I was on The Astrology Podcast with Chris Brennan!

After almost a year of talking about it and sorting things out behind the scenes, it finally happened: I was featured as a guest on the inestimable, amazing Chris Brennan’s show, The Astrology Podcast!  Yes, the same Chris Brennan who wrote, like, the textbook on Hellenistic astrology, fittingly titled Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune.  You can find the link to The Astrology Podcast’s page on the episode here, or you can check out the YouTube video of it below.

In a way not unlike J.M. Woolfolk’s book title (though arguably with far more legitimacy), Chris’ show really is the podcast on astrology; while there are definitely countless good podcasts out there, The Astrology Podcast stands above them all going back to 2012 with over 300 episodes with such amazing guests as Ben Dykes, Robert Hand, Chris Warnock, Lee Lehman, Demetra George, and so many other luminaries of astrological research and practice—on top of all of Chris’ own informative solo talks, forecasts, and lectures.  And, summertime last year, shortly after I put out my Hermeticism FAQ (part I, part II, part III, and part IV here), Chris invited me to be a guest on his show to talk about classical Hermeticism.  It’s a topic that (so he says) he had been wanting to have a show about for about ten years now, but hadn’t found the right time, context, or person to talk with him about it.  Heck, even in his own textbook on Hellenistic astrology, he somewhat evaded an in-depth exploration of Hermeticism; although many astrological texts of the classical period attribute plenty to Hermēs Trismegistus, to even begin to talk about how Hermeticism developed with (perhaps even because) of astrology in the Hellenistic period is worth a whole book unto itself.

To that end, Chris had me on his show recently to talk about Hermeticism with him, not only how it played out across the millennia that ensued after the Hellenistic period, but also how it developed in its own context, what its textual and practical ties are to astrology, why astrology is important to Hermeticists and why Hermeticism is (or should be) important to astrologers, and so much more.  It was a great three-hour chat, and despite that length, I still feel like we only began to scratch the surface (which makes sense, given the profundity of the topic).  Still, it was a great thing to talk about, and I definitely had a blast!*  Not only did I get to talk about a topic that’s near and dear to my heart, but Chris also opened up my eyes and showed new things to me during the course of the chat that really reinforces and reemphasizes how important astrology is to Hermeticism and vice versa; more than ever, I certainly must say that astrology really is the Hermetic art, above and beyond any other spiritual practice.

In addition to the show itself, Chris put out a call on Twitter asking for questions that might want to be reviewed.  Although we didn’t have time to get to any of them, I did make an effort to answer what I could in the various replies to this tweet on Twitter.  If you’re interested in a little bit of quasi-bonus content, take a look at that thread there!

Of course, if you have any interest in astrology (if nothing else, that episode above should certainly convince you that you should!), then definitely subscribe to The Astrology Podcast:

Plus, you could always become a patron of Chris on Patreon to support the podcast, which gets you early access to new episodes, a monthly Auspicious Elections episode, Casual Astrology, and more bonuses, too!

Also, as part of doing this podcast, I also made a new page up under About at the top: Hermeticism Posts.  Much like with my Geomancy Posts index page, the “Hermeticism Posts” page offers an index of all the various posts I’ve made over my blogging career touching on Hermeticism—specifically the philosophical, theoretical, theosophical, devotional, mystic side of things.  To be fair, there’s plenty (perhaps even plenty more) that could be said about the practical, technical, magical side of things in Hermeticism, too, but that’s such a wide and varied category that crosses so many boundaries and topics and categories and tags that I can’t make an index of such posts at this time.  Rather, the “Hermeticism Posts” index provides a quick look-up for all the stuff related to classical Hermeticism as evidenced by and extant in the classical Hermetic corpora, including my own Hermeticism FAQ, my writeup of CH III, my writeups of the Armenian Definitions, and much more.  Take a look when you have the chance!

* also oh my god I hope I didn’t embarrass his show, this was probably one of the most professional things I’ve had to do in years, I’m so sorry &c and thank you for having me on your show chris

I was on a two-part show on the “What Magic is This?” podcast!

Well, that certainly was fun!

I trust you, good reader, will remember that I’ve been on a handful of podcasts as a guest before, and if you’ve forgotten (or if you haven’t been around long enough to hear about that), you can check the About page of this website to see a list of what shows I’ve been on before.  It’s always a pleasure and a treat to be on someone’s show, and although I live in constant fear that I’ll make an oafish ass of myself and make the good host waste their time and bandwidth on me, apparently the shows I’ve been on tend to be well-received for one reason or another.

As it turns out, I was was invited back by Douglas Batchelor over at What Magic is This?, this time not as the sole guest but with the good Rev. Erik Arneson (of Arnemancy) as my friend and colleague, the two of us answering Doug’s questions about Hermeticism, both classical and post-classical, from all sorts of angles.  It was a great talk, and because the discussion was so expansive (it’s hard not to be when talking about 2000 years of development and wiles in all sorts of ways!), it got broken out into two separate episodes.  Take a listen, whether on YouTube, Spotify, Libsyn, or your other preferred podcast listener!

Part I (June 17, 2021), focusing on classical Hermeticism

Part II (June 25, 2021), focusing on post-classical Hermeticism

If you’ve enjoyed these talks (I certainly hope you do, and I certainly enjoyed being a part of them!), do consider supporting both Doug and Erik on their respective platforms, subscribe to their shows, donate to their Patreons, and the like!

I was on the Talk Gnosis podcast! Tune in and take a look!

I know I’m supposed to be on a hiatus so I can focus on my Salem Summer Symposium presentation (Spelling by Spelling: Greek Alphabet Divination and Magic, at 1pm EDT on Saturday, August 15, which you all should totally join in and also book your places in their other online sessions later next month!), but…it’d appear that, in lieu of writing on my blog, I’ve ended up writing blog post-length tweet threads on Twitter like once every week or so on this or that topic.  I swear, it’s like I don’t know how to not work.  Oh well.

In the meantime, I also wanted to bring up something pretty cool: I was on the Talk Gnosis podcast, a weekly show about Gnosticism and related traditions from the Gnostic Wisdom Network (website here, YouTube channel here)!  Me, Bishop Lainie, and Deacon Jon jammed earlier this month talking about theories of divination, geomancy, occult practice, and so much more.  It was a pleasure and honor to be on their show, and I hope you tune in, watch, and listen to us chat and joke and jape!

Of course, don’t just stop there!  Talk Gnosis puts up new episodes weekly with awesome people who are way out of my league talking about everything religious, spiritual, magical, and occult, all for the betterment of humanity and the solving of the mysteries of creation.  So, besides just liking and subscribing to their YouTube channel, also follow them on Twitter (@TalkGnosis) and Facebook (talkgnosis), and support them on Patreon to get extra content, early releases, and other special bonuses!

And now, back to researching, writing, and ranting on Twitter.

Summer update: Jailbreak the Sacred, the Salem Summer Symposium, and more!

I hope everyone’s been enjoying the Reviewing the Trithemian Conjuration posts that have been going up lately!  There are still a few more to go, but in the meantime, I didn’t want you all to think that I was just relaxing taking a vacation (as much as I might want or need to).  Rather, things have been as busy as ever, between commuting and working and Working and writing and Writing and this and that and the other, and I wanted to take a quick moment to fill you guys in on some of the things that have been happening lately.

First, a few updates about the website structure.  I decided to go through my blog archives and make things a bit easier to navigate for some of the more fun or interesting posts I’ve made, and while there’s too much to outright do a whole highlight reel of posts, I have made a few new pages for ease of navigability and readability, including adding a few goodies to the Rituals pages from old posts that discussed some rituals I apparently forgot about.

  • The About page has been updated with links to all the different categories of posts (which are also accessible on the right side of the blog page, at least while using the desktop view of the website blog).
  • Several new pages have been added to the top navbar:
    • About → Geomancy Posts: an index of all the important posts I’ve done about geomancy, geomantic divination, geomantic magic, geomantic spirituality, and divination generally.
    • About → Post Series: an index of all the different multipart series of posts I’ve written about over the years, with a summary of each series and links to each of the individual posts in each series.
    • Rituals → Candle Blitzkrieg Blessing: a ritual that utterly fills a house or dwelling with divine light for the sake of blessing it.
    • Rituals → Dream Divination Ritual: a ritual to be done while the Moon is in your ninth house for dream divination, lucid dreaming, or other forms of dreamwork.
    • Rituals → Uncrossing of the Mouth: a ritual to uncross, unbind, and free the mouth from any maleficia, cross, or curse that has settled upon it so that you can speak freely and easily once again.
  • The page Rituals → Classical Hermetic Rituals → The Headless Rite has been (finally) updated, with much of the Greek being corrected, a full transcription of the Greek provided, and more information provided on carrying out the ritual itself.

Second, I was on another podcast!  The wonderful, amazing, and handsome astrologer Nate Craddock of Soul Friend Astrology started a podcast earlier this year, Jailbreak the Sacred, where he sits down to talk with leaders, thinkers, practitioners, and activists about the intersection of mainstream religion and alternative spirituality.  After all, as he says, “spirituality in the 21st century is only getting weirder from here on out, and there’s no better time to team up with people who have walked that path before”.  It’s a wonderful and refreshing thing to listen to, and there are some great speakers already in the lineup, and it’s an honor for me to be included among them!  We spent a good hour and more talking about the intersection of my magical and religious practices, what it’s like being an orisha priest in the Afro-Cuban tradition of La Regla de Ocha Lukumí, and how that impacts my philosophy, ethics, and morality in how I approach my life and Work.  Head on over to JTS and take a listen!  And, if you use iTunes, be sure to subscribe to JTS through that platform, too!

Also, for his patrons over on Patreon, there’s an extra bonus episode of Nate and I talking about geomancy, where I give a very rough-and-fast explanation of the origins of geomancy, and I read for Nate on the air and give a full explanation of what a geomancy reading with me is like on the spot.  You’ll also be able to listen in on a special prayer I’ve written for divination, what I call the Praise of the Lord of the Unseen, which has hitherto not been published anywhere (yet).  If you’re interested, help Nate with his podcast, pitch in $10 a month, and get access to this and all sorts of other goodies and bonuses Nate has for his subscribers!

Third, I’m really super excited to announce that I will be in Salem, Massachusetts in early-mid August this year to attend, present, do readings, and generally have fun at the Salem Summer Symposium!  This is the first major event of its kind hosted by the good folk at the Cauldron Black, with the main show of events lasting from August 7 through August 11, but with other activities occurring around the city of Salem as early as August 3.  I’ll be teaming up with the wonderful Dr Al Cummins for a Double Trouble Geomancy Power Hour on Friday, August 9 from 10am to 12pm, and later on that day I’ll be presenting on my own about my recent development in geomancy-centered theurgical practices from 4pm to 6pm.  Tickets are still available, and I heartily encourage those who are able to attend to do so; there’s a massive list of fascinating talks, presentations, workshops, and other delights for the eyes and heart and mind to partake in, and that’s besides just the social fun to be had in a spot of great renown in old New England!

Last but not least, I mentioned a bit ago that the Russian occult website Teurgia.Org is working on translating some of my writings and works into the Russian language.  They’ve done it again, this time translating my old post on Ancient Words of Power for the Directions (April 2013) into Russian on their website.  If you’re a speaker of Russian, go check it out!

Anyway, that’s all I wanted to say for now.  I hope the weather is treating you all well, and that the upcoming summer solstice (or winter solstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere) is blessed and prosperous for us all!  And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.