#94 / Charles Christian on Werewolves, Vampires and the Wold Newton Triangle
Charles Christian is an English barrister and Reuters correspondent turned writer, podcaster, award-winning tech journalist, and sometime werewolf hunter. He now writes, talks and makes videos mainly about folklore, urban myths, history, and the weird. He was born a ‘chime child’ with a caul so, according to legend, cannot drown at sea but can see and talk to ghosts and fairy folk without fear of coming to harm... He is the author of "A travel guide to Yorkshire’s Weird Wolds: The Mysterious Wold Newton Triangle” and “Saints & Sinners in Dark Age England”. His latest book is “Shuckland: Weird tales, ghosts, folklore and legends from East Anglia’s Waveney valley” – volume one of a new haunted landscapes series – and he is currently writing an almanack of real witches and sorcerers, along with other practitioners of magic – black and white, from earliest times through until the modern era. If you are fascinated by the weird, the unexplained and the bizarre, then you’ll enjoy this fascinating road trip around what he calls the Wold Newton Triangle, where rather odd events have occurred, unmatched anywhere else in Britain. We also talk about the aforementioned werewolf hunting, and a grisly discovery he made while investigating the Highgate vampire. In the Plus show we discuss Charles’s upcoming book on Witchcraft and the legends of the Woodwose, England's analogue for the Bigfoot. And we wrap up discussing the nature of folklore. Show notes: https://www.urbanfantasist.com https://twitter.com/urbanfantasist Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
May 13, 2022
#93 / Meredith Herenbruck on Spirit and Energy attachments
For episode 93 we are joined Meredith Herrenbruck, a Master NLP Practitioner and Kahuna. We discuss some of her cases including a ghost in the closet- how she had two clients with serious issues. One a ghost, the other was an entity attached to a toy Meredith describes how energy (sometimes even entities, too) is attached to objects: Rings, gifts, WWII helmets and a knife hidden beneath a newly paved street, wreaking havoc on the living. She stresses the importance of keeping ourselves and our houses clean and vibrant- need to keep things clean, organised and energetically happy. Negativity breeds negativity and entities and come in and attach and deplete you of yours. Change in personality? New Phobia? Perhaps it’s an entity that is attached. They bring their baggage with them. Still mourning the loss of a loved one years later? Still crying when you think about them? Perhaps they didn’t go to the great beyond, but are actually attached to you. In the plus show we discuss Meredith's Family constellation practice and how sometimes there are forces greater than ourselves, and sometimes those forces can make a mess of a family. Often when a trauma has occured upstream in the family and has not resolved, the younger generations can come in and grab onto that stuck energy to heal it, in effort to say "I love you." All the while, it is actually wreaking havoc on themselves and their families: and doesn't actually heal the original problem. Constellations are a great basis to assist in clearing out other parts of our lives, not only stuck family energy, but entities, soul fragments, vows, curses and more. Discovered and expanded by Burt Hellinger, a psychoanalist in Germany, this system has an amazing way of teasing apart what's stuck and offers a resolution to the system. Like ripples in a pond, the resolution allows greater healing to take place. Enjoy! Show notes: https://www.livingyourawesome.com/ www.ghostfreeproperty.com Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
May 06, 2022
#92 / McCalla Ann on Linguistics, Witchcraft & Ancestors.
For episode 92 we welcome McCalla Ann, founder, podcaster and creator behind SaturnVox, a multimedia occult education and divination platform based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. McCalla was born in Atlanta, Georgia to a Catholic family on her mother's side and with Jewish heritage on her father's. Though she attended Catholic school until high school, she turned to the occult at an early age, beginning her studies on witchcraft and tarot at the early age of 15. McCalla left Atlanta for New Orleans to attend college at Loyola University, where she graduated with honours in Philosophy and World Religions with a concentration in Buddhism and its implications on language. Studying Buddhist philosophy and Chinese linguistics gave McCalla a unique perspective into language use as depicted by pictorial symbols, as opposed to the phonetic style of the west. This perspective involves an understanding of each pictorial symbol as holding multiple layers of meanings, and the ability to be able to hold all those meanings in one’s mind, so as to map out a full four dimensional picture out of these two dimensional shapes. During her Downtime in college McCalla began delving deeper into the more formal realms of occult studies, beginning her study of the Jewish kabbalah and mysticism with vigour. Upon graduation, she was more than happy to turn her attention to these studies, along with those of traditional witchcraft, full time. She currently practices a flavour of witchcraft that flawlessly blends her studies on philosophy, folklore, and linguistic arts into a fusion of animism, theurgy, and kabbalistic as well as astrological study. In the Plus show we discuss aesthetics and art is juxtaposed with magic and pull that thread into ideas around Tiphereth and explore the concept of living in joy. McCalla also discusses Saturn in further details. An illuminating and engaging conversation! Show Notes: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saturnvox/ Website: https://www.saturnvox.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/SaturnVox Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
April 22, 2022
#91 / Jessica Mitchell; I saw the Dark Man on Glastonbury Tor
For episode 91 we are joined by patron Jessica Mitchell who will recount for us her amazing encounter with a ‘dark man’ on the top of Glastonbury tor after a nighttime ascent to watch the sunrise. It's remarkable story and one that will no doubt resonate with many listeners. We go through what it means for the individuals who witness such reality shattering events and Jessica describes the impact of the event on her life and worldview. Now a point to note which we didn't discuss in the show is the Tor has an association with 'Gwyn ap Nudd'. Gwyn ap Nudd is a Welsh mythological figure, the king of the Tylwyth Teg or "fair folk" and ruler of the Welsh Otherworld, Annwn, and whose name means “Gwyn, son of Nudd”. Described later on as a great warrior with a "blackened face", Gwyn is intimately associated with the otherworld in medieval Welsh literature, and is associated with the international tradition of the Wild Hunt. Food for thought... Show notes: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessie_twobears/ Glastonbury: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glastonbury The Tor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glastonbury_Tor Gwyn ap Nudd: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwyn_ap_Nudd Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
April 08, 2022
#90 / Dr Al Cummins on The Art of Cyprian's Mirror of the Four Kings
For episode 90 we welcome Dr Alexander Cummins. Dr Al is a consultant, diviner, writer, magician, and historian. He approaches ritual, divination, and sorcery both as a long-term practitioner and a historian of early modern magic. Dr Cummins has worked as a professional diviner for over a decade, and published several works on astrological magic, grimoires, and folk necromancy. He also provides training, workshops, and coaching in many aspects of magical theory and practice. Originally from the Midlands of the UK, Al now makes his home in the US. We discuss his new title "The Art of Cyprian's Mirror of Four Kings: An Early Modern Experiment of Cyprianic Conjuration". The Art of Cyprian, found in MS Sloane 3850, contains instructions for the construction and use of a magic mirror attributed to Saint Cyprian of Antioch. Along with the preparation of the mirror itself – which includes making and consecrating a particular ink for drafting certain figures of Solomon – come instructions detailing a conjuration of the ‘four worthy princes of the earth’, including a special appeal to the King of the East as their primus inter pares, and a dismissal of these same ‘four kings of the four parts of the world’. In this Guide to the Underworld, Alexander Cummins illuminates further Cyprianic dimensions of these directional courts of the various cardinal kings and their messenger-king attendants in the grimoiric corpus. We also discuss his journey into magic which including the collaborative storytelling of Dungeons and Dragons and the influence of Aikido and childhood paranormal experiences at national trust properties and the spectrum of ancestor work and working with the dead. In the Plus show we talk to how the dead can step forward in a practical sense and our ‘family’ is bigger and stranger than we think it is. We also continue Dr Al’s journey into the occult as he started Chaos Magic as a young adult and discuss at point in his life things became ‘real’. Dr Al relays an intriguing story about using divination that returned life changing results for a sick friend whose condition had baffled doctors. We get into responsibility to others when practising spirit work and co-habiting and keeping oneself grounded. We discuss dealing with the restless dead and necromancy courses Dr Al has coming up. We also go through his approach to dealing with hauntings and dealing with ancestors, especially the tricky, more pushy ones! Show Notes: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/grimoiresontape/ Website http://www.alexandercummins.com Art of Cyprian's Mirror of Four Kings https://www.hadeanpress.com/shop/the-art-of-cyprians-mirror-of-four-kings-an-early-modern-experiment-of-cyprianic-conjuration Courses https://www.morbidanatomy.org/classes/everyday-planetary-magic-a-seven-part-series-on-simple-star-sorcery-and-spellcraft-with-historian-dr-alexander-cummins https://www.thecauldronblack.com/event-details/necromancy-for-beginners-an-online-5-part-modular-class-series-with-dr-alexander-cummins-2022-03-28-19-00 Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
April 01, 2022
#89 / The Sun of Knowledge with Amina Inloes & J. M. Hamade
For episode 89 we discuss one of the most infamous books ever penned in the Arabic language—indeed, one of the most infamous books in the history of Islam. Feared, banned, and burned, the Sun of Knowledge or Shams al-Maʿarif has nonetheless survived the vagaries of time to rise to prominence as the most famous Arabic grimoire. Today we are joined by Amina Inloes & J. M. Hamade to discuss their collaboration in translating the book into English (for the first time!) and illustrating The Sun of Knowledge along with a rich commentary for Revelore Press. Little is known about the author, Ahmad ibn ʿAli al-Buni (d. 1225 or 1232). His name suggests he was born in Buna now known as the Algerian city of Annaba. In any case what can be said is that the Sun of Knowledge is an authentic reflection of the Arabic esoteric tradition, which has been passed down throughout the ages under the spiritual aegis of a great master, and which today is the single most influential and comprehensive work in the Arabic occult tradition. In the show we discuss the mysteries of the letters. The secrets of Bismillah and its significance in Islam. The names Jesus Christ used to raise the dead. Talismans, Zar practices and the mysteries around Inspiration and the use of tonal sounds in practice. It’s a wonderful, illuminating show and was a pleasure to record! In the Plus show the rich conversation continues with topics covering the Ring of Solomon, The Queen of Sheba and half Djinn people. How the Sun of Knowledge and the Picatrix sit together, the similarities and distinctions. We discuss in more detail the association between some letters and the lunar mansions. And we explore the Lunar mansions with their associated stars and from an astrological perspective. Show notes: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/Arabic__Magic/ Revelore Press https://revelore.press/product/shams-al-maarif-the-sun-of-knowledge/ Twitter https://twitter.com/Arabic__Magic Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sun-Knowledge-Shams-al-Maarif-Translation/dp/1947544357/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+sun+of+knowledge&qid=1647439199&sprefix=the+sun+of+kn%2Caps%2C69&sr=8-1 Jay's website https://jmhamade.com Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
March 25, 2022
#88 / Nathaniel Gillis on where Demonology and Ufology meet
Nathaniel Gillis is a religious demonologist and author. After living in a haunted house, He spent 20 years researching what it was he encountered. He is the founder of Preternatural Epiphenomenal Philosophy and he has sought to redefine the nature of haunting phenomena, ghosts and high strangeness. Nathaniel poses the question if the abduction phenomenon is in fact a part of the OBE and NDE family…then we need to re-examine many of the ancient funerary texts. He outlines how the Atrahasis epic states... “The soul of a man is made from the flesh of a god.” This speaks to consciousness being more than mere thought or memory…this speaks of consciousness actually possessing texture of some sort. The soul being fleshly is a reference to the tangibility of an apparition and the way it maintains a solid form. This hidden potentiality is why he has begun to call Greys and other apparitional manifestations as “Inner Dimensional.” In the Plus show Nathaniel takes us through some of the astonishing cases he has investigated and helped with and helped him understand how some of this phenomena works. We also go into the potency of iron as a protective amulet against this phenomena. Show Notes: https://www.amazon.com/Moment-Called-Man-Nathaniel-Gillis/dp/B07Y4NDY92 Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
March 18, 2022
#87 / Peter Mark Adams, The Power of the Healing Field
For episode 87 we welcome back author and healer Peter Mark Adams to discuss his new book 'The Power of the Healing Field'. Sharing remarkable cases of healing and personal transformation from his and his wife’s more than 20 years of intensive professional energy healing work as well as experiences from other gifted healers, psychics, and shamans, Peter illustrates the role of transpersonal fields of consciousness in healing a range of issues--from inherited family and ancestral problems to past lives and womb trauma to near-death experiences, merged identities, and spirit attachment. Drawing on esoteric tradition as well as scientific research, such as Rupert Sheldrake’s morphic field studies, the author maps out the human energy field in all its subtleties, providing diagrams of the human energy body, the spectrum of states of awareness, the multilayered fields of consciousness, and the psychoenergetic dynamics of the transformation process. Through compelling testimonials of powerful healings, Peter shows how the processes of healing and of peak spiritual experience are closely aligned with harmony within the larger energetic field of consciousness. In the Patreon Plus show we talk rebirth, chthonic visions, family timelines, the Spancel of death, spiritual emergencies, the effects of kundalini surges, the difficulties that can arise from managing this high level of energy and all manner of wonderful Peter Mark Adams goodness! Show Notes: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Power-Healing-Field-Abilities-Ancestral/dp/1644113589 https://www.innertraditions.com/author/peter-mark-adams https://petermarkadams.com/ https://www.mindconnectionhealing.com Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
February 25, 2022
#86 / L.A. Marzulli on Giants, Nephilim, the mound builders & the Paracas Skulls
L. A. Marzulli is an author, lecturer, and filmmaker. He has penned twelve books including The Nephilim Trilogy which made the CBA best sellers list. His book series On the Trail of the Nephilim vols I & II reveal startling evidence of a massive cover-up of what he believes to be the remains of the Nephilim, the giants mentioned in the Bible. L. A. teamed up with film producer Richard Shaw to create The Watchers series which grew to an eleven-episode catalogue. One of those instalments, Watchers 7: UFO Physical Evidence, won both the “UFO Best Film” and “People’s Choice Award” at the UFO Congress in 2014. Marzulli created a “team” that legally extracted material for DNA testing from the enigmatic elongated skulls found in Peru. The results will be released in Episode #6 of the On the Trail series in late 2020. In the show we discuss the 18 year lunar cycle in relation to the great mounds of America. We discuss the mysterious giant skeletons that L.A. theorises are the remains of the Nephilm. Towards the end of the show L.A. talks us through the incredible Paracas skulls from Peru. The YouTube version is here, I recommend watching it for the skull discussion. Show Notes: Streaming.lamarzulli.net Nephilim https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephilim Cahokia Earth works https://www.worldhistory.org/cahokia/ Catalina Island Skulls https://virginianreview.com/76617/ Largest human skeletons https://largest.org/people/human-skeletons/ Catalina and giants https://www.howandwhys.com/mystery-of-alleged-race-of-giants-found-in-catalina-island/ Paracas Skulls DNA https://www.howandwhys.com/dna-tests-reveal-3000-year-old-paracas-skulls-are-of-unknown-human-race/ LA times on the Catalina bones https://www.latimes.com/local/la-xpm-2013-may-12-la-me-catalina-bones-20130512-story.html The giants that ruled America https://grahamhancock.com/dewhurstr1/
February 18, 2022
#85 / Dr Megan Rose on Spirit Marriage
For episode #84 we are joined by Dr Megan Rose to discuss her new book ‘Spirit Marriage'. Megan Rose, Ph.D., has a doctorate in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a master’s degree in Religion in Society from the Graduate Theological Union. She is an initiated ceremonial magician, a Shakta Tantric practitioner, and a senior seer in the House of Brigh Faery Seership Institute. She serves as an ordained interfaith minister and psycho-spiritual counselor, and is the Executive Director of the Entheosis Institute. Dr Rose proposes this book is for anyone who is experiencing exceptional spiritual phenomena and needs a grounded & expert perspective on how to navigate & translate such experience. It is an in-depth exploration of the practice, relevance, and purpose of spirit marriage around the world, In the Plus show we discuss Entheosis, or waking the divine within and how it relates to spirit marriage The intense account in the book of being married to Kali. We also get into the effects of spirit connection on one's nervous system, the precognitive properties of the human heart and how being spirit filled is similar to orgasm. Finally we talk to being in relation with the land and how co-creation centred gardening facilitates this. Show notes: http://www.drmeganrose.com https://www.instagram.com/drmeganrose/ Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
February 11, 2022
#84 / Sasha Ravitch on Folkloric Witchcraft, Astrology and generational spirit issues
For episode number 84 we welcome the fascinating and erudite Sasha Ravitch! Sasha is an astrologer, practitioner of folkloric witchcraft, and a (psycho)spiritual counselor. In the this episode we talk about Sasha’s work at the intersection of astrology and folklore witchcraft and how she has noted the prevalence of repeating astrological patterns in relation to spirit and non-human issues and relationships. We also discuss the frequently, generational origin of these issues and to that end, Sasha gives us some tremendous insights. She describes the significant impact of having a mentor to guide her through her spirit experiences as young witch highlighting the importance of having community initiatory practises and practitioners to help those in spiritual crisis. We pose the question was shared trauma of C0v1d a significant factor in the upsurge in interest and practice in the occult. In the Plus show we discuss Sasha’s pain wife lineage, a specific form of witchcraft related to fertility problems and death and her sojmanka heritage, or fairy seers. We also discuss the fairy swan maiden and the lore of the Cygnus constellation. The links to Sasha's Patreon and her readings booking portal are below and I highly recommend you click those links, urgently, with gusto and robust impatience! Show notes: https://www.sasharavitch.com https://www.patreon.com/sasharavitch https://linktr.ee/sasha.ravitch Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
February 04, 2022
#83 / Gabriel McCaughry, A Wayfarer’s Hearth.
For episode #83 we welcome Gabriel McCaughry to the Spirit Box. Gabriel is an author, a magical practitioner and the founder of Anathema Publishing. In the show we get into Gabriel’s background, and the interesting crooked path that led him to found Anathema Publishing. We discuss Pillars periodical and its recently released volume, A Wayfarer’s Hearth, of which I am a proud contributor. This is a collection of stories of holy pilgrimages, transformative journeys and revelatory voyages. "A Wayfarer’s Hearth’ sets out to share the tales of those who have been deeply affected in esoteric ways by our travels to other lands, who have had our perceptions altered through cultural immersion, through being confronted with our own fears and prejudices. For those who have had our eyes pried open, our inner-selves irreversibly changed." In the Plus show we discuss in further depth how the themes of the Pillars projects often become the theme of Gabriel’s year. We also go into the challenges presented by distracting social media; how we are living in ‘a meaning-saturated field’; how recognising this is important and how that recognition informed the Pillars project. Show notes: https://www.anathemapublishing.com/a-wayfarers-hearth https://www.instagram.com/anathemapublishing/ https://www.anathemapublishing.com/haurorae Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
January 28, 2022
#82 / Dr Mark Fitzpatrick on belief, place and dual observance.
For episode #82 we welcome Dr Mark Fitzpatrick. He is a teacher, writer, and independent scholar, specialising in the Weird and the Wonderful. He has a PhD in Literature from the Université de Paris – Sorbonne Nouvelle, and is currently an invited lecturer in several Paris universities. Originally from Cork, he spent twenty years in Paris, living in garrets and trying to get his novels published. When this proved to no avail, he began publishing his work online on his website thehollowbehindthehearthstone.com, under a variety of aliases, and his first novel, Unreal City, is coming out in early 2022. He has recently moved to Aquitaine, where he lives in a little house on the grounds of a Strange Crumbling Manor, with his wife, his two children, a Wicked Uncle, and two and half cats. In the show we discuss the nature of belief and Mark details a remarkable experience he had with other in land around his home. We also discuss dual observance, being in right relation with place, the festival of Imbolc and bringing pagan festivals into ones circle. In the Plus show we discuss the relationship between pagan festivals and subsistence farming and dependence on being in good relation to the land and the intelligences therein. We also get into how the others may cultivate human beings for whatever their business may be. Towards the end of show we get into the differences between the Gaelic mind and Anglo mind through their respective languages and stories and the influence in how they see the world. Show notes: https://www.instagram.com/the_hedge_school/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA1F9UJHqKcIzNCIFpT071A https://thehollowbehindthehearthstone.com https://www.facebook.com/malachasivernus/ https://www.artstation.com/artwork/JlaRPA Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
January 21, 2022
#81 / Kaf Ajnoun, The Fortress of the Jinn
Today we will be exploring the work of explorer Kira Salak and her experiences in Libya regarding the ‘The Fortress of the Jinn' or Kaf Ajnoun. Kaf Ajnoun is a jagged ridge with several peaks, the largest being The Qala'a (castle), along the Libya/Algeria border near the town of Ghat by the Akakus Massif. As it is in the Sahara, the native peoples are the nomads of the Tuareg and Tibu tribes. Looking like a haunted citadel crowned with a magical fortress-like summit, the mountain was thus assumed the abode of mythical beings. According to Berber Tuareg mythology the ‘The Fortress of the Jinn' was once a "Hall of Council", where genies met to discuss their affairs. According to the explorer Hugh Clapperton, who visited the area in 1822, some of the inhabitants of the mountain, apparently with red hair, were heard to beat their drums at night and fire their muskets. Adventurer and traveller Kira Salak who followed the trail of Hugh Clapperton climbed to the summit with her photographer friend Bobby Model. She reached the top and back safely without any encounters; but according to her around 18 months later, during an Ayahuasca session in Peru she discovered she had been possessed by evil spirits that "entered her body when, against the warnings of the local tribesmen, she climbed a supposedly haunted mountain in Libya". The possession and subsequent exorcism will be detailed in the Plus show. Show notes: Libya: Land of cruel deaths by Kira Salak http://www.kirasalak.com/Libya.html Peru: Hell and Back by Kira Salak. http://www.kirasalak.com/Peru.html Bobby Model’s photos of the Libya trip http://www.kirasalak.com/PhotosLibya.html Bobby Model’s website https://m-11.com National Geographic obituary for Bobby Model https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/article/adventure-friend-photographer-bobby-model-dies Kaf Ajnoun https://www.temehu.com/Cities_sites/kaf-ajnoun.htm Hugh Clapperton https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Clapperton Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
January 14, 2022
#80 / Geoff Thompson on fear, autonomy & winning ones will.
For episode 80 it is an honour and privilege to be joined by BAFTA award winning writer, Geoff Thompson. He is a highly regarded martial artist. He has a 7th Degree Black belt in Shotokan Karate along with a 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo. He worked as a night-club doorman for about 10 years in various clubs. He became a doorman to face and overcome his fear of violent confrontation. He has written fifty books, several multi-award-winning films, three stage plays and hundreds of articles, many published in national magazines and broadsheets. His work Romans 12:20, directed by the Shammasian Brothers has been adapted into a feature film, Romans, starring Orlando Bloom. A remarkable resume, and yet Geoff will tell you none of it matters, that it all pales into significance against the goal of winning one's will which he defines in the show and he takes us through his understanding of the power and true nature of forgiveness. In the Plus show we discuss how autonomy of will extends into what we consume in all forms and what we put out in terms of our behaviour. Geoff explains the importance of alignment of self, and the causal body in passionate detail. He asks us to confront the truth of our individual behaviour and take back our autonomy from the parasites that influence us. Show notes: https://www.instagram.com/geoff_thompson_official/ Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
January 06, 2022
#79 / Rev Danny Nemu on Ayahuasca, Plant teachers in the Bible & The Apocalypse
For episode #79 it is my great pleasure to welcome the author, visionary CEO and shaman (although he denies it) someone I’m very proud to call a friend; the Reverend Danny Nemu. Danny’s background is in the history and philosophy of medicine from the University of Manchester. He first encountered ayahuasca when living in Japan. After six years drinking there with a Santo Daime group, he followed the trail back to its source in the Brazilian Amazon, where he was bitten by a sandfly, leading to a leishmaniasis infection. This highly aggressive bacterial parasite quickly colonised a few inches of his skin, with designs on much more, and proved to be a great teacher, providing ample opportunity to study firsthand the intricacies and potencies of ayahuasca as used as a medicine within the Daime worldview. The process took eight months, involving diets and barks, many rituals, and daily consumption of the visionary brew. By the end of it he had lost 10 kilos and gained a deep respect for the complexity and intelligence of the natural world. He has released two of his three books on the apocalypse and is two drafts into the third... The first book ‘Science Revealed - The apocalypse in science: discovery’, covers the biographies of scientists including Tesla and Einstein, and reveals how our most groundbreaking ideas result not from rational thinking and tapping on calculators, but from visions, dreams, feverish delirium, and other non-rational revelations. The second: ‘Neuro-Apocalypse’ is about veils arising in the course of cognition, and revelations that cut them down. To that end, we discuss the presence of visionary drug use in the bible, most notably Frankincense and Myrrh He is the founder-CEO of Reforestation and Agroforestry charity RAIN: RAIN focuses the resources and intelligence of a distributed global network via local nodes into vitally important projects to regenerate degraded land. In the Plus Show there is an extra hour, where we discuss apocalyptic waves, novelty, and what shamanism is and what it isn’t. A riveting and informed conversation thanks to Danny! Show notes: DONATE TO RAIN https://www.rainumbrella.org/support-rain http://nemusend.co.uk Neuro-Apocalypse https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neuro-Apocalypse-Danny-Nemu/dp/0992808820 Science Revealed https://www.amazon.co.uk/Science-Revealed-Danny-Nemu/dp/1916266703/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=science+revealed&qid=1591647026&s=books&sr=1-1 Getting High with the most high https://akjournals.com/view/journals/2054/3/Special-Issue/article-p117.xml https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgn_ddrdHKI Prejudice and Neo-colonialism in the Academic study of Ayahuasca https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhgdhz4W114 We Three Kings of Orient are https://psypressuk.com/2016/12/22/three-kings-orient-drug-runners-not-kings/ And then came the Virus https://medium.com/@RevNemu/and-then-came-the-virus-1-3-540bd4bc1159 Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
December 17, 2021
#78 / Aidan Wachter, Changeling: A book of Qualities
For episode 78 we are joined once again by the great Aidan Wachter for a Spirit Box exclusive! This is his first interview on his new book, ‘Changeling: A book of Qualities’! "Changeling considers the craft as a vessel, a container for ideas and approaches that help clarify the path to sovereignty and effective practical magic. It looks at the qualities and practices that when integrated into a life can lead to a more beneficial understanding of self and the world. Changeling helps us to deftly navigate the complexities of having a meaningful praxis and seamlessly weave magic into the whole fabric of our life." In the show we go over his experience of writing the book, and how it affected Aidan more deeply than his previous outings. Aidan outlines how his previous books, 'Six Ways' and 'Weaving Fate' covered areas he had mastered, but this book has territories that he still is working on. We discuss how the process of transformation is constant, without end, and is not a linear journey... there are regressions and setbacks along the way. In the Plus show we discuss how power can be gentle but still produce cataclysmic changes, and the elemental qualities Aidan attributes to his collection of work. We also get into being in the moment, being present and having discernment in where you spend your time. Enjoy! Show notes: https://www.aidanwachter.com https://www.instagram.com/aidan.wachter/ Aidan's books on Amazon US Aidan's books on Amazon UK Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
December 10, 2021
#77 / Peter Mark Adams on Sola-Busca tarot , Reiki & Entity attachment.
For episode #77 we are joined by Peter Mark Adams, Peter is a Scarlet Imprint, Inner Traditions & Corbel Stone Press author, poet, and essayist specialising in ethnographies of spirit, sacred landscapes, esotericism, consciousness, and healing. Peter has a background in Philosophy and has undertaken advanced studies with the Warburg Institute, London. He is an Associate Member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) and a Member of the British Wittgenstein Society (BWS). In today's show we discuss his life-changing initiation into Reiki and how this led him to a spirit-informed and scholarly study of the enigmatic Renaissance masterwork known as the Sola-Busca tarot. In the Plus show, Peter recounts several of the entity and parasite attachment cases that he has dealt with in his career as an energy healer and gives his thoughts on the purpose of this type of event in one's life. Show notes: https://petermarkadams.com https://liverpool.academia.edu/PeterAdams https://www.paralibrum.com/reviews/mystai https://scarletimprint.com/peter-mark-adams https://www.youtube.com/user/thankgodsitsmonday Keep in touch? https://linktr.ee/darraghmason Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
December 03, 2021
#76 / Veronica Rivas on Maria Padilha, Kurukulla & Dakinis.
Verónica Rivas (Melong Yeshe) is an Uruguayan author and researcher based in Brazil. Her cosmological and anthropological studies in magical practices among Eastern cultures led her to become interested in healing techniques. When she became a Reiki Master, she started to research the possibilities of integrating Reiki techniques with other forms of energy work, using her academic training in Philosophy as an epistemological background. Verónica is also an initiated practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism (Esoteric Buddhism), focusing her practical work in the deity known as Kurukulla. Currently, her research is focused on female deities and spirits of the Vajrayana and Hindu traditions, and Maria de Padilla and her connection with Quimbanda. In the Plus show we discuss spirit guidance in Veronica’s work and how that spirit communication manifests in her practice. Show notes: https://www.anathemapublishing.com/veronica-rivas https://melongyeshe.academia.edu https://occult-world.com/padilha-maria/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quimbanda https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vajrayana Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
November 24, 2021
#75 / Nathan Isaac on The Penny Royal Podcast
What do a Karst landscape, the Kentucky anomaly, a meat shower, and a mysterious cult have in common? They are linked by the strange and unexplained activity originating from the Pennyroyal Plateau, Kentucky and the subject matter of the superb Penny Royal Podcast. Today we are joined by the creator and host Nathan Isaac as he takes us through the remarkable story he and his colleague uncovered as they created the show. In the Plus show the Spook element in the area and what's coming up in Season 2. Show Notes: http://www.pennyroyalpodcast.com https://www.instagram.com/pennyroyalpodcast/ https://www.patreon.com/PennyRoyal Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
October 22, 2021
#74 / Trialogue, Tommie Kelly, Spud Murphy. Divinity in Nature and Blood in Magick
For episode 74 we are joined by Tommie Kelly and Spud Murphy, the hosts of the “Tommie and Spud Talk About” podcast amongst many other things. In a very lighthearted show, we discuss, finding the divine in nature, and realities of foraging or growing your own food. We chat about folklore surrounding bloodletting on St Martin’s day, and the use of blood in magick. In the Plus show we get into personal relationships with deities, concepts of the afterlife and we talk about vegetables a bit more. Show notes: https://www.spudmurphy.net https://www.adventuresinwoowoo.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvhAf27ZdF9mGA1znaTQQEA Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
October 15, 2021
#73 / Wren Collier on Creativity, Mycelia and Astral Travelling.
For episode 73 we’re joined by Wren Collier. Wren is a ritual magician and an avid scholar of the paranormal, having been obsessed from an early age with the anomalous and the occult. He is a skilled creator and maker, crafting beautiful magickal tools. He is also a keen gardener and mushroom cultivator and has created an online calculator utilizing the New Aeon English Qabalah. We talk creativity and magick and finding animism in one's garden and Wren’s remarkable Astral travel experiences and the importance of dreams. In the Plus show we discuss dreaming further and get into crypto-wizardry and technology more broadly, as Wren takes us through the creation of his New Aeon English Qabalah Cipher tool and his initial thoughts on the Hellier. Show notes: https://twitter.com/liminalbird https://www.naeq.io https://liminalroom.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Changing_Light_at_Sandover https://www.abebooks.co.uk/products/isbn/9781590208625 Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
September 24, 2021
#72 / Dr Maria Vivod, The Fairy Seers of Eastern Serbia.
Dr Maria Vivod is an Ethnologist and anthropologist from Serbia, with an interest in Visual Anthropology. Today we discuss the subject of one of her short documentary films and accompanying paper “The Fairy Seers of Eastern Serbia” The fairy-seers of Southeastern Europe are usually women who fall into trance through dancing on special days in a year and are able to communicate with women-like creatures from the supernatural world. During the process of communication with the fairies the fairy-seers can prophesy future events. The fairy-seers also bring messages to the living from the behalf of their deceased relatives. Similarly, they can give advice about how to heal an ill individual or they can proceed to the treatment of the ill individual after consulting the fairies. These illnesses are usually a form of a fairy-illness – a disorder which has its origins in a curse or a spell of the human-offended fairies. The subject of the film we discuss is Ivanka, she is a Vlach woman from eastern Serbia. She sees her ‘sisters’ since her early twenties and is able to communicate with them on three exact days of the Christian orthodox calendar: Epiphany, Palm Sunday, St.Peter's Day. This trance was Ivanka's last. You can find a link to the film in the show notes. In the Patreon Plus show we discuss Dr Vivod’s own remarkable consultation with the Fairy Seer and the funeral rites of the Vlach people and the views of the relationship with spirits of the dead. Dr Vivod explains the process of curse removal through a process called ‘melting fear’ and an extraordinary rite called a ‘Black Wedding’ wherein the young who have passed before their time are symbolically married so they can wed on the other side. Show Notes: https://independent.academia.edu/MariaVivod https://www.academia.edu/video/lg4Vrk Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
September 17, 2021
#71 / Jason Miller, Spirits, Travel and the Cremation grounds of Pashupatinath.
For episode 71 we welcome Jason Miller. He has written five books including the now classic Protection and Reversal Magick and he teaches a number of courses online including the Strategic Sorcery Training Course, The Black School of St Cyprian, and The Sorcery of Hekate. In his 20’s he was initiated into a Coven that worked Witchcraft along the lines of Mastering Witchcraft, joined the Ordo Templi Orientis, and the Chthonic Auranian Temple. In his mid 20’s he took his first Tantric initiation into Vajra kila ya. He devoted the next several years to the study of Tantra and Himalayan Magic in general. Eventually he moved to Nepal in 1999. In Nepal he spent a lot of time at the Cremation grounds of Pashupatinath meditating and on one occasion he got a glimpse inside a normally closed structure and saw an extraordinary sight, he had the presence of mind to take a photograph. You can see that photo here. In the Plus section we discuss the nature of the separation between the east and west thinking and whether it is actually that different. We also discuss the Phurba, the razor nail of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Bön, and Indian Vedic traditions and the remarkable origin of Jason’s relationship with Hekate. Show Notes: https://www.strategicsorcery.net https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My-w83GDNNw https://www.darraghmason.com/index/G0000pGwmgJT8Tyc Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
September 09, 2021
#70 / Michelle DeVrieze on the Hidden Predator: the shadow side of Reality
For episode 70 we are joined by martial artist, researcher and mystic Michelle DeVrieze discussing her research paper into the hidden predator behind the missing 411 phenomena and its relationship with archetypes and initiation. Are we dealing with a self-serving, predatory race using an advanced form of psychological warfare that’s terraforming our reality through the human mind? Or is this predatory intelligence an aspect of some elaborate alchemical process, which, on a macro scale, maintains our reality’s harmonious balance? Michelle uses a unique premise to test her hypothesis that being an Intrinsic Data Field analyser or IDF. We wrap up the show discussing the benefits of getting punched in the face. I should add we mean in a controlled environment. Now, it cuts out at the 23 minute mark so watch out for that and Michelle was quite ill at the time so forgive any croaky voices. In the plus show we go through each of the question tables on the nature of the Predator via the IDF machine which is where the rubber meets the road so miss out. Enjoy! Show Notes: https://www.instagram.com/michelle.devrieze/ https://www.phoenixaurelius.org/about-idf https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/lightning/types/ http://www.missing-411.com/about/ Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
September 03, 2021
#69 / Hand of Nikara, Ayahuasca: The Dark Side of the Medicine
For episode 69 we welcome EFT practitioner, Reiki healer and Tarot reader, Hand of Nikara to the Spirit Box. In this episode, she shares her experience with Ayahuasca and what she has learned over the years as a result of the trauma she went through during her 2014 Ayahuasca ceremony. Her journey through the world of ceremonial magick has shown her the necessity of learning how to protect one's own energy, especially when it comes to plant medicines of this kind. In the Plus show our guest describes her path through dissociation and healing, also the impact of the LBRP and meeting other people who have had similar experiences. Show Notes: To hear more about her Ayahuasca experience and trauma recovery in depth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyf_dkfQrxo&list=PLjVNjJWvlaSEzu5j2oNtx9D2PmEtXPxiN Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hand.of.nikara/ Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
August 22, 2021
#68 / The Puck Fair and marriage to the land
A few weeks back I was talking about the Puck Fair in Killorglin, Co Kerry, in the southwest of Ireland. For those of you not familiar with the fair, essentially is a Lughnasadh adjacent festival where a wild billy goat is caught on the mountainside the goat is brought back to the town, and the Queen of Puck, traditionally a schoolgirl from one of the local primary schools crowns him King Puck. They are then paraded around the town looking down on their subjects from a kind of mobile tower that looks a lot like a medieval siege tower without the protective cladding to the delight of a rapturous crowd. It reads a bit like the start of a folk horror screenplay, doesn’t it? And to be fair, it should because there is some pretty heavy pagan fertility symbolism laced through this event. There are some adult themes in the show as we also get into overlordship or Kingship depended upon male claimant making love to the territorial goddess and some of the wilder accounts of Kingship rites as laid out by Giraldus of Wales, that involve the consumption of the marriage to the land in its most literal sense. . Show Notes: Puck https://puckfair.ie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlq9z1hnH7I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zCRh78StwY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqD8MZHC5Lw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhmLF0r2nEw https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Murray Anu https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/230841.Mythic_Ireland https://exemplore.com/paganism/The-Magic-of-The-Morrigan-Alluring-Anu https://thenewpagan.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/danu-great-mother/ Geraldus of Wales https://twitter.com/erik_kaars/status/1243884746280747008?s=20 http://www.yorku.ca/inpar/topography_ireland.pdf Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
August 14, 2021
#67 / Peter Grey on The Two Antichrists
For episode 67 it is my great pleasure to welcome author Peter Grey. Peter is also the co-founder of iconic occult publishers Scarlet Imprint and joins us today to discuss his new book ‘The Two Antichrists’. “The Two Antichrists is a monograph by Peter Grey on the figure of Antichrist in a post-Christian and progressive Thelemic context. Opening with considerations on the future of witchcraft and its relation to radical ecology, Grey returns to the Babalon Working of Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard, and considers a series of little examined texts from science fiction and the outer fringes of Scientology which form a ‘Babalon Apocrypha.’ By reading across these sources, the familiar story is revealed to have hidden depths and dimensions. Exploring the role of Antichrist in relation to Parsons and Hubbard, Grey provides insights into the initiatory drama of Thelema: of Satanic rites, Abyss and Angel. The Two Antichrists observes the long shadow cast by the monolith of Scientology, and Parsons’ eclipsed sodality The Witchcraft. Looking to the future, he envisions an emergent space witchcraft, infused with the spirit of Do What Thou Wilt. The book concludes with a series of non-denominational rituals and revised Antichrist workings. The work is a fusion of inspiration, research and ritual, from which Grey draws the first lines of his vision of witchcraft in the dusk of our world. The work stands as a companion to Lucifer: Praxis (forthcoming 2022), and continues the trajectory initiated with The Red Goddess and pursued through Apocalyptic Witchcraft. The work was completed on Winter solstice 2020.” Enjoy Show notes: https://scarletimprint.com
July 30, 2021
#66 / Jake Kobrin on creativity, art, healing and plant medicine
For episode #66 we are joined by Jake Kobrin. Jake is a visionary artist and tattooist he is also the founder and designer of a jewelry and fashion brand called Medicine Dragon Designs, and is a DJ and musician, as well as a published writer, speaker, and podcaster. Jake’s work is psychedelic, unusual, dark, beautiful, and elegant. His work seeks to illuminate experiences which Jake has had that are outside of the realm of normal waking consciousness, moving into numinous and visionary realms with natural ease. He considers himself an "interdimensional midwife and conduit" believing that the role of the artist is to be able to move outside of themselves and to act as a conduit for higher consciousness to move through them. In this way he says, "I do not claim authorship for any of the works of art I have painted. I am a channel for Great Spirit to create through me." He is one of the few visionary artists with a formal classical art education, having studied classical realist drawing and painting in Florence, Italy at the Angel Academy of Art. Besides painting and tattooing, he is also the founder and designer of a jewelry and fashion brand called Medicine Dragon Designs, and is a DJ and musician, as well as a published writer, speaker, and podcaster. Enjoy Show notes: https://jakekobrin.com https://medium.com/@jakekobrin/how-psychedelics-changed-my-life-41d800f1b5d8 https://twitter.com/JakeKobrin https://jakekobrinartcourses.thinkific.com https://www.instagram.com/_.kobrin._/ https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/quarantine-sessions-with-jake-kobrin/id1518751858 Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka Sponsorships: off for this episode
July 23, 2021
#65 / Anthony Tyler on perspectives on good and evil
For episode #65 we are joined by author and esoteric researcher, Anthony Tyler. We discuss the dualistic nature of good and evil and how definitions fade from different perspectives. We discuss Jungian archetypes with regards to evil and whether evil is subjective or objective. Diving deeper we discuss what it is that ‘evil’ entities get from attacking human beings and the nature of possession. In the Plus show, we discuss perception of the relationship between environmental pressures and religious beliefs and Anthony goes into Memetics as the study of the mind virus. Enjoy, Show notes: https://www.divemind.net https://twitter.com/divemind667 Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
July 15, 2021
The 'Man in Black' in Irish folklore
To give you an idea of what the podcast Patreon is like I've compiled this show from some of last years bonus content from the community. Yes, I'm on the hard sell... The 'Man in black' is a figure that has come up a few times in the podcast not least as an adversary in the guise of 'Old Nick' or in a more modern context the MIB phenomenon. In this bonus show, I'll talk about how this figure is represented in both Irish folklore and in Irish mythology as the 'Fear Dubh Dorcha'. The stories I have gathered are from Duchas.ie. "These stories feature the common themes of the 'Dark horseman' trickster that leads the protagonist awry and is quite unnecessarily cruel and spiteful on travellers he meets along the road. ... things take a darker turn and the human visitor gets an unpleasant supernatural brush with death. The stories propose that the reason for this unnecessary cruelty is a grudge the fairy folk has against humanity, much like the Djinn. I then briefly discuss the startlingly similar origin myths of the Fairies and Djinn." All these pieces have been gathered from the rural communities of Ireland via numerous folklorists and cataloged meticulously. I'm in their debt, it was a privilege to read through these handwritten stories and testimonies. Anyway, hurry along the road this dark night, lest you cross paths with the 'Man in black'. https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox
July 13, 2021
#64 / Celeste Mott on identity and place, discernment and spirit attacks.
For episode #64 we are joined by occultist, poet and writer Celeste Mott. Born in England and raised in Australia, Celeste has made New Orleans her home. She was gifted her first tarot deck in the 90s, and at age 13 she began seriously studying the cards, along with every book about spiritualism, magick, and the occult she could get her hands on. Her personal studies and practices led her to earn an B.A. in Philosophy & Comparative Religion, with a special focus on New Religious Movements and magic & ritual in contemporary religiosity. In the context of Celeste’s nomadic past we discuss Identity and place, and the importance of discernment with the Occult groups you reach out to and engage with. Celeste shares with us a formative spirit experience with what would become a familiar spirit. We also discuss recent events where Celeste was dealing with a particularly unpleasant spirit that has formed an attachment to her. We recorded this against the backdrop of a very large thunderstorm and at the 104 min mark the Storm Gods decided it was time to intercede and cut my WiFi. Look out for the 'hold' music! In Plus section Celeste and I nobly battle on in spite of the storm to delight and inspire you further! We discuss the TikTok prevalence for humanising Spirits or Deities, poetry as an expression for her magical process. We wrap up talking about living in a hurricane alley and the healing qualities of practicing gardening and how we communicate with plants. Enjoy! Show notes: https://www.celestemott.com https://twitter.com/whodreamedit https://www.patreon.com/tarotbyceleste https://www.instagram.com/celestemott/ Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
July 02, 2021
#63 / Laurie McDonald on Alien Abduction Experiences
For episode #63 we are joined by clinical hypnotherapist and abduction researcher Laurie McDonald. Laurie is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Effective Speaking and Human Relations courses, is a member of the Sacramento Institute of Noetic Sciences and is on the mental health referral list for organizations such as Passages of Malibu addiction center, MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) and is the president of OPUS (Organization for Paranormal Understanding and Support). As a lifelong experiencer Laurie gives us her views of what is going on on a grand scale, what aliens want and how to prevent unwanted intrusion. Brace yourself, it gets pretty wild. In the plus show we get into some accounts from Laurie's work as researcher and hypnotherapist and she recounts for us a mind bending story from the Vietnam War and the most frightening accounts from her regressed subjects and Laurie gives us her view on current disclosure coming out of the Pentagon. Show notes: https://trueyouhypnotherapy.com/ https://www.opusnetwork.org Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
June 24, 2021
#62 / Aidan Wachter, on writing, the somnambulist self & the authentic self.
For episode 62 we welcome back author, magican and talismanic jeweller, Aidan Wachter. We discuss he last book Weaving Fate and Aidan’s writing process, including the importance of flow and how his work is made up of broken pieces which makes sense at a later point. We talk magic as a tool for altering future probabilities and ones past through ritual and manipulation of the mind and the world. Magic and sorcery are ways of being in the world and Aidan's writing offers us his way without conditions or constraints. Aidan’s work helps anchor us around the understanding that our lives are our own. That we can be our own real time biographers and we can write a better story. He also gives us a good toolkit for doing so in both of his books, Six Waysand Weaving Fate. In the Plus show we discuss ‘naming’ and coming of age and the idea of ‘the feral self’. I also manage to go down a rabbit hole around my confusion with billionaire's obsession with Super Yachts. I’m not even sure how my brain got there... Show Notes: http://www.aidanwachter.com https://twitter.com/silfrsmith Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
June 18, 2021
#61 / Mme Vendredi, Santa Muerte, St Expedite and servitors
For episode 61 we welcome back to the Spirit Box the fabulous Mademoiselle Vendredi. Mme Vendredi is a black magician who in her previous appearance on the show took us through her work with Sigils, Servitors and her own brand of seduction magick. Today she’ll be taking us through her journey working with spirits from Santa Muerte, St Expedite to the Demons of the Goetia and beyond. We also go over her servitor work and discuss her upcoming course in Servitor creation. In the show MME Vendredi describes how she built her relationship with various spirits and worked out their preferred offerings and exchanges. In the Plus show we discuss working with the Goetic spirits and the Arbatel, Olympick spirits and Mme Vendredi gives us her views on cultural appropriation. Cards on the table, we had a lot of microphone problems with this one so the audio is touch on the shite side in places but its momentary... these things too shall pass so stick with it. Enjoy Show Notes: https://www.instagram.com/mme.vendredi/?hl=en Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
June 04, 2021
#60 / Douglas Batchelor, finding your way
For episode 60 we are joined by the charming Douglas Batchelor, a Magician and host of the wonderful ‘What Magic is This?’ podcast. I hugely enjoyed this show, it was great to chat with Douglas and we really got into his journey into magick and what it has meant to him. We also dug into how the show came about and what the driving goal behind the it is about and the contribution Douglas’s ancestors have made to the direction of the podcast. We discuss the healing and self development aspects of sorcery but most importantly what magic can give to people. In his own words... "...my name is Douglas and I have been doing this whole sorcery and magic thing for 18 years. It’s something that I don’t normally share with people but when I do they become very interested. Either that or they stop talking to me. With luck, this podcast will help spread my enthusiasm for magic and these topics to others, because I think we could all use a bit of magic in our lives. Not only that, but what we call Magic might just be the underlying, unknown stuff that this reality runs on." In the Plus show we talk about Douglas's personal relationships with Anubis and St Cyprian. And we discuss hearing spirit voices and mental health. Enjoy! Show Notes: https://twitter.com/DouglasWMiT https://whatmagicisthis.com https://www.patreon.com/whatmagicisthis Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
May 14, 2021
#59 / Ivo Domínguez Jr on The Four Elements of the Wise
Ivo Domínguez Jr, is an author, teacher, and ritualist. In the show we discuss some of his foundational experiences that set him out on his journey. Before getting on to his new book, The four elements of the Wise, an in-depth exploration of the elements, their lore, history, correspondences, and use in spellwork and ritual. The four elements are the pillars that uphold the manifest world and anchor spirit to matter. They are associated with a wide range of spiritual entities, from small elementals to divine beings. This book explores the consciousness of the elements, which provides a system of understanding that supports most of the magic of the West and paganism. In the Plus show we get into some of Ivo’s incredible experiences including a spontaneous possession by Ogun, a student's attempt to summon something a bit above their pay grade and the nature of Spirit communication and the ability of spirits to read the deeper levels of our consciousness. Enjoy. Show notes: https://www.ivodominguezjr.com https://twitter.com/IvoDominguezJr https://www.instagram.com/ivodominguezjr Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
May 07, 2021
To give you an idea of what extras you can enjoy in the Plus show and Patreon I've pulled together some Djinn Stories for you to enjoy. The first part is Patron bonus show, some the content the patrons on the higher tiers get and the second is a sample of the Plus show extras. Enjoy https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox
April 29, 2021
#58 / Sorita d’Este on Hekate
For episode #58 we are joined by Sorita d’Este. An accomplished author she has penned the Circle for Hekate (V.1 & 2) as well as around 20 other titles. Aspects of Ancient Greek and Aegean religious and magical practices, as well as Ancient Egyptian, Hermetic and Celtic threads, can be found in her work that combines her experience gained in Initiatory Craft, as well as traditions preserved in other European traditions, Orphism and the Grimoires. Today we discuss Hekate, her revival in modern witchcraft and Sorita gives us a superb background to the history of the goddess and dispels some modern myths. She has travelled extensively, visiting many ancient religious sites – including temples in Malta, Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Sri Lanka and India and in the Plus show we discuss travelling and in particular her journey to the Temple of Hekate in Lagina Turkey. Show Notes: www.avaloniabooks.com www.hekatecovenant.com twitter.com/theurgia sorita.co.uk Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
April 23, 2021
#57 / Aoife Anastasia Nally on 'The Spancel of Death'
Aoife Anastasia Nally is an artist, performer, and theatre producer, who for the last few decades has been performing in the West End, London, but is currently based in rural Ontario, Canada. Today we discuss her research into the cursed play ‘The Spancel of Death' penned by her Great Uncle T.H. Nally, Abbey Theatre playwright and personal friend of the great poet WB Yeats. She is also a psychic medium, Seer, trance channel and occasional oracle. The notorious play was interrupted by the Easter Uprising 1916 and subsequently abandoned by WB Yeats eventually giving rise to the belief it was cursed. Not helped in part by the content of the play, for the Spancel that lends its name to the play is nothing less than a necromantic spell of the blackest magick and based on actual events that took place in Balla, County Mayo, Ireland in 1777. In the Plus show Aoife recounts reading WB Yeats personal magical diary and Golden Dawn notebook and her experiences as a trance medium and channel and having a history of gifted and magickal people in one's family or as she puts it ‘family business’. Good stuff indeed. Show Notes: Instagram: https://instagram.com/strengthdrawing?igshid=xdmiw2or374t Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/strengthdrawing Deconstructing Erin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM0_zU6tb7A Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
April 16, 2021
#56 / Paul Weston, Landing coordinates, Cosmic Triggers and Glastonbury
For episode #56 we are joined by author Paul Weston. In an idea laden show we cover the significance of one's own landing coordinates, 'what’s happening around you in your formative years' and Paul takes us through growing up in the sixties on into the seventies and to the concept of Hauntology, which he has many thoughts on. We segue into a lost UFO experience and unpublished book from a Glastonbury stalwart and his own book that resulted from that. We discuss how Glastonbury being a beacon connected with Extraterrestrial gnosis was actually a far bigger factor into how it developed into the New Age mecca it now is in the seventies. We then come back round to discuss patterns through time that manifest in culture and settle in the 90’s and how its importance in time is yet to fully come to fruition. In the Plus show we talk about the systems of control becoming more visible to the public and how this is tied to patterns through time, a very Terrence McKenna idea. We discuss Allen Greenfield version of Crowley's Liber Samekh with the names of classic UFO entities that he has associated with New Aeon English Qabalah inserted. So sign up to the patron for that excellent conversation. We wrap up on the topic of the Diamon, creativity and building the information exchange with the HGA and ones sense of identity is not limited to time and space coordinates and there is a bigger wider thing going on circling back to the start of the show and one's own landing coordinates. Show Notes: http://www.paulwestonglastonbury.com https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-Weston/e/B0034PR0X8/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1 https://twitter.com/paulavalon?lang=en Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
April 09, 2021
#55 / Elise Oursa, 'the Devil made me do it.'
For episode #55 we welcome back Witch and Tarot teacher, Elise Oursa to the Spirit Box to take us through how her work on the 'Blood and Ink' tarot has developed since she was first on the show back in episode #21. "The Blood & Ink Tarot is a channelled deck, you could say a collaboration between myself and an Unseen who worked through me, fiercely and rapidly over the course of a single weekend just after Imbolc 2020. The wheel has now gone full circle. and it is time to release the deck into the world." We get into an update on the 'Blood and Ink' deck and some of the weird occurrences that have happened and continue to happen to both Elise and some of the people who’ve purchased the limited edition decks. We talk about cunning woman Ellen Hayward, creativity and spirit contact and we get into Coffee and cards, Elise’s card group on facebook. In the plus section of the show Elise does a card draw for me and we go into her book project updates and new art projects updates. If you want to get a 'Blood and Ink' deck, you better get on it as there are a limited number remaining. So do check the show notes below for the appropriate links. Enjoy Show notes: https://eliseoursa.com https://eliseoursa.com/product/pre-order-the-blood-ink-tarot-a6-limited-edition/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/cardsncoffee/ Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
March 26, 2021
#54 / Dr Jack Hunter on mediumship, nature and non-human intelligence
For episode 54 we welcome Dr Jack Hunter to the Spirit Box. Dr. Hunter is an anthropologist exploring the borderlands of consciousness, religion, ecology and the paranormal. He is a tutor with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and teaches on the MA in Ecology and Spirituality and the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology. He has authored numerous books, most recently publishing ‘Manifesting Spirits: An Anthropological Study of Mediumship and the Paranormal’ and he edited ‘Greening the paranormal Exploring the Ecology of Extraordinary Experience We discuss the influence of the childhood and teenage experiences which formed the interest in his chosen field of expertise and Dr Hunter takes us on a journey through his field work in mediumship at the Bristol Spirit Lodge to his thoughts on how we develop a more harmonious relationship between the human and non-human worlds and how the development of communication with a spirit is a process. In the plus section we go deeper into nature as an intelligence and upcoming projects including a project on High Strangeness and religious experiences. We also discuss how we interact with beings that may be outside of time. Enjoy! Show Notes: https://jack-hunter.webstarts.com/index.html https://www.facebook.com/DrJackHunter Keep in touch? https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
March 19, 2021
#53 / Chaweon Koo, Algorithm Magick
My next guest on the Spirit Box is multi talented, witch Chaweon Koo. An algorithm magick maestro Chaweon is a successful youtuber, tiktoker and make up artist with a huge following. If you’re a content creator, you’d do well to listen closely as Chaweon is dropping some knowledge. We discuss Technomancy, Gen Z, WitchTok. The truly global power and reach of social media and the mindset needed to practice Algorithm magick successfully Chaweon will also be speaking at AvalonCon this coming summer so do check the show notes for links to get tickets. In the plus show we delve deeper into Algorithm magick and the future of technology in engagement. But also why there has been such a huge boom in the occult and esoteric world. Why getting paid for your time and expertise is good. Before you hit play Chaweon recently released a very important video on the wave of hate crimes against asian people in numerous countries. It horrendous and I encourage you all to share it far and wide. It’s part of a wider campaign with the hashtag #stopasianhate. Show Notes: https://beacons.ai/hichaweon https://www.tiktok.com/@hichaweon https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdv-aJ7fNmryRC8tD2e4qUA https://twitter.com/hichaweon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TQYbGpWzrk https://avaloncon.uk Keep in touch? https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox Music by Obliqka
March 12, 2021
#52 / Keith McCloskey, The Dyatlov pass incident
In January 1959, ten experienced young skiers set out for Mount Otorten in the far north of Russia. While one of the skiers fell ill and returned., the remaining nine lost their way and ended up on another mountain slope known as Kholat Syakhl (or ‘Mountain of the Dead’). On the night of 1 February 1959 something or someone caused the skiers to flee their tent in such terror that they used knives to slash their way out. Search parties were sent out and their bodies were found, some with massive internal injuries but with no external marks on them. The autopsy stated the violent injuries were caused by ‘an unknown compelling force’. The area was sealed off for years by the authorities and the full events of that night remained unexplained. Using original research carried out in Russia and photographs from the skier's cameras, author and researcher Keith McCloskey joins us today to explore what happened to the nine young people who lost their lives in the mysterious ‘Dyatlov Pass Incident’. All of the known negatives taken from the group’s cameras were examined in great detail. What they show is that not only were the group present on Mountain of the Dead that last night, but they were also watching something that was going on in the night sky. Keith also discusses the Mansi, the tribes people of the area, their spiritual beliefs and folklore and how they fit into the mystery. In the plus show Keith discusses the occurrences of lights in the sky in the area including meteors and how the bodies gave off traces of radiation and what he believes this to indicate. Theories of KGB involvement. Show Notes: http://www.dyatlov-pass-incident.com https://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Dead-Dyatlov-Pass-Incident/dp/0752491482/ http://www.keithmccloskey.com https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9249247/Dyatlov-Pass-Eight-tourists-missing-Russia-nine-people-mysteriously-died-1959.html Keep in touch? https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
February 27, 2021
#51 / David Southwell, Hookland, Psychogeography and Landscape Punk
For episode 51 we welcome author, landscape punk and creator of Hookland and AvalonCon speaker David Southwell. As some of you know Spirit Box is the official podcast of AvalonCon and David is the first in the series of guests that will be appearing on the show in the run up to the event. This was a fascinating conversation and one I greatly enjoyed. David traced the creative origins of Hookland back to sharing a taxi with J G Ballard through to the developed concept providing a magical perspective on the landscape as an act of a re-enchantment. We also discuss Hookland’s function as a resistance to fascist claims on folklore. From there we go into David's childhood, growing up in Essex, being a 7 year old necromancer and the Southern TV interruption incident in 1977. In the Plus show we discuss the Usborne supernatural books that had a big influence on us both and the haunted hotel in Glastonbury where a lot of the AvalonCon attendees are no doubt staying. We touch on David’s time as an end of pier fortune teller, classism in the Occult and much more. Show Notes: Hookland: https://twitter.com/HooklandGuide David’s twitter: https://twitter.com/cultauthor AvalonCon: https://avaloncon.uk Keep in touch? https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
February 19, 2021
#50 / Mana Aelin, Spirit Portraits, Podcasting & Fae beings
Mana Aelin is a shadowsinger, artist, intuitive reader, otherwordian traveler, witch, and cemetery walker. Hailing from the depths of the Underworld, Mana often finds themselves connecting with wolfish creatures of this plane and others, baneful plants, and those who live in constant liminality. Mana hosts the brilliant “The Real Witches of the End Times,” a podcast where magick and paranormal folk share their stories for an audience of not-just-witches, living people, or humans. A fun and interesting show we chat about the trials and tribulations of starting your own podcast, imaginary friends, spirit portraits and developing a relationship with a fae entity. We discuss the parallels in our own journeys and how travel thins the veil between worlds. There was also a very weird occurrence in that I seemed to know exactly what Mana was going to say on several occasions! In the Plus show we get into more details around Mana's experience's with the Fae being and her travels in Ireland so sign up to the Spirit Box Patreon if you'd like to hear that. Show notes: Mana’s website: https://www.mothmana.com Mana’s twitter: https://twitter.com/ManaAelin Mana’s patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mothmana Support the show: TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PAYPAL - https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/dmfphoto MUSIC - Obliqka
February 13, 2021
#49 / Anthony Tyler, Dive Manual, Empirical Investigations of Mysticism
For episode 49 we are joined by author Anthony Tyler to discuss his book ‘Dive Manual, Empirical Investigations of Mysticism’.’ We discuss addiction, Jungian archetypes and psychology, fortean phenomena, mysticism, anthropology, mythology, folklore, symbolism, faith and most importantly belief. In the Plus show we discuss the work of author Clive Barker, I’m a huge fan. I saw Hellraiser when I was about 14, really too young to watch it and I didn’t really understand the themes but it still resonated with me on a primal level I guess. We go over Anthony’s thinking on the film and Barker's broader work. Show Notes: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dive-Manual-Empirical-Investigations-Mysticism-ebook/dp/B084R8PTYW https://www.divemind.net https://twitter.com/divemind667 Support the show: TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PAYPAL - https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/dmfphoto MUSIC - Obliqka
January 23, 2021
#48 / Demian Allan 2021 Astrology forecast
For episode 48 we are joined by astrologer Demian Allan to discuss the forecast for 2021. This was recorded on the 3rd of January and it’s interesting recording this intro on the 9th to see what has recently happened in the United States. We discuss when things are going to get better, revolution, our relationship with food and the parts of the year that will be more challenging. We also go over when travel will open up again. Demian has just started a YouTube channel so do check that out, the links are in the show notes. In the Plus section we get into the challenges across Autumn and Winter. Show notes: Demian’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-oZaKXct07R8iVAUMgVq6Q Demian’s website: https://www.demianallan.com
January 16, 2021
#47 / Phil Hine, The Cannibal Club: The British Empire and Erotica
For episode #47 we welcome back author Phil Hine to take us through his research into the opaque yet notorious Cannibal Club, a collection of British upper class victorian men who shared an interest in anthropology and the creation and collection of erotica. The podcast covers a range of subjects from obscure esoteric history to how India appears in Victorian erotica to the case for phallic worship as the root of religion. To give fair warning the show does touch on some difficult ideas from an historical context principally the racist and sexist ideas of the more deplorable members of the Club and the influence these ideas had on anthropology. We briefly discuss Phil’s excellent anthology ‘Hines Varieties’ which I highly recommend. The link for which you can find in the show notes. Show notes: Phil’s twitter: https://twitter.com/PhilH86835657 Hine’s Varieties: http://www.originalfalcon.com/hines-varieties.php Phil’s website: http://enfolding.org Treadwells Lectures: https://www.treadwells-london.com/lectures Support the show: TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PAYPAL - https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/dmfphoto MUSIC - Obliqka
January 09, 2021
#46 / Devin Hunter, psychic experiences, crystals and travelling the lonely road
For episode #46 it’s my great pleasure to welcome Mr Devin Hunter. Devin is the bestselling author of the Witch Power Series and is the creator of ModernWitch.com (Podcast, Blog, Magazine), as well as a professional psychic medium and occultist. He is part owner of The Mystic Dream in Walnut Creek, CA, and an initiate of multiple occult orders, including his own, Sacred Fires and is the cofounder of the Black Rose Tradition of Witchcraft. He has been featured in multiple publications and is a frequent presenter and keynote at conferences, and festivals throughout the US. We talk about the formative psychic experiences that led him down his path. We discuss how his witchcraft is unique to him but how one's journey or ‘The lonely road’ as he calls it is something we all will undertake if we’re called to this territory. He outlines how we must honour our individual experiences and not always try to rationalise things from a left brain perspective. That the goal should be to balance both the left and right sides of our brains Devin gives his view of a crystal I picked up many years ago (check out the show art). And in the Plus show we get into crystals in some depth and the forces found within the crystal types, the Devas and the Dragon a subject he goes into in his upcoming book. Show notes: Devin’s twitter: https://twitter.com/MrDevinHunter The Modern Witch: http://modernwitch.com Devin’s website: http://devinhunter.net Support the show: TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PAYPAL - https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/dmfphoto
December 27, 2020
#45 / Pierre Sabak. New Ufology, Occult Symbolism and Angelic UFOs.
For episode #45 we welcome Pierre Sabak. He is an expert on ancient symbolism and etymology and is widely recognized as a leading academic in the fields of religion, mythology, mysticism and the esoteric. New Ufology is the Study of Occult Symbolism to deconstruct the Ufological tradition, a restricted teaching equated with the Flying Saucer and its occupants (a Crewmember of a Vessel). A completely new field of research, the focus of New Ufology is Skaphology (the Study of Angelic Boats within Religion and Mythology). Pierre Sabak's work on the Saucer Cults details a Secret Alien Code within Language which he calls the Artefact, one that is identified archaically with the ‘Angelic Sailor’ and its human and non-human Hosts. Sabak contends that it is only through studying the occult tradition that we can truly comprehend the UFO phenomenon, its astrological origins and more importantly its intentions for mankind! - to that end, what are its intentions for mankind? Quite a bit to unpack there and some interesting twists and turns from the regular themes on this show. Which is good. No one and no system has all the answers so it is important to get off the map sometimes. Enjoy Show notes: Pierre's website: https://pierresabakbooks.com Pierre's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu_MHVgfRQoYuK1fMSHt0cQ Support the show: TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PAYPAL - https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/dmfphoto
December 20, 2020
#44 / David Tidman and I discuss building the Sigil Engine
For episode #44 we welcome my creative partner in the creation of the Sigil Engine, creative technologist and photographer David Tidman. In the show we go through the how the project came about and unpack the creative and esoteric concepts behind the engine. We breakdown how the project was technically approached and the challenges that arose from attempting to create a magickal tool via digital methods. We discuss what people are using it for, how the engine has a global user base and what's next for the project. The fundamental question is 'does it work?'. The first ever sigil created on the live tool was for a successful launch and in roughly10 days there were 100k sigils created and we're currently closing in on 150k. It was so successful we had to upgrade the server. So 'does it work?', time will tell for users, but it worked for us. Incidentally the project had a little write up on Boing Boing. In the patrons plus show we discuss our photographic work and reflect on a few of our mountain adventures over the years. Show Notes: https://www.sigilengine.com http://davidtidman.co.uk http://davidtidmanphotography.co.uk https://twitter.com/Tids__ https://avaloncon.uk https://boingboing.net/2020/12/02/digital-sigil-generator.html Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox YOUTUBE - https://www.youtube.com/c/DarraghMasonField Music by Obliqka
December 12, 2020
#43 / Dana Fox, The Valley of the Four Houses
For episode 43 I have the great pleasure of welcoming back Dana Fox to discuss his new project ‘The Valley of the Four Houses’ Firstly, it’s the name of the book he’s writing. Secondly, it’s the name of an ongoing series of talks and lectures he’s giving on Patreon. The talks encompass film reviews, but not in the usual way. Dana present’s theories about particular films. It’s experimental. It’s a type of magic. The magic for me is learning to discount nothing, to see tiny hints of something which might lead you in an unexpected direction. Links as always in the show notes. In the show we cover all of the above and we talk about some of the paranormal subject matter, magick, philosophy and some rare and tragic cryptids. There were some audio issues during the recording so there is some background noise in places but nothing too unbearable. Show Notes: http://www.Patreon.com/valleyofthefourhouses http://www.sigilengine.com Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox YOUTUBE - https://www.youtube.com/c/DarraghMasonField Music by Obliqka
November 29, 2020
#42 / Moon Laramie, Blavatsky unveiled
For episode #42 we are joined by author Moon Laramie who discusses his new publication Blavatsky Unveiled Vol I. H. P. Blavatsky's original occult masterpiece, Isis Unveiled, covers a wide range of topics from ancient Egyptian Mystery schools and cosmogenesis to the conflict between science and spiritualism. But Blavatsky's elaborate Victorian prose presents a major stumbling block for the 21st-century reader. In the book Moon Laramie addresses these linguistic challenges by rendering the original text, for the first time ever, into easily accessible modern English, with detailed notes and a comprehensive 'Who's Who' section. It’s a psychedelic ride through a world of seances, skeptical scientists, multiple earths, Atlantis, Lemuria, Giants and a vastly different view of human history. If you’re not familiar with Blavatsky, we have you covered and Moon gives an overview of her background and life story. In the Plus section we get Perpetual lamps and Alkahest the universal solvent amongst lots interesting subjects. Show notes: https://shop.theosophicalsociety.org.uk/ http:/shop.theosophicalsociety.org.uk/blavatsky-unveiled https://www.treadwells-london.com/product-page/blavatsky-unveiled-moon-laramie http://www.moonlaramie.com Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 PLUS SHOW - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox YOUTUBE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe7wDjqjIVyFDS9bxm1esBA Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
November 22, 2020
#41 / Phoenix Aurelius Alchemy, spagyrics, spirit afflictions & Nature
For episode #41 we welcome Alchemist Phoenix Aurelius to talk about his research into Paracelsus' and Spagyrics. I really enjoyed this show there was so much interesting territory to explore and we got into Alchemy and its place in the modern world. We discuss the similarities between Holographic and Hermitic models of reality and how that plays out via the Cartesian Split. We get into Spirit Afflictions and the spiritual impacts of living with and in nature as opposed to living in domination over nature. All good stuff! In the Plus show we get into how gardening and a magickal practice lead eventually to kitchen experimentation and talk the practicalities and benefits of fermentation. We also discuss the problems with modern beer. If that sounds appealing head on over to the Patreon and you know the rest. Show notes: https://www.phoenixaurelius.org/ https://www.instagram.com/phoenixaurelius.alchemist/ https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixAurelius/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0qr4D7EGOknEgYNFzY66cA Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 PLUS SHOW - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox YOUTUBE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe7wDjqjIVyFDS9bxm1esBA Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
November 15, 2020
#40 / Shannon Taggart, "SÉANCE" photography and spiritualism
For episode 40 we welcome American artist and photographer Shannon Taggart and her documentary work with the spiritualist community culminating in the magnificent photo book SÉANCE. Her project evolved into an eighteen-year journey that has taken her around the world in search of ‘ectoplasm’—the elusive substance that is said to be both spiritual and material. We discuss what inspired Shannon's journey as well as some of the strange experiences she had and how it changed her. With SÉANCE, Taggart offers haunting images exploring Spiritualist practices in the US, England and Europe: 150 of her original photographs, many of which have never been published, as well as rare historical photographs. Supported with a commentary on her experiences, a foreword by Dan Aykroyd, creator of Ghostbusters (1984) and fourth-generation Spiritualist, and illustrated essays from curator Andreas Fischer and artist Tony Oursler, SÉANCE examines Spiritualism’s relationship with human celebrity, its connections to art, science, and technology, and its intrinsic bond with the medium of photography. There were a few problems with the audio so apologies if its a bit up and down in places. Show notes: https://www.shannontaggart.com https://twitter.com/seance_book https://www.instagram.com/seance_book/ Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 PLUS SHOW - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox YOUTUBE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe7wDjqjIVyFDS9bxm1esBA Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
November 08, 2020
#39 / Preston Dennett on onboard UFO encounters and alien gifts
Preston Dennett began investigating UFOs and the paranormal in 1986 when he discovered that his family, friends and co-workers were having dramatic unexplained encounters. Since then, he has interviewed hundreds of witnesses and investigated a wide variety of paranormal phenomena. He is a field investigator for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), a ghost hunter, a paranormal researcher, and the author of twenty-six books and more than 100 articles about UFOs and the paranormal. In the show we get into onboard encounters, UFO and alien sightings over mines, what the aliens want, the healing experiences some experiencers have. We talk about gifts given by the aliens. In the Plus show we talk the men in black and Bigfoot showing up directly after and during sightings. If that sounds like your bag head on over the podcast Patreon, for the extended show and month bonus content. Show notes: https://prestondennett.weebly.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOntTQrEbD94Gjfc0UXC46A Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 PLUS SHOW - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox YOUTUBE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe7wDjqjIVyFDS9bxm1esBA Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
November 01, 2020
I saw the Banshee - Spirit Box Halloween special
In honour of Halloween here is a witness account of seeing the Banshee from Mary, aged 70 who is from Dublin, Ireland. She recollects for us, hearing about how the Banshee followed a friends family and when another death occurs in the family there is a ghostly appearance of the recently departed and Mary herself witnesses the Banshee which she recounts for us here. For more witness accounts like this, join the podcast Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox
October 30, 2020
#38 / Demian Allan. Astrology and planetary cycles; political and societal change in 2021
For episode #38 we are joined by author and astrologer Demian Allan and look back over the predictions in his book The Astrological Dynamics of the Universe 1970-2020. We also look back over 2020, the pandemic and what celestial events were pulling the cosmic strings around us. We discuss predictions for the remainder of the year and on into 2021 and beyond. It's rich stuff and there's further change coming, quite a lot of it actually... Oh and as a footnote he called the 2016 US election correctly so naturally I asked… You have to listen through, no skipping! The Witches Gathering 2020 have kindly sponsored this episode of the podcast and link to the event is below in the show notes. Quick reminder, Spirit Box has been nominated for THREE Witchies 2020 awards: Best Podcast Best New Podcast Best Podcast Episode If you feel like throwing me a vote please do! Show notes: https://www.demianallan.com https://www.subscribepage.com/witchesvirtualgathering2020 http://witchessabbat.com/witchies/
October 20, 2020
#37 / Christina Oakley Harrington on "The Treadwell's book of Plant Magic"
For episode #37 we catch up with the proprietor of Treadwell's bookshop, Christina Oakley Harrington on her recent publication "The Treadwells Book of Plant Magic". Treadwell's first ever guidebook has been two years in the making; Christina focused exclusively on actual magical powers attributed to the plants, so this book is full of the old ways plants have been used to achieve love, win competitions, open locks, become invisible, see fairies, gain good luck, achieve success, receive protection, and many more. She consulted over 200 sources for the book, and every spell is footnoted discreetly at the back. We also catch up on what's been going on at Treadwells since lockdown and how their famous lecture series is now online. Show notes: Treadwell's: https://www.treadwells-london.com On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/treadwellsbooks/ On Twitter: https://twitter.com/treadwells Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox Music by Obliqka
October 11, 2020
#36 / Joshua Cutchin 'Thieves in the Night', Changelings and Fairy child abductions.
Well this was a lot of fun! The legend that is Joshua Cutchin is back on Spirit Box to talk Changelings and Fairy child abductions, the subject of his superb book 'Thieves in the Night'. Get out your fairy, jinn, ultraterrestrial bingo cards because we get into a lot here. We talk about the topic as a global phenomenon as Joshua presents in the book. We discuss the correlations with the Alien abduction experience and the reasons why these events were believed to take place. We discuss the reasons 'Iron' and 'Fire' are used as a defence against these beings and why calling on a higher power seems to work, irrespective of which higher power being invoked. I get a chance to play Joshua the ' Fairy Witness accounts' I've recorded and in the Plus show we get into the 'Man in Black' of fairy folklore, black eyed children, Santa Claus, Jinn and the ubiquitous 'Men in Black' of ufo folklore. UFO's, Fairy's, Men in Black, Jinn... why its a Fortean feast for your ears! Show notes: https://www.joshuacutchin.com Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 PLUS SHOW - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox YOUTUBE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe7wDjqjIVyFDS9bxm1esBA Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
October 03, 2020
#35 / Mark Stavish, Egregores, Saturn & Karma
For episode 35 we are joined by Mark Stavish to talk Egregores. Get your Spirit Box bingo cards out, we have all the good themes covered in this one. "the egregore, an autonomous psychic entity created by a collective group mind. An egregore is sustained by belief, ritual, and sacrifice and relies upon the devotion of a group of people, from a small coven to an entire nation, for its existence. An egregore that receives enough sustenance can take on a life of its own, becoming an independent deity with powers its believers can use to further their own spiritual advancement and material desires. " In the show we discuss Mark's book, Egregores The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human Destiny were he examines the history of egregores from ancient times to present day, with detailed and documented examples, and explores how they are created, sustained, directed, and destroyed. We discuss Saturn and its relationship to egregores, how reality is constantly manipulated both in a material and immaterial sense and the dark magickal practices which facilitate this. In the Plus show we talk parasites, obsession and possession, well it wouldn't be a Spirit Box podcast if didn't... Enjoy! Show notes: Vox Hermes Blog: https://voxhermes.wordpress.com Buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Egregores-Occult-Entities-Watch-Destiny/dp/1620555778/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=egregores&qid=1600618029&sr=8-1 Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/IHSLibraryandResearchCenter Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 PLUS SHOW - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox YOUTUBE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe7wDjqjIVyFDS9bxm1esBA Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
September 27, 2020
#34 / The Ruqyah: Treatment of sorcery, jinn and evil eye
This weeks show is pulling out the more interesting and relevant elements of Abderraouf Ben Halima's book, 'The Roqya: Treatment of sorcery, jinn and evil eye by the Quran and prophetic medicine' It outlines the actual practices of Jinn and Sorcery removal, how Jinn enter the body and the tools used to negotiate with a Jinn to ensure its departure. It also covered Roohans, which are somewhere between a Jinn and an Angel: "Roohans are jinns very close to angels by their light, because they worship Allah permanently. Some roohans occur in some people's lives to compel them to pious behavior or to bring them wealth in exchange of zikrs," The nature of Jinn, in terms of the essence is discuss and makes for some interesting food for thought. There is also a brief piece on the evil eye, how it occurs and its treatment. Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
September 20, 2020
#33 / Mme Vendredi on seduction magick, servitors & sigils for Desire. Djinn stories
For episode #33 of the Plus show we are joined by Mademoiselle Vendredi. Mademoiselle Vendredi began her earliest foray into the world of magick around the age of ten when she stumbled on a book in a local library on the history of superstitions, witches and ghosts. Trying to summon a storm using a piece of cord and looking for evidence of the Evil Eye in a glass of water in which oil had been poured came as naturally to her as making up imaginary Gods and praying to them for something magickal to happen. High school brought into sharp relief her "desires to be noticed and adored by the guys in the popular crowd" which is how she discovered her penchant for Magickal head turning. Since then, a significant focus of her practice has been dedicated to Magickal seduction and enchantments of illusions, love and material and carnal desire. To achieve her aims, she uses Servitors and Sigils to create a 'great veil of fascination' and to remove "obstacles to attraction". In the Plus show we talk Djinns and having grown up in the Middle East Mademoiselle Vendredi has plenty to share on subject. Show notes: https://www.instagram.com/mme.vendredi/ Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
September 13, 2020
#32 / Wilmar Taal on 'The Gnome Manuscript'
For Episode #32 show we welcome Wilmar Taal to discuss, The Gnome Manuscript and its creator, J.H.W. Eldermans. The Gnome Manuscript is a part of a set of three books including, The Gnome Grimoire and The Gnome Compendium, the later two being due for publication with Troy Books. All three are based on the works of J.H.W. Eldermans concerning gnomes. The original source manuscript is lost but a copy is held in the Museum of witchcraft and magic at Boscastle. The artwork in the manuscript is remarkable, some of which you can see in the YouTube version of the podcast. It’s worth having a look to get a sense of the complexity of this work. We discuss the elusive and complicated figure that is Eldermans. We discuss the importance of stories, place and community in our lives. In relation to Gnomes Wilmar proposes the areas most associated with Gnome mythology were previously lands of Celtic tribes and a residual belief of those people. Wilmar also reveals an unexpected possible origin myth of the Gnomes. Witte Wieven, also make an appearance. Translated the White woman who have almost identical mythology to the Banshee and Wilmar warns that if you see a Witte Wieven you have to run, they are not friendly. In the Plus show we further discuss what was Eldermans trying to achieve with the book and the stories about his engagement with local people regarding the Gnomes and a secret grimoire Eldermans penned covering a remarkable range of occult subjects, hinting at an ambition of producing a larger body of work of which the Gnome manuscript was a part. Wilmar goes on to discuss the sexual component to Eldermans work and what his view of magick was and what was needed to practice it. We also go through a story around Eldermans connections with Occult groups. If that sounds like it floats your boat join the Patreon and you'll get access to all previous Plus shows and much more. Show notes: www.troybooks.co.uk/the-silent-listener www.troybooks.co.uk/the-gnome-manuscript www.facebook.com/wilmarbjtaal Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
September 06, 2020
#31 / Aidan Wachter, dirt sorcery, Six Ways, Weaving Fate, & Doing what works for you.
For Episode 31 we welcome the awesome Aidan Wachter. Aidan is the author of the wonderful Six Ways, which is a collection of approaches and entries for practical magic. It is not a system, grimoire, or belief system. The focus is on the development of healthy spirit ecologies with a decidedly animist bent. His next book Weaving Fate: Hypersigils, Changing the Past, & Telling True Lies is available at the end of August 2020 We talk spirits, dirt sorcery and rural life. Aiden takes us through a moving experience he had through his work in deep trance states. We discuss the influence of society on the self and how solid praxis and discernment can help insulate oneself against that which does not serve you. In the Plus show we discuss Aidan’s encounters with the Man in Black, Luminous threads of attachment and practices to protect oneself from hungry spirits. We also chat about the occulture obsession with the lineage and authenticity of magical practices. To that end we discussed the consistent methods & tools that have allowed people to dip into the old currents throughout time. If you want to hear that bit, click the patreon link below and join the team! Show notes: Amazon page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aidan-Wachter/e/B07B4LVRTC/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/swordakeereon Website: http://www.aidanwachter.com Six Ways Podcast: http://www.aidanwachter.com/six-ways-podcast Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
August 30, 2020
#30 / Stephanie Connolly on Demonolatry and the nature of Demons
For Episode 30 we welcome Stephanie Connolly. Stephanie is an American author of books about Daemonolatry and magick. She has been practicing Daemonic Magick since 1984, and has been an initiated Daemonolatress since 1990. She is actively practicing and has over 35 years experience in Goetia and grimoiric magick as well as traditional craft. Also a Rosicrucian, she holds a Master of Metaphysics from ULC Seminary. She has taught online classes in Qabbalah, Gematria, Magick, Daemonolatry and Meditation since 1999 and regularly speaks at conventions, trade shows, and conferences on a variety of topics. She is one of the foremost experts on the topic of Daemonolatry and the author of over 25 books about Daemonolatry specifically, including the bestselling The Complete Book of Demonolatry. In the conversation we get into Demonolatry as a practice of self development, the nature of demons as divine intelligences and her own metaphysical experiences. We talk about the creative spark and how her practice has given her the discipline to write over 80 books. Which is just an incredible achievement. An interesting note from the conversation is Stephanie’s views on what Demons are and what they aren’t. She makes a clear distinction between them and energy eaters which is how she describes parasitic entities. I think this is an important distinction and one that is often missed in conventional western spiritual thinking In the Plus show we discuss what demons get from us in exchange. What possession means from the Demonalatry perspective and more pointedly how magick and real long term change means commitment and hard work. Show notes: Amazon page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/S.-Connolly/e/B003M6Z7W0/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/swordakeereon Website: http://demonolatry.org Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox Music by Obliqka
August 24, 2020
#29 / Phil Hine: The life and times of T. Lobsang Rampa.
For Episode 28 we welcome back the legend that is Phil Hine. Phil is an Occultist of repute, an author and historian. Today we discuss T. Lobsang Rampa a polarizing yet compelling figure. This was a lot of fun to record and a bit lighter than recent shows. Enjoy. Show notes: Hine's Varieties -https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1935150766/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_vZdMEbEPK61GE Phil's blog - http://enfolding.org Phil's Twitter - https://twitter.com/PhilH86835657 Lobsang Rampa Audio: https://www.lobsangrampa.org/audio-books.html Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox Music by Obliqka
August 17, 2020
#28 / Jerry Marzinsky, Schizophrenia and parasitic entities
Joining us on the Spirit Box for episode 28 is Jerry Marzinsky. Prior to retirement, Jerry was a licensed psychotherapist. He has over 35 years of experience working with schizophrenic and other psychiatric patients in state hospitals, state prisons, and hospital emergency rooms. Jerry’s formal academic training comprises a B.A. in Psychology from Temple University, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Georgia, and two years of study in a Ph.D. Psychology program. This show is quite an important one for me after my own experiences and research and I had previously cited Jerry in my own lectures juxtaposing his testimony against the concepts of Obsession and Waswas. You can find that lecture in the show notes. Jerry outlines his journey from the conventional psychiatric understanding of schizophrenia as an internal problem to a position of believing it to be an external one. An external one that is the result of parasitic entities that prey on human beings. In the first hour he describes the patterns he spotted in patients throughout his career that led him to his position and in his opinion the failings of conventional psychiatric treatments. He goes on to describe his conversation with the entities themselves through his patients and their warnings to him culminating in a startling experience that left him deeply shaken. In the Plus version for Patrons we get deeper still and talk about how entities can work with their hosts to reveal hidden knowledge. Hidden knowledge which often leads to poor life choices and destructive behavior. We discuss the impact of Meth use and why prisoners call it ‘the Devils drug’. Jerry goes on to detail how intrusive thoughts affect us all and how these entities access our memories to use them against us and what our defence is against these parasites and their intrusion. You can join the patron via the links below. At 33 minutes the connection went and I got booted from the call so you will hear a drop out. As you no doubt know with this kind of subject matter this is a regular occurrence. OK just a warning, there are references to serious mental health, self harm and suicide that some listeners may find upsetting. I want to be clear that the object of this show is the exploration of ideas and to listen to the testimony of Mr Marsinsky and not to diminish any individual's personal experiences. SHOW NOTES: Jerry’s book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0359783368/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_NUukFbA0ZRZ6G Jerry’s website: https://www.jerrymarzinsky.com Was Was video: https://youtu.be/U79YMKWu_3w KEEP IN TOUCH? TWITTER - twitter.com/spiritbox3 CONTACT - www.darraghmasonfield.com/contact PATREON - www.patreon.com/spiritbox PAYPAL - www.paypal.me/dmfphoto MUSIC - Obliqka
August 10, 2020
#27 / Al Tyas, Project Rabbit Hole, New Insights Into the Supernatural
Joining us on the Spirit Box for episode 27 is Author and former paranormal investigator Al Tyas to discuss his book Project Rabbit Hole, New Insights Into the Supernatural He has a B.A. in ancient history from Rhode Island College, and an M.A. in Military History from the American Military University. As a paranormal investigator, he investigated over 100 public businesses, historical landmarks, and private homes. After his experiences interacting with the supernatural, and how it affected both himself and others, he retired from investigating hauntings in 2006. We get into his cases, hauntings after murders, dolls and toys hosting spirits, the dangers of paranormal investigations, Nazi occultism and Maria Orsic, the voodoo practice of spirit marriage and the effects of iron and a little chat about whether iron in the body has any influence on our experiences particularly for people of Celtic decent. We also discuss the technical problems you can have when working in this territory and ironically experienced them in the audio! There are a few gaps in there where the audio wasn’t usable. In the extended patron version we talk about Sante Murete, Skinwalker ranch and Al’s methods of protection but that is for patron members only so join up if you want to hear that along with the witness accounts we are gathering over there. SHOW NOTES: Book link Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07WQ3QPG8/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_QQ-fFbRGPMSDB Book link Lulu: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/al-tyas/project-rabbit-hole/paperback/product-1e477ee7.html Al’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Project-Rabbit-Hole-1295583700596945/ KEEP IN TOUCH? TWITTER - twitter.com/spiritbox3 CONTACT - www.darraghmasonfield.com/contact PATREON - www.patreon.com/spiritbox PAYPAL - www.paypal.me/dmfphoto MUSIC - Obliqka
August 03, 2020
#26 / Michael Lichens on ‘The Devil is afraid of me,’ The life of Fr. Amorth, the Vatican’s exorcist.
Joining us on the Spirit Box for episode 26 is Michael Lichens. Michael holds an MA in Religion and Literature from the University of Chicago and spends much of his time studying overlooked spiritual experiences when he isn't busy revising and editing. He is the editor of The Catholic Exchange and resides in Colorado where you can often find him discussing preachers, ghosts, and churches of the Old West. We will be discussing the book “The Devil is Afraid of Me: The Life and Works of the World’s Most Popular Exorcist.” by angelologist Father Marcello Stanzione. The book narrates the true story of Father Gabriele Amorth, the former chief exorcist of the vatican who performed more than sixty thousand exorcisms over a thirty-year period in Rome. The book details the experiences Fr Amorth had during his career like the windows icing over during an exorcism in summertime in Rome, dealing the results of magical attacks and some startling manifestations including a possessed young man producing nails from his mouth. We compare elements of the accounts and techniques detailed with the Islamic equivalent and look at the reasons while individuals can be open to obsessions and possession and discuss the fate of fallen angels from both the catholic and fairy lore perspectives. SHOW NOTES: https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/devil-is-afraid-of-me KEEP IN TOUCH? TWITTER - twitter.com/spiritbox3 CONTACT - www.darraghmasonfield.com/contact SUPPORT - www.patreon.com/spiritbox PAYPAL - www.paypal.me/dmfphoto MUSIC - Obliqka
July 27, 2020
#25 / Julian Vayne psychedelic entities and experiences, ritual and healing.
In this episode we welcome Julian Vayne to discuss psychedelic entities, the purpose of ritual in relation to psychedelics and the significant case for psychedelics as medicines. Julian Vayne is an occultist and author of numerous books, essays, journals, 'zines and articles in both the academic and esoteric press. A regular speaker at events, and facilitator of retreats and workshops, his work is informed by chaos magic and lineages within Wicca and Tantra. Julian is a co-organizer of the psychedelic conference Breaking Convention, and sits on the academic board of The Journal of Psychedelic Studies. Julian facilitates psychedelic ceremony, as well as providing one-to-one psychedelic integration sessions and support. He is the author of the celebrated Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony. Since 2011 he has been sharing his work through The Blog of Baphomet and is the curator of the Youtube series My Magical Thing. The thumbnail art is by the great visionary artist Alex Grey whose work we briefly touch on. Those of you of a certain age and with excellent music taste will recognise his work from the Tool album art for the album Lateralus. If you like the show and want more Spirit Box in your life, join the Patreon and the podcast Discord. SHOW NOTES: Julian’s Website: theblogofbaphomet.com/category/julian-vayne/ Julian’s books: amzn.to/2BN8sQ7 My Magical thing: www.youtube.com/channel/UC6TWW-5KTelMMe4xW77TpFQ Alex Grey: www.alexgrey.com Video samples from www.videvo.net/profile/joseph2/ KEEP IN TOUCH? TWITTER - twitter.com/spiritbox3 CONTACT - www.darraghmasonfield.com/contact SUPPORT - www.patreon.com/spiritbox PAYPAL - www.paypal.me/dmfphoto MUSIC - Obliqka
July 20, 2020
#24 / Joshua Cutchin & Timothy Renner on 'Where the Footprints End: High Strangeness and the Bigfoot Phenomenon'.
This week we are joined by Joshua Cutchin and Timothy Renner to discuss the book they co-authored, ‘Where the Footprints End’, an exploration into the high strangeness surrounding the bigfoot phenomena. Joshua is an author and musician, and a well known figure in paranormal circles having appeared on some of the best known paranormal podcasts out there. Timothy is also a musician and author and on top of that he's a brilliant illustrator and host of the superb Strange familiars podcast. So, what’s the premise of the book? Despite their apparently physical nature, bigfoot and its hairy hominid kin consistently appear mired in High Strangeness—the peculiar, ineffable, and nonsensical absurdities so often encountered in paranormal phenomena. Some sightings seem more consistent with mythology than biology. Bigfoot often present supernatural attributes, like luminescent eyes or the ability to pass, ghostlike, through structures. Anomalous lights are regularly seen in areas of frequent sasquatch activity. Footprints persistently, if rarely, display odd numbered toes, and—most bafflingly—bigfoot trackways suddenly terminate in the middle of open, untouched terrain. In Volume 1 of Where the Footprints End: High Strangeness and the Bigfoot Phenomenon, authors Joshua Cutchin and Timothy Renner carefully examine not only the intersection of hairy apemen with global folklore—of poltergeists, faeries, extraterrestrials, magic, witches, ghosts, and archetypal women-in-white—but also question the fundamental assumptions underlying contemporary cryptozoological beliefs surrounding bigfoot. If you like the show and want more content Spirit Box in your life join the Patreon and the podcast Discord. It’s the price of a cup of coffee and you get all the shows early and a host of other glorious perks. SHOW NOTES: Book: amzn.to/3isBp4h Joshua’s Website: www.joshuacutchin.com Strange Familiars podcast: www.strangefamiliars.com Strange Familiars facebook: www.facebook.com/strangefamiliars KEEP IN TOUCH? TWITTER - twitter.com/spiritbox3 CONTACT - www.darraghmasonfield.com/contact SUPPORT - www.patreon.com/spiritbox PAYPAL - www.paypal.me/dmfphoto MUSIC - Obliqka
July 13, 2020
#23 / Fr Dwight Longenecker on immortal combat, spiritual warfare & the invisible world.
As you know the point of this podcast is to look at all sides of the puzzle of non-physical non human intelligences, this week we’ll be looking at things from a Catholic perspective. To that end our next guest, Fr. Dwight Longenecker talks to the Catholic concept of Spiritual warfare detailed in his book Immortal Combat - Confronting the Heart of Darkness Brought up as an Evangelical in the USA, Fr. Dwight Longenecker earned a degree in Speech and English before studying theology at Oxford University. He served as a minister in the Church of England, and in 1995 was received into the Catholic Church with his wife and family. The author of over twenty books and booklets on Catholic faith and culture, Fr Longenecker is also an award winning blogger, podcaster and journalist. He is pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina. Fr Longenecker maps out how Catholicism changed to a more ‘love and light’ position and in doing so lost its awareness of actual evil forces. We discuss the danger of pretending evil doesn’t exist and his personal experience with exorcisms. There are some sections I’ve bleeped out to remove names and location of those involved in the exorcism. If you like the show and want more Spirit Box in your life join the Patreon and the podcast Discord. It’s the price of a cup of coffee and you get all the shows early along with other benefits. Send me your experiences with the other. I’ll leave links below, you can either email me or leave me a phone message. SHOW NOTES: Book: https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/immortal-combat Blog-Website: www.dwightlongenecker.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsld_cllX-psYORZ_DnHAEg KEEP IN TOUCH? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 CONTACT - https://www.darraghmasonfield.com/contact SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PAYPAL - https://www.paypal.me/dmfphoto MUSIC - Obliqka
July 07, 2020
#22 / Lonnie Scott talking, Chaos Heathenry, Curses, hypnosis & meditations on Odin
This episode we welcome back Lonnie Scott. He’s been an Occultist, Pagan, Strategic Sorcerer, Chaonimist, and Heathen for over two decades. He’s a Professional Hypnotist (seen on Hellier), Tarot Professional (Tarosophist of the Year 2014), experienced memberships and initiations in various Magic, Witchcraft, Pagan and Heathen organizations. Also, the founder of the Wayfinder Tradition. he’s been investigating the Paranormal and experimenting in the Occult for a long time and in all that somehow finds the time to create and host the Weird Web Radio podcast and I’m delighted to have him back on the Spirit Box. We talk about his journey into magick, teenage curses and an intense vision that culminated into a norse figure of some significance coming into his life. Just a quick bit of housing keeping. If you like the show and want more content Spirit Box in your life be sure to sign up to Patreon and join the podcast Discord. It’s the price of a cup of coffee for pre-releases to all the shows and a host of other perks. ****** You can find Lonnie Scott here: https://www.patreon.com/weirdwebradio https://www.facebook.com/weirdwebradio/?fref=nf http://weirdwebradio.com https://twitter.com/lonnie_scott KEEP IN TOUCH? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox Music by Obliqka
June 30, 2020
#21 / Elise Oursa on The Blood & Ink Tarot, Spellcrafting, Spirit work & Ellen Hayward.
For episode 21 of The Spirit Box we welcome Elise Oursa. Elise is a card reader, craniosacral therapist, practicing witch and creator of The Blood & Ink Tarot. Her magical practice, rooted in traditional witchcraft focuses on personal sovereignty coupled with an evolving relationship with land and spirit. She is currently producing a body of work on her research and magical journey over the past 7 years with Gloucestershire cunning woman Ellen Hayward (d 1911), one of the last women in Gloucestershire to be tried for witchcraft. Her witchcraft, largely solitary & spirit based, has evolved through her experience as a therapist. She is guided by her work with Hekate, her connection to the chthonic currents of the British landscape and a deep reverence for those who have come before. She teaches on the tarot and designs individual bespoke rituals for transformation and empowerment. items. She runs Coffee And Cards a free daily morning Tarot practice on zoom for tarot readers of all abilities. She hosts a monthly fortune telling Salon on zoom, Le Salon De La Fortune. Next date Saturday June 27 She recently presented an online lecture entitled ‘My Secrets of Spellcrafting’ which she is hoping to expand into a series of lectures. SHOW NOTES: http://www.eliseoursa.com https://www.instagram.com/eliseoursa/ http://www.eliseoursa.com/coffee-cards/ KEEP IN TOUCH? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox Music by Obliqka
June 17, 2020
#20 / Hellier Trilogue with Lonnie Scott, Marco Visconti and Darragh Mason Field.
A great line up the first Spirit Box Trialogue, we welcome back Marco Visconti and welcome Lonnie Scott for a discussion on Hellier. Marco has been on the show before explaining the Thelemic significance of Pan and The Star Sapphire ritual outlined at end of season 2 and professional hypnotist Lonnie appeared in the show in season 2 carrying out some exploratory hypnosis experiments with the Hellier team. Show notes: Marco Visconti's links: “Hellier to Heliopolis” - Fri, 12 June 2020 19:00 – 21:00 BST https://marcovisconti.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eed45718599969d31bc1b4a0b&id=6ea2dad8d6&e=9e53821f4f https://twitter.com/azrael2393 http://www.marcovisconti.org https://www.patreon.com/marcovisconti You can find Lonnie Scott here: https://www.patreon.com/weirdwebradio https://www.facebook.com/weirdwebradio/?fref=nf http://weirdwebradio.com https://twitter.com/lonnie_scott Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox Music by Obliqka
June 03, 2020
#19 / Morgan Daimler on 'The Good People', real Fairy experiences, fairy Lovers and possession.
Firstly, they are called 'The Good People' now that we've got that out of the way please welcome author Morgan Daimler. Morgan has been a practicing witch since the 1990's and studying Irish folklore and mythology since the mid-90's. Growing up around the Irish-American diaspora contributed to this interest which came to include other Celtic language speaking cultures, such as Scottish and Welsh, and eventually the more loosely connected Norse, with a focus on folklore relating to fairies. Morgan began teaching and writing about fairies in the early 2000's and has presented workshops on related topics in the United States and Ireland as well as presenting as an independent scholar at the University of Ohio's 'Fairies and the Fantastic' conference in 2019. I got huge amount out of this conversation, and I'm very grateful to Morgan for her openness and for sharing the wisdom and knowledge she's gained researching and engaging with this subject matter. It brought the phenomena of Jinn and 'The Good people' a lot closer for me. In fact it's really solidified what I already suspected in that this is a phenomena that communicates using the symbols that are culturally relevant to the witness. We even had the classic technical problems when discussing how dangerous these entities are which is essentially a paranormal badge of honour and a clear indication that we were in the right territory. If you have your own experiences be sure to leave them in the comments below or reach out to me. Show notes: https://twitter.com/morgandaimler?lang=en https://www.amazon.co.uk/Morgan-Daimler/e/B0047QW0WY https://www.facebook.com/Morgandaimler/ https://lairbhan.blogspot.com Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
May 27, 2020
#18 / Dana Fox - Scryptid: The Ultraterrestrial Word. Non-terrestrial writing, UFO's, Phantom Airships and Utsuro Bune
Dana Fox is a trainee Gestalt psychotherapist, a practicing Magickian most notably in visionary magic. He’s been drawn to the subject of UFO’s and the paranormal for as long as he can remember. In the this episode Dana talks about Non-terrestrial writing/communication. Things seen on the exterior and interior of witnessed alien craft; writing which has been the result of possession; and so-called automatic writing and channelled texts. Our use of written language sets humans apart from many of the other beings on earth. It is also apparent the we share this method of communication with the ultraterrestrial intelligences who come here still. As if that’s not enough we talk phantom airships, Kenneth Arnold, Black Triangles and Ghost rockets. Plus the incredible link he has made between Rendleshem forest and an incident in Utsuro Bune in 1830. Show notes: Scryptid: The Ultraterrestrial Word. https://www.facebook.com/events/2352899085019612/ Utsuro Bune: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utsuro-bune Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box VOICEMAIL - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box/message. Music by Obliqka
May 19, 2020
#17 / Thirteen types of Jinn
In response to a subscriber comment this week we go back to the roots of the Spirit Box podcast for some good ol' Jinn Lore and list the 13 most common types of Jinn. I've pulled this together from a number of online sources so if you know of any I missed that would be make interesting reading by all means let me know by leaving a message for me here https://anchor.fm/spirit-box/message. Show notes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinn https://cryptidz.fandom.com/wiki/List... https://jinn.fandom.com Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
May 13, 2020
#16 / Tommie kelly on The Forty Servants, Hypersigils, Creativity and Art.
For episode #16 we welcome Tommie Kelly to the show. Tommie is an Irish artist and writer who has had a lifelong interest in all things Occult and Spirituality. He makes comics, videos, podcasts and very occasional blog posts, and is probably best known for his oracle deck The Forty Servants. We discuss, the effects of the Great famine and conservative Catholicism of the Irish psyche. We talk Hypersigils, Chaos Magick and art. The creative process and its impact on mental health and the process of a success being rooted in letting go of the outcome. All artwork featured in this video is the copyright of Tommie Kelly. Show notes: Tommie's website: http://AdventuresInWooWoo.com Tommie's twitter: https://twitter.com/TommieKelly Tommie's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tommiekelly The Forty Servants: https://www.adventuresinwoowoo.com/thefortyservants/ Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
May 06, 2020
#15 / Jonah Locksley on angels that rule the ages, demons & mob thought
Jonah Locksley is a cultural historian. He runs The Thinker's Garden and Godfrey's Almanack, blogs that focus on the overlooked and outré aspects of literature, art, and history. He joins us today discussing Angels and spirits that rule over nations, organisations and ages. We discuss which comes first, the spirit or the organisation and the currency involved in relationships between the group and spirit. Show notes: Find Jonah on twitter: https://twitter.com/IonasLoxias https://twitter.com/ThinkersGarden https://twitter.com/godfreyalmanack Jonah's blogs: http://www.thethinkersgarden.com https://godfreysalmanack.org Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka
April 29, 2020
#14 / Phil Hine on possession, overshadowing, channelling, Kali and Baphomet.
For Episode #14 we welcome a very special guest to the Spirit Box in the form of the brilliant Phil Hine. Phil is an Occultist of repute, an author and historian and most notably known for his contribution to Chaos Magick. Over the hour we cover ritual Possession and overshadowing, Phil's personal experiences with Kali and of being possessed by Baphomet. We discuss channelling, spiritualism as subsets of possession and some interesting experiences with theatrical improv. #spiritbox #philhine #possession #occult Show notes: Hine's Varieties -https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/193515076... Phil's blog - http://enfolding.org Phil's Twitter - https://twitter.com/PhilH86835657 Image credits: Portrait of Phil by Asa Medhurst Sculpture photos by Maria Strutz Skull cap photo by Darragh Mason Field Keep in touch? TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox YOUTUBE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe7wDjqjIVyFDS9bxm1esBA/ Music by Obliqka
April 22, 2020
#13 / Marco Visconti on Hellier Season 2, Ultraterrestrials, UFOnauts, Thelema, and The Star Sapphire.
Episode #13 and Marco Visconti is back and sharing some mind bending esoteric knowledge in this video. We discuss Ultraterrestrials, UFOnauts, Thelema, and how to unlock the secret at the end of #Hellier Season Two: the Star Sapphire. Marco is a London-based antiques and rare book trader. He is also consultant, a lecturer, music producer, DJ and of course a Thelemite and Freemason. He has been a member of the international esoteric community for over two decades, receiving initiation into the A∴A∴, Choronzon Club, and Ordo Templi Orientis. We discuss the entity Lam, Crowley, Kenneth Grant, Working with the spirits, the Goetia, Crossing the Abyss and Aeonics as well as looking at some of the core components of Thelema. You can find out more about Marco on his website, his Patreon and his YouTube channel. http://www.marcovisconti.org https://www.patreon.com/marcovisconti (highly recommend) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwMJrmbYkOucAa2wKkHgRwA #hellier #thelema #spiritbox #UFOnauts Want to support the podcast? You can follow me on Twitter or support on Patreon. Music by Obliqka
April 15, 2020
#12 / The Djinn and the Fairies.
Episode #12, Spend Good Friday with the Good People! It's back to the Djinn and Fairies! Are they the same? In this episode I look at their origins myths, their similarities and the core differences and I discuss what the societal / cultural function they serve. Source materials: British Fairies by John Kruse Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland Paperback – by Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 Music by Obliqka
April 10, 2020
#11 / Marco Visconti, LAM, Crowley, Kenneth Grant, Crossing the Abyss, Aeonics & working with the spirits
Episode #11 we are joined by the the Once & Future Black Prince of Kennington himself, Marco Visconti! Marco is a London-based antiques and rare book trader. He is also consultant, a lecturer, music producer, DJ and of course a Thelemite and Freemason. He has been a member of the international esoteric community for over two decades, receiving initiation into the A∴A∴, Choronzon Club, and Ordo Templi Orientis. We discuss the entity Lam, Crowley, Kenneth Grant, Working with the spirits, the Goetia, Crossing the Abyss and Aeonics as well as looking at some of the core components of Thelema. You can find out more about Marco on his website, his Patreon and his YouTube channel. http://www.marcovisconti.org https://www.patreon.com/marcovisconti https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwMJrmbYkOucAa2wKkHgRwA Twitter Music by Obliqka
April 06, 2020
#10 / Incubi, Archons, Aleister Crowley & Isaac Luria with demonologist Nathaniel Gillis.
For Episode #10 we welcome Nathaniel Gillis back on Spirit Box with reflections on his recent research. Picking up on where we left off last time we discuss Eros and Evil, the physical marks left on Witches and possessed from their interactions with demonic through to Aleister Crowley's Aiwass and the connection to Isacc Luria. Nathaniel Gillis is a religious demonologist and author. After living in a haunted house, Nathaniel spent 20 years researching what it was he encountered. Nathaniel is the founder of Preternatural Epiphenomenal Philosophy. Show notes: Nathaniel Gillis instagram njgillis.com Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
April 04, 2020
#09 / Demonologist Nathaniel Gillis on 'Dybbuk boxes, unclean spirits & blood sacrifice'
Episode #9 . Spirit Box is joined by Nathaniel Gillis a religious demonologist and author. After living in a haunted house, Nathaniel spent 20 years researching what it was he encountered. Nathaniel is the founder of Preternatural Epiphenomenal Philosophy. Nathaniel has sought to redefine the nature of haunting phenomena, ghosts and high strangeness. He' often quoted for his concept of the demonic. 'The reason they are playing by different rules is because they are playing a different game'. A very enjoyable discussion in which we explored the very nature of what may be happening during possession and what the various motivations for such attacks and intrusions may be. Show notes: Nathaniel Gillis instagram njgillis.com Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
April 02, 2020
#08 / 'Waswas' the whisperings of demons
Episode 8. For the title of this lecture I’ve used the Islamic term ‘Waswas’ in place of Christian term ‘Obsession’ to describe the experience itself but used the Christian / Western term ‘Demons’ in place of Djinns to illustrate the universal aspect of this experience. Please note this is not to diminish either faith it’s simply that the parallels offer a good reference point for my listeners. I would ask for the duration of this podcast to park your assumptions and keep an open mind as we explore this subject. There are some very obvious parallels between Waswas and mental health problems. I'm not suggesting that mental health problems are all Waswas, that is clearly not the case. I do suggest the sources may not all be internal. Either way if you are experiencing some of the symptoms described in this podcast go and see both a mental health professional and seek spiritual guidance. Sources: Original video: https://youtu.be/U79YMKWu_3w 'Miracles and the Miraculous in Medieval Germanic and Latin Literature' edited by K.E. Olsen, A. Harbus and T. Hofstra 'Il combattimento spirituale’ Lorenzo Scupoli 'Spiritual Experiences', 'Secrets of Heaven', both by Emanuel Swedenborg, 'The Mirror Of Perfection' by Brother Leo of Assisi. Links: https://www.islamicboard.com/manners-and-purification-of-the-soul/134304731-overcome-waswas-shaythans-whispers-worship.html https://thejosephplan.org/symptoms-of-demonic-influence-or-attack/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Swedenborg http://www.keyholejourney.com Jerry Marzinsky http://catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com/St.%20Francis%20of%20Assisi%20and%20the%20Devil.html Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
March 31, 2020
#07 / The Dark Horseman and The Fairy Wind
Episode 7. This podcast is made up of two recordings, the Dark horseman and the Fairy wind. The Dark horseman covers two stories from Lady Wilde's book 'Ancient legends of Ireland'. These stories feature the common themes of the 'Dark horseman' trickster that leads the protagonist awry and is quite unnecessarily cruel and spiteful on travellers he meets along the road. The stories include the visit to the fairy palace and all its beauty and joy and then things take a darker turn and the human visitor gets an unpleasant supernatural brush with death. The stories propose that the reason for this unnecessary cruelty is a grudge the fairy folk have against humanity, much like the Djinn. I then breifly discuss the startlingly similar origin myths of the Fairies and Djinn. The Fairy wind refers to a method of travel employed by the fairies and how if one is stuck by the wind, you are not long for this world. The interesting point here is the Jinn are famously associated with wind, being born of the scoring wind of the desert and travelling via it across great distances. Another remarkable similarity between jinn and fairies. The interviews with Marco Visconti are coming soon to the podcast but are already available on my YouTube channel: Marco's first appearance https://youtu.be/zL5m1txHAAI Marco's second appearance https://youtu.be/aRUWszmh_GM Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
March 29, 2020
#06 / The mythic geography of the northern polar regions & the lost book of Inventio Fortunata
Episode 6. The idea that there must be a large mountain of lodestone called Rupes Nigra at the North Pole to account for the earth's magnetism goes back to at least the 13th century, not long after the invention of the compass. It was held to be surrounded by four islands with inward- flowing rivers, great mountains and inhabited by Pygmies. The source of this mythical polar geography is a lost work by an unknown author of the 14th century. The book was called the 'Inventio fortunata'. The book is said to be a travelogue written by a 14th century Franciscan friar from England who travelled the North Atlantic region in the early 1360s, conducting business on behalf of the King Edward III. He described what he found on his first journey to the islands beyond 54 degrees north in a book, "Inventio Fortunata", which he presented to the King. The geography attributed to it described bear remarkable resemblances to Hindu, Islamic and Buddhist cosmologies. The description dominated the depiction of the Polar regions on European maps with up to the 1700s, yet we know almost nothing about the contents of the book save a summary in a second text, the "Itinerarium," written by a Dutch traveller named Jacobus Cnoyen. By the late 16th century, even Cnoyen's text was missing, so most of what we know of the contents of the "Inventio Fortunata", other than its use on maps, is found in a letter from the Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator to the Anglo-Welsh astrologer and occultist John Dee dated April 20, 1577. Dr John Sources: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupes_N..., http://enacademic.com/dic.nsf/enwiki/... Chet Van Duzer - https://stanford.academia.edu/ChetVan... 'The Mythic Geography of the Northern Polar Regions: Inventio fortunata and Buddhist Cosmology' Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
March 28, 2020
#05 / 'Living with Djinns - Understanding and Dealing with the Invisible in Cairo'
Episode #5 is A reading from the book 'Living with Djinns - Understanding and Dealing with the Invisible in Cairo' by anthropologist Barbara Drieskens. This book explores the importance of storytelling in Egyptian society and recounts first-hand experiences of djinns. A unique ethnographic study, it investigates possession, manifestations, and concepts of person and space. The djinn is an invisible spirit with a will of its own that may lurk at the bottom of your teacup or seep through your pores to possess you; they have long been an explanation for illness and misfortune or an excuse for unconventional behavior. Barbara Drieskens is an urban anthropologist and an assistant visiting professor at the American University of Beirut. https://saqibooks.com/author/drieskens-barbara/ Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
March 28, 2020
#04 / Dr Robert Alcorn 'spirit intrusion, the Jinn & healing'
Dr Robert Alcorn is an Author, a Psychiatrist, a shamanic practitioner and energy healer. Over this hour we spoke about his journey Psychiatrist Toward Spiritual Healer and Shamanism. The personal experiences that drove this development and the healing techniques from Shamanism that exposed Dr Alcorn to how the spirit world is interacting with the human world on an industrial level. We discussed the nature of schizophrenia, waswas and the energy drain associated with spirit attachment. This of course brings us to the Djinn and in Dr Alcorn’s own words the ‘woowoo’ experiences he had with the Jinn during shamanic journeying. But also his clinical experiences of working with clients under attack from the Djinn. We spoke about what they are? And interestingly how they are ‘not’ demons but in fact elemental beings. The previously mentioned show on the Catholic view on Spiritual Warfare and degrees of Demonic possession got bumped for this show but will be up soon. Dr Alcorn’s work can be found at his website http://www.dralcorn.us Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
March 27, 2020
#03 / The Aghori, India's cannibal holy men
I first gave this lecture at Treadwells Occult bookshop in London. It documents my experiences photographing the Aghori while working as a photographer travelling around India. The Aghori are a Shaivite sect who practice cannibalism and commit profane acts living in and around the spiritual capital of India - the ancient northern Indian city of Varanasi where I spent two weeks tracking them down to shoot the work referenced in this podcast. The Aghori believe that nothing is blasphemous or independent from God. The Aghoris are distinct from other Hindu sects and Sadu’s (priests) by their alcoholic and cannibalistic ceremonies. Skulls and other human bones are obtained from the cremation grounds and used due to having life-force which they believe can be harnessed for ritual purposes. They are also alleged to pull bodies from the river Ganges, which are then eaten. They do things which a common man finds to be terrifying, so they overcome fears by facing them and acting out horrors, since they do it regularly it is a common thing for them. They have been known to consume human flesh and human waste and use alcohol and drugs as part of their religious practice. It is said that they are crazy or ‘God-possessed’. They call this transcending of boundaries; ‘Non-discrimination’. It’s worth orientating westerner occultists. These Sadhu’s are Left hand path in their ritual practices but the outcome of these rituals is not necessarily designed to attain a dark outcome. "Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people." — Aleister Crowley The YouTube video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_y2aC2Fqis To see the photographic essay - https://www.darraghmasonfield.com/index/G0000qURq7lptH_8 Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka The Mirror - https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/pictured-aghori-cannibals-who-drink-3223085
March 24, 2020
#02 / Interview with the Jinn - The Red King's daughter.
In 2002, an article appeared on an Arabic Internet web site that purported to be an interview with a female jinn who had possessed a human being. The article was written by a 'Mr. Abdalrazzak'. The interview is set in Damascus, Syria, and includes discussion of jinn kingdoms and the phenomenon of jinn possession. The article consists of various conversations between the author and his paternal grandmother, Husna Khanum, which took place, as he put it, 'when I was quite young'. The dialogues were not literally with his grandmother, he says, but rather with the jinn that had possessed her. The spirit had taken possession of her many years before, during the French occupation of Syria in 1920, when the constantly exploding shells had caused her psychological trauma’s and opened her to jinn possession. The manifestations of the female jinn would come and go, depending on circumstances, over the years. At times, Husna Khanum would seem totally normal; at others, the personality of the jinn would take over. The writer's discussions with his possessed grandmother are recounted in this episode. Music by Obliqka - https://soundcloud.com/obliqka https://paranormalis.com/threads/interview-with-a-syrian-jinn-legends-of-the-fire-spirits.7961/
March 23, 2020
#01 / Who are the Jinn?
Welcome to the Spirit Box podcast, a podcast exploring folklore, magick and the spirit world. Originally a video of a lecture I did at the world famous Treadwell's bookshop in London, covering my photo documentary work on belief in the Jinn or Djinn in Delhi India. This show explains the origin of the Jinn, their history and who the major figures are in Jinn mythos. Sources and further reading: 'Legends of the fire spirits' by Robert Lebling. 'One thousand and one nights' by Robert Irwin. For the full video visit this link https://youtu.be/RUv6Mo3jqFI. To see the photographic essay https://www.darraghmasonfield.com/index/G0000VFRBfQCfShI Music by Obliqka https://soundcloud.com/obliqka
March 22, 2020