When I discovered (well, I was actually made aware of it through a friend) Steve Dee’s latest book “Chaos Monk”, I was immediately taken in by the title. That combination seemed so intriguing: How would Chaos magic and monastism be part of the same narrative? But when you listen to Steve you will soon find out that his own life experience shows us very well those links. His book is a deeply personal one, and so is this talk. How does monastism work in the 21st century? Where do Magic and monastism – or rather the lessons we can take from it – create a possibility to regain our balance in a world that seems completely out of balance?

Going on the quest that Steve proposes to us could be one of those possible paths to walk. Enjoy the episode!

Steve Dee is the author of A Gnostic’s Progress: Magic and the Path of Awakening, The Heretic’s Journey: Spiritual Freethinking for Difficult Times and most recently Chaos Monk . He is also the co-author (with Julian Vayne) of the book Chaos Craft. After a near miss with the Anglican Priesthood, Steve focused his energies on more occult pursuits that have included work within the east/west tantra group AMOOKOS and the Chaos Magic current. His current interest in Gnosticism represents an attempt to explore the way in which joys of heretical freethinking can be harnessed for the benefit of all.

His professional background is within the field of mental health social work and he currently works as a Systemic Psychotherapist.


Music played in this episode

Given that in this episode we speak about traditional occultism as well as Eastern influences, I thought it would be a nice idea to play some Traditional Buddhist music. 

1) AJIKAN – Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin

(Track starts at [6:56])

     THE THREE REFUGES – The Congretation Of Cha’an Meditation Center

(Track starts at [53:19])

3) DORJE PHURBA – Orchestra Of The Khampagar Monastery

(Track starts at [1:38:29])

Intro and Outro Music
especially written and recorded for the Thoth-Hermes Podcast by Chris Roberts

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