The Modern Hermeticist himself in the house. Dan Attrell is here to talk all about translating one of the preeminent texts, maybe the preeminent text, in the history of Western esotericism: the Picatrix, perhaps the premiere text written on the subject of astrological magic - a manual for constructing talismans, mixing magical compounds, summoning planetary spirits, and determining astrological conditions.
Returning guest Douglas Rushkoff is back to spit some hot fire about his latest book, Team Human, a manifesto written with one goal in mind: to remake society and culture in our image and in our favor; to reconnect with ourselves and with each other; and to return to our roots as the social creatures we truly are, with face-to-face interactions IRL, as they say in the not-so-social media.
Dr. Kasper Opstrup published his PhD in book form back in November 2017. It’s called The Way Out: Invisible Insurrections and Radical Imaginaries in the UK Underground 1961-1991, and it charts a hidden history of experiments with cultural engineering, with the hopes of expanding current discussions of art, media, politics, radical education and the occult revival
Gordon White returns to the show with first-time guest Jay Springett to talk solarpunk, a movement in speculative fiction, art, fashion and activism. It’s infrastructure as resistance, it’s ingenuity, generativity, independence and community, and it asks the question: “What does a sustainable civilization look like and how can we get there?”
Jasun Horsley is back in the house to dig a bit deeper into the role occultism plays in ritual abuse, particularly the brand of occultism made popular by Aleister Crowley. We also touch on the left-hand path as social engineering, and Crowley’s influence on Timothy Leary and Wicca.
Nikki Wyrd is in the house for a chat inspired by a lecture she gave in Berlin last fall on age-old magic and ways to approach death. An appropriate time for such a chat here in the northern hemisphere because we’re right in the middle of winter, and also appropriate considering recent space weather. Lot of things changing, lot of things evolving, lot of things ending, lot of things dying.
Jasun Horsley returns to the podcast for a conversation about his latest book, The Vice of Kings: How Socialism, Occultism and the Sexual Revolution Engineered a Culture of Abuse. The title is quite reflective of the content of the book and the content of this conversation. Definitely one that’ll rattle some cages.
Jeff Nixa is a shamanic practitioner, teacher and author of The Lost Art of Heart Navigation: A Modern Shaman’s Field Manual. Jeff is in the house to talk about what’s known as the heart path: taking wisdom from ancient shamanic traditions and using it to teach ourselves how to follow our heart so we live a more fulfilling life.
Dr. Armin Zahdeh is the author of The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why It Matters, which revisits psychologist Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving and examines love through the lenses of biology, philosophy, history, religion, sociology and economics to provide a contemporary understanding of love.