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Magick and Romanticism

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The Hermetic Hour

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On October 6th, 2011, the Hermetic Hour, with host Poke Runyon, will air a discussion on the revival of Magick as the supreme expression of a new Romantic movement in the second half of the 20th century. We will examine the original 18th century Romantic Movement in art and philosophy as a spiritual and intellectual rebellion against the dehumanizing aspects of the industrial revolution, carrying this on through the Victorian age of what we now reprise as "steam-punk"
romanticism, to the death of all dreams and visions of beauty in the depressing horror of World War One. Then the cynical, jaded pseudo-romanticism of the "lost generation," typified by Aleister Crowley's visions of decadence. We will explain what romanticism is, and how Nazis, Bolsheviks, and devout Christians can all be equally "Romantic." We will look at the Faustian archetype, the Luciferian idea, Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell, and the little-understood
philosophy of solipsism so important to the hermetic individuation process. This is going to be a feast of ideas, so tune in and savor the mind food.