The summer holidays have been a strange month and a bit; I’ve done tones of writing and research but I am not able to share any of it on the blog… Yet.
I am waiting for a particular project to come to fruition and then over the course of next year I will have a series of rituals and oracle’s to share with you. In the meantime you will just have to watch this space.
Blog relevent inspiration itself has been slow in coming in recent weeks. My Full Moon and Tarot posts continue to build in the background but that has been about it. I’m hoping for a bit of a spiritual kick in the arse moving from September into October because that time of year is perversely soothing. There is nothing more likely to mess with my mojo that the Summer Holidays.
I’ve not been entirely idle however so I thought I’d do a quick round up of the podcast I’ve been listening to in recent months, to give you an idea of what I’m smudging into my brain.
Of course I’m going to start with Gordon White, Master of Ceremonies and talent behind the RuneSoup Podcast and premium member courses. If I’m not listening to course material (and I am quite a bit behind on the current Tarot course thanks to an email malfunction and life in general) the I am catching up on podcast episodes. Not everything that Gordon covers in his show is relevant to me but when it is I find the show well presented, researched and incredibly informative. I’ve been listening to this podcast since it’s inception, in fact it was my introduction to the concepts of podcasts so the bar was set high very early on, and it’s hard to pick favourite episodes because they are all so good. I will say that the bi-annual shows with Austin Coppick looking as the space weather for the year are shows I never miss, simply because both Gordon and Austin unpack the astrology so well even I can understand it and see the patters they are discussing. In truth, that is one of the reasons that I recommend RuneSoup as a podcast and subscription based course; Gordon unpacks everything in such a way that I think it is almost universally accessible. So head over to RuneSoup or Gordon’s YouTube channel and get stick in and if you’ve got £10 a month which you don’t know what to do with I highly recommend premium membership and going through the back catalogue of member courses and material.
GlitchBottle is the brainchild of Alexander Eth and seeks to “uncork the uncommon” with a interview based podcast. Alexander has had guests of the caliber of Mark Stavish, Jake Stratton-Kent and Daniel Harms with a number of highly interesting conversations with Dr Stephen Skinner. I don’t think I’ve listened to an interview I didn’t take something away from, even in cases where the interview represents a topic that lies waayyy outside of my wheelhouse. GlitchBottle is pretty much up to date on YourTube as far as I know, and like many podcasters Alexander does have offers and special items for Patrons and you can find out more about this by visiting the pods website.
The Modern Hermeticist
A blog that I keep in touch with from time to time is Dan Atrell – the Modern Hermeticist. The biggest draw is the Encyclopedia Hermetica – A Big History, Dan’s in-depth look at the history of Hermeticism from its earliest history onwards. Dan also produces videos in which he reads important hermetic tracts. Dan is another brilliant podcaster who I can (and have) listen to all day long. If you have an interest in Hermeticism the I recommend checking out the Modern Hermeticist YouTube channel.
I’ll be honest, Higherside Chats is not an especial favourite of mine. Greg Charlwood generally covers topics that I not particularly interested in and I struggle to engage with his deliver style. He does have great guests, and I usually land upon this podcast when other podcast hosts guest on his show or I get wind of a guest I am particularly keen on. So, although I can’t give a well rounded account of the show and sing its praises all the way to high heaven I do still recommend you check it out so you can come to your own conclusions. I should also point out that Higherside Chats offers extended shows for Patreon supporters, and such things are usually worth it if you really like the show.
The History of Witchcraft
Samuel Hume covers the history of witchcraft trials in Europe over 40 installments touching on everything from the witchcraft beliefs of the Greeks and Romans to the Early Modern Witch trials and the reasons that Matthew Hopkins managed to establish a European style witchcraze in a previously credulous and rational England. He does touch on the colonization of New England and begins to build the picture as to how Puritanism carries those same seeds. I found Mr Hume via YouTube where most of the episodes can be found but for episodes 40 onwards it is Podbean is your best source. This talented podcaster also has a series called Pax Britannica; a podcast about Imperial Britain. Still, any one interested in the history of Witchcraft trials who wants to avoid the fallacious arguments made by less informed pagan writers (I’m looking at you Silver RavenWolf) then you couldn’t want for a better researched and delivered podcast. Mr Hume has a great sense of timing and humour, and has the kind of voice I can listen to all day long, which are the kind of things which can make of break a podcast for me. So, for a fact filled and punny (sic) account of the punitive Puritans and to find out exactly why most witches in England were hanged rather than burned head over to the Pax Britannica website and have a listen to The History of Witchcraft.
The History of Ancient Greece
The History of Ancient Greece takes a look at all the all aspects of Ancient Greece, from inter polis and international relations to religion and mystery. All the good stuff.
I actually really like ancient and classical Green History so I just enjoy listening to the show in general but as a Hekatean there are particular shows you absolutely have to pay attention to.
54 – Old Comondy and Aristophanes
55 – Dionysian Mysteries
Episode 60 – The Underworld
Episode 61 – The Two Goddesses (Demeter and Persephone)
Episode 62 – Agricultural Festivals
Episode 80 – Hekate
Episode 81 – Orphism, Omens and Oracle’s
Ryan does have a YouTube channel but for some reason there is a big hiatus in the shows posted there. I recommend picking up the show via his website where you can access his Libsyn list as well as individual posts for each of the episodes.
I realised belatedly that my list is too heavy with the fellas and that probably not a great reflection on me (I like a cultured, intelligent sounding male voice; so sue me). To prove that I am not entirely male dominated in this I have have started to listen to Brie and Fry of Pontifacts, the show that “rates te Popes from Peter to Francis” to find the “popiest Pope that ever Poped”. I’ve listened for the first half dozen episodes and the light-hearted assessment of each of the early pope’s definitely tickles my funny bone. The two hosts compliment each other really well and despite Pontifacts not being only normal area of interest they are managing to keep me engaged. I’m not sure if that will continue as we move into more modern pope’s but as there are over 200 and change to get though I think the historian in me will want to keep listening.