A weekly podcast about magic, culture and the paranormal. Coming to you from Tasmania
Talking Microanimism | Dr Siv Watkins
Microbiologist, teacher and ritualist, Dr Siobhan Watkins joins the show this week.
We have a really great chat about the how and why of coming into right relation with the microbial world, what all forms of biology look like from an animist perspective and the ancestral implications of being a composite being.
Awesome discussion. Enjoy!
Show Notes Microanimism website. Thinking Like A Plague course. Siv on instagram.
Talking Yagé, Ayahuasca, Spirits and Ecology | Jonathon Miller Weisberger
Ethnobotanist, ecologist, author and teacher Jonathon Miller Weisberger joins us this week.
We talk about growing up in Ecuador, living among various Amazonian nations, ecology, eco-spirituality, environmental activism and the difference between ayahuasca and yagé -among many, many other topics (including being dispatched by Terence McKenna to buy a paddleboat).
This is an amazing and lengthy chat which I have wanted to have since reading Jonathon's book, Rainforest Medicine, a few years ago. And we are having the conversation now because Jonathon is convening three upcoming series of yagé ceremonies at his amazing facility in Costa Rice known as Ocean Forest Ecolodge in April, May and June 2021. I mention it at the opening of the audio-only version of the show and then we discuss it again toward the end of the episode in both the audio and video versions.
Details and dates in the show notes!
Details on Rainforest Medicine the book, as well as the yagé ceremonies. April 24 – May 1 (option to add 3 days til May 4) May 29 – June 5 June 6 – June 12 Learn more and book your ceremony. Don Pablo's copal ceremony. Ocean Forest Ecolodge video tour.
Talking Playing Card Divination | Camelia Elias
One of our most popular returning guests joins us again this week.
Denmark's very own Queen of Swords is back to talk about the latest book in her Read Like The Devil series, which is about something near and dear to my own heart (and diamonds), fortune telling with playing cards!
So we discuss the in's and out's of the various suits, how significators work in playing card readings, which questions might be better 'suited' to playing cards and which ones to tarot, which spreads play to their various strengths and weaknesses and what can happen when, you know, you just read the damned cards.
A great chat with a great person about a great book. Enjoy!
Show Notes Get Read Like The Devil: Playing Cards. Camelia's website. Camelia's cartomancy blog.
Talking Fortune Telling, Creativity and Lenormand | Colin Alexander
This week, my Fortune's Fools cohost and Lenormand deck artist, Colin Alexander joins the show. Inevitably, we discuss fortune telling, and Madame Lenormand herself, as well as creativity, growing up weird in the 90s, comics and that other magical comic creator from the Glasgow area you may or may not have heard of.
And, naturally, because we are launching a live video show in a couple of days, this one is best consumed on YouTube, but you can certainly download it here instead.
One thing I keep forgetting to mention is that the Telegram group for Fortune's Fools is already up and kicking and you should definitely join us there. (Also in the Rune Soup one for main blog banter.)
Show Notes Fortune's Fools Telegram group. Fortune's Fools Episode 0. Hit the bell icon so you know when we're live! Fortune's Fools main site. Colin's main site. Colin on Instagram.
Talking Automatic Writing | Michael Sandler
Life coach, author, teacher, athlete and host of the Inspire Nation show, Michael Sandler is our guest this week. Michael joins us to discuss his latest book, AWE: The Automatic Writing Experience.
Along the way, we also explore different forms of spirit contact, what it's like to have had two Near Death Experiences, the importance of ceremony, sweat lodges and -topic du jour for the premium members- angels and how to contact them.
Quick note if you’re listening to the audio version, this was in fact recorded as a video discussion. So if you like looking at people while they talk, this is one to watch on YouTube.
Get AWE: The Automatic Writing Experience, along with bonus material. Michael's podcast, Inspire Nation. Inspire Nation on YouTube. Michael's training programmes; Inspire Nation University.
Talking Vedic Astrology and Magic | Freedom Cole
Author, teacher, and Vedic Astrologer Freedom Cole joins us this week for a deep dive into the astrology of India and the Indian experience of what we call magic. Along the way we discuss yoga, Ayurveda, the chakras and how to save a farm from bushfires by summoning a dragon.
Super fun chat.
Science of Light vol 1 and vol 2. Freedom's teaching site, Science of Light. Freedom's consultation site. Freedom's YouTube channel.
Always interesting but audio quality is challenging
The guests and their conversations are consistently interesting and inspiring.
Folks like myself with misophonia will find the audio quality challenging. Most of the episodes I’ve listened to have not had the audio refined or tweaked in post, and so sharp inhalations, mouth sounds, nose breathing too close to the mic, background white noise, etc are common.
I'm a fan and dedicated Rune Soup listener. Gordon is well spoken and tends to have thoughtful guests. That said, he's got a truly terrible habit of referring to others as "dumb" and sharing knowing laughter at the unbearable stupidity of other people. If you can get past the arrogance it's really quite good.
Not for Everyone
Gordon’s expertise is plain to see and so is his ability to communicate it well. Although dry and sometimes boring compared to higher profile podcasts, what Rune Soup offers is unique. A look into a side of knowledge and life so often overlooked in this modern life by a serious and level headed individual. While magic(k) features prominently in many episodes, these are not exhaustive histories or how to guides of the schools or if you prefer systems being discussed, rather they are looks into practitioners and their personal history with the system. Like most long running podcasts one has sort through a back catalog of episodes to find ones which are worthy of a listen. The podcast is not overtly political and its critiques of society lineup with a wide ideological prospective so ignore the one star reviews that are bemoaning a sudden shift to having the the wrong ideas. While some occult knowledge is helpful in getting the full breadth of what is being presented even a novice can take away valuable information. The episodes can drag on and guests audio quality varies but if you find the right episode you are in for a good listen.