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Magick With Dr. Dean Radin

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode #014 — Magick with Dr. Dean Radin

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we learn about the legendary 14th century French alchemist Nicolas Flamel in "A Corner in the Occult."

Rumors say that Nicholas and his wife were able to turn mercury into gold and as a result of their experiments possibly even created the mystical Elixir of Life providing them both with immortality.

We talk with author and parapsychologist Dr. Dean Radin, senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and author of Entangled Minds, Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality.

During the course of the interview we talk about the Global Consciousness Project and touch upon what this could mean for the world. We also discuss his experiences as a research scientist and finally how his findings and current understandings relate to the art and practice of magick.

I also read some of the listener messages that I received since the last episode via the show website, podcast alley, and the show network. I even announced a new show contest where one lucky listener will win a copy of Dr. Radin's most recent book Entangled Minds.

The drawing for this contest will occur in the next episode and if you are interested in participating be sure to enter by going here. All this and more in this great episode, blessed be and 93! Check the show notes for all links mentioned.

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A Little Bit of Bohemia

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode 13 — A Little Bit of Bohemia

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we look into bohemianism and its similarities to modern paganism. The history of bohemianism reveals a lot about modern paganism and even indicates much of where modern pagan ideals and sense of community have come from.

People typically often compare modern pagans to the hippies of the 1960s, but as we find out, the roots of the all of those counter culture movements from the last one hundred years run so much deeper!

Join us as we journey into the world of Green Fairy as we discuss absinthe the famous mythic bohemian drink of writers, artists, composers, and actors from the late 19th century. We look into absinthe's brief history and learn how to prepare it, enjoy it, and how to buy it.

In A Corner in the Occult, we learn about famous author, psychic, medium, and magickian Dion Fortune. Psychic since she was a young child Dion Fortune was a member of the Alpha et Omega and found her own esoteric order towards the end of her life. Still available, her books and teachings continue to inform and inspire occultists and magickians to this day.

We explore the Principle of Gender in our journey through the Kybalion and learn about inherent the necessity of balance which exists in all parts and levels of creation. Similar in notion to the Taoist Yin Yang or in Eliphas Levi's famous in mage of Baphomet.

We memorialize the recent passing of Peter Steele from the band Type O Negative and we hear a song from them as well. We read some of the listener email that has come in since the last episode. We play some great music and see which two lucky listeners will win copies of Stacey Fitzpatrick’s album Forever More. To close we talk about Gender and Deity and look into the issues that they reveal about modern paganism. And more in this fun episode!

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The Goddess and the Grail

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode #012 — The Goddess and the Grail

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we bring South Jersey Pagan Pride Day into the studio as we look into bloodlines, genetics, grail lore, the divine feminine, and what we can learn from it with Foundation Capstone teacher Ken Neuhauser. In many stories, seeking the grail implied a great quest across the landscape to far and distant lands; a seeming impossible goal of immense proportions. In the modern day we learn this is often not the case and is more often an aspect of mythology which has its own lessons to reveal to the seeker of the ancient mysteries.

In A Corner in the Occult we learn all about medium and psychic Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and her organization the Theosophical Society. To this day the influence and legacy of Madame Blavatsky continues to affect the occult, esoteric, and new age communities. Her books, teachings, and experiences still strike at the hearts and lives of many devoted followers over a hundred years later.

Along with all this, I'm finally able to play a song that I’ve been waiting to play since the beginning of this podcast and I play more music by South Jersey singer songwriter Stacey Fitzpatrick whom we met in back in Episode #011 — Coincidence and Synchronicity. Later in the show we find out which two lucky listeners won the first two copies of Stacey's album Forever More. All this and more in this informative and fun episode!

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Coincidence and Synchronicity

The Infinite and the Beyond: Episode #011: Coincidence and Synchronicity

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, in this coincidental episode I explore the Principle of Cause and Effect as we continue with our journey through The Kybalion, which opens a slew of issues for us to analyze and consider as we try and understand the functions of cosmos.

We talk with South Jersey singer songwriter Stacey Fitzpatrick to learn about her music, her spiritual interests, and her passion for professional wrestling. I even play some of her great music during the course of the episode.

In A Corner in the Occult we learn all about influential Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung and his ideas of the Archetype, the Collective Unconscious, and Synchronicity; as we realize how much occultism and the paranormal played a part in his theories and understanding of the human mind.

I read some of the listener email that came in since Episode #010 - Death and Necromancy and we find out which lucky listener won the resin pentacle wall plaque and I announce the music CD contest for Episode 12!

We even talk with local High Priest PanOrpheus about divination and his upcoming workshop at the Ecumenicon Interfaith Conference occurring at the end of March in Potomac, Maryland.

And to close, I try and make sense of all the crazy stuff that we've unearthed during this episode. Enjoy!

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Death and Necromancy

The Infinite and the Beyond: Episode #010: Death and Necromancy

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What does it mean to truly die and what how do those in our lives, past and present, effect our existence? In this extra long episode of The Infinite and the Beyond we talk about death, the greatest rite of passage of them all by addressing its meaning and reality as well as how it affects the meaning of life.

We talk to Ray Sette about being a Psychic Astrologer. We discuss his experiences with the paranormal, death, the afterlife, as well as the current pop culture frenzy surrounding December 21, 2012.

We learn about occult history’s dynamic duo, Dr. John Dee and Sir Edward Kelley, as well as their most influential contribution to western esotericism, Enochian Magic, in A Corner in the Occult.

I read listener email and we find out which two lucky listeners won the goathead wall plaques from Episode #008 – That Old Black Magick. I share some personal stories regarding my experiences with death and medical cadavers.

And to close we discuss necromancy, Spiritualism, ouija boards, electronic voice phenomena (EVP), and I play and breakdown one of my favorite EVPs that I've recorded over the years.

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Pagan Pride Day

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode #009 — Pagan Pride Day

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we show our south Jersey pride by revisiting South Jersey Pagan Pride Day, which occurred back on October 11th, 2009. Despite what you've heard, we learn that Pagan Pride has nothing to do with joining a biker gang! As here on the east coast some people may not be so sure of that fact and we become exposed to the Pagan Pride Project which is an international organization and phenomena.

We speak with Henry Buchy about the Feri Tradition. Henry is a Feri Initiate, teacher and member of The Covenant of Rhiannon, which is a coven based down in the historic town of Cape May New Jersey and is proclaimed as being the oldest etsablished coven in South Jersey Area. He was also one of the presenters at Pagan Pride Day this year!

In A Corner in the Occult, we learn about Gerald Gardner, the Father of Wicca, who was a British civil servant in Malayasia during the early years of the 20th century. He had a great appreciation for native cultures and ritual and was an amatuer anthropologist, author, and world traveler. Strangely enough, he didn't get involved with the British witchcraft tradition until he retired to the New Forest area of England in the 1930s.

We speak with South Jersey Pagan Pride secretary Janet Mays. I read listener letters. And to close I sit back down to recap the day with Amie Tolomeo who we spoke with in Episode #007 - Paganism and Being Pagan. All this and more!

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That Old Black Magick

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode #008 — That Old Black Magick

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In this episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we eplore the darker aspects of occult history by tracing the origins of the black magick tradition to the ancient grimoires and the early years of the Catholic Church in A Corner in the Occult.

We take a personal stab and hopefully kill the concepts of good and evil as we study how they are understood and often applied in one's life. We have some fun with a capital W which addresses a long standing concern of mine.

In our journey through The Kybalion, we look into the Principle of Polarity which addresses polaric concepts and their empty dependence on each other and their illusionary, if not typically superficial, professed separatness.

I read listener email and announce a contest for this episode. I play a variety of show promos in support of the podkin and other podcasts I enjoy. All this and more as we address the controversial idea and existence of black magick from a traditional as well as from a philosophical perspective throughout the entirety of the show.

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Paganism and Being Pagan

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode #007 — Paganism and Being Pagan

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In this episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we have a discussion of the meaning of the word Paganism and explore the idea of being Pagan with Amie Tolomeo co-owner of Sun and Moon a south Jersey Metaphysical Shoppe and co-coordinator of the South Jersey Pagan Pride Day. Amie offers us some wonderful feedback from her own path, life and her experience as a metaphysical store owner and organizer of major local yearly south Jersey event.

I respond to listener email and getting into a personal reveal about paranormal investigation. Like how to spot poor investigative practices, recognize misinformed and disfunctional ghost hunter groups before you even get involved with them, as well as how to debunk paranormal reality television as if that needed to be addressed! If you have a favorite ghost TV show you could be in for a surprise. Check it out!

We learn about Hermes Trismegistus and Hermeticism in A Corner of the Occult. Hermes and his alleged legacy is the foundation for western esotericism, occultism, and modern paganism. The thrice greatest man himself is not to go unrecognized by anyone from the western mystery tradition come and find out why!

We see who won the copy of Arthur Hinds’ album Poetry of Wonder, whom we met in episode six. And as we continue with our journey through The Kybalion we discuss the Principle of Vibration. It's a big episode! Enjoy!

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The Modern Spirit of Paganism

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode #006 — The Modern Spirit of Paganism

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In this episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we learn about the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in A Corner in the Occult. The order itself remains as one of the most influential hermetic mystery orders of its kind. Uniting Hermeticism, Qabalah, ceremonial magick, Rosicrucian teachings and more, into a colorful, elaborate grade based initiatory tradition which continues to inspire and entice many walkers of the western mystery tradition to this day.

We talk with musician Arthur Hinds about his new solo album, Poetry of Wonder and I play "Cast Away" and "Pantheon" from it. Not only is Arthur a solo artist, but he also one of the members of Emerald Rose and very prominent pagan musical group, who has over five albums and has been featured on the documentary Ringers, Lord of the Fans. Arthur was happy to sit with us and discuss his new album, the stories behind some of the music, and his inspiration for them as well.

We see who won the contest from Episode #005 - The Nature of Nature and announce a contest for the next episode. We explore the value of change in honor of International Pagan Values Blogging Month started by PAX over at the Chrysalis Blog. Many religious and spiritual traditions have difficulty adapting to the ever evolving world often due to their theology and cosmology; an issue which seems to be nonexistent in most current forms of paganism.

In our third installment of The Kybalion we go over the Principle of Correspondence. Occultism is often rooted in relationships and the effects and causes of those relationships and the Principle of Correspondence goes over why these connections exist.

Do we have to observe the sabbats as explained in the books we read or are their other ways for us to express our faith? To answer this question, I discuss The Modern Spirit of Paganism, which is a seminar I did for South Jersey's Pagan Pride Day back in 2006. Come and found this out and more in this episode!

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The Nature of Nature

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode #005 — The Nature of Nature

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we have a talk about the nature of magick. What does it take to do magick? What is magick primarily about? How does it relate to our view of existence and how does our perception of existence affect our ability to perform magick? Found out!

We listen to the song "Fade" from the album Normalize by the NYC area band The Evolutionaries. We reflect on the Eliphas Levi segment from Episode #003 - The Secrets of My Success. Was Levi possibly set up by someone? I share a personal tale of Will and relearn an old lesson about heeding one's inner voice.

The first show contest is opened for entries. Upon moving in with my girlfriend I came across some resin wall pentacles that I made several years ago and offer one of them as a prize to a lucky listener! Go here to enter the contest, good luck!

We learn about Samuel Liddell Macgregor Mathers in A Corner in Occult. A major figure in 19th century occultism and magick who was not only the translator of many important magickal texts and documents, he was also an author and one of the founders of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Mathers was also a boxer, enjoyed studying the art of war, and was an early mentor of the famous occultist and magickian Aleister Crowley.

We continue with our journey through The Kybalion as we discuss the Principle of Mentalism. In it we discuss the ideas of thought, manifestation, the world around us, and all that which we create in life. All is mental and we learn about the nature of the universe in this second installment of The Kybalion.

Inspired by a discussion from school and the Keep America Beautiful Commercial from1970 we close this episode with a looking into the nature of nature. What does it mean to live in harmony with nature? What does it mean to honor nature? Are we doing this already or do we need to change our lives to fulfill this aspiration in our paths as pagans?

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