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Down at the Crossroads - Music. Magick. Paganism.

Down at the Crossroads features one on one discussions with today’s most influential Pagan artists, authors, musicians, teachers, leaders, bloggers, podcasters, and more! We will attempt to push the community forward and take devil’s advocate to a whole new level all while hearing some great music by today’s greatest Pagan and Pagan inspired musicians and bands. Formally known as The Infinite and the Beyond.

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TI&TB #005 - The Nature of Nature

In this episode we have a talk about the nature of magick. We listen to another track from The Evolutionaries. The first show contest is opened for entries. We continue with our journey through the Kybalion. We learn about Samuel Liddell Macgregor Mathers in A Corner in Occult. We reflect on the Eliphas Levi segment from episode #003. I share a personal tale of Will. And to close, we ponder the nature of nature.Segments: The Nature of Magick, A Corner in the Occult: Samuel Liddell Macgregor Mathers, Poor Eliphas Levi, A Little Tale of Will, The Kybalion: Priniciple of Mentalism, The Nature of Nature. Music: George Wood, Monika Herzig, Ascian, Alexandre Falcao, Linda Holzer, Guy David, Ambient Light, The Evolutionaries, The Catz in The Hatz, Ted Tunes, 3vrn3n, and Persian Paladin. Links: Paranormal Lectures in NYC, The Disinformation Podcast, Media Astra Ac Terra, K.A.B. Crying Indian Commercial, June 2009 International Pagan Values Blogging Month, Pagan Spirit Gathering Credits: Garage Band, Podsafe Audio, Podsafe Music Network

1hr 15mins

16 May 2009

Rank #1

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TI&TB #003 - The Secrets of My Success!

In this episode we acknowledge the use of glitter and discuss anomalous pets and what to do if you think you have one.  The benefits of backgrounds and the freedom to wander through your path.  We hear what composer Kristian Stout has evolved into.  I say thank you to Kia Dragon from the podcast Pagan Chaos Magic. We learn about famous occultist Eliphas Levi in A Corner in the Occult.  I respond to listener email and have some laughs doing it.  We begin a new show segment with an introduction to my other favorite text.  And we continue with our discussion on community by addressing covens. Segments: The Ghost Cat, My Background and Path, A Corner in the Occult: Eliphas Levi, The Kybalion: Introduction and History, and Covens Music: George Wood, Lumiloop, Alexandre Falcao, Linda Holzer, The Evolutionaries, Ted Tunes, 3vrn3n, and Persian Paladin Links: The Evolutionaries, The Kybalion (text website), The Kybalion (pdf), A Pagan Heart in Maine, Celtic Myth Podshow, and The Wigglian Way Credits: Podsafe Audio, Podsafe Music Network

1hr 3mins

15 Mar 2009

Rank #2

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DatC #101 - Psychic Witch with Mat Auryn

Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight Tara and I welcome blogger, teacher, and now author Mat Auryn back to the show to discuss his new book, Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick, and Manifestation. During the episode we talk about his recent participation at PantheaCon and being a presenter as well as workshop etiquette and being an attendee. His experiences on being a professional witch in Salem, Massachusetts during the month of October. Some tips and tricks on how to keep oneself from psychically burning out as well as his thoughts on extra sensory perception, the spirit of place, and more. Chronologically, this conversation occurred at two different times, but we'll get into that later. This was a fun and unexpected chat and we hope that you enjoy it. (Click here for the full show notes for this episode)

2hr 30mins

24 May 2020

Rank #3

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TI&TB #018 - Low Magick

In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we welcome back author Lon Milo DuQuette and talk about the rerelease of his Tarot of Ceremonial Magick and his new book Low Magick: It’s all in your head… You just have no idea how big your head is and we touch upon some of what he mentions in it; like his discomfort with the ideas of low and high magick, his concept of The Great G, pop goes Ganesha, and the celebrating of Christmas as a non-Christian. We discuss my appearance on Beyond the Threshold with Gary Blackheart that occurred back in November. Gary took me beyond the threshold and we discussed some touchy and often difficult issues that I have mentioned in the past on this podcast. I elaborate on my crisis of faith and come to some refreshing conclusions. In A Corner in the Occult we learn about The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage and ceremonial goal of one attaining Knowledge and Conversation with their Holy Guardian Angel. The most familiar edition of the book was translated in 1900 by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers for incorporation into the curriculum of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The book reveals a ritual procedure that becomes a pinnacle goal for ceremonial magickians of the western esoteric tradition. Later we talk about “words of power” in the Essence of Magick series and look into language, words, and meaning as well as the roles they play in magick and ritual. I also read listener email and we have a good time as always!  All this and more! Links: Lon Milo DuQuette, Email Lon, Tarot of Ceremonial Magick, Thelesis Aura, Beyond the Threshold, Tenacity Radio, The Juggler, Pagan Newswire Collective, Rikki LaCoste, Rikki Come Home Video, Title Goes Here:, Misanthrope Press, ChrisOrapello.com, Proud Pagan Podcasters, Music: George Wood, Alexandre Falcao, Linda Holzer, Guy David, Persian Paladin, Featured Music: Louis Armstong and the Commanders, Promos: Media Astra Ac Terra, Beyond the Threshold, Kakophonos, Pagan FM, Lakefront Pagan Voice,Credits: PodsafeAudio, Podsafe Music Network,Show Script (pdf)

1hr 41mins

21 Dec 2010

Rank #4

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DatC #059 - Flying with Sarah Anne Lawless

Hello and thank you once again for joining me down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today's most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight Tara and I meet with beloved blogger, artist, and professional witch Sarah Anne Lawless to discuss witchcraft, her blog, entheogens, flying ointments, and the idea and practice of soul flight. We have a great discussion about her work and experience as a non Wiccan witch and her flying ointments that are available online through the Black Arts Foundry website. Featured Songs: “Windflower” by Telling the Bees “Down to Sea” by Elephant Revival “The Golden King” by Witchwood “Sabbat” by Damh the Bard “Girl into Devil” by S.J. Tucker “Kokopelli” by Omnia “No Harm” by Tara Rice “The Devil's Hole” by Swallows Related Links Sarah Anne Lawless.com Black Arts Foundry "For Fear of Flying" by Sarah Anne Lawless "Counting Witches on Pinheads" by Gordon "If Witches No Longer Fly" by Chas Clifton

1hr 51mins

1 Jul 2015

Rank #5

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DatC #087 - The Elements of Spellcrafting with Jason Miller

Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight Tara and I speak with author, sorcerer, and teacher Jason Miller to discuss his recent book The Elements of Spellcrafting: 21 Keys to Successful Sorcery. However, we start the conversation with learning about his background (because oddly enough we never actually talked about it before) as well as ponder what his super villain name might be. While in our discussion of his book we explore his thoughts regarding enchantment and making your life more enchantable, the idea of harm none and magickal caveats in spellcrafting, substitutions in magick and in one's practice, the pitfalls of striving for absolute authenticity, his beliefs about magick and how he thinks magick works, and more. All in all it was a really good to talk and we hope you enjoy what Jason had to say. There is no shortage of spells out there. Some books highlight thousands of spells, but do any of them actually work? And how well do they work? I don’t mean just getting a result—I mean getting a result that matters, a result that will impact your life or the lives of those you work for. The Elements of Spellcrafting provides the most effective and efficient ways to get things done with magic. The Elements of Spellcrafting identifies and explains 21 keys to successful sorcery—a best practices of sorcery—in three sections: Principals and strategies for how best to apply magic before you begin. Methods and tactics that will ensure a positive outcome. How to take spells to the next level—building a life of spiritual accomplishment and material success beyond the basics. If you have ever cast a spell that didn’t work, The Elements of Spellcrafting will help you figure out why. If you regularly cast spells that seem to work but you still wind up in the same circumstances, this book will definitely help you chart a new course for victorious spellcrafting. - The Elements of Spellcrafting, back cover [caption id="attachment_6628" align="alignright" width="177"] Blood red torma offering described by Jason. Photo by Jason Miller.[/caption] Featured Songs: "The Magician" by The Hills and the Rivers "Movements in the Sky" by Church of the Cosmic Skull "Freedom Song" by Omnia "Fallon City Messiah" by Hey Satan "No harm" by Tara Rice "Hekate" by Faun Links: The Elements of Spellcrafting: 21 Keys to Successful Sorcery StrategicSorcery.net Strategic Sorcery Course Sorcery of Hekate Hexfest in New Orleans 2018 Mystickal Tymes (New Hope, PA) ------------------------------------------------------ Support the show on Patreon! Receive special benefits, show swag, extra content, and more! -------------------------------------------------------

1hr 44mins

17 Jun 2018

Rank #6

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DatC #069 - Hedge Witchery with Juniper Jeni

Hello and thankyou once again for joining me down at the crossroads for somemusic, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath,offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we crosspaths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deepthinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapelloand tonight we meet Juniper Jeni to discuss her experiences as awitch, Hedge Witchery, and TheWitches' Sabbat, a yearly event that takes place in Ontariojust outside of Ottawa which she teaches at and even helps toorganize. For those long time listeners of this podcast, Juniperwas the co-host of the former Pagan podcast Standing Stone andGarden Gate and she has been on her path as a witch for twentyyears. During our discussion Juniper offers up her insights andthoughts in regards to witchcraft and being witch as well herapproach to Hedge Witchery and what it is, and to close we learnwhat's in store this year for the Witches' Sabbat.The purpose of the Sabbat is to provide a forum wherepractitioners and other interested persons can come together tolearn and share information relating to non-Wiccan witchcraft andits associated practices. This is achieved in part by performingrituals and workings to facilitate each individual’s personalexperience of these practices, be they newcomers or experiencedwitches. This is also facilitated by discussion, story telling, andteaching each other. The weekend consists of rituals, discussions,workshops, a potluck with stone soup feast, and much more. Togetherwe build a relationship with the land, create a stang for the mainritual, tell stories, hang out around the fire pit, and mostimportantly: learn, share and grow as Witches. - TheWitches' Sabbat FeaturedSongs: "No Harm" by Tara Rice "Morning Fire" by Horse Cult "Maker of My Sorrow" by Eliza Rickman "Hunter" by Pandemonaeon "Free" by Omnia "Gibu" by Wardruna Links Mentioned: Walking The Hedge The Witches' Sabbat RavensKnoll Kaleidoscope Gathering

1hr 31mins

26 Apr 2016

Rank #7

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TI&TB #017 - Ghosts and Loyd Auerbach

In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we speak to Parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach about his experiences as a paranormal investigator. Loyd runs the Office of Paranormal Investigations out in California and has been consulted and featured on many shows dealing with hauntings and the paranormal. Loyd talks to us about being a parapsychologist, ghosts, educational opportunities, investigating, and we even discuss some of the current television shows that depict paranormal investigation. I share some of my own personal ghost stories, one of which occurred when I was very young and the other when I was much older. My interest in the paranormal started from this very early experience as a child; while the other experience taught me that you never know when you're being watched and by whom. We learn about famous escape artist and medium debunker Harry Houdini in A Corner in the Occult. Can you untie knots with your toes? Houdini could! Learn about this famous magician, his battle with the spiritualist movement during the early 20th century and why he is spotlighted in this episode's edition of A Corner in the Occult. Also in the episode, I read listener email. We see which listener won a copy of Jeva Singh-Anand’s book Bed Time Stories for the Faint of Heart. And in The Essence of Magick Series we discuss the ideas behind magickal intent and learn about what makes it up and how much it applies to greater scope of one's existence and not exclusively to the practice of magick. This is a real fun episode. I hope enjoy it! Links: Loyd Auerbach, Tenacity Radio, Title Goes Here:, Misanthrope Press, ChrisOrapello.com, Proud Pagan Podcasters, Music: George Wood, Ludovico Einaudi, ASCIAN, Jim Butler, Alexandre Falcao, Linda Holzer, Guy David, Ray Parker Jr., Persian Paladin, Promos: A Pagan Heart in Maine, Beyond the Threshold, Kakophonos, Media Astra Ac Terra, Pagan FM!,Credits: PodsafeAudio, Podsafe Music Network,Show Script (pdf)

2hr 2mins

8 Nov 2010

Rank #8

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DatC #044 - Why You Can't Worship Jesus Christ and Be Pagan with Sam Webster

Tonight we meet with former Patheos.com Columnist Sam Webster (now at The Wild Hunt) to talk about his controversial Patheos article "Why You Can't Worship Jesus Christ and Be Pagan," and other issues such as the superiority of Pagan theology, his concerns regarding the popular notion of building interfaith relationships, religious legitimacy, and his thoughts on what we need to be doing as Pagans to insure our religious future in the years to come. Sam is also the President and Executive Director of the Pantheon Foundation, whose mission is to provide organizational support for the practice of Pagan religion and the fostering of Pagan Ministry. To study the history, promote the culture, and advance the social welfare of Pagans and the Pagan community.Sam Webster, M. Div., Mage, hails from the Bay Area and has taught magick publicly since 1984. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 1993. He is now a PhD candidate at the University of Bristol, UK, studying Pagan history under Prof. Ronald Hutton. He is an Adept of the Golden Dawn, a cofounder of the Chthonic-Ouranian Templar order, and an initiate of Wiccan, Druidic, Buddhist, Hindu and Masonic traditions. His work has been published in a number of journals such as Green Egg and Gnosis, and 2010 saw his first book Tantric Thelema, establishing the publishing house Concrescent Press. He authors two blogs, Arkadian Anvil and Pagan Restoration . In 2001 he founded the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, and serves the Pagan community principally as a priest of Hermes. - SamWebsterMage.com The songs featured in this episode were: “Hunter” by Pandemonaeon “To The Morrigan” by Sencha the Vate “Call Me Satan” by Omnia “Alesia” by Eluveitie “A Poison Tree” by Finvarra “Glashtyn Shanty” by SJ Tucker “Green and Gray” by Damh the Bard “Pagan Ways” by Damh the Bard

1hr 45mins

15 Jun 2014

Rank #9

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TI&TB #009 - Pagan Pride Day

In this episode, we show our pride by revisiting South Jersey Pagan Pride Day, which occurred back on October 11th, 2009. We learn that pagan pride has nothing to do with joining a biker gang. We speak with Henry Buchy, a Feri Initiate and Teacher. We learn about Gerald Gardner in A Corner in the Occult. We speak with South Jersey Pagan Pride secretary Janet Mays. We read listener letters. And to close I sit back down with Amie Tolomeo who we spoke with in episode seven. Links: Autism NJ, Covenant of Rhiannon, The Folklore Society, The Pagan Pride Project, Podcast Awards, Society for Psychical Research, South Jersey Pagan Pride, Sun and Moon Metaphysical Shoppe, The Zaracon Show Music: George Wood, Anthony Burbidge, 3vrn3n, Alexandre Falcao, Briareus, Linda Holzer, Ted Tunes, Persian Paladin Pagan Podcasting Workshop: About Pagan Podcasting (pdf), A Listing of Some Popular Pagan Podcasts (pdf), Create Your Own Show (pdf)  Promos: The Wigglian Way, Media Astra Ac Terra, Druid Cast, Lakefront Pagan Voice, Pagan FM, Proud Pagan Podcasters Credits: Podsafe Audio, Podsafe Music Network

1hr 25mins

7 Dec 2009

Rank #10

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TI&TB #012 - The Goddess and the Grail

We bring Pagan Pride Day into the studio as we learn about bloodlines, genetics, and the Goddess and the Grail with local Foundation teacher Ken Neuhauser. In A Corner in the Occult we learn about Madame Helena Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society. I play a song I’ve been wanting to play since the beginning of the podcast as well as more music by singer songwriter Stacey Fitzpatrick whom we met in the previous episode. And later in the show we find out which two lucky winners win the first two copies of Stacey Fitzpatrick’s album Forever More. All this and more in this informative and fun episode! Lecture Bibliography: The Nag Hammadi Library, Rosslyn- Guardian Of The Secrets Of The Holy Grail by Tim and Marilyn Hopkins Wallace-Murphy, The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend by Gareth Knight, Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln Links: Stacey Fitzpatrick, Foundation Capstone, Ken Neuhauser, White Dog Cafe, Theosophical Society in America, Title Goes Here:, ChrisOrapello.com, Music: George Wood, Melissa Cox, Alexandre Falcao, Linda Holzer, Ted Tunes, Persian Paladin, Featured Music: Stacey Fitzpatrick, The Sword, Show Libray: Isis Unveiled (pdf), Kabalah and Kabalism (pdf), Studies in Occultism (pdf), The Secret Doctrine (pdf), Promos: Moonshine,Credits: PodsafeAudio, Podsafe Music Network,Show Script (pdf)

1hr 36mins

2 Apr 2010

Rank #11

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DatC #043 - Modern Witch, Devin Hunter

Tonight, we have a great candid and honest discussion with Modern Witch Podcast host Devin Hunter. I spoke with Devin back in March about the state of the community. This is one conversation that may turn some heads and incite some feedback. We discuss current issues such as British Traditional Wicca and his issues with it as a gay man, Wiccanate Privilege, the LGBT Pagan community and what it may not be doing, and finally where he thinks the pagan community should be heading in the future. We also get to hear about his up coming projects and his online witchcraft academy starting in June called Black Rose Witchcraft and more, blessed be! The songs featured in this episode are: “Fehu” Wardruna “Soul Journey” by Cernunnos Rising “Earth Warrior” by Omnia “Berserker” by Leslie Fish “Thousandfold” by Eluveitie “Wild Rose” by Faun "Snake Star Song" by SJ Tucker “Waking Panther” by Mama Gina

1hr 56mins

21 May 2014

Rank #12

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TI&TB #016 - A Crisis of Faith

In this episode we talk with fellow podcaster and author Jeva Singh-Anand about his new book Bedtime Stories for the Faint of Heart. Jeva is the host of the Lance and Graal podcast and Professor Zarnoff’s Channel on YouTube. We also discuss his background as a former Christian Fundamentalist and what happened to cause him to move away from it. I go back to lodge after a year of staying away from it and I share my experiences about that return. We learn about 16th century heresy in this episode’s edition of A Corner in the Occult as we learn about Father Giordano Bruno. I read a single listener message to a nostalgic pagan podcaster music track. I also announce a contest for this episode. We start The Essence of Magick Series by looking into “Belief and Magick.” How much does belief really play into the practice and effect of magick and how does one apply their will to their magick and how do such acts differ from mundane acts which may be of a similar context and nature. We hear a great music track from Tenpenny Joke an Alternative Australian band who may not be a pagan band, but who absolutely rocks none-the-less and we are glad to have them in this episode! To close the show we look into crises of faith, what they are, and why they’re actually beneficial for one’s spiritual growth and a positive sign of one’s dedication to their path. All this and more in this great episode, Blessed Be and 93! Links: Lance and Graal, Professor Zarnoff, Black Hat Press, Giordano Bruno, MeatCrab.com, Starsend Radio, WXPN Philadelphia, The Gatherings, Title Goes Here:, Misanthropress, Proud Pagan Podcasters, Music: George Wood, George Winston, Vince Guaraldi, Alexandre Falcao, Linda Holzer, Persian Paladin, Promos: Media Astra Ac Terra, Druid Cast, Kakophonos, Standing Stone Garden Gate, Featured Music: Tenpenny Joke, XTC, REMCredits: PodsafeAudio, Podsafe Music Network,Show Script (pdf)

1hr 48mins

26 Sep 2010

Rank #13

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TI&TB #013 - A Little Bit of Bohemia

We look into Bohemianism and its similarities to modern paganism. We discuss absinthe the famous mythic bohemian drink, along with its brief history, how to prepare it, enjoy it, and how to buy it. We learn about famous author, psychic, medium, and magickian Dion Fortune in A Corner in the Occult. We explore the Principle of Gender in our journey through the Kybalion. We memorialize the recent passing of Peter Steele from the band Type O Negative and we hear a song from them as well. We read some of the listener email that has come in since the last episode. We play some great music and see which two lucky listeners will win copies of Stacey Fitzpatrick’s album Forever More. To close we talk about Gender and Deity and look into the issues that they reveal about modern paganism. And more in this fun episode! Links: The Wormwood Society, Philadelphia Distilling Company, Delaware Phoenix, Pacific Distillery, St. George Spirits, Gnostalgic Spirits, Ltd., The Absinthe Museum, The Society of Inner Light, Stacey Fitzpatrick, Title Goes Here:, ChrisOrapello.com, Disinformation, Music: George Wood, Jefferson Airplane, Guy David, Alexandre Falcao, Linda Holzer, Ted Tunes, Persian Paladin, Featured Music: Stacey Fitzpatrick, Type O Negative, Jerfferson Airplane, Iron Butterfly, Promos:Media Astra Ac Terra, WitchesBrewHaHa, New World Witchery, Standing Stone and Garden Gate,Credits: PodsafeAudio, Podsafe Music Network,

1hr 16mins

26 May 2010

Rank #14

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DatC #081 - The Path of Paganism with John Beckett

Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight Tara and I welcome back Patheos blogger and now author John Beckett to discuss his new book The Path of Paganism: An Experienced-Based Guide to Modern Pagan Practice. During the discussion, we talk about the idea of Big Tent Paganism, Why Paganism is making a comeback, the necessity of myth, Pagan priesthood, and more. It was great to sit down and chat with John once again and we hope you enjoy the many directions that we went in. Paganism is a way of seeing the world and your place in it. It means challenging the assumptions of mainstream society and strengthening your relationships with the gods, the universe, your community, and your self. The Path of Paganism provides practical advice and support for honoring your values and living an authentic Pagan life in mainstream Western culture. Discover tips for establishing or deepening a regular practice. Explore how your spirituality can help you deal with life’s inevitable hardships. Learn the basics of leadership roles and other steps to take as you gain experience and move into more advanced practices. With questions for contemplation as well as rituals to help you integrate new concepts, this book guides you through a profoundly meaningful way of life. - Llewellyn.com Featured Songs: "The Circle Song" by Wendy Rule "Free" by Omnia "Age of Aquarius" by Ginger Doss "Fire in the Head" by Sharon Knight "The Wicker man" by Damh the Bard "Ancestors Song" by Kellianna "Stones" by Tara Rice "The Elemental Chant" by Wendy Rule Links: Patheos: Under The Ancient Oaks YouTube Channel: Under The Ancient Oaks Support the show on Patreon! Receive special benefits, show swag, extra content, and more!

1hr 55mins

31 Jul 2017

Rank #15

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DatC #095 - Southern Cunning with Aaron Oberon

Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight Tara and I meet with Aaron Oberon to learn about his book Southern Cunning: Folkloric Witchcraft In The American South available from Moon Books. During the discussion we touch upon Christianity and witchcraft, social media, his thoughts on witchcraft, initiation by spirit, the necessity and limitations of initiation in general, and his ideas surrounding folkloric witchcraft. This was a fun conversation and like we say by then of it, if your spirits don’t have a sense of humor, then you need some new spirits. *Visit official show notes for further show information

1hr 55mins

27 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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DatC #096 - Transformative Witchcraft with Jason Mankey

Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight Tara and I meet with Jason Mankey to learn about his book Transformative Witchcraft: The Greater Mysteries available from Llewellyn. And along with that we discuss his Pagan witchcraft journey and what caused him to move away from his Christian background, his early Goddess practices and experiences as a witch, his thoughts on witchcraft and how it has changed over the years, the modern origins of witchcraft, inclusivity in Traditional Wicca, the future of modern craft, and more. Jason was a great guest and this conversation has great anecdotes and personal stories as well. “The rites and rituals of Witchcraft are life-changing experiences, but they are also steeped in mystery. Transformative Witchcraft delves into some of the most persistent mysteries of the Craft and provides insightful guidance for raising and directing magickal energy in accordance with your desires. Jason Mankey distills his decades of experience as he shares practical wisdom for raising a cone of power and detailed insights into creating powerful rituals for dedications, initiations, and elevations. In his chapter on drawing down the moon, he provides a vivid exploration of invocation and the subtle nuances in preparation and execution that can take the ritual to its most magisterial heights. This book also discusses one of the most mysterious of all the magickal rituals―the Great Rite. Whether you’re interested in the Great Rite in token or in truth, there is much to be gleaned from the experiences related here on a topic that is frequently treated as taboo in much of the magickal literature.” “Direct experience with the divine and the potent energies of magick are defining experiences in a life of Witchcraft. Filled with compelling personal stories, a fascinating brief history of modern Wicca and Witchcraft, striking original rituals, and a wealth of tips and techniques, this book provides the beginning or intermediate Witch with the practical and theoretical keys they need to unlock the mysteries of the Craft.” - Transformative Witchcraft (back cover) Featured Music: “The Golden King” by Witchwood “Hymn to Herne” by S.J. Tucker “Green and Grey” by Damh the Bard “The Battle of Evermore” by Finvarra “Pollen Path” by Elana Low “The Call of the Mountains” by Eluveitie “I Was Here When the Sea Was Young” by Ill Wicker “A Rose for Epona” by Eluveitie Links: Panmankey.com Raise the Horns (Patheos Blog) Mystic South Sirius Rising HexFest Beyond the Gates ConVocation 2020 PantheaCon 2020 Call and leave us a message at (856) 481-2984 Find the show on: iTunes . Stitcher . Google Play . Spotify . iHeartRadio Player FM . Podbean . Libsyn . RSS . Facebook And on other podcast services! Support the show on Patreon! Receive special benefits, show swag, extra content, and more!

1hr 46mins

17 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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TI&TB #025 - Magical Identity

In this episode we have a revealing and compelling conversation with occult author Taylor Ellwood about his new book Magical Identity. How can we apply magic in relation to our identity and how does our identity relate to the practice of magick? In A Corner in the Occult, we learn about 20th century Hermetic teacher Franz Bardon. During his unusual life, the three books he published during his life, Initiation into Hermetics, The Practice of Magical Evocation and The Key to the True Qabbalah are said to be a complete course in magick. In The Essence of Magick we discuss magickal names. Found in many traditions and religions of the world, is the practice of taking on a new name. What is the essence of the magical name in relation to magick and the practitioner? Come and explore this topic with us. I also read listener email and have an announcement to make about the future of the podcast. We also have the pleasure of hearing the new song "Sirens" from our featured artist Olga Nunes, whose new album LAMP will be released on May 15th. All this and more in this latest installment of The Infinite and the Beyond! Links: Eclectic Artisans, Taylor Ellwood, Magical Identity, Immanion Press, Music: George Wood, Josh Woodward, Kendra Springer, Alexandre Falcao, Linda Holzer, Persian Paladin, Featured Music: Olga Nunes, Promos: Kakophonos, Between the Earth and Stars, The Witches View Podcast,Credits: PodsafeAudio, Podsafe Music Network,Show Script (pdf)

1hr 46mins

17 Mar 2012

Rank #18

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DatC #090 - Traditional Wicca with Thorn Mooney

Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and tonight Tara and I speak with witch, YouTuber, blogger, and now author Thorn Mooney about her book Traditional Wicca: A Seeker's Guide. During the discussion we touch upon her background as a witch, her thoughts on witchcraft, Traditional Wicca and being a practicing Gardnerian and High Priestess of her coven, Foxfire. We discuss the difference and alleged conflict between Traditional Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft. As well as the gate keeping that occurs online, how social media has shaped people's perception and other issues such as classicism, outdated information, the pursuit of knowledge, and personal growth. This is a very frank discussion about modern practice and we hope that you enjoy it. Thorn was a great guest and we hope to speak with her again in the future. While there are many powerful variations of contemporary Witchcraft, traditional Wicca offers unique experiences for those who seek it out. This book explores structured, coven-based styles of Wicca, in which the practitioners typically trace initiatory lineages back to Wicca's early founders. Discussing covens, initiations, lineages, practices, ethics, and more, Traditional Wicca shares tips and ideas on how to get the most from this profound approach to Witchcraft.   Discover how to recognize healthy, reputable covens. Learn how to navigate the process of asking for training and succeeding in an outer court. Explore the spiritual strength of lineages, hierarchies, and initiation. This book also includes contributions from several practitioners, providing valuable first-person perspectives on what it's like to be on the traditional Wiccan path. - Traditional Wicca (back cover) Featured Songs: "Witchka" by S.J. Tucker "Brotin" by Eivør "Melusina" by Sharon Knight "A Faery Song" by Melanie Gruben "Stones" by Tara Rice “Battle of Evermore” by Finvarra "Maker of My Sorrow" by Eliza Rickman "Little Bird" by S.J. Tucker Links: Thorn Mooney YouTube: Thorn Mooney Patheos: Oathbound ------------------------------------------------------ Call and leave us a message at (856) 481-2984 Find the show on: iTunes . Stitcher . Google Play . Spotify . iHeartRadio Player FM . Podbean . Libsyn . RSS . Facebook And on other podcast services! ------------------------------------------------------ Support the show on Patreon! Receive special benefits, show swag, extra content, and more! -------------------------------------------------------

2hr

18 Nov 2018

Rank #19

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DatC #033 - Apocalypse Not with John Michael Greer

In this episode of Down At The Crossroads, we cross paths with John Michael Greer who is the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America and the author of more than twenty books on a wide range of subjects, including The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age, The Ecotechnic Future: Exploring a Post-Peak World, The Wealth of Nature: Economics As If Survival Mattered, and Apocalypse Not: Everything You Know About 2012, Nostradamus, And The Rapture is Wrong. And if you like what you heard in the interview, be sure to checkout his blog The Archdruid Report today! Featured Artists: The Familiars Tenpenny Joke Swallows S.J. Tucker Faun Robin Hellier

1hr 27mins

22 Aug 2013

Rank #20