Occult of Personality http://occultofpersonality.net Peering Behind the Veil Mon, 09 Feb 2015 04:02:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Occult of Personality podcast provides recorded audio interviews with serious esoteric teachers and scholars from all over the world. Greg Kaminsky no Greg Kaminsky rochester92@yahoo.com rochester92@yahoo.com (Greg Kaminsky) © 2006 -2015 Peering behind the Veil Occult of Personality http://occultofpersonality.net/hotlink-ok/OoP.jpg http://occultofpersonality.net TV-PG Salem, Massachusetts Monthly Angel Millar http://occultofpersonality.net/angel-millar/ http://occultofpersonality.net/angel-millar/#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 05:30:35 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=2024 http://occultofpersonality.net/angel-millar/feed/ 3 Historian of Freemasonry and author Angel Millar returns to the show in podcast episode 151 to discuss his recently published book Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition, available from Salamander and Sons. Historian of Freemasonry and author Angel Millar (http://angelmillar.com/) returns to the show in podcast episode 151 to discuss his recently published book Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition, available from Salamander and Sons (... Greg Kaminsky no 1:01:21 Magickal Art in the New Aeon http://occultofpersonality.net/magickal-art-in-the-new-aeon/ http://occultofpersonality.net/magickal-art-in-the-new-aeon/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:38:53 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=2004 http://occultofpersonality.net/magickal-art-in-the-new-aeon/feed/ 1 Podcast episode 150 features the panel discussion from the 2014 OCCULT Arts Salon, entitled "Magickal Art in the New Aeon." photo by Sean Hanney OCCULT Arts Salon 2014 was the second annual weekend long esoteric salon honoring, exploring, Podcast episode 150 features the panel discussion from the 2014 OCCULT Arts Salon (http://www.occultartssalem.net), entitled "Magickal Art in the New Aeon." (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/OCCULTIIpanelsm.jpg)photo by Sean Hanney OCCULT Arts Salon (http://www.occultartssalem.net) 2014 was the second annual weekend long esoteric salon honoring, exploring, and celebrating the intertwining vines which feed both magick and creative art. Featuring workshops/lectures, art exhibition/salon, panel discussion, performances, rituals, and masque. The primary intention of the panel discussion was to explore how ideas about divisions in time, ages or aeons, affect creativity and various movements in art, music, performance, and literature. (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/OCCULTIIpostersm.jpg)image by Bryce Churchill, Hexagram/Pentagram design inspired by Richard Ravish The discussion was moderated by your host, Greg Kaminsky, and the panelists were (in order of appearance): * Natan Alexander (http://natanalexander.com/) - an award winning tattoo artist, an officer of the Ordo Templi Orientis at Knights Templar Oasis (http://knightstemplar-oto.org/) in Salem, MA, and an occult artist working in various mediums in addition to tattooing * K Lenore Siner (http://klenoresiner.com/) - visual artist * Ron Lelito - magician and musician * Aepril Schaile (http://aeprilschaile.com/) - performance artist, astrologer, and co-organizer of OCCULT Arts Salon * Richard Kaczynski (http://www.richard-kaczynski.com/) - Crowley biographer, author, and musician * Aria Michaels Paradise (http://www.abraxasintuitivearts.com/) - performance artist and healer * Karagan Griffith - Alexandrian High Priest, actor, director, and host of "On the Black Chair: Conversations on the Occult with Karagan Griffith (https://www.youtube.com/user/ontheblackchair)" (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/OCCULTIIpanel2sm.jpg) Additional links of interest: OCCULT Arts Salon - Occult of Personality podcast episode 134 (http://occultofpersonality.net/occult-esoteric-arts-salon/) Richard Kaczynski - Occult of Personality podcast episode 122 (http://occultofpersonality.net/richard-kaczynski/) Dr. Nevill Drury - Occult of Personality podcast episode 135 (http://occultofpersonality.net/dr-nevill-drury/) (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/OCCULTIIpanel3sm.jpg) In the Occult of Personality Membership Section (http://occultofpersonality.net/membership/), subscribers can listen to a presentation on inner alchemy that was recorded at the Hermetic Arts Learning Center in Salem, Massachusetts on the evening of November 14, 2014, along with an additional offer for subscribers to participate in an ongoing series of online classes about inner alchemy. Membership provides access to a tremendous archive of additional interviews and teachings for a low monthly fee while helping to support the production and distribution of the show. Join now (http://occultofpersonality.net/membership/membership-options) to receive access to all the exclusive content! intro music by Paul Avgerinos (http://magnatune.com/artists/avgerinos.html) outro music – "Ritual" by Beth Quist (http://magnatune.com/artists/albums/quist-dance?song=9) Greg Kaminsky no Nicki Scully http://occultofpersonality.net/nicki-scully/ http://occultofpersonality.net/nicki-scully/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 17:26:47 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1993 http://occultofpersonality.net/nicki-scully/feed/ 0 Internationally renowned healer and author Nicki Scully is our guest in podcast episode 149. "Nicki Scully has been teaching healing, shamanic arts, and the Egyptian Mysteries since 1983. During her first visit to Egypt with the Grateful Dead in 1... Internationally renowned healer and author Nicki Scully (http://www.shamanicjourneys.com/) is our guest in podcast episode 149. (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/Planetary_Healing.jpg) "Nicki Scully has been teaching healing, shama... Greg Kaminsky no Austin Coppock http://occultofpersonality.net/austin-coppock/ http://occultofpersonality.net/austin-coppock/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:32:40 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1978 http://occultofpersonality.net/austin-coppock/feed/ 0 Astrologer Austin Coppock, author of 36 Faces: The History, Astrology, and Magic of the Decans, is our guest in podcast episode 148. Austin Coppock is a writer, astrologer and student of esoteric lore based in Los Angeles. Astrologer Austin Coppock (http://austincoppock.com/), author of 36 Faces: The History, Astrology, and Magic of the Decans (http://www.threehandspress.com/36faces.php), is our guest in podcast episode 148. (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/36_hc.jpg) Austin Coppock is a writer, astrologer and student of esoteric lore based in Los Angeles. He works as an astrological consultant, teacher, writer and speaker and is the current president of the Association for Young Astrologers. His approach to astrology is rooted in history and tradition, yet open to contemporary developments and concerns. Austin’s work also encompasses the critical and often ignored overlap between astrology and magical traditions, such as Hermeticism. He has written extensively on astrology, including hundreds of weekly columns, dozens of articles, and Astrological Almanacs for 2011 - 2014. His writing has been featured by The Mountain Astrologer, and his work on the decans, 36 Faces, was recently published by Three Hands Press. Austin has also lectured publicly, including at the Esoteric Book Conference. (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/2014-Astrological-Almanac.png) "Austin Coppock's Almanac is an indispensable tool for watching the astrological year. Not only does it provide insightful information about the celestial events of the moment but it also allows one to account for those moments when planning events, decisions, or other activities. All this, plus it's written in an entertaining and illuminating style." - William Kiesel (http://occultofpersonality.net/william-kiesel/), Director at Ouroboros Press and the Esoteric Book Conference (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/3hpDeluxe.jpg) "There is a thread that runs through over four millennia of astrological and magical history, a cord that binds ancient Egypt with the Hellenistic world, the Arabian empire, India, the European Renaissance and even touches the present. That thread is the Decans, a division of the earth’s sky into 36 sections. These 36 ‘Faces of Heaven’ are more than just a curious footnote in the history of archaeo-astronomy. First emerging in ancient Egypt, they have moved with the corpus of Hermetic material, reincarnating in the starry wisdom of culture after culture. Ostensibly a gear in astrology’s encompassing clockworks, the Decans have also long been a key to accessing legions of spirits. For several millennia and in multiple cultures, magicians have looked at these 36 faces and seen gods, choirs of angels, hordes of demons, and a host of daimones staring back at them, each with its own unique powers. Far from going undocumented, this gallery of faces has been painted and drawn by a host of astrologers, sorcerers and artists, and they can be found on walls of Italian villas as well as in the pages of grimoires. Weaving together astrology and magic, divination and sorcery, time and sky, this thread of esoteric history deserves more than the footnotes it has so far received. In this work, Austin Coppock follows the Decans through history, charting their trajectory through time and culture. Using the ring of keys which history provides, the 36 doors are flung open, revealing their mysteries to magician and astrologer alike. Each decan, its image, and its specific powers are examined in detail, as well as its permutations in the planetary aspects. Featuring original images specially created for each Decan by Bob Eames, 36 Faces is an invaluable resource for magicians, astrologers, and historians of magical semiotics." (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/Astrological_Man.jpg) I appreciate Austin’s approach to astrology because he is so grounded in history, tradition, and connections to other esoteric arts while demonstrating its efficacy in modern times. I recommend his almanac and look forward to his book! In the Occult of Personality Membership Section (http://occultofpersonality.net/membership/), Greg Kaminsky no Dr. David Shoemaker – Living Thelema http://occultofpersonality.net/dr-david-shoemaker-living-thelema/ http://occultofpersonality.net/dr-david-shoemaker-living-thelema/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:54:08 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1959 http://occultofpersonality.net/dr-david-shoemaker-living-thelema/feed/ 3 Dr. David Shoemaker, author of Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley's System of Magick, is our guest in podcast episode 147. Dr. David Shoemaker is a clinical psychologist in private practice, Dr. David Shoemaker (http://livingthelema.com/), author of Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley's System of Magick (http://astore.amazon.com/occulofperso-20/detail/0989384411), is our guest in podcast episode 147. (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/Shoemaker-publicity-pic.jpg) Dr. David Shoemaker is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in Jungian and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. David is the Chancellor of the International College of Thelema (http://intcot.org/), and the Prolocutor of its initiatory Order, the Temple of the Silver Star (http://cotnorcal.org/COTNC/Temple_of_the_Silver_Star.html). He has been a member of O.T.O. (http://oto-usa.org/) and a student of A∴A∴ (http://onestarinsight.org/) since 1993, and he has more than fifteen years of experience supervising students in these traditions. He is Past Master of 418 Lodge, O.T.O. (http://418lodge.org/) in Sacramento, having succeeded Soror Meral (http://cotnorcal.org/COTNC/Soror_Meral.html) (Phyllis Seckler), his friend and teacher. He also serves as the M.W.S. of Alpha Chapter, and as a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Order. David is the founding President of the O.T.O. Psychology Guild (http://animasolis.com/guild), and a frequent speaker at NOTOCON (http://notocon.org/). He is also a member of the U.S.G.L. Initiation Training, E.G.C. Clergy Training, and Planning committees, and he serves as an Advanced Initiator Trainer. A consecrated Bishop of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (http://oto-usa.org/oto/egc/), David led the team that developed the Pastoral Counseling Workshops (http://www.animasolis.com/guild/Pastoral_Counseling.html), and he enjoys bringing the workshops to O.T.O. members around the U.S. David is a co-editor of the journals Neshamah (http://www.animasolis.com/guild/Neshamah.html) (Psychology Guild) and Cheth (http://418lodge.org/Site/Store.html) (418 Lodge). In addition to his essays in these publications, his writings have been published in the journals Mezlim and Black Pearl, and his chapter on Kabbalistic Psychology was included in the Instructor’s Manual of Fadiman and Frager’s Personality and Personal Growth, an undergraduate psychology textbook. He was the compiler of the ICOT publication, Jane Wolfe: The Cefalu Diaries 1920-1923 (http://cotnorcal.org/COTNC/Store.html), and a co-editor of the ICOT/Teitan Press collections of the writings of Phyllis Seckler (Soror Meral), The Thoth Tarot, Astrology, & Other Selected Writings and The Kabbalah, Magick, and Thelema. Selected Writings Volume II. His most recent publication is Living Thelema:  A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley’s System of Magick. (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/lt-site-banner.jpg) "The system of spiritual attainment developed by Aleister Crowley is notoriously challenging in its scope. Adapted from the popular podcast segment of the same name, Living Thelema brings a welcome approachability to Crowley’s material, without diminishing the depth of the system. The author focuses on the practical and experiential aspects of the path of Thelema, allowing the reader to grasp the true transformative power of the system. Beginners and advanced practitioners alike will find much useful advice here, as Shoemaker brings his characteristic down-to-earth style to bear on topics such as ritual and meditation practices, sex magick, astral projection, psychotherapy for magicians, the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, and that pinnacle of attainment known as the crossing of the Abyss. The author’s background as a practicing psychotherapist allows an entirely unique fusion of esoteric wisdom and cognitive science. Living Thelema is an invaluable handbook for every modern magician." (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/Living_Thelema_fine_edition.jpg) Not only is the book recommended by luminaries of the Thelemic tradition (e.g. Greg Kaminsky no Robert Sullivan and The Royal Arch of Enoch http://occultofpersonality.net/robert-sullivan-and-the-royal-arch-of-enoch/ http://occultofpersonality.net/robert-sullivan-and-the-royal-arch-of-enoch/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:45:23 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1940 http://occultofpersonality.net/robert-sullivan-and-the-royal-arch-of-enoch/feed/ 2 Robert W. Sullivan IV, author of The Royal Arch of Enoch: The Impact of Masonic Ritual, Philosophy, and Symbolism, is our guest in podcast episode 146. Robert W. Sullivan IV is a philosopher, historian, antiquarian, jurist, theologian, writer, Robert W. Sullivan IV (http://robertwsullivaniv.com/), author of The Royal Arch of Enoch: The Impact of Masonic Ritual, Philosophy, and Symbolism (http://astore.amazon.com/occulofperso-20/detail/1937121224), is our guest in podcast episode 146. (htt... Greg Kaminsky no Vincent Bridges http://occultofpersonality.net/vincent-bridges/ http://occultofpersonality.net/vincent-bridges/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:34:27 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1922 http://occultofpersonality.net/vincent-bridges/feed/ 1 Vincent Bridges (1952 - 2014), expert on Sir Edward Kelley and co-author of The Ophanic Revelation: Angelic Science and the End of Time - a unique book about Enochian Magick, is our guest in podcast episode 145. Author, esoteric historian, Vincent Bridges (http://www.vincentbridges.eu/en/) (1952 - 2014), expert on Sir Edward Kelley and co-author of The Ophanic Revelation: Angelic Science and the End of Time - a unique book about Enochian Magick, is our guest in podcast episode 145. (h... Greg Kaminsky no Andrieh Vitimus http://occultofpersonality.net/andrieh-vitimus/ http://occultofpersonality.net/andrieh-vitimus/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 19:06:28 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1911 http://occultofpersonality.net/andrieh-vitimus/feed/ 0 Andrieh Vitimus returns to the show in podcast episode 144. He appeared previously in podcast 64. Andrieh Vitimus is the author of the acclaimed book Hands on Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation Through the Ovayki Current and is also published in se... Andrieh Vitimus (http://andriehvitimus.com/) returns to the show in podcast episode 144. He appeared previously in podcast 64 (http://occultofpersonality.net/podcast-64-hands-on-chaos-magic-with-andrieh-vitimus/). (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/andrieh_vitimus.png) Andrieh Vitimus is the author of the acclaimed book Hands on Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation Through the Ovayki Current (http://astore.amazon.com/occulofperso-20/detail/0738715085) and is also published in several anthologies. Vitimus holds the highest initiatory rank in Haitian Vodou, is a Reiki Master, an NLP practitioner, and a hypnotherapist. Andrieh Vitimus is a faculty member at Peter Carroll’s Arcanorium College and has taught at conventions throughout the mid-west United States. He’s also the co-host of the Deeper down the Rabbit Hole radio show (http://ddtrh.com/). (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/Hands-On_Chaos_Magic.jpg) In the interview, Andrieh talks about his magickal activities since publishing Hands-On Chaos Magic, including the Quantum Life Science Institute, and his radio show, Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole. We spend considerable time discussing chaos magick and its characteristics. We also delve into Vitimus' personal history and experience to better understand his perspectives on esoteric theory and practice, including the practical applications of magick. (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/Veve+Legba.gif) Vitimus' reputation is that of a very well-known and hard-working occultist who is perhaps one of the most accessible public practitioners around. Although he's outspoken, Vitimus' work speaks for itself. In the Occult of Personality Membership Section (http://occultofpersonality.net/membership/), Andrieh Vitimus shares his unbiased opinions about hosting the Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole radio show in a conversation that explicitly confronts issues within esotericism. Join us for that stimulating discussion! Andrieh Vitimus (http://andriehvitimus.com/) Hands-On Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation Through the Ovayki Current (http://astore.amazon.com/occulofperso-20/detail/0738715085) by Andrieh Vitimus Occult of Personality Podcast 64 - "Hands-On Chaos Magic" with Andrieh Vitimus (http://occultofpersonality.net/podcast-64-hands-on-chaos-magic-with-andrieh-vitimus/) (audio is available in the OoP Membership Section (http://occultofpersonality.net/membership/)) Quantum Life Science Institute (http://quantumlifescience.com/) Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole radio show (http://ddtrh.com/) intro music by HipGnosis (http://hipgnosis.us/) and Paul Avgerinos (http://magnatune.com/artists/avgerinos.html) outro music - "Oh Well" by Kettleblack (http://magnatune.com/artists/albums/kettleblack-bullfrog?song=4) Greg Kaminsky no Robert Podgurski – The Sacred Alignments & Dark Side of Sigils http://occultofpersonality.net/robert-podgurski-the-sacred-alignments-dark-side-of-sigils/ http://occultofpersonality.net/robert-podgurski-the-sacred-alignments-dark-side-of-sigils/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:27:55 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1901 http://occultofpersonality.net/robert-podgurski-the-sacred-alignments-dark-side-of-sigils/feed/ 6 Robert Podgurski, author of The Sacred Alignments & Dark Side of Sigils - a truly excellent book, published by Mandrake Ltd., is our guest in podcast episode 143. - Robert Podgurski has been researching and working with the Enochian system, Robert Podgurski (http://www.gridmagick.com/), author of The Sacred Alignments & Dark Side of Sigils (http://www.weiserantiquarian.com/cgi-bin/wab455/42531.html) - a truly excellent book, published by Mandrake Ltd. (http://www.mandrake-press.co.uk/), is our guest in podcast episode 143. Robert Podgurski has been researching and working with the Enochian system, the techniques of Austin Osman Spare, and other forms of magickal practice for over 30 years and has published a number of essays on magick and the occult, as well as his own poetry. He’s also conducted lectures and workshops throughout the United States. (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/Grid_Sigil_2.jpg) The Sacred Alignments & Dark Side of Sigils represents a groundbreaking study in modern magick and the exploration of consciousness. In this book, Robert Podgurski describes the discovery of the Grid Sigil and its uses as he initially intuited them. This particular sigilic tool bridges the gap between Enochian Magick and Austin Spare’s unique system of sigilization. However, the Grid Sigil is not so much the primary focus of this book as is the elaboration upon the methodology and underpinning elements developed in support of this discovery that should prove to be of key interest to practitioners and researchers of western esotericism. And it is ultimately the goal of the author to provide other aspirants with his unique perspective on this complex framework as a means to promote and inspire innovations in new-aeonic magick. Furthermore, unlike many new age and modern metaphysical works prevalent today The Sacred Alignments & Dark Side of Sigils is bolstered by over 25 years of well documented research into Hermeticism, Enochian Magick, Eastern theories of Yantra and Tantra, as well as Geomagnetism, Sigils, etc. The scholarly dimension of this book should appeal to serious students of Renaissance occultism as well as to modern Thelemic magicians. (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/Fig_9b_adjusted.png) Robert’s book, The Sacred Alignments & Dark Side of Sigils, introduces the reader to the Grid Sigil - an original and innovative magical tool that is designed not only to focus and empower internalized workings but also to play an active part in external applications such as dowsing and elemental workings. The “Sacred Alignments” of the title explores the pathways that exist between the Grid Sigil and other forms of magick: principally Enochian but also those of Crowley, Spare, Bertiaux, and others. In addition to providing a practical exposition of Sigil Magick, “The Sacred Alignments” offers a scholarly exploration of its diverse roots and inspirations, from the thought of Robert Grosetteste and medieval Western concepts of the Divine Signature, to Eastern antecedents such as Tantric Philosophies of Yantra and Mandala. The work is illustrated with black and white and color plates, including a number by Linda Falorio (http://anandazone.nu/), and also serves as a celebration of magick as an artful endeavor. (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/The_Star_Falorio.jpg) "... I do believe that one of the objectives of this book, as would be the case for any text of magick, is to bring all or at least some of the reader's previous notions of magick to task and to hopefully initiate a process of introspection and re-evaluation thereof. Hopefully the reader will bring the precepts of this book along with their own perceptions under scrutiny. So I have developed this study not just as a modern how-to manual, but as a critical and historical study of the earth's grid, i.e. the geomagnetic web, sigils and evocation and mantra as they all relate to my recent discovery of the Grid Sigil... Ultimately, the use of the Grid Sigil is aimed at affording a higher sense of the interaction between the weave of celestial and terrestrial energies as they exist and the aspirant's place within this great tapestry. Greg Kaminsky no Lee Gerrard-Barlow http://occultofpersonality.net/lee-gerrard-barlow/ http://occultofpersonality.net/lee-gerrard-barlow/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:47:39 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1884 http://occultofpersonality.net/lee-gerrard-barlow/feed/ 2 Lee Gerrard-Barlow, a Mesmerist, hypnotherapist, N.L.P. practitioner, and teacher is our guest in podcast episode 142. Lee Gerrard-Barlow has been working therapeutically with trance states, meditation, Lee Gerrard-Barlow (http://arcanatherapies.com/), a Mesmerist, hypnotherapist, N.L.P. practitioner, and teacher is our guest in podcast episode 142. (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/lgb-2.jpg) Lee Gerrard-Barlow has been working therapeutically with trance states, meditation, and yoga based practices for the past 20 years. He trained as an N.L.P. Master Practitioner with Dr. Richard Bandler’s Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and studied hypnosis and hypnotherapy with The Institute of Clinical Hypnosis in London. He treats clients using individually tailored therapies based on his expertise in these disciplines. Lee is an Official Premier Trainer for ISI/CNV International, the continental school of Dr. Marco Paret, teaching the arts of Magnetism (Mesmerism) Fascination and ‘Presence based therapy’. Lee occasionally hosts courses and has written articles for magazines and online journals. (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/arcana_therapies.jpg) "Many people are familiar with ‘Hypnotism’ in it’s various forms such as stage hypnosis and hypno-therapies, and its modern hyper-packaged cousin neuro-linguistic programming (N.L.P.)... You may think that hypnotism is strange enough, but a curious fact is that even serious students of disciplines such as clinical hypnosis are rarely taught or even encouraged to research the far stranger origins of their profession. That to which I refer is Mesmerism. These days, many people are completely unaware of where the commonplace word ‘Mesmerism’ derives from. Mesmerism is the term coined due to Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815), a most curious Austrian gentleman, well worthy of further research, who practised and popularised a therapeutic form known as ‘Animal Magnetism’. He believed in the reality of a ‘universal fluid’ that surrounds every living thing, that can be directed at will by an individual operator... Although it is of popular belief that Mesmerism (also known as animal magnetism or simply magnetism) fell into obscurity purely due to its being disqualified by the medical profession. In fact it was the hiatus caused by the onset of the French Revolution that obscured the art... Word of the powerful healing abilities of Mesmerism persisted despite its going underground, until in England in 1884 the surgeon James Braid of Manchester, after having personally observed the demonstrations given by the traveling Mesmerist Charles La Fontaine, made an attempt at laying the mystical belief in animal magnetism to rest by making a concise study of it; thereby forming the foundation of the so-called science of certain procedures that are to this day utilised by hypnotherapists." - Lee Gerrard Barlow in "Modern Day Mesmerism (http://www.trebuchet-magazine.com/modern-day-mesmerism/)" (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/Franz_Anton_Mesmer.jpg) "... Mesmerism can be very useful for the regeneration of nervous debilitation; for getting an individual re-centered and re-balanced and to regain a healthy relationship to ones own body and increased awareness of ones own energies which amounts to the same thing . Mesmerism was regarded as a panacea by many ancient practitioners. It is very much a matter of experimentation, application and research by the individual practitioner. Reading up on all the historic accounts tells you what was achieved and how the various practitioners related to their art. In my work I actually utilize a variety of hypnotic methods in therapy tailored to each individual case, but Mesmerism itself is definitely the most rapid method for getting people into deep states where real change can occur. So this art forms the basis of it all. What is also amazing, is that it is completely ‘non verbal’, and used for ‘inductions’, it is by far the best method compared to the lengthy verbal inductions of traditional hypnosis." - Lee Gerrard-Barlow in "Mesmerising: Interview with a Mesmerist Greg Kaminsky no James Robert French http://occultofpersonality.net/james-robert-french/ http://occultofpersonality.net/james-robert-french/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:54:54 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1876 http://occultofpersonality.net/james-robert-french/feed/ 0 James Robert French, author of Lady Midnight, an occult fiction thriller, is our guest in podcast episode 141. James Robert French has been studying and practicing Magick and Paganism for eighteen years. He is an initiate and leader of the Open Source... James Robert French, author of Lady Midnight (http://astore.amazon.com/occulofperso-20/detail/0984372989), an occult fiction thriller, is our guest in podcast episode 141. James Robert French has been studying and practicing Magick and Paganism for eighteen years. He is an initiate and leader of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn (http://osogd.org/) and an initiate of Ordo Templi Orientis (http://oto-usa.org/), as well as a Novice Priest in the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (http://oto-usa.org/oto/egc/). His first novel, Lady Midnight (http://astore.amazon.com/occulofperso-20/detail/0984372989), is published by Concrescent Letters (http://www.concrescent.net/category/relatable-content/concrescent-letters). You can find his blog, Strange Onion Peelings, at jamesrfrench.wordpress.com (http://jamesrfrench.wordpress.com). (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/LadyMidnight.jpg) Lady Midnight is not your typical occult fiction. It's a page-turner that hooked me from the start with an intriguing mixture of radical politics and esotericism. If you’re looking for a dose of modern occult fiction - check it out. As James says, Lady Midnight is, “A different take on the occult fiction genre. Darker, edgier, more character oriented. Moral ambiguity abounds. There is no “Dr. Taverner” here.” (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/LadyMidnight_cover.jpg) "Fifteen years ago, they murdered her lover and pinned the crime on her. Now, Andrea Styx uses her psychic abilities and occult training in the service of an organization dedicated to the downfall of a corrupt system. But the arrival of a new protege brings her past screaming to her own back door, and awakens doubts about the purpose to which she has dedicated her life. She has a plan. The Cosmos has other ideas…" We also spend considerable time during the interview discussing James' involvement with the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn (http://osogd.org/), as well as Ordo Templi Orientis (http://oto-usa.org/), his writing experience, and his thoughts on occult fiction in general. (http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/OSOGD.jpg) Lady Midnight (http://astore.amazon.com/occulofperso-20/detail/0984372989) by James Robert French Read the first chapter of Lady Midnight Strange Onion Peelings (http://jamesrfrench.wordpress.com) - James Robert French's blog "The Problem with Dr. Taverner (http://jamesrfrench.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/the-problem-with-dr-taverner/)" by James Robert French "Clark and Forbes' (http://occultofpersonality.net/clark-forbes-the-dark-brotherhood/) The Dark Brotherhood" - Occult of Personality podcast episode 108 intro music by HipGnosis (http://hipgnosis.us/) and Paul Avgerinos (http://magnatune.com/artists/avgerinos.html) outro music - "Midnight Dub" by macabro (http://magnatune.com/artists/albums/macabro-envelopes?song=14) Greg Kaminsky no