63 episodes

Some of the best stories are told at the dinner table with a delicious meal and good company. Dine with the Divine is a one stop shop if you crave conversations of mythology, magic, history and culture! Once a week, Ashley and a guest honor gods, sages, saints and iconic figures through storytelling, food, and drink. In the words of a Mexican proverb, "Conversation is food for the soul." Pull up a chair and come dine with us!

Dine with the Divine Ashley Oppon

    • Religion & Spirituality

Some of the best stories are told at the dinner table with a delicious meal and good company. Dine with the Divine is a one stop shop if you crave conversations of mythology, magic, history and culture! Once a week, Ashley and a guest honor gods, sages, saints and iconic figures through storytelling, food, and drink. In the words of a Mexican proverb, "Conversation is food for the soul." Pull up a chair and come dine with us!

    Hades, His Rivers and His Queen with Jamie Waggoner

    Hades, His Rivers and His Queen with Jamie Waggoner

    In this enlightening and engaging episode of 'Woof, Woof! Time with the Divine,' host Ashley is joined by Jamie Waggoner, author of 'Hades, Myth, Magic, and Modern Devotion.' They delve into the depths of Greek mythology, particularly focusing on Hades, the Greek underworld, and the love story of Hades and Persephone. Jamie discusses her path into paganism, her work with goddess traditions, and offers practical deity work tips.
    00:00 Introduction and Episode Overview
    00:25 Guest Introduction: Jamie Waggoner
    10:07 Dish of the Week: Greek Meatballs in Pomegranate Sauce
    13:13 Tea Time: Exploring the Greek Underworld
    13:37 Hades: The Unseen One
    46:03 The Story of Hades and Persephone
    Jamie Waggoner is a Pagan priestess, philosopher, writer, and teacher. Jamie has studied esoteric and occult subjects since 1995. She holds a BA in philosophy, magna c*m laude, from the University of Idaho and Kingian Nonviolence Level I Trainer Certification from the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation.

    Jamie uses her skills and experience gained over twenty years of magical praxis to lead workshops, rituals, sacred circles, and study programs. Her work as a priestess is highlighted in the Red Tent documentary film (2012) and the Goddess on Earth Oracle (2021).

    In addition to her independent projects, Jamie is a cofounder and teacher for Way of the Weaver, an inclusive program of magical inquiry, social justice, and community building. She has been a devotee of Hades since 2016. Visit her online at jamiewaggoner.com.
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    Hades: Myth, Magic and Modern Devotion — Jamie Michelle WaggonerGreek Meatballs in Pomegranate Sauce (Keftedes me Rodi) - Kopiaste..to Greek Hospitality
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    Copyright 2024 Ashley Oppon

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Tattoos and Freya, The Norse Goddess of War, Sex and Cats with Carly Ryan

    Tattoos and Freya, The Norse Goddess of War, Sex and Cats with Carly Ryan

    In this episode of Dime With Divine, host Ashley explores the realms of old tattoos and the Norse goddess Freya. Special guest Carly, a hand poke tattoo artist and founder of Rosemary Inc., shares her journey into tattooing, starting from college experiments to writing a thesis on the stigma surrounding tattoos in Western culture. Carly discusses the concept of intuitive tattooing, the process of hand poke tattoos, and the spiritual and healing aspects involved, including the use of ritual tattoos and Reiki-infused ink. The conversation also delves into the history of tattooing across different cultures, detailing some of the oldest known tattoos and their meanings. The episode shifts focus to Freya, highlighting her significance in Norse mythology as a goddess of love, beauty, and fertility, and the importance of her iconic necklace, Brísingamen. The show wraps up with details on how listeners can connect with Carly and Rosemary Inc. for unique tattooing experiences.
    00:28 Meet Carly: A Unique Tattoo Artist's Journey
    04:27 The Art and Ritual of Tattooing with Carly
    21:43 Diving into Tattoo History
    36:05 Story Time: Tattoos as Talismans
    37:41 Freya: The Norse Goddess of Many Aspects
    47:19 Concluding Thoughts and Guest Insights
    Carly, the creative force behind Rosemary Ink, is a hand poke tattoo artist with a passion for bringing unique and meaningful designs to life. Rosemary Ink specializes in Intuitive Tattooing, Permanent Make-up, flash sales & custom work. She is currently operating inside of Upper Cuts Salon in Goshen, NY by appointment only. Carly's goal is to provide a safe, personal, and intimate tattooing experience, where every client is supported in revealing their most authentic self. She firmly believes that tattoos are sacred tools capable of awakening inner confidence and facilitating a deeper connection to self-expression through wearable art.
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    Copyright 2024 Ashley Oppon

    • 50 min
    Theurgy, Philosophy and Esotericism with Chris Lyon

    Theurgy, Philosophy and Esotericism with Chris Lyon

    A discussion with Chris Lyon on Neoplatonism, shamanism, and hermetic ideas, exploring ancient wisdom, the transformative power of divine encounters, and the interplay between spirituality and neurology. Together, these conversations offer insights into the continuous pursuit of wisdom and understanding in both the known and unknown realms of the spiritual journey.
    00:00 Welcome to Dine with the Divine: Exploring Mysticism and Philosophy
    00:27 Introducing Chris Lyon: Archaeologist and Philosopher
    01:04 Diving Deep into Philosophy: From Ancient Wisdom to Modern Interpretations
    04:47 The Mystical Roots of Greek Philosophy: Unveiling the Shamanistic Origins
    11:06 Plato's Vision: Philosophy as a Lived Experience and the Cultivation of Wisdom
    19:37 Reimagining the Divine: Plato's Influence and the Evolution of Religious Thought
    34:57 Rituals, Sacrifices, and Connecting with the Divine: A Modern Interpretation
    39:10 Exploring Gratitude and Family Values
    40:15 Philosophical Insights: Plato, Socrates, and the Oracle of Delphi
    43:14 The Complexity of Knowing and Consciousness
    54:09 Diving Deeper into Shamanism and Animal Consciousness
    01:05:55 The Divine Experience: Trauma, Transformation, and Wisdom
    I'm Chris, I'm an archaeologist and researcher with a focus on Egyptian and Greek philosophy and wisdom literature. I'm interested in the development of Hermetic ideas and the Egyptian origins of Theurgy.
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    Mythology | Podcast on SpotifyThe Magicians Khamwaset and Meryra - TheTorah.comKhaemweset - WikipediaMagic in the Ancient World: Egyptian Deities and UsesNeo-Platonism | Internet Encyclopedia of PhilosophyPlato | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
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    Copyright 2024 Ashley Oppon

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Divination and the story of Jason and Medea with Laylla and Chelle from Back on the Broomstick

    Divination and the story of Jason and Medea with Laylla and Chelle from Back on the Broomstick

    'Dine with the Divine,' features a discussion on the integration of mythology, like Medea's tale, into contemporary witchcraft, highlighting divination, nature's significance, and personal intuition. A special focus on dandelions connects magical and culinary arts, embodying themes of trust, fate, and self-reliance as seen through Medea's story. The second part retells Medea's myth, emphasizing her emotional journey, the complexities of love, betrayal, and her quest for revenge against Jason. This narrative reveals themes of female empowerment and the societal vilification of women, portraying Medea's actions as a reclaiming of power and exploring the psychological effects of betrayal. The script aims to bring together ancient tales and their relevance to modern-day spiritual practices, discussing how stories like Medea's influence and inspire current witchcraft rituals.
    00:34 Special Guests: Layla and Chelle from Back to the Broomstick
    18:03 Dandelions: The Magical and Edible Wonder
    56:01 The Story of Medea: A Tale of Power, Betrayal, and Revenge
    01:21:02 Concluding Thoughts: The Impact of Medea's Story
    Back on the Broomstick is a weekly podcast covering modern pagan and witchcraft practices. The show is the brainchild of two witch friends with decades of experience under their belts. This podcast is more than just a discussion; it's a journey of reconnection. After years immersed in the mundane, our hosts are diving back into the mystical, re-walking the path of the wise, and exploring the ever-evolving world of modern witchcraft and pagan practices.
    Through discussions, interviews with authors and prominent pagans, book and tool reviews, "Back on the Broomstick" aims to be a modern witch's spoken word grimoire. Each episode is a magical exploration where our hosts reconnect with their pagan roots, trying out the latest spells, rituals, and delving deep into magical theory. It's a blend of 90s witchcraft and contemporary practices, making it a must-listen for both seasoned witches and newcomers to the path. Join us on this enchanting journey back to that oh so witchy life.
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    Jason - WikipediaMethods of divination - Wikipedia60+ Dandelion Recipes ~ Food, Drinks, Remedies & MoreThe science of dandelions is real-life magic | Varsity
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    Copyright 2024 Ashley Oppon

    • 1 hr 23 min
    John the Conqueror and The Goddess Oya with Mawyiah Kai El-Jamah

    John the Conqueror and The Goddess Oya with Mawyiah Kai El-Jamah

    This comprehensive discussion, hosted by Ashley in 'Dine with the Divine,' features Mawiyah L., a transformative figure in spirituality and an advocate for marginalized communities. As an eighth-generation witch, educator, and priestess of Oya within the Yoruba system, Mawiyah shares her spiritual journey, including her early experiences with spirits, her impactful work in empowering women through Hoodoo, and her efforts to authentically represent African culture in spirituality. Her book 'Conjuring the Calabash' and podcast 'Fish Head in Red Gravy' underline her commitment to elevating the esoteric experiences of black and brown individuals, and those in the LGBTQ community. The conversation also delves into the importance of community support and gratitude, encouraging audience engagement and highlighting Maui's activism, especially for queer daughters. The series epitomizes the fusion of personal spiritual practice with broader community advocacy.
    00:24 Introducing Mawiyakai L.: A Journey into Spirituality and Magic
    01:43 Mawiyo's Spiritual Awakening and Journey
    33:12 Exploring Brazilian Cuisine: A Tribute to Oya
    36:08 Diving into Folklore: The Power of John the Conqueror
    49:22 Unveiling the Mysteries of Oya: The Orisha of Wind and Storms
    Mawiyah Kai El-Jamah Bomani is an award-winning writer, educator, and spirit woman. Mawiyah is an eighth-generation Witch, Egun Medium, and Priestess of OYA in the Yoruba system of spirituality. Mawiyah’s writings have appeared in Thicker Than Water, The Crab Orchard Review, Beyond The Frontier, Family Portraits, African Voices, and Essence Magazine. Mawiyah is the host of FishHeadsinRedGravy, a podcast dedicated to celebrating marginalized people of the esoteric/occult world. Mawiyah is the author of the newly released Conjuring the Calabash: Empowering Women with Hoodoo Spells and Magick, published by Llewellyn Worldwide.
    These days, Mawiyah may be working on her Middle-Grade series titled The Cool Beans Ghost Hunter Society, exploring the inclusiveness of special needs superhuman teens, or hosting the podcast FishHeadsinRedGravy dedicated to celebrating marginalized Black and Brown people of the esoteric/occult world.



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    Brazilian Black-Eyed Pea and Shrimp Fritters: Acarajé RecipeHigh John the Conqueror Root in Magic SpellsThe grand myth of John the Conqueror – Malcolm's Round Table
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Puritans and Jack Parsons with Heather of Magic in the US

    Puritans and Jack Parsons with Heather of Magic in the US

    This narrative explores the life of John Whiteside Parsons, a pioneering rocket engineer and co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Aerojet Engineering Corporation, who also deeply engaged in occult practices and the propagation of Thelema in the US. Despite contributing significantly to rocket science, Parsons' involvement with the OTO, his relationships, and controversial life events, including his interactions with L. Ron Hubbard and his mysterious death, underscore the complexities of his character. The broader discussion reflects on the impact of belief systems on society, the importance of open-mindedness towards diverse spiritual practices, and the cultural and historical significance of occultism and esoteric beliefs. The narrative encourages a respectful exploration of various belief systems while considering the intricate relationship between science, spirituality, and personal beliefs.
    00:00 Welcome to Dive with the Divine: A Magical Journey Begins
    00:23 Introducing Heather: A Deep Dive into Magic and Witchcraft
    01:15 Heather's Magical Origins: From New Jersey Woods to Witchcraft
    21:06 Listener Stories and Engagement: Introducing 'Last Call'
    22:07 Dish of the Week: A Culinary Time Travel to Puritan Kitchens
    26:44 Puritan Magic and Folk Practices: A Historical Overview
    38:39 Jack Parsons: From Rocket Science to Occult Practices
    Host of Magic in the United States, Freeman has been fascinated by magic, witchcraft, religion, and spirituality since a kid. In 2020, Freeman created the movie-turned-podcast series Familiar Shapes about the early modern English witch trials and bots on social media. In Magic, she turns her sights towards her own home and time travels to explore some of America’s most riveting — and at times devastating — stories of magic, spirituality, religion, and the occult.
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    Cooking — MayflowerHistory.comJack Parsons - WikipediaOccult in America
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    Copyright 2024 Ashley Oppon

    • 1 hr 24 min

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