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Tune in, turn on, and get magick with Poke Runyon, Archimage of the Ordo Templi Astartes. The O.T.A. is the oldest continually operating magical lodge in the US.


"Poke Runyon is the real deal ... an international magical treasure!" ~ Lon Milo DuQuette

    Orwell's 1984 and Ortega de Gassett's Revolt of the Masses (re-broadcast)

    Orwell's 1984 and Ortega de Gassett's Revolt of the Masses (re-broadcast)

    On Thursday August 25th, 2016 The Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

    will present a discussion on two modern classics that hold up mirrors to

    modern society and recent history: George Orwell's 1984 (1949) and

    Ortega de Gassett's Revolt of the Masses (1929).Both authors were

    socialists and both were involved in the Spanish Civil War.

    1984 is called a "dystopia"and describes British post World War II

    socialism evolving into a nightmarish double-plus-ungood (Stalinistic)

    tyranny where everyone is brainwashed into believing that: "War is Peace,

    Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance is Strength." In "Revolt of the Masses"

    Ortega de Gassett disputes the liberal dictum that universal literacy

    and education can ennoble and uplift "the common people" into a body

    politic capable of rational and reasonable self government, Hence

    democracy must be controlled by an intellectual elite (sound familiar).

    Both these books are classics and more important today than when they

    were written. We will try to put them in a Hermetic perspective for you

    (sociology is the new black magick) so if you want to peek into the

    future from way back when, tune in and we'll part the veil.

    • 54 min
    Tartaria and the Legend of Prester John

    Tartaria and the Legend of Prester John

    On Thursday September 9th, 2021 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the vast Central Asian kingdom of Tartaria and the medieval legend of Prester John, the mysterious Christian monarch who was said to have ruled a huge empire West of China and to have written letters to the Pope and kings in Europe. Mentioned by Marco Polo and other European travelers to the Orient Prester John  was a political Holy Grail quest for Crusaders seeking allies against the Muslims. But John and his kingdom was never found -- and yet there may have been a Christian king and warlord in Central Asia in medieval times as new historical research and archeology are discovering. In Medieval times the boundaries of Tartaria stretched from China to Eastern Europe; an area defined by the conquests of Genghis Khan and his sons. Only recently have we come to realize that Europeans have been living in Central Asia for thousands of years. Many of the Central Asian tribes and even nations riding under Mongol banners in the middle ages were actually  Caucasian Christians descendants of the ancient Scythians, Armenians and Indo-Europeans. The real history of Central Asia has been suppressed and mistranslated. We will suggest who the real Prester John might have been. So put on your fedora, snap your bullwhip and lets follow the Silk Road to adventure.

    • 16 min
    Zoroaster's Telescope and Urania's Mirror (re-broadcast)

    Zoroaster's Telescope and Urania's Mirror (re-broadcast)

    On Thursday August 18th, 2016 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon

    will review new issues of old Hermetic Magick books. Starting with

    Zoroaster's Telescope (1796-2013) and on to Urania's Mirror (1822-2004)

    and finally The Harmonia Macrocosmica of Cellarius (1660 - 2013). The

    first item on our list is more of a board-game than a book; a very

    elaborate and frankly confusing French divinatory system that uses

    hexagonal "tiles" with magical and astrological data drawn from an urn

    or box and applied to a board called a mirror. which has hexagonal

    compartments. Divination follows from the numbers in the mirror's cells

    and the pattern various tiles make on the mirror. Urania's Mirror is a

    small book describing the astrological constellations and their

    mythology accompanied by a set of thirty-two cards on which the mythical

    figures of the zodiac are depicted in very romantic style. This style is

    influenced by our last selection: The Harmonia Macrocosmica of Andreus

    Cellarius, a magnificently illustrated atlas of the heavens. So if you'd

    like to explore some recent revivals of ancient wisdom tune in and we'll

    have a look.

    • 57 min
    Hermetics in a Futuristic Society

    Hermetics in a Futuristic Society

    On Thursday August 26th, 2021, the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon, will explore the place of Hermetics and Hermetic Magicians in the coming Futurist society influenced and augmented by genetic engineering, nanotech, computer technology, artificial intelligence, and Clio-dynamics We will refer to our broadcasts over the past few years dealing with these super-humanizing or DE-humanizing techs and tech-systems predicted by science fiction authors such as A.E. Van Vogt, L. Ron Hubbard, Issac Asimov, and Frank Herbert. We will consult current works on the subject by Michio Kaku and Marc Zimmer. We will suggest that much of this futurism derives from Hermetic philosophy and therefore we magicians should embrace it providing we can become more than human rather than a swarm of sub-human drones in a hive. So if you wanna be Slans. (Fans of the Slans are today’s futurists) tune in and we’ll open the gate for you.

    • 36 min
    Jack Parsons, American Prophet -- Freedom Revisited

    Jack Parsons, American Prophet -- Freedom Revisited

    On Thursday August 19th the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present two Prophetic essays by American rocket scientist, magician and philosopher John Whiteside Parsons. Chapters Two and Three of "Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword taken from The Seventh Ray, Book IV, Omnibus, The Violet Ray" a reprint of the original publication in the Seventh Ray, issue 19, 1977 (Chapter 3) and a previously unpublished chapter 2, "The Sword and the State." These essays from the 1950s are particularly important in the present political, spiritual, and socio-economic situation. They should be of particular interest to our Thelemic listeners and Hermetic students generally. I do not always agree with Jack but I do agree that his work should be revived and reviewed at this critical time. So if you want to know what Maestro Belarion predicted tune in and find out.

    • 44 min
    The Marching Morons and The Weapon Shops of Isher (re-broadcast)

    The Marching Morons and The Weapon Shops of Isher (re-broadcast)

    On Thursday August 11th, 2016 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will discuss two prophetic science fiction stories from the 1950s: C.M. Kornbluth's "The Marching Morons" and A.E. Van Vogt's "The Weapon Shops of Isher." Both are considered classics of the genre and deal with controversial social issues. Kornbluth's "Morons" predict a future where the average I.Q. is 45 and a tiny intelligent elite struggle to preserve the self-destructive swarming mass of sub-human humanity. In Van Vogt's "Weapon Shops" a group of gun manufacturers and dealers struggle to arm the citizens of a tyrannical and corrupt world government headed by a psychopathic empress (she sleeps with snakes) who is determined to disarm and enslave them. Both of these stories deserve to be looked at again in light of present and pending events. So if you want a glimpse of today and tomorrow as seen by the prophets of yesterday, tune in and we'll roll back the clock to the 1950s.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

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Intellectually Satisfying

I learn quite a bit here. An intellectually satisfying podcast. Climate change is real.
Very rich in symbolism which you’ll get interpreted and of course interpret yourself. ClimTe change is real. Topics I haven’t heard much outside out certain circles. I love Art Bell’s Coast to Coast AM but since Art passed... well this podcast is very welcome.Climate change is real. Ps opening theme song is beautiful. Thank you, Frater.

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Good magick

Great Information, delivered in a casual way...like visiting with your favorite professor. I do not mind the audio quality. It’s fine. Maybe dated but i don’t care. When dealing with this ancient info it’s all timeless anyway like listening on a radio. This content is unbelievable though. So good. Makes me realize how much I have to learn!

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