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What Magic is This? is a topic based podcast about Magic, the Occult, the Esoteric, the Paranormal and the Supernatural. Each episode, my guest picks a topic that is up for discussion and they have the opportunity to ask any question that occurs to them. For those curious about Magic in any way, these episodes should provide an introduction to the many aspects that make up the world of Magic.
 
PRAGMAGICK is the AUDIO GRIMOIRE conjured and curated by RocknRoller and Reformed Ruffian Keats Ross (of Dakota Slim, Revel Rosz) to document and discuss pragmatic and metaphysical concepts that inspire and enhance the creative process. www.pragmagick.com www.wethehallowed.org
 
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Since 2011, my guest Sam Block, also known as Polyphanes, has written well over 1.5 Million words on his Blog, The Digital Ambler. Having found his work in late 2013, I loved his passion and process regarding such texts as the Corpus Hermeticum and the Greek Magical Papyri. In this episode of WMiT? I finally get to pick his brain about some of my f…
 
WATCH THE LIMINALSTREAM: Welcome to the second weekly #liminalstream via the PRAGMAGICK YOUTUBE! Naviae Allora is a blood witch, a soothseer from a long line of genetic clairvoyeurs, wandering this world like a Jenny Appleseed dispatching beauty in magickal currents to everyone she touches. I’ve always been reticent to discuss astrological forecast…
 
WATCH THE LIMINALSTREAM: Welcome to the second weekly #liminalstream via the PRAGMAGICK YOUTUBE! On tonight’s program I am honored to be chatting with the fulltime Irish Rogue, sometime Cultural Soothsayer Mr. Thomas Sheridan. Sheridan is a prolific writer and lecturer on everything from psycopathy to Occultism – and I would consider him to be a tr…
 
WATCH THE LIMINALSTREAM: Welcome to the second weekly #liminalstream via the PRAGMAGICK YOUTUBE! “Welcome to the weekly Pragmagick #LiminalStream, I am your revelator Keats Ross and tonight I’d like to invite a brilliant, trans-dimensional wayfaring illustrator of wayward books and graphics to discuss the confluence between occult practice and “fun…
 
It probably didn't take us humans very long to discover that certain plants and fungi, when we interacted with them or ingested them- would cause strange effects. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes prophetic, often exhilarating- Drugs and our dalliances with them have intrigued and enthralled us for longer than we've been recording history. Many would…
 
WATCH THE LIMINALSTREAM: Welcome to the first weekly #liminalstream via the PRAGMAGICK YOUTUBE! Proud to inaugurate this new venture with Douglas Batchelor and I listing off some macabre media to help swell these autumnal winds! I also premiered an original song entitled “…It’s Finally Dawn” which Patreon subscribers can hear in full Hi Quality: ht…
 
Something available to each and every one of us is a capacity to explore strange worlds, dimensions, and realms. This can be as simple as having a dream each night, to as complex and unusual as a full-blown Out of Body Experience. While some would argue that this is merely just an act of Imagination, to those who Journey often such an explanation s…
 
'But Dead Men tell no Tales, they say! Except old tales that burn away the stifling tapestries of day. Old Tales of life, of love and hate, of time and space, and will, and fate.' Western magic has recently seen a revitalization of the Practice of Necromancy- Divination, Invocation, Evocation and Communication with Spirits of the Dead. Most likely,…
 
The Time has come. It was bound to happen. Now, you will have the chance to support me (your host- Douglas!) and my work with the Podcast. In this Episode of WMiT? I go through some of my thoughts on starting a Patreon account, the reasons for doing so, why one should join, what might be on the Patreon and More! Speaking from the heart, this is not…
 
One is constantly surprised by the world and universe we find ourselves in. Every Ecosystem seems to overflow with life, be it forest, desert, tundra, even cities. The longer one sticks with Magic, the more it seems like the whole Universe is somehow alive. Yet despite things we can identify as certainly being alive, perhaps some of the denizens of…
 
Many Magicians would say that one of the most important aspects of Magic is interacting with 'Spiritual Creatures.' The idea of Spirits being a part of this world and that there could be a 'Spirit World' has been with us far longer than it has not. Of course, the prevailing worldview of the last 300 years has done a fairly good job of attempting to…
 
The Greeks have a legacy in many areas of Modern Western culture- from Politics, to theatre, to philosophy and medicine. And of course- Magic, as it is from the Greeks that we get the word 'Magic.' Their stories are absolutely suffused with Magic, Gods and sorcerous characters, adding much to their mythical culture; The Greeks lived in a Magical wo…
 
On our second voyage into the azure waters, we dive into conversations and currents of Chaos. Firstly we talk about the Philosopher King of Magic, one Ramsey Dukes. From here we sail about on the winds of a few Chaos Magic orders and groups, ever pondering if there ever really was a Chaos Magic movement. My guest for this episode Saul sheds some li…
 
Late 1970's England. An iconoclastic group of misfit Magicians got tired of the same old story that in order for Magic to work, one had to be a part of a Tradition and go through necessary steps. To this they said 'Nonsense! All one needs is belief and how one utilizes that belief for it to work!' They thus birthed the first form of Postmodern Magi…
 
For a time, Emanuel Swedenborg was a name that many in Europe and America were familiar with. These days, very few have even heard the name and those who have, the words 'Madness' or 'Liar' are not behind. Called by Ralph Waldo Emerson 'A Mastodon of Literature' the work and life of Swedenborg are indeed extraordinary. From his odd inventions, Life…
 
We live in an observable, measurable world; one built of the smallest bits of matter. And so we live our lives thinking for the most part, that this is the reality of everything- that the only thing that matters, is matter. Yet for a dominant social paradigm, Materialism & Physicalism has a hard time with a few things, especially those things which…
 
Depression, high anxiety, addiction and other mental health issues effect a huge number of us. Many are looking for answers or ways that we can get better or deal with these afflictions ourselves. How does Magic and the Occult intersect with such things? Are there similarities, and if so- what can we learn from them? The amount of internal pain tha…
 
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was finished. However, much of their mystique was only just beginning. With the publication of their Rites and Rituals by Israel Regardie, the secrets of this Magical Order were finally revealed to the world. As for the world of the Golden Dawn, it was one of Kabbalah, of Divine Will and one that believed that …
 
There is no other Magical Order that has done as much to shape people's perceptions of Magic than The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. From the practical use of Tarot, to the emphasis of Kabbalah, to the idea of initiation into Magic- all of this was a consequence of this short-lived magical group. In the first of a two-part episode, Douglas puts…
 
Please subscribe to the PRAGMAGICK patreon for the full, unedited chat! http://patreon.com/pragmagick ~CLICK TO WATCH THE EPISODE~ INTERVIEW #38 “HAINTS” SAM SHADOW EPISODE NOTES: Sam Shadow – Mage, Musician And Crowned Child of Obatala – speaks with Keats about their wonderful journey into various pantheons of magick, identity and creativity. I’m …
 
Please subscribe to the PRAGMAGICK patreon for the full, unedited chat! http://patreon.com/pragmagick ~CLICK TO WATCH THE EPISODE~ INTERVIEW #37 “MAGNIFICENCE” Sir Bran The Blessed EPISODE NOTES: Bran Logan Hernandez is a native North Portlander and hereditary enchanter, witch and conjure queer who grew up practicing old school Hoodoo, New Orleans …
 
Ask anyone what they think the 4th Dimension is and most likely they will say that it is Time. Which is true, in some sense. But the 4th Dimension is more; so much more. It could be the lattice around which everything that has, is, and will happen- happens. The obsession with looking at higher dimensions and other worlds began in earnest in fin-de-…
 
Residing in the heart of England lives one of the most notorious Wizards of the last 100 years. A Wizard who has not only seen the future, but some say has had a hand in crafting it. Conjuring characters that are as timeless as his ideas, there does not seem much that is beyond this Sorcerer's Magic. We are talking about Northampton's own Mr. Alan …
 
In the Prologue to my Podcast, I talked about experiences; occurrences that happened to us all but were extraordinary in a way, something 'other' than normal. Aliens, Ghosts and Spirits are all somewhat common when these things happen. But what exactly is going on during these events? Is there some way that we can think about them that is useful to…
 
Another soul lurking around the Fools Gallery. This time, we introduce The Witch of Kings Cross- Rosaleen Norton. Kicked out of school for having a 'Depraved Nature which could corrupt the others' Rosaleen always did things her own way. Influenced by Aleister Crowley and other occultists, Ms. Norton crafted some amazing art from her Magic. She was …
 
It became clear very early on in Colin Wilson's life that there was one thing that he had to do for the world. Write. An author of over a hundred books, he was incredibly prolific. But Colin considered himself a philosopher. What kind of Philosopher? He called it New Existentialism- a way for each of us to be responsible for our gift of consciousne…
 
Please subscribe to the PRAGMAGICK patreon for the full, unedited chat! http://patreon.com/pragmagick ~CLICK TO WATCH THE EPISODE~ INTERVIEW #36 “PRAXIS” Douglas Batchelor Douglas Batchelor recording What Magic Is This? EPISODE NOTES: Douglas Batchelor is host of the phenomenal What Magic Is This? Podcast, an invaluable auditory resource on all thi…
 
Please subscribe to the PRAGMAGICK patreon for the full, unedited chat! http://patreon.com/pragmagick My thoughts on GENESIS P-ORRIDGE, as well as a tribute from Carl and Myself appear at the end of the episode in accordance with the livestream. ~CLICK TO WATCH THE LIVESTREAM~ INTERVIEW #35 “TALISMANIC” Carl Abrahamsson Carla Abrahamsson, Photo: Va…
 
Please subscribe to the PRAGMAGICK patreon for the full, unedited chat! http://patreon.com/pragmagick ~CLICK TO WATCH THE EPISODE~ Eric J. Millar in “The Impossible Game” ERIC J. MILLAR PRAGMAGICK INTERVIEW #34 EPISODE NOTES: SLITHER HITHER WIERDOS & WITCHES, on this episode of the PRAGMAGICK Cast… Outlet Press illustrator, Writer & Disruption Gene…
 
After Astrology, the second most popular form of divination is Cartomancy. For over 500 years, we have turned to cards to show us how things were, are and what might be. Cards used include the Tarot, Oracle Cards, Lenormand Cards, and good ol' fashioned Playing Cards. But how did this come about? More importantly, how do you do it? In this episode …
 
Please subscribe to the PRAGMAGICK patreon for the full, unedited chat! http://patreon.com/pragmagick ~CLICK TO WATCH THE EPISODE~ Thomas Sheridan in “HEX” PRAGMAGICK INTERVIEW #33 EPISODE NOTES: SLITHER HITHER WIERDOS & WITCHES, on this episode of the PRAGMAGICK Cast… Thomas Sheridan Thomas has been in the peripheral of my occult and magickal lean…
 
Scattered across many museums, there are scrolls of Papyrus from the Early Common Era. Strange documents filled with spells of all kinds, formulae, prayers, hymns, rituals and rites. Their influences are all over the place- Egyptian, Greek, Jewish, Babylonian, Coptic even Gnostic and Christian. They are called the Greek Magical Papyri. Amazing docu…
 
Continuing with our deep dive on Cornelius Agrippa, this time around the tables are turned and Doug is the Guest. The Arnemancy Podcast is Hosted by Reverend Erik, in which he discusses topics with many magically inclined folks. In this specific Episode, we toss around aspects of a book which may or may not have been written by Agrippa- The Fourth …
 
Occultist. Theologian. Mercenary. Soldier. Physician. Spy. Scholar. Legal Expert. Peripatetic Polymath. Prisoner. Heretic. Certainly someone who lived a full life, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa looms large over the Occult, and is an obvious addition to the Fools Gallery. He is certainly one of the Titans of Magic, anyone seriously interested in the Oc…
 
This episode is coming in swift as a greyhound, quick as light. Ancient Egypt has kept us enthralled for centuries. From the childlike curiosity of their culture, Gods and architectural marvels to the miraculous perspective of everyday life. One force weaved everything together from the beginning of their civilization to the end- Magic. The rites u…
 
Please subscribe to the PRAGMAGICK patreon for the full, unedited chat! http://patreon.com/pragmagick ~CLICK TO WATCH THE EPISODE~ Steve Rae is Saroth the Mage in “REDEEMER” PRAGMAGICK INTERVIEW #32 Steve Rae AKA Saroth The Mage EPISODE NOTES: SLITHER HITHER WIERDOS & WITCHES, on this episode of the PRAGMAGICK Cast… Steve Rae is Saroth The Mage I’l…
 
Perhaps the most notorious Grimoire (Book of Spells) of all time. Occultists and scholars fear this book and the magic within. Known as Al Azif, it was transcribed or received by Abdul Alhazred in the 9th Century. Only five copies of this mysterious text exist, and it is certain that those who study these documents either go mad or come to regret t…
 
Please subscribe to the PRAGMAGICK patreon for the full, unedited chat! http://patreon.com/pragmagick The episode art was divined by Eric J. Millar’s DISRUPTION GENERATOR, available through W†H & Outlet Press. The component was #29 “GATE” GRIMSTEAK in “HOPE” PRAGMAGICK INTERVIEW #31 EPISODE NOTES: SLITHER HITHER WIERDOS & WITCHES, on this episode o…
 
Sit Down. Shut up. Follow the Breath. Over the last 40 years, there has been quite a bit of scientific inquiry into the benefits of a technique that is utilized by many cultures and religions around the world. Science aside, Meditation is often one of the first things that an occult aspirant is directed to do. On this episode of WMiT? Doug and Avaa…
 
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