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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

    Marginalia with James Russell

    Marginalia with James Russell

    Dr. James Russell joins me for the third episode in my series on the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Dr. Russell is a book historian in Phoenix, Arizona. He completed his doctorate at the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Durham University in the UK. James is interested in how material texts shape spiritual experiences. Focusing on early modern esoteric and contemplative literature, he studies the traces readers have left behind in books and manuscripts in order to reconstruct the reading experiences of the past.
    Marginalia in the Buffalo copy of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, what Dr. Russell describes as a “DVD menu”.In his dissertation, Dr. Russell wrote, “Instead of merely being viewed as an art object, the HP was a text in which readers engaged extensively with both word and image.”1 We discuss the HP as a used text as evidenced by its marginalia, like a “humanist activity book” filled with pen-and-paper intellectual games, whether or not the author intended it to be.
    James also leads us through an exploration of several of the commentators of early editions of the HP, including two alchemists, a botanist, and Pope Alexander VII. This conversation opens up so many new avenues that make this remarkable book worth exploring and enjoying.
    When James first approached me, he mentioned The Book that Nobody Read by Owen Gingerich. Gingerich attempts to trace the influence of Copernicus’s De Revolutionibus using marginalia. I was also a fan of Gingerich’s book, so I knew right away we would have plenty to talk about. Please enjoy this episode and don’t be afraid to write in your books!
    Links

    Dr. Russell’s dissertation, `Many Other Things Worthy of Knowledge and Memory’: The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and its Annotators, 1499-1700
    Dr. Russell is on Twitter!
    Thrift Store Book History on YouTube (it’s just a placeholder for now!)
    The rest of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili episodes

    Citations and Resources
    Here is a list of sources that Dr. Russell used in preparing his notes for the interview.
    Primary Sources

    Le Tableau des riches Inventions…dans le songe de Poliphile (Paris: Guillemot, 1600).
    This is the openly alchemical 1600 edition of the HP
    D’Espagnet, Jean, Enchiridion Physicae Restitutae (Paris: Widow N. de Sercy, 1642, 3rd edn).
    Nazari, Giovan Battista, Della tramutatione metallica sogni tre (Brescia: Pietro Maria Marchetti, 1599). English translation: Three Dreams on the Transmutation of Metals, trans. Doug Skinner (Glasgow: Magnum Opus Hermeticum Sourceworks, 2002).
    A very HP-like alchemical allegory
    Quintilian, Institutio oratoria, ed. and trans. H.E.Butler (London: Heinemann, 1963).  

    On Marginalia:

    Barney, Stephen A., Annotation and Its Texts (Oxford-New York: Oxford University Press, 1991). 
    Jackson, Heather J., Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books (Yale University Press: New Haven and London, 2005)
    Jardine, Lisa and Anthony Grafton, ‘“Studied for Action”: How Gabriel Harvey Read His Livy’, Past & Present 129 (1990), pp. 30-78.  
    Sherman, William H., Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007).  

    Other Secondary Sources

    Doody, Aude, Pliny’s Encyclopedia: The Reception of the Naturalis historia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).   
    Eco, Umberto, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, trans. Geoffrey Brock (London: Vintage Books, 2005).  
    Fierz-David, Linda, The Dream of Poliphilo: The Soul in Love (Dallas, TX: Spring Publications, 1987).
    A Jungian reading of Poliphilus and Polia as Animus/Anima
    Freud, Sigmund, The Interpretation of Dreams (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999)  
    Heckscher, William S., ‘Bernini’s Elephant and Obelisk’, Art Bulletin 29 (1947), pp. 155-82
    Jung, Carl, Psychology and Alchemy (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1953) 
    Kenny, N., The Palace of Secrets:

    • 1 hr 1 min
    2021 Forecast with T. Susan Chang and Andrew B. Watt (Part 2)

    2021 Forecast with T. Susan Chang and Andrew B. Watt (Part 2)

    This is the second part of the 2021 Forecast episodes! Once again, I am joined by my two very amazing friends, cartomancer T. Susan Chang and astrologer Andrew B. Watt! In this episode, we cover July through December of 2021. You can find part one here.
    2020 was a rotting radioactive carcass, belching toxic fumes out of a larger burning radioactive carcass, and when Andrew and I did our forecast last year, we were far too optimistic, even when the cards and charts showed us some scary stuff. This time, hopefully we are all more realistic.
    Note that there are two special treats for you accompanying this episode:

    All of us are offering a 20% discount on readings through January 5th with the code BIGFLUSH-20 and you can find links to all of our divination offerings below.
    There is a PDF document with charts and cards that goes along with this episode and part 2. You can get access to it by becoming a Patreon supporter of the Arnemancy Podcast, the Fortune’s Wheelhouse Podcast, or Andrew B. Watt.

    T. Susan Chang
    T. Susan Chang bought her first tarot deck at a Barnes & Noble in New York, where she moonlighted as a reader while working in academic publishing. After leaving the city, she took her practice underground for many years, re-surfacing in 2015 and taking up the systematic study of esoteric correspondences in tarot.

    Along with deck creator Mel Meleen, Susie hosts the Fortune’s Wheelhouse esoteric tarot podcast, which explores imagery and symbolism in the Rider-Waite-Smith and Thoth decks.
    She is the creator of the Arcana Case® for tarot decks, which can be found on her Etsy page, along with her line of esoteric perfumes.
    She reads tarot in person at the Inspirit Crystal shop in Northampton, Massachusetts
    Her online Tarot course, “The Living Tarot,” course can be found on her website.

    Her interest in tarot is wide-ranging and passionate, and has included:

    Setting up 78 Spotify playlists for those interested in card-appropriate music
    memorizing astrological correspondences for the minor arcana while swimming laps
    writing tarot haiku and spells
    maintaining a sprawling Card-of-the-Day-tracking database (complete with elemental, astrological, and kabbalistical frequency and percentage pie charts).

    She attempts to learn Hebrew approximately once every 15 months and has been known to spontaneously arrange her pancakes into a Tree of Life formation.
    When not engaged in tarot-adjacent activity, she teaches writing at Smith College, and writes occasionally about food and cookbooks. She lives in western New England with her husband, two children, and a variable number of chickens.
    Andrew B. Watt
    Andrew Watt is an astrologer, poet and artist living in western Massachusetts. He works in textiles, wood and words to produce objects for practical magic and mysterious practicality, and seeks the honest wisdom found in the life of an artisan.

    Main website
    An Astrological Almanac for 2021
    Patreon account
    Amazon author page
    Etsy website
    Twitter handle
    Tumblr handle

    Other Links

    2020 Forecast Part 1
    2020 Forecast Part 2
    A Small Collection of Specialized Spreads, Volume Two
    Get a Tarot reading by email from Reverend Erik
    Get a video Tarot reading from Reverend Erik

    Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy
    Listen on Podcrypt

    • 1 hr 16 min
    2021 Forecast with Andrew B. Watt and T. Susan Chang (Part 1)

    2021 Forecast with Andrew B. Watt and T. Susan Chang (Part 1)

    The new year is upon us! Once again, I have invited friends to help me try to forecast the future. Here is the exciting part: I am joined by my two very amazing friends, T. Susan Chang and Andrew B. Watt! Together, we create a forecast for 2021 using astrology from Andrew and Tarot cards from Susie.
    2020 was a rolling pile of crap, set aflame in a giant dumpster painted like a TARDIS, and when Andrew and I did our forecast last year, we were far too optimistic, even when the cards and charts showed us some scary stuff. This time, hopefully we are all more realistic.
    Part 1 of the Forecast covers the first half of 2021, from January to June.
    Note that there are two special take-aways from this episode:

    All of us are offering a 20% discount on readings through January 5th with the code BIGFLUSH-20 and you can find links to all of our divination offerings below.
    There is a PDF document with charts and cards that goes along with this episode and part 2. You can get access to it by becoming a Patreon supporter of the Arnemancy Podcast, the Fortune’s Wheelhouse Podcast, or Andrew B. Watt.

    Andrew B. Watt
    Andrew Watt is an astrologer, poet and artist living in western Massachusetts. He works in textiles, wood and words to produce objects for practical magic and mysterious practicality, and seeks the honest wisdom found in the life of an artisan.

    Main website
    An Astrological Almanac for 2021
    Patreon account
    Amazon author page
    Etsy website
    Twitter handle
    Tumblr handle

    T. Susan Chang
    T. Susan Chang bought her first tarot deck at a Barnes & Noble in New York, where she moonlighted as a reader while working in academic publishing. After leaving the city, she took her practice underground for many years, re-surfacing in 2015 and taking up the systematic study of esoteric correspondences in tarot.

    Along with deck creator Mel Meleen, Susie hosts the Fortune’s Wheelhouse esoteric tarot podcast, which explores imagery and symbolism in the Rider-Waite-Smith and Thoth decks.
    She is the creator of the Arcana Case® for tarot decks, which can be found on her Etsy page, along with her line of esoteric perfumes.
    She reads tarot in person at the Inspirit Crystal shop in Northampton, Massachusetts
    Her online Tarot course, “The Living Tarot,” can be found on her website.

    Her interest in tarot is wide-ranging and passionate, and has included:

    Setting up 78 Spotify playlists for those interested in card-appropriate music
    memorizing astrological correspondences for the minor arcana while swimming laps
    writing tarot haiku and spells
    maintaining a sprawling Card-of-the-Day-tracking database (complete with elemental, astrological, and kabbalistical frequency and percentage pie charts).

    She attempts to learn Hebrew approximately once every 15 months and has been known to spontaneously arrange her pancakes into a Tree of Life formation.
    When not engaged in tarot-adjacent activity, she teaches writing at Smith College, and writes occasionally about food and cookbooks. She lives in western New England with her husband, two children, and a variable number of chickens.
    Other Links

    2020 Forecast Part 1
    2020 Forecast Part 2
    A Small Collection of Specialized Spreads, Volume Two
    Get a Tarot reading by email from Reverend Erik
    Get a video Tarot reading from Reverend Erik

    Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy
    Listen on Podcrypt

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Abaton of Asklepios

    The Abaton of Asklepios

    This episode of the podcast visits the Abaton of Asklepios to incubate a dream from the god for the purposes of healing. This is not a typical episode, and is intended to be used as an episode to help you get to sleep while also performing dream magic and oneiromancy.
    The first segment of this episode will give you instructions on preparing your ritual space and explaining the ritual. Relevant parts of those instructions are included below just in case you want to get a jump start on things before listening to the episode.
    The second segment is the ritual itself. I look forward to hearing feedback about this episode. Please send me reports of your results with this new and unusual experiment!
    Preparing Your Abaton
    To prepare for your dream incubation, you will want the following items available.

    Pen and paper next to your bed and within easy reach of your sleeping area.
    A bed with fresh bedding.
    Frankincense incense or essential oil in a diffuser
    Flickering LED candles (because you can’t leave real candles burning!)
    An image of Asklepios or the rod of Asklepios.
    Food and drink as an offering to the god.

    Incubation Ritual Steps
    These steps are explained in the podcast and are typed out here to make things easier for you.

    Change your bedding and clean your sleeping area.
    Hang the image of Asklepios or his rod over the head of your bed.
    Write your healing wish on a piece of paper, and put that paper under your pillow.
    Light the frankincense and LED candles.
    Take a ritual shower or bath with the intent of cleansing yourself to enter the dream abaton.
    Enter your sleeping area reverently.
    Perform your usual ritual opening; if you do not have one, at least offer a prayer to the Most High.
    Get into bed and listen to the rest of the podcast.

    My Gratitude
    This is a very different sort of episode and it stretched my skills and got me to work in new ways. I couldn’t have done it without the help of these fine folks:

    T. Susan Chang
    Matt Anthony (also follow him on Instagram!)
    Hermanubis Lodge of the Hermetic Federation
    My wonderful Patreon supporters

    Sources

    Orphic hymn №66 to Asklepios
    Orphic hymn №85 to the Divinity of Dreams (Oneiroi)
    Greek Magical Papyri (PGM) VII. 628-42 and VII. 664-85
    Description of Greece by Pausanias

    Links

    Who is Asclepius?
    Asklepios on the Theoi Project

    Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy
    Listen on Podcrypt

    • 50 min
    Hermetica with Sam Block

    Hermetica with Sam Block

    There is a good chance that you are already familiar with my guest on this episode. Sam Block, AKA @polyphanes, is the prolific genius behind the Digital Ambler, his blog covering a wide swath of esoteric and occult topics. Earlier this year, he took on the ambitious project of completing his own translation of the third book of the Corpus Hermeticum, the collection of classical philosophical texts that forms the core of Hermeticism.
    We begin this episode with a discussion about the nature of the Corpus Hermeticum and the Hermetica in general, and then we get into Sam’s project. We talk about his inspiration, the challenges of the translation, and what he learned through the experience. We discuss stories of creation in the Hermetica, how we use Hermetic concepts in our practices, and how to learn this stuff.
    This conversation ranges from the relaxed to the serious, from the frivolous to the deeply thoughtful. I am releasing it the week of Thanksgiving in the United States in the hopes that our conversation will add something special to everybody’s lazy holiday.
    Links

    Sam’s translation and commentary on Corpus Hermeticum III
    The Digital Ambler
    @polyphanes on Twitter
    Sam’s Etsy shop
    Sam’s writing on the Heart Sutra
    Copenhaver’s Hermetica
    Salaman’s Way of Hermes
    My blog post about Corpus Hermeticum XIII
    Sam Block on Geomancy and the PGM (back on My Alchemical Bromance)

    Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy
    Listen on Podcrypt

    • 1 hr 14 min
    True Nature with Rafa Martinelli

    True Nature with Rafa Martinelli

    Rafa Martinelli is a musician, podcaster, sound healer, and meditation guide. His intuition and curiosity led him to transcendental experiences which awakened in him the quest to remember who we are and how to become more of who we are. In this episode, he joins me from Uruguay to discuss his spiritual journey and how we can address the great secret of our true nature.
    Rafa’s story is fascinating, and involves adventures and travels with a Taoist doctor of Chinese medicine. We discuss psychedelics, spiritual dimensions, meditation, surrender, and how our ego tends to get in the way.
    Links

    Rafa’s podcast on YouTube
    Rafa’s music on Bandcamp
    @atmanrafa on Instagram
    Reverend Erik’s guest appearance on Mystic Times

    Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy
    Listen on Podcrypt

    • 59 min

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