SoT Ep 13 – Babalon in Black

This episode James, Colleen and Shade OfRoses speak with Laurelei and Natalie Black about the Babalon Rising Festival, Liber Qayin, Polyamory, being a priestess of Aphrodite, and the Witches’ goetia.

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People and things mentioned in the show

We have an email interview with Peter J. Carroll on the website. He talks about chaos magick and his new book, The Epoch.

Natalie is a founding organizer of the Babalon Rising Pan-Thelemic Festival, now in its 8th year.

Laurelei and Natalie have co-authored many books under their Asteria Books imprint:

Liber Qayin

Cult of Aphrodite: Rites and Festivals of the Golden One

The Witches’ Key to the Legion: A Guide to Solomonic Sorcery

Temple of Love

Announcements

Both Laurelei and James will be presenters at the 2nd International Left Hand Path Conference in Indianapolis, July 25th-27th.

Check out all the events at Camp Midian festival site!

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 ebooks My Babylon Complete Edition containing all five novellas is now on sale for $2.99.

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

Connect with Laurelei Black at her blog http://aphroditespriestess.blogspot.com/ or on Facebook.

Connect with Natalie Black on Facebook or visit her at Inner Path

Connect with Colleen on facebook.

Connect with Shade at http://shadeofroses.tumblr.com/ or at geeksoutafterdark.com

Connect with James at jameslwilber.comFacebookTwitter, and tumblr, and scrollofthoth.tumblr.comhttp://magicalrecord.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.

 

Interview with Peter J. Carroll

Anyone who has been practicing magick in the last twenty-five years shouldn’t need to be told who Peter J. Carroll is. Along with Austin Osman Spare, Ray Sherwin, and Phil Hine, Peter Carroll is considered one of the founders of the chaos magick movement. His book, Liber Null, is an occult bestseller and all of his subsequent writings: Liber Kaos, Psybermagick, The Apophenion, and The Octavo, have been influential in their own right. Pope Pete (retired) was also the founder of the Illuminates of Thanateros, AKA The Pact, the premier chaos magick organization.

These days he is Chancellor of Arcanorium College, an online magical university, and has recently completed a new book, Epoch.  To accompany the Epoch, Pete enlisted the aid of artist Matt Kabryn to create the Portals of Chaos cards. The fifty-four card deck, not a simple re-hash of the tarot, can be used more various magical works besides divination.

For those who remember the first Scroll of Thoth podcast, Peter Carroll has had a profound effect on my own career as a magician. His lecture, “The Philosophy and Practice of Magick,” opened my eyes, to a view of magick that transcends Thelema, traditional ritual magick, and shamanism.

That’s why it’s my distinct privilege to have Peter J. Carroll answer some questions on his magical career and upcoming work.

 

SoT: Liber Null has become the foundation for a world-spanning magical order and an entire movement within the magical subculture. What were your expectations when you first wrote it?

Pete:  It seemed to me the next logical step in the development of magic; after all we inhabit an era when the classical ‘spirit’ paradigm and even the nineteenth century ‘energy’ paradigm appear increasingly inadequate to model esoteric phenomena, and the new cross-cultural eclecticism demands that we take into account esoteric ideas from other cultures and theoretical ideas from other disciplines such as science and psychology. I had no expectations other than to organize and upgrade my own ideas at first but it didn’t surprise me that many others wanted to go in a similar direction.

 

SoT: Given that you no longer hold a leadership position within the Illuminates of Thanateros, are you happy with the current state of The Pact and what do you think they can do more of?

Pete: I remain in occasional contact. I made my position clear in this paper: – http://www.specularium.org/index.php?option=com_blog&view=comments&pid=110&Itemid=137

I think a separation of magical and administrative grades remains overdue.

 

SoT: On your blog, Specularium, you make clear your opinions on the European Union and the nanny state in general. What sort of governance do you think Western nations should be moving towards and is it anything close to the Chaotopia you describe in Psybermagick?

Pete: The EU has a profoundly undemocratic structure and a sham parliament with no real power. Thus it operates as a Synarchy of the European Political Classes with scant regard for the wishes of the population. It uses the tactics of the nanny state to introduce controls over everything it possibly can to give itself arbitrary power, and thus it tends towards a species of legalistic totalitarianism. I do not want a uniform Europe presided over by a Synarchy of faceless bureaucrats hiding behind non-entity figureheads, none of whom do we elect and none of whom can we apparently sack. The strength of Europe lies in its diversity, the EU will remain permanently dysfunctional unless it can force everyone to live and work exactly like Germans.

The current sham European parliament functions more like the British House of Lords, merely as a consultative and rubber stamping organization. For a start I’d like to replace that with an assembly of randomly selected citizens rather than career politicians, (and the same for the House of Lords actually).

 

SoT: In the Octavo, you introduce the concept of the Knights of Chaos, a pro-active magical order dedicated to environmentalism. What are some of the things the Knights of Chaos have done so far and are there any plans to organize them beyond the classes at Arcanorium College?

Pete: The KoC fights an uphill battle against almost impossible odds using rather strange magical techniques. KoC agents buried a servitor in the centre of St Peter’ Square in the Vatican a while ago and the mad old fool of a pope resigned shortly afterwards and became replaced with what seems a dream candidate, a good guy for a change. Iran’s new front man also seems much more reasonable than the last one although the hardline religious hierarchy behind him still remains a barrier to progress. We also conjured to impede arctic oil drilling, with gratifying results. We currently consider releasing selected target data for future campaigns to allied esoteric groups.

 

SoT: What are your duties as Chancellor of Arcanorium College and why do you believe it would be beneficial for a practicing magician to enroll?

Pete: I look in almost every day and monitor the courses, projects, and discussions in progress and attend to the responses of those doing the Bachelor of Magic degree course. It provides a forum where magicians of all levels of knowledge and experience can come together and discuss their ideas and results and inspirations.

 

SoT: You call your upcoming book, Epoch, a “culmination of 40 years of magical experience.” What are some of the major changes in your personal practice since Liber Null?

Pete: Having achieved many of my life’s aims in business and family matters I’m doing less results magic for personal objectives these days and more for friends and for what you might call higher causes in the realms of ecology and the survival of civilization and the human race.

 

SoT: According to the content listings, you dedicated an entire section of Epoch to magic based on the Lovecraftian Mythos. For what types of magick do you find the Mythos paradigm useful and what are some of your results?

Pete: I’ve increasingly used it to augment my exploration of the wilder shores of knowledge. In cosmology I’ve tended to Invoke Yog-Sothoth before meditation on the stranger implications of emerging data. The rather radical equation  for the internal radius of a hypersphere emerged recently, it neatly removes all singularities from the universe at a stroke, perhaps it will prove of use.

 

SoT: Along with Epoch you are also releasing the Portals of Chaos cards. You have already said that the cards can be useful for much more than divination. Can you give some specific examples of how the cards might be used in various magical workings?

Pete: They also prove very useful for evocation and invocation because they all depict various god-forms and parts of the human psyche, and from the invocations you can proceed to works of illumination or enchantment. We have made the cards large enough to function as altarpieces or icons.

 

SoT: What are some of the most spectacular and beneficial results you have achieved and what do you think was an important element in achieving those results?

Pete: I’ve only ever done a small handful of ‘impossible’ things by magic in my entire career, and then more or less accidentally, I mean things like materializing objects or telekinesis, I cannot do such things at will. However my belief in magic has allowed me to attempt all sorts of lesser but still improbable and difficult things and to get probability moving in a favorable direction.

 

SoT: For those of us unable to attend the Occult Conference in Glastonbury what is the best way to obtain a copy of Epoch and the Portals of Chaos?

If we don’t have enough copies for those who want one on the day, Arcanorium College will provide a full online purchase and delivery service, and we shall also distribute via selected bookshops and booksellers.

 

Artwork by Matt Kaybryn from the Portals of Chaos, the Babalon and Thoth cards respectively.

SoT Ep12 Evocation

This episode James, Colleen and special guest Joel Monka talk about evocation.

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People and things mentioned in the show

Peter J. Carroll has offered to participate in an email interview for the website. Please send us your questions, especially those concerning his new project, The Epoch. Email us at james at scrollofthoth dot com or call us and leave a message at 317-296-3247.

Babalon Rising

Lon Milo DuQuette’s books – My Life with the Spirits, and Low Magick: It’s All In Your Head… You Just Have No Idea How Big Your Head Is

Read about the demon Mr. Clicks

Getting what you ask for – jobs that suck

Announcements

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

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

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.

His new book, Chasing the Wyrm, is coming March 15th.

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

Call and leave a message for the show at 317-296-3247 or email james at scrollofthoth dot 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 Ep11 – Renaissance Witch

This episode James and Colleen talk with accomplished witch Helena Zahara about the many facets of modern witchcraft.

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People and things mentioned in the show

Contact Helena Zahara through Facebook

The books of Scott Cunningham

And Starhawk

Uncle Bucky’s Big Blue Book, AKA Buckland’s Complete Book Of Witchcraft

Inner Path

Oranje Art Festival

Babalon Rising

Crysalis Moon

Announcements

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.

Underground has been reviewed on the Indie and More Book Review podcast. James will also be interviewed in an upcoming episode of Literature Emergency Broadcast.

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 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.

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 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.

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

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