Finally, our first guest! In this episode, all three of us interview C.R. “Chuck” Dunning, Jr., author of Contemplative Masonry: Basic Applications of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagery for the Craft. Please listen to the podcast and then read his book!
This interview ended up being so long that we have split it into two parts. Check back tomorrow for part 2, in which Chuck interviews us.
Since this was a teleconference, all of us drank different beers! Erik had the Salted Caramel Stout from Breakside Brewery. Chuck had the Ranger IPA from New Belgium Brewery. And Joey drank something out of a Starbucks cup.
Note that all profits from the sales of Chuck’s book go to the maintenance and restoration of the Scottish Rite Temple in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
What is this?! Erik is releasing an episode on his own? He sure is, you lucky ducks! In this episode, Erik talks at you from a cheap motel just north of Coos Bay, Oregon. He drinks beer from a plastic cup in a darkened corner and muses, darkly, on occult matters and the nature of reality.
How is this possible? Where is my favorite host, Joey and/or Matt?
Joey and Matt have graciously agreed that each of us can release solo podcasts as long as we don’t say anything bad about Joey’s hair.
Erik recommends these:
On Erik’s nth birthday, he and Matt visit a few breweries in Portland to taste some brews and talk about ceremonial magic.
First brewery location was Wayfinder Beer.
Here are the various pictures on the wall at Wayfinder Beer that convinced us to stay and record.
Second brewery location was Grixsen Brewing. We both go through a sampler tray worth of stuff, so we won’t list it here.
The tap list at Grixsen Brewing.
- The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
- Gerald Gardner and Wicca
- John Dee, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, and other Renaissance wizards
Oh guess what? Erik screwed up some words again. While discussing Dzogchen, he confuses thaumaturgy and theurgy a couple of times.
Bad Lessons in Great Magic
In this episode, we start talking about the limits of our occult knowledge, beginning with how little we know about Kabbalah!
Matt, Erik, and Joey Attend the 2016 Esoteric Book Conference
This episode discusses two important things. First, the Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle in 2016. Second, our “origin stories,” in particular how each of us became Freemasons.
We also reveal important secrets. For instance, one of Matt’s podcast editing secrets is to make all of Erik’s laughing really loud. Share this if you think that is cool!
Location: We recorded this at Matt’s house.
Event: Esoteric Book Conference 2016
Brewery: Anthem Brewing
We were drinking beers from Matt’s stash from his time as brewmaster. You can’t get these anymore! We’re really sorry to do this to you, but not really, because we got to drink some amazing beer.
Books and Papers:
Matt and Erik at the Oregon Public House
Location: Oregon Public House
This is a non-profit pub that donates profits to various charities.
Beers: Backwoods Brewing Company
- Spring Creek Saison
- Pecan Pie Porter
Erik’s story is wrong. He keeps talking about Southern Oregon when he means Southern California. Also, the Time-Life book series he mentions is Mysteries of the Unknown, which wasn’t published until 1987. During that trip to Southern California, he visited Disney Land with his family and saw Captain EO.
Pretty soon this podcast will go live and then you’ll get to listen to our stories about studying hard and not getting any super powers at all, as long as you don’t count my amazing moustache.