330 episodes

Jonathan Pageau looks at symbolism in all its forms, from its source in sacred stories and images to contemporary culture and ultimately how it shapes the world we encounter.

The Symbolic World Jonathan Pageau

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Jonathan Pageau looks at symbolism in all its forms, from its source in sacred stories and images to contemporary culture and ultimately how it shapes the world we encounter.

    332 - The Garments of Skin

    332 - The Garments of Skin

    In this podcast, I give you a sneak peek into some of what we are doing with GodsDog and the Garments of Skin comic, while also sharing my very first experience encountering the idea of the garments of skin in the apocryphal Book of Jasher. This was monumental not just for what would later become GodsDog, but it was also part of what drew me to Holy Orthodoxy. Through this kind of storytelling, we can weave together tradition and fiction to hopefully understand tradition better, and enjoy fiction more. Please consider supporting the GodsDog Kickstarter to bring stories like this to life.

    Support the GodsDog: Warrior Kickstarter today. Only 5 days left to pledge. Don't miss out: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/symbolicworldpress/godsdog-warrior

    YouTube version: https://youtu.be/yo8TrzRm6J4

    Check out this text I wrote in 2002 that started it all. “Garments of skin” and other symbols of periphery - by Jonathan Pageau: https://drive.google.com/file/d/190xqZrzqQv3o4F7jjfP05OGgisbN_5zQ/view?usp=sharing

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    • 34 min
    331 - Richard Rohlin - Universal History: The Tower of Babel

    331 - Richard Rohlin - Universal History: The Tower of Babel

    In this episode of Universal History, Richard Rohlin and I discuss the Tower of Babel in Scripture (Genesis) and the Book of Jubilees, the symbolism of the structure itself, what it means for us today, Pentecost, and the solution to authoritarianism.

    - Original YouTube version: https://youtu.be/wj9EK0QAW54

    Links:
    - The Symbolic World Summit in-person tickets: https://thesymbolicworld.com/summit
    - Summit Virtual Conference tickets: https://thesymbolicworld.com/virtual-ticket
    - Godsdog: Warrior (Volume 2) Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/symbolicworldpress/godsdog-warrior
    - Read my latest newsletter about the Snow White Kickstarter and Symbolic World Press: https://preview.mailerlite.io/preview/109126/emails/112690471726221267

    Mentioned:
    - Derek Fiedler: The Universal Icon - S.R. Rohlin Reveals the Medieval Model, Lewis, & The Discarded Image - https://youtu.be/9LiR0TN0sfA?si=RNmLJOTMRX7mmsXQ
    - Universal History: Dragons! - with Richard Rohlin - https://youtu.be/WN56hLnN8Qg?si=vx4ZdC-kCoOhwJ5-
    - The Leviathan in Scripture: Ouroboros Symbolism - https://youtu.be/wxg468NL3S8?si=6EJG-j-d-AewANts
    - The Lord of Spirits podcast - https://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/lordofspirits
    - Apocrypha: An Introduction to Extra-Biblical Literature, by Stephen DeYoung - https://www.amazon.com/Apocrypha-Introduction-Extra-Biblical-Stephen-Young/dp/1955890366

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    My intro was arranged and recorded by Matthew Wilkinson.

    • 59 min
    330 - The Leviathan in Scripture: Ouroboros Symbolism

    330 - The Leviathan in Scripture: Ouroboros Symbolism

    The Leviathan is a strange creature in the Bible and tradition. In this podcast episode I look at the Leviathan, the sea serpent, the dragon, and its relationship to the devil, and how al of these associations came to be what they can mean. And also it can help us understand how symbolism can be polyvalent that is that symbolism can have multiple meanings at the same time, and that understanding those multiple meanings can also help us understand how symbolism works and then also help us understand the specific meanings that are attributed to each symbol and the leviathan.

    Links:
    - The Symbolic World Summit in-person tickets: https://thesymbolicworld.com/summit
    - Summit Virtual Conference tickets: https://thesymbolicworld.com/virtual-ticket
    - Godsdog: Warrior (Volume 2) Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/symbolicworldpress/godsdog-warrior
    - Read my latest newsletter about the Snow White Kickstarter and Symbolic World Press: https://preview.mailerlite.io/preview/109126/emails/112690471726221267

    Article: The Serpents of Orthodoxy, by Jonathan Pageau: https://orthodoxartsjournal.org/the-serpents-of-orthodoxy/
    Videos related to the Symbolic World Summit speakers:
    - With Fr. Stephen DeYoung: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQgOYkzj0ek
    - With Dr. Martin Shaw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4BVKOBrnTY
    - With Richard Rohlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN56hLnN8Qg
    - With Nicholas Kotar: https://youtu.be/U6ysSWIe9bY?si=ZiSN3XZoJq3ZFlvh

    Timestamps:
    0:00 - Coming up
    0:23 - Intro music
    0:49 - Start
    1:35 - The Leviathan imagery
    7:13 - Noah and the Sea dragon
    12:09 - The hell mouth
    15:09 - Chaos and potential
    19:19 - Ouroboros
    24:08 - The feast of the Leviathan
    33:12 - Satan, the Devil
    39:08 - The final paradox

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    My intro was arranged and recorded by Matthew Wilkinson.

    • 49 min
    329 - James Poulos - Bitcoin Monasteries: Putting Technology to Good Use

    329 - James Poulos - Bitcoin Monasteries: Putting Technology to Good Use

    This is my discussion with James Poulos about technology and spirituality, how technology has reshaped our world and America, the hope of taking control over new technologies and putting them in the right hands, the role of global institutions, laws, and authority.

    James Poulos is the co-founder and executive editor of The American Mind at the Claremont Institute and the cofounder and publisher of Return at New Founding.
    He is the author of the books The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us from Ourselves, and Human Forever: The Digital Politics of Spiritual War: https://humanforever.us/

    He holds a PhD in government from Georgetown University and a BA in political science from Duke University. A fellow at the Center for the Study of Digital Life, he was previously the communications director at the Heraion Foundation, a veterans-run rescue and recovery nonprofit operating in failed and fragile states.

    Follow James:
    Twitter (X): https://twitter.com/jamespoulos
    Substack, The Build: https://poulos.substack.com

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    My intro was arranged and recorded by Matthew Wilkinson.

    • 55 min
    328 - Stephen Blackwood - The Book that the West Needs

    328 - Stephen Blackwood - The Book that the West Needs

    Visit https://thesymbolicworld.com/summit for more information about the Symbolic World Summit

    Stephen James Blackwood is a Canadian-American professor, academic, and social commentator. Blackwood is the founder and president of Ralston College, a liberal arts college awaiting accreditation in Savannah, Georgia. We met on the Daily Wire+ Exodus panel where he had a lot of amazing insights and we have become friends since.

    In this discussion, we talk about Stephen’s wonderful book, The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy, an exploration of The Consolation of Philosophy, a book by Boethius. We discuss Boethius’ role and contribution to the Medieval Western world and the amazing treasury of wisdom and consolation he can still offer us today. His legacy beautifully bridges and synthesizes the ancient pagan world, and a secular space, with the foundations and hope of a Christian vision.

    The 2024 enrollments for Ralston College are not open: https://www.ralston.ac/humanities-ma

    The Exodus series, free on Jordan Peterson’s YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL22J3VaeABQAppIsV0MmKYhGeFGJsy-dS&si=77eG5hbodzWm0HW3

    Stephen Blackwood: https://www.ralston.ac/people/stephen-blackwood

    Stephen’s book, The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy: https://www.amazon.com/Consolation-Boethius-Liturgy-Christian-Studies/dp/0198718314

    Ralston College is more than a university and an online portal. It is a movement dedicated to seeking the truth without censorship or shame. It is a call to build a free and flourishing culture for one and all. Read more about it: https://www.ralston.ac/

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    327 - Richard Rohlin - Universal History: Dragons!

    327 - Richard Rohlin - Universal History: Dragons!

    In this episode of Universal History with Richard Rohlin, by popular demand, we finally explored the topic of dragons! We discussed the ubiquitous appearance of dragons across history and different cultures, a dragon’s essential characteristics and mythical nature, their connection to snakes, birds, and angels, and the dragon as a hybrid and guardian of paradise. We also discussed the treatment of dragons in Eastern traditions and various languages, as well as in Christianity and even in medical symbolism. Enjoy!

    Support the God’s’Dog: Warrior Kickstarter that was launched this week: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/symbolicworldpress/godsdog-warrior

    Sign up for the Symbolic World Summit on February 29th, 2024. Check our website for information on the schedule, FAQ, hotel discounts, speakers, and more: https://thesymbolicworld.com/summit

    Check out our Universal History: Beowulf course on the Symbolic World website, where we presented 6 classes covering the Beowulf epic, many hours of which included dragons: https://thesymbolicworld.com/news/the-beowulf-course-by-richard-rohlin-and-jonathan-pageau

    OTHER LINKS:
    The Dragons that Almost Exist, by Jonathan Pageau: https://orthodoxartsjournal.org/dragons-almost-exist/
    Discussion with Fr. Joseph Lucas: https://youtu.be/0FuO88QVlN0?si=d66NKZ2JkyqWdNV7

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Excellent show

I don’t listen to every episode, yet I always feel like I learn something new when I tune in. Thanks for the work you all are doing!

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Jonathan Pageau

I know he will not like anyone saying this, But Jonathan Pageau was born for such a time as this. Shine on Jonathan. Listening to your message from the ARC conference. Outstanding.

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