EP 41 – Halloween with Alexx Bollen

Welcome back, friends, and an extra special crossover episode featuring Alexx Bollen from The Alexxcast and (maybe) Hunson Abadeer from Adventure Time! This is part 2 of the Alexxcast/My Alchemical Bromance 2018 Halloween Crossover. Listen to part 1 in episode 300H of the Alexxcast!


This episode starts out with a special Halloween ritual performed somewhere in Portland, and then concludes at The Firkin Tavern in Southeast Portland, where Erik and Alexx sample some beers and discuss the results of their ritual.


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“Maloso vobiscum et cum spiritum!”
“I’m technically right — the best kind of right!”

Guest Lecture on the Art of Memory

Back in May, Erik was a last-minute guest at the 2018 Convocation of the Apostolic Johannite Church, where he gave a lecture on the Art of Memory. Here’s a link to the AJC’s recording of that lecture on their podcast, The Lectern. In this talk, I cover the history of the Art of Memory and then discuss Giordano Bruno’s role in expanding the philosophy of magical memory in the Renaissance. Part of this topic involves the power of imagination, the use of Phantasy for magical purposes, and the incredible power of images.

I gave the talk using my Raspberry Pi Zero W lecture slides machine, so you can hear me fumble around with that at the beginning.

Edit: The slides and notes for this talk can be found over on Arnemancy.com. Sorry I didn’t link them earlier!

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EP 40 – Keith Readdy, PUBLISHED AUTHOR

Friends, welcome back to the podcast our great friend, Keith Readdy! He has returned from a trek across the sea as a bona fide published author! Keith’s new book, One Truth and One Spirit: Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual Legacy, will be available soon, hopefully by December, so you should pre-order it now!! Keith was previously on our show in all the way back in episode 10.

One Truth and One Spirit: Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual LegacyIn this episode, we discuss his book, and it’s all Thelema and Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons. We talk about the new TV show Strange Angel, which is all about Jack Parsons and how crazy everything in the world really is. This show is based on a book called Strange Angel by George Pendle.


We recorded this episode at Hopworks Urban Brewery and tried a number of their beers, among them:

  • Abominable Winter Ale
  • Survival Seven-Grain Stout
  • Robot Truckers

It was so great to have Keith back on our show. We wish him the best of luck back in London and are really looking forward to seeing his book!

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“I don’t know how much your listeners are interested in esotericism and the occult.”
“It’s hard to say. Can you get podcasts under a rock?”

EP 39 – Ryhan Butler, Medieval Astrologer

Have you guys noticed how many amazing guests I’ve been getting lately? Ryhan Butler is the genius behind Medieval Astrology Guide, and I was overjoyed to welcome him as a guest to the podcast. If you’re going into this expecting Linda Goodman’s “Love Signs” then you’re in for quite a ride! This is the real deal, the astrology bred from the worldview that influenced the entire human scope of experience.

We cover a TON of topics on astrology, so I would suggest to check out Ryhan’s Glossary of Astrological Terms.

Make sure to check out Ryhan’s website and particularly his new podcast, StarStruck.


“Is that like having Leo in your ascendant?”
“I’ve got cats in my every house.”

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EP 38 – Sam Block on Geomancy and the PGM

Join us in welcoming Sam Block to the podcast! Sam is the author of the Digital Ambler website. He’s a brilliant magician and as intelligent as he is entertaining. We discuss geomancy, the Greek Magical Papyri (or PGM), and lots of other topics relevant to modern ceremonial magicians, including Kabbalah. This is a long episode and it’s a lot of fun!

The Drinks

Erik drinks Vine Country Saison from Hopworks.

Sam drinks Barefoot Sweet Red Blend — according to the website, it’s smooth and sweet!

Show Notes

How to find Sam Block online:

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“Baptize flour. Cool. I’m writing that down!”

“We’re kind of debating, are we moving to the dad magic phase?”

EP 37 – Rambling with Scott Gosnell

Welcome back, Scott Gosnell! Scott was our guest way back in episode 18, where we mainly focused on his translations of Giordano Bruno’s works. In this episode we touch on that material again, but we really get into a wide variety of topics revolving around free will, enlightenment, imagination, the default and executive networks, hallucinogens, Kabbalah, Buddhism, alchemy, and more. It is pretty dense.


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Also, don’t forget to check out Nick Arneson Music, where you can download his new album, Midlife Crisis!

“I wonder, what’s the deal with pancakes? Why are they flat and round?”

Guest Appearance on The Alexxcast

Erik was recently a guest on episode 300C of The Alexxcast. This is Alexx Bollen’s podcast, and you will definitely remember him from episode 35! Be sure to check this out and then head over to The Alexxcast to listen to more!

EP 36 – Robert Bonomo and The 21 Faces of God

Robert Bonomo recently released The 21 Faces of God, a documentary about the Major Arcana of the Tarot. In this episode, he joins Erik to talk about his new movie and the two of them majorly nerd out on Tarot, Gnosticism, the Grail legend, physics, psychology, and alchemy. This episode has it all!

Topics and Links

“Alchemy is Gnosticism for the modern mind.”

EP 35 – Alexx Bollen from the Alexxcast

Alexx Bollen joins Erik at Ruse Brewery for a discussion about microdosing hallucinogens to treat depression, podcasting in Portland, books, and chaos magic. Alexx is the host of the Alexxcast, the only Alexx-themed podcast in the universe. He is also the author of Periphery and several collections of short stories.


This episode was recorded in two parts at Ruse Brewing, which was busy, so there’s some crowd noise. Ruse Brewing is brand new and had only been open about a week at the time of recording.

The Beers

Erik and Alexx make their way through a whole taster tray full of beers! Here is a list so you can follow along.

  • Translator IPA
  • Keller Pils (collab. with Allegory Brewing)
  • Turquoise Mountain Sunrise pineapple farmhouse ale
  • Briar Run raspberry & blackberry farmhouse ale
  • Mechanical Mind west coast-style double IPA
  • Grizzly Menace Rum and Chocolate rum barrel-aged robust porter


“BMO is the greatest character ever made.”

Guest Appearance on Pragmagick

There’s a new podcast in Portland called Pragmagick, run by our friend Revel Rosz, and I was a guest on his show recently! We dive deep into some pretty esoteric topics, including Freemasonry and ceremonial magic — the latter is a particularly good bit, with lots of talk about theory and practice. Listen to the original here or use the interface on this website.