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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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86 Ratings
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69
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3

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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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

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: 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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Rank #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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
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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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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Rank #9: Hermetic Magical Ethics

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On Thursday January 22nd, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will present a discussion on Hermetic Magical Ethics. This will be

somewhat controversial in that we will examine the ethical aspects of

Hermetic philosophy in comparison to Christianity and other Gnostic

variations including Crowley's Thelema and Golden Dawn Rosicrucianism.

We will also question the merits of egalitarian collectivism compared to

the American/Masonic work ethic and personal responsibility standards.

We will review our newly adopted Code of Conduct for members of our

magical lodges and explain some of the reasons for establishing these

guidelines. So if you want to know how well-behaved and nice to each

other magicians ought to be, tune in and we will give you our Golden Rules.
Jan 23 2015
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Rank #10: Kurt Seligmann's "The Mirror of Magic: A History of Magic in the Western World"

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On Thursday September 27th, 2018 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will review the new Collector's edition of Kurt Seligmann's 1948 classic

"The Mirror of Magic: A History of Magic in the Western World" and discuss Seligmann's career

as a surrealist painter,  a scholar of the occult and a practicing

ceremonial magician. This handsome new edition, published by Inner

Traditions, is a faithful reproduction of the original. Poke Runyon

inherited a 1948 copy Seligmann's  book from his late Master Frederick

Adams (1928 - 2008) with Fred's annotations. It was Fred's first book on

Magic and he treasured it. In his Introduction Seligmann wrote: "As an

artist I was concerned with the aesthetic value of Magic and its

influence on man's creative imagination." Fred Adams was also a very

talented artist and was inspired by The Mirror of Magic, as we hope a

new generation of readers will be when they discover this beautiful new

edition of Kurt Seligmann's Masterpiece.
Sep 28 2018
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Rank #11: Enochian Magick, Masonry, and The Book of Enoch

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On Thursday November 21st, 2013 The Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the "Enochian" legend and tradition in

magick, Freemasonry, the Bible, and the various versions of the Book of

Enoch itself. We will examine the elements and sources of the Masonic

Enoch legend, the lost Ethiopian Book of Enoch and its unique description of the Fallen Angels and their attributions, the Pagan Solarism of Enoch's Angelic vision, and the special Enochian universe of John Dee and Edward Kelley. We will also compare the Book of Enoch to the ancient Sumerian/Babylonian myth of the Anunnaki, the Goetia, and

Milton's Paradise Lost. So once again tune in and get Enochulated.
Nov 22 2013
1 hour 57 mins
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Rank #12: 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 #13: An Hour with Magus & Folksinger Lon Milo DuQuette

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On Thursday February 26th, 2015 our very special guest will be philosopher, author, Magus, songwriter, and folksinger Lon Milo DuQuette. Lon will discuss his latest books "Homemade Magick" from Llewellyn, and as editor: "Horror and the Occult" from Weiser. He will also invite us all to hear him in concert at the MTG recording

studio in Mission Viejo, California this Saturday night. So if you want to catch up on the latest doings and offerings from one of America's most creative and talented magicians, be sure to listen in.
Feb 27 2015
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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: Thrice Greatest Hermetica by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell

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On Thursday March 16th, 2017 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

will review and discuss Joseph P. Farrell's 2014 book "Thrice Greatest

Hermetica and the Janus Age".This is a confusing title for a sometimes

confusing book, but it is still worth our attention. Basically it

outlines an historical conspiracy theory that goes this way: The

Medieval Knights Templar (the first military industrial and

international banking conglomerate) in collusion with the Republic of

Venice launch a Roman Catholic Crusade allegedly aimed at Palestine but

deflected to Constantinople to destroy and loot the Byzantine Greek

Orthodox half of the old Roman Empire. The Templars are okay with this

but when the greedy Pope sicks them on the Gnostic Christians (Cathars)

in their own home turf, Southern France, they back out.

The Cathars are destroyed. The Pope's buddy the King of France asks a

loan from the Templars, they refuse him, so he and the Pope turn on them

and destroy them in France. But they survive in Scotland, England and

elsewhere. and they are still allied with wealthy Venice. They are an

underground network, Meanwhile the Roman Church allies with Genoa,

Florance and Spain. The Venetians and the Templars make it to America

before Columbus (a Genoavian-Spanish agent) but Columbus plants the

Spanish flag. The Templars and Venetians infiltrate England with a

culture war -- infusing the English (Dee, Fludd and Shakespeare) with

Hermeticism and the proxy war for the New World is on. Drake, Morgan et

allia against the Spanish. What a plot! Sounds crazy but Joe has a PhD

from Oxford in Medieval Church history so he is worth reading on

subjects like this. Tune in and we'll check it out.
Mar 17 2017
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Rank #16: Hieronymus Bosch vs. The Spanish Inquisition

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On Thursday February February 12th, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host

Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the late medieval Dutch

surrealist painter Hieronymus Bosch whose remarkable works have not yet

become the secret code behind a Dan Brown novel (hint Bro. Dan) but

would certainly provide a great background for such a story. His most

famous work "The Garden of Earthly Delights" is a phantasmagoria a of

bizarre and nightmarish symbolism. Which scholars relate to the Gonostic

sect of the Adamites -- a cult of mystic nudists who were trying to

recreate the Garden of Eden. Super Catholic Spain had taken over the

Netherlands in those days and the Inquisition was burning the Dutch

Adamites as fast as Bosch could paint them but the King of Spain was

Bosch's biggest fan, which probably kept Bosch alive.So you can look at

some great Bosch graphics on your computer while you listen to us

recount the tale of the Devil's painter.
Feb 13 2015
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Rank #17: "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
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #18: 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 #19: "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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