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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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99 Ratings
Average Ratings
80
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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The Hermetic Hour

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Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: Negative vs. Positive Gnosis - from Gnostica no. 40, 1976

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On Thursday, June 6th, 2014 The Hermetic Hour will present a reading by Poke Runyon (Fra. Thabion) of his 1976 essay "Negative vs. Positive Gnosis" from Gnostica magazine, no. 40. This is an important instructive paper dealing with the ancient and modern spiritual differences between Thelemic (libertine) Gnosticism, Hermetic neo-Platonism and ancient and modern Paganism (wiccans, druids, etc.) These differences are so deep and so misunderstood that many New-Agers involved in the Occult do not know what they profess to believe in. They participate in various groups simply because they are attracted to the style and glamor of the organization and because it provides a rebellion against the religion of the parents. The article explains the fundamental differences between  Gnosticism of the negative world view and Hermetic magick of the positive world view, comparing them to the Pagan and neo-Pagan "natural" world view. You will discover how similar Thelemic Gnosticism is to the Fundamental Christianity it rebels against, and how similar Hermetic magick is to Tantric Buddhism. This paper will be reprinted in text form and posted as an instruction on our web site. So tune in and become transcendentally demystified.

Jun 06 2014

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Rank #3: The Orphic Hymns - Magick's Oldest Liturgy

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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 rectently 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.

Sep 26 2014

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Rank #4: Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition by Frances Yates

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On Thursday October 11th, 2018 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will review the classic study on Renaissance Magick by Dame Frances Yates (1899 - 1981), "Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition." (1964) This is a book that should be the cornerstone of any Hermetic student's library. Although the Italian philosopher and magician Giordano Bruno (1548 - 1600) is the main figure on which Yates centers her work, the book is in fact a broad study of Renaissance Hermetic Magick evolving from its Italian origins in the late Middle Ages and on through to Bruno's exposition of its post Copernican version. Hermetic Humanists accepted Copericus but the Church refused to abandon the geo-centric universe. Bruno, a Dominican monk was burned at the stake. Many considered him a Scientific martyr, but Yates contends that his heresies were Hermetic as well as scientific. So if you would like to explore the life and beliefs of Giordano Bruno, join us for a Hermetic Renaissance Faire.

Oct 12 2018

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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: Magical Astrology (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday evening, the Hermetic Hour, with host Poke Runyon, will present a discussion on magical astrology. We will begin with the prehistoric origin of the Zodiac in the Age of Taurus -- "Bull's Eye Astrology" -- and explain how this began the symbolism of the Zodiacal signs (the 12 Labors of Heracles). We will delve into Alexander's emphasis on Aries, and the establishment of horary astrological doctrine by Ptolemy. We will touch on the Orphic-Hermetic doctrine of the soul's descent and return, the geocentric model still used in Hermetic magick, the Mansions of the Moon, the Decans, and astrology's influence in geomancy, tarot, the Tree of Life, the kabbalah, and alchemy, and the concept of "Elective Astrology." Tune in and get proGnosticated!

Aug 01 2014

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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: Alexandria and How the Western Esoteric Tradition Began (re-broadcast)

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The Hermetic Hour will feature a discussion by host Poke Runyon on the 1st century " Alexandria Connection" where the elements that make up the Western Esoteric Tradition (Hermetic Tradition) came together and began the synthesis that was finally codified by Abbott Trithemius and Cornelius Agrippa in the 16th century. We will trace the Pythagorean, Ancient Egyptian, Gnostic, NeoPlatonic, Biblical (kabbalistic), Alchemical, Astrological, and even Christian influences that were shuffled together in a spiritual-intellectual ferment in what was perhaps the greatest university our Western world could boast of until the modern "Age of Enlightenment." We have dealt with this subject before, but this time we will focus on the particular people and their traditions: Alexander (Himself), Ptolemy the astrologer king, Hypatia the Pagan martyr, Hermes Trismegistus, and Marcus and Simon Magus. We will touch on the Greek Qabalah, the Osiris myth, and the influence of Zoroaster. So, if you have a burning desire to visit the Library of Alexandria, join us -- but no smoking inside, please...

Jan 06 2017

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Rank #9: The Fallen Angels in the Hermetic Tradition (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday the Hermetic Hour, with host Poke Runyon, will present a discussion on The Fallen Angels in the Biblical, Islamic, and Hermetic Traditions. This naturally follows our discussion on Satan, Lucifer and The Devil -- which was and is a contrived derivation from the the original Fallen Angels (plural) concept. We will look at the lost Book of Enoch, The Sumerian, Greek and even Nordic versions of the story.(Mentioning Sitchen, Shaver, and Van Daniken) We will visit The Zohar for a version that goes back to Canaanite mythology,and connects with King Solomon -- who built the Great Temple with the help of "demons." We will connect with the Haranian Sabians and their planetary magick. Finally we will discuss Dee and Kelley's version of the Enochian Fallen Angel concept. So, if you want to learn how to work with the good bad guys, or maybe the bad good guys? tune in and we'll Enochiate you.

Dec 09 2016

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Rank #10: Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils - an Ancient Ritual

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On Thursday October 2nd, 2014 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will present a discussion on Princess Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils.

which was actually the Phoenician version of Babylonian Ishtar's

descent into the underworld to resurrect the Dying God; in her case

Tammuz, in our case Ba'al Hadad We have used this obviously fact-based

legend to reconstruct Anath's vanquishing the Lord of Death at Autumn

Equinox to revive Prince Ba'al the rain and vegetation god of ancient

Canaan. If you are wondering about where the head of John the Baptist

comes into this, we will solve that mystery also. Our special guest for

this program will be Frater Heracles of our Austin, Texas lodge who just

presented a spectacular Festival of Seven Gates and will give us his

first hand impressions of this revived ancient rite and how it is done

in the 21st century. So, if you want to know where the Dance of the

Seven Veils started -- and is still going -- tune in and chant: "Down

and down the path we go, to the caverns far below!"

Oct 03 2014

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Rank #11: Kabbalah, Cabala, and Modern Hermetic Qabalah (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday February 21st, 2019  the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will reprise a discussion on different interpretations and conceptions

of Qabalah. This is a subject we have covered before, however, that was

years ago before we started climbing The Tree in our weekly lectures.

Now that we have arrived at The Abyss and and are venturing onto The

Eleven Sphere "Tree Before the Fall", it is appropriate for us to review

our Hermetic Qabalistic structure and establish the philosophical,

mythological and metaphysical differences between the various Kabbalahs,

and the particular innovations we have made in our modern Hermetic

version of the ancient system. Tune in and we'll play Monopoly on the

greatest board game in the universe.

Feb 22 2019

56mins

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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: The Universal Master Key by Franz Bardon

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On Thursday March 26th, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will present a review of the new book:

"The Universal Master Key" alleged to be a newly discovered manuscript

by the late Franz Bardon. This book is actually a reconstructed series

of lectures by Bardon to his students on mastering and balancing the

four Hermetic elements in the personality as set forth in the first

section of his book Initiation into Hermetics. The texts of the lectures

are rewritten from a collection of class notes by the students and

rendered in Bardon's writing style by his publisher and editor Dieter

Ruggeberg. The book is published by Faulks Books which mistakenly

represents it on the internet as taken from a "newly discovered

manuscript by Franz Bardon." However it does not appear to be entirely a

hoax. If Dieter wrote the entire book, he has at least mastered Bardon's

style and philosophic attitudes. The book is certainly worth a place in

a Magician's Bardon collection. It is very moralistic and sermonizing in

tone with a strong emphasis on ethics and spiritual integrity. It has

its short-comings. It was supossed to be organized according to the

qualities of each element but he seems to go off the track into a

general discussion on how to live and die well in this and higher worlds

-- so if want to revisit the Bardonian internal tetragrammaton process,

tune in and we will go to Hermetic Sunday school with Reverand Franz.

Next week we revisit the Bavarian Illuminati.

Mar 27 2015

57mins

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Rank #14: The Chemical Wedding, Alchemy, and Hermetic Yoga

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On Thursday July 10th, 2014 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will

continue our discussion of the Western psychic center (chakra) arrangement established by Boehme and Gitchel based on the Qabalah in relation to the Eastern (an adopted Western) sequence based on Alchemy. Again our guest will be Frater Osiris. We will look at the Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkrutz and conjecture what the secret "Key" to its symbolism might be. We will examine David Goddard's "Tower of Alchemy" in relation to these themes and attempt to reconcile the practice of both systems. This will be an exploratory symposium which may generate as many questions as it answers, but we at least promise to

stimulate your mind -- so tune in and we will at least try to define the mysteries even if we cannot solve them.

Jul 11 2014

1hr 27mins

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Rank #15: Shamgar, the Phoenician Judge of Israel

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On Thursday September 4th, 2014 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will present a discussion on Shamgar, son of the Canaanite War Goddess Anath "who killed 600 Philistines with an ox goad and saved Israel "(over a hundred years before Samson) and became a Judge (ruler of all the tribes) of Israel. Shamgar's story is briefly told in the Biblical Book of Judges. Beyond that lies the realm of myth and legend in which it is suggested that Shamgar was a Phoenician pirate called "Tekheleth Tholi." The Purple Dragon based in Tyre and sent by King Abi Milki to aid the Israeites against the Philistines. He joins the host of the Hebrew Judge Ehud, and marries his daughter Jael, who eventually tries to kill him. His ox goad is said to have been a magical weapon forged by

the blacksmith Tubal Cain. The legend is perpetuated in the Gnostic Christian tradition of Marcus from whom we get the Greek Qabalah. Shamgar's exploits should be considered symbolic rather than historic, like the story of Hiram Abiff in Masonry or the Labors of Hercules in Phoenician and Greek astrological lore. If you want to return to the days when Gods and Giants walked the earth, tune in and we'll evoke the shade of Shamgar.

Sep 05 2014

1hr 15mins

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Rank #16: Gordon White - Star.Ships: A Prehistory of the Spirits

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On Thursday May 12th, 2016 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will

present an interview with British author Gordon White featuring his book

"Star.Ships, a Prehistory of the Spirits." Gordon is a journalist, a

magician, a scuba diver and a scholar of prehistoric archaeology. He and

host Poke Runyon have both explored the lost city of Nan Madol above

ground and underwater at different times. In the book Star.Ships Gordon

focuses on the accumulating evidence of lost, sunken, and buried ruins from

the antediluvian (Ice Age) period such as Gobekli Tepe and others along

with genetic evidence of the migrations of early man to develop a

remarkable thesis regarding our astrological mythology.  He proposes that

the spirits of the stars, the zodiac, are antediluvian and that the rise

of planetary gods and spirits are post diluvian -- with the end of the

Ice Age (15 to 12,000 years ago) being the demarcation point. He will

concede some extraterrestrial contact (Temple's Sirius Mystery) but

prefers inter dimensional spiritual realms more in line with Jacques

Valle and Carl Jung as the source of alien contact. Poke Runyon agrees

with Gordon White on almost all of his points and heartily recommends

Gordon's book. So if you want meet Gordon and spend an hour with us

exploring this fascinating subject, tune in and we'll learn about the

prehistory of the Spirits. Special thanks to Frater Isa for arranging this

great show.

May 13 2016

1hr 4mins

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Rank #17: Wilhelm Reich and Orgone Energy (re-broadcast)

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The Hermetic Hour will feature a discussion by host Poke Runyon of the life and work of Dr. Wilhelm Reich, his psychology, methods of therapy, and his development of free energy technology for medical treatment. We will frankly discuss the incredible suppression of Reich's discoveries, and his persecution by the FDA, the American Medical Association and the U.S. Government, resulting in his imprisonment and untimely death. Dr. Francis Regardie employed Reich's methods in his chiropractic practice and had a full scale Orgone Accumulator in his home. We have constructed Orgone pads and found them quite effective. This technology and methodology is now "legal" to practice and employ, but "The Powers that Be," will never admit that it works -- so, if you're a-Freud Jung was Reich, tune in and we'll confirm it.

Sep 23 2016

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Rank #18: "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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Rank #19: The Magical Multiverse

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On Thursday June 12th, 2014 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will

present a discussion on ancient and modern Multiverse concepts in relation to Hermetic Magick, the Qabalah, astrology and Fortean phenomenon. We will examine philosophical. scientific, literary and cinematic models of the Multiverse, sometimes called the "Holographic Universe" or "Parallel Worlds." We will trace the idea through the "nesting spheres" of the geocentric age, to the heliocentric

Renaissance, the invention of the telescope and the discovery of other galaxies and anti-matter, both in terms of science and the pages of science fiction. Our references will be Mary-Jane Ruberstein's "Worlds Without End," Michio Kaku's "Parallel Worlds," the science fiction of Phillip K. Dick, and Richard S. Shaver, and films such as "The Matrix," "Dark City," and "Lost Highway." Our challenge will be to reconcile ancient Hermetic philosophy with the Multiverse concept --- so, if you want to go through the looking glass or down the rabbit hole, tune in a

we will tour the endless "nows" of the Simultane.

Jun 13 2014

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Rank #20: 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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