Arnemancy

Nov 25 2020 58 mins 116

Explore esotericism, magic, and the occult with Reverend Erik. All of your favorite occultists, astrologers, magicians, and historians of esotericism sit down for casual and informative chats about the bizarre, unusual, and meaningful. Donate ETH at 0xa79b9697Bf482D80f2AA13Ca5Fa4B58C36707CD8





Hermetica with Sam Block
Nov 25 2020 74 mins  
There is a good chance that you are already familiar with my guest on this episode. Sam Block, AKA @polyphanes, is the prolific genius behind the Digital Ambler, his blog covering a wide swath of esoteric and occult topics. Earlier this year, he took on the ambitious project of completing his own translation of the third book of the Corpus Hermeticum, the collection of classical philosophical texts that forms the core of Hermeticism. We begin this episode with a discussion about the nature of the Corpus Hermeticum and the Hermetica in general, and then we get into Sam’s project. We talk about his inspiration, the challenges of the translation, and what he learned through the experience. We discuss stories of creation in the Hermetica, how we use Hermetic concepts in our practices, and how to learn this stuff. This conversation ranges from the relaxed to the serious, from the frivolous to the deeply thoughtful. I am releasing it the week of Thanksgiving in the United States in the hopes that our conversation will add something special to everybody’s lazy holiday. Links Sam’s translation and commentary on Corpus Hermeticum III The Digital Ambler @polyphanes on Twitter Sam’s Etsy shop Sam’s writing on the Heart Sutra Copenhaver’s Hermetica Salaman’s Way of Hermes My blog post about Corpus Hermeticum XIII Sam Block on Geomancy and the PGM (back on My Alchemical Bromance) Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt







Bruno and the Future with Scott Gosnell
Oct 28 2020 63 mins  
Scott Gosnell recently finished translating his seventh Giordano Bruno book, Song of Circe & On the Composition of Images. Through this long process, he has become more familiar with Bruno’s work than probably 99.9% of the people on the planet. We have talked many times on this podcast and the Arnemancy blog about how brilliant Bruno is, and Scott’s insight into this Renaissance genius has influenced his understanding of the modern world. In this episode, we discuss not only Scott’s work on Bruno, but the state of the world today, how we can make sure our information about the modern world is good, and how we can start preparing for an uncertain future. He discusses the importance of looking for diverse perspectives in order to understand the information bubbles we all live in, and how other ways of looking at things can help us find new ways to think. Here in the United States, the national election is right on top of us, and there are plenty of whispers about the uncertainty of this country’s future. Scott’s advice for evaluating politics through a broader lens and intelligently planning for the future meshes well with my season one conversation with Andrew Watt in Wizards of the Future and can help you take a closer look at your own preparations. Scott Gosnell is an entrepeneur, scholar, and startup consultant who helps with risk management and personal coaching. Links Song of Circe & On the Composition of Images by Giordano Bruno and translated by Scott Gosnell The Collected Works of Giordano Bruno translated by Scott Gosnell bottlerocketscience, Scott’s blog Scott Gosnell’s writing on Quora @infinite_me on Twitter “Ur-Fascism” by Umberto Eco Resilience Maps – Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps Halloween Livestream with Alexx Bollen J Swofford’s Picatrix Talisman cards Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt


Surviving Lockdown with Alexx Bollen
Oct 14 2020 52 mins  
Returning regular guest Alexx Bollen joined me in Creston Park in Southeast Portland for a socially distant interview. Our primary topic was dealing with depression during the COVID-19 lockdown, but we got into a number of different topics, including synchronicities, chaos magic, microdosing, and Randonautica. Note that there is some wind noise and plenty of background park noise in this episode. We recorded outdoors and it had been a while, so unfortunately we just have to live with it! We discuss the general state of Portland during the lockdown. What’s it like on the ground? Where are the people? How are the parks? What happened when the federal government invaded our city? When we get into the politics, we really just wanted to make a few things clear: We don’t want to live in a police state. We don’t want to be murdered by our government. We don’t want anybody to be murdered because of bigotry. Black lives matter! The narrative should not be that Portland is burning down. This should not be a partisan issue! Alexx and I both acknowledge that none of you are here to hear us talk about politics, and for that we apologize. But politics gets into our occult communities, and if we are not paying attention, then suddenly we get Neo-Nazis and alt-right assholes running corners of our occult world. Though Alexx and I both had mixed results with Randonautica, we brainstorm some interesting techniques for expanding upon the theme. One that I think is a worthwhile effort is to combine the random destination of Randonautica with the defixio technique from Patrick Dunn’s Magic Power Language Symbol. If you are in Portland, Oregon, join me in trying this out at ///senses.deflection.lived. Links The Alexxcast Periphery by Alexx Bollen Microdosing and Depression Adventures in Randonauting on the Alexxcast Randonauts find a dead body Reed College campus closed what3words ///senses.deflection.lived Magic Power Language Symbol by Patrick Dunn Introduction to Sigils The featured image for this post is from Rawpixel. Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt








Sexuality and Gender in Paganism with Misha Magdalene
Jun 24 2020 53 mins  
Author, pagan, and sorcerer Misha Magdelene joins me to talk about the intersection of gender and sexuality with magic and polytheism. Misha is the author of Outside the Charmed Circle: Exploring Gender & Sexuality in Magical Practice and is also the author behind the Patheos blog, Outside the Charmed Circle. We talk about cracking open the ways we are “programmed” to look at the world and how various esoteric practices seem like a perfect place to explore new ways of looking at the world and deconstructing concepts and cultural cues that most of us are never forced to look at very carefully. Our conversation explores gender and sexuality across a variety of esoteric traditions, including Wicca, modern polytheism, ancient religions, Kabbalah, and more. We discuss the art of writing a book, and Misha’s approach to authoring their book. We also discussed how to get started learning about LGBTQ topics and issues, and how to face the fear that keeps us from confronting components of our own identity that might be deeply significant but not of our own making. This episode wraps up Season One of the Arnemancy Podcast. Season Two will kick off in September, and in the meantime I will be releasing some bonus material for my Patreon supporters, so head over to the Arnemancy Patreon page and check it out. Links Misha’s book: Outside the Charmed Circle: Exploring Gender & Sexuality in Magical Practice Find it at Amazon here. Misha’s website Their blog, Outside the Charmed Circle @mishamagdalene on Twitter @mishamagdalene on Instagram Their Facebook page Gardnerian Wicca Anderson Feri tradition Annie Lynsen’s Major Arqueerna Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt











Hypnerotomachia and Play with Ted Hand
May 13 2020 61 mins  
Ted Hand is public school teacher and independent scholar of Renaissance Magic. In this episode, he discusses the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and Atalanta Fugiens as influential Renaissance texts and the culture of images. Ted discusses in particular the concept of using these image-heavy texts as vehicles for esoteric or mystical play. He discusses in particular the Atalanta Fugiens as a multimedia text and the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili as almost an architectural handbook. This conversation ends up being a deep exploration of the historical culture of the imagination. We discuss alchemy, the Rosicrucians, early Freemasonry, Robert Fludd, Giulio Camillo, image magic, forbidden knowledge, the Art of Memory, and building a relationship with meaningful texts. One key bit in this episode is Ted’s explanation of why well-known Renaissance man and architect Leon Battisti Aberti was considered as a potential author of the Hypnerotomachia before scholars seemed to settle on Francisco Colonna. Along the way, Ted and I discuss different definitions and approaches to meditation in the history of Western esotericism, and we talk about the role of imagination and visions in meditative practice. This in particular might be one of the greatest lesson This episode is the second in a series on the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and serves to help introduce the audience to the thinking, culture, and scholarship around this remarkable book and its lasting effect on our culture. Check below for show notes and for Ted’s recommended reading list. Links @t3dy on Twitter Pico and Dick with Ted Hand (podcast) Joscelyn Godwin’s English translation of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili Robert Dallington’s aborted English translation of 1592 (at Project Gutenberg) Scans of the 1499 first edition of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (at the Internet Archive) Atalanta Fugiens by Michael Maier (at the Internet Archive) Arnemancy’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili Series Reading List Bilak, Donna. “Playful Humanism in Atalanta fugiens (1618)”. 2017. https://italianacademy.columbia.edu/paper/playful-humanism-atalanta-fugiens-1618 Cruz, Esteban Alejandro. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: Re-Discovering Antiquity Through The Dreams Of Poliphilus. 2006. Griggs, Tamara. “Promoting the past: The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili as antiquarian enterprise”. https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/griggs/files/wordimage.pdf Russell, James, Charles. ‘Many Other Things Worthy of Knowledge and Memory’: The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and its Annotators, 1499-1700. (2014). etheses.dur.ac.uk/10757/ Rogers, Dionysius. A Renaissance Seduction of Memory: Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia as Counter-Edification. Tufte, Edward. Beautiful Evidence. Warner, Marina. Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds: Ways of Telling the Self. https://en.chessbase.com/post/francesco-colonna-first-human-chess-reference (same website has the acrostic) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315117781_A_Dreamt_Feast_Culinary_Marvels_in_the_Hypnerotomachia_Poliphili (banquet in chapter nine, late medieval and early renaissance feasting practices) Hasler, Johann F.W. “Performative and Multimedia Aspects of Late-Renaissance Meditative Alchemy: The Case of Michael Maier’s Atalanta Fugiens (1617)”, (Revista de Estudios Sociales. April, 2011). https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/articulo?codigo=3439874 Szonyi, György E. “Architectural Symbolism and Fantasy Landscapes in Alchemical and Occult Discourse: Revelatory Images”, in Emblems & Alchemy, Alison Adams, and Stanton J. Linden, (eds.), (Glasgow Emblem Studies, 1998). Bolzoni, Lina. “The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo: Alchemy, Rhetoric, and Deification in the Renaissance”, in Lux in Tenebris: The Visual and the Symbolic in Western Esotericism, (Brill, Aries Book Series, Volume: 23, 2018).




Introducing the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
Apr 22 2020 33 mins  
This is a solo episode about the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, the most beautiful book in Venice. This mysterious volume was printed in Venice in 1499 by Aldus Manutius, with a typeface created by master punchcutter Francesco Griffo. Illustrated with 172 amazing woodcuts, it was written in a strange combination of Latin, Greek, and Italian. The illustrations also contain Hebrew, Arabic, and invented hieroglyphs. Nobody knows who the illustrator was, nor who wrote the book, but most scholars agree that it was Venetian Franciscian monk and priest Francesco Colonna. In this episode, I discuss the history of events leading up to the book, the nature of the book itself, and also possible influences the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili may have had on later European art, literature, and occult currents. Some of the topics I touch on are the 17th century Rosicrucian movement, the Renaissance Art of Memory, and 18th century Freemasonry. My research in this episode relies heavily on the previous work of two people. First, Joscelyn Godwin, musicologist, author, historian, and translator. He translated the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili into English for the first time in 1999, and was the translator and commentator of The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, which I reference in the show. Second is Efthymia Priki, Ph.D. in Byzantine Studies from University of Cyprus, who did extensive work researching the influences of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili on works that came after it. Links The Arnemancy Store Register for an upcoming class or get a recording of a previous class. Joscelyn Godwin’s English translation of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili Robert Dallington’s aborted English translation of 1592 (at Project Gutenberg) Scans of the 1499 first edition of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (at the Internet Archive) The Rosicrucian Trilogy (also check out my review of this book) Excellent overview of the story and artwork in the HP “Elucidating and Enigmatizing: the Reception of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili in the Early Modern Period and in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries” by Efthymia Priki The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Revert The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco (Make sure you get one that’s in full color!) Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt






































Wizards of the Future with Andrew Watt
Nov 13 2019 80 mins  
Andrew B. Watt joins me on this podcast episode to discuss various visions of the future and how we as magicians, occultists, and wizards can prepare for the future — any future! In particular, we discuss the competing ideas of John Michael Greer and Gordon White, futures both pessimistic and optimistic. We also take a look at the 200 and 800 year Jupiter-Saturn cycles proposed by noted astrologer Austin Coppock. How valid are any of these future predictions and what can we do to get ready? Andrew B. Watt is a blogger in the northeastern United States. He and I first talked about sewing and magic on episode 48 of My Alchemical Bromance, and he convinced me that I should make my magical robe during that conversation. This conversation was a blast. Andrew is a great thinker and we really dive into some current topics in a way I’m not sure this podcast has ever explored before. Let us know what you think in the comments — and in the meantime, here are some links! Recommended reading before diving into this episode is book 4, chapter 5 of the Picatrix — yes, ultimate nerds that we are, our entire discussion about your future does end up rooted in an ancient book on pagan Arabian astrological wizard junk. Enjoy! Andrew’s Blog, Wanderings in the Labrynth Find him at @AndrewBWatt on Twitter. Andrew’s AMAZING Etsy Shop Andrew B. Watt’s books on Amazon: The Sun’s Paces: Thirty-Six Hymns for the Decans of the Zodiac The Mansions of the Moon: Twenty-Eight Odes or Hymns for the Moon’s Course Poems for the Behenian Stars Festae: poetry for the ancient Roman sacred calendar Gordon White’s Rune Soup John Michael Greer’s Ecosophia Austin Coppock Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Listen on Podcrypt




























S01E02 – Cartomancy and Sortilege with T. Susan Chang
Jun 17 2019 88 mins  
As the entire Internet already knows, T. Susan Chang has incredible oracular powers, so when I tell you that she’s here on the second episode of the fledgling Arnemancy Podcast, it’s probably a sign that we’re building great things. Susan is co-host of the incredible Fortune’s Wheelhouse podcast and the author of Tarot Correspondences: Ancient Secrets for Everyday Readers, released by Llewellyn at the end of 2018. She is a Tarot expert, and the kind of Tarot expert that an uncanny grasp on how the cards connect to each other and the complex web of correlations and associations that tie the cards into nearly every other aspect of Western occultism. We dive into everything, from Agrippa to the Picatrix decans to planetary Tarot associations to Kabbalah to working magic with Tarot. We talk about psychology, divination, sortilege, and symbolism. When I invited Susan on the show, I promised that we could go full Tarot nerd, and we did. Full Tarot nerd. Susan also answered listener questions, including a great explanation of The Devil card. We also get into sewing, and discuss my creation of a magical robe. Buy Susan’s book and listen to her podcast. If you like Tarot, you will love her work. Links Susan Chang’s website Susan’s Etsy shop, filled with amazing Tarot bags and planetary perfumes and other great stuff Fortune’s Wheelhouse, the best Tarot podcast in the Universe Tarot Correspondences: Ancient Secrets for Everyday Readers, Susan’s book on Tarot Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy Please rate this podcast! Listen on Podcrypt






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