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On Thursday May 23rd, 2013 the Hermetic Hour, with host Poke Runyon, will present an after-event report on the revival of Feraferia in Southern California, on the occasion of the Beltane rite celebrated at Rivendell on May 11th with 32 Feraferians, O.T.A. members and guests attending. Our special guest will be Feraferian Leader, Lady Jo Carson, who will give us an inside look at the original NeoPagan Goddess religion in America, founded by artist-philosopher Frederick Adams, and his Priestess Lady Svetlana. Feraferia celebrates paradisial wilderness and recreates the ancient Greek Elusinian Mysteries. This will be a rare opportunity to discover and rediscover the vision that launched the worship of the Goddess and Her relation to Sacred Nature. Tune in and find out how it began -- and has risen again.
Ian Corrigan has been teaching, learning, singing and playing in the American Neopagan movement since 1976. He has decades of experience in a variety of occult, pagan and magical topics.
Having received his 3rd degree initiation in Celtic Traditional Wicca in the early 80s, Ian has led eclectic study groups, a traditional Wiccan coven and a Druid Grove. Ian has been well-known for decades at Pagan festivals as a bard, ritualist and teacher.
For the past 30 years Ian’s primary path has been Celtic polytheism and especially Neopagan Druidism. Ian has been a primary author and teacher in Ar nDraiocht Fein (ADF). He is a founder of Stone Creed Grove, ADF’s oldest working congregation, and served as ADF’s first Chief Liturgist and first elected Vice Archdruid.
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10 pm-Pagan Science Radio - Science of Religion: with Ed the Pagan Hubbard, Brendan Tripp, Alan Salmi, et al. Come get your geek on and talk about science, paganism, and the evolution of our world!! Special Guest: Marty Laubach is the Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Marshall University who studies the sociological processes of knowledge, science, and religion - in particular as they intersect in spiritual experiences. He has been a long time friend of ACE and Chameleons, and an active participant in the Neopagan community. He is one of the founders of the Crystal Serpent (a Bloomington, IN ritual Magick group) and the Bloomington CUUPs chapter. He was an elder of the ELF Lore Family from 1985 to 1992 and editor of the Elven Chronicles newsletter, and has co-organized major rituals (with Bete Cabal) at past WinterStar Symposiums and ELF Fests. He has published articles on a number of issues relevant to American Neo-Paganism including how Neo-Pagans "do" and use experiences of psychism.
Will Our Return to Ancient Ideas Doom USA?It must be some kind of joke to suggest the United States of America is turning resolutely towards paganism, the antithesis of Christianity—correct? Sadly, this is exactly what appears to be quickly happening to this most Christian of all nations in terms of origin and practice. We see this in our views of government, family, economics, freedom, law and especially religion. We are now presented with a kind modern homo paganus, a modernized version of ancient man. Paganism is defined as:
An adherent of a polytheistic religion in antiquity, especially when viewed in contrast to an adherent of a monotheistic religion. A Neopagan. Offensive—a. One who has no religion; b. An adherent of a religion other than Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. A hedonist. Paganism is a set of beliefs and practices essentially tied to the societies of the ancient world outside Judaism and Christianity. In particular, classical paganism was the worldview of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The revival of these ancient cultures during the Renaissance by way of the ancient writers is the foundation for Humanism. Despite the many high points of ancient classical paganism, these cultures’ values were rejected by the Christian West as utterly at odds with the great standards created by the rise of Christian Europe. This article details how these standards, misunderstood and rejected, are being slowly lost and replaced by unenlightened instincts and more primitive beliefs.
Ian Corrigan is an American Neopagan writer, teacher, musician and ritualist whose work has influenced both the Wiccan and Neo-druidic branches of the Pagan movement.
His work of books can be found here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/tredara His music can be found here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ian-corrigan/id150307769 We hope you'll join us for this special evening and Monday broadcast!
Tonight's guest is Rev. Mark Townsend. Author of "Jesus Through Pagan Eyes, Bridging Neopagan Perspectives with a Progressive Vision of Christ" ."He has been a Priest of the Open Episcopal Church since June 2011. His Parish of St. Francis and Mother Earth OEC, situated within the Midlands Diocese, has no geographical boundaries.
As an Open Episcopal Priest (OEC) and member of the Progressive Christian Alliance (PCA), Mark is able to express his open vision of Christian Priesthood in a fully sacramental way. Among the services offered is an Open Table (Holy Communion for anyone who desires), rites of passage from the traditional to the avant-garde, house blessings and ceremonies to mark special occasions such as anniversaries and civil ceremonies. Mark is a professional Celebrant and a member of the Association of Independent Celebrants (AOIC).
One of the greatest blessings of the last few years is Mark’s discovery of the earth based path of Druidry, which he sees as totally compatible with Christianity. Most modern Druids see their path not so much as a religion but more as a philosophy, which means that there are many who follow the Druid ways and yet remain Christian, Jewish, Buddhist or even Atheist. Here is his website: http://www.marktownsendministry.co.uk/index.html
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The Hermetic Hour for Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 will feature a discussion led by host Poke Runyon, with Ed Fitch, and Rustee Wizzerd, calling in, on the marriage of Paganism, Witchcraft and Ceremonial Magick seen in the revival of the 1970s Order of the Temple of Astarte in the 21st century. We will talk about how this all got started, what our original goals were, and what influenced the O.T.A. to attempt a modern synthesis of Victorian era Gnostic and Rosicrucian magical systems with the more shamanic and earth-oriented Neo-Pagan Movement. This will be an eye-opener to newbies who often have no idea what the real differences between Wicca and Magick are, or how much one owes to the other -- so, tune in and find out what's going on in strange, dark blue rooms in California, Texas, and Georgia. It's Magick!
Isaac Bonewits is one of North America’s leading experts on ancient and modern Druidism, Witchcraft, magic and the occult, and the rapidly growing Earth Religions movement.A practicing Neopagan priest, scholar, teacher, bard, and polytheologian for over thirtyfive years, he has coined much of the vocabulary and articulated many of the issues that have shaped the rapidly growing Neopagan movement in the United States and Canada He is the author of Real Magic, Authentic Thaumaturgy, The Pagan Man, Bonewits's Essential Guide to Witchcraft and Wicca (formerly Witchcraft: A Concise Guide), and Bonewits's Essential Guide to Druidism, Neopagan Rites (formerly Rites of Worship), and wife Phaedra Real Energy (New Page March 2007) as well as numerous articles, reviews and essays. He is a singer-songwriter As a “spellbinding” speaker, he has educated, enlightened and entertained two generations of modern Goddess worshippers, nature mystics, and followers of other minority belief systems, and has explained these movements to journalists, law enforcement officers, college students, and academic researchers. He is the Founder and an Archdruid Emeritus of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, (the best known Neopagan Druid organization based in North America), a 3° Druid within the United Ancient Order of Druids a retired High Priest in both the Gardnerian (“British Orthodox”) and the N.R.O.O.G.D. (“California Heterodox”) traditions of Wicca , an initiate of Santeria and the “Caliphate Line” of the Ordo Templi Orientis as well as a member of other Neopagan and Mesopagan Druid orders. He has been a member of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans for several years. Having survived four previous spouses on July 23, 2004 he was handfasted to former CUUPS Vice President, tarot expert, writer, and Wiccan Priestess, Phaedra Bonewits (hope springs eternal). With her he has co-authored a book called Real Energy: Systems, Spirits, and Substances to Heal, Change, and Grow.
The Hermetic Hour for Thursday the 23rd of February, 2012 will present a report by host Poke Runyon on the recent PantheaCon convention in San Jose, California (from the17th through the 20th of this month). This gathering of NeoPagan tribes, magical lodges and Wiccan covens was attended by 2000 colorful characters with nearly a hundred events, lectures, ritual presentations, and handcrafted treasures for collectors of the exotic. We attended as part of the Feraferian entourage and helped Feraferia's leader Jo Carson to present an enchanted Oimelc rite that featured talented dancers, musicians and an experienced cast of ritualists. Lady Jo will be calling in discuss this event with us and her upcoming book on Feraferia. We also attended lectures and classes given by our friends Chic and Tabatha Cicero, and Lon Milo DuQuette. We touched base with Ed Fitch who was promoting his forthcoming book Pirate Magic -- or is Pyrate Magick? (Arrgh!) A great time was had by all -- so tune in and we'll share the magick with you.
This Thursday, August 25th, 2011, the Hermetic Hour's host Poke Runyon, will have as his featured guest Cerridwen Fallingstar, a distinguished teacher, and facilitator in the Northern California Goddess-centered NeoPagan community, whom we met at the recent Feraferian conclave north of San Francisco. Of special interest to our Hermetic magical process is the inspiration behind Lady Cerridwen's magical historical novels. She channels them, recounting her own adventures from past lives -- but she also does very good research, and has a professional novelist's style and story-telling flair. Her first novel was "Heart of Fire," recounting the life of a Scottish witch. She then moved to medieval Japan for a two-decker saga "White As Bone, Red As Blood." We are especially interested in the methods she used to recover these memories --- so, tune in and we'll find out how to go way, way back, and live it up!
Ancient rites of passage, tribal markings, NeoPagan image reflection. Throughout history people have do something to change their physical appearance to reflect some aspect of who and what they are. Tattoos, piercings, scarification, and many other forms of body modification are all examples of how someone can change body to show some deeper part of themselves. Your hosts will discuss many of these and how they relate to magick and living a magickal lifestyle. Both of them have gone through one or more of these modifications and will share why they did what they did.
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