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Down at the Crossroads: Interview with Artist, Author and Witch Sarah Anne Lawless

Down at the Crossroads— Podcast: #039 — Sarah Anne Lawless

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039_sarah_ann_lawlessThank you for joining me Down at the Crossroads where we have the conversations that the pagan community needs to have.  Because as you know, we are, “Pagan culture for the Seasoned Pagan.”  Tonight, we meet with beloved occult artist, author, blogger, and witch Sarah Anne Lawless who is known for her artwork and her long-time running blog which can now be found at her website sarahannelawless.com.

A professional artist, writer, and witch, Sarah’s work has been published in various books, magazines, and online in The CauldronHex MagazineWitches & Pagans, WitchvoxSerpent Songs, and Hoofprints in the Wildwood. She is a carver, painter, and illustrator working in the mediums of bone, wood, ink and paint creating original artwork, talismans, and ritual tools. Sarah is an animist, initiated witch, and wortcunner with a love of otherworldly beauty, folklore, mythology, poisonous plants, wildcrafting, wild places, and bones.

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Green Wizardry with John Michael Greer

Down at the Crossroads— Podcast: #040 — Green Wizardry, with John Michael Greer

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040_green_wizardryHello and thank you for joining me Down at the Crossroads where we turn the pagan community on its head to watch it flail about like a beetle on its back.  Tonight, we are joined once again by author and Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, John Michael Greer to discuss his new book Green Wizardry: Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening, and other Hands-On Skills from the Appropriate Tech Toolkit and boy do we talk.  This is one heavy in your face conversation where we also discuss the Pagan community and where it may be heading.  You might be surprised!

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DatC #033 – Apocalypse Not, with John Michael Greer

Down at the Crossroads— Podcast: #033 — Apocalypse Not, with John Michael Greer

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033_john_michael_greerIn this episode of Down At The Crossroads, we cross paths with John Michael Greer who is the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America and the author of more than twenty books on a wide range of subjects, including The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age, The Ecotechnic Future: Exploring a Post-Peak World, The Wealth of Nature: Economics As If Survival Mattered, and Apocalypse Not: Everything You Know About 2012, Nostradamus, And The Rapture is Wrong. And if you like what you heard in the interview, be sure to checkout his blog The Archdruid Report today!

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TI&TB #032 – A Deed Without A Name

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode #032 — A Deed Without A Name

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Lee MorganIn the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we speak with Australian author and teacher, Lee Morgan about her new book A Deed Without A Name: Unearthing the Legacy of Traditional Witchcraft. Lee identifies as a pagan animist – witch and runs a blog titled My Craft and Sullen Art where she identifies herself as a Traditional Witch, non traditional dichotomy-smasher, line-blurrer, bone-singer, folk-healer, head-bender, and sometimes poet. Find her on facebook, as well as at Australian Traditional Witchcraft, and at Anderean Witchcraft.

We hear some awesome music by Swallows from their latest album, “Witching and Divining.” Swallows is an Americana/rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota who has recently released their second full-length album, the roots-oriented Witching & Divining.Read the rest

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The Infinite and the Beyond — Podcast: Episode 031 — Financial Sorcery

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The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode 031 — Financial Sorcery

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we speak with author, teacher, and sorcerer Jason Miller about his work and his new book Financial Sorcery, magical strategies to create real and lasting wealth. Learn about the glyphs of Jupiter and ways to apply magickal techniques to help improve your life. In a Corner in the Occult we learn about the often over looked illustrator of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot, Pamela Colman Smith. Not only was she a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, but she also knew famous photographer Alfred Stieglitz and did book illustrations for both William Butler Yeats and Bram Stoker. Later in the show, we finally get to see who won a copy of Leslie Fish’s album “Avalon is Risen” that was featured back in Episode #029.Read the rest

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TI&TB: The Inspiring Wendy Rule

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode 030 — The Inspiring Wendy Rule

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we speak with Australian visionary songstress Wendy Rule and have a very enjoyable time with her as we discuss her work, her online course Living a Life of Magick, hanging out with the fae, her future album and her current US tour. All while being completely captivated by her music which plays throughout the episode. In A Corner in the Occult, we learn about the controversial, “King of the Witches,” Alex Sanders, the founder of Alexandrian Wicca and in the spirit of creativity we contemplate the ideas surrounding the Awen in The Essence of Magick. All this and more in this haunting and inspiring episode with the lovely Wendy Rule!

 

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The Infinite and Beyond: The Necronomicon Mythos

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode 029 — The Necronomicon Mythos

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we discuss The Necronomicon Mythos with author Donald Tyson who in the last several years has added four significant texts to the magickal legacy and reality of the Necronomicon, with his own copy of “The Necronomicon,” his nozel “Alhazred,” the “Grimoire of the Necronomicon,” and his workbook “The 13 Gates of the Necronomicon” all released by Llewellyn Publications believe it or not? In A Corner in the Occult we learn about the life of beloved weird fiction author H. P. Lovecraft. We explore some fun and heartfelt music by our featured artist Leslie Fish from her album “Avalon Is Risen.” I announce a contest that will conclude in episode #31 so checkout the announcement later in this episode to hear all the details. And In the Essence of Magick, we discuss Magickal Paradigms. All this and more in this installment of The Infinite and the Beyond!

 

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O.T.O. / AC 2012

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode 028 — O.T.O. / AC 2012

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, it’s election time! Are you a voter? Are you voting? Well, before you decide, you should explore your options by checking out our interview with Joseph Thiebes. Joseph tells us about the Ordo Templi Orientis as well as the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, The Gnostic Mass, and what goes into making the Cakes of Light. Later we discuss his Aleister Crowley 2012 presidential campaign as we learn more about Crowley’s views and debunk some of the current myths surrounding him. The final part of the interview with Joseph deals with the ideas regarding authority.

In A Corner in the Occult we learn about occultist and Thelemite Major Grady Louis McMurtry aka: Hymenaeus Alpha and find out how important he was to the O.T.O. Later in the show we discuss Sympathetic Magick and how it effects our everyday lives as we look into The Essence of Magick. And throughout the episode we get to hear some great music by our featured artist Ralph Buckley!

 

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Free Will, Magick, and Deity

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode 027 — Free Will, Magick, and Deity

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we explore magick and creativity as we speak with the mysterious electronic music composer Alka who was kind of enough to come on the show and share his music with us which is featured throughout the episode. In A Corner in the Occult we learn about famous, mystic, poet, artist, and engraver William Blake. Highly influential to artists and occultists, Blake has been a focus for scholars since his death as he continues to fascinate and inspire new generations. We learn about the phrase, “So Mote It Be” in the Essence of Magick. Have you ever considered the phrase itself and what exactly it implies as a practitioner of magick? Find out in this episode! Also during the show, I read listener email, we hear a great track by Donna Lewis and to close we revisit the ideas of Free Will, Magick, and Deity. Do you have free will in regards to your personal religious theology? If so, what does this mean in how you view deity? Find out this and more in this electronic episode!

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Gods and Aliens: The Infinite and the Beyond (Podcast)

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode 026 — Gods and Aliens

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, discuss gods and aliens and the ideas surrounding Ancient Astronaut Theory. Do you believe in extra-terrestrials? Do you think they visted and helped ancient human civilizations? Are you a supporter of Ancient Astronaut Theory? If your answer is a resounding YES, then this episode is not for you, because I take a look into some of the propositions made by Ancient Astronaut Theorists and offer my thoughts on the matter which may not jive with you and your alien putty, but do not worry there is always Stonehenge!

Later in the episode, I discuss the only alien abduction case I have helped with as a paranormal investigator. Hear the details as I share my diagnosis and methods of addressing the issue in my effort to help a friend. In A Corner in the Occult we learn about Lam, Aleister Crowley’s favorite martian, as well as the Typhonian Order which focuses on working and communication with extra-terrestrial entities, The Great Old Ones, as well as some of the darker aspects of metaphysics.

We hear a track from our featured artist and future guest Alka, an electronic music composer who incorporates magick, occultism, and estoric practices and systems into his music making process. We discuss evocation in the Essence of Magick. I read listener email and talk about James Randi. We see which two lucky listeners won copies of Etched Offerings, and to close we ponder the origin of deity. This episode is really out of this world!

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