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Tune in, turn on, and get magick with Poke Runyon, Archimage of the Ordo Templi Astartes. The O.T.A. is the oldest continually operating magical lodge in the US."Poke Runyon is the real deal ... an international magical treasure!" ~ Lon Milo DuQuette

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Tune in, turn on, and get magick with Poke Runyon, Archimage of the Ordo Templi Astartes. The O.T.A. is the oldest continually operating magical lodge in the US."Poke Runyon is the real deal ... an international magical treasure!" ~ Lon Milo DuQuette

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Great to hear an SF guy talk about Daemons... what could be more exciting??

A real teacher

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Thank you for your work. Love your Solomon magick documentary. Blessings

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96 Ratings
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77
7
5
5
2

Good to hear

By Chomping It - Dec 01 2017
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Great to hear an SF guy talk about Daemons... what could be more exciting??

A real teacher

By Juelz_024 - Jan 12 2016
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Thank you for your work. Love your Solomon magick documentary. Blessings

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Tune in, turn on, and get magick with Poke Runyon, Archimage of the Ordo Templi Astartes. The O.T.A. is the oldest continually operating magical lodge in the US."Poke Runyon is the real deal ... an international magical treasure!" ~ Lon Milo DuQuette

Carl Jung and The Hermetic Tradition (re-broadcast)

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The Hermetic Hour will feature a discussion, led by Poke Runyon on the psycho-philosophy of Carl Gustav Jung and its relation to the Hermetic Tradition. We will set forth the basic tenants of Jung's psychology, how it differs from that of Sigmund Freud, and how Jung's theory of the "Collective Unconscious" matches up with the Hermetic theory of the "Universal Mind." We'll also consider how the Jungian "archetypes" and "the shadow" relate to angels, spirits and demons. Jung's interest in Alchemy will be mentioned, along with his notion that UFOs might be the medieval angels returning in modern times. Our reference text will be "Modern Man in Search of a Soul" and "The Red Book," which was Jung's personal diary of his own spiritual quest. So curl up with your anima (or animus) and we'll get analytical.

Jun 05 2015

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Manly P. Hall -- The Master and The Mystery (re-broadcast)

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The Hermetic Hour for Thursday will feature a discussion by host Poke Runyon on the life and work of Hermetic philosopher Manly Palmer Hall. We will trace his life through the early years on the east coast where he became interested with the esoteric at very early age, his remarkable capacity for learning and teaching, his 1920s-1930s Southern California success, his steadfast adherence to the principals of ancient and classical philosophy in contrast to the New Thought Movement so popular in esoteric circles at the time. His support of Theosophy and the esoteric Freemasonry of Albert Pike. We will look at some of his stranger adventures with friends such as Houdini, Bela Lugosi, and others. Like Houdini, Hall was a crusader against occult fraud and helped bring down a very powerful cult, even at the risk of his own life. And yet, in later years he was apparently the victim of a sinister plot by a trusted business manager. He died a horrible death which the LAPD investigated as a homicide. Our reference book for this report is "Master of the Mysteries" by Louis Sahagun, and my own Masonic association with Ill. Bro.Manly P.Hall, 33 -- Tune in and we will review the life of "The Maestro."

Jul 15 2016

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The Mystery of Melchizedek

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On November 2nd, 2017 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will

present a discussion on the Biblical mystery man Melchizedek who appears

in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, and later in the New Testament.

Melchizedek literally means King and Priest or Priest-King. He was said

to have given the first communion to Abraham in the days before Joseph

became a leader in Egypt. Although legendary he was said to have

established an order of priesthood to rival that of Moses

brother Aaron. He represented the original Canaanite god El ("the most

High God") whereas Aaron's priesthood was that of Moses' Jehovah

(Yahweh). After the Babylonian captivity Ezra attempted to overwrite all

references to El in the Bible and make Jehovah the supreme being. The

New testament declares twice that Jesus the Nazareen is a priest after

the Order of Melchizedek -- We will look at this in relation to the

Egyptian and Phoenician situation at the time and later Gnostic

Christian writings. So if you want to do some Biblical detective work

tune in and we'll solve the mystery.

Nov 03 2017

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Graham Hancock's "Magicians of the Gods" and "America Before" with Frater Dumuzi

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On Thursday July 11th, 2019 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon and his colleague Frater Dumuzi will present a review and discussion of the recent Graham Hancock books Magicians of the Gods (2015) and America Before (2019). These works are the latest in a series of speculative efforts to support the long-standing theory that our present civilization (especially Western Civilization) was preceded by an advanced antediluvian culture that might have been Plato's Atlantis. The survivors of which, according to Hancock, created the monolithic architecture of the late neolithic and passed on their knowledge of mathematics and astronomy to the Sumerians, and Egyptians. Recent discoveries such as the 12,000 year old temple complex of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey lend these ideas credibility but they are still resisted by the Cultural Marxists who believe that civilization must evolve from the simple to the complex. Hence Hancock's books are controversial. So, put on your fedora, oil up your bull-whip and join us for an hour of adventure.

Jul 12 2019

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The Chakras and The Book of Revelation

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On Thursday November 13th the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will

present a discussion on the relationship between the mystic roses or chakras of yoga with the Seven Seals of the Book of Revelation in the Bible. This is of special interest to Rosicrucians and the Rosicrucian tradition in our own Inner Order the O.R.C. We will follow the order of the Seven branch candlestick as does the Golden Dawn but we will mention other arrangements, such as suggested by James Pryce (1910) in Apocalypse Unsealed and his current immitator: Zachary Landsdowne, author of "The Revelation of Saint John" (2006). Revelation has been the cornerstone of Christian mystical texts since the first century of the common era. So if you want to discover what those Seven Seals are hiding then tune in

and let's open them up.

Nov 14 2014

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Son of Chicken Qabalah with Lon Milo DuQuette

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On Thursday November 15th 2018, the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will review "Son of Chicken Qabalah" and interview its distinguished

author Lon Milo DuQuette. This 2018 book is a sequel to Lon's popular

"Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford" (2001). Lamed Ben Clifford

is Lon's fictional creation. Lon thought all of us Hermetic Qabalists

needed our own Rabbi, who would not sneer at our Tarot cards and pagan

corospondences on the Tree of Life. Ben Clifford's Qabalah was for all

of us and it was presented in a humorous style that made the otherwise

dry subject come alive. It became one of the best introductions to the

subject at least from a Hermetic perspective. The fictional Ben Clifford

has passed away but he has left a legacy: a three degree Qabalistic

initiation system based on the Sepher Yetzirah's Cube of Space and the

Golden Dawn's Hermetic Hebrew alphabet corospondences. Starting with the

Three Mother Letters in the first degree (the original tetragrammaton)

the candidate next internalizes the Seven Double Letters attributed to

the planets, and finally, in the Third and last degree, he or she,

installs the Twelve Simple letters internalizing the entire Hermetic

Qabalistic universe. This is all accomplished with mudras, flashing

colors a pitch pipe and geometric mandalas. What we did with a  yoga

system in "Hermetic Yoga, Beyond the Middle Pillar" (2015) Lon has done

in a Temple initiation format. This little book of his is a treasure and

will make Hermetic Magick come alive for everyone who conscientiously

studies it.

Nov 16 2018

1hr 11mins

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Sekret Machines - Chasing Shadows, by Tom DeLonge and A.J. Hartley

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On Thursday August 31st the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a review of the recent best selling novel: "Sekret Machines - Chasing Shadows" by Tom DeLonge and A.J. Hartley. This book purports to be The Truth about "The Phenomenon" (UFOs, Ancient Aliens, the Nazi Bell et allia) presented as fiction. It is very effective as a Dean Koontz-Dan Brown style multiple-viewpoint thriller. Readers will at first believe that this is a novelized version of the "X-Files" t.v. series but the final chapter proves that the 1940s Shaver Mystery by Raymond A. Palmer and Richard S. Shaver was the real inspiration for this project. We do not say this to discredit Sekret Machines but rather to recommend it. So if you want to spend an hour in the Absolute Elsewhere, tune in and we will take the elevator down to the "deep utilities" and visit with the Deros who run The New World Order.

Sep 01 2017

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Action Adventure Novels and Stories by Poke Runyon

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On Thursday January 15th, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will present a review and reprise of the host's own writing career as a

novelist, short story writer and screenwriter. After three years in the

Army most in Special Forces, Poke started off in 1965 with Night Jump -

Cuba 1965 followed by Commando X in 1967 and a series of underwater

adventure stories in ARGOSY magazine, on to Hollywood and a short stint

as a screenwriter before getting a real job as a designer and technical

illustrator for Shelby American and on to a career as an industrial artist.

Eventually publishing his own fiction with Drell Master 2001 and From

the Tower of Darkness in 2002 So if you enjoy macho action adventure

stories or ever did, tune in and find out what old Frater Thabion writes

about other than magick.

Jan 16 2015

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Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and The Holy Grail

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On Thursday February 25th, 2016 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will present a reading and commentary on a chapter, by Fraters Thabion

and Solomon, from the forthcoming book Hermetic Yoga, Beyond the Middle

Pillar, Vol. 2, titled Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the Holy Grail. This

will trace the story from Bethlehem to Camelot with some remarkable

surprises, such as Jesus was the grandson of King Herod the Great,

Jehovah was not his Father in Heaven, that he believed in equality for

women, and tolerance for the Gentiles. That he married a Phoenician

princess and sought to unite all Israel under the original Most High God

EL That his cousin Herod Antipas bribed Pontius Pilate to have him

executed, and that Mary Magdalene barely managed to escape with their

son to Southern France where they founded the Cult and the lineage of

the Sangreal -- Its all documented with the latest discoveries from

ancient archives, so tune in and we'll go beyond The D'Vinci Code.

Feb 26 2016

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Count Cagliostro -- The Wizard who Invented Himself

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On Thursday February 22nd, 2018 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will present a discussion on the life and career of the 18th century

magician and alchemical adept who called himself  Count Alessandro

Cagliostro. He was perhaps the most colorful and adventurous character

in our Hermetic tradition. Vilified as a rogue, a scoundrel, and a

charlatan by the academy and the Church in Europe he was loved by the

common people for his healing touch and alchemical medicines which he

administered freely to the poor, and dearly to the rich. He claimed to

be able to create gold to support his charity work and lavish life

style. He and his glamorous wife Lorenza founded an androgynous 

quasi-Masonic Egyptian rite which allegedly involved nudity and sex

magick. Cagliostro was featured as an anti-hero in a series of novels by

Alexander Dumas, and depicted on film by Orson Welles in the (1949 )

movie classic BLACK MAGIC. We will consult Sax Rhomer's ROMANCE of

SORCERY ( 1914 ) for a more accurate version of the Count's adventures

than Dumas' novels and the screenplay offer -- so if you'd like to meet

the real Count Cagliostro, tune in and we'll follow him on his journey

as he invented himself.

Feb 23 2018

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The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript

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On Thursday July 26th, 2018 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will

discuss the Mysterious Voynich Manuscript (Beinecke MS. 408) a late

medieval herbal, alchemical and astrological book written in an unknown

language and illustrated with pictures of plants and astronomical

arrangements that are not of this world. Authorship was originally

attributed to Roger Bacon (1214 - 1292) but carbon-dating placed the MS.

in the early fifteenth century. John Dee and Edward Kelley have been

suggested because of their similar Enochian language creation, but there

is no proof of their involvement. The mysterious MS has fascinated both

scholars and amateur researchers alike with solutions announced every

year since 1943 when the U.S. Government code-breakers attempted to

decipher it. A new solution was announced just a week before this

broadcast and has already been discredited. The main reason most experts

fail seems obvious to a Hermetic scholar. The Voynich MS was not written

in cipher. It was written in a language and in an alphabet that has no

analog on earth or in this earthly dimension. The key to finding the

origin of the Voynich material might be found in another mysterious

manuscript published in 1670. We will read this revelation as our

contribution toward solving the mystery -- so put on your Indiana Jones

fedora and listen in.

Jul 27 2018

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Philip K. Dick's Exegesis

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On Thursday August 30th, 2018 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will review and explore the almost one thousand page introspective

philosophical and spiritual journal of the late California

science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick. (1928-1982) This remarkable

documentation of a classic mystical experience and its ramifications in

and beyond the author's literary works. The exegesis is also a chronicle

of a genius battling for sanity and a true religious philosophy as he

lives and works through what is obviously and admittedly mental illness.

Dick is best known for his darkly paranoid  science-fiction novels and

stories. The novel VALIS (vast active living intelligence system) is the

fictionalized version of his 1974 vision and much of the exegesis

ruminates on its impact and significance. As a Roman Catholic Dick's

vision is Biblical, especially Christian, but he analyzes it as Gnostic

and Neo-platonic (Hermetic) and defines Christ as essentially female. He

later defines himself as a neo-Marxist philosopher and gives us insights

into the spiritual aspects of the 1960s and 70s counter culture that

continue to perpetuate the social and political divide in our society

today. So, if you want to spend an hour in the mind of Philip K. Dick

join us and we will inquire within. As Above so Below, As Within so Without.

Aug 31 2018

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Astral Time Travel - from Chesed

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On Thursday November 12th, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon,

will present a discussion on our Astral Time travel method and its use

in connection with Hermetic Yoga. We will explain our method of

celestial consciousness projection in relation to stellar distances

(light years) and our use of the Tesseract as a sighting and measuring

device. We will also discuss the remarkable video The Star of Bethlehem

which reveals, using the Starry Night program a conjunction of Jupiter,

Venus and Regulus when the nativity was said to have taken place. We

will mention our Soma Sophia magical celestial tabliture in relation to

these phenomenon and cite the philosophy and the writings of Hermes to

back up our methods. So if you want to learn about magical time and

space travel tune in and we'll open the Star Gate.

Nov 13 2015

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The Book of Abramelin - New Translation

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On Thursday August 29th, 2919 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will review and discuss the new translation (2006) of the 15th century German Book of Abramelin attributed to Abraham von Worms, translated by Steven Guth and edited by Georg Dehn from Ibis Press. This new translation directly from the original German manuscript supersedes MacGregor Mather's translation of the French version in 1893 Which has been a cornerstone of magical libraries since the beginning of the last century. The new Abramelin is excellently introduced by my esteemed colleague Maestro Lon Milo Duquette. The old French version was poorly translated (from the German) and incomplete. The original has all four books and completes all the magic squares. This German version was used by Franz Bardon to name his solar spirits. It should go on the shelf of every magical library. So if you want to square-up with the Angels tune in and we'll run the numbers.

Aug 30 2019

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Carlos Castaneda and His Teachings (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday October 4th, 2012 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the anthropologist-shaman and allegorical fiction writer Carlos Castaneda (1925-1998) and the teachings of his mysterious mentor the Yaqui sorcerer Don Juan Matus.  This serves to be more of an appreciation of Carlos and Don Juan than a critique. We will focus on what many consider his best work: "Journey to Ixtlan." So tune, turn on, and "stop the world."

Mar 03 2017

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The Magick of the O.T.A. from Gnostica 1977

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On Thursday July 24th, 2014 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will

present a reading of his 1977 article in Gnostica No. 44, "The Magick of

the O.T.A." This article described the philosophy, structure and activities of the Order thirty-seven years ago. You may be surprised to discover how long some of our advanced programs have been operative, such as our unique Hermetic Yoga system, our Celestial Magick Vault and our Magical journal The Seventh Ray. The article is short enough for the author to informally update the information given out at that time. So, if you want to learn where we were and what we did back then, and how we have evolved in the intervening years, tune in and be enlightened.

Jul 25 2014

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Pythagoras the Mathemagician by Karim El Koussa

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On Thursday December 24th, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. PT, the Hermetic Hour with

host Poke Runyon will review and discuss the magical historical novel

"Pythagoras the Mathemagician - by our friend and distinguished author

Karim El Koussa. This is a very important book for Hermetic students

because it makes the Pythagoras contributions to our Hermetic and

Qabalistic systems come to life by by recreating the life and work of

the man to whom we owe so much. And who better than a Phoenician scholar

to give us a biographic novel of the greatest of the Phoenicians, the

father of philosophy and the original Master of the mysteries. In this

book you will learn about the Masters' Egyptian initiations (very much

like our Crata Repoa), his mystic mathematics, sacred geometry, moral

and ethical teachings, vegetarian (vegan) dietary regime and his

cosmology The Music of the Spheres. So, if you want to find out how to

painlessly acquire a knowledge of the greatest of ancient Magicians,

tune in and we'll vist Crotona.

Dec 25 2015

1hr 4mins

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Hermetic Yoga - Beyond the Middle Pillar

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On Thursday October 16th the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will

present an advance review on his forthcoming book Hermetic Yoga Beyond

the Middle Pillar this is a new offering from CHS/OTA that has been a

long-time in the works. The yoga system described and brought to life in

this book has been practiced by the O.T.A. since 1975 and is an

extension of Israel Regardie's Golden Dawn Middle Pillar exercise

following the Lightning flash going down the spheres from Kether to

Malkuth forming a complete straight line chakra system similar to the

Hidhu system of Laya Yoga, In this case the Spheres of the Tree of Life

are the planets within. this system traces its origin to two German

Rosicrucian mystics Jacob Bohme and Johann Gitchel. The late Frederick

Adams of Feraferia was also working on a similar system and an essay of

his is included Adams also provided the beautiful cover art depicting a

Goddess in the stars. Also included is an essy by Frater Osiris (Michael

S. Downs) linking Hermetic Yoga to The Chemical wedding of Christian

Rosencrutz via Johann Gitchel' s spiral path of the planets in his

natural man drawing which is one of the keys to the Hermetic Yoga

conception. The book will be followed with a deck of Yoga cards which

will enable the practitioner to carry the system in his pocket for

meditation and study. This is going to be a great aid to magick and

spiritual development and provides a vital resource that Western

magicians have needed for centuries. Now we can call on the Gods within

and exercise all of the powers that our oriental colleagues have called

upon for centuries. So if you want to get a head start on the latest

magical tools of empowerment tune in and we'll start warming up for the

session.

Oct 17 2014

57mins

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The Philosopher's Stone with Joseph P. Farrell (re-broadcast)

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This Thursday the Hermetic Hour, with host Poke Runyon, will present an in-depth interview with the distinguished author and researcher Joseph P. Farrell. We will focus on his 2007 book "The Philosopher's Stone, Alchemy and the Secret Research for Exotic Matter" from Feral House. In this work, Dr. Farrell traces the course of Alchemy from possible antediluvian secret science, through classical NeoPlatonist-Hermetic concepts, exotic medieval formulas, to modern quantum mechanics functioning on different model than Einstein's Relativity. We'll discuss the American Alchemical gold, the mysterious Russian "Red Mercury", the Nazi atomic bomb -- which they may have had before we did -- and the Tortion theory of quantum physics behind the awesome Nazi "Bell" project. This is a show that will bend your mind, and set you to wondering about the real history of history... Don't miss it.

Dec 12 2014

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Kenneth Grant, Austin Osman Spare, and H.P. Lovecraft (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday at 8:00 p.m. the Hermetic Hour, hosted by Poke Runyon, will present a discussion on "The Dark Side" of Hermetic magick. We will explore the works of the 20th century's most erudite and accomplished diabolist, Kenneth Grant and his "Typhonian Gnosis", tracing his sources through Crowley, the occult artist Austin Osman Spare, and back to the fin d' secle decadents of the late 19th century. We will touch on Grant's adoption of the "Cthulhu Mythos" of fantasy writer H. P. Lovecraft and his fictional "Necronomicon." We will read deliciously evil snippets from Grant's books, and our own lovingly crafted satire "Beyond the Nostrils of Nuit" from the forthcoming Seventh Ray. This really ought to be our Halloween show. Tune in and we'll descend into the Tunnels of Set.

Apr 25 2014

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Action Adventure Novels and Stories by Poke Runyon (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday January 15th, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will present a review and reprise of the host's own writing career as a

novelist, short story writer and screenwriter. After three years in the

Army most in Special Forces, Poke started off in 1965 with Night Jump -

Cuba 1965 followed by Commando X in 1967 and a series of underwater

adventure stories in ARGOSY magazine, on to Hollywood and a short stint

as a screenwriter before getting a real job as a designer and technical

illustrator for Shelby American and on to a career as an industrial artist.

Eventually publishing his own fiction with Drell Master 2001 and From

the Tower of Darkness in 2002 So if you enjoy macho action adventure

stories or ever did, tune in and find out what old Frater Thabion writes

about other than magick.

Dec 06 2019

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Parzival, The Hermetic Grail Romance (re-broadcast)

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On January 8th, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will

present a reprise of the 1977 article in the old Seventh Ray number

nineteen by author Janine Renee titled: Parzival and the Hermetic

Grail. The author researched and wrote this at our request. It forms an

important element in our reconstructed linkage of ancient Phoenician

rituals to early Valentinian Christian Gnosticism and to medieval Grail

lore. The major source for Janine's article is the 1965 "The Krater and

the Grail: Hermetic Sources of the Parzival by Henry and Renee Kahane.

Modern neo-pagans have never lost their fascination for the Holy Grail

quest. The idea that the Grail was originally pagan (The Hermetic

Krater) goes along with the recent revelations of Jesus and Mary

Magdalen and the paganizing of Christianity. So if you want to start on

your own Grail Quest tune in and we will give you directions to to the

Grail Castle Montsalvat.

Nov 29 2019

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"Aleister Crowley in India" by Tobias Churton

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On Thursday November 21st. 2019 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will review Tobias Churton's "Aleister Crowley in India." This is another in a series of books by Churton covering portions of Crowley's life and work, We have already reviewed his "The Beast in Berlin" and will certainly get to last year's "Aleister Crowley in America," but Crowley's India adventures should probably have been first in the series. I personally found this book to be fascinating. In its pages I rediscovered Crowley and relived the excitement of his early magical experiences along with big-game hunting and mountain climbing adventures. Churton had access to many records and archives not available to previous writers. We have a more Crowley-favorable version of the infamous Kangchenjunga tragedy than previously reported. The primary theme of this book is magical yoga or yoga for magick. We start with Crowley and Bennett in Ceylon studying Theravada Buddhism together and then on to Crowley's discovering and adapting the Gnostic tantric system of Sabhapaty Swami. So if you'd like to return to the thrilling days of yesteryear, then join us and sit down, shut-up and get-out with Aleister Crowley.

Nov 22 2019

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Canaanite Mythology in Magick (re-broadcast)

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On New Years Day 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the importance of Canaanite/Phoenician mythology in Magick and magical Qabalah and in Solomonic ceremonial magick. We  will explore how it can relate to Alchemy, astrology, and Hermetic Solarism. We will discuss the Alchemical symbolism of our Canaanite Seasonal rites and the relation of Canaanite Gods and Goddesses to the Sumerian and classical Greek Pantheons. So if you want to explore what lies behind the myth of Solomon being the Master Magician, tune in and we'll introduce you to the real "oldest religion".

Nov 15 2019

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The Zero Lite and the "Bloody Mary" Evocation

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On Thursday, November 7th, 2019 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the scientific technology behind modern ceremonial magick and reveal for the first time a device he developed in the early 1970s for training students to make use of the "Troxler Effect" (facial reflection-distortion in a dark mirror; the "Bloody Mary" effect) for Magical spirit evocation. This device called "The Zero Lite" was based on U.S. Army battlefield research and it is so sensitive to human will power that it can respond to non-verbal telepathic commands in group practice. We stopped using it in the late 1970s but in recent years we have encountered students who subconsciously override the Troxler effect in the mirror, even when they consciously want it work for them, and so we are going back to Zero Lite training for Second Degree candidates. And so, if your spirit doesn't want to show up for you, then listen in and we'll tell you how to solve the problem.

Nov 08 2019

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Books and Films that Inspired the O.T.A. (re-broadcast)

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On Christmas night December 25th, 2014 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a special program in which Frater Thabion, your host and the founder of the Order of the Temple of Astarte, will trace the books and films that influenced and inspired him to create and develop his unique American system of Magick. I grew out of the Oz books and graduated to the Mars books (John Carter) then into a teenage fascination with Richard Shaver's hi-tech Lemurian survivor stories. I will go to my 1950s early college days watching films such as Jean Cocteau's Orpheus, and Orson Welles Black Magic (on Cagliostro and Mesmer) and move on through to a study of Voodoo in line with my Caribbean adventurer-fiction writer persona. The Saragossa Manuscript for Kabbalah and mirror magick, Graves The White Goddess. Then my illness which I tried to cure with self-hypnosis. This led to a serious study of hypnosis along with Tibetan Tantra (Evans-Wentz) and finally Western Magick. Mastering the Goetia with the mirror method led to Jungian psycho-philosophy and the study of anthropology culminating in a Master's Degree in the subject from California State University. During this program I created the modern Hermetically oriented Neo-Canaanite Seasonal ceremonies for our magical order The Temple of Astarte, The main purpose of our Goetia was to bring up and reestablish the Secret Goddess of old King Solomon himself. We use the 1770 Hermetic-Masonic rite of Crata Repoa as a structure for our system and I will discuss the sources behind this. Perhaps some of these books and teachings will help others to understand our perspective on the Western Tradition and what we expect to accomplish by what we call The Great Work.

Nov 01 2019

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The CHS/OTA Mission Statement (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday December 18th, 2014 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will

present a discussion on the Mission Statement of the Church of the Hermetic

Sciences and the Ordo Templi Astartes. This is one of the topics that was

discussed at our last Board of Director's Meeting as especially important

with our membership increasing and new lodges begin opening around the

country. In the magical community we are known as the folks that know how to

make ritual magick work, but that in itself is not enough of a reason for

people to join us unless they simply want to learn our techniques and

methods to use for their own purposes. Frankly, that is not what we are here

for and we are not teaching magick so that it can be misused. We consider

magick to be a system of mental and spiritual development that leads to what

we refer to as enlightenment -- which we define as a close personal

relationship with God. We follow a pattern of hermetic mytho-philosophy born

in Alexandria in the first century and perfected by the Renaissance

neo-platonic/hermetic magi in 14th-15th-16th century Europe culminating in

the Rosicrucian tradition. We combine paganism, Qabalah, astrology and

alchemy in line with Jungian psychology in a neo-romantic Quest for the Holy

Grail based on a linage of eternal goddesses and dying gods from the time of

Melchizedek to the beginnings of Christianity. So, if you have wondered just

why we do what we do and where we are going with it, tune in and be

enlightened.
--

Oct 25 2019

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Enoch Adamson for President in 2020

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On Thursday October 17th, 2019 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will announce and open Enoch Adamson's campaign for President of the United States. As the Hermetic Party candidate Adamson is uniquely qualified for the office, having mastered the thirtieth and thirty-first Paths of the Tree of Life and attended a meeting of the Grand Council in the Library of Hod. He will outline his program to solve all the major problems and issues the country is facing. He has the solution for gun-control, social justice, race relations, immigration, education, credit card debt, foreign relations, the space program, climate change and UFO disclosure. So if you want a candidate who can really get it done, don't vote Republican or Democrat. Vote Hermetic. "Let's make Humanity Great Again!"

Oct 18 2019

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The Lost Gospel, by Jacobivici and Wilson (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday December 4th, 2014 the Hermetic Hour with Host Poke Runyon will review and discuss the latest controversial book attempting to prove a marriage between Jesus and Mary the Magdalene: "The Lost Gospel" by Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson. This is basically a reinterpretation of an ancient text, the elaborated story of Joseph and Aseneth from Genesis seen as a coded allegory for Jesus and Mary the Magdalene being married and having a family. They make some very good arguments for this interpretation. Apparently this is not a new idea but this "Lost Gospel" has been speculated as a coded text for hundreds of years. We find it particularly important because it lines up with the Nassaene Hippolytus document behind our conception of the secret Holy Grail history suggested in From Ritual to Romance. Frater Solomon discovered a link from The Lost Gospel to the Crata Repoa that I find is quite significant. It also seems that Mary the Magdalene (Mary the Lady of the Tower) may have been known to the original Rosicrucians. So if you want to get a Hermetic view on "The Lost Gospel" tune in and we will start decoding.

Oct 11 2019

55mins

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"Seeking Light, the Neophyte's Notebook" by Corrington Wheeler

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On Thursday October 3rd, 2019 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will review and discuss "Seeking Light, the Neophyte's Notebook" by Corrington Wheeler. The author will join us for the discussion. Corrington Wheeler is an American singer, songwriter, voice actor, video film maker and ceremonial magician. He is also a Scottish Rite Mason and a student of several magical traditions. His book is only sixty pages long but is well worth reading. Some of it is catharsis (wisdom from personal experience) but there is much derived from research and study. I was reluctant to invite Corrington on the Hermetic Hour until he explained to me that he wanted to lead other young people to the Light. Reading his book confirmed this. Most of the youthful musicians attracted to magick whom I have encountered are on the dark side which I consider spiritually corrosive. Corrington is a delightful exception to this trend and can hopefully be a positive voice in his peer group. So if you want to meet a young magician who is pouring new wine into our old bottles, listen in and meet Corrington Wheeler.

Oct 04 2019

1hr 28mins

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The Chakras and The Book of Revelation (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday November 13th the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the relationship between the mystic roses or chakras of yoga with the Seven Seals of the Book of Revelation in the Bible. This is of special interest to Rosicrucians and the Rosicrucian tradition in our own Inner Order the O.R.C. We will follow the order of the Seven branch candlestick as does the Golden Dawn but we will mention other arrangements, such as suggested by James Pryce (1910) in Apocalypse Unsealed and his current imitator: Zachary Landsdowne, author of "The Revelation of Saint John" (2006). Revelation has been the cornerstone of Christian mystical texts since the first century of the common era. So if you want to discover what those Seven Seals are hiding then tune in and let's open them up.

Sep 27 2019

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Magical Fiction and Films (re-broadcast)

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The Hermetic Hour, hosted by Poke Runyon, will present a lively review of magical fiction and films. We will go from "The Saragossa Manuscript"(1841) through Dion Fortune's "Moon Magic", Somerset Maugham's "The Magician" (novel and film), Chambers "The King in Yellow", Lovecraft's dream cycle, Merritt's lost worlds (that influenced Shaver), Jack Williamson's "Darker than You Think" (Jack Parson's favorite), Clark Ashton Smith dream-maker extraordinary, his imitator Jack Vance (from which we got Dungeons & Dragons), "Valis" by Philip K. Dick -- just to name a few. Then the films: Orson Welles' "Black Magic" on Cagliostro, Jean Cocteau's "Orpheus", Merrian Cooper's "She", "Simon King of the Witches," "What Dreams May Come," "Crowley," and Jodorowsky's "The Holy Mountain." A smorgasbord of mind-benders. Tune in and feast on it!

Sep 20 2019

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Angel Magick (re-broadcast)

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On September 23rd, 2010 at 8:p.m. the Hermetic Hour, with host Poke Runyon,

will lead a discussion on Angel Magick (good spirits too) with an emphasis

on crystal ball scrying techniques, training, equipment, and talisman

construction and charging. We will discuss the recent books recounting Dr.

Thomas Rudd's 17th century work in this field, and relate some experiences

we've had in the circle doing this work. This will be call-in night, so have

your questions ready on any topic we've covered. Tune in and get

Theurgerated, or Thaumatergified.

Sep 13 2019

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Hermetic Yoga - Beyond The Middle Pillar (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday October 16th the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will

present an advance review on his forthcoming book Hermetic Yoga Beyond

the Middle Pillar this is a new offering from CHS/OTA that has been a

long-time in the works. The yoga system described and brought to life in

this book has been practiced by the O.T.A. since 1975 and is an

extension of Israel Regardie's Golden Dawn Middle Pillar exercise

following the Lightning flash going down the spheres from Kether to

Malkuth forming a complete straight line chakra system similar to the

Hindu system of Laya Yoga, In this case the Spheres of the Tree of Life

are the planets within. this system traces its origin to two German

Rosicrucian mystics Jacob Bohme and Johann Gitchel. The late Frederick

Adams of Feraferia was also working on a similar system and an essay of

his is included Adams also provided the beautiful cover art depicting a

Goddess in the stars. Also included is an essy by Frater Osiris (Michael

S. Downs) linking Hermetic Yoga to The Chemical wedding of Christian

Rosencreutz via Johann Gitchel' s spiral path of the planets in his

natural man drawing which is one of the keys to the Hermetic Yoga

conception. The book will be followed with a deck of Yoga cards which

will enable the practitioner to carry the system in his pocket for

meditation and study. This is going to be a great aid to magick and

spiritual development and provides a vital resource that Western

magicians have needed for centuries. Now we can call on the Gods within

and exercise all of the powers that our oriental colleagues have called

upon for centuries. So if you want to get a head start on the latest

magical tools of empowerment tune in and we'll start warming up for the

session.

Sep 06 2019

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The Book of Abramelin - New Translation

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On Thursday August 29th, 2919 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will review and discuss the new translation (2006) of the 15th century German Book of Abramelin attributed to Abraham von Worms, translated by Steven Guth and edited by Georg Dehn from Ibis Press. This new translation directly from the original German manuscript supersedes MacGregor Mather's translation of the French version in 1893 Which has been a cornerstone of magical libraries since the beginning of the last century. The new Abramelin is excellently introduced by my esteemed colleague Maestro Lon Milo Duquette. The old French version was poorly translated (from the German) and incomplete. The original has all four books and completes all the magic squares. This German version was used by Franz Bardon to name his solar spirits. It should go on the shelf of every magical library. So if you want to square-up with the Angels tune in and we'll run the numbers.

Aug 30 2019

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The Mysterious Naassene Document from Hippolytus (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday October 9th 2014 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the mysterious Naassene document featured in Hippolytus's influential refutation of all brassieres. Everybody loves a secret document especially if it is ancient and reveals secrets, and the good bishop Hippolytus had a real doozie in his purported Naassene Gnostic sermon, which forms chapter five of his marvelous refutation of all heresies which before Nag Hammadi yielded much of our knowledge of what the Gnostics were actually preaching. This Naassene Gnostic sect is according to the good bishop venerating the cosmic serpent hydra draco et all there are several. but they are mainly trying to do is equate the Christian passion and resurrection with a series of ancient dying gods from Osiris Persephone to Adonis Phoenician and Attis Anatolian and establish Jesus as the last of the year kings or green men of antiquity. Fortunately Hippolytus provides us with a full transcript of his copy like Beowulf his original has suffered rewrite by both Jewish and Christian editors in attempts like making Grendal a descendant of Cain to add Old testament prophecy and New Testament symbolism into the otherwise pagan dying god theme.The Naassene document has influenced many modern occult writers For us in the O.T.A. the main inspiration for our seasonal ceremonies besides the Ras Shamrah tablets was Jessie Weston's From Ritual to Romance (1920) which owes much to the Naassenes. So if you want to find out where the Holy Grail's first holy blood came from tune in and we'll open the old bishop's secret book.

Aug 23 2019

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The Sibylline Oracles

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On Thursday August 15th,2019 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the ancient "Sibylline Oracles" created, or re-created,in Greco-Roman Alexandria in the first centuries of the common era.These prophetic verses, attributed to the Sibyls, or prophetic priestesses of ancient Greece were actually a hoax, written by Jewish and Christian Gnostics in an attempt to recast the legendary lost prophetic books of ancient Rome to include the Bible and predict Christianity. They were so successful and popular that the early Christian Church approved of them. They were accepted into the Hermetic tradition, along with The Orphic Hymns and the Chaldean Oracles.They became an influence on western magick and Fairy lore. We will refer to Jake Stratton-Kent's summary of the Oracles in "Geosophia" (2010) and Milton Terry's translation 1899. So, if you want to catch up on this often forgotten aspect of western magical lore, tune in and we'll lift the veil.

Aug 16 2019

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The Orphic Hymns - Magick's Oldest Liturgy (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday September 25th, 2014 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will present a discussion of The Orphic Hymns which are the Western Esoteric

Tradition's oldest liturgy. These hymns to the planets, the gods and

goddesses, the stars and all aspects of ancient Greek mythology were used by

the Orphic sect before the Golden Age of Greece, in the days of Pythagoras,

to guide the dead souls on their spiritual journey up through the celestial

spheres and into the realm of the zodiac and beyond. This was a special and

separate aspect of Greek mysticism which had its influence on Pythagoras`,

the Gnostics, the Mythraites, and the Italian Renaissance Hermetics. Most

recently Christopher Warnock has included the hymns in his "Planetary

Magick." We will concentrate on the 18th century Thomas Taylor

translation -- which we use -- and read a Robert Graves poem combining a

number of Orphic memorials into a connected instruction which may have

played some part in the Elusinian Mysteries. So. if you want to know what

that strange stuff they sing to harp music accompaniment at the beginning of

Seasonals, then tune in and we'll take you back three thousand years.

Aug 09 2019

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Gnostic Christian Marcus - the First Rosicrucian? (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday September 18th, 2014 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will present a discussion on the career and contributions of Marcus the

Valentinian (died 175 a.d.). Marcus was as much a Hermetic as he was a

Gnostic Christian. The Church Fathers accused him of being more Pythagorean

than Christian. He was the developer of the Soma Sophia system of celestial

Greek qabalah which we have decoded and perfected (see The Seventh Ray, Book

III ) and, according to Kieren Barry, Marcus had an influence of the creation

of the later Sepher Yetzirah. Marcus developed some of the basic concepts of

what became the qabalah. Marcus was a Phoenician, influenced by the earlier

Samaritan Simon Magus. Like Simon Marcus had a Priestess whom he venerated

as an equal. He gave communion with his priestess by his side and turned

water into wine at the altar. The early Church Fathers considered this

blasphemous. Marcus's cult spread from the Middle East to Southern France in

the days Gnostic Christian Marcus - the First Rosicrucian? before Constantine

force-reformed Christianity. So, if you want to explore the most ancient

origins of what we call "The Western Tradition," then tune in and we will

spend an hour with a man who may have been the first Rosicrucian.

Aug 02 2019

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"The Chemistry of Alchemy" by Cobb, Fetterolf, and Goldwhite (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday September 11th, 2014 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will review the new book "The Chemistry of Alchemy" by three chemists Cathy

Cobb, Monty Fetterolf and Harold Goldwhite. The authors are all chemists and

chemistry teachers, but they have a fond affection for Alchemy and reveal

the Art as their hobby. This is a one-of-a-kind book: an introduction to

practical laboratory Alchemy through history from a scientific perspective

so that the student learns what alchemical terms really mean ( for instance

Mercury can mean any metal in liquid or molten form, and Sulfur is any

sulfide) and what the old alchemists were trying to do and how they actually

tried to do it -- and in some cases did it. The book is filled with

fascinating experiments that the apprentice can try in his or her kitchen

laboratory with the professional chemists' emphasis on safety and with safer

substitutes for dangerous materials such as real mercury. They even have a

recipe for making what some alchemists thought was The Philosopher's Stone.

You will also learn how to make "alchemical gold" good enough to have gotten

you buried alive or burned at the stake in the Middle Ages. Although the

authors retain their scientific perspective they have profound respect for

the genuine accomplishments of The Art and its venerable adepts. This book

is a must-have for anyone who aspires to be a modern alchemist. -- So tune

in and we will spend an hour in the laboratory with modern masters of the

ancient Art.

Jul 26 2019

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