Episode E03 – Twin Peaks and Crystal Balls

Through the darkness of futures past
The magician longs to see
One chants out between two worlds
Fire walk with me

Another solo Erik episode! In this episode, I talk about my impression of the first four episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return. Also, enjoy a song from my younger brother, Nick Arneson!

When I edited this episode right after recording it, I got the impression that my review of Twin Peaks isn’t really a review – it’s more of a reaction. That’s how it goes sometimes!

Links and Stuff

If you just want a quick shortcut to listen to more of my brother’s amazing music, head on over to Nick Arneson Music on Soundcloud!

Episode 05 – Matt, Joey, and Erik Brave the Snowpocalypse

In this episode, Matt, Joey, and Erik brave the 2017 Snowpocalypse to discuss chaos magic at Baerlic Brewing. Join us as we delve into the weird unknown and talk about a subject that has really driven a lot of our occult practices. Also, the beer is really interesting!

Location: Baerlic Brewing


Each of us drank a different selection of beers, so you’ll have to listen to the podcast and see what we say about each one.

Other Stuff

  • Sigils
  • Servitors
  • The Invisibles
  • Twin Peaks
  • John Crowley
  • Alan Moore
  • Fountain pens

Here’s that Grant Morrison video we were all so excited about.

P.S. We did not record a second podcast on the next day.

Episode E02: Erik on Ritual and Ceremonial Magic

In this new solo episode, Erik answers another listener question: what is the difference between ritual magic and ceremonial magic? He also talks about secret societies in fiction and gives helpful beginner tips for grimoire users.


Lincoln City, Oregon! What a lovely place.

Beer and Breweries

Podcasts and Links

Episode 04 part 2 – Interview with Chuck Dunning

This is part 2 of our interview with C.R. “Chuck” Dunning, Jr., author of Contemplative Masonry: Basic Applications of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagery for the Craft. You can check out part 1 here. Please listen to the podcast and then read his book!Contemplative Masonry by Chuck Dunning

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.

Episode 04 part 1 – Interview with Chuck Dunning

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!

Contemplative Masonry by Chuck DunningThis 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.

Episode E01: Erik Answers Why

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.

Recommended Podcasts

Erik recommends these:

Episode 03 – Erik and Matt on Ceremonial Magic

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.

Wayfinder Beer wall pictures

Here are the various pictures on the wall at Wayfinder Beer that convinced us to stay and record.

Grixsen Brewing tap list

The tap list at Grixsen Brewing.

Second brewery location was Grixsen Brewing. We both go through a sampler tray worth of stuff, so we won’t list it here.

Other Stuff

  • The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
  • Gerald Gardner and Wicca
  • John Dee, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, and other Renaissance wizards
  • Dzogchen

Oh guess what? Erik screwed up some words again. While discussing Dzogchen, he confuses thaumaturgy and theurgy a couple of times.

Episode 02 – Matt and Erik discuss Kabbalah

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!

Episode 01 – Seattle Esoteric Book Conference 2016

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.

  • Festivus
  • Pappy Burleson

Books and Papers:

The Fool

Episode 00 – The Predendum and Sneak Preview

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.