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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??

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

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102 Ratings
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83
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5
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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 Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: The Underworld Around the World with Frater Solomon

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On Thursday March 21st, 2019 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the various traditions of the Underworld from the mythologies, religions and folklore of cultures around the world with our guest Very Honored Frater Solomon. Michael Johnson (Frater Solomon) is a Bible scholar with a background in Social Science. Mike has compiled maps of the underworld which locate the Hells of the major religions. Your host (Frater Thabion) will join in with references to Kenneth Grant’s “Tunnels of Set”, Shaver’s dero caverns, the underground kingdom of Agartha and the Shamanic under and over worlds and the proto-psychological Kabbalistic metaphore of The Nepesh, the Nechamah, and the Ruach. So if you want to take the E-ticket ride through the Great Fun house below the horizon, tune in and we’ll go below.

Mar 22 2019

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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: The Illuminati Revisited -- "The Secret School of Wisdom"

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On Thursday April 2nd, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will review and discuss the newly published book "The Secret School of Wisdom" Authentic rituals and doctrines of the Illuminati edited by Joseph Wages, Rienhard Markner and translated by Jeva Singh Anand. Host Poke Runyon (Marion Roland) will be joined by his fellow Beyond Lemuria stars Merrick Rees Hamer (Master Phylos) and Frater Solomon (Samyaza) in our discussion of the various aspects of the Bavarian Illuminati: their Masonic infiltration, Christian-based socialist ideology, and conspiratorial agenda. We will discuss Adam Weishaupt's mysticism and contradict some previously held opinions about his atheism. We will discuss his relation with Baron von Knigge and some of the later individuals and organizations influenced by the Illuminati -- so If you want to immanenitize the eschaton (whatever that means) tune in and be illuminated.

Apr 03 2015

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Rank #9: "Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin" by Tobias Churtin

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On Thursday December 22nd,2016 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon,

will review the 2014 book by Tobias Churton "Aleister Crowley The Beast

in Berlin". This is apparently an expansion and compilation of outcuts

from the author's biography of Crowley and should perhaps be considered

an appendix to that work. Unless you are an ardent Crowley afficianado

it is a hard read. The book is primarily made up of excerpts from

A.C.'s. diaries and his correspondence mostly during his 1930s Berlin

sojurne as a struggling artist in the decadent twilight days of the

Weimar Republic. Along with a running account of the Beast's

metaphysical politics, sexual magick and artistic endevours, Churton

manages to give us an in-depth look at the decadent sub-culture of the

Weimar Berliners and an appreciation of Crowley's talents as an

artist. So if you'd like to accompany the Beast to the Caberet. Tune in

and enjoy the show.

Dec 23 2016

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Rank #10: 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 #11: Jack Parsons, "Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword" (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday December 5th, 2013 The Hermetic Hour's host Poke Runyon will read chapters from the essay Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword by rocket scientist and magician John Whiteside Parsons. Along with being one of the original founders of JPL in Pasadena, California (sometimes called "Jack Parsons Library") and a developer of solid rocket fuel essential to the space program, Parsons was also an occultist and a magician. He ran an O.T.O. lodge and was a dedicated follower of Aleister Crowley. Parsons' colorful, but tragically short life has been celebrated in the recent books "Sex and Rockets" by someone calling himself "John Carter" and "Strange Angel" by George Pendle -- Also a very good stage play from the Cal Tech drama department called "Pasadena Babalon." Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword was written at the end of World War Two. It is a remarkable prediction of liberalism, civil rights and women's rights --  in fact we might say that Parson's was the forerunner of feminist neo-paganism in California. His views on the mystical and spiritual superiority of women were much different than his mentor Crowley's. We received the Parson's Papers from Gerald Yorke in 1972. The first publication of Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword was my edited version published in our journal The Seventh Ray in 1976 through 1978. The essay has been subsequently published by the O.T.O. in 1990 and again in 2001. It is still in print and available from Amazon. We did a previous Hermetic Hour broadcast on Jack Parsons which you can find in our podcast archives -- now you don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand and enjoy the writings of this rocket scientist, especially when he has a crater on the Moon named after him -- on the Dark Side of course.

Aug 10 2018

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Rank #12: Balancing the Male and Female Aspects in Hermetic Magick (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday February 28th, 2013, the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon, will explain the fundamental and practical changes the Order of the Temple of Astarte (O.T.A.) has made in Qabalah, Yoga, Angel gender, Evocation of Spirits, and both Biblical and Pagan mythology in order to make Hermetic visionary magick a gender-balanced system that men and women can feel is equally theirs, and still be within the compass of the genuine Western Esoteric Tradition. As most of you know The G.D., the O.T.O., Freemasonry and the Rosicrucians are all patriarchal, male-dominated and male-oriented systems in which there is no veneration of a true Divine Feminine and little concern for feminine viewpoint. The O.T.A. was founded in 1969, when modern Neo-Paganism was emerging as a dynamic spiritual force. We were very much influenced by Feraferia, and Robert Graves. We knew that if traditional magick was to be valid in this modern age, the balance of male and female elements had to be created and maintained. This is a controversial subject and we will be open to call-ins on the topic -- so, tune in and find out about traditional magick's affirmative action program.

Jun 16 2017

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Rank #13: "Parzival" -- Secrets From the Holy Grail

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On Thursday December 20th, 2018 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the Hermetic origins of the Holy Grail as presented in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Medieval romance “Parzival. This is a follow-up on an earlier broadcast from three years ago in which we read Janinne Rene’s Article on Parzival from The Seventh Ray issue number 19, January 1977. In the introduction to her article I stated that: “Much of the symbolism and the allegory of Kellner’s original O.T.O. derived from Parzival.” This and other fascinating secrets embedded in Wolfram's medieval masterpiece will be the subjects of tonight’s broadcast. So, if you want to find the Grail we have the clues for you. Eschenbach’s Parzival is like Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia. Its one of those old books full of secrets and magick. And our job on the Hermetic Hour is to dig them out for you.

Dec 21 2018

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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: 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 #16: Dr. Paul Clark on Paul Foster Case

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On Thursday December 17th, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. PT the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will have as our very special guest Dr. Paul Clark, Steward of the Fraternity of Hidden Light and author of the recent biography "Paul Foster Case" his life and works. Its Dr. Paul on Dr. Paul. Quite a fitting combination, as Paul Clark is certainly Paul

Case's successor in his Great Work in the Western Tradition. Paul Case (1884-1954) was a Golden Dawn adept who specialized in a study of the Tarot. When the Golden Dawn deteriorated in America in the 1920s Case carried on the tradition in his own school The Builders of the Adytum (B.O.T.A.). After Case's passing in 1954 the B.O.T.A. was continued by Case's protege Ann Davies. Paul Clark joined the B.O.T.A. under her tutelege and in 1982, after Ann had passed on Paul Clark and two others

founded The Fraternity of Hidden Light which carries on Paul Case's school in an G. D. style initiatory structure. Paul's biography of his Master is a labor of love and a must read for anyone interested in the history of occultism in America. You will learn more about the Golden Dawn in New York, Philly, Chicago and California than you ever expected to see in print. This book is a treasure of occult history and lore. And no one is better qualified to write it than Maestro Paul Clark, so tune in and spend an hour with Doctor Paul on Doctor Paul.

Dec 18 2015

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Rank #17: The First Ancient Astronaut Theorists - Richard Shaver and Ray Palmer

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On Thursday February 14th, 2019 The Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will present a discussion on the first Ancient Astronaut Theorists,

before Van Daniken, Sitchen, and the rest there was Richard Shaver and

Ray Palmer and the Shaver Mystery. In recent years more and more of

their fantastic 1940s revelations about Ancient extra-terrestrial Aliens

and their high technology and their continued influence on, and

interfearence in, earthly affairs (mind control and child trafficking

and madness) has been confirmed and exploited by later whistle-blowers

such as Tom Delonge, Corey Good, David Witcock and others. It seems that

Shaver and Palmer wrote their History Channel documentary scripts but

are never credited as the source. Are these Ancient Aliens still with

us? "Our original Ancient Astronaut theorists say yes!" So tune in and

let's return to the thrilling days of yesteryear and revisit The Shaver

Mystery.

Feb 15 2019

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Rank #18: Robert Graves' "The White Goddess" (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday The Hermetic Hour, with host Poke Runyon, will present a discussion on one of the books most influential on the revival of Paganism, Witchcraft, and Magick in the post World War Two era: "1948's "The White Goddess" by poet laureate Robert Graves. The book is difficult read even for those well versed in myth-lore, and classical literature. Graves takes a poet's magical, and even whimsical, approach to what at first appears to be anthropology -- even though he warns the reader that he is not dealing with history as it was, but rather as the ancient and medieval bards imagined it to have been -- which is just as important as how it really was. His argument is that behind all true poetry lies the inspiration of a haunting, primordial muse: the prehistoric Moon Goddess of birth, youth, death and the phases of nature. He is a cultural diffusionist, spinning off from Frazer on a wild ride from ancient Greece to the Druids, tying together the whole warp and woof of Western esoteric lore from the Bible to the troubadours. The White Goddess had a major influence on Fred Adams and Svetlana's Feraferia, with the Tree Alphabet being a central element in Feraferian structure. The book was also a very strong influence on Roy Bowers Order of 1734, and the Roebuck of the Finnins. It has also had some influence on the O.T.A., and many other Pagan and Magical groups. So, tune in and plumb the mysteries of the Druid's Handbook, and the thinking Witch's Bible.

Apr 15 2016

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Rank #19: The Tarot of Ceremonial Magick, New Edition with Lon DuQuette

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The Hermetic Hour for Thursday December 12th, 2019 -- will feature a discussion and review of the

new edition of The Tarot of Ceremonial Magick by Lon and Constance DuQuette which was first issued

in 1995 along with the book of the same title. Your host Poke Runyon will have as his guest the Maestro

himself, Lon Milo DuQuette, who will describe and explain his masterpiece. The new deck has improved color

separation and is more attractivly packaged and available at a lower price than previous editions. These

cards describe a 360 degree magick circle with symbolic connections to the three Great Pillars of Magick:

Astrology Enochian Magick and Goetia. They are a marvelous tool for the practicing magician and even the

armchair magician. The book is still in print and this new issue of the deck is a welcome manifestation

of the the wisdom of the Master and the symbolic art of his Lady. Although this deck is not intended for

fortune telling, we invite you to join us as we shuffle the deck of the Multiverse and let the Maestro

deal the cards.

Dec 13 2019

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Rank #20: "The Devil You Say," Satanism Then and Now (re-broadcast)

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On Thursday, The Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on Satanism and its relation to the Western Esoteric Tradition. We will trace its early historical precedents: Set, Tiamat, Nergal, Ahriman, and how these demonic elements were incorporated into the Biblical tradition as contenders in the service of "God." We'll discuss Gnostic ideas about the Cain and Abel Biblical perversity, the evil Demiurge, and the medieval Luciferians. Moving into the Hermetic Tradition in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, we will explain High Magick's sophisticated idea, based on ancient Egyptian concepts, of controlling and using dark forces with the Power of Light. Then we will trace the descent of magick, following the Reformation, into the "Faustian School" of the Baroque period with its "Demonic Pacts," finally evolving into full-blown Satanism in the decadent Fin d' Sec le era in late 19th century France. We'll mention several books by famous authors taking the Devil's side, and we'll recount our afternoon with Tony Levy (Anton LaVey) and his wife, and I'll even recall my own meeting with The Devil Himself. The bottom-line in all of this is that Old Nick cannot be avoided in any serious practice of Magick based on Biblical traditions -- because he is very much a part of those traditions -- but he should never be worshiped or allowed to run your show. He's an adviser, a consultant, and even a friendly one at times, but always remember: he works for God and he plays God's game. Tune in and we'll tell you how to get to Heaven before the Devil knows you're dead.

Nov 25 2016

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