Weird Studies

Chuffed beyond words to be invited by Phil and JF onto the mighty Weird Studies!

Episode 124: Dark Night Radio of the Soul, with Duncan Barford.

It was a great experience to see two of my podcast heroes in action, and witness their wonderful dynamic from behind the scenes.

We talk about the dark night of the soul, the shadow side of spiritual practice, and the potential pitfalls and benefits of choosing magick as a spiritual path.

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  • Ultraculture with Jason Louv – Ep. 106: Ramsey Dukes: Patron Saint of Chaos Magick
    A cosy, relaxed, and wide-ranging chat. Lionel Snell (aka Ramsey Dukes) remarks during the course of this episode how he feels remote and apart from the contemporary magical scene, but Jason deftly steers the conversation in directions that make it plain Lionel is still the most reflective and interesting philosopher of magick writing today.

  • Schizotopia – Ep. 40: Witchtokalypse Now! With Georgina Rose
    Someone who has prioritised the aesthetic aspects of occultism and learned the hard way that ideas have real-world repercussions. That’s maybe a generous take on the rise and fall of Georgina Rose. Frankly, I’ve never heard her talk more substantially about magick and her relationship to it than she does here. Some might conclude that’s faint praise, but it would be nice to think the damage to her reputation could lead – in the long run – to growth and change. Fingers crossed!

  • F23 Podcast – Ep. 44 John Harrigan
    Back in the day, I frequently ran across the work of John Harrigan, a very interesting magician, who was using theatre and chaos magical techniques both as a means of magical praxis and for connecting with audiences through ritual. He went quiet for a while, so it is good to hear how his work has been developing more recently – seemingly into a more spiritual outlook. His critically acclaimed indie film Lightships (2021) looks amazing! (Skip straight to the interview if the grating introductory matter irritates.)

Illuminated Audio #001

I listen to a lot of occult podcasts these days, so I thought I would start to share some recommendations of particularly interesting things I’ve listened to, just in case you might have missed them.

Here are three that have stayed with me particularly over the past few weeks.

  • The Higherside Chats (6 May 2022) – Allen Greenfield | Sex Magic, the Grail Within, and Manifestation.
    Greenfield is completely on form and as hilarious as always in this substantial and very open conversation. He shares his own experiences and techniques in a fair degree of detail, plus how he found them and made them his own. The experiences and results obtained don’t sound any different from other branches of magick, and this isn’t addressed, but maybe it doesn’t need spelling out that although it’s no more effective than other forms, sex magick might be more fun.

  • The Modern Fairy Sightings Podcast – Ep. 35 Mike Clelland
    A wonderfully detailed discussion about anomalous experiences involving owls. That’s what Mike Clelland’s research is focused upon. And if you think that might be too specialist to have much appeal, Clelland is so passionate, so open, and willing to share his own experience and enter into the experiences of others, that this conversation was totally absorbing, helped also by the equally interested and impassioned interviewer.

  • Skeptiko – Ep. 548 Cherylee Black, Can NDEs Lead to Psychokinesis?
    Mainstream acceptance of the paranormal would be a huge leap forward, no? Presumably intended to demonstrate otherwise, this odd and awkward conversation ends up proving why that wouldn’t be the case. Even if the paranormal were revealed as true, folks would try to use it to grind all kinds of axes. Immensely interesting, but for the wrong reasons. I’m sure Alex Tsakiris didn’t mean to talk at and about his guest, rather than with her, but this perhaps reveals something unfortunate in the dynamics of truth and belief at work in this interview.