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Host Marla Brooks stirs the cauldron every Thursday night at 9:00 PM ET on Para X with interesting guests from both the Pagan and Paranormal realms.

Stirring the Cauldron Marla Brooks

    • Religion & Spirituality

Host Marla Brooks stirs the cauldron every Thursday night at 9:00 PM ET on Para X with interesting guests from both the Pagan and Paranormal realms.

    The Rev and Witch Show-Tim's Announcement

    The Rev and Witch Show-Tim's Announcement

    This week's Rev and Witch was pretty much off the cuff. We planned on Tim giving everyone some long-awaited good news, but the rest we left to chance. As it turned out, we and the chat room talked about a slew of different things in the metaphysical and mundane worlds like belief systems, intent and manifestation, spell casting, good versus evil in magical works and the two hours flew by. So tune in and hear Tim's announcement and a lot of interesting discussions as well.

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Paul Davids-The Life After Death Project

    Paul Davids-The Life After Death Project

    In this episode of The Rev and Witch show, we talk with author/producer/director Paul Davids about what happens when his good friend and steadfast atheist dies and discovers he was wrong about life after death. Although he was a world famous futurist and a pioneering promoter of science fiction books and films, Forrest J. Ackerman never believed in an afterlife of the soul, the spirit or the mind. Nonetheless, he promised a few respected colleagues that if it were to turn out that he was mistaken, which he sincerely doubted, then if it were possible he would try to send messages from the beyond. Davids describes some of the more than 100 incidents of Ackerman's unusual and uncanny messages and phenomena from the other side in this riveting and thought provoking episode.

    • 1 hr 55 min
    A.P. Sylvia - Vampires of Lore

    A.P. Sylvia - Vampires of Lore

    Vampire. The word immediately conjures up bloodstained fangs, an aversion to sunlight, bats, garlic, and wooden stakes. These undead immortals have haunted our favorite books, television shows, and movies for decades. This exploration of a seemingly supernatural topic delves into past traditions around the world and how those traditions have affected our pop-culture modern-day monster. Explore belief systems as well as origins of various notions we all seem to have about vampires, and unearth the bloody dirt about this mystical creature. Discover differences and similarities between the realm of folklore and what modern media has taught us. Did villagers really use wooden stakes, garlic, and mirrors? What about vampires turning into bats or hypnotizing victims? Did they really shape shift into dogs, and sleep in coffins? And do vampires really have fangs? You might be surprised! This was a really fun and interesting show that you really will enjoy.

    • 58 min
    Ian White-Witchcraft and Black Magic in British Cult Cinema

    Ian White-Witchcraft and Black Magic in British Cult Cinema

    As part of the Hemlock Horror Companion Series of Books, Witchcraft and Black Magic in British Cult Cinema, Ian White discusses the role of witchcraft and the occult in the cult classics of British horror cinema’s Golden Age. The rites and practices of pagan religions have always been a key component of the horror film and by examining the sources of classics such as Night of the Demon, The Devil Rides Out and The Wicker Man. We talked about many other classic films during the podcast as well, and anyone who either listens to the podcast or has seen any of the movies he talk about will agree with the comment that fact definitely is often more frightening than fiction.

    • 51 min
    Tomas Prower - Morbid Magic

    Tomas Prower - Morbid Magic

    Written with a mix of reverence, approachability, and deadpan wit by a funeral industry insider, Morbid Magic is the first multi-cultural guide to death spirituality and traditions from all over the world and from different historical eras. Tomás Prower presents an impressive array of topics, including each culture's views on the hereafter, mourning periods, the deceased's legacy, handling of remains, and more.

    Discover the lore and magic of death, both on the physical and spiritual planes. Explore hands-on activities, spells, and prayers that will open your eyes to new practices. Experience personal stories and anecdotes by modern people from various regions and religions. This fascinating book makes death a more approachable topic and helps you understand and utilize the profound wisdom of cultures around the globe. From Judaism in the Middle East to shamanism in East Asia, Morbid Magic presents an amazing, in-depth look at how the world deals with death.

    • 56 min
    John L. Steadman - H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magical Tradition

    John L. Steadman - H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magical Tradition

    Modern practicing occultists have argued that renowned horror writer H. P. Lovecraft was in possession of in-depth knowledge of black magick. Literary scholars claim that he was a master of his genre and craft, and his findings are purely psychological, nothing more. Was Lovecraft a practitioner of the dark arts himself? Was he privileged to knowledge that cannot be otherwise explained?
    Weaving the life story of Lovecraft in and out of an analysis of various modern magickal systems, scholar John L. Steadman has found direct and concrete examples that demonstrate that Lovecraft's works and specifically his Cthulhu Mythos and his creation of the Necronomicon are a legitimate basis for a working magickal system.nWhether you believe Lovecraft had supernatural powers or not, no one can argue against Lovecraft's profound influence on many modern black arts and the darker currents of western occultism.

    • 57 min

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