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Explore esotericism, magic, and the occult with Reverend Erik. All of your favorite occultists, astrologers, magicians, and historians of esotericism sit down for casual and informative chats about the bizarre, unusual, and meaningful. Donate ETH at 0xa79b9697Bf482D80f2AA13Ca5Fa4B58C36707CD8

Arnemancy Erik L. Arneson

    • Spirituality
    • 4.3, 12 Ratings

Explore esotericism, magic, and the occult with Reverend Erik. All of your favorite occultists, astrologers, magicians, and historians of esotericism sit down for casual and informative chats about the bizarre, unusual, and meaningful. Donate ETH at 0xa79b9697Bf482D80f2AA13Ca5Fa4B58C36707CD8

    Sexuality and Gender in Paganism with Misha Magdalene

    Sexuality and Gender in Paganism with Misha Magdalene

    Author, pagan, and sorcerer Misha Magdelene joins me to talk about the intersection of gender and sexuality with magic and polytheism. Misha is the author of Outside the Charmed Circle: Exploring Gender & Sexuality in Magical Practice and is also the author behind the Patheos blog, Outside the Charmed Circle. We talk about cracking open the ways we are “programmed” to look at the world and how various esoteric practices seem like a perfect place to explore new ways of looking at the world and deconstructing concepts and cultural cues that most of us are never forced to look at very carefully.
    Our conversation explores gender and sexuality across a variety of esoteric traditions, including Wicca, modern polytheism, ancient religions, Kabbalah, and more. We discuss the art of writing a book, and Misha’s approach to authoring their book. We also discussed how to get started learning about LGBTQ topics and issues, and how to face the fear that keeps us from confronting components of our own identity that might be deeply significant but not of our own making.
    This episode wraps up Season One of the Arnemancy Podcast. Season Two will kick off in September, and in the meantime I will be releasing some bonus material for my Patreon supporters, so head over to the Arnemancy Patreon page and check it out.

    Misha’s book: Outside the Charmed Circle: Exploring Gender & Sexuality in Magical Practice

    Find it at Amazon here.

    Misha’s website
    Their blog, Outside the Charmed Circle
    @mishamagdalene on Twitter
    @mishamagdalene on Instagram
    Their Facebook page
    Gardnerian Wicca
    Anderson Feri tradition
    Annie Lynsen’s Major Arqueerna

    Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy
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    Learning the Zohar with Justin Sledge

    Learning the Zohar with Justin Sledge

    In this episode, I talk with Dr. Justin Sledge, a professor of philosophy focusing on the intersection of philosophy and esotericism. He studied at the University of Amsterdam’s Center for the Study of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents and on top of that, he has a Ph.D. in philosophy. Our discussion focuses on the Zohar and how to study it. The Zohar is a massive text – the Pritzker edition is twelve volumes – and it is a complicated and difficult thing to study.
    Dr. Sledge takes us on a journey through the history of Kabbalah and the Zohar’s place in it. Our conversation includes discussion of Abraham Abulafia, Sabbatai Zevi, the Mandaeans, Moses Cordovero, Daniel Matt, and even some John Dee and Johannes Trithemius. It’s a long episode and it is full of stuff!

    Dr. Justin Sledge’s website
    ESOTERICA channel on YouTube
    NEW! Dr. Sledge created a Zohar Study Tips video after we recorded this episode!
    Get the Pritzker edition of the Zohar!
    Or start with the Midrash ha-Ne’lam in volume X!

    Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy
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    Hermetic Freemasonry with Greg Stewart

    Hermetic Freemasonry with Greg Stewart

    This particular meeting of minds has been a really long time in coming. Greg Stewart joins me for a discussion about postmodernism, Freemasonry, Hermeticism, and the role of sacredness in everyday life. Greg and I have both been Freemasons for a really long time, and we’ve both been active on the Internet talking about Freemasonry, esotericism, and the Western mystery tradition for ages. Amazingly, though our paths may have come close to intersecting, somehow we have never talked before. In this episode, we change that.
    Our conversation explores the early connection between Renaissance Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, and the roots of modern Freemasonry. We discuss religious threads in Freemasonry and how the Masonic approach can help us be accepting of other faiths, beliefs, and approaches to life. We follow every tangent we can get our hands on, too. Expect a wide array of related topics in this lively conversation!

    @GregoryBStewart on Twitter
    Follow Greg on Facebook
    @masonic_traveler on Instagram
    Greg’s blog, The Primitive Rite

    Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Guest Appearance: Voicemail and Platonic Soup with The Alexxcast

    Guest Appearance: Voicemail and Platonic Soup with The Alexxcast

    I’m on the Alexxcast again! Alexx and I talk about productivity, emergency champagne, staying creative during the pandemic, and then we listen to some surprising voicemail. Here’s his description of the episode:
    > Welcome friends to episode 338. Tonight Erik Arneson (@arnemancy) rejoins the show to listen to voicemails, answer questions, and finally unravel the mystery of breakfast cereal.
    Go listen over on The Alexxcast page, or listen here!

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    A Tarot Reading with Aaron Epperson

    A Tarot Reading with Aaron Epperson

    Back in the good old days of My Alchemical Bromance, we had our good friend Aaron Epperson on for a reverse interview. It was a delightful experience pretty early in my days as a podcaster. Now that I am a seasoned, salty veteran of the podcasting world, Aaron has returned to lift our spirits with another extra special appearance. Please join me, Reverend Erik, as I give Aaron his first ever Tarot reading, live on this episode!
    For this reading, I used the Miniature Rider-Waite Tarot Deck from U.S. Games. I linked to the exact deck I use – it looks like there are some low-quality knock-offs of the miniature deck available, but mine is pretty nice. Since I had all of my podcasting equipment on the table, I had to use the tiny cards or there wouldn’t have been any room!

    Please excuse the color correction on this photo. The Hermit was in a shadow and being the masterful photo toucher-upper that I am, I did what I could to make that card more visible.

    Enroll in my new class: Planetary Petitions, Amulets and Sigils!
    Get my other classes as digital downloads!
    Reverse Interview with Aaron Epperson on My Alchemical Bromance
    Book a Tarot reading with me!

    Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Hypnerotomachia and Play with Ted Hand

    Hypnerotomachia and Play with Ted Hand

    Ted Hand is public school teacher and independent scholar of Renaissance Magic. In this episode, he discusses the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and Atalanta Fugiens as influential Renaissance texts and the culture of images. Ted discusses in particular the concept of using these image-heavy texts as vehicles for esoteric or mystical play. He discusses in particular the Atalanta Fugiens as a multimedia text and the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili as almost an architectural handbook.
    This conversation ends up being a deep exploration of the historical culture of the imagination. We discuss alchemy, the Rosicrucians, early Freemasonry, Robert Fludd, Giulio Camillo, image magic, forbidden knowledge, the Art of Memory, and building a relationship with meaningful texts.
    One key bit in this episode is Ted’s explanation of why well-known Renaissance man and architect Leon Battisti Aberti was considered as a potential author of the Hypnerotomachia before scholars seemed to settle on Francisco Colonna.
    Along the way, Ted and I discuss different definitions and approaches to meditation in the history of Western esotericism, and we talk about the role of imagination and visions in meditative practice. This in particular might be one of the greatest lesson
    This episode is the second in a series on the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and serves to help introduce the audience to the thinking, culture, and scholarship around this remarkable book and its lasting effect on our culture. Check below for show notes and for Ted’s recommended reading list.

    @t3dy on Twitter
    Pico and Dick with Ted Hand (podcast)
    Joscelyn Godwin’s English translation of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
    Robert Dallington’s aborted English translation of 1592 (at Project Gutenberg)
    Scans of the 1499 first edition of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (at the Internet Archive)
    Atalanta Fugiens by Michael Maier (at the Internet Archive)
    Arnemancy’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili Series

    Reading List

    Bilak, Donna. “Playful Humanism in Atalanta fugiens (1618)”. 2017. https://italianacademy.columbia.edu/paper/playful-humanism-atalanta-fugiens-1618
    Cruz, Esteban Alejandro. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: Re-Discovering Antiquity Through The Dreams Of Poliphilus. 2006.
    Griggs, Tamara. “Promoting the past: The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili as antiquarian enterprise”. https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/griggs/files/wordimage.pdf
    Russell, James, Charles. ‘Many Other Things Worthy of Knowledge and Memory’: The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and its Annotators, 1499-1700. (2014). etheses.dur.ac.uk/10757/
    Rogers, Dionysius. A Renaissance Seduction of Memory: Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia as Counter-Edification.
    Tufte, Edward. Beautiful Evidence.
    Warner, Marina. Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds: Ways of Telling the Self.
    https://en.chessbase.com/post/francesco-colonna-first-human-chess-reference (same website has the acrostic)
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315117781_A_Dreamt_Feast_Culinary_Marvels_in_the_Hypnerotomachia_Poliphili (banquet in chapter nine, late medieval and early renaissance feasting practices)
    Hasler, Johann F.W. “Performative and Multimedia Aspects of Late-Renaissance Meditative Alchemy: The Case of Michael Maier’s Atalanta Fugiens (1617)”, (Revista de Estudios Sociales. April, 2011). https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/articulo?codigo=3439874
    Szonyi, György E. “Architectural Symbolism and Fantasy Landscapes in Alchemical and Occult Discourse: Revelatory Images”, in Emblems & Alchemy, Alison Adams, and Stanton J. Linden, (eds.), (Glasgow Emblem Studies, 1998).
    Bolzoni, Lina. “The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo: Alchemy, Rhetoric, and Deification in the Renaissance”, in Lux in Tenebris: The Visual and the Symbolic in Western Esotericism, (Brill, Aries Book Series, Volume: 23, 2018).

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GingeWitch ,

Excellent and doesn’t take itself too seriously

Rev Erik has such breadth and depth of knowledge and experience directly related to the work he’s done throughout the years, digestion of significant amount of teachings and writings, and being a practitioner. He’s funny and a great teacher. Must listen.

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If you want to unravel the cloth of the mysterious vail and peer behind curtain in the chamber of the great and powerful Wizard this series is for you!

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Like My Alchemical Bromance? You’ll love this always insightful, poignant, and funny! Keep up the awesomeness!

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