I really enjoyed being on The Cosmic Keys Podcast with Dan and Scarlet! Here’s how they described this episode.
Dan and Scarlet open the episode with an astrology and Tarot forecast for the week of April 1, 2019 to April 7, 2019, followed by an interview with the host of My Alchemical Bromance, Erik Arneson. We talk about the formation of Erik’s awesomely titled podcast, his experience with the “weird” community of occultists in his home city of Portland, Oregon, his experience as a fully initiated Mason, plus a lot more occult and esoteric ramblings. This is a fun and wide ranging discussion that you wont want to miss!
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In this episode, Erik interviews the hosts of The Magician and the Fool Podcast, Janus and Dominic. They dive right into what it means to be a magician, but the conversation explores Renaissance magic, the Greek Magical Papyri, Norse mythology, and Pittsburgh. How do the Magician and the Fool relate to the Trickster? We explore cultural archetypes through Norse mythology, other mythology, crazy anecdotes, and weird experiences.
We also talk about the experience of running an occult podcast, and how the guests we bring on influence and change our lives in ways that we hadn’t anticipated. Talking to these guys was amazing. I strongly urge you to check out their podcast to check out all of the amazing interviews they do. Click here to see!
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“You can’t nod on a podcast!”
In this episode, Erik is joined by Andrew B. Watt of Wanderings in the Labrynth. They discuss textile arts, such as sewing and weaving, and how those intersect with ritual magic, enchantment, and the creation of talismans. Andrew also wrote the Neo-Orphic Hymns, a set of planetary prayers inspired by Thomas Taylor’s translations of the Orphic hymns and the planetary magic of Rufus Opus’s Seven Spheres.
“It’s functional in origin, but ontological in reflection.”
Vanessa Kindell joins us this episode. She is a writer and contributor to the Peacock Goat Review and a Sumerian witch. She talks to us about reconstructing Sumerian and Babylonian religious practices and integrating them into her modern magical work, but we really dig into the nature of Sumerian religion and the details of their mythology. This involves funky math, pre-modern astrology, the flood myth, and a lot of primordial nothingness — my favorite kind!
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In this episode, Erik explores various interpretations and explanations of the soul in the wake of the death of his 19 year-old cat, Kublai Khan. This episode is personal, but hopefully it provides food for thought.
Erik was on episode 300K of the Alexxcast to discuss Stanley Kubrick’s last film, “Eyes Wide Shut,” released in 1999. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise in a bizarre, sex-fueled story through secret societies, mystery, and marital problems. Alexx Bollen interviews Erik about the movie — not because Erik was in the movie, but because he knows way more than is at all reasonable about Freemasonry and secret societies. Is the masquerade-themed black-robed sex cult filled with Masonic influences? Is Kubrick’s final film an occult tour de force? Find out what these two jokers think!
In this episode Erik interviews Taylor Bell, writer, occultist, Tarot creator, and contributor to Charm the Water’s new occult periodical, The Peacock Goat Review. We discuss Taylor’s experience writing and copyediting for the PGR and his work on his upcoming Tarot decks. We also discuss the group lunar initiation ritual that Erik and Taylor took part in back in 2017 and dig into Taylor’s experience working at Minneapolis’s premier occult shop, The Eye of Horus.
Learn more about Taylor’s upcoming Tarot deck at Sigil Arcanum Tarot. His work is impressive and it’s definitely worth watching. Look for lots more in the future from Taylor Bell!
The Sigil Arcanum Tarot is now available on Kickstarter!
Erik was in a long-form interview (almost 4 hours!) on the Six of Swords podcast with OccultFan (AKA Nathan Lee). They talk about pretty much everything, including cartoons!
Check out the extensive show notes!
Dan Attrell joins Erik for a conversation about his paper, “For 1,260 Days They’ll Prophesy in Sackcloth: Joachim of Fiore’s Apocalypse, Temporalization, and Franciscan Spirituality.” This is a complex topic, revolving around the ways in which Joachim of Fiore’s understanding of apocalyptic visions changed the way we looked at history and time. The topic is complex, so you’ll have to dive in to get an understanding.
Dan was previously a guest back on episode 29, when we talked about his upcoming translation of the Picatrix.
After listening to this episode, you will probably want to go listen to Dan’s original lecture on his paper. You can find it on YouTube here.
Enjoy the holidays, and we’ll see you in 2019!
Finally, the latest MABCon episode! This year, back in October, Matt and Erik got together for MABCon. They visited breweries, visited conferences, and drank some beers. This is definitely a beer-heavy episode. Also we have questions about the Mikkeller Running Club. Most of this episode is a conversation between Matt and Erik over the brew kettle as they whip up a new beer. This new beer is brewed in Matt’s new friend, the RoboBrew.
MABCon is a meta-con. We meet up and go to other events! This time we explored and discussed a few different events.
- Esotericism in Freemasonry Conference
- 2018 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair
- Esoteric Book Conference
Some of the locations we visit and talk about are:
This is a beer heavy episode. We review a lot of different beers. We won’t list them all here — you will have to dig in and try it.
“Simcoe in fresh hop beers taste and smell like cat pee and onions.”
“Poke Runyon is my dream wizard grampa.”