoy! Show Notes Brandt's website and blog. Brandt on Twitter. The Medicine Songs discussion mentioned in the episode.
Comments (11)

Jessica Moretti

I'm sorry, but I don't think someone who is as obsessed as Gordan is with Lord of the Rings has any room to talk about animation as an inherently infantile medium ::huge eye roll from an adult who works professionally in animation::. I get it, I hate Marvel and Disney-fication as well but there are beautiful, mature, artistic expressions of storytelling within the medium of animation that can be appreciated at the same level as fine art, theatre, and music. Having worked my entire life in the arts, I can attest to you coming off like an uncultured ass, Mr. White.

Sep 5th

Christian Brunner

Wait...when I supported an initiative to stop one of the last flood plain forests in Europe from being destroyed by a state sponsored corporation in 1984, I did that because I was depressed and wanted to increase energy cost for millions of people? We have a saying in Austria, which goes like "cobbler, stick with your boot strap stretcher". I really enjoy your podcasts about magic and the occult. But the last two? The bloke who blamed everything on "them"? Weirdly enough, when one traces back who "they" are, one always ends up with the Rothschilds and other rich Jewish families. Slippery slope that...

Jul 13th


So glad he's back!

May 21st

Cauê Custódio

Nice episode Gordon. whats the film from the intro?

Feb 24th
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JF Caron

This episode had me watching Arrival again :)

Dec 8th

Stephanie Hammond

thank you

Aug 29th

Joy Fitzgerald

I love you Gordon

May 3rd

Amazon Jinx

Were you a weird kid?

Dec 3rd

Max Last

where is this comment going? anyways, good work on this episode

Sep 15th
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