This episode has an all-star cast! Matt, Erik, and Joey are joined by Nate Neff and Amy Anthony. We celebrate the Summer Solstice by drinking beers and talking about how things have changed since we started the podcast. Perhaps the most interesting conversation in this episode is when we share stories of growing up in a variety of strict religious organizations. Crazy!
Recording this one was an adventure. We sat outside and had to deal with wind and traffic noise. Matt’s recorder ran out of space halfway through, too! In other words, sound might be funny.
We recorded outside at the Lompoc Hedge House on Southeast Division Street in Portland. This is a lovely location and Erik has been a regular here for many years. They have a great happy hour with cheese dip.
We drank all Lompoc beers. This is a great Portland brewery and you should check them out if you haven’t. We drank a lot of beers.
- Lompoc Special Draft (LSD)
- Pamplemousse Citrus IPA
Links and Subjects
Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.
In this episode, Aaron Epperson interviews Matt and Erik. Oh, and we are joined by Nate Neff! It is a magical experience filled with interesting questions. By the way, since Joey missed this episode, he owes Aaron a 6-pack of beer. PBR, of course. Also, please note that this is not a Masonic podcast.
We recorded this at WeWork Custom House in Portland, Oregon.
Aaron was kind enough to suggest a bunch of podcasts. Here they are!
- Judge John Hodgeman
- Opening Arguments
- The Louis Anderson Podcast
Books books books! We always talk about books!
- Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
- Hidden Wisdom by Richard Smoley and Jay Kinney
- The Inner West by Jay Kinney
- The Picatrix
In this really short solo episode, Erik reviews The Rota Tarot by Soror Tzadkiel. Also, he finally got a furry hat for his digital recorder!
Location and Recording
This was recorded in Reed Canyon on the banks of Crystal Springs Creek. Erik has reviewed the audio and determined that the furry hat worked great. The background noise is all creek and one giant industrial HVAC fan from a nearby building. Cool!
In this episode, Joey and Erik interview Keith Readdy. Keith is a graduate of the Western Esotericism program at the University of Amsterdam as well as a member of the Ordo Templi Orientis and the secret magical order known as the A∴A∴. In this episode, we find out what that’s all about!
We recorded this outside at the Bird + Bear in Southeast Portland.
- Baerlic Oatmeal Pilsner
- Ghost Runner Blood Orange IPA
- Ordo Templi Orientis
- Dan Blasarian
- Protestant Ethic and the Capitalist Thingamajig by Max Weber
- Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, AKA The Ritman Library
By the time this episode is released, Keith will be in London! We will miss him.
Matt and Erik discuss divination and scrying while drinking delicious beers at Hopworks Urban Brewery. This episode is on the shorter side but there’s a lot of great stuff in it.
We recorded at Hopworks Urban Brewery, a certified B Corporation. Erik is a member of the Hopworks Mug Club and thinks you should be, too!
Matt tried a bunch of beers, but a couple really stood out. Or we talked about them the most.
- Pig War
- Xocolatl Wake Up
- Double Vision
- Ferocious Citrus IPA
Joey and Erik interview themselves with the help of Nathan Neff, the Master of Esoterika Lodge № 227, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Oregon. We ask each other the same questions that we had Caedmon “I hope we fix this in post” Webb ask Heather and Valerie last week. In fact, it is recorded at exactly the same time!
We sat outside at The Pocket Pub in that part of Portland that’s in the Northeast even though it feels kind of like North Portland.
That low rumbling sound every once in a while is the wind picking up! How do we block that noise? Give us tips! I am really happy with the portable recorder, though.
In this solo episode, Erik is joined by Vayu Tiger, another occultist on the Internet! They talk about a number of things, in particular automatic writing, grimoires, the Greek Magical Papyri (in Latin, the Papyri Graecae Magicae or PGM), and magic in general.
Also, follow Erik on Twitter as @arnemancy and find Vayu Tiger there as @VayuTiger.
Because Grand Lodge regulations prohibit our regular hosts from communicating Masonically with Le Droit Humain, Joey and Erik recruit Caedmon “I hope we can fix this in post” Webb to be the stand-in guest host to interview Heather Fulton and Valerie Espinoza. They’re Freemasons! This episode is noteworthy for being the first My Alchemical Bromance episode to feature somebody with a mohawk.
Crater Lake Spirits Pepper Vodka
“But I want more history!” we hear you yelling.
No, look, guys, everybody always covers the history of this stuff. If you want a good rundown on the nuts and bolts of Le Droit Humain, check out episode 135 of the Masonic Roundtable podcast.
Hey Caedmon, we didn’t fix anything in post! Take that.
Note that this episode was remixed in November 2017 to bring you better audio quality.
Oh jeeze, talking about sex on the Internet! We all knew it would come to this eventually. You know what this means? This episode is filled with awkward silences for your amusement!
Some Links to Check Out
In their deep and informative discussion, our intrepid heroes bring up some topics you may want to explore!
Also, though Erik and Joey agree that Aleister Crowley was the daddy of modern sex magic, they are both wrong. Paschal Beverly Randolph is the true daddy of modern sex magic. Check him out!
Beers and Breweries
Erik, who knows nothing about sex magic, of course has read books about it and shared some books for you to check out!
Erik screws up right at the beginning by referring to My Alchemical Bromance as the best blog in the universe, when clearly it is the best podcast in the universe. Get it together, Erik! But that’s okay, because Joey’s star phrase this podcast is, “The sexual function of the function of sex.” Or maybe, “The sweet is never as sweet without the bitter.”
Through the darkness of futures past
The magician longs to see
One chants out between two worlds
Fire walk with me
Another solo Erik episode! In this episode, I talk about my impression of the first four episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return. Also, enjoy a song from my younger brother, Nick Arneson!
When I edited this episode right after recording it, I got the impression that my review of Twin Peaks isn’t really a review – it’s more of a reaction. That’s how it goes sometimes!
Links and Stuff
If you just want a quick shortcut to listen to more of my brother’s amazing music, head on over to Nick Arneson Music on Soundcloud!