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My Alchemical Bromance
5 minutes | Jun 3, 2019
Announcing the Arnemancy Podcast
Friends, Erik will not be making updates to My Alchemical Bromance for the foreseeable future. Instead, he will be producing the new Arnemancy Podcast. It's been a great two-year run here, and we hope you join Erik over at his new podcast to see what crazy hijinx he's getting up to! Here are some links to get you started. Arnemancy on Spotify Arnemancy on Stitcher The Arnemancy Podcast RSS The main Arnemancy website
59 minutes | May 15, 2019
EP 51 – Audiomancy with Keats Ross
In this episode, Erik is joined by Keats Ross, musician, magician, mystic, and master of We The Hallowed. We The Hallowed is an art collective, and home of Keats' many projects such as the Pragmagick Podcast and his musical endeavors such as Dakota Slim. We talk about using music to create sigils, exploring consciousness, and the downfall of Disinfo. We also talk about how Keats got Mitch Horowitz on his podcast. It is a great episode and rounds out the Pragmagick-Alexxcast-My Alchemical Bromance cross-interview bonanza. Location This episode was recorded in a dark corner of the patio at the Muddy Rudder Public House in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland. Musical Interlude The musical interlude is "Wylin'", a track off of Dakota Slim's latest album, Cactus Crown. Also, make sure you enjoy this audiomancy from Keats! https://youtu.be/RsPVPnGJ1dM Links We The Hallowed Pragmagick Podcast The Alexxcast The Disruption Generator Support us on the Arnemancy Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arnemancy "I'm like the forgotten k-pop of occult podcasting!"
69 minutes | May 3, 2019
Guest Appearance: Erik on the Alexxcast Episode 319
Erik was happy to be on the Alexxcast again! Here are Alexx's show notes: Listen to a live mystical rite as Alexx invites Erik Arneson back on to magically chant the podcast back into a proper numerical sequencing. That lasts like 3 minutes, then we answer listener questions and talk about all sorts of esoteric, occulty goodness. Enjoy! Head on over to the Alexxcast page to learn more!
62 minutes | Apr 24, 2019
EP 50 – Picatrix Decans with J Swofford
Join artist J Swofford and host Erik at Hopworks Urban Brewery for a discussion on the Picatrix Decans. J is the creator of the Picatrix Decans talisman deck. They discuss astrological magic, homebrewing, astrological brewing, and the Picatrix Decans. When we look at the Picatrix decans, we compare descriptions and notes from both the Warnock-Greer Picatrix and the Attrell Picatrix. We discuss the origins of magical images and how talismans can be created from the imagery of the decans. We are also joined briefly by Scotty, our server at Hopworks, who shares with us some interesting facts about Ancient Egypt and the stars! I love Portland. Links Picatrix Decans in the Arnemancy Shop Picatrix Decans card deck on Etsy J's Blog J's artist website Support My Alchemical Bromance on the Arnemancy Patreon! "And we're all looking forward to your Picatrix beer -- your Beercatrix."
78 minutes | Apr 2, 2019
Guest Appearance: The Cosmic Keys Podcast
I really enjoyed being on The Cosmic Keys Podcast with Dan and Scarlet! Here's how they described this episode. Dan and Scarlet open the episode with an astrology and Tarot forecast for the week of April 1, 2019 to April 7, 2019, followed by an interview with the host of My Alchemical Bromance, Erik Arneson. We talk about the formation of Erik's awesomely titled podcast, his experience with the "weird" community of occultists in his home city of Portland, Oregon, his experience as a fully initiated Mason, plus a lot more occult and esoteric ramblings. This is a fun and wide ranging discussion that you wont want to miss! Click here to check out the episode on their website and also you should check out their website and subscribe!
81 minutes | Mar 29, 2019
EP 49 – The Magician and the Fool
In this episode, Erik interviews the hosts of The Magician and the Fool Podcast, Janus and Dominic. They dive right into what it means to be a magician, but the conversation explores Renaissance magic, the Greek Magical Papyri, Norse mythology, and Pittsburgh. How do the Magician and the Fool relate to the Trickster? We explore cultural archetypes through Norse mythology, other mythology, crazy anecdotes, and weird experiences. We also talk about the experience of running an occult podcast, and how the guests we bring on influence and change our lives in ways that we hadn't anticipated. Talking to these guys was amazing. I strongly urge you to check out their podcast to check out all of the amazing interviews they do. Click here to see! Links and Topics The Tale of Utgarda-Loki Marcus McCoy (Troll Cunning Forge) Johannes Trithemius The Magician and the Fool Podcast on Facebook The Hermetic Federation Support My Alchemical Bromance on the Arnemancy Patreon! "You can't nod on a podcast!"
73 minutes | Mar 6, 2019
EP 48 – Sewing and Ritual Magic with Andrew Watt
In this episode, Erik is joined by Andrew B. Watt of Wanderings in the Labrynth. They discuss textile arts, such as sewing and weaving, and how those intersect with ritual magic, enchantment, and the creation of talismans. Andrew also wrote the Neo-Orphic Hymns, a set of planetary prayers inspired by Thomas Taylor's translations of the Orphic hymns and the planetary magic of Rufus Opus's Seven Spheres. Links Wanderings in the Labrynth Neo-Orphic Hymns Andrew's Publications Andrew is @andrewbwatt on Twitter Andrew's Etsy shop (The shop will be unavailable from Thursday, March 7 until Tuesday March 12.) Support My Alchemical Bromance on the Arnemancy Patreon! "It's functional in origin, but ontological in reflection."
63 minutes | Feb 20, 2019
EP 47 – Sumerian Magic with Vanessa Kindell
Vanessa Kindell joins us this episode. She is a writer and contributor to the Peacock Goat Review and a Sumerian witch. She talks to us about reconstructing Sumerian and Babylonian religious practices and integrating them into her modern magical work, but we really dig into the nature of Sumerian religion and the details of their mythology. This involves funky math, pre-modern astrology, the flood myth, and a lot of primordial nothingness -- my favorite kind! Topics and Links The Peacock Goat Review Gnostic Temple of Inanna The Literature of Ancient Sumer Temple of Sumer "The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood" by Irving Finkle Python and Apollo Support My Alchemical Bromance on the Arnemancy Patreon!
30 minutes | Jan 30, 2019
EP 46 – An Exploration of the Soul
In this episode, Erik explores various interpretations and explanations of the soul in the wake of the death of his 19 year-old cat, Kublai Khan. This episode is personal, but hopefully it provides food for thought. Links The Immortal Body in Hermeticism Timaeus by Plato The Nine Parts of the Human Soul According to Ancient Egypt The Four Worlds in Kabbalah Asclepius: The Perfect Discourse of Hermes Trismegistus Support My Alchemical Bromance on the Arnemancy Patreon!
76 minutes | Jan 23, 2019
Guest Appearance: Erik on the Alexxcast on “Eyes Wide Shut”
Erik was on episode 300K of the Alexxcast to discuss Stanley Kubrick's last film, "Eyes Wide Shut," released in 1999. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise in a bizarre, sex-fueled story through secret societies, mystery, and marital problems. Alexx Bollen interviews Erik about the movie — not because Erik was in the movie, but because he knows way more than is at all reasonable about Freemasonry and secret societies. Is the masquerade-themed black-robed sex cult filled with Masonic influences? Is Kubrick’s final film an occult tour de force? Find out what these two jokers think!
56 minutes | Jan 16, 2019
EP 45 – Taylor Bell, Wandering in the Moonlight
In this episode Erik interviews Taylor Bell, writer, occultist, Tarot creator, and contributor to Charm the Water's new occult periodical, The Peacock Goat Review. We discuss Taylor's experience writing and copyediting for the PGR and his work on his upcoming Tarot decks. We also discuss the group lunar initiation ritual that Erik and Taylor took part in back in 2017 and dig into Taylor's experience working at Minneapolis's premier occult shop, The Eye of Horus. Learn more about Taylor's upcoming Tarot deck at Sigil Arcanum Tarot. His work is impressive and it's definitely worth watching. Look for lots more in the future from Taylor Bell! The Sigil Arcanum Tarot is now available on Kickstarter! Support My Alchemical Bromance on the Arnemancy Patreon!
232 minutes | Jan 7, 2019
Guest Appearance: Erik on the Six of Swords
Erik was in a long-form interview (almost 4 hours!) on the Six of Swords podcast with OccultFan (AKA Nathan Lee). They talk about pretty much everything, including cartoons! Check out the extensive show notes!
85 minutes | Dec 26, 2018
EP 44 – Dan Attrell and the Apocalypse of Joachim of Fiore
Dan Attrell joins Erik for a conversation about his paper, "For 1,260 Days They’ll Prophesy in Sackcloth: Joachim of Fiore’s Apocalypse, Temporalization, and Franciscan Spirituality." This is a complex topic, revolving around the ways in which Joachim of Fiore's understanding of apocalyptic visions changed the way we looked at history and time. The topic is complex, so you'll have to dive in to get an understanding. Dan was previously a guest back on episode 29, when we talked about his upcoming translation of the Picatrix. After listening to this episode, you will probably want to go listen to Dan's original lecture on his paper. You can find it on YouTube here. https://youtu.be/Lec0J3RShzg Enjoy the holidays, and we'll see you in 2019! Support My Alchemical Bromance on the Arnemancy Patreon!
64 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
EP 43 – MABCon 2018 – Brewing and Tasting
Finally, the latest MABCon episode! This year, back in October, Matt and Erik got together for MABCon. They visited breweries, visited conferences, and drank some beers. This is definitely a beer-heavy episode. Also we have questions about the Mikkeller Running Club. Most of this episode is a conversation between Matt and Erik over the brew kettle as they whip up a new beer. This new beer is brewed in Matt's new friend, the RoboBrew. The Conferences MABCon is a meta-con. We meet up and go to other events! This time we explored and discussed a few different events. Esotericism in Freemasonry Conference 2018 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair Esoteric Book Conference Locations Some of the locations we visit and talk about are: Cloudburst Brewing Perihelion Brewery Ashley's Pub The Beers This is a beer heavy episode. We review a lot of different beers. We won't list them all here -- you will have to dig in and try it. Support My Alchemical Bromance on the Arnemancy Patreon! "Simcoe in fresh hop beers taste and smell like cat pee and onions." "Poke Runyon is my dream wizard grampa."
56 minutes | Nov 14, 2018
EP 42 – Theresa Pridemore and the Portland Tarot
In this episode, Erik interviews Theresa Pridemore, creator of the Portland Tarot and The Sovereign Oracle, and the brains behind brand management company Sovereign Spirit. They discuss the creative process behind creation of a Tarot deck and dive into the rich Portland-based imagery in the Portland Tarot. We also talk about the difference between Tarot decks and oracle decks. Later in the episode, Theresa explains the philosophy behind Sovereign Spirit, her brand management business for spirit-led entrepreneurs. You will want to hear this! One interesting thing about recording this episode: we started talking about synchronicities, and then they start happening, during the conversation! Listen carefully and be amazed. Links Check out Theresa's various projects. She's a talented artist and skilled at sharing her vision and message. The Portland Tarot The Sovereign Oracle Sovereign Spirit, her brand management business Support My Alchemical Bromance on the Arnemancy Patreon! "What is inside of you that needs to be expressed on the outside so people can be drawn to you?"
44 minutes | Nov 7, 2018
Guest Appearance on The Alexxcast 300H
This is a repost of part 1 of the 2018 Halloween Podcast Crossover Event -- Summoning a Cartoon Demon with Alexx and Erik! You can listen to part 2 here. Head to the Alexxcast for full show notes!
55 minutes | Oct 31, 2018
EP 41 – Halloween with Alexx Bollen
Welcome back, friends, and an extra special crossover episode featuring Alexx Bollen from The Alexxcast and (maybe) Hunson Abadeer from Adventure Time! This is part 2 of the Alexxcast/My Alchemical Bromance 2018 Halloween Crossover. Listen to part 1 in episode 300H of the Alexxcast! Locations This episode starts out with a special Halloween ritual performed somewhere in Portland, and then concludes at The Firkin Tavern in Southeast Portland, where Erik and Alexx sample some beers and discuss the results of their ritual. Links Listen to part 1 in episode 300H of the Alexxcast! "Driving into Ladd's Addition is like entering another world." Get dried bugs! Hunson Abadeer The D&D Alignment System K-T Event Carl Linnaeus Support My Alchemical Bromance on the Arnemancy Patreon! "Maloso vobiscum et cum spiritum!" "I'm technically right -- the best kind of right!"
43 minutes | Oct 17, 2018
Guest Lecture on the Art of Memory
Back in May, Erik was a last-minute guest at the 2018 Convocation of the Apostolic Johannite Church, where he gave a lecture on the Art of Memory. Here's a link to the AJC's recording of that lecture on their podcast, The Lectern. In this talk, I cover the history of the Art of Memory and then discuss Giordano Bruno's role in expanding the philosophy of magical memory in the Renaissance. Part of this topic involves the power of imagination, the use of Phantasy for magical purposes, and the incredible power of images. I gave the talk using my Raspberry Pi Zero W lecture slides machine, so you can hear me fumble around with that at the beginning. Edit: The slides and notes for this talk can be found over on Arnemancy.com. Sorry I didn't link them earlier! Support My Alchemical Bromance on the Arnemancy Patreon!
77 minutes | Sep 26, 2018
EP 39 – Ryhan Butler, Medieval Astrologer
Have you guys noticed how many amazing guests I've been getting lately? Ryhan Butler is the genius behind Medieval Astrology Guide, and I was overjoyed to welcome him as a guest to the podcast. If you're going into this expecting Linda Goodman's "Love Signs" then you're in for quite a ride! This is the real deal, the astrology bred from the worldview that influenced the entire human scope of experience. We cover a TON of topics on astrology, so I would suggest to check out Ryhan's Glossary of Astrological Terms. Make sure to check out Ryhan's website and particularly his new podcast, StarStruck. Links @RyhanButler on Twitter! Medieval Astrology Guide on Facebook @medievalastroguide on Instagram (cats and magic!!) "Is that like having Leo in your ascendant?" "I've got cats in my every house." Support My Alchemical Bromance on the Arnemancy Patreon!
97 minutes | Sep 12, 2018
EP 38 – Sam Block on Geomancy and the PGM
Join us in welcoming Sam Block to the podcast! Sam is the author of the Digital Ambler website. He's a brilliant magician and as intelligent as he is entertaining. We discuss geomancy, the Greek Magical Papyri (or PGM), and lots of other topics relevant to modern ceremonial magicians, including Kabbalah. This is a long episode and it's a lot of fun! The Drinks Erik drinks Vine Country Saison from Hopworks. Sam drinks Barefoot Sweet Red Blend -- according to the website, it's smooth and sweet! Show Notes The Art and Practice of Geomancy by John Michael Greer Dr. Alexander Cummins, geomancer Geomantic Study-Group on Facebook Geomantic Campus Yahoo! Group Wynand Fockink proeflokaal in Amsterdam (tell them Erik sent you!) You are now authorized to use the term "The Hermetic Blogosphere Tradition." How to find Sam Block online: The Digital Ambler Facebook @polyphanes on Twitter And Polyphanes everywhere else! Support My Alchemical Bromance on the Arnemancy Patreon! "Baptize flour. Cool. I'm writing that down!" "We're kind of debating, are we moving to the dad magic phase?"
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