Recommended Reading

  • Winter of Content 07-16-2018 by Gordon
    Rattling along through the worst space weather of the year, the compulsion is to post in the opposite direction to dire warnings, complaints and apocalypses. The compulsion is to update you on the winter of my content. More and more, I see the potenc […]

  • Soapbox Time: Animal Sacrifice and “Black Magic” 07-16-2018 by polyphanes
    I tried to not put a post out about this again.  I really did, you guys, especially since I was fortunate enough to completely miss the recent Internet debacle-argument about this topic, and moreso since I wrote one post on the one topic and another […]

  • The Long Con 07-16-2018 by Drew W.
    Why, for so many of us, (I’m talking to y’all on Occult Facebook and on those endless Reddit subs) why is magic so often reactive to new situations in our life? Why is it always ‘My ex is trying to ruin my life, I need a spell to bind her!’ or ‘I’ve […]

  • Science in Trouble 07-16-2018 by
    It’s been a while since I’ve written online about the reproducibility crisis — the awkward discovery, spreading through many branches of science, that the methods that have been used for years now to design experiments and analyze the data are full […]

  • PGM Kyphi: On The Incense of the Eighth Book of Moses 07-16-2018 by polyphanes
    Trying to come up with my PGM-style framing rite was pretty fun, I have to admit.  Scouring the entire PGM for things that fit a pattern I work in, trying to select the best or most appropriate verses to use to make sure they’re generic enough to not […]

  • 93. Dr. Richard Kaczynski // The Magick, Poetry & Religion of Aleister Crowley 07-14-2018 by Occulture Podcast
    Please do take a moment to check out our Patreon campaign. We call it Coda. Four levels of support. Bonus content. Free shit. Click here to check it out: https://www.patreon.com/occulture What better way to honor this 93rd episode than by talking abo […]

  • Solo Show: Hobbits and Space Programmes 07-12-2018 by Gordon
    Another solo show this week, inspired in part by Douglas Rushkoff’s recent article on the grimness of the billionaire future. We play around with notions of technology and personhood and agency and morality and AI. Also hobbits. Enjoy. Download direc […]

  • A PGM-Style Framing Rite for Pretty Much Any Purpose 07-12-2018 by polyphanes
    This past quarter, the splendid Gordon White of Rune Soup held another of his classes, this time on the Greek Magical Papyri, otherwise known famously as the PGM.  It was a great course; rather than being focused on simply presenting rituals and impl […]

  • The Cosmic Doctrine: The Forces of (Negative) Evil 07-12-2018 by John Michael Greer
    This week we continue a monthly discussion of The Cosmic Doctrine by Dion Fortune, which I consider the most important work of 20th century occult philosophy. Climb in and fasten your belts; it’s turning out to be as wild a ride as I expected. As not […]

  • Jeff Riddle, Transcend Experience, Always in the Middle |384| 07-11-2018 by Alex Tsakiris
    Jeff Riddle has created a new style of podcasting aimed at creating lasting change. photo by: Skeptiko We’re Always in the Middle. Jeff Riddle: I’ve talked about this before, that “we’re in the middle”…  in 400 years people in the future are going to […]

  • Thinking Outside the Quantum Box 07-10-2018 by Communications Team
    The counterintuitive predictions of quantum theory have now been experimentally confirmed with unprecedented rigor. Yet, the question of how to interpret the meaning of these predictions remains controversial. A Wikipedia table summarizing different […]

  • Paradigms of Consciousness with Vernon Neppe 07-10-2018 by jmishlove
    Vernon Neppe, MD, PhD, FRSSAf, is a neuropsychiatrist and head of the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute in Seattle. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and recipient of the Whiting Memorial Award. He is author of Cr […]

  • The Sea of Death 07-10-2018 by Drew W.
    I’ve been seeing a lot of posts lately on Occult Facebook that revolve around the ‘I have yet to start my practice, I have a lot to learn’ theme. These are almost always juxtapositioned against the ‘If you don’t practice everyday you aren’t a magicia […]

  • Author Interview XV: The Elements of Parapsychology, by K. Ramakrishna Rao 07-10-2018 by Carlos S. Alvarado
    Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation Dr. K. Ramakrishna Rao, from India, has been in parapsychology for many decades. I first met him at the Institute for Parapsychology (now Rhine Research Center) in the 1980s. He is w […]

  • Animal Sacrifice and Replacements. 07-06-2018 by inominandum
    So once again there is a hubub over blood/animal offerings, substitutions, and all such things. On one extreme you have people who say that such practices are either codes, or symbolic and can therefore be replaced with ease. Just dab a little colore […]

  • Talking Cosmic Activism with Conner Habib 07-04-2018 by Gordon
    This week, we welcome back to the show my good friend, Conner Habib. Writer, sex worker, activist, Anthroposophist and host of Against Everyone with Conner Habib. And the topics under discussion are how desire destroys materialism and what a cosmic o […]

  • Open Source Data in Parapsychology 07-04-2018 by Carlos S. Alvarado
    Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsvchology Foundation  Adrian Ryan discusses the issue of open data in parapsychology. His article is entitled “Open Data in Parapsychology: Introducing Psi Open Data” (Journal of Parapsychology, 2018, 82 […]

  • Not Everyone Needs to be Spiritual 07-03-2018 by polyphanes
    It’s not often that I partake in Twitter or Facebook memes of the “let me divulge trivia about myself!” type, but recently, I found one that was actually kind of fun: I’m tired and punchy LET’S GO pic.twitter.com/72QyGg17eb — Sam Block (@polyphanes) […]

  • #025 – The Mage & The Scryer – Frater Ashen Chassan and Benn Mac Stiofán on Glitch Bottle 07-03-2018 by Glitch Bottle
    In a rare two-guest interview, ceremonial magician Frater Ashen Chassan and his gifted scryer and Celtic Druid Benn Mac Stiofán stop by the podcast to talk about scrying, hidden spiritual sights and how this well-known magical duo first met and start […]

  • The Holy Daimon Online Project – now live. 07-03-2018 by Frater Acher
    Today the Holy Daimon Online Project is opening its doors for curious visitors, avid readers and engaged practitioners. Over the last ten months, with the help of several amazing people, some wonderful institutions and no insignificant private fundin […]

  • The Language Of Eden 07-03-2018 by Drew W.
    This week we continue our deeper investigation into the Lingua Ignota of Hidlegard of Bingen. I’m mostly focusing on this specific subject because I am racing against the interlibrary loan clock attempting to critically read Sarah Higley’s book on th […]

  • Precedence Does Not Mean “Correct”. 06-29-2018 by inominandum
    People write all kinds of wacky stuff about magic and the occult. Some people probably find my stuff just as wacky and even wrong, as I find some other stuff. Subtle arts are harder to pin down than hard sciences – go figure. It’s easy to dismiss new […]

  • Talking Saints, Psi and UFOs with Dr Diana Walsh Pasulka 06-28-2018 by Gordon
    This week we have one of my favourite discussions of the entire year. Joining us is Dr Diana Walsh Pasulka. Diana is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religi […]

  • June 2018 Open Post 06-27-2018 by John Michael Greer
    As announced earlier, this blog will host an open space once a month (well, more or less!) to field questions and encourage discussion among my readers, and this is the week. All the standard rules apply — no profanity, no sales pitches, no trolling, […]

  • Sorcerous Omens 06-27-2018 by inominandum
    A few months ago I made a small batch of Juno Talismans for a few students and did not mail them on time. These talismans are parchment and peacock feather in a glass vial. Somehow something wet got on them or in them and while there was no mold visi […]

  • Dr. Jack Hunter, Anthropology, Animism, Panpsychism and What’s Next|383| 06-26-2018 by Alex Tsakiris
    Dr. Jack Hunter has blazed a new trail called paranthropology, but that’s just the start of his paradigm busting. photo by: Skeptiko Jack Hunter: It’s kind of like murky territory. I know that Gordon [White of Rune Soup], for example doesn’t like the […]

  • Free Will, Materialism, and Precognition with Vernon Neppe 06-26-2018 by jmishlove
    Vernon Neppe, MD, PhD, FRSSAf, is a neuropsychiatrist and head of the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute in Seattle. Together with Dr Edward Close, he pioneered the new discipline of what they call “Dimensional Biopsychophysics”. He is author, with p […]

  • De Regnis: On Principles of Practice and Regular Practices 06-25-2018 by polyphanes
    Although most of my writing is visible and accessible through my blog and my ebooks, there are a bunch of writing projects that I don’t necessarily intend for public release.  When I was recently going through my old documents folder on my computer, […]

  • InPresence 0116: Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology 06-25-2018 by jmishlove
    Jeffrey Mishlove reviews the history of the humanistic and transpersonal movements in psychology. He notes that there is a marked difference between the Association for Humanistic Psychology and the American Humanist Association, the organization tha […]

  • Godforms of the Golden Dawn review 06-25-2018 by Nick Farrell
    Pat Zalewski’s books on the Golden Dawn are always worth getting and reading.  Lately, he has not written that many, preferring to focus on this correspondence course, so his new one is a rarity.  I was going to write a review of it, and Pat asked me […]

  • Saints of the Imaginal 06-25-2018 by Drew W.
    “The fishlike body indicates the hidden nature of fishes. We do not know whence they have their origin, how they develop, or what paths they follow through the waters. In accord with this figure of speech, the Son of God has come into the world along […]

  • Meditating in Chaos 06-25-2018 by inominandum
    I did not wake up early today, and so I did not get to meditate before the kids woke up. In fact I had to put off my meditation until after breakfast and the kids were loud. Really LOUD. During that 30 minutes there was playing, and fighting, and sco […]

  • #024 – Stepping Into the Circle with Julio Cesar Ody 06-25-2018 by Glitch Bottle
    Julio Cesar Ody is a magician, author and mercilessly practical practitioner of Solomonic magic. Hailing from Brazil where he performed seances and experiments with the Book of Saint Cyprian (among other practices), Julio’s new book from Scarlet Impr […]

  • Genius, Creativity, and Exceptional Intelligence with Vernon Neppe 06-23-2018 by jmishlove
    Vernon Neppe, MD, PhD, FRSSAf, is a neuropsychiatrist and head of the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute in Seattle. Together with Dr Edward Close, he pioneered the new discipline of what they call “Dimensional Biopsychophysics”. He is author, with p […]

  • 2018 PA Convention Provisional Program 06-22-2018 by
    Here is a provisional program for the 61st Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association at the Institute for Noetic Sciences. Register by July 27th for an opportunity to hear the latest and most advanced scientific thinking about topics in […]

  • Talking Jack Parsons with Paul Weston 06-20-2018 by Gordon
    In honour of a very special anniversary and in light of a new biographical series, Paul Weston returns to the show to regale us with his strange angelic blend of history, synchromystic analysis and personal adventure. Rockets, redheads, dianetics, Be […]

  • Infinity and Non-Locality with Vernon Neppe 06-20-2018 by jmishlove
    Vernon Neppe, MD, PhD, FRSSAf, is a neuropsychiatrist and head of the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute in Seattle. Together with Dr Edward Close, he pioneered the new discipline of what they call “Dimensional Biopsychophysics”. He is author, with p […]

  • De Regnis: Supplies and Objects 06-20-2018 by polyphanes
    Although most of my writing is visible and accessible through my blog and my ebooks, there are a bunch of writing projects that I don’t necessarily intend for public release.  When I was recently going through my old documents folder on my computer, […]

  • The Rendering Unconscious Podcast 06-18-2018 by Carl
      I’m in/on the most recent episode of Vanessa Sinclair’s great ”Rendering Unconscious” podcast, talking about the similarities between ritual magic and psychoanalysis. You can listen right here:     If you’re interested in more of the same/similar, […]

  • What Magic Feels Like 06-17-2018 by Drew W.
    “there may very likely be divine spirits here, tutelary heroes, various kinds of nymphs and ancient gods…” – Hypnerotomachia PolifiliI am back at my practice this week. The inspiration, and it always seems to come from a light bulb moment or an event […]

  • A Wink from Manly P. Hall 06-16-2018 by
    Today’s mail brought a small but welcome package from Los Angeles, courtesy of the Philosophical Research Society, the educational nonprofit founded most of a century ago by the redoubtable Manly P. Hall. In the package were two copies of the recent […]

  • Feasibility and Falsification in Science with Vernon Neppe 06-16-2018 by jmishlove
    Vernon Neppe, MD, PhD, FRSSAf, is a neuropsychiatrist and head of the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute in Seattle. Together with Dr Edward Close, he pioneered the new discipline of what they call “Dimensional Biopsychophysics”. He is author, with p […]

  • Talking Astrology in H2 2018 with Austin Coppock 06-13-2018 by Gordon
    This week sees the return of one of the show’s most popular and only recurring episodes, our half-yearly catch-up with Austin Coppock. Yes, we are halfway through 2018 but is the dumpster halfway through burning or is it just about to hit some highly […]

  • The Cosmic Doctrine: The Dawn of Manifestation 06-13-2018 by John Michael Greer
    With this post we begin a monthly discussion of The Cosmic Doctrine by Dion Fortune, which I consider the most important work of 20th century occult philosophy. Climb in and fasten your belts; it’s going to be a wild ride. As noted in earlier posts h […]

  • Mindful Motherhood — Improving the Lives of New Mothers and Infants 06-13-2018 by Communications Team
    The Mindful Motherhood program was developed and evaluated over the last decade through a partnership of IONS and California Pacific Medical Center, and is now being adopted by other hospitals — penetrating the larger field of maternal health and wel […]

  • Spiritual Competencies in Mental Health Care 06-13-2018 by Cassandra Vieten
    An important part of IONS mission is to encourage society’s institutions to pay more attention to the connection between science and spirituality to ease suffering and promote thriving. As part of this, we have been engaged in a collaborative effort […]

  • Dr. Mariana Caplan — Does Yoga Work? |382| 06-12-2018 by Alex Tsakiris
    Dr. Mariana Caplan think yoga is just what psychology and psychotherapy needs. photo by: Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris: Welcome to Skeptiko where we explore controversial science with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. My guest today is Marian […]

  • 88. Greg Kaminsky // Pico della Mirandola's Christian Cabala & Syncretic Angelology 06-12-2018 by Occulture Podcast
    Please do take a moment to check out our Patreon campaign. We call it Coda. Four levels of support. Bonus content. Free shit. Click here to check it out: https://www.patreon.com/occulture I am so pleased and so honored to welcome this particular gues […]

  • The Process of Reincarnation with James G. Matlock 06-12-2018 by jmishlove
    James G. Matlock, PhD, an anthropologist, is coauthor (with Erlendur Haraldsson) of I Saw a Light and Came Here: Children’s Experiences of Reincarnation. He is a regular contributor to the online Psi Encyclopedia sponsored by the Society for Psychica […]

  • De Regnis: Altars and Sacred Spaces 06-11-2018 by polyphanes
    Although most of my writing is visible and accessible through my blog and my ebooks, there are a bunch of writing projects that I don’t necessarily intend for public release.  When I was recently going through my old documents folder on my computer, […]

  • The Blasted Heath 06-11-2018 by Drew W.
    In the following words I am going to wrestle with the ideas of animism, the natural world, and the historically very poorly done correlations or comparisons between Western Magic and living American Indian lifeways. I want to stress that these compar […]

  • Gary Lachman 06-10-2018 by Greg Kaminsky
    Acclaimed author Gary Lachman, who has appeared on the show previously, joins us in podcast episode 190 to discuss his recent, and arguably one of his most important books, The Lost Knowledge of the Imagination. Lachman has contributed an important a […]

  • "Be Careful What You Ask For" – A Magical Story told by Dr. Stephen Skinner 06-10-2018 by Glitch Bottle
    Should you have other people inside a magical circle during an operation? What if one of them is a jokester and something goes wrong? Internationally-acclaimed author, practicing magician and scholar, Dr. Stephen Skinner, shares his own personal expe […]

  • InPresence 0099: Signal to Noise Ratio 06-08-2018 by jmishlove
    Jeffrey Mishlove points out that there is very little that parapsychologists understand regarding the process by which psi functioning occurs. However, one solid finding — consistent with a great deal of research on communication — is that the signal […]

  • The Polytheist Middle Pillar Exercise 06-08-2018 by
    A while back I posted a version of the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram for people who want to get into ceremonial magic but aren’t into the Judeo-Christian symbolism of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, on the one hand, or the Druid Revival symbo […]

  • Do We Survive Death? Evidence. 06-08-2018 by Dr. Charles T. Tart
    In April, 2018, I gave a talk on the evidence for some kind of postmortem survival of consciousness for Ashby Village, an East Bay organization that is part of a nationwide trend to help elders live out their lives in their homes.  It’s rewarding to […]

  • You Can’t Break Up if It’s Already Over 06-07-2018 by Deborah Castellano
    So, in Sicily, my brain was completely clogged with salami, seafood, veal, cheese, pasta, blood orange mimosas, arancini, cannoli and wine.  We were surrounded by the gorgeous sea and because there’s a volcano there that still erupts periodically, th […]

  • InPresence 0098: NTA Psi Experience Community 06-07-2018 by jmishlove
    Jeffrey Mishlove announces the formation of an long-term, online community for individuals who wish to cultivate and apply parapsychological abilities. The only ground rule for this community is to treat all other participants with love and respect a […]

  • Dharma and Tantra with Jason Reza Jorjani 06-07-2018 by jmishlove
    Jason Reza Jorjani is a philosopher and author of Prometheus and Atlas, World State of Emergency, Lovers of Sophia, and Novel Folklore: The Blind Owl of Sadegh Hedayat. Here he reviews the history of tantric practices and distinguishes tantra from co […]

  • InPresence 0097: Requirements for Psychic Training 06-07-2018 by jmishlove
    Jeffrey Mishlove discusses requirements for those who might wish to participate in an ongoing, online program of psychic training. A good start is to have some basis for suspecting that one has natural psi talent. Another requirement is the willingne […]

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