SoT Ep10 – Religious Persecution

Special guest Shade OfRoses talks with James and Colleen about religious persecution.

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People and things mentioned in the show

The row at Indianapolis Pagan Pride Day 2012.

The Satanic Panic

History of Christmas

Krampus

Oklahoma Satanist monument.

Announcements

Paul Meets the Ghost of Xmas Past by Shade OfRoses, is now available at AmazonSmashwords, and Kobo.

Get Underground, a modern retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth, at AmazonSmashwordsBarnes & NobleAppleKobo, and wherever ebooks are sold.

Both stories and more are a part of A Mid-World Christmas Collection, available at AmazonSmashwordsBarnes & NobleKobo, and soon to be in print.

See James’ new blog http://magicalrecord.tumblr.com/ his current magical journal.

You can now download My Babylon – Book One: Body for free at Amazon. Please download a copy to help me move up the charts.

James has released the My Babylon Complete Edition containing all five novellas. You can buy it in on Amazon both as a Kindle ebook and in paperback.

Call and leave a message for the show at 317-296-3247 or email james@scrollofthoth.com.

Connect with Colleen on facebook.

Connect with James at jameslwilber.comFacebookTwitter, and tumblr, and scrollofthoth.tumblr.com.

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Our music is graciously provided by Shoeboxx Recordings. Check out their music on Soundcloud and like them on facebook. The intro is a selection from Journey by Kouben, the ending music is Hair Dye the WTCHDCTR remix by Eest Coast.

 

SoT Ep9 – Native American Spirituality

Special guests Doug Poe and Eric Hinkle talk with James and Colleen about Native American spirituality.

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People and things mentioned in the show

Doug works with the American Indian Center of Indiana.

Books: Black Elk Speaks and The Sixth Grandfather by Black ElkCrow Dog: Four Generations of Sioux Medicine Men by Leonard Crow DogFools Crow by Frank Fools Crow.

Doug holds a Talking Stick Ceremony every third Monday at The Church Within.

 

Doug recommends the following videos for the truth about Thanksgiving:

The Real Thanksgiving by Susan Bates

The Truth About Thanksgiving by Time River Productions

National Day of Mourning by Joan Livingston

Thanksgiving: A Native American View by Islamirama

Announcements

Contact Doug Poe at dpoe@americanindiancenter.org

See James’ new blog http://magicalrecord.tumblr.com/ his current magical journal.

You can now download My Babylon – Book One: Body for free at Amazon. Please download a copy to help me move up the charts.

James has released the My Babylon Complete Edition containing all five novellas. You can buy it in on Amazon both as a Kindle ebook and in paperback.

Call and leave a message for the show at 317-296-3247 or email james@scrollofthoth.com.

Connect with Colleen on facebook.

Connect with James at jameslwilber.comFacebookTwitter, and tumblr, and scrollofthoth.tumblr.com.

Please consider helping the show by using our Amazon search window and donating via Paypal.

Our music is graciously provided by Shoeboxx Recordings. Check out their music on Soundcloud and like them on facebook. The intro is a selection from Journey by Kouben, the ending music is Hair Dye the WTCHDCTR remix by Eest Coast.

 

Scroll of Thoth Episode 8 – Divination

In this episode James and Colleen talk about divination with special guest Joel Monka member of Indianapolis Prison Ministries and leader of Elemental Spirits.

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People and things mentioned in the show

Osho Zen Tarot

Illuminates of Thanateros

Joel’s recommended website on runes

Announcements

Visit Joel’s blog at http://cuumbaya.blogspot.com/

See James’ new blog http://magicalrecord.tumblr.com/ his current magical journal.

You can now download My Babylon – Book One: Body for free at Amazon. Please download a copy to help me move up the charts.

James has released the My Babylon Complete Edition containing all five novellas. You can buy it in on Amazon both as a Kindle ebook and in paperback.

Call and leave a message for the show at 317-296-3247 or email james@scrollofthoth.com.

Connect with Joel on facebook.

Connect with Colleen on facebook.

Connect with James at jameslwilber.comFacebookTwitter, and tumblr, and scrollofthoth.tumblr.com.

Please consider helping the show by using our Amazon search window and donating via Paypal.

Our music is graciously provided by Shoeboxx Recordings. Check out their music on Soundcloud and like them on facebook. The intro is a selection from Journey by Kouben, the ending music is Hair Dye the WTCHDCTR remix by Eest Coast.

 

SoT Ep7 Pagan Pride and Samhain

In this episode James and Colleen talk about Pagan Pride and Samhain.

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People and things mentioned in the show

Indianapolis Pagan Pride and the controversy of 2012

Elemental Spirits

The A.’.A.’.OTO, and Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica

Liber XV The Gnostic Mass

Illuminates of Thanateros

The Book of Baphomet

The Blog of Baphomet

Announcements

You can now download My Babylon – Book One: Body for free at Amazon. Please download a copy to help me move up the charts.

James has released the My Babylon Complete Edition containing all five novellas. You can buy it in on Amazon both as a Kindle ebook and in paperback.

Colleen will be performing an animal blessing at 10:00 am on October 6th, 2013 at the Church Within.

Call and leave a message for the show at 317-296-3247 or email james@scrollofthoth.com.

Connect with Colleen on facebook.

Connect with James at jameslwilber.comFacebookTwitter, and tumblr, and scrollofthoth.tumblr.com.

Please consider helping the show by using our Amazon search window and donating via Paypal.

Our music is graciously provided by Shoeboxx Recordings. Check out their music on Soundcloud and like them on facebook. The intro is a selection from Journey by Kouben, the ending music is Hair Dye the WTCHDCTR remix by Eest Coast.

SoT Ep6 Pagan Leadership and LBGTQ Issues

This week Colleen and James have guests Darren Chittick and Grace Starcke talk about pagan leadership and LBGTQ issues in the pagan community.

Our new music is graciously provided by Shoeboxx Recordings. Check out their music on Soundcloud and like them on facebook. The intro is a selection from Journey by Kouben.

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Grace is a member of the Reformed Congregation of the Goddess – Crossroads, a part of RCG International.

Darren is a minister of The Church Within and organizer of the Novices of the Old Ways Midwest Men’s Circle.

 

People and things mentioned in the show

Indianapolis Pagan Pride

Order Aeternus Vovin – a Thelemic organization for gay and bisexual men and their event Coph Nia.

Announcements

You can now download My Babylon – Book One: Body for free at SmashwordsBarnes & NobleAppleKobo, Scribd, and via Bittorrent. Please let Amazon know that you found it free at those other websites.

James has released the My Babylon Complete Edition containing all five novellas. You can buy it in on Amazon both as a Kindle ebook and in paperback.

Both Colleen and Grace are members of Indianapolis Pagan Prison Ministries. IPPM is accepting donations of pagan books, please contact Colleen to donate.

Connect with Colleen on facebook.

Connect with Darren on facebook. Please message first mentioning Scroll of Thoth.

Connect with James at jameslwilber.comFacebookTwitter, and tumblr, and scrollofthoth.tumblr.com.

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The ending music is Hair Dye the WTCHDCTR remix by Eest Coast.

 

SoT Ep5 Magical Influences

“Magic in its earliest form is often referred to as “the art”.  I believe this is completely literal.  I believe that magic is art and that art, whether it be writing, music, sculpture, or any other form is literally magic.  Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words, or images, to achieve changes in consciousness.  The very language about magic seems to be talking as much about writing or art as it is about supernatural events.”

–Alan Moore

In this episode James and Colleen and their guest Shade OfRoses talk about magical influences, the books, movies, music, art and other media that shaped their magical practice.

Our new music is graciously provided by Shoeboxx Recordings. Check out their music on Soundcloud and like them on Facebook. The intro is a selection from Journey

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People and things mentioned in the show:

Colleen Mentions

Music

The Beatles – Abbey RoadSgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Moody Blues – Days of Future PassedTo Our Children’s Children

Books

J.R.R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings

Carlos Castaneda – The Teachings of Don JuanJourney to Ixtlan

Frank Herbert – Dune

Jan Longwell-Smiley – Master of Disaster: A Tale of Manifestation, Mayhem, and Magic

Don Miguel Ruiz – The Four Agreements

TV Shows & Movies

The Prisoner

Star Wars

Colleen & James

Joseph Campbell – The Power of MythThe Hero with a Thousand Faces

 Shade OfRoses Mentions:

Artists

Alphonse Mucha

Maxfield Parrish

Books

Charles Yu – How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

Marion Zimmer Bradley – The Mists of Avalon

Jean Auel – Clan of the Cave Bear

Neil Gaiman – SandmanAmerican GodsAnansi Boys

Mary Crow Dog – Lakota Woman

Charles DeLint

James Mentions

Wade Davis – The Serpent and the RainbowLight at the Edge of the World

James Gleick – The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood

Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha – Sex At Dawn

The Works of HP Lovecraft

James L. Wilber – My Babylon 

Announcements

My Babylon by James L. Wilber A serial novel about the paranormal and dark desires. The story of a cursed young man who has an intimate view of the Apocalypse. My Babylon weaves elements of urban fantasy, erotic horror, and real-world occult practices, to form a unique personal tale that thrills, terrifies, and even enlightens.

My Babylon Complete is now available at Amazon as a Kindle ebook and in print.

Connect with James at, jameslwilber.comFacebookTwitter, and tumblr, and scrollofthoth.tumblr.com.

Connect with Colleen on facebook.

The ending music is Hair Dye the WTCHDCTR remix by Eest Coast.

 

Story

In the last podcast, I mentioned a short story that I wrote about Odin returning to Earth. I think it will be of interest to those who wonder if the gods have changed along with our culture. To give you a sample of my fiction, I’m offering it as a free download to everyone on Kobo, and through the Scroll of Thoth mailing list.

Of Little Faith

The old gods are returning, or have they always been here?

Odin wakes to the call of a dying warrior, crying out to be taken to Valhalla. Roused from his centuries of slumber, he wanders the Earth until he finds gods old and new. Do they have the answers he seeks? How does an ancient god of war find his place in the modern world?

A musing on the nature of religion and spirituality. We may no longer need a patriarch, but do we need to rediscover our divinities?

SoT Ep4 Invocation

In this episode James and Colleen talk about invocation, what it is, how it’s practiced, the spirits involved, and adding it to your practice.

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People and things mentioned in the show:

Drawing Down the Moon, by Margot Adler

Good old Gerald Gardner, you should know who he is, and the Golden Dawn

Our friends at Anabasis Encampment OTO, and Frater Appollon GauVion’s excellent Youtube channel demonstrating many of the OTO rituals.

Janet & Stewart Farrar and Gavin Bone are leading the charge in spiritual witchcraft

Loki’s Song,” by Mikal Hrafspa

Muse, on the Scroll of Thoth website

Suggested Reading

Drawing Down the Moon, by Margot Adler

Divine Horsemen, by Mara Deren

The Inner Mysteries: Progressive Witchcraft and Connection to the Divine, by Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone

Devoted, various contributors, by Scarlet Imprint

Colleen’s notes for the show

Announcements

My Babylon by James L. Wilber A serial novel about the paranormal and dark desires. The story of a cursed young man who has an intimate view of the Apocalypse. My Babylon weaves elements of urban fantasy, erotic horror, and real-world occult practices, to form a unique personal tale that thrills, terrifies, and even enlightens.

My Babylon is told in a series of novellas. Books 1-4 are now available in the Kindle store.

The final chapter, Book Five: Beast, is coming June 25th.

Connect with James at, jameslwilber.comFacebookTwitter, and tumblr, and scrollofthoth.tumblr.com.

Connect with Colleen on facebook.

Magic-K

The following is an excerpt from My Babylon – Book Six: Commentary, something I am putting together to explain the esoteric content to the uninitiated readers. You may have heard some of this griping from me before. Book Six will also contain some of my posts from Scroll of Thoth. So in fairness, if you are a reader of this blog, just sign up for the mailing list and I will send you a free copy of Book Six when it comes out.

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I have a love-hate relationship with Aleister Crowley. I even resent the fact you can’t even talk about magick without talking about Uncle Al. He’s just that influential, and a force in modern culture too, but most people don’t realize it. It’s safe to say that the New Age movement wouldn’t look anything like it does now without Uncle Al. He’s the evil, spooky, boogie-man, hiding under your nice safe bed of astrology, crystals, and Angelology. No, I did not make that word up.

You know the cover to the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s album? The one with all the famous people on the cover? Top row, second one in from the left, the creepy looking bald guy, that’s Uncle Al. He’s known as a drinking, fornicating, ego-monster of mythical proportions. He referred to himself as Therion, which in Greek means, “beast,” meaning The Beast, the one from Revelations with the triple sixes. He created a religion called Thelema, in which one of the major deities is Babalon. Getting the picture? In essence, My Babylon, is a Thelemic fairy tale. A fantasy built on Uncle Al’s worldview.

I still hate the fucker most days.

I have a love-hate relationship with his followers too. Does that come through with Ezra? They are some of the most intelligent, articulate, fun-to-be-around people I’ve ever met. Until they start talking about Master Therion. Then it’s all, “Aleister Crowely” this, and “Crowley” that, and “He was such a genius,” and on and on until you want to slap them and scream, “The religion is supposed to me about individualism you fucking sheep!” But I still love hanging out with them.

Was Crowley a genius? That’s the question that turns me into a dog chasing his own tail. On one hand, he said some massively stupid shit, even for a man of his era (1875-1947). Like how the word yoga has Latin roots. Or using human sacrifice as a euphemism for masturbation. In fact, a lot of his failings in scholarship and logic come from his intense need to see everything as interconnected, even when it’s not. He also stole a lot of his material, much it of it from the Golden Dawn, a somewhat infamous magical order during the Victorian Age.

On the other hand, the way he mixed Western magical systems with Eastern ones was astounding. Magick had been derided in the West, driven underground. With the link between teacher and student often lost, much of the ancient wisdom and work of later alchemists was misunderstood. By drawing the parallels between Eastern mysticism and Western occultism, he reestablished the meanings of the rituals.

But I still find it hard not to hate him. His ego got in the way of everything, especially later in life. The ritual that Ezra does in Book One, The Star Ruby, originally instructed the magician to face East, pretty standard procedure when it comes to magick rituals, the directions have meaning. When he re-wrote the ritual years later, the instructions changed, telling the practitioner to face towards Crowley’s house in Scotland, like it was some kind of fucking Mecca. How’s that for being full of yourself?

In some ways, Mike is my rebellion against Crowley. He’s still the Beast, still an asshole, but lacking in the kind of ego Crowley had. Mike has no desire to insert himself into anyone else’s magick. He has no need to be adored by the masses. Just a desperate need to be adored on a personal level.

It was Uncle Al who started spelling magick with a K on the end. He did this to differentiate it from the stage magic of the illusionists. Important if you notice that Crowley was a contemporary of Harry Houdini. Also infuriatingly far-sighted, practically prophetic, as you yield very different results if you search Google with magic rather than magick.

Crowley also provides what has come to be the universally accepted definition of magick. “Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.” Different magical styles have developed since Crowley’s time that tweak that definition a bit, but no one can deny his influence.

Like the author, Mike is a practitioner of chaos magick. This does not mean I use deterministic or random mathematics in practices, though some chaos magicians do. This does not mean I am a Discordian, though many of my fellows are, and I respect them. You could probably get as many different definitions of chaos magick as there are chaos magicians. Kind of the point really. Some would even tell you that chaos magick as a “tradition” no longer exists, because all modern magicians have become chaos magicians to a certain extent. It’s hard to argue with that.

In my view, the core of chaos magick is the ability to use belief as a tool. A chaos magician can shift from one paradigm to another without pause, using whichever worldview currently suits their needs. Legio may be the best example of this. While he at times seems to totally buy the Christian perspective, as an antagonist, yet at the same time worships pagan gods. For a chaos magician, there need be no conflict. There can be a one-and-only-all-powerful GOD, and at the same time, gods, who are no less important. He recognizes that the culture he participates in is dominated by Christian beliefs, and that if he wants to influence that culture on a magical level, he must believe in that mythology.

One of the founder’s of chaos magick, quoted often in My Babylon, is Peter J. Carroll. The saying often used by Carroll as the chaos magician’s creed: “nothing is true, everything is permitted,” comes from Nietzche, who attributed it to the original Ḥashshāshīns of Middle East, active during the time of the Crusades. If taken as truth, it’s meant to liberate the magus and open their mind to all possibilities. It is not an excuse for licentiousness, as it is often portrayed. Though deviancy is sometimes encouraged as a means to break down one’s reservations.

Crowley’s supporters claim he was the first chaos magician, the first to start combining traditions as he saw fit. That’s not entirely true, but he did make combining traditions fashionable. There have been reactions against it, specifically from the re-constructionist movements in modern paganism. Those people want to bring back that really old time religion. I don’t see it happening. It will never be popular because we have moved so far past the culture that created those religions. We are too global now. The Crowley/chaos magicians rule the day now. Even the established religions are borrowing from each other. No one blinks an eye when a white guy in America calls himself a Buddhist or a Muslim. Some call this “cultural appropriation” as if it’s some kind of theft. That’s a subject for another book (hint).

Roll of Thoth – Non-Magick Magick Books

In which I share with you seven things to expand your art and raise your gnosis.

This time, books that have deeply influenced my magick, but are not about magick.

The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick – As a devotee of Thoth, this book is almost a sacred text to me. It explains so well how we communicate, and how everything is comprised of information. Where Peter J. Carroll uses the word mana or kia to describe the essence of the universe, I use information.

The Wayfinders by Wade Davis – Wade taught me why knowing magick may not only be personally empowering, but perhaps vital to our survival. Nothing can sum it up better that this quote:

“We have this extraordinary conceit in the West that while we’ve been hard at work in the creation of technological wizardry and innovation, somehow the other cultures of the world have been intellectually idle. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nor is this difference due to some sort of inherent Western superiority. We now know to be true biologically what we’ve always dreamed to be true philosophically, and that is that we are all brothers and sisters. We are all, by definition, cut from the same genetic cloth. That means every single human society and culture, by definition, shares the same raw mental activity, the same intellectual capacity. And whether that raw genius is placed in service of technological wizardry or unraveling the complex thread of memory inherent in a myth is simply a matter of choice and cultural orientation.”

Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha – This one sums up my reasons for being a follower of Babalon. It asks the question, are humans more like chimps or bonobos? My answer – we decide.

Nueromancer by William Gibson – One of the first cyberpunk novels, in it the main character exposes a philosophy that “the body is just meat.” I used to believe that’s true, but I still believe in the message that we create our own worlds.

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – A wonderful retelling of the King Arthur story which includes the clash between the old Celtic religion and Christianity. The best part is how some of the characters realize that both can be right.

The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft – There are things that humankind will never comprehend, Lovecraft makes you confront that horrible truth head-on. Word to the Lovecraft aficionado: there are plenty of cheap editions out there because Lovecraft’s work is in the public domain, but if you want insight and the texts in their purest form look for anything edited by S.T. Joshi.

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers – I don’t think anything I can say will add to the well deserved accolades of Joseph Campbell, so once again, I will let the quote do the work.

“Half the people in the world think that the metaphors of their religious traditions, for example, are facts. And the other half contends that they are not facts at all. As a result we have people who consider themselves believers because they accept metaphors as facts, and we have others who classify themselves as atheists because they think religious metaphors are lies.”