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On Thursday April 26th, 2012, The Hermetic Hour, host Poke Runyon, will review his 1980 master's thesis in cultural anthropology at Cal State, Northridge, titled: "A History of Magical Cults and the Rise of NeoPaganism in Southern California." This work has never been published and contains what some might consider "sensitive" material. It briefly reviews the history of the Western Esoteric Tradition starting in first century Alexandria, up through the 19th and 20th century magical groups, concentrating on the modern rise of Magick and "Wicca" in England -- and immigrating to America. Magick first in the 1920s, followed by witchcraft in the 1960s. The rise of nature oriented NeoPaganism in Southern California, through the turbulent psychedelic era, and the new "Coven model" organizations. I saw this phenomenon as a cultural revitalization movement I referred to as "NeoRomanticism." It is a sad fact that most contemporary witches and magicians know very little about the actual history of their "traditions," especially in relation to other earlier traditions, and groups they may not be aware they are related to. We will open a time capsule and go back 35-40 years to the thrilling days of yesteryear. Tune in and we'll ripe the veil of mystery from our history.
Burlesque: A Path to Feminine Empowerment - Susan Harper, PhD
Susan Harper, Ph.D., is an educator, activist, advocate, and ritual specialist. She holds a PhD in Cultural
Anthropology from Southern Methodist University and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Texas
Susan is passionate about making spirituality accessible, practical, and personal. Her workshops focus on using
spiritual information and techniques to facilitate transformation in our personal lives. She seeks to help people equip
themselves with skills and tools that will aid their continuous growth.
Susan has over two decades' worth of experience with Feminist Spiritualty, Wicca and other forms of NeoPaganism,
energetic healing modalities, Tarot, ecstatic movement, and other transformative practices.
This week on EYE OF THE SEER, +Bryan and Amanda present Witchcraft Part Two. Amanda will share more about her own ministry as a Neo-Pagan high priestess of the second degree. In addition to earning her master’s degree in social work, Amanda has been facilitating an open and eclectic Pagan circle since 2009. In 2013, she partnered with Pagans and Polytheists in the Triangle area of North Carolina to create a Pagan alliance, which focuses on community networking and support through workshops, ritual, and education. Amanda also writes for Paranormal Galaxy Magazine and Pagan Square, focusing on pop culture, witchcraft, and mysticism. In tonight’s show she will offer an eclectic and realistic glimpse into the life of a witch.
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This week on a special two-hour edition (originally scheduled to be 90 minutes) of EYE OF THE SEER, Bishop Bryan D. Ouellette, Ph.D., SOSM will make an important announcement about his ministry held within the Holy Nicholean Catholic Church. Then, Deacon Thomas Moreland and Amanda Lee Morris, MSW, will discuss the ways through which Esoteric Mysticism connects all religions to a common spirituality. But can this "common spirituality" reconcile theological conflicts between conventional Christian theology and those of non-Christian religions?
Bishop Ouellette, in his unceasing effort to bring all people to a mutual respect and spiritual commonality, is often accused of serving "two masters" by his peers and critics. In Matthew 6:24 Jesus states, "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other." Is the Esoteric Mysticism program a violation of what Jesus taught? Are we, by offering things like tarot card readings and Buddhist meditations while also speaking about the True Presence of Christ within the Eucharist violating Matthew 6:24?
Tonight, Bishop Ouellette attempts to set the record clear, once and for all, dispelling as much confusion as is possible while answering the age-old question: Can We [like the popular bumper-sticker] Co-Exist or are we just too spiritually incompatible to do so?
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This week Amanda and Bryan discuss the belief system and practice of witchcraft. They will highlight its origins as well as how it has developed into modern forms, while also dispelling many of its popular myths. If you are curious about this mysterious world-view, here is your chance to learn about it, first hand, from an actual practitioner. A show you won't want to miss!
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Aaron Leitch has been a scholar and spiritual seeker for nearly three decades. He is a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the Gentlemen of Jupiter and the academic Societas Magica. His writings cover such varied fields as ancient Middle Eastern religion and mythology, Solomonic mysticism, shamanism,Neoplatonism, Hermeticism and Alchemy, Traditional Wicca and Neopaganism, The Golden Dawn Tradition, Thelema, Angelology, Qabalah, Enochiana, African Diaspora Religions, Hexcraft and Hoodoo folk traditions, Psychology and Consciousness Expansion, Cyberspace and Virtual Reality and modern social commentary. He is the author of Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires, The Angelical Language: Vols. I and II and The Essential Enochian Grimoire.
I will play audio clips from the book Siege by James Mason & comment. I will read & comment on a portion of an article by James Mason titled "When To Shoot".
We strayed from the topic of the show, but spent nearly three hours talking with Lupa about her projects, her books, her personal spiritual beliefs. We hope that you, the listener, enjoy the conversation as much as we did. As Lupa put it "a three hour interview-turned conversational artwork".
Lupa is back to talk about her newest book, Engaging the Spirit World, and the concept of animism.
About Engaging the Spirit World (taken from http://www.thegreenwolf.com):
Animism--the belief in spirits--is considered to be an integral part of many pagans' paths. We call on these beings when we create our rituals, when we work magic, and even in our everyday lives. For some, though, spirits are the very center of their practices. This book collects writings from a variety of practitioners, exploring animism in nature, in technology, and even within the human psyche. Speaking from both theory and practice, the authors present personal experiences to demonstrate concepts, and provide ideas and tools for the reader to work with. Featuring essays from Dawn M. Allenbach, Kali Black, Veronica Cummer, Kenn Day, jaymi elford, Taylor Ellwood, S. Kelley Harrell, Raven Kaldera, Erynn Rowan Laurie, Rhiannon Louve, Lupa, Bari Mandelbaum, Paleo, Pia Van Ravestein, Andrieh Vitimus and Mel White.
Talking About the Elephant is an attempt to shatter that stillness and to promote constructive communication about the issues surrounding cultural appropriation in neopaganism.
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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What a great show - Does Aaron prefer rum or egg nog or cinnamon or nutmeg?
How did Harry Potter make it easier for us Tarot Readers? What do you need to put on your doorstep before the new year? How did the tradition of Santeria become entwined into Catholicism? What is hoodoo - you great-grandmother probably told you and you had no idea.
This and much more was discussed by my guest Aaron Leitch scholar, practicioner.
Aaron Leitch has been a scholar and spiritual seeker for over two decades.
He is a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the academic Societas Magica.
His writings (both in print and on the web) cover such varied fields as ancient Middle Eastern religion and mythology, Solomonic mysticism, shamanism, Neoplatonism, Hermeticism and Alchemy, Traditional Wicca and Neopaganism, The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Thelema, Angelology, Qabalah, Enochiana, African Diaspora Religions, Hexcraft and Hoodoo folk traditions, Psychology and Consciousness Expansion, Cyberspace and Virtual Reality and modern social commentary.
He is the author of Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires, and The Angelical Language: Vols. I and II.
Visit Aaron at aaronleitch.wordpress.com
No Shiny Shot today but I think the interview was full of inspiration, education.
Welcome to Open Hearts Open Minds. Tonight's guest is Carl McColman. Carl McColman has written twelve books on a variety of spiritual topics. His works include: The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader, 366 Celt: A Year and a Day of Celtic Wisdom and Lore, Spirituality: A Postmodern and Interfaith Approach to Cultivating a Relationship with God, and The Aspiring Mystic. His writing has also appeared at the Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Patheos, as well as in print publications like PanGaia and Evolve.Carl is a sought-after speaker, teacher, and retreat leader on topics such as Christian mysticism, the contemplative life, monasticism, writing as a sacred practice, Celtic wisdom, and interfaith spirituality. Raised as a Christian, Carl has since his adolescence been interested in interfaith dialogue and inter-religious spirituality.