Author Archive | Chris Orapello

DatC #047 – The Witch’s Eight Paths of Power with Lady Sable Aradia

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047_lady_sable_aradiaHello and thank you once again for joining me down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. Tonight, we meet with witch, High Priestess, blogger, and author Lady Sable Aradia to discuss her new book The Witch’s Eight Paths to Power: A complete course in magick and witchcraft. We have a great, friendly, and open discussion as we go into her experiences with writing the book as well as delving into some of its more controversial aspects, like ritual drug use, such as the incorporation of intoxicants and entheogens, and the heavy topic of sex in initiation within certain forms of traditional based Wicca.

In his Book of Shadows, Gerald Gardner writes about the witch’s Eightfold Way as a means of developing one’s magickal abilities.

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DatC #046 – The Always Relevant Jason Pitzl-Waters

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046_jason_pitzl-watersHello and thank you for joining me down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today's most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. Tonight, we meet with the humble and always relevant founding editor of the Wild Hunt Blog Jason Pitzl-Waters to discuss his work, his very personal post titled The 3rd Degree: Exploitation and Initiation, as well as his Wild Hunt editorial Wagging the Dog, and we close with a glimpse into the upcoming event FaerieCon East which I look forward to attending. Jason and I have a great discussion and cover some heavy topics concerning the future of the Pagan community.
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DatC #044 – Why You Can’t Worship Jesus Christ and Be Pagan with Sam Webster

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044_SamWebster5.13cropped.3x3x300Tonight we meet with former Patheos.com Columnist Sam Webster (now at The Wild Hunt) to talk about his controversial Patheos article “Why You Can’t Worship Jesus Christ and Be Pagan,” and other issues such as the superiority of Pagan theology, his concerns regarding the popular notion of building interfaith relationships, religious legitimacy, and his thoughts on what we need to be doing as Pagans to insure our religious future in the years to come.

Sam is also the President and Executive Director of the Pantheon Foundation, whose mission is to provide organizational support for the practice of Pagan religion and the fostering of Pagan Ministry. To study the history, promote the culture, and advance the social welfare of Pagans and the Pagan community.

Sam Webster, M. Div., Mage, hails from the Bay Area and has taught magick publicly since 1984. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 1993.

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Interview: Bavarian Illuminati rituals translator Jeva Singh-Anand

1400090031_03The Speech in the Silence podcast focuses on Thelema, Aleister Crowley, and Ordo Templi Orientis while also touching upon the subjects of magick, yoga, and initiation. The podcast includes lectures, music, interviews, and discussions. Speech in the Silence also features readings of the Holy Books of Thelema and other important texts written by Aleister Crowley. Our mission is primarily to spread awareness of the Law of Thelema, the writings of Aleister Crowley, and Ordo Templi Orientis. Speech in the Silence is also a creative outlet for Thelemites, and encourages listener feedback and participation.

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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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